Thanksgiving at the Club
Our Vicepresidentin Sandra Hirschmann offering the turkey
An Exhibition of Quilts at the Münchner Künstlerhaus
Our club member Inge Kunold is one of the curators of the exhibition. The colorful quilts can be visited in the Künstlerhaus of Munich until November 14, 2021.
Kerstin Schulz (Golfpark München Aschheim)
On September 23, 2021, a fantastic late summer day, the German American Women’s Munich, implemented an extra special plan: They, together with the Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft Privatbank, hosted the First Annual Inclusion Golf Tournament with the Handicap Stars of the Aschheim-Munich Golf Park. The idea and the initiative came from our Club member Heidi Büchl who, together with our President Traudl Schmid, organized the event.
The phrase, inclusion through golf, refers to the equal participation of golfers with and without disability. The Golf Park Munich-Aschheim is one of the first golf clubs to address this issue and since doing so, ‘Health through Inclusion Golf’ has become a joyful tradition. Golfers with disabilities have become an integral part of their club and are trained and promoted there by golf pro Elizabeth Höh.
Bodily limitations of the golfers are not always recognizable at first glance. For we golfers who struggle ‘only’ with our sporting ability, it was touching and impressive to learn about the life situations of our co-golfers. The mental strength not to give in to bodily limitations is simply magnificent! To take on one’s personal situation is always a challenge and golf is an ideal sport for people with limitations.
Inclusion through golf relieves fear of contact and strengthens the joy of living with others.
This successful golf tournament was brought to a close with a joint dinner to honor the winners. An even deeper understanding of mastering mental and bodily handicaps was acquired through the interpersonal exchanges of the participants,. Golfers, with and without handicap, playing together, is a beautiful vision brought to life at Golf Park Munich-Aschheim.
A notable meeting of the four ZONTA Women’s Clubs and the German-American Women’s Club Munich took place in the Evangelical St. Lucas Church. Under the auspices of Susanne Breit-Keßler, Regional Bishop, ret., The Gospel Choir of the St. Lucas Church, under the direction of Bastian Pusch, presented a heartfelt, touching and wonderfully choreographed program. Through the magical, colorful light display, the neo-Romanesque church interior seemed almost mystical.
ZONTA 2 Club President Dr. Petra Bernatzeder opened the evening by welcoming the numerous guests, many of whom were members of the ZONTA Clubs and the German-American Women’s Clubs. The passion that both these women’s clubs bring to bear for women in poverty, and especially for older poor women, became quickly obvious.
In her speech, the Regional Bishop Breit-Keßler, ret., sought to broaden the understanding of the development of poverty in older women: Among many reasons, she cited the effects of divorce and the lack of employment opportunities for women during the 1960’s and 1970’s that would provide financial security in their old age.
The proceeds from the evening’s event were specifically directed to the renovation of the women’s homeless shelter in the basement under the St. Lucas Church, and also to the ZONTA project, “Poverty of Older Women”.
A splendid high point occurred at the end of the evening. The German-American Women’s Club of Munich, e.V, had announced at its recent Magnolia Ball that it would donate 15,000€ to the Arbeitskreis Armut (task force for the basement homeless shelter), motivating the Stiftung “Findelkind” (charity for people in need) to donate an additional 10,000€. The announcement of this donation was accompanied by enthusiastic applause by all those in attendance.
An evening that inspires hope.
German-Amerikan Day Karlsruhe 2019
Vizepraesidentin Andrea Lehner (links) und Praesidentin Traudl Schmid mit Studenten
Independence Day 2016, U.S. Consulate General, Munich
2016 Dining Out
Impact Day 2016 with Discovery Networks
Kochen für die Patientenfamilien im Ronald McDonald Haus
am Deutschen Herzzentrum in München
Independence Day 2015, U.S. Consulate General, Munich
Springbreak 2015 in America Haus, Munich - sponsored by GAWC
July 2014 Visiting the 'Landtag' in Munich
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