FAWCO Focus on Women


Earlier this year, we lost a Hero. Dr. Maya Angelou passed away in May at the age of 86.  Throughout her life, Ms. Angelou was a continuous, inspirational, beacon of light to women and people around the world. Gaining international renown with her 1969 breakthrough ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, she was a poet, speaker, author and champion of human rights. She challenged every possible dogma of the times, and in doing so became a true Global Renaissance Woman. Wearing many hats during her luminous and varied life, she was a cabaret singer, ‘working girl’, fry cook, and political activist. Always remaining true to her basic nature, and encouraging others to do so, she would view herself as primarily a teacher and a poet, relying on her words and rich life experiences to reach the human heart beyond boundaries of race, gender, economic status or educational background.
Thank you Maya Angelou for your legacy to us as Women. We’ll miss you!
Malala Yousafzai defied the odds. She managed to survive an almost flawless attempt by her would-be killer to end her life. In October 2012, Malala, shortly after boarding her school bus, was brutally targeted by a gunman sent by the Taliban determined to make her pay for her crime. Her Crime? Becoming a vocal advocate for the basic education of girls. He shot her three times, one bullet hitting her in the side of the forehead. After months of rehabilitation, and undaunted by pain and further threats, Malala’s determination to continue to deliver her message is truly amazing. To read more about this 17-year old and her phenomenal resolve, her book ‘I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban’, co-written with British author Christina Lamb, is a read that will leave you cheering, crying, angry and proud all at the same time. Keep up the wonderful work, Malala!

Irregularly we would like to highlight women making impact across the world and honor our connection to our parent non-profit organization, FAWCO.  The opinions expressed are those of our local Basel FAWCO Representative and not the expressed views and opinions of the FAWCO organization as a whole.  Please join us in honoring and supporting women across the world.


October Basel West Library Updates

The Basel West Library has new extended evening and lunch hours.

Tuesday – Friday    10:00-20:00
Saturday   10:00-17:00


In addition, Bookworms has 2 events in October – an English/German bilingual event on the 14th and English on the 28th.  Bookworms is a program for children age 9 months to 4 years that is a fun language learning event.

Please see the event pages for the Bilingual program on the 14th and the English program on the 28th.

And lastly, the here are some of the new titles coming in October

Together by Richard Sennett


Driving Today by Alfred Trachsler

The Great Sea by David Abulafia

History Under Your Feet

Join us as visit Spielzeug Welten Museum to take a journey through the newest exhibit featuring footwear fashions of the last 3000 years. We will explore the history of shoes with regards to function, fashion, and social status. The exhibition displays footwear from 1000 BC to modern shoe creations. Join us for this fun and fashionable event!

For more details, please see the Events Page


Dance Workshop – TANGO!


Grab your dancing shoes and join us for some Argentinian flavor! The instructors at Dancetodance will be leading us in tango lessons. Whether you are a dancing pro or have two left feet, this event will be engaging for all! Spouses and partners highly encouraged/needed. We also may plan for dinner or drinks afterwards.

For more details, please see the Events page.


September Wine Tasting

Want to learn more about Sauvignon Blanc, which is found all over the world? (Probably due to a certain boredom with chardonnay…) Our hostess, Jamie, will share her knowledge of this “noble” grape and help us understand how different fermentation results in wonderful variations of taste. Please note: only white wines will be served at this tasting!

For more details see the Event page.


September Wine Appreciation 101


We will have an “Intro to Wine Tasting” program on  the patio at Candy’s home in Magden the evening before our first wine tasting event of the new club year. For anyone who has ever felt the least bit intimidated about the subject, or who wants to learn more about wine in general, come taste with us in a relaxed setting to get ready for the next evening’s program. We’re in the very heart of Old World Europe, this is an integral part of the culture. It will be fun as well as educational. A six participant minimum is required.For details see the Event page


September New Books at Basel West Library

Here are some of the new books coming in September to the Basel West Library.

For more information on the Library, please see here.

The Body Book

by Cameron Diaz


The Flash Boys

by Michael Lewis


Tower of Basel

by Adam LeBor


Website Evolution & September Rhine Times!

The AWC Basel website celebrates over 1 year in existance and, with the pace of change in technology,  is undergoing its first evolution.  In this evolution we have streamlined the header to reduce the number and grouped similar themes together using drop down menus.  All of the pertinent information continues to be available, but in a slightly different place.  A few key visible changes for you to review; the Resources section is updated to include FAQ information, the Library page is updated with information on the mobile book reading apps and we grouped the programs, interest groups and annual programs into separate categories for easier viewing.

Please read the September Rhine Times  and notice the streamlined copy that directly connects with our key content on the website.  The Rhine Times will continue to be available in print format for those members who prefer it, and in the “Members Only” section.

We welcome your feedback and insight to our webpage evolution.  Send your feedback to website.awc@gmail.com.

Finally, if you are interested in writing a blog post for the website, send it to website.awc@gmail.com for publishing on the main page.


Fall Kick Off Luncheon – September 13

Please join us at China Restaurant Rheinpark Café for our annual Fall Kickoff Luncheon.  We will enjoy beautiful views of the Rhine while we raffle off baskets from our summer travels to help fund our student in Belarus.  Come and kick off the new Club year, hear about new upcoming events and fundraisers, and socialize with your AWC friends!

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 12-3pm, Apero begins at 12pm

Place: China Restaurant Rhinepark Café, Hauptstrasse 430, 79576, Weil am Rhein, Germany


Cost: 10 Euros for apero, buffet lunch, and water.  Payable in cash upon arrival. Beverages with lunch are to be paid separately to the restaurant.

Getting There: Tram 8 to Kleinhueningen and then bus 12 or 16 to Rhine Center.  Free parking is available under the restaurant if arriving by car.

RSVP: By September 10 to Jacqueline Citron at social.awc@gmail.com


As you are traveling this summer, please remember to return with donation items to raffle off at our annual fall kick off luncheon on September 13.  All proceeds benefit our student, Anastasia.  Anastasia attends the University of Minsk studying psychology.  The money we raise offsets the costs of books, accommodation, transportation and food throughout the school year.  Our goal is to raise 1,000CHF to support Anastasia.

When you return from your travels with your donation items, please contact Kristin Gaarder or Katie Downing for collection or drop off!