New Year’s Reception 2018
“Through your dedicated work, dear diplomatic guests, crises are mastered and your negotiating skills secure peace. We wish you continued success in this regard this year. We want you to enjoy your stay in Germany and that it will not only be part of your assignment, but also a part of your life that brings back fond memories as well”. Those were the quoted lines from WIB President Dr. Gundula Beyer-Zouboulis’ speech during the New Year’s Reception at the Maritim Hotel on 15 January 2018.
More than 430 guests from politics, economy, society and diplomacy attended the event. Among them were ambassadors who are members of the club or who are connected to the club through their spouses. After her welcome speech, the WIB president thanked Secretary of State Walter Lindner, the patron of the club, for the great support of the foreign office. In particular, the protocol department who is always available to provide assistance, guidance and advice.
She expressed her deep gratitude to WIB Vice President Dr. Ilona Stölken and the board members, the group leaders, supporters, friends and the hosts. She said that the board members and the group leaders were the friendly and competent contact persons you could count on. With their ultimate commitment, they organize over 350 events annually and introduce our newly arrived international guests to their new environment in order to facilitate the adjustment to the new life in Berlin and Germany. The JAAzz musicians from the Foreign Office and the sponsors catered a cheerful mood for the informal part of the evening in the festive atmosphere of the Maritim Hotel.