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  • 27 Sep 2018 11:01 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    First and foremost, a big thank you to Jack Leuchtman from the Social Security Administration at the US Embassy in London, the American Club of BrusselsAmerican Citizens Abroad, Carl Mir of Mir Taxes and Dave Deruytter from ING for being part of the sixth annual American Expat Financial Forum.

    Retirement planning in the Western world is mostly based on a three pillar system made up of your government pension, your corporate pensions and personal savings. By maximizing all three of these vehicles, you can live a fruitful life in retirement. Your US government pension also known as social security covers not only retirement but disability income and death benefit. Even to expatriates and non-citizens that have worked in the US system for as little as two days (as we learned from Jack last night). You would need to be in a special situation of being a high earner for the last day of one year and first day of the next year to get benefits on only two day.

    While most are under the perception that you need 40 credits to receive Social Security benefits in the US, European countries have reciprocal agreement to receive benefits with as little as 6 credits. It is also important to know that you do not have to be a US citizen to receive Social Security benefits. You should always apply at least four months prior to receiving benefits. 

    We are lucky to have a team in Dublin that supports European residents in our special situations and you can find their contact details here. You can also see all the changes to social security in 2018 here. Learn more about how the Windfall Elimination Provision could reduce your social security benefits here.

    While the Social Security administration is trying to streamline benefits to be accessed online, regretfully, they aren't available in this format for citizens in most European countries. Therefore, you can request your current statement by using form 7004 which can be found here.

    You can also find Jack’s slide deck here.

    For charts and calculators, please see

    Get a complimentary copy of the American expat guide at for more information about the financial planning process as an American expat. You can also visit


  • 16 Jun 2018 7:00 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    AWCB - Founders Ball
    Celebrating 100 Years of American Service in Belgium

    June 16 - 7:00 p.m.


    Celebrating 100 Years of American Service in Belgium

    We invite the community to join us in honoring all who have come before us in the struggle for freedom, and supporting those who continue to work towards a peaceful future. 

    The evening will feature Keynote Speaker Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, live music, dancing and a standing buffet dinner.

    Dress Code: Cocktail/1920s-1940s Attire Optional

    All proceeds to benefit HOPE.

    More info 

  • 06 Jun 2018 8:42 AM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    ATC and The Ghost Sheep present
    three nights of three unique shows!
    08/06, 09/06 & 10/06

    We are thrilled to offer to the Brussels hip-crowd (that's you!), three consecutive nights of improvised comedy, drama, music, and more during our upcoming Improv Nights event. Each evening will feature a different long-form format, with guest improvisers and musicians playing along with our studly Ghost Sheepers. Guest musical maestros include Ingmar from Ghent, Tom from Leuven, and Stefan from Mainz, Germany. 

    These evenings will not be complete without you and your suggestions, blurted from the audience, for the Ghost Sheep (and their Guest Sheep) to weave into stories and scenes that will enlighten and entertain. 

    Catch the hottest ticket in Brussels in June...ATC's Impro Nights starring The Ghost Sheep!

    Tickets from:

    Dates: 08/06, 09/06, 10/06

    Time: 8pm

    LocationThe Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69A, 1030 Schaarbeek, Brabant, Belgium

  • 24 Feb 2018 7:30 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Here in Belgium, we live amongst some of the world's best beers. Since 2016, Belgian beer culture has even featured on UNESCO's list of "the intangible cultural heritage of humanity". But with over 150 breweries and more than 1600 distinct brews, where to even begin to enjoy? 

    Whether you're a beer novice or an experienced enthusiast, the AWCB has you covered.  Join us for the 9th annual AWCB Belgian Beer and History Night, when Dr. Murray Frick will present a light-hearted talk on the history of beer and its role in Belgian life. We'll follow with a tasting of both classic and not-so-familiar Belgian beers. 

    Returning guests will find an ever-changing beer lineup! 

    The club will provide beer, hors d'oeuvres, and your very own Belgian beer glass to take home. 

    Venue: American Women's Club of Brussels Clubhouse, Avenue des Érables 1, 1640 Rhode-St-Genèse

    AWCB Member: €25.00 - ACB Member: €25 - Non-Member: €35.00

    Register via AWCB or Register and pay at the door

  • 31 Oct 2017 12:17 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

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    Come and sing

    Saturday 9 December 2017 - 7:30 p.m.

    Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel
    Regentschapsstraat 30A - 1000 Brussels

    Tickets & Reservation:
    adults prepaid: 15€ - on the door: 18€
    under 15s prepaid: 10€ - on the door:12€
    Further information and ticket reservations:

  • 31 Oct 2017 12:00 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Opera & Cocktails
    Diana Aivia - Anne Zeuwts

    Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.

    Green Lab – Av. Louise 520 – 1050 Brussels

    Tickets €38 –

    Dresscode: Fabulous. Top hats, gowns, silk, feathers... nothing is off-limits.


  • 10 Oct 2017 3:53 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Herbert Hoover made his most famous triumph as president in a time of prosperity and hope, a time of promise and expectation. The Republican party even set out on the ambitious hope of eliminating poverty during his candidacy. On Friday October 13th we aren’t going to honor the President, although for any of you that have visited my office, you will know that he is one of my favourites (a man that set out on many of the economic principles that our countries still depend on today, luckily for you, I’ve been told that these are only traits that financiers and economist find exciting), so we will celebrate the great humanitarian and philanthropist! 

    In 1914, Belgium, one of the most industrialized nations in the world was brought to the brink of starvation after WWI. Hoover, then a businessman in London along side with a series of others built a campaign to take care of their fellow beings in need. Not only taking care of the immediate needs, but after a surplus of funds were achieved, instead of returning them, kept the funds in Belgium to rebuild the University library in Leuven and to fund many educational projects between the two nations.

    This foundation helped nester the mission of the American Club of Brussels mission statement, and we are honored to commemorate these great men of their times. It would be easy to stop here, but we are again in historic times. With over 65,000,000 immigrants outside of their host nations (a historic high) and nearly 2/3rds of the world living on less than a dollar a day, the responsibilities that we all have to our fellow man are more than they have ever been before! 

    I would like to thank our sponsors, many of whom these companies sponsored Hoovers endeavors in 1914! ING, Deloitte, Solvey and Sofina. 

    It is important that we all put our talent, time and tithe into resolving these calamities. We have a few friends of the American Club of Brussels that help these people in need every day! Chalks Corriette of Serve the City and Diana Grote of SB Overseas that help feed immigrants here in Brussels and help them with all their basic needs.…/wee…/breakfast4refugees/

    Also, Sonia Nandzik of which is called that for the minimum distance it takes an immigrant to get to Europe and which helps identify refugee issues in partnership with Fresh Response that feeds immigrants on the front lines in Serbia on the border with Hungary. 

    We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday! 

    Brian Dunhill
    President – American Club of Brussels

  • 06 Oct 2017 6:23 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)
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    Dear Friends of CHS

    We will be marking World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10th and thought you might like to join us! This can be done from the comfort of your office or home as the action will be taking place online. The links are provided below. 

    Throughout the day we will regularly be posting on our website and social media in order to raise general awareness about mental health. We will especially be highlighting ‘Mental Health at Work’ as this is this year's theme. We will also describe in depth what the Community Help Service do on a daily basis. Expect articles, testimonials, therapy explanations, staff introductions, upcoming events announcements, vacancies at CHS and much more!

    We wish you a peaceful World Mental Health Day and hope that you join us online!

    Best Regards,
    The CHS Team

    Community Help Service asbl
    Avenue des Phal
    ènes 26, Nachtvinderslaan 26
    1000 Brussels


    24hr Helpline 02-6484014

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    As you may already know our 24/7 Helpline relies 100% on external funding. Please consider:
    - Making a tax-efficient donation via the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium or the US

    - buying our 2018 Calendar, 10 euros. 

    Sponsor or Donate!

    Buy our 2018 Calendar!

  • 06 Oct 2017 6:13 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)


    Halloween Party on October 31:

    Lil Monsters Ball (Halloween Family Breakfast) on October 29:

  • 27 Sep 2017 11:48 AM | Contact ACB (Administrator)
    On November 6th at 6:30pm, Democrats Abroad will have their second session on The American Health Care Landscape. The speaker this time will be Paula Jakub, the CEO of the AFSPA, which administers insurance as part of the Federal Health Benefits program. She is also the Executive Director of the Senior Living Foundation, an organization devoted to helping elderly Foreign Service retirees and survivors. Ms. Jakub has a 37-year background in the insurance field, and is a Registered Health Underwriter. She is a Subject Matter Expert in Federal Health Benefits at the Foreign Service Institute as an adjunct faculty member. She serves on the Board of the Association of Federal Health Organizations.

    Paula Jakub

    Ms. Jakub is well versed in the nexus between employer health plans and Medicare coverage, but is prohibited by her government contract from voicing personal or political views. She welcomes your questions in advance, which will help guide her presentation.

    Please submit your questions by October 5 to Jerry Loftus - - who will transmit to Ms. Jakub.


    November 06, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm


    RSVP for venue details.


    Pauline Manos ·

    Event url:

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