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    • 26 May 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • American Military Cemeteries Belgium

    Memorial Day Ceremonies - May 2018
    Why Should We Remember Them?


    Over 20 Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at the end of May to honor the more than 14,000 American servicemen who died during WWI and WWII, and whose final resting place is a cemetery in Belgium. Each of these servicemen sacrificed their “tomorrow” for the liberty of future generations. It is thus with gratitude and the highest respect that several thousand Belgians make time each year during Memorial Day weekend to attend commemorative events held at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Flanders Field American Cemetery, and more than one dozen “isolated graves” of Americans buried elsewhere in Belgium. Everyone is welcome to attend the events – including Americans living in Belgium although, sadly, few Americans are among each year’s ceremony attendees. All ceremonies are open to the general public and no invitation is required to attend. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and ceremonies are held rain or shine. Will you make time this year to attend and honor America’s Fallen?

    The ceremonies have been taking place since 1923, and are organized by the American Overseas Memorial Day Association in Belgium, a partnership between the American Battle Monuments Commission, the United States Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, and the AOMDA Foundation, with support from the Belgian and US militaries. If your schedule permits, do consider attending one of the ceremonies to be held this year between May 23 and May 28. Some are large, other are small, and all are memorable tributes that are not long forgotten. All details, including driving instructions, parking tips and the history of each ceremony, can be found online at www.aomda.org. If you register on the website, you can add events to your calendar and receive an automated reminder several days before the ceremony.

    For all information: www.aomda.org



    Servicemen Stories Database: Every one of the more than 14,000 servicemen buried in Belgium now has a personal tribute page on www.aomda.org to honor his memory. Enter a name in the search fields or view by cemetery to read and share information and tributes about each soldier, marine and airman whose final resting place is Belgium. Registered users may upload photos, articles, videos, thoughts, reflections and more. What makes the database unique is that it scales for use by smartphones and mobile devices, allowing visitors to a cemetery to engage with these serviceman’s stories on location. Please help us tell their stories by researching and sharing what you can about their lives and history.

    Serve as Sentinel of Memory: At the request of the ABMC, AOMDA Belgium agreed to assume leadership of two of the former grave adoption programs. The timing was perfect, and the website provided a way to merge the activity with our new Sentinels of Memory initiative. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can be a Sentinel of Memory for any serviceman with whom they feel a connection. Simply register and add your name on his tribute page. Those who live closer to a cemetery may choose to serve as a “Primary” Sentinel, a commitment to honor his grave with floral tributes throughout the year and to research and help to share his story.

    Please consider a donation: The AOMDA Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit entity, has been created to help AOMDA Belgium achieve its mission of remembrance. We remain a private, 100% volunteer organization. All funds received go directly to our mission. Donating is now easier than ever. Simply visit our site and make a donation today using Paypal. Or find instructions on how to send a check. Donations in USD are tax deductible. We greatly appreciate your support!

    • 27 May 2018
    • 10:15 AM
    • Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, 445 Chaussée de Tervuren, 1410 Waterloo
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    A Guided Visit of Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
    Followed by a Concert by Trio Sōra

    Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:15 a.m.

     

    Come along to a special morning at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel!   

    We will begin by a guided tour through this superb Art Deco House, then enjoy a Concert with Trio Sōra who will play Piano trio in D major, “Ghost”, op. 70 No. 1 (Beethoven) and Piano trio, op. 24 (Weinberg). It will be possible to have lunch in Le Chapel Restaurant afterwards.

    The Music Chapel was created in 1939 by Queen Elisabeth, a violinist keen to help young talent, and Eugène Ysaÿe, one of the greatest violinists and composers of his time. Both wanted to support emerging artists through a highly specialized school and an international competition, which later became the renowned Queen Elisabeth Competition.

    The Music Chapel has lots of atmosphere and some parts still echo Queen Elisabeth's tastes. We will visit the new wing with the studios, the beautiful great concert hall and the garden. You will learn about the great musicians and composers who left their mark and, of course, about the Music Competition.

    Distinguished by a powerful on-stage unity and a rare sensibility, the Trio Sōra was born of a burning passion for chamber music shared by close friends at the Paris Conservatoire. Their music is vivacious, hence the significance of the native American name Sōra: a bird singing while spreading its wings.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 25 participants.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     
    Sunday, May 27, 2018.
    Time: 10.15 a.m.
    Place: Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, 445 Chaussée de Tervuren, 1410 Waterloo (GPS address: Chemin de la Chapelle Musicale, 1410 Waterloo)

    Price:
     €32 for 
    ACB/AWCB/CCB members, €40 for non-members
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, May 23 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2875791
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Music Chapel” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, May 23. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 04 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • See event details.

     
    Notice to All Members of
    The American Club of Brussels

    All ACB members, in accordance with the Club’s Statutes and By-Laws, are invited to attend the

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

    at the

    Renaissance Brussels Hotel
    Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels (Ixelles)

    Agenda:

    • Approval of the financial accounts for the fiscal year 2017 and the budget for the fiscal year 2018.
       
    • Voting/confirmation of new Governors:
      – Avi Goldstein (USA/Non USA);
      – Melissa Rancourt (USA/Non USA);
      - Richard Sheridan (USA);
      - John Stuyck (Non USA);
      - Gwen Bailey (USA).

    • Accepting resignations from the Board of Governors:
      CJ Messmer;
      – Caroline Moens;
      – Mary Van Gils;
      – Michael Cazalet;
      – Erin Richmond;
      – Andrew Parker;
      – Kathleen Parker.
       
    • Voting/confirmation of members of the Executive Committee:
      Peter Forrest President;
      – Melissa Rancourt, First Vice-President;
      – Sheila Rosseau, Vice-President;
      – John Metselaar, Vice-President;
      – Marcia Doyle, Treasurer;
      – Richard Sheridan, Secretary.

     

    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 2:15 PM
    • Visit Mechelen, Toerismehuis ‘De Gulden Arent’, Hallestraat 2-4-6, 2800 Mechelen
    • 16
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    Historical Walking Tour of Mechelen
    Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:15 p.m.

      

    Did you know that Mechelen played an important political and economic role in the Burgundian period? Many of its historical buildings bear witness to this. Hold on, because the list is long: Saint Rumbold’s Cathedral, the former palaces of Margaret of Austria and Magaret of York, the Palace of the Great Council,… 

    So, don’t hesitate, join us on June 9 and follow our dedicated guide through 16th century Mechelen.

    After the 2 hours walking tour, those who wish to may join us for a drink or a coffee in the neighborhood and enjoy some more time in the beautifully renovated city of Mechelen…

    Please note that this event is limited to 25 participants.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     
    Saturday June 9, 2018.
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    Place: Visit Mechelen, Toerismehuis De Gulden Arent, Hallestraat 2-4-6, Mechelen

    Price:
     €25 - 
    ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20.
    Reservations are due by Wednesday June 6 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2896450
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Mechelen 2018” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday June 6. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    How to get to Mechelen?
    Mechelen is easily accessible by train and by car. You will find all the necessary information here
    Please bear in mind that cars are banned in a large part of the city centre of Mechelen from 11:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can park cheaply in the car parks in Rode-Kruisplein and Zandpoortvest, on the fringe of the city. The car park in Douaneplein is free. More info here.

    By train, it only takes 20 minutes from Brussels, Leuven and Antwerp. Mechelen has 2 stations: Mechelen Central and Mechelen-Nekkerspoel. Both stations are walking distance from the city centre. From Mechelen Central it is about a fifteen-minute walk to the Grote Markt, whilst it takes barely 10 minutes from Mechelen-Nekkerspoel (but be careful not all trains stop in Mechelen-Nekkerspoel).

    If you wish to prepare your visit and have access to some city maps, you can easily download the brochure Streetwise in Mechelen.



    • 13 Jun 2018
    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • See event details.


    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12
      
    On June 13, Heidi Hunter will present

    Still Life
    by Louise Penny

    Still Life is Louise Penny’s first crime novel. Louise Penny (Canadian Author, born 1958) has now written 10 plus books and received numerous awards for her writing. This particular story is beautifully woven as the characters unfold. The setting is Thanksgiving Sunday in Quebec. To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident - a hunter's arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?

    In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets… 

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
       
    On July 11, Megan Richards will present

    What Happened
    by Hilary Rodham Clinton (U.S.)

    The book gives an interesting portrayal of all the events surrounding the 2016 USA presidential elections and Clinton’s view of the causes of her eventual loss despite winning 3 million more votes than Trump. 

    Hillary Clinton was First Lady during her husband’s term as President of the USA, Senator for New York, and Secretary of State under the first term of President Obama. 

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be


    On August 8, Geneviève Bergiers will present

    The Lost City of the Monkey God
    A True Story

    by Douglas Preston (U.S.) 

    Douglas Preston is an American journalist and novelist who started his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has participated in expeditions in different parts of the world and in particular, in one that led to the discovery of an ancient city in an unexplored valley in the Mosquitia mountains of Eastern Honduras, which he chronicled in this nonfiction book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be


    On September 12, Martine Rassi will present

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


    The charming historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows is set in London after the Second World War, when in London «everything is broke: the roads, the buildings, the people». 
    The main character Juliet is a humorous famous journalist and through her correspondences with Guernsey islanders, she discovers members of a literary club and their tale during the German Occupation. 

    Later, Juliet decides to visit her new relationships in the island and realizes what she wants to write about in her new book with a new love. 

    Mary Ann Shaffer was born in 1934 in Martinsburg (West Virginia). She became fascinated with the Channel Islands and «her book about Guernsey was greeted with vivid enthusiasm in thirteen countries». Because she became ill, her niece Annie Barrows helped her finish the book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
     


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    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 10:15 AM
    • avenue Louise 224, 1050 Brussels
    • 9
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    Guided Tour of the Hotel Solvay
    Saturday, June 16, 2018
    10:15 a.m.


    Back by popular demand, we are again offering you the magnificent opportunity for a very special guided visit to the Hotel Solvay on Avenue Louise. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, the Solvay House is one of the major town houses of the architect Victor Horta. In 1894, the chemical magnate, Armand Solvay, hired Horta to build a home for his bride. Solvay gave Horta unlimited freedom of creation and unrestricted funding for the project.

    The Solvay House greatly contributed to Horta’s rising reputation as a world-class architect. His new focus on the innate vitality of people led him to change many accepted practices. He adapted and altered metal frames used in industrial structures to bring radically new qualities to the inner space of a home.

    These innovations are all directed towards enhancing the life of those who live in the house. What strikes the visitor to this wonderful building is its luminous space, in which light filters through from everywhere, softened by the carefully arranged coloration of the walls, the floor coverings, and the glasswork.

    Our guide will be Lieve Dejonghe, an art historian, who has been our guide for several exhibits during the past years.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 22 people.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Saturday, June 16, 2018.
    Time: 10:15 a.m.
    Place: 
    Avenue Louise 224, 1050 Brussels
    Price: €50 - ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €42.
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, June 13 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2866003
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Hotel Solvay” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, June 13. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Avenue des Erables 1, 1640 Rhode-St-Genèse

    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.

    For more info on the AWCB Founders Ball or to register, go to the AWCB web site. You can also contact events@awcb.org 

    • 06 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Maison des Brasseurs, Grand-Place 10
    • 57
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    Ommegang Dinner
     Friday, July 6 - 7:00 p.m.


    The ACB offers members and guests a unique opportunity to view the Ommegang procession on the Grand-Place while dining in the historic Belgian Brewers’ guild house (Maison des Brasseurs) overlooking the Grand-Place. From the windows of a large private dining room, we will have an unparalleled view of the Ommegang as the pageant unfolds on one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

    Menu "Made in Belgium"
    (wine, water and coffee included)

    Apéritif

    ****
    Croquettes aux crevettes
    or
    Saumon Gravlax

    ****

    Filet de cabillaud, légumes de saison
    or
    Magret de Canard sauce Kriek, légumes de saison

    ****
    Mousse au chocolat
    or
    Tarte tatin, glace vanille

    ****

    Coffee or tea

    The Ommegang (literally “walk-around”) is a faithful recreation of a splendid pageant that was first performed in 1549 for Emperor Charles V, his son Philip II, and the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

    Staged at night on the illuminated Grand-Place, the two-hour extravaganza includes flag-throwers, folk dancers, archers, acrobats, jesters, jugglers, fire-eaters, falcon-trainers, folkloric giants, stilt-walkers, and the famous Gilles of Binche. Descendants of the nobility of the time play the roles and wear the coats of arms and sumptuous costumes of their ancestors.

    This is a spectacular affair, and one of the biggest festivals in the country. Our dinner evening at La Maison des Brasseurs offers, literally and figuratively, a window on this amazing event. Bring your camera.

    Please note that this is a Members Priority event (ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club of Belgium). Non-members may sign up as of June 22.

    Enjoy some of the magic of the Ommegang (Video 2017 edition)

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Friday, July 6, 2018.
    Time: Apéritif at 7:00 p.m. and Dinner: 8:00 p.m.
    Place: Maison des Brasseurs, Council Room (first floor), Grand-Place 10, 1000 Brussels 
    Price:
    €85.
    ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club members receive a discounted price of €75.
    Dress code:
    Coat and tie requested.

    Reservations
    are due by Monday, July 2 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2915350
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Ommegang” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, July 2. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    picture Eric Danhier - visit.brussels
    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • See event details.

    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12
       
    On September 12, Martine Rassi will present

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


    The charming historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows is set in London after the Second World War, when in London «everything is broke: the roads, the buildings, the people». 
    The main character Juliet is a humorous famous journalist and through her correspondences with Guernsey islanders, she discovers members of a literary club and their tale during the German Occupation. 

    Later, Juliet decides to visit her new relationships in the island and realizes what she wants to write about in her new book with a new love. 

    Mary Ann Shaffer was born in 1934 in Martinsburg (West Virginia). She became fascinated with the Channel Islands and «her book about Guernsey was greeted with vivid enthusiasm in thirteen countries». Because she became ill, her niece Annie Barrows helped her finish the book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
     


    More info about the Clubs:


    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Renaissance Brussels Hotel

    The Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Renaissance Brussels Hotel



    More information to follow on the program of the evening

    Watch this space

    Be sure to save the date in your agenda


    What is the Hoover Belgium-U.S. Legacy?

    When the German Army invaded Belgium in 1914, it left in its wake thousands of burned homes and murdered Belgian civilians. Belgium was economically devastated and, by October, the country’s population was facing the prospect of widespread starvation.

    A group of Belgian businessmen led by Emile Francqui, Ernest Solvay and Emmanuel Janssen created the Comité National de Secours et Alimentation to aid their fellow countrymen. However, the circumstances of the war left Belgium cut-off from world markets, and food supplies within Belgium were rapidly depleted. 

    With the help of American businessmen living in Belgium, the Comité National reached out to Herbert Hoover, an American businessman living in London. Hoover created the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) to help them. The CRB collected food and other relief supplies from America and around the world, and shipped those supplies to Belgium under the protection of the neutral American flag and the patronage of the American Ambassador in Belgium, Brand Whitlock. The Comité National could then distribute the food that the CRB brought to the starving Belgian population.

    Thanks to this partnership between the Comité National and the CRB, six million tons of food were shipped to Belgium from 1914 until the end of the war, keeping the citizens of Belgium and Northern France alive. 

    After the war, the remaining funds that the CRB raised were used to help rebuild Belgium, particularly in the fields of education and academic research. CRB funds financed the reconstruction of the University Library at Leuven, supported the rebirth of four Belgian universities, and created the University Foundation and the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

    In this spirit, the American Club of Brussels is organizing the Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala. It is an opportunity to remember the partnership between Belgium and America that sustained Belgium during WWI and its legacy in the field of education. 

    It also celebrates the friendship that binds America and Belgium together today. And it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

    Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala
    Friday, October 19, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
    Renaissance Brussels Hotel
    Rue du Parnasse 19
    1050 Brussels
    Belgium

    Read about the Hoover tapestry.

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