News & Events
  January 2018



In this issue:

Upcoming Events
Corporate Profile:
Corporate Members
& Member Benefits

The American Club of Brussels is a social organization

that will seek to represent the American spirit and culture,

foster mutual understanding, respect and friendship
between Belgium and the United States.






Peter Forrest

Peter Forrest is the new ACB President

Peter Forrest was elected president of the American Club of Brussels (ACB) for the year 2018 at the Board’s annual election on December 12. Peter has been an ACB member since 2007 and active on the Board since 2015. Recently retired from GE Capital, Peter brings to the Club a 30+ year experience in multinational management. His first decision is to hold a facilitated Board strategy session in January 2018 to define how ACB can best serve you, our members and friends, in the years ahead. 

Peter was born in Scotland but lived most of his life in the US where he studied, then worked, mostly at GE Capital. During his career, he held various leadership positions in the US, France, UK, and finally in Benelux. Aside from discovering the world though extensive travel, his other hobbies include photography, archeology, good wine and making new friends.

Your new 2018 ExCo committee

The Executive Committee for 2018 will be as follows:

  • President: Peter Forrest 
  • Vice Presidents: Melissa Rancourt (1st VP), John Metselaar, Andrew Parker and Sheila Rosseau
  • Treasurer: Erin Richmond
  • Secretary: Dick Sheridan

Each ExCo member is committed to make the American Club of Brussels THE expat place to be. Look out for the next newsletters to learn more about each ExCo member and their respective ACB responsibilities.

Thank you, Brian and Mieke!

Brian Dunhill was elected ACB President for 2017 and, during his tenure, brought a wealth of new ideas to the Club. His major achievement was to rejuvenate the Club by developing our social media, among which Facebook and Meetup, and by organizing activities for our younger members (Linguistic Cafes, Board Games) which brought a wave of interested people to the Club. Luckily, Brian will remain on the Board as past president and will enable us to continue to benefit from his enthusiasm, commitment and ideas.

Mieke Vispoel was hired in 2009 as Club Administrator and is taking her well-deserved retirement at the end of 2017. Mieke served the Club expertly and diligently for the last eight years. Reliable and responsive, Mieke was the Club’s cornerstone and will be missed by those who worked closely with her as well as the member who asked a one-off question. We all wish her a relaxed and fulfilled retirement and hope she will keep in touch.

Welcome, Pascale!

Pascale Zoetaert will replace Mieke Vispoel as Club Administrator as of 2018. In addition to holding various positions in corporate communications, mostly at Sabena and Ackroyd (The Bulletin), Pascale is also an entrepreneur. She founded an organic restaurant in Schaerbeek and is active in her companion’s organic wine business. Pascale brings extensive knowledge in communications to the Club as well as her energy, enthusiasm and interest for new challenges.

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Upcoming Events


Second Tuesday Historic Bar Tour
Tuesday, January 9 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Event details


Reading Group
Wednesday, January 10 – 7:00-9:00  p.m.
Event details


Linguistic Café Session
Sunday, January 14 – 2:00 p.m.


Pompeii Exhibition
Sunday, January 14 – 2:45 p.m.
Event details


Game Night at CHEZWaWa
Tuesday, January 16 – 7:00 p.m.
Event details

Dine-Out at La Maison Blanche
Tuesday, January 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Event details


Final Friday Drinks
Friday, January 26 – 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Event details


Sunday Brunch
Sunday, January 28 – 11:30 a.m.
Event details

Exhibition "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Urban Projects"
Sunday, February 4 – 2:45 p.m.
Event details


Super Bowl Party (all night event)
Sunday, February 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Event details

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 Corporate Profile


CHEZWaWa Restaurant

CHEZWaWa Restaurant was born nearly two years ago in the heart of the Châtelain district of Ixelles as the first in Brussels to introduce a new style of "Roll-Your-Own-Way" California-style Mexican dining.

The San Francisco-born owner, Palmer Colamarino, had spent many years in Brussels working in the international hotel industry, and like many fellow expats had long bemoaned the undeserved absence of quality Mexican food in our otherwise lovely city…. Well, no longer! Now you have the opportunity to try some authentic "Cali-Mex” cuisine at CHEZWaWa which specializes in fresh burritos, tacos, salads and more, all prepared daily from farm-fresh Belgian produce and Mexican spices. While CHEZWaWa is a “fast-casual” restaurant, they prove that ‘food served fast’ doesn’t have to a ‘fast-food experience’. At the steam-table counter, the CHEZWaWa Crew quickly assembles high-quality and flavorful ingredients - rolled-to-order right in front of you, and just as you want it.

Open both for lunch and dinner, also for take-out, delivery and event-catering, CHEZWaWa offers a Student Discount and is also privileged to have a nice terrace in the back which makes for lovely afternoon or evening dining. You can join them on Thursdays evenings for Homemade Frozen Margarita Nights. Or “Taco Tuesdays for Two” when you get the choice of a complimentary tortilla chips or homemade agua fresca with an order of two or more Roll-Your-Own-Way Tacos, Burritos, Naked Burritos or Salads. And since last year, CHEZWaWa also started its fantastic “Cali-Mex Brunch” on some Sundays with breakfast burritos and an unlimited sweet & savory buffet with Mexican and American specialties. Their next Brunch will be on Sunday January 28th as an ACB Event!

We invite you to come experience some Cali-Mex Magic which has finally arrived in Brussels!

CHEZWaWa Restaurant
Rue Amércaine 91
1050 Ixelles
Tel. 02 5346330
@ # chezwawabxl

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Corporate Members

 The American Club of Brussels is supported by the following companies.
 Special ACB member benefits listed below company logo.

Sponsor of major ACB events

Sponsor of major ACB events

One free initial
(1 hour)


 Sponsor of major ACB events



One free initial consultation
(½ hour)

10% discount for ACB members

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