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  • 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

    CHS website

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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:

  • 24 Sep 2017 1:58 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Did you know that, in 1914, after the German army invaded Belgium, the Belgian population was facing widespread starvation? A group of Belgian businessmen and Herbert Hoover, an American businessman living in London (later President of the USA) partnered to ship six million tons of food from America to Belgium from 1914.

    Join us October 13th, to celebrate the long-standing friendship between Belgium and the U.S., you’ll enjoy good food and wine, see your old friends, meet new ones and, if you feel like it, dance the night away to the fabulous music provided by the SHAPE band.  

    For more information about this great evening and to register, click

  • 06 Jul 2017 11:09 AM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    "Planning for a painless retirement? As an expat, you probably travel the world, living in one or more countries along the way.

    Where does that leave your pension, and how can you make sure of building up your state, company and private pensions while in Belgium?

    The Bulletin & ING are delighted to give you the information you need!

    Watch the video of The Bulletin and ING pension seminar or download one of the presentations given by our pension experts."


    Best regards,
    The Bulletin Team 

  • 26 Jun 2017 12:24 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Canada Day Family Picnic

    Have you registered yet for our fun family picnic in the park?
    If not, kindly RSVP by June 28th, 2017 using this link:

    On Saturday July 1st 2017 from 12:00 to 16:00, the Canadian Club of Belgium is pleased to invite you to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary with us at the Park of Tervuren. This event is free for members and non-members.

    Please bring:

    • At least 1 Canadian friend
    • Some sandwiches for yourself, your friend and something munchy (chips or veggies or fruit…) to share with others
    • Don’t forget to bring something to sit on and sunscreen
    • We’re bringing the birthday cake, drinks and a Canadian flag.

    (Please note that this event is weather permitting)
    Where to go?
    Park Tervuren – Not far from the main entrance
    Google Maps:
    We will be in the palace garden next to the pool. Here’s a picture:

    If you have any questions, please email
    Don't miss this chance to celebrate our nation's 150th anniversary!

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