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  • 02 Feb 2016 11:10 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone that joined us for our first Final Friday of 2016 as we welcomed in all the students (many American) at Vesalius UniversityPlease find here the event on our website and pictures:

    We look forward to seeing everyone next month as we visit the oldest and most beautiful hotel in Brussels (and also a corporate member of the club):

  • 22 Jan 2016 11:03 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Thank you for joining us last night for the viewing of the 2015 Emmy Award Winning movie "Forgotten Angel of Bastogne" and to those that stayed on for the All American dinner at the Hard Rock (especially those that over contributed for drinks as that gave us close to 50 Euros to donate to our charities of the night)!  

    I would also like to thank you for supporting the Augusta Chiwy Foundation and Community Health Service. To learn more about both organisations, please feel free to e-mail me and I can introduce you to them personally. Below are their websites:

  • 18 Jan 2016 10:20 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Despite not receive the day off, we should still take a moment to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. An American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

    King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia (the Albany Movement), and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

    On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam".

    In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.

    King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

  • 13 Jan 2016 9:38 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)


  • 10 Jan 2016 1:14 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Happy New Years to all of our members and friends of the club! 2016 marks the American Club of Brussels 95th Anniversary and we have planned a wonderful gala dinner/dance to celebrate this occasion. This will be a monumental night on Saturday January 23rd at Bozar featuring the SHAPE band and a three-course meal. Don’t miss this event!

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Kind Regards,


    Brian Dunhill

    President – American Club of Brussels

  • 25 Dec 2015 8:32 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all

    We may not have the snow covered December that many of us remember, but it is still a “most wonderful time of the year!”- the lights, the presents under the tree, the impatient  children, the happiness of our friends and family.

    Whether our families are with us now, or a phone call or skype away, it is a time of togetherness, and a time for reflection. These days, compassion is often forgotten, opportunities are missed, in the rush of our daily lives and the events that make the headlines. May this Christmas season, and the New Year be a time of peace, love, laughter, and goodwill to all.

    Our sincere thanks go out to all who have helped make this year so successful. There are board members and many others who have given their time and effort. A special mention goes out to Andre-Luc Bisson, who was the driving force behind the outstanding success of the tourtiere fund-raising event.

    All the best for 2016!

    President CCB


    Joyeux Noël et Joyeuses Fêtes à tous

    Nous n’avons peut-être pas un mois de décembre couvert de neige comme nous les connaissons, mais c’est tout de même toujours “un merveilleux moment de l’année” ! – Les lumières, les cadeaux en dessous du sapin, des enfants impatients, le bohneur de vos amis et familles.

    Que nos familles soient près de nous, ou rejoignables par téléphone ou skype, c’est un moment de convivialité et de réflection. Ces jours-ci, dans la course de notre vie quotidienne et des événements qui font la une, la compassion est souvent oubliée et on passe aux côtés d’opportunités. Que ce Noël et la Nouvelle Année soient un temps de paix, d’amour, de rire et de bienveillance pour tous.

    Nos sincères remerciements à tous ceux qui ont contribué à faire de cette année un tel succès. Membres du Conseil et nombreux autres ont donné de leur temps et efforts. Une mention spéciale à André-Luc Bisson qui fut la force motrice derrière le succès exceptionnel pour la confection des tourtières pour notre collecte de fonds.

    Tout le meilleur pour 2016 !


    President CCB


    Les Salanganes Christmas!

    “The Club’s Christmas Buffet-Supper and visit of Santa Claus organised for the children at ‘Le Refuge-Les Salanganes’ on 10 December was a joyful event and a great success.  Immense thanks go to all Club members who provided gifts for the children – their eyes and faces lit up with pure delight as they met and received their bag from Santa.  Special thanks go to Guylaine and Jean-Claude Gagnon (Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus) who again worked their magic.  Mireille Goffart again cooked the best turkey in town as did Guylaine Jean-Gagnon with the ham.  Thanks also go to George Brown, Robb Karthaus, Lydie Podhradszky de Nemespodhragy for their contributions and extra special thanks to Sylvie Nicholson for her huge pot of delicious macaroni-cheese and magnificent hand-made and exquisitely decorated 100 Christmas cookies!  Last but not least, gratitude for the 15 pizzas donated again this year by Mr. Jean Franco of the Castello Lucano Italian Restaurant at 131 Tiensesteenweg, 3000 Leuven (the children loved them!). 


    Noël chez les Salanganes!

    ‘Le buffet pour le diner de Noël et visite du Père Noël, organisés le 10 décembre dernier par le Club pour ”Le Refuge Les Salanganes”, fut un joyeux événement et un grand succès.  Un immense merci à tous les membres du Club qui ont fourni des cadeaux aux enfants.  Leurs visages et leurs yeux se sont illumines lorsqu’ils ont reçu ceux-ci des mains Père Noël.  Un merci special à Guylaine et Jean-Claude Gagnon (Mère et Père Noël) pour leur magie.  Mireille Goffart qui a de nouveau cuisine la meilleure dinde en ville, tout comme Guylaine Jean-Gagnon pour le jambon.  Un merci à George Brown, Robb Karthaus, Lydie Podhradszky de Nemespodhragy pour leurs contributions.  Aussi, un merci extra special à Sylvie Nicholson pour son immense et délicieux plat de macaroni au fromage ainsi que 100 magnifiques biscuits faits et décorés à la main!  Et enfin, toute notre reconnaissance pour les 15 pizzas offertes encore cette année par M. Jean Franco du Restaurant Italien Castello Lucano au 131 Tiensesteenweg, 3000 Leuven.  Les enfants les ont adorées!’


    New Year’s Cheer

    Our annual New Year’s Cheer reception will take place on Friday January 15. All members should have now received an email with a personalized invitation from the Ambassador of Canada to the European Union.  Please let us know if you did not receive one.

    The email is from, and attendance must be confirmed in advance. Please note: “Couple or Family members” will receive an invitation for both the member and spouse/partner. “Individual members” will receive an invitation for the member only.

    If you wish to upgrade from “Individual” to “Couple / Family” please advise us.


    “Cheers” du Nouvel An

    Notre réunion annuelle pour le “Cheers” du Nouvel An aura lieu le vendredi 15 janvier. Tous les membres devraient maintenant avoir reçu un courriel avec une invitation personnalisée de la part de l’Ambassadeur du Canada auprès de l’Union Européenne. Nous vous prions de nous laissez savoir si vous n’avez pas reçu celle-ci.

    Le courriel est en provenance de, et votre présence doit être confirmée d’avance. Prendre note : Les membres “En couple ou famille” recevront une invitation pour les 2 conjoints/partenaires. Les membres “individuels” recevront une invitation pour eux-même seulement. Si vous désirez changer votre statut, d’individuel à couple/famille, laissez-nous le savoir.


    Pub night and English Conversation group

    At the Canadian Club of Belgium we don’t keep our new year’s resolutions until the beginning of the year. Here are two more events in January to note.

    First, we are holding our monthly Pub Night on Friday January 8 at the Old Oak Irish Pub on Rue Franklin 26, in the middle of the international Schuman area. Easily accessible by metro, tram and bus, this is the ideal location to meet up with fellow Canadians and start off the new year.

    Second, we now have dates for our English Conversation Group. From the 6th of January on, there will be weekly sessions, hosted by Robb Karhaus and Karine Valiquette, except for holidays and other special occasions when the Military Family Resource Centre is closed. 

    Here’s the current schedule:

    Wednesday January 6, 13h30 to 15h00, hosted by Karine

    Monday January 11, 11h00 to 12h30, hosted by Robb

    Wednesday January 20, 13h30 to 15h00 hosted by Karine

    Monday January 25, 11h00 to 12h30, hosted by Robb

    Address: Frans Landrainstraat 19-7, 1970 Wezembeek-Oppem



    Soirée Pub et Groupe de Conversation Anglophone

    Au Club Canadien de Belgique, nous ne gardons pas de résolution du Nouvel An jusqu’au début de l’année. Voici 2 autres événements à noter en Janvier.

    Tout d’abord, nous tiendrons notre Soirée Pub le vendredi 8 janvier au Old Oak Irish Pub sur la rue Franklin 26, au centre de la zone internationale Schuman. Facile d’accès par metro, tram et autobus, c’est une location idéale pour rencontrer des amis Canadiens et commencer la nouvelle année.

    En second lieu, nous avons maintenant les dates pour le groupe de conversation anglophone. À partir du 6 janvier, il y aura une session hebdomadaire animée par Robb Karhauss et Karine Valiquette, excepté lors des vacances, congés et autres occasions spéciales lorsque le Centre de ressource pour les familles des militaires sera fermé.

    Voici l’horaire pour janvier :

    Mercredi 6 janvier, de 13h30 à 15h00, animée par Karine

    Lundi 11 janvier, de 11h00 à 12h30, animée par Robb

    Mercredi 20 janvier, de 13h30 à 15h00, animée par Karine

    Lundi 25 janvier, de 11h00 à 12h30, animée par Robb

    Adresse : Frans Landrainstraat 19-7, 1970 Wezembeek-Oppem

    January Coffee Morning

    The January Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday January 20 at 11am at Ms. Maraluisa Dodd, Rue Marc Athur 25, 1180 Brussels.

    Please confirm your attendance by telephone.

    Lydie:  0473 80 77 85.


    Coffee Morning de janvier

    Le Coffee morning de janvier aura lieu le mercredi 20 janvier à 11h chez Mme Maraluisa Dodd, rue Général Marc Arthur 25, 1180 Bruxelles. Veuillez prévenir Lydie de votre présence et de ce que vous apporterez, au 0473 80 77 85.

  • 22 Dec 2015 9:37 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Community Help Service (CHS) is a unique not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for more than 45 years. It provides information, support and mental health services to anyone in Belgium who needs help and prefers or finds it easier to speak in English, regardless of their nationality or circumstances

    CHS offers an anonymous, confidential, 24/7, English-speaking Help Line (02.648.40.14) for children, adolescents and adults, which provides general information, support and help in a crisis. The line is manned by volunteers who are trained, supported and supervised by professional therapists. During 2014, the Help Line received more than 3,500 calls.

    For people needing longer term support, CHS also has a Mental Health Centre in a house at Avenue des Phalènes/Nachtvlinderslaan 26, 1000 Brussels (off Avenue Franklin Roosevelt). Its team of psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists deal with a broad range of problems including depression, addiction, bereavement, culture shock and couple and family difficulties. A children’s team specializes in psycho-educational evaluations, highly valued by the international schools in Brussels and Luxembourg. While all therapists speak English, individual therapists can also work in Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian and Spanish. The MHC received more than 700 new clients during 2014 representing 39 nationalities.

    CHS receives no financial subsidy of any kind. It relies entirely on financial contributions from its own therapists as well as donations and contributions from other organizations, sponsorship, fund-raising events and the sale of its annual calendar.

    You can help to support CHS by attending the Emmy award-winning documentary film ‘Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne’, which will be shown at the theatre ‘Huis van het Nederlands, Rue Philippe de Champagnestraat 23, 1000 Brussels on Thursday January 21. Please register via the ACB website.

    If you would like further information about CHS e.g. with regard to becoming a volunteer or providing financial or other support, please contact CHS at its MHC (02.647.67.80) or by e-mail at The CHS website is

  • 13 Dec 2015 11:48 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure that I write this letter today to the membership of the prestigious American Club of Brussels excepting the honor of being the new President of the Club! It comes with heavy responsibility as Marcia has left me large shoes to fill, but with the assistance of the most talented board and a great membership, this will be a joy!

    2016 marks our 95th Anniversary and we look forward to lots of pomp and circumstance to celebrate the occasion with three flagship events, our Holiday Gala at the Grand Place, the 95th Anniversary party at the Bozar and Grease Night (with viewings and dance practices for people like me with two left feet). We are also excited to rollout some new events in 2016, so make sure you keep an eye on the newsletter! 

    The US Presidential election is around the corner and while we will continue to refrain from becoming a political organization, we look forward to the build up of the political season until the election night.

    The dine-out committee not only has a stellar list of great restaurants for 2016, but will also Beta test a monthly lunch outing. Final Fridays will include interested new venues including the American University Vesalius in January (after all we should be trying to retain these Americans that have come over here to study).

    We are also excited to have our first intern working for the American Club, Molly Robinson will be helping us on projects from improving the website, to expanding partnerships to building this blog. She has also drafted out our 2016 plan of which we are still looking to fill many of the positions including:

    Thanksgiving Chair

    4th of July Chair

    Super Bowl Chair

    Marketing Chair

    Please let us know where you can help? We also welcome you to reach out to us with suggestions for improvement of the club? I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events and would like to wish you a Happy Holiday season!

  • 11 Dec 2015 11:36 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    A commercial video for a new product named "James" is being made in Belgium.

    "James" is a house robot that makes your family life a lot easier and more fun.

    He's your personal assistant.

    It's really impressive.

    So they are currently looking for four models:

    * 1 female - age 10-14

    * 1 male - age 15-16

    * 1 male - age 35-45

    * 1 female - age 35-45

    Together, these characters play a family that owns a "James" robot.

    They shoot in Knokke-Heist (1h drive from Brussels) at the coast on december 19th and 20th (saturday - sunday). Saturday will be a full day for everyone, sunday depends on the characters.

    Meals and beverages are provided for the cast. Same as transport costs.

    + 350 euros/2 days for each.

    If you are interested and you suffice the profiles we're looking for, make a 

    audition video of yourself explaining the product you see in next video:

    Send it to, and you'll hear from them.

  • 11 Dec 2015 11:14 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Martin King, founder of the Augusta Chiwy Foundation, shows constant and impressive drive to preserve the values of Augusta Chiwy known as “the Forgotten Angel of Bastogne.” King heard about Augusta’s valiant presence in World War II while conversing with a soldier during historical exploration in Bastogne, and he spent several years locating her. When he eventually found her place of residence, King sought Augusta’s story personally by visiting her daily for eight to nine months before she eventually started speaking to her wartime experiences as a black nurse during the World War II in Belgium. King was the driver behind Augusta’s Ordre de la Couronne honor by the Belgian throne, the documentary Searching for Augusta, the Forgotten Angel of Bastogne, and Augusta’s ongoing recognition worldwide.

    King’s persistence in preserving Augusta’s ideals and her story is due to his belief in her character-- trumping all grotesque wartime conditions, a resilient, kind caregiver. “[She was] a gorgeous as a person...hard worker, feisty, and didn’t take crap from anyone.” Augusta’s tireless efforts, confirmed by historical records and wartime health care colleagues/their descendents, fueled a desire to tell her story. King, who came from humble upbringings and has family members who are nurses, especially could relate to Augusta’s work ethic and compassionate heart.

    With King’s personal belief of treating people alike aside from their race, accomplishments, or religion, the Augusta Chiwy Foundation was founded on equal opportunity ideals. As King notes, “...leading by example...regarding people as people and children as children.” The foundation seeks to give scholarships to underprivileged children. Eligible children are awarded  scholarships under the condition that they are educated on the values that the foundation stands for. King hopes that Augusta’s legacy will continue through the Augusta Chiwy Foundation by educating children in need on positive messages of racial equality, harmony, caring, ambiguity  without religious preference.

    The American Club of Brussels established Augusta Chiwy as the first club honorary lifetime member and Martin King as the second. Sadly, Augusta passed away before she could be awarded her certificate.

    You can be a part of fulfilling the goals of the Augusta Chiwy Foundation by donating online or attending the American Club of Brussels’ Searching for Augusta, the Forgotten Angel of Bastogne documentary viewing event.

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