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  • 09 Dec 2016 2:17 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Whatever the problem, the CHS HELPLINE in Belgium (02 648 40 14) provides a listening ear and helpful advice in English, 24 hours a day, every day. Whether you are looking for confidential support during a difficult time, coping with a family crisis, or simply looking for the name of an English-speaking doctor, trained CHS volunteers are always on hand to take your call.

    CHS invites you to do your part to help it continue to help every person in Belgium who needs its services. The CHS HELPLINE relies on external funding and donations to remain operational. Please donate today.

    For US taxpayers

    U.S. donors can support CHS activities in a tax-efficient way through a contribution to the “American Friends of CHS in Belgium Fund” at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Because KBFUS is a public charity, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions. If you wish to support CHS, here is how to proceed:

    - Gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write “Community Help Service ASBL” in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.  (See below for an example of the gift form which should accompany the check.)

    - Gifts by credit card: Go to the attached link on the KBFUS website and click on the Donate button.

    - Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Contact KBFUS by email, or by phone +1.212.713.7660.

    Example of a gift form to be completed by the donor, and returned to KBFUS together with their check:

    [X] YES! I want to support Community Help Service ASBL through a contribution to the American Friends of CHS in Belgium Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Enclosed is my check for:

    [ ] $50                      [ ] $250                   [ ] $500                  [ ] $1,000              [ ] Other $__________

    I understand that the Board of Directors of KBFUS is not bound by my designating my contribution for deposit in the American Friends of CHS in Belgium Fund and retains the ultimate control over the use of my contribution. I also understand that this is necessary in order for me to obtain the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for my contribution.

    [ ] I wish my gift to remain anonymous. Do not advise the beneficiary of my contact information.

    My name: _____________________________ Phone: ____________________________

    Signature: _____________________________ Email: _____________________________

    For Belgian taxpayers

    If you wish to support CHS, bank transfers are to be made to the “Friends of CHS Fund” managed by the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium (KBF).

    IBAN of KBF: BE10 0000 0000 0404 - A structured message 016/0920/00007 needs to be included which identifies the CHS fund within KBF.

    Donors transferring €40 or more to KBF during a calendar year will receive early in the following year a certificate from KBF permitting a tax deduction in Belgium.

    For more information about KBF in Belgium and the US, please refer to their respective websites at and

    For more information about CHS and its Helpline, mental health services and psycho-educational assessments, offered from its center at Avenue des Phalènes 26, 1000 Brussels (off Avenue Franklin Roosevelt), please refer to its website

  • 27 Nov 2016 12:36 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    I'm happy to let you know that both John Metselaar and Avi Goldstein have accepted positions on the board! Welcome and we are excited to have you on the team. 

    This was probably one of the busiest weeks for the club in a long time. The bowling tournament was a huge success and the food was amazing. Thank you Erin and CJ for organising! I'm no longer the raining champion. :( 

    Thanksgiving was impeccably organised by Maggie with many families and Jo Anne doing a wonderful speech! I hope she will share the video with everyone?

    The Angel Tree fundraiser at Thanksgiving and FF was extremely successful as Erin sold out all 25 Angels and raised 730 Euros! All the gifts have been purchased and we look forward to delivering them on St Nicks day! 

    Membership has been growing with 17 new members in the last 30 days! We will keep the promotion going until the holiday party that they get to join the holiday party for free and get the rest of 2016 free!

    The year is nearly over, but don't miss the holiday party as we see the beautiful Grand Place on December 9th! We also have our tour of the Christmas Market on December 18th and Game Night at ChezWawa on December 12th

    Have a wonderful weekend and see you all soon. 

  • 25 Nov 2016 9:49 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Thanksgiving at the Sheraton was wonderful as always, but a big thank you needs to go to those that contributed to the Angel Tree. If you weren't able to make it (or donate), it's not too late to help us raise money for the St. Nicholas parties at the Alsemberg refugee centre and La Cité Joyous orphanage

    Join us at Final Friday tonight at the Stanhope and make a donation to help purchase gifts for these children. 

    How it works: Choose an angel tag from the tree and then place the angel tag and monetary donation into one of the gift boxes next to the angel tree. We will get the gifts on your behalf!

    Alternatively, you can take a tag, shop yourself, and then drop off the gift at the American Women’s Club of Brussels at Avenue des Erables 1, 1640 Rhode St Genèse or Cross Border Planning at Av. De Saisons 110, 1050 Brussels by no later than Monday, November 28th.

    We thank you for your generosity!

    Thank you to Fresh Response for the picture and all the great work! 

  • 24 Nov 2016 12:38 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)


    The Bulletin and ING Belgium invite you to a seminar on « ESTATE PLANNING »


    Marc Quaghebeur:
    Partner, De Broeck/Van Laere and Partners

    « Make the best of your wealth »

    Alexandre Caudron and Frederic Helsen:
    Notaries, Berquin

    « An update on the latest legal changes »

    Dave Deruytter:
    Head of Expatriates and non-residents, ING Bank Belgium

    « Getting your Estate Planning priorities right as an Expat in Belgium. »

    Thursday December 6, 2016 | ING HEAD OFFICE - Marnix

    Entrance via Rue de trone 1 - 1000 Brussels | (nearest subway station: Trône)


    Registrations at 17:30


    Presentations at 18:00 sharp


    End by 21:00

    Attendance is FREE. Register before December 2nd.


     Best regards,

    The Bulletin Team 

    © copyright2015 - Mediahuis N.V. - The Bulletin - A.Gossetlaan 30 - Groot-Bijgaarden - Belgium


  • 22 Nov 2016 10:31 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    I can't wait for Thanksgiving, don't forget to give thanks and give back! See how you can help the Alsemberg refugee center, La Cité Joyeuse orphanage and Fresh Response!

    ACB - Thanksgiving Program - 2016.pdf

  • 21 Nov 2016 10:09 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    It's hard to believe that five years ago we established the company and now we have a new name, partner, a great team and the most wonderful clients. Please join us in celebrating these achievements and meet our new business partner. We will provide some hors d'oeuvres and drinks, please feel free to bring a guest. 

    Wednesday, November 23rd - 18:00 to 20:00. 

    Av. des Saisons 110, 1050 Brussels. 

    Please click here for the full invitation.

  • 16 Nov 2016 4:54 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Volunteer NOW for Relay For Life and help get rid of cancer

     The International Community of Belgium (ICB) is looking for volunteers interested in helping organise the 7th edition of its Relay For Life in Waterloo in June 2017.

     Do you have a little spare time? Would you like to make a difference, meet new friends and develop your organisational and interpersonal skills?

    Interested in being a part of it? Then please contact Elene Riordan: • 0495 51 64 25

     Relay For Life is a life­changing experience entirely organised by volunteers that celebrates cancer survivors, pays tribute to loved ones lost to cancer and gives hope to those currently fighting cancer.

     For more information, visit

  • 11 Nov 2016 2:47 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure that we write to invite you and your fellow members of The American Club of Brussels to the First Brussels Christmas Charity Ball on Saturday 17 December 2016 in the Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels. More than 300 prominent international and Belgian guests will enjoy a fairytale Christmas atmosphere in the magical Theatre Hall, evoked by the unique cultural combination of world-class Russian ballet and a gastronomic gala dinner, with a heart for charity.  

    The first edition of the Brussels Christmas Charity Ball is organized to raise funds in aid of local Belgian projects for SOS Kinderdorpen Villages d’Enfants Belgium, a non-governmental organization active in the field of children's rights and committed to children's needs and concerns. 

    The evening will commence with a Champagne & Caviar cocktail from 19.30, followed by a gastronomic three-course dinner at 21h – accompanied by a sublime piano recital.  In between the courses, you will be dazzled by sketches of live ballet performed by the stars of the worldwide renowned Russian Theatres of Mariinsky and Mikhailovski. By performing The Nutcracker ballet, we want to symbolize the love and support SOS Kinderdorpen Villages d’Enfants has brought to vulnerable children. Ending with an artistic auction and a cocktail party, the Brussels Christmas Charity Ball will leave you and your fellow members with a treasured memory. 

    We would be delighted if you were to be our guest at the First Brussels Christmas Charity Ball. As an independent personal initiative, we would equally be very appreciative if you could forward this invitation amongst fellow members who could be interested. As such, we took the liberty to herewith send you a few leaflets of the Charity Ball.

    Additional information about the First Brussels Christmas Charity Ball, together with details about SOS Kinderdorpen Villages d’Enfants, are available on the website Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time via e-mail at or by telephone at 0468/32.17.74.

  • 08 Nov 2016 11:44 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    For those of you that will be joining us tonight, it will be an amazing evening. We have 120 VIPs, over 60 members of the press, 40 volunteers and a thousand attendees! Please note:

    ▪ Each guest must have an invitation and an official ID to be admitted.

    ▪ No bags will be permitted: no backpacks, no briefcases, no large shoulder bags.

    Here is the planned schedule for the evening

    7 pm – VIP dinner drinks

    7h30 pm – VIP Dinner starts -Few words of intro by Brian Dunhill American Club of Brussels president

    8h00 pm – End first course - Jamie Shea (Nato) on the issues facing the next presidency in Europe

    8h30 pm – End second course - Tom Parker (EU consultancy) on the issues facing the next presidency in its relations with the EU.

    8h50 pm – Dessert Buffet

    9h00 pm – Launch of the evening with ribbon cutting from US ambassador Mrs Bauer

    9h15 pm – Music by Kruger Brothers

    10h00 pm – Panel discussion MC’d by Jerry Sheridan with Jamie Shea and Tom Parker

    10h45 pm – Music by Kruger Brothers

    11h30 pm – Debate between Republicans Overseas rep and Democrats Abroad Rep.

    From midnight onwards people start to get glued to TV screens or head for bed.

    Closes at 3h00 am

  • 03 Nov 2016 2:41 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    November 9 - 8:30 p.m.

    Rue du Monténégro 44
    1060 Brussels

    Hen's Teeth is a new duo featuring Jane Rothfield and Nathan Bontrager, two powerhouse and inventive American roots musicians who specialise in old time Appalachian music. They first met at the legendary Clifftop festival in West Virginia, where they spent hours exploring cello, fiddle, banjo and guitar combinations as the musical sparks flew! Hen’s Teeth make music that’s firmly rooted in tradition, combined with their own inventive and unique styles. Janie and Nathan both sing, and they each play fiddle, banjo and guitar too (not at the same time!). With the addition of Nathan’s cello, the instrumental and musical combinations are practically limitless!

    More info about the duo:

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