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  • 31 Oct 2016 7:43 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    For those of us that were lucky enough to meet Martin King last year as he allowed us to view his Emmy award winning film "Searching for Augusta." The film is finally available in the US!

    ATP estimates that 186 stations across the US, representing 110 million viewing households, will air the film. ATP continues to market the film world-wide and through the digital outlet agreement we have reached with them.

    Make sure to let your friend know about this amazing movie!

    http://www.augustachiwy.com/film.html

  • 25 Oct 2016 9:42 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Election Night is officially sold out for regular admission, we still have a few tickets for the VIP dinner (which includes general admission)!

    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2359492

  • 21 Oct 2016 1:37 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Dear ACB Members and Friends, 

    It is with great pleasure that I’m writing to you regarding the largest election event in Brussels. Tickets are going fast and will sell out. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door on the evening of the event. Pre-registration is required: www.uselections.be

    This activity is a great fundraiser for the club and, more importantly, an opportunity for the Club to deepen our relationships in the Brussels community. 

    That being said, such an initiative needs lots of volunteer efforts and John, Dick and Marcia have been spearheading these initiatives to make for an amazing evening. We will need more support from the club on the evening itself. This includes:

    I. Help managing the entrance

    II. Help managing the press

    III. Help managing the speakers and VIP’s

    IV. Help managing the coatroom

    If you’re available to help for a 2-3 hour period, you will have the opportunity to join the event for free. Please e-mail me at brian@crossborderplanning.net if you can help. 

    We look forward to making this historic election an historic evening in Brussels. 

    Best Regards, 

    Brian Dunhill

    President - American Club of Brussels

  • 21 Oct 2016 11:14 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Dear Members and Friends, 

    I'm writing you from warm and sunny Monaco, where this years AAC conference is being held. If you're not aware of the association of American Clubs, you should check out their website:

    http://www.associationofamericanclubs.com

    You're membership includes a reciprocal membership to all the American clubs in Europe. While we listed this years event for the first time not expecting much, I'm proud to report that we're the club with the most members in attendance behind the hosting club of the French Riviera. We have 7 club members in attendance and hopefully we will come back with lots of fresh ideas. 

    As you know, Election Night is just around the corner and we're looking for volunteers and a few more sponsors for the evening. Most importantly, make sure you sign up for the event as it will be an amazing evening and join the VIP dinner. 

    http://www.uselections.be

    The election is getting us lots of good press (thank you John, Dick and Marcia), of which some makes it look like I'm running for President (although I might be more qualified then other un-named candidates). 

    Halloween is only a week away and we're looking forward to seeing all of your costumes:

    http://americanclubbrussels.org/event-2360237

    Our new board members Andrew, Kathleen, CJ and Erin have hit the ground running with a brunch and bringing back our bowling tournament

    Lastly, we have made a tradition of going to Fatboys on Sunday for American Football. I will be out of town and therefore, please go and keep Peter company and commiserate with him about the Cowboys! 

    https://www.meetup.com/American-Club-of-Brussels/events/235013153/

    Happy Friday! 

  • 21 Oct 2016 11:12 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed investment partnership between the European Union and the United States with the intention of promoting trade and economic growth, probably won’t be finalized until 2019 or 2020.  Still, with market access and regulations under negotiation, it’s a good time to discuss how the agreement could affect the markets in the EU and the US. 

    Currently, the EU-US economic relationship is the largest in the world between any two trading blocks. Together, they are responsible for more than half of the world’s GDP, about 40% of world trade services, and about 30% of the global merchandise trade. Every day, about $2 billion of transatlantic trade in goods and services takes place. When it comes to investment, the relationship is even larger. The two governments are each other’s largest sources for direct foreign investment (FDI). In 2011, European investment in the United States was 70% of total FDI in the US. 

    Approval of the TTIP will increase this relationship even further. A study from the European Commission found that European exports would increase by 28%. When looking outside of the two countries, the study found that EU and US trade with the rest of the world would increase by 33%. 

    For Americans, the partnership would open up new opportunities for Made-in-America products in European markets. American businesses, farmers, and families could benefit from jobs, growth, and international competitiveness. 

    The study found that US GDP would increase by about 0.4%, while EU GDP would increase by about 0.5%. This translates into about $870 per year of extra disposable income for a family of four in the United States. 

    As of now, trade is fairly easy between the EU and the US, and tariffs are low at around 4%. But with the trade deal, almost all import duties on industrial and agricultural goods will be eliminated, creating millions of dollars in savings. Other hurdles would also be eliminated, such as rules on food testing and car safety, which are currently about equal, but incompatible, and would become compatible under the partnership. 

    The goal of the TTIP is to encourage transatlantic foreign investment by making it less complicated. An agreement is meant to stop any discrimination against foreign investors, as well as prohibit expropriation, denied access to courts, and arbitrary treatment. If an investor has lost money because the rules were violated, they can file an investor state dispute settlement. 

    Through easier access to public markets and abolishment of discrimination of foreign investors, it will be easier for Americans living abroad to invest, meaning now is an important time to start speaking with your financial advisor. 

    Get a complimentary copy of the American expat guide at www.omniwealth.eu/sign-up-for-our-financial-guide for more information about the financial planning process as an American expat. You can also visit www.crossborderplanning.net and www.omniwealth.eu.

  • 18 Oct 2016 6:06 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    INVITATION

    Voka, Flemish Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    American Power Breakfast - November 9, 2016

    We start at 5:30 until 10:00. During the event we are receiving politicians (Deputy Prime Minister Decroo, Budget Minister Van Overtveldt, Secretary of State Decrem and Secretary of State Debaets), as well as entrepreneurs (Lotus, ABInbev...) and people from the academic world (Dave Sinardet, Economist Peter Dekeyzer, Professor Bart Kerremans...).

    During the event we have a live newsdesk, which we will be streamed on the internet, hosted by Xavier Taveirne (Radio 1). He will interview our guests.

    It would be nice if we could have some American Expats who are willing to give us their opinion on the election and would be eager to discuss the challenges for the new President-Elect.

    Tom DEMEYER
    Spokesperson
    Voka - Vlaams netwerk van ondernemingen
    Koningsstraat 154-158
    1000 Brussel
    tom.demeyer@voka.be

           

    inschrijfknop

    Wordt het Clinton of toch Trump? De vraagt houdt Amerika en de wereld al meer dan een jaar in de ban. Op 9 november kennen we het antwoord. Wees erbij op dit historische moment. We volgen live de verkiezingsresultaten op de voet. U kan doorlopend langskomen tussen 05u30 en 10u00...

           

           

     

  • 05 Oct 2016 4:08 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)


    Beersel Castle - © vzw De Rand

    Discover Flemish Brabant

    With this booklet, the tourist board of Flemish Brabant (Toerisme Vlaams Brabant) wants to introduce the expats living in and around Brussels to the touristic assets of Flemish Brabant, a surprisingly green area on the doorstep of Brussels. Fascinating stories, useful trip tips and attractive images should inspire the international community to discover Flemish Brabant to the fullest. Six influential expat bloggers (among them ACB board member Wendy Deyell) headed off to discover some unspoiled parts of the province and, in the brochure, share their tips to get the most out of a trip to this green area around Brussels. These experiences are alternated with ready-to-use listicles to explore the area’s gems even more.

    You can consult and download the digital version of the expat booklet via this link.

  • 04 Oct 2016 10:47 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)


    With the approach of colder weather, the HOPE team would like to invite AWCB members to donate new or gently-used coats and shoes for the benefit of the needy during the month of October. All sizes are welcome.

    All donations can be dropped off in a bin next to the wooden HOPE chest in the lower level of the clubhouse.

    BINGO at Home Leopold will be on October 13th. We will play BINGO with residents and serve light refreshments. We are looking for volunteers to join us and we are also looking for donations of scarves, gloves, hats, bags, small household items, backpacks as prizes for bingo. Contact Marty Niebel for more info: marty.niebel1@gmail.com


  • 27 Sep 2016 4:41 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Book Launch at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th with readings from 7 p.m. at Waterstone’s Booksellers, 75, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71, 1000 Brussels

    Circle of Words, by various authors
    Brussels Writers’ Circle Anthology I
    Harvard Square Editions
    Release Date: September 15, 2016

    ISBN: 978-1-941861-20-2

    Trade paperback and eBook formats 270 pages, $22.95
    Available through Ingram, Baker, & Taylor Brodart, Amazon, & bookstores everywhere

    PRESS RELEASE

    Circle of Words
    Illuminates  Brussels

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, July 18, 2016—European Capital Brussels has grabbed the attention of international press for many of the wrong reasons in 2016. Aside from the sparks of Jihad, it is home to a vibrant international community of writers who question life: destiny and choice; diversity and integration.

    The Brussels Writers Circle (BWC), which is proud to host members hailing from Belgium to New Zealand, Greece to the USA, Russia to Vietnam, celebrates the launch of its first anthology, Circle of Words. More international than London, Brussels is the unique spot for such an international, English-language publication.

    Here, twenty six authors from 16 countries share their reflections, on a boy’s dealing with the death of a chameleon; on becoming invisible; on a young Samurai-in-training facing a choice that will affect his fate—to kill or not to kill a song bird. There are stories and poems of love, longing and belonging, from the intimate, to evanescent, with travellers finding a home in Flanders or among Canadian Indians. Others focus on the art, the craft, the struggle of writing itself.

    The book launch will be held at Waterstone’s at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th with readings from 7 p.m.: 75, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71, 1000 Brussels.

    About the authors: Contributors to Circle of Words are among the 200 members of the BWC, founded in 1997, with both English mother-tongue and non-mother-tongue speakers who together help writers—established and new—fine tune their craft and publish. They meet in the centre of Brussels giving readings and feedback on fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry.  These writers from the four corners of the Earth retreat twice a year to the Flemish countryside, in an old monastery that turns into a modern melting pot. There, they spin their yarns and weave the next circle of words.

    Harvard Square Editions is a Hollywood-based publishing house dedicated to bringing out art that crosses political, social, and cultural boundaries, including winners of the Nautilus, IPPY other book awards. It will release Circle of Words on 15 September 2016. Waterstones will  host the book launch in Brussels.

    MARKETING & PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN

    • Book launch at Watersone’s Brussels
    • National Radio & Print Campaign 
    • Major Book Club Outreach
    • 5-city author tour 
    • Library Outreach
    • Online Publicity Campaign Targeting Major National Sites, Entertainment Sites, and Book Blogs
    • Coordinated Blog Tour
    • Social Networking Campaign on Goodreads & Facebook
    • Twitter: @Harvardsquareed
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/109317239112019/
    • Web site: https://brusselswriterscircle.wordpress.com/
    • Emails: sw@harvardsquareeditions.org brusselswriterscircle@gmail.com
    Simone Weingarten
    Harvard Square Editions
    2152 Beachwood Terrace
    Hollywood, California 90068
    sw@harvardsquareeditions.org
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  • 27 Sep 2016 4:22 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)
    Afbeeldingsresultaat voor flagey logo
    Thu., November 10 - 12:30 - Studio 1

    Reed Tetzloff, piano

    Flagey offers a platform to young pianists, and gives them a chance to explore new repertoire. This time, it is up to Reed Tetzloff, one of the young promising American prize winners of today. Worth discovering!
     
    Programme

    César Franck, Prélude, Choral et Fugue
    Franz Liszt, Ballad No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
    Charles Griffes, Sonata, A. 85
    Nikolai Kapustin, Variations, op. 41

    Price: €10.00
    Sandwich & drink included

    Book ticket


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