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  • 03 Jun 2022 08:41 | Anonymous member

    The AWCB is proud to be a member of the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), an international network of 64 clubs in 34 countries around the world. Each member of a FAWCO member club such as AWCB is automatically a member of FAWCO and AWCB members are invited to attend FAWCO events.

    June 2022 Events


    FAWCO is a global women’s NGO (non-governmental organization), and since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

    Each member of a FAWCO member club such as AWCB is automatically a member of FAWCO and is eligible to serve on committees, participate in conferences and meetings, and take part in activities.

  • 28 May 2022 16:43 | Anonymous member

    Joyce Kedzuf Mostinckx is a great fan of the Keukenhof Tulip Festival. This year again, she and her husband Marc went to see the two-hours long parade which follows a 42 kilometre route. Well organised as Joyce always is, they arrived early to beat the crowd and sat comfortably on folding chairs to enjoy the spectacle and take photos. The floats are totally amazing, all with different themes. Here are some examples.

  • 28 May 2022 16:19 | Anonymous member

    After a delay of 2 years due to the covid pandemic, the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), finally had its bi-annual conference in Luxembourg this month. It was well attended by Women’s Club members from across the globe including our own FAWCO Representative Michelle Vanderstraaten, as well as AWCB Board members Lorraine De Bock, Ariadna Martinez, and Jennifer Constantino. This was an incredible opportunity to learn more of what FAWCO offers. The group gained inspiration and had an invaluable chance to exchange ideas and share resources along with making useful connections.

    Our members learned more about the FAWCO Target Projects, including that focused on eliminating FGM. We had the privilege of hearing a speech by Rhobi Samwelly, FGM survivor and director of Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania, and learned about what FAWCO is doing and how its efforts have made an impact on ending FGM worldwide. For more information see the website.

    Your membership to the AWCB automatically makes you a member of FAWCO. But what does this mean to you and to our club? FAWCO is our umbrella organization that connects us not only to other Women’s Clubs but also to the work FAWCO does at the American and international levels. FAWCO is a United Nations accredited NGO with special status to consult on the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Its focus is on issues concerning women and children in the areas of education, environment, health and human rights. FAWCO, the AWCB, and our sister clubs around the world all share a passion for improving the world in which we live now and for future generations. To learn more about the action being taken behind all the encouraging words, go to the How We Work page.

    At the Luxembourg conference, AWCB members learned about FAWCO initiatives and how our club can be involved. One example is The Welcoming Project, which works to increase inclusiveness for all. In addition to the FAWCO Education Awards, the FAWCO youth program encourages expat children to gain cultural understanding and raise awareness of global issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to learn more about the UN and get involved.

    Another project is The Cultural Volunteer Program, which is looking for clubs to host teens to experience 3-5 cultural and volunteering events over a set number of days. If you would like to get involved in making this a reality for the AWCB, please contact Michelle or Heather Bloemperk, your AWCB FAWCO representatives, to find out more ( or

    Another initiative is The Clubs in Motion project encouraging members to stay physically fit. Find out more about this worthwhile and fun project. We are looking for someone to oversea the AWCB’s contribution so if you are interested, again, get in touch with Heather or Michelle.

    AWCB members won silent and live auctions contributing over 1.600 euros to FAWCO!

    The AWCB gains a great deal of encouragement, expertise and guidance from the FAWCO global community and supports us in ways that would be much less effective on our own. The 2022 Luxembourg Conference inspired a sense of belonging to something much wider than our own women’s club and you are encouraged, during your global travels, to seek out other FAWCO member clubs to learn from and share in our global experience.

    And finally, another important and valuable part of FAWCO is FAUSA, the arm of FAWCO that supports FAWCO members repatriating back to the USA and Canada. Repatriation is never a simple transition, especially after many years living in an international environment. FAUSA offers support and friendship during this time and allows our members to maintain the friendships they’ve made through their clubs and FAWCO and stay connected to their international life. For more information go to the FAUSA website.

    To view all the images go to the AWCB Facebook Group

  • 26 Apr 2022 13:04 | Anonymous member

    On April 24th AWCB families got together for an afternoon of fun at the Interactive Science Museum Adventure @ Technopolis. The museum is a wonderful place for children to discover science, technology and the wonders of the world. This was a perfect way for everyone to explore the museum, and also socialize over lunch. See the photos below.

    Look for more family events with the AWCB.

  • 26 Apr 2022 12:45 | Anonymous member

    FAWCO Update

    The American Women's Club of Brussels (AWCB) is proud to be a member of the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), an international network of 64 clubs in 34 countries around the world. FAWCO is a global women’s NGO (non-governmental organization), and since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. Each member of a FAWCO member club such as AWCB is automatically a member of FAWCO and is eligible to serve on committees, participate in conferences and meetings, and take part in activities.

    Upcoming FAWCO Events

    Spotlight on FAWCO Annual Conference in Luxembourg

    Celebrate FAWCO, Fun and Friendships - In Person in Luxembourg

    Part 2 of the Annual General Meeting will take place in Luxembourg, May 19-21, 2022 in Luxembourg. The Agenda will feature the Club Development Workshops, the opportunity to meet and learn more about our FAWCO Teams and Volunteers at a Face2Face.

    AWCB Members can get information and sign up via the FAWCO website (login required)

    Find out more


    FAWCO's Environment Team is the Second Annual Environment Festival — virtual meeting

    FAWCO’s Environment Team warmly invites you to our second, virtual Environment Festival on Saturday, May 07, 2022, 16:00-19:00

    The Environment Festival will be a celebration of Mother Nature. Join us for an assortment of one hour sessions on Hopin, sharing wonderful initiatives and providing information on:

    • Protecting native pollinators;
    • Circular economy ideas, such as recycling of sari fabrics, vintage clothes sales;
    • How to initiate your Club’s Green Team;
    • Climate justice;
    • and a Target Project Environment (TP 5.0) Workshop.

    Find out more


    Global Issues Book Discussion hosted by the Health Team - virtual meeting

    In The Shadow of The Mountain: A Memoir of Courage
    By Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 19:00-20:30

    Please join the Health Team as we welcome the Author Silvia Vasquez-Lavado to discuss her book that transects the FAWCO Global Issues.

    Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a Peruvian-American who conquered the Seven Summits that mountaineers strive to achieve. Truly remarkable about her achievement is how her courage took her from a sexually abused child in Lima, to the heights of a Silicon Valley career and finally to the top of the world with feats of physical and mental strength. Silvia's achievements are inspiring for all who fear they can not overcome. Her achievements are long, her courage is endless and her compassion is inspiring.

    Save the date and start reading! Registration for the event will be added closer to June 15.


    FAWCO First Friday is Here !

    You are invited to join Michelle and Heather every first Friday of the month for a "FAWCO First Friday" info session from 11:30 - 12:30, where they will give you the latest updates on FAWCO news and events. There is so much going on with FAWCO, don't miss it!

    Next session is Friday, May 6

    Register Online

  • 26 Apr 2022 11:29 | Anonymous member

    Tax Season is here. Remember to file your income taxes! The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that they are required to file their federal income taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 18, 2022.  If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living or traveling outside the United States, you generally are required to file income tax returns, estate tax returns, and gift tax returns, and pay estimated tax in the same way as those residing in the United States.  Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside. 

    Please visit the IRS website for U.S. taxpayers living abroad. Links to further IRS guidance are available on the Federal Benefits and Obligations page on

    Assistance at U.S. Embassy in Belgium
    27 Boulevard du Regent/Regentlaan, 1000 Brussels.
    Tel. +32-2-811-4000, 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Monday through Friday, except U.S. and Belgian holidays.

    Need help with your taxes? You may wish to contact CGC Partner Mir Tax

  • 25 Apr 2022 09:56 | Anonymous member

    A « Vestiaire Solidaire » ( solidarity dressing room) has been set up in Rhode-Saint-Genese where refugees from Ukraine can come and collect clothes, shoes, hygiene products, baby clothes and equipment.

    At this point we have received enough clothes and baby things, toys…

    But we are still looking for:

    • Shoes for men, women and children, mostly everyday sport shoes.
    • Hand bags
    • Back packs
    • Satchel, school bags
    • Men underwear new
    • Hygiene products: soap, period protections…

    Any donation must be clean and in good condition.

    Donations can be delivered at Wauterbos, 3, 1640 Rhode-Saint-Genese (in the basement of Cultural Center, easy to park),


    • Wednesday from 2pm till 5pm
    • Friday from 10am till 1pm
    • Saturday from 2pm till 5 pm
  • 25 Apr 2022 09:41 | Anonymous member

    The donation drive for Ukrainian refugees is still going strong. AWCB has collected hundreds of donations and we can continue to do so. They are being delivered to the Brussels Expo Hall and to an organization at SHAPE called Together for Refugees. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact any of the following ladies in your area.

    Below are some photos from volunteers Michelle Angelone and Julie Kmet from some of the many drop offs they have done for the club. Thank you for Michelle and Julie - and our generous members for all your donations which are doing so much good!

  • 31 Mar 2022 10:08 | Anonymous member

    We are so pleased to give this uplifting update about our charity drive efforts for Ukrainian refugees - so far we have been able to fill 10 pallets of supplies and supported over 92 families with the items donated by AWCB members! We are always impressed by the generosity of AWCB members and sincerely thank you for everything you've done! Special thanks from the board also to our member Michelle Angelone who mobilized our effort, as well as members Nicole Wilder, Lindsay Clark and Julie Kmet who are all collecting items at their homes, which are then dropped off each week at the help centers - you ladies are amazing and we sincerely appreciate your big hearts!

  • 31 Mar 2022 10:04 | Anonymous member

    Never leave a door unopened  (the title of Tharien’s presentation and her life motto)

    On March 21st AWCB Members had a presentation from Dr. Tharien van Eck. The intensity with which Tharien described her experiences and feelings in life was very touching. She showed us photos of her family and different stages of her life.

    She spoke to us about her childhood growing up in South Africa and the impact that her parents had in her life. They encouraged her to be anything she wanted to be.

    She spoke about times that were very challenging and how she never gave up.

    In the late 1980’s Although she never got to meet Nelson Mandela, Tharien was in charge of giving a daily report on Nelson Mandela’s medical condition in Cape Town. He was someone she really admired and would of liked to meet.

    She also talked about meeting Desmond Tutu.

    In May 2004 she relocated to Antwerp with her husband and children to become the Medical director for Johnson & Johnson. The move was a big adjustment for the family. She traveled to many countries and had many new experiences which have given many wonderful memories.

    After retiring in 2017 she joined the AWCA and in 2019 became the Fawco Target Program Chair.

    The highlights of her career are the times she supported the South African government with Nelson Mandela and being the Fawco Target Program Chair.

    She’s very proud of her husband and children and is grateful for all of their support.

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