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Going Dutch

November 2012

6

All heads were turned towards the

windows as we waited for the Queen’s

golden carriage on Prinsjesdag

22, 24

Our Membership team was busy greeting

Members new and old at our two Fall Kick

Offs

54

Everyone went home smiling with their

new silver pendants after our silver clay

workshop

The Magazine of the

American Women’s Club

of The Hague

5 Officers and Chairwomen

6 Prinsjesdag Luncheon

8 Message from the

President

9 November Annual General

Meeting

10 Letter from the Editor

12 Membership

13 Kids’ Club

14 Ongoing Activities

16 One-of-a-Kind Activities

18 Tours

19 Bakers Needed

19 AWC Recipe Book

20 Holiday Bazaar 2012

22 Kick Off 2012

26 Heart Pillow News

31 Thanksgiving Service

32 The Dutch Daily

34 Announcements

36 Bookshelf

38 AWC and the Arts

39 DFAS

40 Redheads Unite in Holland

42 FAWCO Corner

44 Facts about Water

46 Welcome to Slovenia

50 Toastmaster Extraordinaire

52 Classifieds

53 Index of Advertisers

53 Rates

54 Silver Clay Workshop

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AWC Clubhouse

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43

2582 NJ Den Haag

Tel: 070 350 6007

info@awcthehague.org

www.awcthehague.org

Going Dutch Magazine

goingdutchmag@gmail.com

Clubhouse Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday and Friday Closed

Editor

Melissa White

Design and Layout

Teresa Mahoney

Cover Photo

Haagse Bos

Photography

Greetje Engelsman, Melissa White,

Wikimedia Commons

Advertising

Open

Proofreaders

Celeste Brown, Elanna Reiss, Diane

Schaap

Contributors

Jane Choy, Dena De Clute-Melancon,

Johanna Dishongh, Roberta Enschede,

Jan Essad, Becky Failor, Eileen Harloff,

Elizabeth Kennedy, Rachel Kuppers,

Laurie Martecchini, Dru van Harten, Anne

van Oorschot

Printer

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Dues (Effective 2012-2013)

€ 110 per year (€ 55 after January 1)

€ 90 business, professional

€ 55 valid US military id

€ 35 student

Add € 15 new member registration fee

AWC Bank Account Number

Deutsche Bank

51.99.10.206

KvK Den Haag

40409274

Deadlines: Submissions are due no later than the last Monday of the month preceding the publication month.

For example, for the January/February issue, submissions are due before Monday, November 26.

Please Note: Articles submitted to Going Dutch will be published subject to space limitations and editorial approval.

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Legal Notice: Articles in Going Dutch express the views and opinions of their authors alone, and not necessarily

those of the AWC of The Hague, its Members or this publication.

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2012-2013 AWC Officers

Honorary President Tricia Nolan

President Johanna Dishongh

awcthehague.president@gmail.com

First VP Karen Goodman

awcthehague.firstvp@gmail.com

Second VP Laurie Martecchini

awcthehague.2ndvp@gmail.com

Third VP Diane Letner

awcthehague.finance@gmail.com

Treasurer Kim Gebhart

awcthehague.finance@gmail.com

Secretary Penny Middelraad

awcthehague.secretary@gmail.com

Ways and Means Open

Membership Dru van Harten

awcthehague.membership@gmail.com

Magazine Editor Teresa Mahoney

goingdutchmag@gmail.com

Philanthropy Dena De Clute-Melancon

awcthehague.philanthropy@gmail.com

FAWCO Elizabeth Kennedy

awcthehague.fawco@gmail.com

Communication (at large) Melissa

White

goingdutchmag@gmail.com

Committee Chairs

Activities Jan Essad, Fiona Muir

At Home in Holland Becky Failor

Caring Committee Naomi Keip

Council of the Arts Jane Choy

Heart Pillow Eileen Baker

Holiday Bazaar Leslie Collingridge

House Relocation Laurie Martecchini

IT/Communications Open

Library Laurie Martecchini

Kid’s Club Elanna Reiss, Heather Weber

Newcomers Open

Parliamentarian Georgia Regnault

Philanthropic Gala Jan de Vries, Sophie

Dencher

Programs Janine Dumont, Roberta Enschede

Public Relations Open

Tennis Molly Boed

Tours Becky Failor

Volunteer Coordinator Open

Women with Dutch Partners Rachel

Kuppers

Front Office

Sarah Dunn

Rachel Kuppers

Laurie Martecchini

Pamela Schellekens

Julie Schipper

AWC Purpose Statement

The AWC of The Hague is an association formed to provide social and educational activities

for American women living in the Netherlands and to promote amicable relations

among people of all nations as well as acquiring funds for general public interest. The

association does not endeavor to make a profit.

NOVEMBER 2012 5


AWC Prinsjesdag Luncheon


Message from the President

by Johanna Dishongh

This month, we will continue on our

journey “outside the box” by having

our November Annual General Meeting

in the evening (see next page). In accordance

with the AWC Constitution, we are required to

report on the activities of the past completed

year and render an accounting of our finances

as well as submit the current budget and audit

committee nominations for approval by the

general Membership. All Regular Members

share the responsibility to vote and should

take this opportunity to participate in shaping

the future of our Club. It is essential to have

a quorum of the Membership for the vote.

If you are unable to attend this important

meeting, please complete and submit a proxy

ballot, available by email request from info@

awcthehague.org or in the Front Office, prior

to November 14. While Associate Members

are not entitled to vote, I encourage your attendance

and participation in the discussions.

November is always a busy month for us

at the AWC, beginning with our Annual Holiday

Bazaar held the weekend of November 10

– 11 at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel. Bazaar

Chair Leslie Collingridge and her team have

been hard at work putting together an exciting

collection of new and returning vendors for

this traditional kick off to the holiday season.

As with any event of this magnitude, an army

of volunteers is required, so please graciously

volunteer to help.

Holiday traditions continue with the

Thanksgiving season. Naturally, you won’t

want to miss the service

at the Pieterskerk

in Leiden, home

of the original

M a y f l o w e r

P i l g r i m s .

O v e r s e a s

A m e r i c a n s

R e m e m b e r

(OAR) will

host their

annual service on

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Thanksgiving

Day (see page

31), after

which Jan

Essad will

lead a group

to a fabulous

lunch at Het

Koetshuis de

Burcht (see

page 16). The

Thanksgiving

weekend will

round out with

our Family Potluck Dinner (also see page

16) on November 24. Given that many of

us do not have a work or school holiday on

Thanksgiving Day, this is a new twist to our

previous tradition with the goal being that

every AWC Member has a place to celebrate

Thanksgiving. I know that my household

is planning to have turkey and dressing

twice: once on November 22 and again on

November 24.

Last November, for the first time, we

made eight gingerbread houses (from scratch

I might add), which were distributed to hospitals

and shelters in hopes of bringing a little

joy to those in unfortunate situations during

the holiday season. I assisted in the delivery

of these houses and can still picture the faces

of those on the receiving end. Plans have

been made to attempt this feat again this year

with work sessions at the end of November

and early December (see page 17). It is not

necessary to attend every work session, so

don’t let a schedule conflict hinder you from

signing up. I hope that you will join me in

supporting this worthy effort.

The Region 4 FAWCO conference was

held in early October, hosted by AWCA

– Amsterdam, which coincided with their

club’s 85th anniversary celebration. AWC

The Hague was represented by our FAWCO

rep and Region 4 Coordinator, Elizabeth

Kennedy, and Emily van Erten, who >>

November General Meeting

by Janine Dumont

The AWC 2012-2013 Budget Presentation

will take place at our Annual

General Meeting. As we continue to

mix things up this year, we will host this

meeting in the evening so that our working

members can join us. During this meeting, we

will report on the activities and finances of

the Club during the past year. In addition to

the Budget, nominations for the Audit Committee

will be presented for your approval.

The Executive Board and Finance Committee

(Johanna Dishongh, Kim Gebhart, Diane

Letner and Georgia Regnault) spent a significant

amount of time preparing the budget,

which was approved by the Board in October.

As can be expected, the committee was

conservative in revenue estimates. Although

the bottom line appears to be quite healthy,

this is mainly attributable to the interest earnings

from the proceeds of the sale of Nieuwe

Duinweg. Beginning November 1, copies of

these documents will be available in the Front

Office for your review. Proxy forms are also

available at the Front Office if you cannot

attend this important meeting.

Join us before

the AGM

for an old fashioned

potluck

dinner. Due to

the small size

of our kitchen,

please bring

your dish

ready to serve.

In an effort to

facilitate a balanced

meal,

contact the

Front Office no later than Tuesday, November

13, to sign up for a dish category (salad,

main, vegetable/side or dessert). Coffee and

tea will be provided; the Tulip Café refrigerator

will be available for the purchase

of other drinks.

Our apologies, but child care is not available

at evening meetings.

Thursday, November 15

Potluck Starts: 6 p.m.

Meeting Begins: 7 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Please note the date change of the November meeting!

>>

serves as the FAWCO Parliamentarian.

Along with presentations on tax issues for

Americans living abroad, domestic violence

initiatives and the FAWCO Target Water

Program, our own Eileen Baker presented

on the Heart Pillow Project. Speaking of

the Heart Pillow Project, see page 26 to see

how Eileen rallied the troops after an urgent

request from several local hospitals. Many

thanks to all of the stitchers, snippers and

stuffers who helped with this achievement.

Although I took advantage of early voting

while in Texas in October, I will eagerly be

watching the election returns on the big

screens at the Who’s the President? Breakfast

on November 7 at the Kurhaus (see page 34). I

hope to see many of you there, as well as at the

Holiday Bazaar, AGM, Gingerbread House

Making, Aachen bus trip and the many more

activities that Jan and Becky have organized.

Get your rest now as you will need it!

Tot Ziens,

Johanna

NOVEMBER 2012 9


Letter from the Editor

by Melissa White

I

hope you’ve had a chance by now to visit

our new Clubhouse. Frankly, after viewing

several somewhat dismal commercial

properties, I was relieved when I first walked

into Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan (which I

can almost pronounce now, at least in my own

head if not out loud) and felt the warmth of

the space. I love all the natural light that flows

through the large windows and skylights. My

hat goes off to the ladies of the Relocation

Committee for thinking outside the box and

looking beyond standard commercial space

to find the Club a great new home.

Who can’t relate to the idea of

leaving one chapter behind and

moving on to the next?

~ Mike Shinoda

Speaking of boxes, my house is currently

full of them. While I had nearly come to terms

with the inevitability that we’d be spending

our fifth winter living in a house without insulation,

everything changed in mid-September:

after an extended search, we’d finally found a

new rental. As my family prepares to celebrate

our 7th anniversary in Holland this month, we

are moving not only into our third house, but

our third city and an entirely new phase of

our Dutch adventure.

Our first phase was the 2.5 years that we

spent living along a main canal in a suburb

of Leiden. The house was built in 1935 and

had a plaque out front as a reminder that it

had been hit by shrapnel when Allied bombers

tried to disable the nearby train bridge. We

became users of public transport for the first

times in our lives as I took the girls to school

by train and tram; my husband enjoyed his

long cycle rides to work. We made friends

with our Dutch neighbors and hated to have

to leave when the owner sold the house (and

we couldn’t afford to buy it).

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The current phase has been nearly 4.5

years living in Leidschendam within cycling

distance of school and the AWC, which has

led to increased physical activity for the girls

in the family. This single-family home was

built in 1964 and has a swimming pool, which

sounds much more glamorous than it is. Without

a heater, the pool can only be used for

about two weeks per year. James enjoyed the

challenge of building his own solar heating

system, but it merely extended the useful life

of the pool by perhaps another week. Granted,

the yard is fantastic and we will really miss

hosting large garden parties, but the house has

limited useful space due to its heavily sloped

ceilings and is always cold due to its cement

block construction. Surrounded by apartment

buildings, from a social standpoint it has been

like living on an island.

Our next phase will be to move this month

to Voorschoten into a modern home with underfloor

heating, which sounds like heaven

to me. More importantly, we will now have a

bonus room so our two teenage daughters will

have some space of their own. It will be so

nice for them to have slumber parties without

their parents hanging out in the same room

for lack of another room to escape to. And for

the first time, we will live in a neighborhood

surrounded by other expats and classmates.

Unlike many of you who have moved

between countries for different assignments,

we had never lived abroad until we moved to

the Netherlands. However, moving between

cities in the same region has allowed us to

experience several new beginnings. Luckily,

boxing up our belongings won’t be as daunting

of a task as that faced by AWC volunteers

when clearing out the stuff accumulated in all

those years in Scheveningen. Like the AWC,

we will now have a lot of built-in shelving

that should help us to tame years of living

amongst clutter. And much like the renewed

energy that I sense when I walk into the new

Clubhouse, I think good things will come out

of this new adventure.

NOVEMBER 2012 11


Membership

by Dru van Harten

RSVP for all Newcomer Events to awcthehague.membership@gmail.com so

we can make restaurant reservations.

Day in Delft

AWC Member and Delft enthusiast Kimberly Vered will

take us through this quintessential and historical Dutch

town. While appreciating the lovely canals and sights, she

will share her tips and discuss living in the Netherlands.

She will also take us to a typical Dutch restaurant and

help you read through a Dutch menu, and will reveal

where you can find the best apple pie in the local square.

To end our Delft Day, we will visit a few reputable Delft

Blauw shops for some shopping. Meet at the Starbucks

in Den Haag Centraal Station (DHCS) and bring your

OV-chipkaart or money for train fare and lunch.

Friday, November 16

12:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Meet at DHCS Starbucks at 12:15

RSVP by November 13

November Birthdays

Ethelyn Goble 4

Lisa Brunslev 5

Jo Nell Costello 5

Pearl Waterreus 13

Paula Looijmans 16

Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah 16

Marianne Lemstra 17

Michele Hill 18

Laurie Martecchini 20

Lynne Roukema 21

Teresa Mahoney 29

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Welcome New Members!

Maitreyi Bery

Celeste Bennekers

Lisa Brunslev

Lou Ann Endries

Julie Mowat

Gloria Mkushi

Lisa Massih

Rebecca Niles-Pourier

Leah Sheaffer

Kids’ Club

by Elanna Reiss and Heather Weber

Kids’ Club Meet-Up

Please join us for our first Kids’ Club Meet-

Up at our new Clubhouse. This will be a good

opportunity to get to know some new moms

and their kids as well as catch up with friends

you have not seen in a while. Ideal for ages

birth – four, but don’t hesitate to bring your

older kids if they are off from school. A light

lunch and snacks will be served.

Thursday, November 1

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

€ 2 per person

RSVP: awcthehague.kidsclub@gmail.com

November Americana Program

The Americana Program seeks to expose

American children living abroad to the history

and traditions of American life and culture.

This is a great opportunity for your child to

interact with other

American youngsters

and learn

a little bit about

where they come

from.

This month’s

topic will be

Thanksgiving.

Children older

than four are welcome.

Sunday, November 18

Coffee: 1:30 p.m.

Lesson: 2 – 3 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

€ 2 Child

RSVP: Elizabeth Kennedy at

awcthehague.fawco@gmail.com

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Ongoing Activities

Book Club

The AWC Book Group is open to all book

lovers and is always open to new Members.

There is no obligation to attend every meeting

or lead a discussion. We take turns bringing

a snack. We pay a minimal fee to help offset

the purchase of one copy of each book chosen

for discussion for the AWC Library. If you’ve

always wanted to try out a book club, this is

your chance. Happy reading!

The November Book Group selection is The

Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by

David McCullough:

Between 1830 and

1900, hundreds of

Americans – many

of them future

household names

like Oliver Wendell

Holmes, Mark

Twain, Samuel

Morse and Harriet

Beecher Stowe –

migrated to Paris.

McCullough shows

how the City of

Light affected each

of them, and how

they then helped shape American art, science,

medicine, writing and politics in profound

ways when they came back to the US.

Thursday, November 15

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Free

Book Club Planning Ahead:

• Wednesday, December 5 The Art of

Fielding by Chad Harbach

• Thursday, January 24 The 5th Child

by Doris Lessing

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Recap of the September Discussion

To Save a Life: Memoirs of a Dutch Resistance

Courier: While many of us felt that

this collection of anecdotes about the Dutch

Resistance could have been edited better, we

all agreed that our eyes were opened to the

harsh realities of life during the Occupation

and greatly admire the author’s bravery.

Bridge

AWC Member Sara Crabtree is trying to

gauge the interest for starting a Bridge group

among our Members. Ideally, she hopes to

start an intermediate level group in the New

Year. Please email Sara at saracrab@gmail.

com if you are interested, indicating your experience

level. She is willing to host refresher

sessions and work with beginners if there is

enough interest.

Chat, Crafts & Cake

Let’s get creative! The AWC will be open to

all crafters. If you’ve been looking for an open

space large enough to lay out that king-size

quilt, or need more table space to organize

your photo albums or scrapbooks, or just need

an excuse to stitch, pack up those supplies and

bring them to the Clubhouse so you can chat

with fellow AWC Members and visitors while

you work. You might even be able to pick up

some suggestions from a fresh pair of eyes.

Each week a different Member will bring a

cake made from a never-before-tried recipe

for tasting and critiquing. Once a month, we

will help the Heart Pillow Project. Questions?

Contact: Suzanne Dundas at awcthehague.

crafts@gmail.com

Tuesdays

10 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Visitors Welcome

Heart Pillow Project

This is our fifth year of making heart-shaped

pillows to support the arms of breast cancer

patients recovering from surgery in four local

hospitals. A set of pillows, one large pillow

for under the arm and one small pillow for

under a car’s seatbelt, is packaged in a plastic

bag bearing a bow and tag with a bilingual

message that is signed by a volunteer. If you

can cut fabric, stuff fiberfill, thread a needle,

or tie a bow, we need you! Needless to say, we

enjoy lots of socializing while contributing to

a worthy cause. The emails we have received

from Dutch patients are touching and show

that women are linked beyond nationality by

this terrible disease. We are very proud to

continue providing women with support

as well as comfort during a difficult time

in their lives. No sign-up is necessary. For

more information, contact Eileen Baker at

ewbaker1976@yahoo.com

Tuesdays, November 13, December 11

10 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Visitors Welcome

Tennis League

The AWC Tennis Group plays doubles every

Tuesday from 1 – 3 p.m. at Dekker Tennis

Club in Warmond. Ladies move up and down

the courts according to a ladder tennis system.

The emphasis is on having fun! The league is

available for all levels except true beginners.

If you are interested in being placed on the

waiting list to become a regular player or

would like to be on the sub list, contact: Molly

Boed at mollyboed@yahoo.com or 065 067

8731.

AWC Guest Policy

Guests are welcome to participate in AWC

activities and tours on a limited basis. As a non-

member, a guest is limited to attend two func-

tions per calendar year and will be charged an

additional nonmember fee. Only Members are

entitled to use babysitting services.

Cancellation Policy

Members may reserve a spot for an AWC tour, activity or event in advance. Payment is required

within five (5) business days of the reservation or before the deadline date (whichever

is sooner) otherwise your name will be moved to a waitlist. It is the responsibility of the Member

to notify the Club at awcthehague.finance@gmail.com to cancel a reservation prior to

the cancellation deadline. Please note that there will be NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after

the cancellation deadline. Members may find a substitute in lieu of cancellation provided

that arrangements are made with the tour, activity or event organizer. Members shall be held

responsible for their guest reservations in accordance with this policy.

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One-of-a-Kind Activities

by Jan Essad and Fiona Muir

RSVP to awcthehague.activities@gmail.com. Payment for all Activities must be made

within 5 calendar days of reserving or your name will be moved to a waitlist. Payment can be

made in the Front Office by PIN or by bank transfer to the AWC account #51.99.10.206.

Jar-Filling Activity

Please join us for a fun and easy jar-filling

activity at the Clubhouse. These beautifully

finished gift jars of cookie and brownie mixes

will be sold at the Holiday Bazaar Bake Sale

to raise money for our Club. All the ingredients

will be set up assembly-line style,

so there will be plenty of time to chat with

friends (and sneak chocolate chips!) while we

work. If you can measure, dump, cut fabric

rounds, and tie ribbon, we need your help!

Feel free to bring your lunch along.

Tuesday, November 6

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Free

Sign-up deadline: November 1

Wine and Cheese Tasting

Always wanted to know more about cheese,

wines and their combinations? The cheese

and wine-loving staff at the award-winning

De Kaasespecialzaak will teach us all we

need to know about harmonizing the two to

make an unforgettable taste. While tasting

eight different wines and cheeses from various

European countries, we’ll learn what to

look for when deciding on combinations, the

influence of temperatures on both, and the

background of each combination. This will

not only be an educational experience, but a

true taste sensation.

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Tuesday, November 6

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

De Kaasespecialzaak

Farhenheitstraat 625, Den Haag

€ 23 Members (€ 28 Nonmembers )

Min 20 / Max 40

Sign-up deadline: October 26

Thanksgiving at Pieterskerk and

Lunch in Leiden

Each year, OAR ~ Overseas Americans

Remember hosts a wonderful non-denominational

Thanksgiving Service at the Pieterskerk

in Leiden where our Pilgrim story

began (see page 31). Following the service,

we will lunch at Het Koetshuis de Burcht.

This gezellig restaurant sits at the base of a

historic castle ruin (built in the 11th century).

It was a coach house from 1657 until being

opened as a restaurant in 1981. After enjoying

a warm Dutch lunch, we will train back

to The Hague. We will meet at Den Haag

Central Station (DHCS) at 10 a.m. to train

to Leiden. We’ll then take a short walk to

arrive at Sint Pieterskerk at approximately

10:45 a.m. Specific train details will be sent

to participants prior to the event.

Thursday, November 22

Meet at DHCS: 10 a.m.

Service: 11 a.m. – Noon

Lunch: 12:30 p.m.

Train and Lunch will be at your own

expense

Cancellation deadline: November 19

Thanksgiving Family Potluck

Does the recent change of the leaves and

arrival of fall make you smell turkey with

dressing or fresh from the oven apple pie in

your sleep? Then be sure to come along to the

AWC Thanksgiving Family Potluck. We will

arrange for the turkey and would like each

participating family to bring their favorite

holiday dish (side dish, vegetable, salad or

dessert serving 10 – 12 people) to accompany

our feast. As cooking facilities are limited,

please bring your dish ready to serve. Coffee

and tea will also be provided; the Tulip Café

refrigerator will be available for the purchase

of other drinks. In an effort to coordinate

dishes, please stop by the Front Office or

email info@awcthehague.org indicating the

number of attendees and holiday favorite you

plan to bring.

Saturday, November 24

Doors Open: 5 p.m.

Serving Line Opens: 5:30 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE + Dish to share

Sign-up deadline: November 18

Making Gingerbread Houses

Back by popular demand, we happily invite

you to make gingerbread houses with us for

the holidays. Based on an authentic German

recipe, Members will learn how to make the

dough and assemble the houses, and will get

hands-on experience mixing icing and decorating

the houses with loads of colorful candy

and chocolate. The class has three sessions

at the end of which participants will receive

the recipe and instructions for making gingerbread

houses on their own, along with a

lebkuchen-gewurz spice packet imported from

Germany. The houses will be donated to these

local organizations: Bronovo Hospital, the

Leger des Heils (Salvation Army) Women’s &

Children’s shelter in Den Haag Centrum and

Vliet en Burgh, the Leger des Heils children’s

foster home in Voorburg.

Tuesdays, November 27, December 4

10 a.m. – Noon

Thursday, December 6

12 – 2 p.m.

Min 6 / Max 12

€ 20 Members (€ 30 nonmembers)

Cancellation deadline: November 19

Holiday Ornament Exchange

Let’s get into the Holiday Spirit! Join us for

this fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday

season. All you have to do is purchase an

ornament, wrap it up and come to the Club for

an ornament exchange the “White Elephant”

way. Of course, there will be delicious cookies

and hot holiday beverages. Sounds like

a very cozy way to spend a frosty morning,

not to mention spread some holiday cheer!

Friday, December 7

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Bring one gift wrapped ornament (€ 5 – 7)

Sign-up deadline: December 3

Luxury Champagne and Sweet

Wine Tasting

This is our final wine tasting of the year, culminating

in an evening with AWC Member

Anne de Berard taking us through a tasting

of sparkling and sweet wines coupled with

holiday treats to include the exquisite chocolate

of Pierre Marcolini.

Friday, December 14

7 – 9 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Details to Follow

NOVEMBER 2012 17


Tours

by Becky Failor

One-Day Christmas Market Tour

Join us for a one-day trip to the Christmas

market in Aachen, Germany. The Aachen

Christmas market spreads between the cathedral

that was consecrated in 805 AD and

the 14th-century City Hall. Reviewers give

this market high marks for the quality of the

food and crafts as well as the friendly atmosphere.

We will depart by bus from near

Den Haag Centraal Station at 8 a.m., ride in

comfort to Aachen chatting along the way,

shop till we drop and then ride back to The

Hague arriving around 9 p.m. Final sign-up

deadline is November 26 or when the bus is

full, whichever comes first.

Thursday, November 29

Meet at Bus pick-up location no later than

7:45 a.m.

€ 30 Members (€ 35 nonmembers)

Min 30 / Max 35

Cancellation deadline: October 28

Vienna Christmas Markets Tour

Every year, the AWC explores the Christmas

Markets of a different city. This year we have

chosen to visit Vienna where there are an

incredible 13 markets. If you love Christmas

Markets, you will be in heaven in Vienna!

Classics include the market in front of City

Hall (known as the Rathaus Market), the

traditional Viennese Christmas Market on

Freyung, and the markets at Spittelberg, by

the Karlskirche and at the Belvedere Palace.

The aromas of candied fruits, cotton candy

and other delicacies like Christmas punch and

roasted chestnuts wafting around the small

wooden market stalls still retain their magical

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Please Note: RSVP to

awcthehague.tours@gmail.com.

Payment for all Tours must be made

within 5 calendar days of reserving or

your name will be moved to a waitlist.

Sign-ups will be official when funds

are transferred to the AWC account #

51.99.10.206 or payment is made in the

Front Office by PIN.

power. Most of the markets are beautifully

decorated with festively adorned trees and

fairytale scenes portrayed in artistically arranged

displays. At the Rathauspark, a trip

on the Christkindl Express delights young

and old.

Departing on Saturday morning and returning

Monday evening, this is an ideal tour for both

couples and singles.

The price of this land-only tour includes two

nights at a centrally located 4-star hotel (double

occupancy) with daily breakfast, airport

transfers in Vienna and a half-day sightseeing

tour on Sunday that includes the impressive

Schonbrunn Palace. Airfare is an additional

cost which you will arrange on your own.

The American Travel Center is available at

atc@euronet.nl to assist you; tell them you

are with the AWC Vienna Tour. Book flights

early for the best fares. When you register, we

will provide you a list of flights that should

work with the airport transfers. Saturday,

December 8 to Monday, December 10

Land portion: € 230 Members or spouses

(€ 255 nonmembers)

Cancellation deadline: November 21

Flights: To be booked individually

WANTED: Bake Sale Volunteers

by Dena De Clute-Melancon

It’s not too late to do your part to raise

money for our Club. If you haven’t

already signed up, please email me at

awcthehague.philanthropy@gmail.com to

help with the Bake Sale. The Holiday Bazaar

is our only major fundraiser for the year and

proceeds from the Bake Sale contribute a

significant amount of income for the Club.

To make it a success, we need as many baked

goods as possible! We welcome sweet and

savory items: cakes, pies (nonperishable),

brownies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, breads,

salty sweets and anything else you like to

bake. Specific guidelines on how to package

your goodies so they’re ready to sell are on

the AWC website. The deadline to deliver

Eet Smakelijk at the Holiday Bazaar

by Dena De Clute-Melancon

If you missed out last year, we will be

selling copies of the AWC Recipe Book,

“Eet Smakelijk” for the Holidays, at the

Holiday Bazaar just in time for your Christmas

shopping and baking! This first edition

collection of American and international

recipes from our Members features not

only seasonal favorites, but also a shopping

guide to help you find the ingredients

locally. It’s got everything from homemade

eggnog, sweet potato crunch, and chocolate

snowflake cookies to Thai fish cakes, kugel,

and authentic Dutch appeltaart. No matter

how you usually set your holiday table,

“Eet Smakelijk” for the Holidays is bound

to have a recipe you’re dying to try. Most

importantly, all proceeds from the sale of

this book will be donated to the Mamma-

Care nursing network as our primary breast

cancer awareness fundraiser for the year.

So be sure to stop by the Bake Sale booth

to pick up your copy.

them to the Clubhouse is Friday, November

9 from Noon – 3 p.m. If this is not possible,

please email me to make arrangements to drop

them off at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel on

Saturday morning.

We also need helpers on Friday from 3 – 5

p.m. to price the baked goods and put the

finishing touches on everything. And finally,

we need volunteers to staff the booth at the

Bazaar, at least six people per day. Don’t

forget that this is a great opportunity to taste

all the samples! If you’re able to work a twohour

shift (or longer), please contact Laurie

Martecchini at awcthehague.2ndvp@gmail.

com. Thank you, and happy baking!

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AWC Holiday Bazaar 2012

by Leslie Collingridge

After lots of planning, the 2012 Holiday

Bazaar is just around the corner! Please join

us on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday,

November 11 at our lovely location in the Carlton

Ambassador Hotel at Sophialaan 2 in The Hague.

We promise to put you in the holiday spirit and to

provide you with one-stop shopping for all of your

holiday gift requirements.

In addition to many favorites returning, we have

several new and exciting vendors. With so many

options, you can finish all of your holiday shopping

in one weekend. And what a perfect chance for your

husband to shop for you!

AWC Holiday Bazaar Will

Have it All!

Pewter

Clothing

Polish Pottery

Handmade Jewelry

Holiday Decorations

Yummy Baked Goods

Pen and Ink Drawings

And Much, Much More!

Be sure to tell family, friends and neighbors about the Bazaar so that they can sample

some of our delicious baked goods and do some early shopping for Sinterklaas and Christmas.

And don’t forget the kids! There will be a special area for kids and Santa will be “Coming

to Town” from noon to 4 p.m. on both days. He’ll be telling stories, posing for photos and

“making a list and checking it twice.” We’ll even have AWC volunteers to watch the kids

while you “Shop Till You Drop!”

The Holiday Bazaar is also a perfect time to volunteer. Consider spending a few hours

helping at the Bazaar with your fellow AWC Members. Please contact Laurie Martecchini at

awcthehague.2ndvp@gmail.com indicating a day and time preference if you are willing to help.

What a great way to spend a day (or two). Don’t miss this gezellig event!


AWC

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AWC

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Heart Pillow News

by Eileen Baker

October was a very busy month for Breast

Cancer Awareness and the Heart Pillow

Project. I must thank all the ladies who

volunteered their time to help stuff, cut and sew

almost 57 pillow sets for the local hospitals and

the Duizend Borsten Beurs. Your efforts are truly

appreciated as mentioned in a recent email from

a Dutch patient below.

Dear AWC,

Thank you very much for the pretty heart

shaped pillow, which I received after my

surgery in the hospital. It has been of great

use and I use it daily.

Very thoughtful idea!

A Friend in Wassenaar

We are proud to continue providing women with something practical, but comforting as

well. Hope to see you on our next work day on Tuesday, November 13.

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November 2012

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Final 2012 Events:

1 2 3

Dec 7: Holiday Ornament Exchange

Dec 8-10: Christmas Markets in Vienna

Dec 14: Champagne and Sweet Wine

Tasting

Kids’ Club Meet-Up 11 a.m

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

AWC Board Meeting

10 a.m.

Jar-Filling Activity 10 a.m.

Chat, Crafts ‘n Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Tasting

6:30 p.m.

Who’s the President?

Breakfast 5 a.m.

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Holiday Bazaar

Heart Pillow 10 a.m.

Chat, Crafts ‘n Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m

Guided Tour of

Impressionism Exhibits at

Hermitage 11 a.m.

Book Club 10 a.m.

Potluck 6 p.m.

AWC General Meeting

7 p.m.

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Americana 2 p.m.

Chat, Crafts ‘n Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving Service at

Pieterskerk, Leiden 10 a.m.

Lunch at Het Koetshuis de

Burcht 12:30 p.m.

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US Federal Election Day

Chat, Crafts ‘n Cake 10 a.m.

Gingerbread House Activity

10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving:

Clubhouse Closed

Aachen Christmas Market

7:45 a.m.

Bake Sale Drop Off Noon

Day in Delft Noon

Holiday Bazaar

Marine Corps Ball 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Potluck

5 p.m.

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Thanksgiving Day Service

by Roberta Enschede

Please join us at this non-denominational

service on Thanksgiving morning at the

historic Pieterskerk. The service lasts

approximately one hour, combining a civil

ceremony with a Service of Thanksgiving.

Clergy from multiple denominations participate

including a Catholic priest, Protestant

minister and Jewish rabbi. Bring your Dutch

friends and friends from all nations and faiths.

This is a service for everyone! Consider joining

the AWC for lunch afterwards (see page

16).

Thanksgiving at the Pieterskerk in Leiden

is unique. In this church, the Pilgrims recorded

their births, marriages and deaths.

They lived in its surroundings from 1609

to 1620. Some of the descendants of Moses

Fletcher, a Leiden Pilgrim and signer of the

Mayflower Compact, still live there. Ria Koet,

his direct descendant, will tell the story of her

family. The Koets are the only non-American

members of the Mayflower Society.

On the occasion of the first visit of a sitting

American President to the Netherlands,

the Pieterskerk was the chosen site for President

George H.W. Bush to speak. The Bush

family traces their ancestry to Francis Cooke,

also a signer of the Mayflower Compact and

a Leiden Pilgrim. President Obama also has

family roots in Leiden: the Blossom family.

In Leiden, you can feel how inextricably

the values of the American nation are linked

Thursday, November 22 at 11 a.m.

Pieterskerk in Leiden

with the Netherlands. The story of a group

of English dissenters who were welcomed

there and were able to live and worship freely,

and even publish at a time when freedom of

religion and the press were certainly not the

norm, is a Dutch story as well as an American

story. It’s also the story of all nations that

aspire to be free.

The Choir and Band of the American

School will perform. The Scouts and “The

Little Pilgrims” will be on hand; children

“I felt a respect and veneration upon entering the church at Leiden.” ~ Abigail Adams

The Thanksgiving Day Service is sponsored by OAR ~ Overseas

Americans Remember. For further information, contact: Roberta

Enschede at robertaenschede@yahoo.com, Tove McGrew at

tove1@planet.nl, Anneke Beeuwkes at a.Beeuwkes@xs4all.nl,

Jessie Rodell at jessierodell@gmail.com or Anne van Oorschot at

anne_warwick2000@yahoo.com

are an integral part of the Service, as they

should be. The Congregation will sing familiar

hymns. Coincidentally, one of them,

We Gather Together, is Dutch and familiar

to Dutch people as Wilt Heden Nu Treden.

The Mayor of Leiden, the Honorable

Henri Lenferink, will welcome everyone

and the Honorable Edwin R. Nolan, Chargé

D’Affaires of the US Embassy, will read excerpts

from the annual Thanksgiving Day

Proclamation of the President. Thanksgiving

is “proclaimed” each year on the fourth

Thursday of November.

We would welcome a “cookie contribution”

for the coffee after the service. For your

convenience, please car pool or take public

transportation, if possible.

You won’t forget Thanksgiving in Leiden!

Join us. Bring your friends and neighbors.

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The Dutch Daily

by Eileen Harloff

Sweet Sixteen?

It was a birthday that Merthe, a young girl

from Haren near Groningen, will never forget,

nor will those who knew her either personally

or through what subsequently happened.

Looking forward to her coming celebration,

she went on Facebook to invite her friends

to a “Sweet Sixteen Party” on September 22.

Unfortunately, she failed to mark her event

as “private” and soon her invitation had been

forwarded the width and breadth of the land

to 30,000 people: there would be a party and

everyone was welcome. Moreover, a local DJ

encouraged attendance at what was sure to

be a jolly bash.

Once the mistake was realized, Merthe’s father

and the burgemeester (mayor) of Haren

made desperate attempts to encourage the

country-at-large to stay at home, but to no

avail. On the evening of the 22nd, while the

family took shelter elsewhere, 3,000 revelers

started arriving by foot, bicycle, car and

bus. Some wore party hats. They were not

only from Haren, but also from Zwolle, Den

Bosch, Nijmegen and elsewhere and expected

music, dancing, drinks and food. When the

“guests” were met with a police cordon and

they realized that the feast was not about to

take place, the energies of a certain group

turned to other activities: drinking, taking

drugs, rioting, throwing stones, plundering

shops in the city, setting cars on fire, destroying

garden sheds, and fighting amongst themselves

and with the police. At least 36 people

were arrested. The next day, parts of the city

looked like a cyclone had struck and the accusations

began: the burgemeester should

have planned some alternative activities, the

police should have held back/acted sooner,

etc. Obviously, no one had been prepared for

such an event in this usually peaceful town

of 19,000 residents. Whether or not it could

happen again here or elsewhere is anyone’s

bet. But one thing is sure: Merthe will be more

careful from now on when using Facebook.

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An Expensive Flower

Another lesson, dearly learned by a young

man from Nunspeet (east of Amsterdam) is

that one does not pluck flowers from someone

else’s bush or tree, even if that flower is

hanging over a hedge or fence. On his way

home from a party, the 25-year-old man saw a

hydrangea blossom doing what such blossoms

tend to do: one stem was sticking through a

fence that he was walking along. What a fine

idea, he thought, to just pluck that bloom

and show it to a woman friend, who would

be sure to enjoy its aroma. Unfortunately, it

was just at this juncture that two policemen

came along. They asked if he found it normal

to pick other people’s flowers and they took it

from him, saying that they would return it to

its rightful owner. The next day, he received

a citation from the police charging him with

hooliganism and rowdiness, with a fine of

€ 200. In a state of shock, the young man

contacted the owners of the hydrangea plant

to discuss the matter, but they claimed they

had no knowledge of the incident. It is not yet

known if the plucker has contested his fine.

“Dutch Tenor is Hero of New York”

This was the headline in a recent newspaper;

behind it is a fascinating story. It happened

this past spring when Dutch tenor and opera

singer Frank van Aken went to New York City

for the first time to attend a performance by

his wife, opera singer Eva-Maria Westbroek,

at the Metropolitan Opera House. The opera

was Wagner’s Die Walkure, and his wife was

Photo by Ken Howard

singing the role of Sieglinde opposite German

tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Sigmund. The day

before the performance, Kaufmann fell ill,

and unless a replacement could be found the

performance would have to be cancelled – a

prospect no one found appealing. It was at

this point that Eva-Marie’s agent suggested

that van Aken step in to take on the role, as he

was “the only one who could save the show.”

What a challenge: to sing a very difficult role

he had last performed 16 months previously

with only a few hours practice in an opera

house with unfamiliar acoustics. Adding to

the pressure, he would be performing in front

of an audience of 3,800 people and also would

be broadcast on radio. Reluctantly, he agreed.

With prompters standing by should he forget

the text and with a great deal of courage, he

succeeded. The public and the critics raved.

The reaction of van Aken to his great accomplishment

might be considered typically

Dutch in its matter-of-fact tone: “You know

the Americans, they think it’s heroic and romantic,

and it is special – a debut at the Met

with my wife. After the first act, I felt it was

going to be a success, and then I began to

enjoy it.”

Dutch Bell at Olympics

The London Olympics are now just a fond

memory for most of us, but they will always

have a special significance for one Dutch

company. The opening ceremony was enhanced

by a bell made by the Dutch foundry

Royal Eijsbouts, located in Asten, Brabant.

The bell weighs 23 tons and is 11 feet (3.3 meters)

wide. Naturally, there were grumbles in

England about the “foreign bell.” Originally,

the White Chapel Bell Foundry in London

was approached, but it did not have the capacity

to do the job. The organizers then turned

to the Dutch company, which is rightly proud

of its accomplishment.

It’s for the Birds

A newcomer at Central Station in Rotterdam

is causing much confusion at platform 9: a

starling. He can imitate the sound of a train

door opening, so passengers rush to get into

the train before the doors close, only to discover

that they have not yet been opened.

According to Kees Moeliker of the Natural

History Museum, “Starlings are a city bird

and very good imitators of sounds in their

vicinity. At this time of year many birds are

migrating, but this starling has been sitting

above the rails for some time and has mastered

this train sound.”

New Cultural Center

In 2010, fifty-four international architectural

firms competed in a contest to design a new

cultural center for The Hague next to the Stadhuis

(City Hall). The winning plans were

drawn up by Rotterdam architectural firm

Neutelings Riedijk, but a decision to carry out

the project was delayed for financial reasons.

Now the city council has decided that the time

has come to act. Construction should begin in

2013 with a goal of completion in 2018. The

complex, called the Spuiforum, will replace

the Dr. Anton Philips Hall and the Lucent

Dance Theater. It will house the Residential

Orchestra, the Netherlands Dance Theater and

the Royal Conservatory of Music and will

include three performance halls with 500 to

1,500 seats, study rooms and offices. In addition

to providing modern premises for the

performing arts, the complex will bring new

life to what is now a somewhat cold and drab

looking spot in the heart of the city.

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Announcements

“Who’s the President?” Breakfast

Every four years, all eyes worldwide are on

the US Presidential Election. Don’t miss out

on the unique opportunity to watch the election

returns while enjoying a breakfast buffet

in the historic main hall of the Kurhuas Hotel

in Scheveningen.

Wednesday, November 7

5 – 8:30 a.m.

Kurhaus Hotel

Gevers Deynootplein 30, Den Haag

www.electionbreakfastkurhaus.nl

Holiday on Ice

Buckle up, because Holiday on Ice goes into

high gear and full throttle with its brand new

show: Speed. Skaters dance to rock and dance

beats and bikers perform stunts on motorcycles

especially designed for this show. Speed

is full of unprecedented acts and thrilling

aerobatics which accelerate Holiday on Ice

to a new dimension.

Thursday, November 8 through Sunday,

November 11

Ahoy, Rotterdam

www.holidayonice.nl

Crossing Border Festival

Crossing Border, one of Europe’s largest literary

and music festivals, caters to an audience

of broad cultural interests. Hosted for the 20th

time in The Hague, one of Crossing Border’s

goals is to highlight both international stars

and new artists in literature and music as

well as their interconnection with other arts.

Wednesday, November 14 through

Saturday, November 17

Various venues in Den Haag Centrum

www.crossingborder.nl

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Sinterklaas Arrival

Sinterklaas arrives from Spain in the

Netherlands every year on the 2nd or 3rd

weekend in November, visiting different

towns at various times. As in past years,

he will arrive aboard the SS Madrid in

Scheveningen Harbor on Saturday, November

17. After his arrival at 11:30, he will make

his way on his white horse, accompanied by a

full parade of Zwarte Piets, through the streets

of Scheveningen and the Statenkwartier into

The Hague Centrum. Even if you don’t have

young children, this annual event is uniquely

Dutch and is quite a wonderful sight to see.

For more info including the parade route,

visit: www.sinterklaasindenhaag.nl

International Food Fair

The Parish of the Church of Our Saviour

sponsors this large-scale International Food

Fair every November for charity. The diverse

members of the parish community come together

to provide entertainment and to prepare

and sell their own national food specialties,

wines, pastries and handicrafts. Each country

or region takes pride in decorating their

booths with national flags and working together

as a team. There are kid’s activities,

a raffle with wonderful prizes, a large used

English book sale and a flea market.

This fair doesn’t only promote local community

spirit. The event’s proceeds are donated

to several charitable organizations around

the world for life-sustaining projects. These

projects include farming, carpentry, women’s

support, street children education and reha-

bilitation for homeless people, to name just

a few. In 2011, the fair raised € 42,000 with

funds dispersed to charities in 19 countries!

Saturday, November 17

Noon – 6:30 p.m.

Francois Vatel School

Granaathorst 20, Den Haag

(behind the Mariahoeve Shopping

Center)

Free entrance

www.parish.nl

Documentary Film Festival

Creative documentaries take center stage during

the 25th International Documentary Film

Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), one of the leading

documentary film festivals in the world.

The IDFA is the place for documentaries that

are cinematically intriguing or innovative,

that are relevant or highly topical to society at

large, and that stimulate the viewer to reflect,

discuss and ask questions.

Wednesday, November 14 through Sunday,

November 25

Various Locations in Amsterdam

www.idfa.nl

Antique and Art Fair

PAN Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ premier art

and antiques fair, will be presenting more than

10,000 items. PAN Amsterdam is renowned

for its high-quality, international offerings of

paintings, furniture, maps, prints and sculptures

from the 16th century to the present. The

common denominator is that all the objects

are vetted by a group of 80 experts for authenticity,

artistic quality and condition. Prices

range from € 500 to € 500,000. Over 50,000

visitors, from museum curators to private art

enthusiasts, are attracted to this fair every

year. A free app is available on their website.

Sunday, November 18 through Sunday,

November 25

Amsterdam RAI Parkhal, Europaplein

www.pan.nl

St. Andrew’s Charity Ball

The St. Andrew’s Society hosts a yearly charity

ball in celebration of St. Andrew’s Day

(the feast day of St. Andrew, the patron saint

of Scotland). A highlight will be Scottish-style

dancing to live music for all abilities. Bringing

a dance partner is uniquely unnecessary!

The € 99 ticket includes a highland banquet,

wine with dinner, many dances, a musical

intermezzo and a raffle. The beneficiary

this year will be Stichting Pink >> 51

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Bookshelf

by Laurie Martecchini

We’re Open!

The Library of the American Women’s Club of The Hague is open and ready to provide you

with your next great read! The written word is important to us, so we carved out space in

the new Clubhouse to hold stacks of books, old and new. The Library is blended into the

rooms of the Clubhouse: bookshelves line the walls of common space and meeting rooms,

lending them a cozy atmosphere.

New Hours

The Library is open whenever the Clubhouse is open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Perhaps these hours don’t fit your schedule? It’s your Library and

we’d like to try to find a mutually convenient way for you to check out the collection, so

please email us at awcthehague.library@gmail.com.

A Change in the Collection

We’ve trimmed the collection to a manageable size: 3,500 items. On display in our new

location you’ll find a large selection of fabulous adult fiction as well as DVDs, travel books

from 2009 and beyond, the Dutch collection, and a wonderful children’s collection of picture

books and youth fiction.

New on the Shelves in November

The Darlings by Cristina Alger

“Probably the most compulsively readable fiction to come out of the Wall

Street financial scandal so far…Alger knows the ins and outs of both

Wall Street and an upscale NYC lifestyle, nailing all the details, from the

plush, hushed atmosphere of high-end law firms to the right tennis togs

for a “casual” weekend in the Hamptons. Delicious reading.” ~ Booklist

“…A financial thriller somewhere between the novels of Dominick

Dunne…and Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.” ~ Library Journal

The Expats by Chris Pavone

“Refreshingly original. . . . Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carré in the

complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone. . . . A thriller

so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right

alongside the obligatory dagger.” ~ The Star-Ledger

“Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted, The Expats introduces a

compelling and powerful female protagonist you won’t

soon forget. Well done!” ~ Patricia Cornwell

Istanbul Passage: A Novel by Joseph Kanon

“A fast-moving, thinking man’s thriller. . . tense and atmospheric [with]

sinister intrigue.” ~ Wall Street Journal

“Reminiscent of the works of Graham Green.” ~ Alexander McCall Smith

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San Miguel by T. C. Boyle

“Boyle’s epic saga of struggle, loss, and resilience tackles Pacific pioneer

history with literary verve…[he] subtly interweaves the fates of Native

Americans, Irish immigrants, Spanish and Italian migrant workers, and

Chinese fishermen into the Waters’ and Lesters’ lives, but the novel is

primarily a history of the land itself, unchanging despite its various visitors

and residents, and as beautiful, imperfect, and unrelenting as Boyle’s

characters.” ~ Publishers Weekly

The Sisters by Nancy Jensen

“This is a gripping novel of how one missed connection between two

sisters can affect the generations to follow . . . The novel covers generations

of women beginning in 1927 and ending in 2007. Each of their lives

changed because of one misunderstanding. Each generation struggles to

find their own way in life and to maintain the fragile connections of family.

Hauntingly real, this will make a great book club choice.” ~ Karen Vail,

Titcomb’s Bookshop, Massachusetts

The Time in Between by Maria Dueñas

“Maria Dueñas weaves a spell, conjuring the heat and the glamour, the

hardship and the thrill of Morocco and Spain in the late 1930s. The world

of Casablanca comes to life as war breaks and Sira Quiroga, a beautiful

and betrayed seamstress, is forced to discover her own strength. At a time

when everyone must do what they can to survive, some will go beyond.”

~ Kate Morton, New York Times bestselling author of The Distant Hours

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AWC and the Arts

by Jane Choy

Tour of Impressionism:

Sensation & Inspiration -- Highlights

from the Hermitage and Van Gogh

Museum at the Hermitage

We will have a guided tour of two special

exhibits at the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam.

If there is enough demand, we can

request a second tour guide.

The first, Impressionism: Sensation & Inspiration,

will show us the world-famous Impressionist

paintings from the vast collection

of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

in their artistic context. Masterpieces by

pioneers like Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro,

Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley will

be accompanied by the works of other influential

French painters from the second half of

the 19th century, such as Eugène Delacroix

and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Seldom has such a

rich survey of this period been on display in

the Netherlands. The exhibition will deliberately

place the Impressionists in the company

of their predecessors, contemporaries and successors.

In short, the Hermitage Amsterdam

will offer a clear and fascinating overview

of the many currents and controversies in

the turbulent French art scene between 1850

and 1900.

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When Cézanne and Gauguin are mentioned,

a third artist cannot be overlooked: Vincent

van Gogh. Equally original, their brilliant

Dutch contemporary was also indebted to

the Impressionists. As the leading post-Impressionist,

Van Gogh explored the limits of

the movement. Due to the temporary closure

of the Van Gogh Museum, a large portion

of the Van Gogh Museum collection will be

relocated to the Hermitage Amsterdam, including

75 highlights, works on paper and a

selection from the letters. The two exhibition

wings will both be open to the public. Never

before has the famous Van Gogh collection

been on display under the same roof as so

many famous French contemporaries from

the Hermitage.

Wednesday, November 14

11 a.m. – Noon

Hermitage Museum

Amstel 51, Amsterdam

€ 10 Members (€ 12 nonmembers) PLUS

Museum Entrance Fee (€ 17.50 or free with

Museumkaart)

Min 12 / Max 15

Cancellation date: November 3

Contact: Jane Choy at 070 387 2606 or

jechoy@me.com

State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg

The AWC is not

responsible for

accidents or injuries

occurring at Club

activities or on Club

property. Sports and

exercise instructors

must carry their own

liability insurance.

DFAS (Decorative & Fine Arts Society)

by Jane Choy

DFAS starts its new season with lectures

covering a variety of subjects such as early

20th century Russian architecture, magic,

archeology, jewelry, the palaces of William

& Mary, and Tahiti from Cook to Gauguin.

DFAS exists to stimulate enjoyment of the

arts through a series of illustrated lectures

and other activities delivered in English by

leading British and European speakers. All of

the speakers, who are brought in especially

to address the DFAS audience, are experts

in their own field. DFAS is associated with

NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative

and Fine Arts Societies in the UK, linking

us to an international membership of over

90,000 art lovers. Lectures are held the first

or second Tuesday of the month. The annual

subscription is € 60 (€ 110 for a couple). New

members and guests are always welcome. Individual

lectures may be attended for €12. To

learn more, visit: www.dfas.nl and Facebook.

Isabella d’Este: First Lady of the

Renaissance

by Dr. Paula Nuttall

Isabella d’Este (1476–1530), Marchioness

of Mantua, was known to her contemporaries

as “The First Lady of the World.” She

was stylish, cultivated, feisty and “hungry

for art.” As a female

patron in a

male-dominated

world she was an

exceptional figure:

paintings by

Mantegna decorated

her study,

she scoured Italy

for classical

antiquities, and

she stole a statue

by Michelangelo

from her parentsin-law

in Urbino.

She was also an astute politician and, luckily

for us, a great letter writer.

Tuesday, November 6

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Free for DFAS members

Non-DFAS member fee is € 10

Contact: Jane Choy at 070 387 2606

or jechoy@me.com

Our next lecture will be Tuesday, December

11: Fedor Shekhtel – Architect of the Russian

“Style Moderne” by Jethro Lyne

NOVEMBER 2012 39


Redheads Unite in Holland

by Penny Middelraad

If you are one of us, you have heard all the

nicknames and comments many times:

“Red,” “Carrot top,” and “Oh, I love your

hair – who colors it?” You also know what

it’s like to stand out in a crowd. In fact, you

are used to it by now – that feeling of always

being just a little bit conspicuous, no matter

how much you try to blend in. Well, I’ve

found the place where you can really blend

in and be part of the crowd for a change. It

is Redhead Days in Breda.

Early in September each year, this festival

in Breda celebrates red hair. September

2012 was the sixth annual event and once I

heard about it, I knew that I had to attend.

My husband Roland and I went with Elanna,

Bailey and Scott Reiss. Roland and Scott are

both redheads, too. After we listened to the

opening remarks, we discovered that even

Australians came to attend this event. Then

we redheads strolled to a park nearby for a

group photo session. The goal this year was

to set a new record of redheads together in

one place, and we succeeded. There were over

1,200 of us for the photo session for Guinness

World Records.

I also learned a few pertinent facts about

red hair. First, only 1 – 2% of the world population

has red hair, but it does exist throughout

the world, even in places like Africa and

China where dark hair is so prevalent. The

hair color occurs with the presence of two

copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16,

causing a mutation in the MC1R protein. This

mutation in the MC1R protein has been traced

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back about 50,000 years to Mesopotamia,

which basically corresponds to modern Iraq

and is where much of civilization as we know

it started. I’ve heard from some who have

visited northern Turkey that there are still

plenty of redheads in that part of the world.

Of course, we all know that having red hair

makes us more susceptible to sunburn, but did

you also know that we are more sensitive to

heat? We seem to feel pain more easily, so a

little extra Novocaine at the dentist is a good

idea. Finally, our reputation for having a fiery

temper may not be entirely justified. We just

naturally have higher levels of adrenaline

than the rest of you.

It was really a wonderful experience to

participate in this event. At times I did feel

a bit strange being around so many other

people so much like me; the redhead boys

with me, Roland and Scott, said the same

thing. I remember once while in New York

City I was waiting at the ferry terminal to go

to Ellis Island. Standing in that large room

of hundreds of people, I looked around and

saw absolutely no one with red or even blond

hair. I was the lone red in a sea of dark. That

was an extreme event for me. Coming from

the Gulf Coast, I am used to being in a very

small minority. Since moving here to Holland,

I see many more redheads than I was used to

back in the States. The largest concentration

of redheads is the UK, of course, but Holland

is not far behind.

Manifesto of Gingers

by Anonymous

We, the natural gingers of the world,

hereby declare the following principles as

part of the forthcoming revolution:

We strive for a ginger utopia. A world

where red headed people not only are not

ridiculed and ostracized, but where our

tonal superiority is envied and celebrated.

Our status and privilege will be great and

abundant.

We are varied in tone. Our hair ranges

from strawberry blonde through to dark

auburn and everything in between (this

includes shades of dull orange, orange,

copper, burnt orange, red, dark, red and

auburn).

We exist without skin colour, eye colour,

religion, nationality, age, creed, sex or class.

We do not discriminate on this basis. We are

bonded through our hair colour alone...

About ten years ago I decided to let my

hair grow longer while it is still red, in order

to celebrate my uniqueness. While in Breda,

I discovered what it felt like to be so similar,

too. So next year, if you are one of us, come

join me in Breda. If you don’t have red hair,

come anyway to see all the beautiful shades.

You can read more in English about the festival

at www.roodharigen.nl.

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FAWCO Corner

by Elizabeth Kennedy

Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, a United Nations NGO with consultative

status with the UN Economic and Social Council www.fawco.org.

Update on Eleanor Roosevelt’s

Leadership Program

Earlier this year, AWC The Hague made a

donation in support of the wonderful Eleanor

Roosevelt Leadership Program which helps

instill in young women, ages 14 to 17, the

skills and mindset necessary to become

principled and socially conscious leaders.

This past summer, 72 spirited young women

were welcomed to Hyde Park in New York

for this 9-day program. It is truly a global

program: 15 of the participants came from

the Hudson Valley; 7 from the UK, Jordan,

Greece, France and Germany; and the remainder

from across the US. Coming from

different social, economic, political, religious

and cultural backgrounds, the girls

served as an example of diversity at its best.

The girls engaged in workshops and activities

designed to build self-awareness, foster

empowerment and motivate action. One of

the highlights of the program was the two-day

trip to New York City arranged by Eleanor’s

great granddaughters, Wendy Roosevelt Fahy,

Nina Roosevelt-Collmer and Christina Roosevelt,

where the girls connected with and were

inspired by women leaders from different

industries. Other highlights included workshops

called: Leading in a Diverse World; The

Challenges of Being a Leader; Human Rights

& Savvy Activism; The Practice of Leadership;

Self Expression & Social Change; and

Finding Your Passion & Purpose.

Kathleen Durham is the executive director of

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the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership

Center at Val-Kill. Applications

for the 2013 leadership

program will be available in

December on its website: www.

ervk.org. FAWCO is proud to

be a continuing supporter of the

Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership

Worldwide program.

US Tax and Banking

This fall, FAWCO’s Tax & Banking Team will

be developing a committee to put together

a web-based resource library for expatriate

tax, banking and legal issues. They will also

participate in Tax & Banking Seminars at

several FAWCO Member Clubs. They are

looking for additional committee members

to research specific topics in a variety of

countries and legal jurisdictions, If you

have a little time to contribute, send them

an email at ustaxbanking@fawco.org and

specify how much time you can give them

(e.g. a few hours a month or two days per

quarter) as well as where you live; what

countries you know something about;

or topics you might feel comfortable

researching in addition to your contact info.

They would love to add you to their team

and will be in touch to fine tune your input.

As an AWC The Hague Member and hence

a FAWCO Club Member, you are encouraged

to email the Tax & Banking Team with

any problems you are encountering on the

overseas banking front. They are especially

interested in being informed of any solutions

you have found that could be shared with

others! All personal information will be kept

confidential. Please contact Margaret Nelson

Spethmann for the FAWCO Tax & Banking

Committee: ustaxbanking@fawco.org.

IRS Announces Plan to Help

Delinquent Overseas Filers to

Come into Compliance

On June 26, the IRS issued IR-2012-65, a

plan “to help US citizens residing overseas,

including dual citizens, catch up with tax

filing obligations and provide assistance for

people with foreign retirement plan issues.”

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said, “Today

we are announcing a series of commonsense

steps to help US citizens abroad get

current with their tax obligations and resolve

pension issues.”

Save the Date for FAWCO Conference!

The FAWCO Annual Conference will take place in Bern,

Switzerland on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 beginning at

9 a.m. and ending on Saturday, March 9 in the evening.

Please mark your calendars to plan to arrive Tuesday night

and depart on Sunday.

Did you know that any English-speaking woman may

join the AWC?

Invite your English-speaking friends from other

countries that have an affinity for Americans to join

us today!

Delinquent filers will still have to file back tax

returns and FBARs (Foreign Bank Account

Reports), but a large majority who are “low

compliance risks” with simple tax returns and

who owe little or no tax will face no “penalties

or additional enforcement action.” This is a

wonderful effort to both encourage people

to come into compliance with the law and

to assuage the fears of those wishing to do

so, but fearing severe financial and criminal

consequences.

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FAWCO and AWC The Hague...

Changing the Flow

by Anne van Oorschot, AWC Member & FAWCO Target Program Chair

As most of you know, our Club is raising

money to support the Target Project, a

well digging project in Cambodia. Our

involvement – and that of other FAWCO clubs

worldwide – has raised $106,160 to date,

resulting in the creation of 151 field wells

(kitchen use + irrigation) and 244 family

wells (kitchen use) in Cambodia. More funds

will be added before the end of December

2012 when the program ends, so even more

wells can be dug. (Look for the FAWCO Table

at the Holiday Bazaar for a fun and decorative

way to support this water project!) A

total success, you may think? While it is,

the Target Program is not just about raising

money. It is also about raising awareness to

the immense problems and challenges associated

with water. Read on and see if you can

increase your awareness…

Ten Startling Facts about Water:

• 884 million people in the world lack access

to clean water; that’s almost 3 times

the population of the United Sates!

• An American taking a five-minute

shower uses more water than the average

person in a developing country’s

slum uses for an entire day.

• People living in informal settlements

(i.e. slums) often pay 5-10 times more

per liter of water than wealthy people

living in the same city.

• The Earth is a closed system, meaning

that it rarely loses or gains extra

matter. The same water that existed on

the Earth millions of years ago is still

present today.

• Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent

of the Earth’s surface is covered with

water, but much more fresh water is

stored under the ground in aquifers than

on the Earth’s surface.

• About half the world’s hospital beds

are occupied by someone with a water-

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related illness.

• It takes over 11,000 liters of water to

produce a pound of coffee.

• Of all the water on Earth, humans can

use only about three tenths of 1% of

this water. Such usable water is found

in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and

freshwater lakes.

• Nearly seven times more water is used

to make a disposable water bottle than

it contains.

• Bottles used to package water take over

1,000 years to biodegrade. If incinerated,

they produce toxic fumes. It is

estimated that over 80% of all singleuse

water bottles used in the US simply

become litter.

NOVEMBER 2012 45


Welcome to Slovenia

by Eileen Harloff

is beautiful” is a slogan that

truly applies to Slovenia. Although

“Small

it is one of the smallest of the 27

European states, it is second to none as far

as the variety of scenery and culture is concerned.

Located in central Europe, it is the

northern part of the former Yugoslavia and

a crossroads where Slavic culture meets the

Germanic and Latin influences of its bordering

countries, Italy, Austria and Hungary.

Flying into the main airport, Brnik (just add

vowels for pronunciation), the visitor sees a

vista of mountains (some snow-capped), forests,

valleys and plains. Once on the ground,

the road infrastructure is good, the people are

welcoming and there are plenty of natural

and man-made sites to see. It is laughingly

said that the country is shaped like a running

chicken with its head and beak in the northeast

protruding into Hungary, its tail feathers in

the northwest Alps Mountains and its hind leg

along the Adriatic Sea. It can be crossed east

to west or north to south in just three hours.

My stay was only three days long, but I

saw so much natural and man-made beauty

that it seemed much longer. From the airport,

we headed west to the double-named towns of

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Portoroz/Potorosa and Piran/Pirano, located

on the Adriatic Sea and Italian in their history,

architecture and culture. As we stood

on the shore at Piran, it was exciting to see

in the distance some of the towers of Venice.

We visited the Gothic Minorite Monastery of

St. Francis of Assisi, dating back to the 14th

century, which has a beautifully decorated

pulpit. In addition to its high altar, there are

five other altars; under the floor are 32 vaulted

tombs. Adjacent to the monastery is a cloister

which, through time, has been used by the

monks as well as local citizens. In 1954 all

religious edifices were nationalized and the

buildings were put to use for a variety of other

purposes, such as storing munitions, goods

or whatever else government officials might

desire. In 1997 the religious buildings were

denationalized and returned to their owners,

who then had to carry out extensive renovations.

Today the covered cloisters surrounding

the quad have been restored to their traditional

peace and calm.

Our next adventure was to visit the world

famous Postojnska Cave, where we boarded

a train that took us down along dripping stalactites

and stalagmites into the depths. We

eventually disembarked and walked a small

portion of the 13 miles (21 kilometers) of

galleries, tunnels and halls. There was even

a display of some of the 100 species of underground

animals that make the caves their

home, the most interesting being the olm, an

amphibian long believed to be the descendant

of a dragon.

Next door to Piran is the town of Koper,

a port that was established during the time

of the Roman Empire. This port has played

a big part in the development of the area by

being one of the most important transit routes

for goods traded between Europe and Asia.

Koper, too, has a Venetian-style city square

with a restored Praetorian Palace, a Cathedral

of the Assumption

undergoing restoration,

and a bell tower from

which, it was stated,

there are great views

of the city (too many

stairs for me).

At the Slovenian

Salt Works, we could

walk along the edges of

formerly family-owned

and worked ponds,

from which salt was

“mined.” One of the

former homes is now a

museum preserving the

various traditional tools

that are still used; the

production is continuing

in order to preserve

the natural and cultural

heritage of the ponds.

The area is also home

to over 280 bird species,

at least 4 of which

nest only here; insects,

particularly bees; vertebrates

such as shrews,

bats and wall lizards;

and invertebrates, particularly

shrimp, which

are being farmed in the

nearby Dragonja River.

En route to a winery,

we stopped in at the church at Markovec

to view the highly impressive mosaics by

Marko Rupnik of the birth, life and death of

Jesus Christ; these covered the entire length

of the curved front wall. The bright colors and

graphic scenes were startling to say the least

and a testimony to the trend toward modernity

visible in many churches today. From there

we visited a winery whose present owner is

the fifth generation of his family to run the

business. Their tasting was done with style,

complete with snacks and gifts; unfortunately,

the winery has no outlet here in The Hague.

Ljubljana, the country’s capital, dates

back to the 11th century. It has much to

offer: Baroque, Renaissance, Art Deco >> 48

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Slovenia (cont.)

Continued from Page 47

and modern buildings; medieval squares; Baroque

churches and cathedrals; shops, cafés,

workplaces and restaurants on the banks of

the Ljubljanica River; and the bridges over

that river. One of these bridges is called

Butchers Bridge, and has oversized sculptures

at both ends and a row of “love padlocks” that

couples attach to steel wires along the sides

of the bridge. There is also a castle, topped by

a dragon and an outlook tower overlooking

the city; Urbanc House, the city’s first department

store, built in 1903; and one of Europe’s

first residential “skyscrapers,” the 13-story

Neboticnik built in 1933, which now houses

shops, offices and residences. The city has

many parks, sports facilities, museums, art

galleries, and a university with 23 faculties.

In sum, the city has something for everyone

in an attractive, congenial atmosphere.

To the south of Ljubljana is a marsh that

covers 163 square miles. Houses and other

buildings here are built on stilts to protect

them when the water periodically rises. One

such structure is St. Michael’s Church in Cma

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Vas, designed by the famous Slovenian architect

Joze Plecnik. The church is built of

wood and can only be entered by climbing

the stairs. Inside, the wooden walls are beautifully

decorated and enhanced by chandeliers

and the Stations of the Cross made of copper,

giving the room a softly glowing light and

feeling of calm and peace. The major part of

the marshland, which has great biodiversity

and has been the site of archeological discoveries

including the oldest wheel in the

world, is now a protected UNESCO World

Heritage Site.

Located in northeast Slovenia is the country’s

second most important city, Maribor,

which lies on the Dura River and dates back

to the 12th century. In the 15th century there

was a substantial Jewish population here with

a synagogue, Talmudic school and cemetery.

Through the ages, there were periods when

the Jews were forced to leave the country.

The most recent of these was in 1941 when

Germany invaded Yugoslavia, annexed part

of the country to the Third Reich and sent

any remaining Jews to concentration camps.

The synagogue survived the war and is not

only one of the oldest preserved temples in

Europe but also only one of two remaining

in Slovenia. Next to the synagogue is a statue

commemorating the Holocaust victims of

WWII. Because it was an industrial city with

an extensive armaments industry, Maribor

was heavily bombed and

damaged in WWII. Thus it

is surprising that there are

still remains to be seen of

medieval structures such as

the city walls and the castle.

Plans have been developed

to renovate the center of the

town, but for economic

reasons they are yet to be

realized.

One of the special sites

of Maribor is the 440-yearold

grapevine, the oldest in

the world according to the

Guinness World Records. Maribor was named

one of the European Cultural Capitals for

2012, and has been designated as the European

Youth Capital for 2013. It is also a sports

and recreation center, and has organized many

world-class sporting events. On our way back

to the capital we stopped off to visit one of

the country’s many pilgrimage churches with

its beautiful 15th century reliefs and brilliant

modern stained glass windows.

One of the highlights of our tour was a

visit to Lake Bled, a glacial body of deep blue

water with a small island, on the top of which

are perched a church and a castle. Special

boats piloted by single oarsmen deliver visitors

to the island. Once disembarked, the visitor

ascends a stairway of 99 steps up to

a terrace and then, after pausing to catch >> 51

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Celeste Brown - Toastmaster Extaordinaire

by Susan Cave

Celeste Brown was the first person I

met at the AWC when I staggered in

one cold and drizzly day a year ago. I

was soaked, having gotten off the tram at the

wrong stop. She immediately made a pot of

coffee and introduced me to everyone in the

building and enthusiastically went through the

activities she thought might be of interest. I

remember thinking what a beautiful, poised

and confident woman she was and was not at

all surprised when she told me she had been

President of the AWC in the past. In recent

years, though, she has been busy with another

organization as well – Toastmasters – and

has recently become the first woman in the

Netherlands to be awarded the title of Distinguished

Toastmaster (DTM), the highest level

of accomplishment within the Toastmasters

International organization.

Toastmasters is a non-profit organization

in which members have been developing

public speaking skills since it was founded

in the US in 1924. Currently there are over

280,000 members in 116 countries. Celeste

knew about Toastmasters while living in the

US and was intrigued, but was then too busy

with other activities to join.

Toastmasters came to the Netherlands in

2002 when the Amsterdam chapter opened

its doors. During Celeste’s first term as President

of the AWC in 2002, she set the ball in

motion to begin Toastmasters of The Hague

(affectionately called TMOTH) at the AWC,

which officially chartered in 2003. With The

Hague being such a diplomatic hub, she believed

there would be enough people who

would want to join this club to improve their

communication skills. And come they did.

There are now 20 clubs in the Netherlands,

and Celeste and her husband Jaap have been

active not only giving speeches and stimulating

the growth of new clubs, but also running

the Toastmasters organization in this country

and on the European Executive Committee.

It’s come a long way in ten years!

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B e f o r e

Celeste came to

the Netherlands,

she had been

a high flying

career woman

working for a

pharmaceutical

company in the

US. She had

climbed the

slippery pole

with success

and was looking for her next challenge.

How could she possibly have known that

that challenge would present itself at a jazz

concert in the Indianapolis Zoo? Forty-five

years old and never married, she met and fell

in love with Jaap, a divorced Dutchman with

three growing boys.

Since living in the Netherlands, Celeste

has built her life around three different

volunteer organizations: AWC The Hague

(President 2002-2004), FAWCO (President

2007-2009) and Toastmasters. She credits the

confidence she has built from Toastmasters as

being the catalyst for moving forward to new

challenges and opportunities in life. She says

“Whether you want to become more confident

as a speaker at work, a PTA meeting, church

or any other place in your life, Toastmasters

teaches you the skills to be successful through

its friendly, safe and encouraging atmosphere.

It’s a fun hobby for us. After all, if it isn’t

fun, why do it?”

Three years ago, Celeste started her business,

Speech Coach Consultants, and is sought

after for her expertise to help people who are

preparing for an important presentation or

speech; she also runs workshops. Keeping

her steady, though, is her regular attendance

at Toastmasters meetings in The Hague and

Leiden where, apart from being a brilliant

public speaker, she says she has learned so

much about people, life and subjects she never

dreamed about in her adopted country.

Slovenia (cont.)

Continued from page 49

one’s breath, on up to the castle. Formerly a

famous health resort, the island is now known

for its church and castle/museum. The view

from the top is spectacular even when it’s

raining, as it was when we were there. When

we were descending to our boat, the sun came

out and we came upon guests for a wedding

in the church, beautifully dressed and coiffed,

trudging up the hill in their stylish spike heels.

What a romantic spot for a wedding, but what

a chore getting there!

Slovenia is well worth a visit. Its history,

culture, ancient towns, modern accommodations

and activities have appeal for a wide

range of visitors. And it’s easy to get to since

Announcements (cont.)

Continued from page 35

Ribbon. Kilts are not obligatory! Tickets are

on sale until November 16 through Marion

at maria.janine@ziggo.nl or 065 117 3229.

If you want to practice a few dances before

the ball, you are welcome to join the reel

club which meets every Friday in the British

School on Diamanthorst from 8 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 24

6:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Den Haag

www.standrews.nl

Cinderella: Shaken Not Stirred

Distinctively British, a panto is a popular

form of family entertainment incorporating

song, dance, slapstick comedy, cross-dressing

and audience participation. This holiday

season, the Anglo American Theatre Group

(AATG) presents an original version of the

traditional Cinderella panto. The king of

Schevenwasserschotenburg (a key but almost

unpronounceable country, somewhere in

Europe) has already met a grisly end after

consuming a particularly tasty but incredibly

it joined the EU in 2004 and adopted the euro

and the Schengen Treaty in 2007.

deadly bowl of poisoned custard. Who will

be next? No one is safe! British Intelligence

must call in their best man, 007, aka James

Bond to stop the activities of the international

terrorist group SoFoWoDo (Society For World

Domination). Will Ivana Rooldawurld and her

sidekicks, the aptly named “Ugly Sisters,”

succeed in their diabolical plot to take over

the kingdom? Can 007 stop this evil before it’s

too late? Featuring

the age old battle

between good and

evil, kitschy songs,

energetic dancing,

and hilariously bad

jokes, Cinderella is

good, clean fun for

the whole family.

Friday, November

30 – Sunday,

December 2

Theater aan het

Spui, Den Haag

www.aatg.nl

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Classifieds

Alexander Technique The

Hague/Rotterdam

Would you like to move with

more ease, improve your

posture/performance and

look taller and more “present,”

or get rid of head/neck or

backache and other pains due

to bad habits or stress? Try the

Alexander Technique.

Information:

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