AWC Going Dutch March 2019

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<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

The Magazine of the<br />

American Women’s Club<br />

of The Hague<br />

Denneweg 56<br />

2514CH The Hague<br />

Tel. 0703458442<br />

www.lifestylesalonthehague.nl<br />

Winter Activities<br />

re-Building Lives Benefit<br />

Our Carbon Footprint<br />

6<br />

22<br />

31<br />

5 Officers and Chairwomen<br />

6 Winter Activities Collage<br />

8 Message from the President<br />

9 <strong>March</strong> General Meeting<br />

10 Letter from the Editor<br />

12 Membership<br />

13 Restaurant<br />

Recommendations<br />

14 Ongoing Activities<br />

20 One-of-a-Kind Activities<br />

22 re-Building Lives Benefit<br />

26 <strong>March</strong> Calendar<br />

29 <strong>AWC</strong> and the Arts<br />

30 F<strong>AWC</strong>O Corner<br />

31 2018: The Year Planet Earth<br />

Cried for Help<br />

34 Unconventional Travel:<br />

Paris and Athens<br />

38 How We Spent our Winter<br />

Vacation<br />

40 The <strong>Dutch</strong> Daily<br />

42 WWDP Christmas Party<br />

Collage<br />

44 Announcements<br />

48 Classifieds<br />

49 Index of Advertisers<br />

and Ad Rates<br />

50 Proost! Interview<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 3

Editor<br />

Audrey Goodman<br />

2018-<strong>2019</strong> <strong>AWC</strong> Officers<br />

Committee Chairs<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43<br />

2582 NJ Den Haag<br />

Tel: 070 350 6007<br />

info@awcthehague.org<br />

www.awcthehague.org<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> Magazine<br />

goingdutchmag@awcthehague.org<br />

Clubhouse Hours<br />

Tuesday and Thursday<br />

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.<br />

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Closed<br />

Dues (Effective 2018-<strong>2019</strong>)<br />

€ 110 per year (€ 66 after January 1)<br />

€ 90 business, professional<br />

€ 55 valid US military ID<br />

€ 35 student<br />

€ 35 Outside the Netherlands (<strong>Going</strong><br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> magazine not included)<br />

Add € 15 new member registration fee<br />

Design and Layout<br />

Teresa Mahoney<br />

Cover Photo<br />

The Plein by Melissa White<br />

Photography<br />

Mary Adams, Celeste Brown, Susan Cave,<br />

Susanne Dundas, Greetje Engelsman,<br />

Amber Gatewood, Rachel Hines, Suzanne<br />

MacNeil, Teresa Mahoney, Julie Mowat,<br />

Melissa Rider, Emily van Eerten, Michelle<br />

Voorn, Melissa White<br />

Proofreaders<br />

Celeste Brown, Jane Gulde, Diane Schaap,<br />

Debbie van Hees<br />

Advertising Manager & Invoicing<br />

Open<br />

Contributors<br />

Mary Adams, Laurie Brooks,Jane Choy,<br />

Suzanne Dundas, Greetje Engelsman, Dena<br />

Haggerty, Marsha Hagney, Eileen Harloff,<br />

Rachel Hines, Suzanne MacNeil, Julie<br />

Mowat, Melissa Rider, Holly Savoie, Anne<br />

van Oorschot, Melissa White<br />

Printer<br />

www.dwcprint.nl<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Bank Account Number<br />

IBAN: NL42ABNA0431421757<br />

KvK Den Haag<br />

40409274<br />

BTW or VAT: 007408705B01<br />

Honorary President Diane Hoekstra<br />

President Suzanne MacNeil<br />

president@awcthehague.org<br />

Vice President Marsha Hagney<br />

vicepresident@awcthehague.org<br />

Treasurer Sheyla Karman<br />

treasurer@awcthehague.org<br />

Secretary Heather DeWitt<br />

secretary@awcthehague.org<br />

Club and Community Development<br />

Naya Pessoa<br />

community@awcthehague.org<br />

Clubhouse Administrator<br />

Jan Essad<br />

clubadministrator@awcthehague.org<br />

Communications Audrey Goodman<br />

communications@awcthehague.org<br />

Member-at-Large<br />

Sunita Menon<br />

Front Office<br />

Liduine Bekman, Siska Datema-Kool,<br />

Dominique Duysens, Amber Gatewood,<br />

Shanon Gonzales, Melissa Rider, Jessie<br />

Rodell, Holly Savoie<br />

Activities: Greetje Engelsman<br />

Arts: Jane Choy<br />

Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Insalaco<br />

Benefit Event: Michelle Voorn & Deana<br />

Kreitler<br />

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell<br />

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas<br />

eNews Amber Gatewood<br />

Evening Events: Elizabeth Zeller<br />

Events & Tours: Liduine Bekman<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O: Julie Mowat and Teresa<br />

Mahoney<br />

Front Office Coordinator: Open<br />

General Meeting Programs: Dena<br />

Haggerty<br />

Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries<br />

Historian/Archivist: Georgia Regnault<br />

Holiday Bazaar: Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar<br />

IT Administrator: Julie Otten<br />

Kids’ Club: Lindsey Turnau<br />

Library: Dena Haggerty<br />

Membership: Melissa Rider<br />

Newcomers: Holly Savoie, Greetje<br />

Engelsman<br />

Parliamentarian: Georgia Regnault<br />

Philanthropy: Holly Savoie<br />

Public Relations: Open<br />

Social Media: Ceci Wong and Julie Otten<br />

Tennis: Molly Boed<br />

Tours: Liduine Bekman, Sabine Crowley<br />

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie<br />

Martecchini<br />

Webmaster: Julie Otten<br />

Women with <strong>Dutch</strong> Partners: Michelle<br />

Voorn<br />

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

For example, for the May/June issue, submissions are due before Monday, <strong>March</strong> 25<br />

Please Note: Articles submitted to <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> will be published subject to space limitations and editorial approval.<br />

All rights reserved; reprints only by written permission of the Editor. Please email to: goingdutchmag@<br />

awcthehague.org<br />

Legal Notice: Articles in <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> express the views and opinions of their authors alone, and not necessarily<br />

those of the <strong>AWC</strong> of The Hague, its Members or this publication.<br />


<strong>AWC</strong> Mission Statement<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> is an association formed to provide social and educational activities for American<br />

women living in the Netherlands and to promote amicable relations among people of all nations,<br />

as well as acquiring funds for general public interest. Membership in the club is open<br />

to women of all nations who are friendly and welcoming to American culture. The association<br />

does not endeavor to make a profit. The <strong>AWC</strong> is a 100% volunteer organization.<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 5

Artist Spotlight<br />

Christmas<br />

Winter Activities<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Democracy<br />

Femmes Fatales<br />

Thirsty Thursday<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch<br />

Pearl Party<br />


Message from the President<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

<strong>March</strong> General Meeting<br />

by Dena Haggerty<br />

I’ve been keeping tabs on some of our<br />

newest Members since we ramped up<br />

after the holidays. The Welcome Back<br />

Kickoff in early January was split into two<br />

sessions: a mimosa morning and an evening<br />

borrel for those who work. The morning session<br />

was jammed. At one point, we had almost<br />

40 women in the Clubhouse, many of<br />

whom we did not recognize. We welcomed<br />

the newcomers with open arms, warm conversation,<br />

and a chance to get to know us. The<br />

evening borrel, while not as well attended,<br />

gave one prospective Member our undivided<br />

attention. We chatted, learned a lot about<br />

her, just as she learned about what we can<br />

offer her. She joined, as did 10 others who<br />

attended the Kickoff.<br />

In early February, I took part in welcoming<br />

potential Members at this year’s Feel at<br />

Home in The Hague Fair at the Stadhuis.<br />

It’s an annual event hosted by ACCESS, a<br />

nonprofit organization that serves the expat<br />

community. You may have learned about<br />

our American Women’s Club if you worked<br />

with the staff at ACCESS when you first settled<br />

in The Hague, as it offers information<br />

and guidance to help expats make sense of<br />

living in our little neck of the <strong>Dutch</strong> woods.<br />

Some of the guests I spoke with asked what<br />

the Club offers its Members. For the first<br />

few hours of the fair, we rattled off our<br />

laundry list of opportunities to become<br />

involved, including our weekly Walkie<br />

Talkies, Chat Craft and Cake, our monthly<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch,<br />

Thirsty Thursday,<br />

Heart Pillows,<br />

the General<br />

Meetings, and<br />

then worked<br />

our way to the<br />

tours, events,<br />

activities, and<br />

discounts at<br />

Sligro, Hanos,<br />

and the American<br />


Book Center.<br />

Toward midday<br />

I answered<br />

the question of<br />

what we offer<br />

with a counter<br />

question; what<br />

would you like<br />

from our Club?<br />

The replies<br />

were interesting.<br />

Many of the women liked the fact<br />

that we are a social organization with philanthropy<br />

as a key part of who we are as<br />

an organization. Some of the guests even<br />

asked how they can become involved in our<br />

philanthropic activities. Melissa Rider, our<br />

Membership Chair, has contacted all the<br />

women who provided their email the day of<br />

the fair. I’m happy to report that their feedback<br />

has been positive and Melissa has supplied<br />

membership information to those who<br />

have responded to her emails.<br />

We gained more than 15 new Members in<br />

the last two months, all women who want<br />

what we all wanted when we joined: new<br />

friends, a ready-made social life, the chance<br />

to participate in a meaningful way in our<br />

community, to learn new skills, and to have<br />

fun.<br />

Who are these new additions to the Club?<br />

While we honor the privacy of Members<br />

in <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>, and I won’t share names,<br />

I suggest you take an opportunity to introduce<br />

yourself to these interesting women<br />

the next time you see someone new at a<br />

Club event or activity. Here’s a bit of information<br />

about some of our newest Members:<br />

• Finance professional who is an investment<br />

analyst with experience in the oil<br />

and gas industry and consumer products.<br />

• Color specialist who offers color<br />

analysis classes to empower women<br />

to feel confident in themselves. Her<br />

philosophy is that confidence >>47<br />

For our <strong>March</strong> meeting, Tetyana<br />

Benzeroual from Volunteer The<br />

Hague will be joining us. Volunteer<br />

The Hague is a non-profit project founded<br />

by the Municipality of The Hague and PEP<br />

(Participation Emancipation Professionals).<br />

The project connects internationals with<br />

meaningful volunteer opportunities at <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

non-profit organizations in The Hague area.<br />

The organization’s website hosts hundreds of<br />

volunteering vacancies especially suited for<br />

non-<strong>Dutch</strong> speakers of every age, skill-set<br />

and availability. In addition to introducing the<br />

project and the opportunities for non-<strong>Dutch</strong><br />

speakers, Tetyana will be discussing how you<br />

by Jan Essad and Sunita Menon<br />

The construction on Johan van<br />

Oldenbarneveltlaan is now just outside<br />

our front door!<br />

According to a <strong>Dutch</strong> website,<br />

works will possibly continue<br />

until July. However, we hope<br />

they will finish early. Due<br />

to this ongoing construction,<br />

parking will be limited and public<br />

transportation is recommended.<br />

Parking is available on the southside of<br />

the street and on the one-way streets off<br />

can volunteer your way into a potential job.<br />

Her presentation will discuss the value of<br />

volunteering for building relationships and<br />

career opportunities. During this presentation<br />

you will discover ways to build confidence<br />

and help the community, strategies to adopt<br />

when considering volunteer organizations,<br />

hidden career opportunities, and how to leverage<br />

volunteering for career success.<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 14<br />

10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Free<br />

Construction Around the <strong>AWC</strong><br />

Clubhouse<br />

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan. However,<br />

public transportation is highly encouraged.<br />

The Clubhouse is accessible<br />

via Tram #16, Tram #1, and<br />

Bus #21. Consult www.9292.nl<br />

for the best means of travelling<br />

to the Clubhouse from<br />

your area.<br />

We sincerely hope this minor inconvenience<br />

won’t keep you from<br />

coming to the Clubhouse to enjoy<br />

scheduled activities and great company.<br />

See you at the Club!<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 9

Letter from the Editor<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

When we first arrived in The Hague,<br />

I was worried about boredom. No<br />

full-time job, no pets, no children…<br />

What was I going to do with myself? But my<br />

worries quickly disappeared (and my calendar<br />

filled up) after I joined the American<br />

Women’s Club. There are numerous ways to<br />

become involved in the organization, and I<br />

have taken every available opportunity. I attend<br />

as many events as possible, I sit on the<br />

Board as the Communications Officer, I’m<br />

the Editor of this awesome magazine, and I<br />

recently joined the Planning Committee for<br />

our Club’s annual benefit.<br />

park, hosting thousands of miniature replicas,<br />

all representative of the Netherlands.<br />

There are 5,500 miniature trees, 4,452 cars<br />

and trucks, 338 buildings, and 4,500 kilometers<br />

of train tracks!<br />

Attendees will be invited to partake in a<br />

scavenger hunt through the park, which will<br />

remain open just for our event. The evening<br />

will also include a 50/50 cash raffle, live and<br />

silent auctions, a three-course dinner, and a<br />

variety of beverages. All proceeds, including<br />

a portion of ticket sales, go to our beneficiary.<br />

As you grow older, you will<br />

discover that you have two<br />

hands: One for helping<br />

yourself, the other for helping<br />

others.<br />

-Maya Angelou<br />

I am beyond excited for this year’s re-Building<br />

Lives Benefit. Our event will take place<br />

at Madurodam on the evening of Saturday,<br />

April 13 (please see pages 22 – 25 for more<br />

details). For those of you not familiar with<br />

Madurodam, it is a charming <strong>Dutch</strong> theme<br />

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The beneficiary of this event is Stichting<br />

Not For Sale Nederland, a global organization<br />

with an independent operation in the<br />

Netherlands. Not For Sale helps victims of<br />

human trafficking get back on their feet and<br />

live independently. Trafficking victims receive<br />

education and training from the organization,<br />

which helps them build a new life.<br />

From the American Women’s Club’s perspective,<br />

it is important to us that we use our<br />

philanthropic ventures to help other women<br />

and the local <strong>Dutch</strong> community. We are so<br />

grateful for the hospitality we receive in our<br />

host country, and supporting other women is<br />

of upmost importance to our organization;<br />

Not For Sale is a perfect fit. I hope to see<br />

you at Madurodam!<br />

Audrey<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 11

Membership<br />

by Melissa Rider<br />

You will notice many new faces at the<br />

Clubhouse with the successful recruitment<br />

of Members at our Winter<br />

Welcome Coffee and Borrel. With new<br />

Members trying to connect with the existing<br />

membership, please make sure that your<br />

personal information is correct in our new online<br />

membership directory. With our updated<br />

website came a new online directory, which<br />

only has the Member’s name and email. Each<br />

Member needs to enter her address and phone<br />

number into the directory, by logging in to<br />

her personal <strong>AWC</strong> account.<br />

If you change your address in the membership<br />

directory, you still need to notify<br />

the Membership Coordinator, by emailing<br />

me at membership@awcthehague.org. This<br />

will ensure that you continue to receive your<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> magazine and my membership<br />

records are correct.<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> is Available Online<br />

Welcome New Members!<br />

Alex<br />

Amanda<br />

Anna<br />

Ashley<br />

Ellen<br />

Jenny<br />

Katy<br />

Kelly<br />

Kristine<br />

Maud<br />

Renee<br />

Shannon<br />

Theresa<br />

Taha<br />

Go to www.awcthehague.org to share the current month’s issue with friends and family. You will<br />

also find links to our annual advertisers, whose support makes this magazine possible. If you<br />

visit or contact one of our advertisers, let them know <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> sent you!<br />

Restaurant Recommendations<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

Recommendations by Suzanne Dundas, Suzanne MacNeil & Jo Van Kalveen<br />

Please send your recommendations to goingdutchmag@awcthehague.org.<br />

The Trammmhuys<br />

From the chef and owners of Hooftrammm, this<br />

restaurant contains an actual tram that has been<br />

converted into an open kitchen. With three menu<br />

options to choose from, you can customize your<br />

visit to fit your time and budget.<br />

Laan ven Middenburg 1, 2275 CA, Voorburg<br />

070 406 7422<br />

Trammmhuys.nl<br />

Fusion, Vegetarian<br />

€€€€<br />

Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – Midnight<br />

Brasserie Mauritshuis<br />

Relaxed atmosphere, and a nice spot for a late<br />

afternoon glass of wine and borrel. Great before/<br />

after touring the museum, or anytime!<br />

Plein 29, 2511 CS, Den Haag<br />

070 302 3480<br />

Mauritshuis.nl<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong>, Café, European<br />

€ - €€<br />

Monday, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.<br />

Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.<br />

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.<br />

Friday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.<br />

Birthdays<br />

Due to changes in European privacy<br />

laws, and because <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> will soon<br />

be posted on our external Facebook<br />

page, we won’t be sharing birthdays<br />

in print any longer. Instead, you’ll see<br />

Members’ birthdays in the weekly<br />

eNews, which is sent to your private<br />

email account and is more secure. We<br />

value our Members’ privacy. If you have<br />

any questions, please contact Melissa<br />

Rider, our Membership Coordinator, at<br />

membership@awcthehague.org.<br />

Members: eNews Distribution<br />

A weekly electronic newsletter<br />

is sent to all <strong>AWC</strong> Members.<br />

If you have not been receiving your<br />

eNews, please contact Melissa at<br />

membership@awcthehague.org.<br />

Buitenplaats Plantage<br />

Located in a converted greenhouse now filled<br />

with eclectic furniture and books, with a relaxed,<br />

gezellig vibe. The food is fresh, natural and “slow.”<br />

Lots of veggie options. And they welcome dogs!<br />

Vogelenzangseweg 49B, 2114 BB, Vogelenzang<br />

064 190 3986<br />

BuitenplaatsPlantage.nl<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong>, European, Vegetarian<br />

€€ - €€€<br />

Monday, Noon – 5 p.m.<br />

Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.<br />

Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.<br />

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.<br />

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.<br />

(Kitchen closes at 4 p.m. after lunch, & 9 p.m.<br />

after dinner)<br />

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MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 13

Credit: Amazon<br />

Ongoing Activities<br />

Book Clubs<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> Book Clubs are open to all<br />

readers, and new Members are especially<br />

welcome! There are no requirements that<br />

you must attend every meeting or lead<br />

a discussion. Snacks are provided by a<br />

different Member each month. There are<br />

two Book Clubs hosted by <strong>AWC</strong> Members:<br />

One in the daytime and one in the evening.<br />

Questions? Teresa Mahoney organizes the<br />

daytime group, and Dena Haggerty handles<br />

the evening meetings. For more information,<br />

please contact them at bookclubday@<br />

awcthehague.org or bookclubevening@<br />

awcthehague.org. Happy reading!<br />

Daytime Book Club<br />

<strong>March</strong> Selection:<br />

21 Lessons for the 21st<br />

Century by Yuval Noah<br />

Harari<br />

By the author of Sapiens,<br />

this is a probing and visionary<br />

investigation into<br />

today’s most urgent issues<br />

as we move into the<br />

uncharted territory of the<br />

future. As technology advances faster than<br />

our understanding of it, hacking becomes<br />

a tactic of war, and the world feels more<br />

polarized than ever, Harari addresses the<br />

Cancellation Policy<br />

Members may reserve a spot for an <strong>AWC</strong> tour, activity or<br />

event in advance. Payment is required within five business<br />

days of the reservation or before the deadline date (whichever<br />

is sooner) otherwise your name will be moved to a waitlist.<br />

It is the responsibility of the Member to notify the Club at<br />

awcthehague.finance@gmail.com to cancel a reservation<br />

prior to the cancellation deadline. Please note that there will<br />

be NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after the cancellation deadline.<br />

Members may find a substitute in lieu of cancellation<br />

provided that arrangements are made with the tour, activity<br />

or event organizer. Members shall be held responsible for<br />

their guest reservations in accordance with this policy.<br />

Daytime Book Club Reading List:<br />

April 25: Who Asked You? by Terry<br />

McMillan<br />

May 23: Perfume River by Robert Olen<br />

Butler<br />

June 27: The Witch Elm by Tana French<br />

challenge of navigating life in the face of<br />

constant and disorienting change and raises<br />

the important questions we need to ask ourselves<br />

in order to survive. Harari’s unique<br />

ability to make sense of where we have come<br />

from and where we are going has captured<br />

the imaginations of millions of readers. Here<br />

he invites us to consider values, meaning,<br />

and personal engagement in a world full of<br />

noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged<br />

with irrelevant information, clarity is power.<br />

Presenting complex contemporary challenges<br />

clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the<br />

21st Century is essential reading.<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 28<br />

10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – December<br />

A book with a long, hopeful title drew us in.<br />

We admitted over our annual holiday luncheon<br />

(hosted by Georgia Regnault, and<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Guest Policy<br />

Guests are welcome<br />

to participate in <strong>AWC</strong><br />

activities and tours on<br />

a limited basis. As a<br />

nonmember, a guest<br />

is limited to attend<br />

two functions per<br />

calendar year and will be<br />

charged an additional<br />

nonmember fee. Only<br />

Members are entitled to<br />

use babysitting services.<br />

as delicious and convivial as usual) the title<br />

of Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong<br />

about the World—And Why Things are<br />

Better Than You Think encouraged us. We<br />

were hoping to come away with our fears,<br />

especially about climate change, lessened<br />

and feeling buoyant and encouraged about<br />

the future. Author Hans Rosling didn’t quite<br />

get us there. What he did do was convince<br />

us data-based and reasoned thinking was<br />

necessary to solve any problem. He stressed<br />

things could be improving and still bad at<br />

the same time. He was anxious to highlight<br />

the illogic of claiming there is a huge gap between<br />

rich and poor. In fact, he claims, most<br />

people on planet earth are “in the middle” of<br />

his four income distribution categories. Fair<br />

enough. But with the richest of these middle<br />

families in the third category, living on $32<br />

dollars a day, there’s still a huge difference in<br />

wealth distribution even if you won’t call it<br />

a “gap.” (We <strong>AWC</strong>ers are firmly ensconced<br />

at the tippy top of the richest category, four.)<br />

His tone is pragmatic and hopeful, but this<br />

book is not without its flaws or its critics.<br />

Think of Rosling’s book as a guide to letting<br />

our irrational fears go and to improving our<br />

epistemological practices. Most importantly,<br />

we have to use our knowledge to inform our<br />

actions and then act.<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – January<br />

Irish poet/playwright/novelist Sebastian<br />

Barry was our guy… until he kinda wasn’t.<br />

We chose The Secret Scripture for January<br />

because we were impressed with his<br />

Days Without End, our September selection.<br />

Unlike Days Without End, a rootin’<br />

tootin’ gay romance set in the pre-Civil<br />

War American west, The Secret Scripture<br />

takes place in modern day Ireland, where<br />

Roseanne Clear, a 100-year-old beauty, is<br />

writing the story of her achingly woeful<br />

life and hiding it under the floorboards of<br />

the mental hospital in which she has long<br />

been a patient —or prisoner, depending on<br />

one’s view. Meanwhile, hospital clinician<br />

Dr. Grene is exploring his own private and<br />

professional struggles in a commonplace<br />

book. Both transport us through the troubles<br />

of 20th century Ireland through evocative,<br />

though sometimes hazy, interludes and gorgeous<br />

prose. There’s no doubt Barry is a<br />

brilliant writer but some of his choices —or<br />

failures, depending on one’s view—flummoxed<br />

us. That’s all there is to say. No<br />

spoilers here. This book is nonetheless recommended.<br />

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Credit: Amazon<br />

Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 15<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

<strong>March</strong> Selection:<br />

The Dinner by Herman<br />

Koch<br />

It’s a summer’s evening<br />

in Amsterdam, and two<br />

couples meet at a fashionable<br />

restaurant for dinner.<br />

Between mouthfuls of<br />

food and over the polite<br />

scrapings of cutlery, the<br />

conversation remains a gentle hum of polite<br />

discourse—the banality of work, the triviality<br />

of the holidays. But behind the empty<br />

words, terrible things need to be said, and<br />

with every forced smile and every new<br />

course, the knives are being sharpened.<br />

Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told<br />

by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner<br />

promises to be the topic of countless dinner<br />

party debates. Skewering everything from<br />

Evening Book Club Reading List:<br />

April 10: The Song of Achilles by Madeline<br />

Miller<br />

May 8: TBA<br />

parenting values to pretentious menus to<br />

political convictions, this novel reveals the<br />

dark side of genteel society and asks what<br />

each of us would do in the face of unimaginable<br />

tragedy.<br />

The location changes every month,<br />

so please contact Dena Haggerty at<br />

bookclubevening@awcthehague.org if you<br />

are interested in attending.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 20<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

Evening Book Club Recap – December<br />

Writing a review for A Gentleman in<br />

Moscow by Amor Towles, is difficult.<br />

Where to begin? Towles is obviously an accomplished<br />

writer and storyteller. No wonder<br />

it takes him four years to write a novel.<br />

Count Rostov is an endearing character. His<br />

charm knows no bounds. It is not ironic to<br />

name him a gentleman, because he certainly<br />

is one. He isn’t a snob, though. The secondary<br />

characters are a delight to read—even<br />

those characters who aren’t exactly delightful.<br />

Of course, Sofia is adorable. She is the<br />

perfect daughter for the perfect gentleman.<br />

But the count’s cronies steal the show whenever<br />

they arrive on stage. Towles seamlessly<br />

intermixes history into the Count’s tale. The<br />

account of the dekulakization of Ukraine is<br />

especially moving. He weaves this tidbit of<br />

history (and how misunderstood the slaughter<br />

was by the West) into the story flawlessly.<br />

This novel transforms the reader to mid-<br />

20th century Russia. You may be surprised<br />

to find you aren’t sitting in a Moscow hotel<br />

with a view of the Bolshoi. A novel not to<br />

be missed!<br />

Evening Book Club Recap – January<br />

The prose in The Only Story by Julian Barnes<br />

makes it clear why the author is an award<br />

winner. Although the story isn’t necessarily<br />

captivating and the characters aren’t exactly<br />

lovable, Barnes’ ability to weave a story<br />

will captivate readers. The protagonist Paul<br />

is not a likeable character. He is emotionally<br />

stunted, immature, and a bit of a brat. He is,<br />

however, one of the most honest characters<br />

to be found in literature. His love—his only<br />

love—Susan, isn’t a sympathetic character<br />

either. Her personality doesn’t seem to be<br />

of consequence. As this is Paul’s story, >> 18<br />

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 17<br />

who the “real” Susan is is left to conjecture.<br />

The subtle social commentary throughout<br />

the novel is one of the more interesting aspects<br />

of the novel. Paul’s deep dislike of his<br />

parents’ way of life echoes the feelings of<br />

the youth of the 60s while Susan’s referral<br />

to her alcoholism as a moral disease is<br />

reminiscent of society’s views at the time.<br />

There’s also spousal abuse about which no<br />

one talks. Although Barnes does not tell us<br />

what to think of these societal values, he<br />

does bring them to the forefront and gently<br />

prods us to contemplate them. Whether you<br />

enjoy the novel or not, the story is undeniably<br />

thought-provoking.<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake<br />

Chat Craft & Cake is a weekly highlight<br />

for those who enjoy crafts and camaraderie.<br />

Whether your craft is knitting, quilting,<br />

needlepoint or simply mending your<br />

clothes, or whether you are a beginner or an<br />

expert, you are welcome to join us. Fish that<br />

UFO (Unfinished Object) out of the drawer<br />

and get going on it again. CCandCer’s are<br />

always ready with a helping hand, a lesson,<br />

or some advice. Each week, a different<br />

Member brings a cake—tried and true,<br />

or experimental. Babysitting is not available<br />

and there are lots of sharp objects<br />

about (pins, needles, scissors and wit) so<br />

we cannot accommodate children. Contact<br />

Suzanne Dundas at chatcraftcake@awcthehague.org<br />

for more information<br />

Every Tuesday<br />

10 a.m. – Noon<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Heart Pillow Project<br />

Members work together to make heartshaped<br />

pillows designed to help support<br />

the arms of recent mastectomy patients.<br />

Each pillow is made with TLC, wrapped,<br />

and comes with a note signed by an <strong>AWC</strong><br />

volunteer. No sewing skills are needed, as<br />

you can cut, stuff, or wrap the heart pillows.<br />

We are proud to provide men and women<br />

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with something both practical and comforting,<br />

and we know our work helps because<br />

we often receive thank-you notes and emails<br />

from the patients who have received a heart<br />

pillow. For more information, please contact<br />

Jan de Vries at heartpillow@awcthehague.<br />

org.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 12<br />

Noon – 2 p.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Visitors Welcome<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch - Special!<br />

This month, we will take a tour of the<br />

sculptures in Westbroekpark, before<br />

having lunch at Restaurants Greens. Please<br />

contact Greetje Engelsman at activities@<br />

awcthehague.org with questions.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 20<br />

11 a.m.<br />

Restaurant Greens, Kapelweg 18, Den<br />

Haag<br />

www.greensinthepark.nl<br />

Registration Deadline: <strong>March</strong> 13<br />

€ 20 for lunch and art tour<br />

Maximum 15<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Thirsty Thursday<br />

Join us again for our monthly gathering.<br />

Thirsty Thursday is a casual evening of<br />

companionship and good conversation – a<br />

favorite for <strong>AWC</strong> Members and prospective<br />

Members. Two soft drinks, wine or beer,<br />

plus snacks.<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 21<br />

6 – 9 p.m.<br />

Brasserie WW, Van Hogenhoucklaan 35<br />

In Tennispark WW, Benoordenhout<br />

€ 15 for two drinks and food<br />

No RSVP needed<br />

Walkie Talkies<br />

Whether you count your steps or just want<br />

to walk with friends, the Monday morning<br />

Walkie Talkies is a fun, healthy and energetic<br />

way to start the week. The group meets in<br />

front of the Clubhouse before heading out<br />

to walk to various destinations in the area,<br />

usually racking up 10,000 steps along the<br />

way. Sign up on the <strong>AWC</strong> website to receive<br />

email updates, or contact Emily van Eerten<br />

or Greetje Engelsman at walkietalkies@<br />

awcthehague.org.<br />

Mondays<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Free<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Wassenaar Coffee & Conversation<br />

If you live in or north of Wassenaar, join<br />

your neighbors for coffee and conversation<br />

once-a-month without having to drive<br />

to the Clubhouse. One Member will host<br />

a casual coffee at her home at 9:30 on the<br />

first Thursday of every month. Prospective<br />

Members are welcome too. Suzanne<br />

Dundas coordinates these meetings and can<br />

be reached at chatcraftcake@awcthehague.<br />

org. Because the location changes every<br />

month, contact Suzanne if you are interested<br />

in attending or for more information.<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 7<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

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One-of-a-Kind Activities<br />

by Marsha Hagney<br />

RSVP directly on www.awcthehague.org. Direct any questions to<br />

vicepresident@awcthehague.org<br />

Payment must be made within 5 calendar days of reserving or your name will be moved to a waitlist.<br />

Payment can be made in the Front Office by PIN, on the <strong>AWC</strong> website (www.awcthehague.org) or by bank<br />

transfer to the <strong>AWC</strong> account NL42ABNA0431421757.<br />

Humanity House Tour &<br />

“Life Stories of a Refugee<br />

Ambassador”<br />

Join us for a guided tour of the Humanity House<br />

Museum, followed by a special presentation<br />

“Life Stories of a Refugee Ambassador”<br />

which is organized in conjunction with<br />

Stichting Vluchtelingen Ambassadeur<br />

(www.vluchtelingenambassadeurs.nl). The<br />

Ambassadors are former refugees who tell<br />

their personal journey as a refugee: their<br />

country, how they fled, their experience<br />

settling in the Netherlands, and their thoughts<br />

on day-to-day life.<br />

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members (All<br />

funds support Humanity House)<br />

Registration Deadline: <strong>March</strong> 4<br />

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Erwin Olaf Tour<br />

Join us for this special exhibit of one of the<br />

Netherlands’ most famous photographers,<br />

Erwin Olaf (born 1959). This is an exhibit<br />

so unique and broad in scope that it will<br />

be presented in a rare double exhibition<br />

at the Gemeentemuseum and Fotomseum<br />

Den Haag. Monique Varma will provide<br />

another of her special tours through the<br />

turn 60 this year—a good moment to stage a<br />

major retrospective. The Hague Museum of<br />

Photography will focus on Olaf’s love of his<br />

craft and his transition from analogue photojournalist<br />

to digital image-maker and storyteller.<br />

Olaf will himself bring together some<br />

20 photographs by famous photographers<br />

of the past who have been a vital source of<br />

inspiration to him. The Gemeentemuseum<br />

will show non-commissioned work by Olaf<br />

from 2000 to his most recent series, including<br />

the work he produced in Shanghai and<br />

Palm Springs, on display for the first time.<br />

Olaf will be showing his photography in the<br />

form of installations, in combination with<br />

film, sound and sculpture.<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 28<br />

12:45 p.m.<br />

Gemeentemuseum<br />

Stadhouderslaan 41, Den Haag<br />

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members<br />

Museum entrance fees not included<br />

(Member-only registration through<br />

<strong>March</strong> 14)<br />

Maximum 15<br />

Registration Deadline: <strong>March</strong> 24<br />

Cancellation Deadline: <strong>March</strong> 14<br />

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Hidden Gems City Walk – Save<br />

the Date<br />

Monique Varma leads us on a special walking<br />

tour of hidden gem including “Hofjes”,<br />

statues, monuments, gardens and religious<br />

buildings. We start at Plein 20, De Haagsche<br />

Kluis. They will open earlier than usual<br />

(just for us!) for coffee at 10:00 and we depart<br />

from there at 10:30. Many of the places<br />

we will tour are now closed to the general<br />

public for various reasons, mostly the<br />

change in security standards over the past<br />

several years. More details will be available<br />

before the tour. A unique tour with the<br />

disclaimer that it involves covering a fairly<br />

large distance, so good walking shoes and<br />

the interest in covering much ground are<br />

required!<br />

Wednesday, April 17<br />

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.<br />

De Haagsche Kluis, Plein 20, Den Haag<br />

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members<br />

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Humanity House was established on<br />

December 9, 2010 as an initiative of the<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Red Cross, with support from The<br />

Municipality of The Hague and the European<br />

Fund for Regional Development of the<br />

European Commission. Humanity House<br />

raises discussion about humanitarian themes<br />

such as equal rights, a secure supply of food,<br />

freedom of speech, and migration. Through<br />

their programs, facilities and exhibits, they<br />

seek to enhance understanding and inspire<br />

people to contribute positively to a life in<br />

peace and freedom for everyone.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 6<br />

1:45 – 4 p.m.<br />

Humanity House<br />

Prinsegracht 8, Den Haag<br />

Gemeentemuseum portion of the show.<br />

Olaf, whose recent portraits of the royal<br />

family drew widespread admiration, will<br />

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e-Building Lives Benefit<br />

From Trafficking to Independence<br />

by Michelle Voorn<br />

Everywhere we turn, there are stories<br />

to be told and lessons to be learned.<br />

Stories about starting anew, about<br />

rebuilding, about opportunities. Within the<br />

streets of Amsterdam, among the picturesque<br />

canals and the buzz of the<br />

locals and the tourists going<br />

about their business, we<br />

found a story which captured<br />

our hearts. We knew,<br />

for many reasons, this was<br />

the story we wanted to<br />

celebrate this year at our<br />

re-Building Lives Benefit,<br />

which will take place April<br />

13 at Madurodam.<br />

From the start, our mission was clear: Find<br />

an organization focused on helping women<br />

improve their lives, local to our host<br />

country of the Netherlands, and where we<br />

could make a direct impact in someone’s<br />

life. It wasn’t long after we began our research<br />

and received many recommendations<br />

from <strong>AWC</strong> Members, that we had the<br />

honor to learn about Stichting Not For Sale<br />

Nederlands (www.wearenotforsale.nl).<br />

We sat down to speak with the Director of<br />

Not For Sale, Toos Heemskerk, about the<br />

possibility of them becoming our <strong>2019</strong> beneficiary.<br />

We joined her for lunch at one of<br />

the Dignita restaurants, which are part of the<br />

organization’s self-sustainability. We left<br />

lunch with boxes checked, joyous hearts,<br />

and renewed spirits. We found our beneficiary!<br />

Although part of an international organization<br />

that uses social enterprises to fight human<br />

trafficking, Not For Sale has been active<br />

since 2012 and operates independently.<br />

Its mission is to offer victims of human trafficking<br />

a new perspective on their future.<br />

This is done in part by providing training<br />

and education through the beautiful Dignita<br />

restaurants (www.eatwelldogood.nl). It is<br />

here where much of the experience is gained<br />

for some of the women, who are offered an<br />

opportunity for a new life, a path to employment,<br />

independence, and new-found pride.<br />

Toos spoke to us about her days as a social<br />

worker in Amsterdam and how she knew<br />

there had to be a way to not just get the<br />

women out of their current situation, but<br />

also offer them something to rely on after<br />

they were taken to safety. She knew the only<br />

answer was to provide training and employment<br />

opportunities as a long-term solution.<br />

And this thinking is what put her in the path<br />

of Not For Sale, the global organization.<br />

Through her tireless efforts, and with the<br />

help of the Regional Education Center<br />

(ROC Amsterdam), they developed a training<br />

program. After placement in a shelter in<br />

Amsterdam, the healing and training process<br />

begins. The program includes working in a<br />

professional kitchen where they learn about<br />

the many aspects of working in a restaurant.<br />

After the course, they receive a certificate of<br />

completion which is paramount to building<br />

their self-esteem, and provides the empowerment<br />

needed to make plans for their future as<br />

capable members of society. In many ways,<br />

this supports the recovery process of the victims.<br />

The story of Not For Sale is just beginning,<br />

and as of today 251 trainees have followed<br />

the basic training course at Dignita, and 53<br />

trainees have followed the training modules<br />

at the ROC. They have plans to expand to<br />

other cities in the near future, including The<br />

Hague, and they will continue to make a<br />

difference for victims of human trafficking.<br />

Many of these victims may otherwise have<br />

not have found a viable option for a chance<br />

to succeed and achieve a dignified life. Please<br />

visit www.awcbenefitevent.org for tickets<br />

and additional information. Join us for a<br />

delicious dinner and a<br />

scavenger hunt, while<br />

being a part of this<br />

amazing story!<br />

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<strong>March</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat<br />

1 2<br />

3 4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8 9<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

Humanity House Tour and<br />

“Life of a Refugee”<br />

1:45 p.m.<br />

Wassenaar Coffee and<br />

Conversation 9:30 a.m.<br />

10 11<br />

12 Buddy Check 12<br />

13 14<br />

15 16<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

Heart Pillow Workshop<br />

Noon<br />

Coffee 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> General Meeting<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

17 18<br />

19<br />

20<br />

21<br />

22 23<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch<br />

11 a.m.<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.<br />

24 25<br />

26<br />

27 28<br />

29 30<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

Erwin Olaf Tour 12:45 p.m.<br />

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Save the Dates:<br />

April 3: Rembrandt Art Talk<br />

April 13: Benefit Event<br />

April 17: Hidden Gems City Walk<br />

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The new <strong>AWC</strong> Website is now up and running!<br />

Please visit<br />

www.awcthehague.org<br />

for all of your Club-related needs:<br />

Payment of Membership dues, registration for activities and events, Membership<br />

directory, etc.<br />

If you have any questions about the website, please contact<br />

awcthehague.communications@gmail.com.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> and the Arts<br />

Rembrandt: Bohemian or<br />

Businessman, Romantic or Rebel<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Member Jane Choy graciously opens<br />

her home and shares her knowledge once<br />

again. Holland has designated <strong>2019</strong> as<br />

Rembrandt Year commemorating 350 years<br />

since his death. This is a great opportunity<br />

to learn about Rembrandt as you experience<br />

one of the many tours and exhibits in<br />

the Netherlands through <strong>2019</strong>. Rembrandt is<br />

considered by many to be Holland’s greatest<br />

artist and the equal of Mozart, Shakespeare<br />

and Michelangelo. Unlike van Gogh, another<br />

great <strong>Dutch</strong> artist, Rembrandt has not left<br />

much written material explaining his views<br />

on art. But what he has left is a unique autobiography<br />

in his self-portraits, which he<br />

did from the time he was 20 until he died at<br />

the age of 63. This lecture will use the selfportraits<br />

as a thread through his life and with<br />

his other masterpieces explore the man and<br />

what, why, and how he painted. Was he indeed<br />

a businessman or bohemian, rebel or<br />

romantic?<br />

Wednesday, April 3<br />

Evening, specific time TBA<br />

Private home in Voorburg. Registered<br />

attendees will receive address in advance<br />

of the event.<br />

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members –<br />

Includes refreshments<br />

Maximum 20<br />

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:<br />

April 3<br />

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Playball Netherlands is now<br />

taking bookings for <strong>2019</strong>!<br />

Want to get your little one involved?<br />

www.playballkids.com to see the fun for ages<br />

2-7 years<br />

Email kidsplayball@hotmail.com to arrange a<br />

FREE trial class<br />

www.facebook.com/PlayballNetherlands<br />

Or call Maggie on: 0627214347<br />

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F<strong>AWC</strong>O Corner<br />

by Julie Mowat, <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague F<strong>AWC</strong>O Representative<br />

Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, a United Nations NGO with<br />

consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council<br />

www.fawco.org.<br />

2018: The Year Planet Earth<br />

Cried for Help Loud Enough<br />

for Humans to Hear<br />

by Anne van Oorschot & Rena Levin (<strong>AWC</strong> Oslo), member of F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s Environment<br />

Team<br />

The upcoming biennial conference<br />

will be held this month in Edinburgh,<br />

Scotland. Several <strong>AWC</strong> Members are<br />

attending, and we look forward to sharing<br />

what we have learned when we return. A<br />

beautiful quilt has been made by members<br />

of clubs all over the world, including several<br />

panels from our own Members. It looks gorgeous!<br />

If you would like to try to win this in<br />

the raffle held at the conference (you do not<br />

need to attend, I will bring it back for you),<br />

please contact me at fawco@awcthehague.<br />

org to buy your tickets. Quilt raffle tickets<br />

are one for €5 or five for €20.<br />

Repatriating to the U.S.? FAUSA is an<br />

alumni organization for F<strong>AWC</strong>O and has<br />

chapters all over the U.S. It’s a great way<br />

to keep in contact with people who have<br />

had similar experiences. Membership is<br />

$25 a year. Please contact me or visit www.<br />

FAUSA.org for more information.<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O has a youth cultural volunteers<br />

program that our youth could participate<br />

in. The purpose of the program is to help<br />

youth discover volunteering, develop their<br />

cultural understanding and awareness of<br />

global issues, and create a sense of global<br />

citizenship. If you have a child aged 15 –<br />

18, they could be a part of this great experience.<br />

Last June, <strong>AWC</strong> Berlin hosted 12<br />

youth. This year’s group served refugees,<br />

homeless, disabled, and severely ill people<br />

living in Berlin through their volunteer<br />

work at multiple organizations. They also<br />

took tours, a youth in democracy workshop,<br />

a cooking evening with Syrian refugees, and<br />

a session with a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor.<br />

Please contact fawcoyouth@fawco.<br />

org if you are interested or have any questions.<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O offers clubs workshops and webinars<br />

on various topics including citizenship,<br />

voting, taxes and banking concerns. Go to<br />

www.fawco.org/club-workshops for more<br />

information.<br />

Credit: Arbor Day Foundation<br />

As co-Chair of F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s Environment<br />

Team, I coordinate a group of 11<br />

women, all members of F<strong>AWC</strong>O clubs<br />

around the world very much like our <strong>AWC</strong><br />

of The Hague. Each month, we publish an<br />

article about a current environmental topic to<br />

try to increase awareness among F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s<br />

members. The following article was contributed<br />

by the very knowledgeable Rena, from<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong> in Oslo.<br />

2018 may be remembered as the year planet<br />

Earth cried for help loud enough for humans<br />

to begin to hear. Devastating forest fires<br />

in California, a deadly heatwave in Japan,<br />

drought in central and northern Europe,<br />

severe flooding in Kerala, India—environmental<br />

disasters were often on the news.<br />

Though no single extreme weather event<br />

can be attributed to climate change, the increasing<br />

number and severity of them point<br />

to the reality of what scientists have been<br />

trying to tell us for years: we must reduce<br />

greenhouse gas emissions drastically and<br />

quickly.<br />

Though climate change is getting harder to<br />

ignore, understanding how you can make a<br />

difference can be challenging. If greenhouse<br />

gas emissions were tangible, than reducing<br />

them would be as easy to see as plastic collected<br />

at a beach clean-up or trash and recycling<br />

bins filling up more slowly than they<br />

used to.<br />

Carbon Footprint<br />

Everyone has a carbon footprint. Your footprint<br />

size is measured in tons of CO2 emitted<br />

to fuel things you do over the course of<br />

a year. In order to shrink your footprint, you<br />

first have to know how big it is. Thankfully,<br />

carbon footprint calculators are easy to find<br />

online. The specific questions vary a bit, but<br />

all of them focus on household energy consumption<br />

(size of residence, power source,<br />

insulation, etc.), transportation (local and<br />

long-distance), and lifestyle (consumer habits,<br />

diet, etc.). To get a sense of your footprint<br />

try:<br />

• Global Footprint Network (www.<br />

footprintcalculator.org)<br />

• UN carbon footprint calculator (www.<br />

offset.climateneutralnow.org/<br />

footprintcalc)<br />

• Myclimate (www.co2.myclimate.org/<br />

en/footprint_calculators/new)<br />

The results you will get are estimates based<br />

on your best guess of what you do. They may<br />

vary a bit and they will be imperfect.<br />

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MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 31

Planet Earth Cried for Help (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 31<br />

That’s ok. Don’t get hung up on particulars,<br />

distracted by small discrepancies in results,<br />

or immobilized by thoughts of how these<br />

calculators may not be fully accurate.<br />

Indeed, if anything the main problem with<br />

footprint calculators is their tendency<br />

to lowball estimated emissions (https://www.<br />

theguardian.com/environment/blog/2010/<br />

jun/04/carbon-footprint-definition). So<br />

don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the<br />

good. The most important thing to do is to<br />

act.<br />

Once you have a sense of how big your footprint<br />

is and what contributes most to its size,<br />

you can figure out how best to shrink it. My<br />

husband and I live in a modest two-bedroom<br />

apartment that runs on 100% renewable<br />

electricity. We don’t have a car, are not big<br />

shoppers and I am vegetarian. Nonetheless,<br />

when I calculate my emissions on the Global<br />

Footprint site the result comes back that if<br />

everyone lived like me, we would need two<br />

planet Earths. Yikes!<br />

My results on other calculators are similar<br />

and the culprit is not surprising. In a normal<br />

year, about half of my annual emissions<br />

are the result of flying. For those of<br />

us who are financially comfortable and living<br />

abroad, flying is not unusual. But from<br />

a climate change perspective, it is one of<br />

the worst things individuals do. A single<br />

roundtrip transatlantic flight from London<br />

Heathrow to New York JFK in economy<br />

class (the most fuel efficient class) emits 2.1<br />

tons of CO2 per person. That is the same<br />

total CO2 emission as one would get driving<br />

a compact gasoline car for 5,600 miles<br />

(9,000 kilometers)―roughly the distance<br />

from Anchorage, Alaska to Guatemala City.<br />

Flying may be convenient and sometimes<br />

necessary, but it is a major climate sinkhole<br />

with emissions that are hard to fathom given<br />

how quick and easy it is.<br />

Sometimes Necessary…?<br />

Note the phrase “sometimes necessary,” as<br />

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it is an acknowledgement of life’s realities.<br />

I am cutting back on flying, but have made<br />

a few transatlantic trips this year to help my<br />

mom move into a senior community. It was<br />

a big and necessary step that she could not<br />

have managed on her own. But it has environmental<br />

consequences. This is where<br />

climate offsets come in. Reducing the size<br />

of your footprint as much as possible is top<br />

priority. Next best and very important is<br />

to compensate for unavoidable emissions<br />

by purchasing carbon offsets. Offsets fund<br />

charitable projects that reduce, avoid, or remove<br />

greenhouse gas emissions. Examples<br />

include building solar power plants in the<br />

Caribbean, supporting reforestation in<br />

Nicaragua, making affordable efficient cook<br />

stoves available in Kenya, and building<br />

wind power plants in India.<br />

Offsets are an imperfect science and<br />

should not be used as a free pass for high<br />

emission lifestyle choices, but they do<br />

help (https://www.scientificamerican.com/<br />

article/carbon-offsets-really-do-helplower-emissions/).<br />

In addition, they make<br />

more visible the hidden costs to the planet<br />

of CO2 emissions. Myclimate.org and<br />

the UN Climate Offset Platform (www.<br />

offset.climateneutralnow.org) are two<br />

places where you can purchase offsets.<br />

The Myclimate site is doubly useful. In<br />

addition to being able to buy offsets for<br />

unavoidable emissions, its carbon calculator<br />

can be used to make adjustments that reduce<br />

unavoidable emissions at the outset. For<br />

example, the calculator shows me that I can<br />

spare half a ton of CO2 by flying to DC from<br />

Oslo via Reykjavik vs. making the same trip<br />

via Frankfurt.<br />

Let’s Get to Work!<br />

The budding environmental movement of<br />

the 1970s brought us the familiar “reduce,<br />

reuse, recycle” logo. Air pollution, poor water<br />

quality, and waste management problems<br />

were key concerns and that easy to remember<br />

guidance has had a positive effect. Four<br />

decades later the overarching environmental<br />

issue is climate change. And with it comes a<br />

new imperative concerning C02, “Measure,<br />

reduce, offset.” Let’s get to work.<br />

Interested in reading more<br />

environmental articles? Check out the<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O website at www.fawco.org.<br />

They can be found under Global Issues<br />

– Environment – Environment articles.<br />

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible to join the<br />

American Women’s Club?<br />

Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re from, to join us today!<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 33<br />

Credit: climateneutralnow.org

Unconventional Travel: Paris and Athens<br />

While Ashlynn was off at castings for shows<br />

during Paris Fashion Week (although she<br />

wasn’t offered any jobs, she found the process<br />

interesting and loved the opportunity to<br />

really get to explore Paris), I took the subway<br />

across the city to La Defense, which is<br />

Europe’s largest purpose-built business district.<br />

I had found a fantastic price for a long<br />

weekend at CitizenM, which is an affordable<br />

boutique hotel chain<br />

that I highly recommend.<br />

by Melissa White<br />

While I was excited to be on my own<br />

adventure in Nepal, I was quite<br />

disappointed that I wasn’t in the<br />

Netherlands when my 18-year-old daughter<br />

Ashlynn set off for Paris to begin working as<br />

a full-time international fashion model for her<br />

gap year. I was thrilled when she invited me<br />

to visit her just a few days after my return.<br />

My window of opportunity was small because<br />

of her nearly frantic schedule of “castings”<br />

(interviews for modeling jobs), but it was an<br />

offer that I couldn’t pass up. It was definitely<br />

not a conventional trip to Paris.<br />

Last-minute train fares in mid-September<br />

were quite high, so I followed Ashlynn’s<br />

lead and booked a ticket on the Oui Bus, a<br />

French bus service serving much of Europe.<br />

I’d never been on a long-distance bus ride<br />

before, but the € 48 round-trip fare was hard<br />

to pass up. The pick-up location was around<br />

the corner from Den Haag Centraal, and the<br />

bus made just two stops—Lille and Charles<br />

de Gaulle Airport—before reaching Paris in<br />

seven hours. The bus wasn’t full and I had<br />

two seats to myself, which was handy as my<br />

carry-on wouldn’t fit in the extremely small<br />

overhead storage. It wasn’t the most exciting<br />

way to travel, especially when we got<br />

stuck in traffic, but it gave me plenty of time<br />

to write my Everest Base Camp Trekking<br />

articles and start on the related book, which<br />

is my big project for <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

I was pleasantly surprised that Ashlynn was<br />

there to greet me when I exited the bus as<br />

she’d instructed me to meet her at the studio<br />

apartment in the Latin Quarter that she’d<br />

rented from Airbnb for five weeks. She was<br />

very excited to show me her neighborhood,<br />

so we walked instead of taking public transport.<br />

After pulling my suitcase along for an<br />

hour, I was relieved that I didn’t have to<br />

carry it up to her sixth floor flat. The elevator,<br />

however, was so thin that it was difficult<br />

to maneuver both the suitcase and my body<br />

inside. It barely prepared me for how tiny<br />

the apartment was. Ashlynn was absolutely<br />

beaming when she opened the door to show<br />

me the very first place she’d ever lived on<br />

her own. It was truly compact, but quite<br />

nice with an excellent view. Unfortunately<br />

it only had a single bed, so I spent that first<br />

night on the floor since she had to work the<br />

next day and needed her beauty sleep.<br />

Ashlynn would be joining<br />

me at the hotel, so I<br />

put our bags in storage<br />

and set off to the Louis<br />

Vuitton Foundation (www.<br />

fondationlouisvuitton.fr),<br />

an art museum designed by<br />

renowned architect Frank<br />

Gehry that opened in 2014.<br />

The museum was between<br />

temporary installations and<br />

only had a few sculptures<br />

on permanent display, but<br />

offered some interesting<br />

free tours about the incredible building;<br />

the facade consists of 3,600 glass panels<br />

and 19,000 concrete panels. I was really<br />

enjoying the two-mile walk back to the hotel<br />

up until the point when the skies opened up<br />

and I got drenched.<br />

I met Ashlynn in the city center after her final<br />

casting of the day and we set off looking<br />

for dinner. Ever since Ashlynn switched to<br />

a plant-based diet three years ago, we have<br />

switched to using the Happy Cow app instead<br />

of TripAdvisor when searching for<br />

restaurants. Happy Cow allows users to<br />

filter restaurants by vegetarian-friendly,<br />

vegan-friendly, fully vegetarian or fully<br />

vegan. In an effort to keep to a strict budget,<br />

Ashlynn hadn’t been eating out much during<br />

her stay in the city. She was thrilled that<br />

I was along to foot the bill so she could try<br />

some vegan restaurants.<br />

The following day Ashlynn and I went to<br />

the Atelier des Lumieres (www.atelierlumieres.com),<br />

Paris’ first digital museum<br />

of fine art. Housed in a former 19th-century<br />

foundry, this museum features immersive<br />

art displays unlike anything you’ve ever<br />

seen before. Our tickets were time specific<br />

so that visitors arrive at appropriate times to<br />

see the entire show as artists’ paintings are<br />

projected 360 degrees around the vast space<br />

using 140 video projectors. During our visit,<br />

we saw much of Gustav Klimt’s work >> 36<br />

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the whole world!”<br />

“They make booking a<br />

holiday so easy. I just<br />

leave it to them!”<br />

“Every trip is<br />

customized, just for<br />

me! That’s unique!”<br />

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MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 35

Unconventional Travel (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 35<br />

projected including The Kiss, plus fellow<br />

Austrian artist Hundertwasser’s works come<br />

alive with sound and color on the 30-foot<br />

(10-meter) high walls and pillars, as well as<br />

on the ceiling and floor. It was incredible!<br />

Little did I know then that another opportunity<br />

to visit Ashlynn would present itself<br />

just six weeks later. In fact, after spending<br />

a week in England with her sister, Ashlynn<br />

was only home in Holland for five days in<br />

mid-October before flying to Athens for her<br />

next “on-stay” (when a model stays in a city<br />

for an extended time to meet local clients in<br />

the hope of securing jobs). Athens is considered<br />

a secondary fashion market and offered<br />

Ashlynn a good opportunity to expand her<br />

portfolio, which especially needed updating<br />

since her Parisian agency (her “mother<br />

agent” who scouted Ashlynn and makes all<br />

major career decisions) convinced her to<br />

bleach her blonde hair nearly white.<br />

Athens is much less expensive than Paris,<br />

so Ashlynn could afford to have more space<br />

and stay longer. This worked to my advantage<br />

as she had a double bed in a one-bedroom<br />

apartment that she was happy to share<br />

with me for five nights in mid-November. In<br />

addition, flights were relatively cheap as it<br />

was off-season in Greece. Ashlynn met me<br />

at the airport and we took the subway into<br />

the city. Her apartment was conveniently<br />

just a ten-minute walk from the station. I<br />

enjoyed visiting the bakery next door each<br />

morning for Greek breakfast goodies.<br />

While Ashlynn didn’t have any jobs while I<br />

was in town, she had several castings, so I<br />

tagged along and waited outside while she<br />

had the short interviews. Although public<br />

transportation in Greece is very affordable,<br />

she prefers to walk for the exercise and to<br />

further explore the city. On average, she<br />

walked around 12 miles (20 kilometers) per<br />

day. Our first walk together took over two<br />

hours, with half of it along a major thoroughfare,<br />

so we took the subway back.<br />

Ashlynn had the entire weekend off, so we<br />

set off on Saturday for Aegina, the closest<br />

island, via a one-hour ferry ride. We had<br />

planned to take the bus to visit the island’s<br />

ruins, but it ran too infrequently during that<br />

time of year. Instead we took a taxi across<br />

the island to see the Temple of Aphaea, dating<br />

from approximately 500 BC. After lunch<br />

at a waterfront café, we enjoyed a wander<br />

around the city of Aegina and the nearby ruins<br />

of the Temple of Apollo.<br />

It was so great that I happened to be with<br />

Ashlynn when she got the good news that<br />

her agent had arranged for her to go on-stay<br />

in Seoul for eight weeks starting in early<br />

January, likely followed by eight weeks in<br />

Sydney. While I know that I probably can’t<br />

visit her everywhere she goes, I can always<br />

try.<br />

On Sunday we met up with an American<br />

friend that I’d met in The Hague who now<br />

lives in Athens. We watched the early finishers<br />

of the Athens Marathon, running from<br />

the city of Marathon to Athens and ending<br />

within the Panathenaic Stadium. The only<br />

stadium in the world entirely built of marble,<br />

it was built in 144 AD and abandoned<br />

at the end of the 4th century. It was renovated<br />

in 1896 just in time to host the first<br />

modern Olympics. Later we watched sunset<br />

from Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in<br />

Athens at 910 feet (275 meters). Another afternoon,<br />

for even better views looking down<br />

on the Acropolis and the city, we walked up<br />

the 480-foot (145-meter) Filopappou Hill,<br />

known as the Hill of the Muses as legend<br />

has it that nine muses were buried there,.<br />

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MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 37

How We Spent our Winter Vacation<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

Disclaimer: If you have lived in any of the<br />

cities or states we’ve nixed, please don’t be<br />

offended!<br />

Flying from Schiphol in late December,<br />

crammed into an economy seat, I set<br />

off for Jacksonville, Florida to visit my<br />

mother. Unfortunately, I had to change my<br />

departure date, which meant I lost my business<br />

class spot since the new flight was almost fully<br />

booked. Fortunately, I had a window seat so<br />

I could ignore my seatmates.<br />

Staying with my mom is always interesting.<br />

She’s in an independent living facility, in a<br />

comfy one-bedroom apartment, with dinner<br />

in the community dining room each evening.<br />

I never joined a sorority in college and<br />

spending time with Mom and her friends<br />

must be the senior version of a sorority. I’m<br />

her confidant and know about her neighbors<br />

and their quirks, the mean girls, petty revenge<br />

wars, and the lovely women who have<br />

taken her into their clique. After almost a<br />

week in Jacksonville, and having laughed a<br />

lot with Mom (and eaten dinner at 4:45 most<br />

nights), I said goodbye<br />

to the ladies of<br />

The Coves and flew<br />

to San Francisco<br />

where I met up<br />

with my husband,<br />

Tim. We were off to<br />

the Nevada side of<br />

Lake Tahoe.<br />

Tim had been to Tahoe in the mid-70s and I<br />

had been there in the 80s for a work-related<br />

trip. We had equally fond memories of the<br />

area, so we decided to spend the holidays in<br />

Tahoe for 10 days. It wasn’t just a vacation,<br />

though, it was also a fact-finding mission.<br />

We are on a quest to find our forever-home<br />

city because the end of our time as expats<br />

will, sadly, end some day and we want to<br />

know where to ship all the Delft Blue vases<br />

and other souvenirs we’ve collected on our<br />

European adventures.<br />

Tahoe is a gem of an area, especially in the<br />

winter with the snow and slopes. We didn’t<br />

ski (no need to break a body part after not<br />

having snow skied in 35+ years), but we did<br />

enjoy having both my sons and one girlfriend<br />

visit. Tahoe got a thumbs-up from<br />

the boys for visitability. Max and Dylan<br />

went snowboarding and Cameron willingly<br />

went with us as we looked at homes for<br />

sale. There are so many reasons we liked<br />

Tahoe, but the nays overtook the yays. The<br />

price for houses with the amenities we<br />

want is sky high. Many of the houses in<br />

our price range overlook the lake, but driving<br />

on those hillside ice-covered roads was<br />

unsettling. And, while there’s a plethora<br />

of activities in the area, we decided Tahoe<br />

is best for an Airbnb vacation rather than<br />

year-round living.<br />

Our holiday in Tahoe wasn’t our first city<br />

search. We’ve visited Boulder, Colorado<br />

Springs, and Denver, but neither of us felt<br />

that ‘wow’ factor. I want to visit Santa Fe because<br />

it has a strong arts community, there’s<br />

also an area outside of Dallas we want to<br />

explore, and maybe Arizona. We’re not interested<br />

in Florida or any East Coast states,<br />

California is too expensive, and Oregon and<br />

Washington State are too rainy. We still own<br />

a home in Nashville, but once it’s sold, we<br />

may look for property in the area to build<br />

a house. Wherever we land once this expat<br />

ride is over, it will be open for guests with<br />

those Delft Blue vases on display!<br />

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MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 39

Credit: Sotheby’s<br />

The <strong>Dutch</strong> Daily<br />

by Eileen Harloff<br />

Rembrandt<br />

The Netherlands Tourist Bureau has designated<br />

<strong>2019</strong> the Year of Rembrandt and<br />

the Golden Age. This marks the 350th anniversary<br />

of the death of one of the country’s—and<br />

the world’s—most famous artists.<br />

There will be events in many places,<br />

including The Hague, Leiden, Leeuwarden,<br />

and Amsterdam. The year was officially<br />

opened by Princess Beatrix on January 31 at<br />

the Mauritshuis, with the opening of the museum’s<br />

Rembrandt collection. This collection<br />

was started by one of its first directors,<br />

Abraham Bredius, in the late 19th century.<br />

Over the years, some paintings which were<br />

said to have been painted by Rembrandt<br />

have turned up, only to be proven, after<br />

careful study, not to be from his hand. Some<br />

of these are owned by the museum and are<br />

on display with the authentic collection.<br />

In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum has all its<br />

Rembrandt paintings on display, along with<br />

some 50 drawings and 520 prints. They<br />

have been arranged thematically rather than<br />

in the usual chronological fashion. The only<br />

missing painting will be The Night Watch; it<br />

will remain in its usual location, where it is<br />

to be restored—an undertaking that will be<br />

open to the public.<br />

It is interesting to note that the Mauritshuis<br />

recently purchased a painting in the US.<br />

entitled The Preaching of John the Baptist,<br />

by Pieter Lastman (1583 – 1633), who was<br />

considered to have been one of Rembrandt’s<br />

most important teachers. Although their relationship<br />

was short-lived, Lastman is said<br />

to have had a major influence on the artist’s<br />

development. The painting is also important<br />

because it depicts a story out of the Bible,<br />

and was seen as one of the highest accomplishments<br />

of a painter at that time.<br />

The Times They Are A’ Changing,<br />

Alas<br />

After months of uncertainty and unrest, the<br />

final answer has come: Bronovo Hospital<br />

will be closing. Not all at once, but for the<br />

near future no major disorders will be attended<br />

to there. Not even the fact that the<br />

three princesses were born there could<br />

change this decision based on finance, staffing<br />

and the need for updating premises and<br />

investing in medical innovations.<br />

The hospital will<br />

address only minor health<br />

issues and will be open only<br />

on weekdays until 6 p.m.<br />

There will be no emergency<br />

personnel on hand; complex<br />

and acute operations will be<br />

carried out at Westeinde<br />

Hospital, and planned operations<br />

will gradually<br />

be moved to the recently<br />

modernized Antoniushove<br />

Hospital in Leidschendam.<br />

My sympathy goes out to<br />

the residents of the Bronovo<br />

neighborhood. Some years<br />

ago, my neighborhood Red<br />

Cross hospital suffered the<br />

same fate. It was no longer<br />

Credit: Theirry Schut Credit: HMC Bronovo<br />

the local place to rush off to for emergency<br />

treatment, or to have an operation or blood<br />

tests. We have gotten used to other facilities<br />

by now, but when we drive by it, we remember<br />

how convenient it was in the good old<br />

days.<br />

Some Like Them Blue and Pink<br />

Steef van Adrichem is the owner of a nursery<br />

in Wateringen, in the Westland. Thirtyfive<br />

years ago he was in Thailand, where<br />

he saw orchids growing on the top of trees.<br />

They were blue and pink and were called<br />

Vandas. He immediately fell in love with<br />

them and decided to import and grow them<br />

in his nursery. Over the years they have become<br />

popular with flower arrangers and can<br />

be seen in many of the most luxurious hotels<br />

in the world, from Paris to Dubai and<br />

Qatar. Emirates Airline places a Vanda at<br />

every first-class seat as a welcome gesture.<br />

It was no surprise when, last December,<br />

Van Adrichem received a special order for<br />

120,000 Vandas, for the wedding of the<br />

daughter of the richest man in India. After<br />

much sweat and tears, the order was on its<br />

way to India within a week’s time. Now the<br />

grower is waiting for photos of the wedding,<br />

to see how the flowers were displayed at the<br />

ceremony and after party.<br />

In Short<br />

• It appears that <strong>Dutch</strong> Brussels sprouts<br />

are a hit abroad, with most being exported<br />

to Germany, the U.S., the U.K.<br />

and Italy. Their export value is in the<br />

millions. In the Netherlands sprouts<br />

nearly top the cultivation charts; they<br />

are second only to the winter carrot.<br />

• Hotel Des Indes in The Hague has been<br />

added to the list of the 400 most exclusive<br />

hotels in the world. All the hotels<br />

listed are renowned for their high service<br />

level and special location.<br />

• In case you may have been wondering:<br />

Kruidvat is the largest store chain in the<br />

Netherlands, topping the list with 956<br />

shops. Second is Albert Heijn with 852<br />

locations, followed by Gall and Gall<br />

with 593 stores.<br />

• Good news! Film theaters, student<br />

unions/societies, and fitness centers are<br />

now required to decrease the volume<br />

of their music, to protect their visitors’<br />

hearing. All these groups have signed an<br />

agreement to keep the sound down, as<br />

damage to one’s ears cannot be reversed.<br />

Research by the Academic Medical<br />

Center in Amsterdam has shown that<br />

a quarter of young people between the<br />

ages of 12 and 25 have hearing loss. The<br />

Hearing Foundation estimates that one<br />

million people in the Netherlands have<br />

buzzing in the ears which may well be<br />

caused by loud noises.<br />

• In the Province of Gelderland an intensive<br />

search is under way to discover<br />

if wolves have come there to live.<br />

Simultaneously, a DNA investigation<br />

is being carried out to determine if the<br />

same wolves are seen repeatedly wandering<br />

around the territory, or if there<br />

are others as well. The aim is to help<br />

people know how to deal with them,<br />

with emphasis on the possible damage<br />

they could cause. If the wolves are to<br />

settle in the province, this will have<br />

consequences for businesses and people.<br />

Based on the research results, the<br />

province will discuss measures to be<br />

taken and are willing to help finance actions<br />

to avoid damages.<br />

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WWDP<br />

Christmas<br />

Party<br />

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Announcements<br />

Amsterdam Boat Show<br />

From Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 6 – Sunday, <strong>March</strong><br />

10, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will<br />

be held at the Amsterdam RAI. As the largest<br />

watersport exhibition in the Netherlands<br />

with over 250 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors<br />

anticipated, it features a huge range<br />

of boats, nautical accessories, sportswear,<br />

vacations and watersports services. There<br />

is free entrance for children under 16 who<br />

will enjoy the Sport Xperience where they<br />

will find the coolest sports under one roof:<br />

surfing, sailing, skimboarding and golf.<br />

They will be able to try the activities, get<br />

tips from pros and watch spectacular demos.<br />

www.hiswarai.nl<br />

Mexico after World War II. Fascinated by<br />

mountains, desert, adobe churches and sunbleached<br />

bones, she painted constantly. This<br />

lecture by James Russell, a British writer<br />

and curator, brings to life one of America’s<br />

greatest artists in one of its most beautiful<br />

places. Non-member fee is € 13. www.<br />

theartssocietythehague.org<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 12<br />

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.<br />

Lecture begins at 8 p.m.<br />

Cultural Centrum Warenar<br />

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar<br />

Social Irish Dancing Evening<br />

The Irish Club of the Netherlands invites<br />

youngest cultural night owls with activities<br />

aimed at 4- to 12-year-olds. This year’s<br />

theme is Fantasy. Every child and each parent<br />

will need their own ticket which includes<br />

entrance to all locations, participation in all<br />

activities and use of historic buses between<br />

the city center and further afield museums.<br />

Please note that the Museumkaart is not accepted<br />

for this special evening and activities<br />

will be geared towards a <strong>Dutch</strong> audience.<br />

www.museumnachtkids.nl<br />

TEFAF – The European Fine Art<br />

Fair<br />

The world’s leading art and antiques fair<br />

will be held in Maastricht from Saturday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 16 – Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 24.<br />

St. Patrick’s Festival<br />

Wear something green and head to Grote<br />

Markt to celebrate with all things Irish for<br />

the largest celebration of St. Patrick’s Day<br />

in the Netherlands. Get ready to turn green<br />

with the best Irish dancing schools in Europe,<br />

large pints, Irish food, great music and good<br />

laughs. www.stpatricksdaydenhaag.nl<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 17<br />

Grote Markt, Den Haag<br />

1 – 11 p.m.<br />

The Arts Society Lecture –<br />

Georgia O’Keeffe<br />

This colorful lecture explores the<br />

relationship between American painter<br />

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) and the<br />

picturesque state of New Mexico. Having<br />

visited the mountain art colony of Taos for<br />

the first time in 1929, she moved to New<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong> to join them for an evening of<br />

social Irish dancing. No experience is<br />

needed. Dance instruction will be given.<br />

When Irish dance is mentioned, Riverdance<br />

and competitive girls in embroidered<br />

dresses usually come to mind. This is noncompetitive<br />

traditional Irish dance, danced<br />

at weddings, in community halls and for<br />

St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are € 10 or free<br />

for children under 12. Reserve your spot by<br />

emailing irishclubnl@gmail.com.<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 15<br />

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.<br />

Church of Our Saviour<br />

Koningin Marialaan 2, Den Haag<br />

Museum Night for Kids<br />

On Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 16, around 20 museums<br />

and cultural institutions in The Hague<br />

and Voorburg will open their doors for the<br />

Photo by Loraine Bodewes<br />

This massive fair features 35,000 art objects<br />

from 275 dealers from 20 countries in a<br />

space as large as 7 football fields. What sets<br />

this fair apart from others is that, despite the<br />

dealers being the world’s finest, each item<br />

is still investigated for its quality, condition<br />

and authenticity. Even contemporary works<br />

are vetted and checked against The Art Loss<br />

Register. Enjoy the stimulating atmosphere<br />

full of dealers, collectors, academics, art<br />

critics and curators from major museums<br />

around the world. Special for this year’s<br />

fair, 23 highlights from the Dresden State<br />

Art Collections will be presented. www.<br />

tefaf.com<br />

Keukenhof Opens<br />

Each year more than seven million flower<br />

bulbs are planted in the historic park<br />

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Announcements (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 45<br />

in Lisse, which opens its doors for the<br />

spring season from <strong>March</strong> 21 through<br />

May 19. The central theme for <strong>2019</strong> is<br />

Flower Power with a 1970s vibe in honor<br />

of Keukenhof’s 70th anniversary. The<br />

strength of flowers will be evident in the<br />

flower mosaic which was planted in two<br />

layers, providing a longer flowering period<br />

in the spring, with 50,000 tulips, grape<br />

hyacinths and crocuses. Discounted tickets<br />

with a special bus option from Leiden can<br />

be purchased online. www.keukenhof.nl<br />

Movies That Matter Festival<br />

The Movies that Matter Festival, an initiative<br />

of Amnesty International, takes place<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 22 – Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 30 at<br />

Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het<br />

Spui in The Hague. This festival presents<br />

around 60 human rights feature films and<br />

documentaries from around the world.<br />

Many of these films will be screened for<br />

the first and only time in the Netherlands.<br />

Many film screenings are followed by an<br />

in-depth program which might be an introduction,<br />

debate or talk show. Most films<br />

are in English or subtitled. For the program<br />

and tickets, go to www.moviesthatmatter.nl<br />

The Hermitage is Ten!<br />

The tenth anniversary of the Hermitage<br />

Amsterdam begins its celebration with<br />

Treasury, the first of two anniversary<br />

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St George Killing the Dragon by Tintoretto,<br />

State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg<br />

exhibitions, featuring a cross-section of<br />

masterpieces from the entire collection<br />

of the St Petersburg State Hermitage.<br />

Through August 25, see masterpieces<br />

ranging from Da Vinci, Van Dyck, Matisse,<br />

and Rembrandt, to outstanding works<br />

of art from cultures dating back to early<br />

prehistory (23,000 BC) and from Ancient<br />

Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome. www.<br />

hermitage.nl<br />

All the Rijksmuseum’s<br />

Rembrandts<br />

In <strong>2019</strong>, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam<br />

marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s<br />

death with the Year of Rembrandt. The celebration<br />

opens with All the Rembrandts,<br />

in which the Rijksmuseum will present<br />

for the first time an exhibition of all<br />

its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more<br />

than 300 of Rembrandt’s prints. As well<br />

as holding the world’s largest collection<br />

of Rembrandt paintings—including The<br />

Night Watch and The Jewish Bride—the<br />

Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s<br />

most comprehensive and representative<br />

overview of Rembrandt’s work. Given<br />

the extreme rarity and delicate state of<br />

many of the drawings and prints, this is a<br />

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore<br />

Rembrandt the artist, human, storyteller<br />

and innovator.<br />

Message from the President (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 8<br />

creates a positive effect, not only for<br />

the individual, but for those with whom<br />

she interacts with at home, socially, and<br />

at work.<br />

• We have a social worker who worked<br />

with hospitalized children.<br />

• A creative writer has joined the Club.<br />

• One of our new Members is an awardwinning<br />

documentary film director<br />

whose work has been shown at numerous<br />

international film festivals, including<br />

Sundance. She has won a Peabody<br />

award, been on the Oscar shortlist for<br />

Best Documentary, and was nominated<br />

twice for an Emmy.<br />

• A Canadian tech company has its<br />

Director of Digital Marketing and<br />

Marketing Operations working virtually<br />

from her home in The Hague, which<br />

allows her plenty of mom-time with her<br />

six-month-old daughter.<br />

You may be wondering why we push so<br />

hard to grow our membership. It’s simply<br />

because we need to, due to the fact that<br />

many of our Members are in the country<br />

for their, or their partner’s, short-term job<br />

assignment. Unlike many organizations<br />

whose members live long-term in a city, our<br />

Club is expat-focused and we experience<br />

ebbs and flows in our numbers. About 10<br />

years ago, we had 600 Members. In the last<br />

few years, we’ve lost a significant number<br />

of Members due to the economic realities of<br />

the oil and gas industry, with many of our<br />

Members having to repatriate as the industry<br />

readjusted. Today, we have more than<br />

170 Members with hopes that that number<br />

continues its healthy growth.<br />

The diversity of our membership is a sure<br />

sign that what we offer is wanted and needed<br />

by expat women. With that said, I ask<br />

you what I asked the women who stopped<br />

by our table at the Feel at Home in The<br />

Hague Fair: What do you want from our<br />

<strong>AWC</strong>? Please don’t hesitate to contact me<br />

if you have ideas or see that we’re lacking<br />

in our social or philanthropic events and activities.<br />

Your voice matters!<br />

Tot ziens,<br />

Suzanne<br />

MARCH <strong>2019</strong> 47

Classifieds<br />

Beginners Website Setup<br />

Basics Course<br />

Learn the basic requirements<br />

for setting up a new Website.<br />

Main topics: Domain names,<br />

Web hosting, and Content<br />

management systems.<br />

COST: €25, <strong>AWC</strong> Members<br />

only €15<br />

DATES: Mar 18, Apr 1, Apr 8<br />

TIME: 10 - 11:30 a.m.<br />

WHERE: <strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Register: www.Juewels.com<br />

Coffee, tea, and cookies<br />

included!<br />

Taught by: Julie Otten (<strong>AWC</strong><br />

Webmaster)<br />

WORDPRESS Basics<br />

Workshop<br />

Learn how to install, setup,<br />

create and manage your own<br />

WordPress Website.<br />

COST: €149, <strong>AWC</strong> Members<br />

only €90<br />

DATES: Mar 4, Mar 22, Apr 5,<br />

Apr 12<br />

TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.<br />

WHERE: <strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Register: www.Juewels.com<br />

Coffee, tea, juice, & light lunch<br />

included!<br />

Taught by: Julie Otten (<strong>AWC</strong><br />

Webmaster)<br />

Member Privacy<br />

Expat Families in Transit &<br />

Work Life Balance<br />

Ingrid offers Child & Teens<br />

Counseling, Life Work<br />

Coaching, Accountability<br />

Coaching and Workshops<br />

& Training. Experienced<br />

Bilingual Psychosocial<br />

Therapist/Counselor &<br />

Coach. Certified NFG<br />

member. Check for Coverage<br />

Health Care Insurance.<br />

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Private Pilates Lessons in<br />

Your Own Home<br />

I am a Certified Pilates<br />

instructor offering mat<br />

Pilates—tailored to your<br />

body’s specific needs.<br />

Monday to Friday, office<br />

hours. Women only. Private<br />

one-on-one or small groups of<br />

up to three possible. Lessons<br />

in English.<br />

The Hague, Wassenaar area<br />

only.<br />

Please email christina@gikas.<br />

nl for more info.<br />

Please be reminded that the <strong>AWC</strong> Membership List is for <strong>AWC</strong> Member reference only and use of this<br />

information in any communication other than <strong>AWC</strong> official business is strictly prohibited. Members may<br />

not share the list with anyone other than another <strong>AWC</strong> Member in good standing and never to any<br />

third party.<br />

Event information, suggestions or comments<br />

for eNews?<br />

Please send all eNews information to<br />

enews@awcthehague.org<br />

no later than end of day each Friday for the following<br />

week’s eNews.<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> takes care to protect Member information and adherence to this policy is critical to maintain<br />

Member privacy. Members are asked to report suspected misuse of the list to any <strong>AWC</strong> Board Member.<br />

Index of Advertisers<br />

ACCESS<br />

page 28<br />

American Travel<br />

Center<br />

page 35<br />


Airport Service<br />

Inside Back Cover<br />

Happy Critters<br />

page 29<br />

Playball Kids<br />

Sligro<br />

page 29<br />

page 21<br />

Wassalon<br />

Weissenbruch<br />

page 19<br />

Your Cleaning<br />

Service<br />

page 28<br />

Aveda Lifestyle<br />

Marcel<br />


Salon<br />

Vermeulen<br />

WIJK brilmode<br />

Jewelry<br />

Inside Cover<br />

page 11 page 17<br />

Frans Burgers<br />

Petros Eyewear<br />

Tapijt<br />

page 15<br />

page 11<br />

Support Fellow <strong>AWC</strong> Members<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> is not responsible for accidents<br />

Find links to a large variety of businesses or injuries occurring at Club activities or<br />

owned by <strong>AWC</strong> Members at www.<br />

on Club property. Sports and exercise<br />

awcthehague.org/site/newcomers/<br />

instructors must carry their own liability<br />

insurance.<br />

business-links<br />

Rates<br />

Classified Mini-Ads:<br />

Deadline: In general, the 1st of the month prior to the<br />

How to Submit Your Ad:<br />

Email your ad to: goingdutchads@awcthehague.org<br />

month in which your ad will appear, although subject to<br />

change due to holiday schedule.<br />

Payment Information:<br />

Please indicate the name of your ad on your payment so that<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Member Rates:<br />

we are able to match up your payment with your ad.<br />

For 45 Words For 25 Additional Words<br />

Per Issue € 10 € 5<br />

By Bank Transfer:<br />

Eight Issues € 70 € 30<br />

ABN-AMRO<br />

IBAN: NL42ABNA0431421757<br />

Non-Member Rates:<br />

Display Ads:<br />

For 45 Words For 25 Additional Words<br />

For full, half, third or quarter page commercial display ads,<br />

Per Issue € 15 € 8<br />

email our magazine staff at<br />

Eight Issues € 110 € 55<br />

goingdutchads@awcthehague.org<br />

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Proost! Questionnaire<br />

Answers by Rachel Hines<br />

Why are you living in the Netherlands?<br />

After living in Asia for a few years, my husband<br />

and I thought it would also be fun to<br />

experience life in Europe. Luckily, we were<br />

able to move to The Hague with his employer.<br />

What do you enjoy most about the <strong>AWC</strong>?<br />

The breadth of interests of the women in the<br />

Club, which means Members can dabble in<br />

lots of interesting and worthwhile activities.<br />

It’s also really nice that there are women of<br />

all ages in the Club, for a variety of perspectives<br />

and life experiences.<br />

What do you consider the most overrated<br />

virtue of being an expat?<br />

Having to explain to friends that while our<br />

life is super-fun, it isn’t quite as adventurous<br />

as they may think. We still have to take out<br />

the trash, etc.!<br />

Which <strong>Dutch</strong> words or phrases do you<br />

most overuse?<br />

I’m enjoying adding “je/jes” to the end of<br />

wordjes.<br />

What is the quality you most like in a<br />

friend?<br />

Being able to really connect via talking and<br />

also doing cultural and fitness activities together.<br />

Which locations haven’t been ticked off<br />

your bucket list?<br />

So many, but right now I’m obsessed with<br />

seeing the Northern Lights.<br />

Where would you most like to live?<br />

Chasing autumn by living half the year in<br />

New York and half the year in Australia.<br />

What’s your hobby?<br />

I love listening to podcasts. Can’t miss: The<br />

Brian Lehrer Show, Invisibilia, Slow Burn,<br />

Happier with Gretchen Rubin, The Nod,<br />

Planet Money, It’s Been a Minute, Radiolab,<br />

The Longest Shortest Time, She’s All Fat, By<br />

the Book, and of course This American Life.<br />

I’m breaking the Five Thirty Eight podcast<br />

habit now that the midterms are over.<br />

Which talent would you most like to have?<br />

Singing, but I do it anyway.<br />

Who are your heroes in real life?<br />

I am in awe of people who can resolve disputes<br />

while maintaining their principles in<br />

everyday life and on the wider stage.<br />

If you have pets, tell us breed, name, and<br />

why they’re the best pets ever!<br />

My fantasy pet family involves two cats and<br />

a dog who all get along. Allergies may mean<br />

that they remain fantasy pets.<br />

What is your motto?<br />

“Just do what’s next.” I lifted it from a new<br />

father quoted in the Washington Post and<br />

have found it to be very useful.<br />

What constitutes a perfect day for you?<br />

Well, it starts with coffee, a croissant, and a<br />

word puzzle . . .<br />

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