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for all your beauty desires
The Magazine of the
American Women’s Club
of The Hague
2514CH The Hague
re-Building Lives Benefit
Our Carbon Footprint
5 Officers and Chairwomen
6 Winter Activities Collage
8 Message from the President
9 March General Meeting
10 Letter from the Editor
14 Ongoing Activities
20 One-of-a-Kind Activities
22 re-Building Lives Benefit
26 March Calendar
29 AWC and the Arts
30 FAWCO Corner
31 2018: The Year Planet Earth
Cried for Help
34 Unconventional Travel:
Paris and Athens
38 How We Spent our Winter
40 The Dutch Daily
42 WWDP Christmas Party
49 Index of Advertisers
and Ad Rates
50 Proost! Interview
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Club and Community Development
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AWC Mission Statement
The AWC is an association formed to provide social and educational activities for American
women living in the Netherlands and to promote amicable relations among people of all nations,
as well as acquiring funds for general public interest. Membership in the club is open
to women of all nations who are friendly and welcoming to American culture. The association
does not endeavor to make a profit. The AWC is a 100% volunteer organization.
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Out to Lunch Bunch
Message from the President
by Suzanne MacNeil
March General Meeting
by Dena Haggerty
I’ve been keeping tabs on some of our
newest Members since we ramped up
after the holidays. The Welcome Back
Kickoff in early January was split into two
sessions: a mimosa morning and an evening
borrel for those who work. The morning session
was jammed. At one point, we had almost
40 women in the Clubhouse, many of
whom we did not recognize. We welcomed
the newcomers with open arms, warm conversation,
and a chance to get to know us. The
evening borrel, while not as well attended,
gave one prospective Member our undivided
attention. We chatted, learned a lot about
her, just as she learned about what we can
offer her. She joined, as did 10 others who
attended the Kickoff.
In early February, I took part in welcoming
potential Members at this year’s Feel at
Home in The Hague Fair at the Stadhuis.
It’s an annual event hosted by ACCESS, a
nonprofit organization that serves the expat
community. You may have learned about
our American Women’s Club if you worked
with the staff at ACCESS when you first settled
in The Hague, as it offers information
and guidance to help expats make sense of
living in our little neck of the Dutch woods.
Some of the guests I spoke with asked what
the Club offers its Members. For the first
few hours of the fair, we rattled off our
laundry list of opportunities to become
involved, including our weekly Walkie
Talkies, Chat Craft and Cake, our monthly
Out to Lunch Bunch,
our way to the
and the American
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the question of
what we offer
with a counter
would you like
from our Club?
Many of the women liked the fact
that we are a social organization with philanthropy
as a key part of who we are as
an organization. Some of the guests even
asked how they can become involved in our
philanthropic activities. Melissa Rider, our
Membership Chair, has contacted all the
women who provided their email the day of
the fair. I’m happy to report that their feedback
has been positive and Melissa has supplied
membership information to those who
have responded to her emails.
We gained more than 15 new Members in
the last two months, all women who want
what we all wanted when we joined: new
friends, a ready-made social life, the chance
to participate in a meaningful way in our
community, to learn new skills, and to have
Who are these new additions to the Club?
While we honor the privacy of Members
in Going Dutch, and I won’t share names,
I suggest you take an opportunity to introduce
yourself to these interesting women
the next time you see someone new at a
Club event or activity. Here’s a bit of information
about some of our newest Members:
• Finance professional who is an investment
analyst with experience in the oil
and gas industry and consumer products.
• Color specialist who offers color
analysis classes to empower women
to feel confident in themselves. Her
philosophy is that confidence >>47
For our March meeting, Tetyana
Benzeroual from Volunteer The
Hague will be joining us. Volunteer
The Hague is a non-profit project founded
by the Municipality of The Hague and PEP
(Participation Emancipation Professionals).
The project connects internationals with
meaningful volunteer opportunities at Dutch
non-profit organizations in The Hague area.
The organization’s website hosts hundreds of
volunteering vacancies especially suited for
non-Dutch speakers of every age, skill-set
and availability. In addition to introducing the
project and the opportunities for non-Dutch
speakers, Tetyana will be discussing how you
by Jan Essad and Sunita Menon
The construction on Johan van
Oldenbarneveltlaan is now just outside
our front door!
According to a Dutch website,
works will possibly continue
until July. However, we hope
they will finish early. Due
to this ongoing construction,
parking will be limited and public
transportation is recommended.
Parking is available on the southside of
the street and on the one-way streets off
can volunteer your way into a potential job.
Her presentation will discuss the value of
volunteering for building relationships and
career opportunities. During this presentation
you will discover ways to build confidence
and help the community, strategies to adopt
when considering volunteer organizations,
hidden career opportunities, and how to leverage
volunteering for career success.
Thursday, March 14
Construction Around the AWC
Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan. However,
public transportation is highly encouraged.
The Clubhouse is accessible
via Tram #16, Tram #1, and
Bus #21. Consult www.9292.nl
for the best means of travelling
to the Clubhouse from
We sincerely hope this minor inconvenience
won’t keep you from
coming to the Clubhouse to enjoy
scheduled activities and great company.
See you at the Club!
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Letter from the Editor
by Audrey Goodman
When we first arrived in The Hague,
I was worried about boredom. No
full-time job, no pets, no children…
What was I going to do with myself? But my
worries quickly disappeared (and my calendar
filled up) after I joined the American
Women’s Club. There are numerous ways to
become involved in the organization, and I
have taken every available opportunity. I attend
as many events as possible, I sit on the
Board as the Communications Officer, I’m
the Editor of this awesome magazine, and I
recently joined the Planning Committee for
our Club’s annual benefit.
park, hosting thousands of miniature replicas,
all representative of the Netherlands.
There are 5,500 miniature trees, 4,452 cars
and trucks, 338 buildings, and 4,500 kilometers
of train tracks!
Attendees will be invited to partake in a
scavenger hunt through the park, which will
remain open just for our event. The evening
will also include a 50/50 cash raffle, live and
silent auctions, a three-course dinner, and a
variety of beverages. All proceeds, including
a portion of ticket sales, go to our beneficiary.
As you grow older, you will
discover that you have two
hands: One for helping
yourself, the other for helping
I am beyond excited for this year’s re-Building
Lives Benefit. Our event will take place
at Madurodam on the evening of Saturday,
April 13 (please see pages 22 – 25 for more
details). For those of you not familiar with
Madurodam, it is a charming Dutch theme
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The beneficiary of this event is Stichting
Not For Sale Nederland, a global organization
with an independent operation in the
Netherlands. Not For Sale helps victims of
human trafficking get back on their feet and
live independently. Trafficking victims receive
education and training from the organization,
which helps them build a new life.
From the American Women’s Club’s perspective,
it is important to us that we use our
philanthropic ventures to help other women
and the local Dutch community. We are so
grateful for the hospitality we receive in our
host country, and supporting other women is
of upmost importance to our organization;
Not For Sale is a perfect fit. I hope to see
you at Madurodam!
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by Melissa Rider
You will notice many new faces at the
Clubhouse with the successful recruitment
of Members at our Winter
Welcome Coffee and Borrel. With new
Members trying to connect with the existing
membership, please make sure that your
personal information is correct in our new online
membership directory. With our updated
website came a new online directory, which
only has the Member’s name and email. Each
Member needs to enter her address and phone
number into the directory, by logging in to
her personal AWC account.
If you change your address in the membership
directory, you still need to notify
the Membership Coordinator, by emailing
me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This
will ensure that you continue to receive your
Going Dutch magazine and my membership
records are correct.
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Welcome New Members!
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also find links to our annual advertisers, whose support makes this magazine possible. If you
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by Audrey Goodman
Recommendations by Suzanne Dundas, Suzanne MacNeil & Jo Van Kalveen
Please send your recommendations to email@example.com.
From the chef and owners of Hooftrammm, this
restaurant contains an actual tram that has been
converted into an open kitchen. With three menu
options to choose from, you can customize your
visit to fit your time and budget.
Laan ven Middenburg 1, 2275 CA, Voorburg
070 406 7422
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – Midnight
Relaxed atmosphere, and a nice spot for a late
afternoon glass of wine and borrel. Great before/
after touring the museum, or anytime!
Plein 29, 2511 CS, Den Haag
070 302 3480
Dutch, Café, European
€ - €€
Monday, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Due to changes in European privacy
laws, and because Going Dutch will soon
be posted on our external Facebook
page, we won’t be sharing birthdays
in print any longer. Instead, you’ll see
Members’ birthdays in the weekly
eNews, which is sent to your private
email account and is more secure. We
value our Members’ privacy. If you have
any questions, please contact Melissa
Rider, our Membership Coordinator, at
Members: eNews Distribution
A weekly electronic newsletter
is sent to all AWC Members.
If you have not been receiving your
eNews, please contact Melissa at
Located in a converted greenhouse now filled
with eclectic furniture and books, with a relaxed,
gezellig vibe. The food is fresh, natural and “slow.”
Lots of veggie options. And they welcome dogs!
Vogelenzangseweg 49B, 2114 BB, Vogelenzang
064 190 3986
Dutch, European, Vegetarian
€€ - €€€
Monday, Noon – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(Kitchen closes at 4 p.m. after lunch, & 9 p.m.
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The AWC Book Clubs are open to all
readers, and new Members are especially
welcome! There are no requirements that
you must attend every meeting or lead
a discussion. Snacks are provided by a
different Member each month. There are
two Book Clubs hosted by AWC Members:
One in the daytime and one in the evening.
Questions? Teresa Mahoney organizes the
daytime group, and Dena Haggerty handles
the evening meetings. For more information,
please contact them at bookclubday@
awcthehague.org or bookclubevening@
awcthehague.org. Happy reading!
Daytime Book Club
21 Lessons for the 21st
Century by Yuval Noah
By the author of Sapiens,
this is a probing and visionary
today’s most urgent issues
as we move into the
uncharted territory of the
future. As technology advances faster than
our understanding of it, hacking becomes
a tactic of war, and the world feels more
polarized than ever, Harari addresses the
Members may reserve a spot for an AWC tour, activity or
event in advance. Payment is required within five business
days of the reservation or before the deadline date (whichever
is sooner) otherwise your name will be moved to a waitlist.
It is the responsibility of the Member to notify the Club at
firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel a reservation
prior to the cancellation deadline. Please note that there will
be NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after the cancellation deadline.
Members may find a substitute in lieu of cancellation
provided that arrangements are made with the tour, activity
or event organizer. Members shall be held responsible for
their guest reservations in accordance with this policy.
Daytime Book Club Reading List:
April 25: Who Asked You? by Terry
May 23: Perfume River by Robert Olen
June 27: The Witch Elm by Tana French
challenge of navigating life in the face of
constant and disorienting change and raises
the important questions we need to ask ourselves
in order to survive. Harari’s unique
ability to make sense of where we have come
from and where we are going has captured
the imaginations of millions of readers. Here
he invites us to consider values, meaning,
and personal engagement in a world full of
noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged
with irrelevant information, clarity is power.
Presenting complex contemporary challenges
clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the
21st Century is essential reading.
Thursday, March 28
Daytime Book Club Recap – December
A book with a long, hopeful title drew us in.
We admitted over our annual holiday luncheon
(hosted by Georgia Regnault, and
AWC Guest Policy
Guests are welcome
to participate in AWC
activities and tours on
a limited basis. As a
nonmember, a guest
is limited to attend
two functions per
calendar year and will be
charged an additional
nonmember fee. Only
Members are entitled to
use babysitting services.
as delicious and convivial as usual) the title
of Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong
about the World—And Why Things are
Better Than You Think encouraged us. We
were hoping to come away with our fears,
especially about climate change, lessened
and feeling buoyant and encouraged about
the future. Author Hans Rosling didn’t quite
get us there. What he did do was convince
us data-based and reasoned thinking was
necessary to solve any problem. He stressed
things could be improving and still bad at
the same time. He was anxious to highlight
the illogic of claiming there is a huge gap between
rich and poor. In fact, he claims, most
people on planet earth are “in the middle” of
his four income distribution categories. Fair
enough. But with the richest of these middle
families in the third category, living on $32
dollars a day, there’s still a huge difference in
wealth distribution even if you won’t call it
a “gap.” (We AWCers are firmly ensconced
at the tippy top of the richest category, four.)
His tone is pragmatic and hopeful, but this
book is not without its flaws or its critics.
Think of Rosling’s book as a guide to letting
our irrational fears go and to improving our
epistemological practices. Most importantly,
we have to use our knowledge to inform our
actions and then act.
Daytime Book Club Recap – January
Irish poet/playwright/novelist Sebastian
Barry was our guy… until he kinda wasn’t.
We chose The Secret Scripture for January
because we were impressed with his
Days Without End, our September selection.
Unlike Days Without End, a rootin’
tootin’ gay romance set in the pre-Civil
War American west, The Secret Scripture
takes place in modern day Ireland, where
Roseanne Clear, a 100-year-old beauty, is
writing the story of her achingly woeful
life and hiding it under the floorboards of
the mental hospital in which she has long
been a patient —or prisoner, depending on
one’s view. Meanwhile, hospital clinician
Dr. Grene is exploring his own private and
professional struggles in a commonplace
book. Both transport us through the troubles
of 20th century Ireland through evocative,
though sometimes hazy, interludes and gorgeous
prose. There’s no doubt Barry is a
brilliant writer but some of his choices —or
failures, depending on one’s view—flummoxed
us. That’s all there is to say. No
spoilers here. This book is nonetheless recommended.
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Ongoing Activities (cont.)
Continued from page 15
Evening Book Club
The Dinner by Herman
It’s a summer’s evening
in Amsterdam, and two
couples meet at a fashionable
restaurant for dinner.
Between mouthfuls of
food and over the polite
scrapings of cutlery, the
conversation remains a gentle hum of polite
discourse—the banality of work, the triviality
of the holidays. But behind the empty
words, terrible things need to be said, and
with every forced smile and every new
course, the knives are being sharpened.
Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told
by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner
promises to be the topic of countless dinner
party debates. Skewering everything from
Evening Book Club Reading List:
April 10: The Song of Achilles by Madeline
May 8: TBA
parenting values to pretentious menus to
political convictions, this novel reveals the
dark side of genteel society and asks what
each of us would do in the face of unimaginable
The location changes every month,
so please contact Dena Haggerty at
email@example.com if you
are interested in attending.
Wednesday, March 20
Evening Book Club Recap – December
Writing a review for A Gentleman in
Moscow by Amor Towles, is difficult.
Where to begin? Towles is obviously an accomplished
writer and storyteller. No wonder
it takes him four years to write a novel.
Count Rostov is an endearing character. His
charm knows no bounds. It is not ironic to
name him a gentleman, because he certainly
is one. He isn’t a snob, though. The secondary
characters are a delight to read—even
those characters who aren’t exactly delightful.
Of course, Sofia is adorable. She is the
perfect daughter for the perfect gentleman.
But the count’s cronies steal the show whenever
they arrive on stage. Towles seamlessly
intermixes history into the Count’s tale. The
account of the dekulakization of Ukraine is
especially moving. He weaves this tidbit of
history (and how misunderstood the slaughter
was by the West) into the story flawlessly.
This novel transforms the reader to mid-
20th century Russia. You may be surprised
to find you aren’t sitting in a Moscow hotel
with a view of the Bolshoi. A novel not to
Evening Book Club Recap – January
The prose in The Only Story by Julian Barnes
makes it clear why the author is an award
winner. Although the story isn’t necessarily
captivating and the characters aren’t exactly
lovable, Barnes’ ability to weave a story
will captivate readers. The protagonist Paul
is not a likeable character. He is emotionally
stunted, immature, and a bit of a brat. He is,
however, one of the most honest characters
to be found in literature. His love—his only
love—Susan, isn’t a sympathetic character
either. Her personality doesn’t seem to be
of consequence. As this is Paul’s story, >> 18
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Ongoing Activities (cont.)
Continued from page 17
who the “real” Susan is is left to conjecture.
The subtle social commentary throughout
the novel is one of the more interesting aspects
of the novel. Paul’s deep dislike of his
parents’ way of life echoes the feelings of
the youth of the 60s while Susan’s referral
to her alcoholism as a moral disease is
reminiscent of society’s views at the time.
There’s also spousal abuse about which no
one talks. Although Barnes does not tell us
what to think of these societal values, he
does bring them to the forefront and gently
prods us to contemplate them. Whether you
enjoy the novel or not, the story is undeniably
Chat, Craft & Cake
Chat Craft & Cake is a weekly highlight
for those who enjoy crafts and camaraderie.
Whether your craft is knitting, quilting,
needlepoint or simply mending your
clothes, or whether you are a beginner or an
expert, you are welcome to join us. Fish that
UFO (Unfinished Object) out of the drawer
and get going on it again. CCandCer’s are
always ready with a helping hand, a lesson,
or some advice. Each week, a different
Member brings a cake—tried and true,
or experimental. Babysitting is not available
and there are lots of sharp objects
about (pins, needles, scissors and wit) so
we cannot accommodate children. Contact
Suzanne Dundas at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information
10 a.m. – Noon
Heart Pillow Project
Members work together to make heartshaped
pillows designed to help support
the arms of recent mastectomy patients.
Each pillow is made with TLC, wrapped,
and comes with a note signed by an AWC
volunteer. No sewing skills are needed, as
you can cut, stuff, or wrap the heart pillows.
We are proud to provide men and women
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with something both practical and comforting,
and we know our work helps because
we often receive thank-you notes and emails
from the patients who have received a heart
pillow. For more information, please contact
Jan de Vries at heartpillow@awcthehague.
Tuesday, March 12
Noon – 2 p.m.
Out to Lunch Bunch - Special!
This month, we will take a tour of the
sculptures in Westbroekpark, before
having lunch at Restaurants Greens. Please
contact Greetje Engelsman at activities@
awcthehague.org with questions.
Wednesday, March 20
Restaurant Greens, Kapelweg 18, Den
Registration Deadline: March 13
€ 20 for lunch and art tour
Sign up at www.awcthehague.org
Join us again for our monthly gathering.
Thirsty Thursday is a casual evening of
companionship and good conversation – a
favorite for AWC Members and prospective
Members. Two soft drinks, wine or beer,
Thursday, March 21
6 – 9 p.m.
Brasserie WW, Van Hogenhoucklaan 35
In Tennispark WW, Benoordenhout
€ 15 for two drinks and food
No RSVP needed
Whether you count your steps or just want
to walk with friends, the Monday morning
Walkie Talkies is a fun, healthy and energetic
way to start the week. The group meets in
front of the Clubhouse before heading out
to walk to various destinations in the area,
usually racking up 10,000 steps along the
way. Sign up on the AWC website to receive
email updates, or contact Emily van Eerten
or Greetje Engelsman at walkietalkies@
Sign up at www.awcthehague.org
Wassenaar Coffee & Conversation
If you live in or north of Wassenaar, join
your neighbors for coffee and conversation
once-a-month without having to drive
to the Clubhouse. One Member will host
a casual coffee at her home at 9:30 on the
first Thursday of every month. Prospective
Members are welcome too. Suzanne
Dundas coordinates these meetings and can
be reached at chatcraftcake@awcthehague.
org. Because the location changes every
month, contact Suzanne if you are interested
in attending or for more information.
Thursday, March 7
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by Marsha Hagney
RSVP directly on www.awcthehague.org. Direct any questions to
Payment must be made within 5 calendar days of reserving or your name will be moved to a waitlist.
Payment can be made in the Front Office by PIN, on the AWC website (www.awcthehague.org) or by bank
transfer to the AWC account NL42ABNA0431421757.
Humanity House Tour &
“Life Stories of a Refugee
Join us for a guided tour of the Humanity House
Museum, followed by a special presentation
“Life Stories of a Refugee Ambassador”
which is organized in conjunction with
Stichting Vluchtelingen Ambassadeur
Ambassadors are former refugees who tell
their personal journey as a refugee: their
country, how they fled, their experience
settling in the Netherlands, and their thoughts
on day-to-day life.
€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members (All
funds support Humanity House)
Registration Deadline: March 4
Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org
Erwin Olaf Tour
Join us for this special exhibit of one of the
Netherlands’ most famous photographers,
Erwin Olaf (born 1959). This is an exhibit
so unique and broad in scope that it will
be presented in a rare double exhibition
at the Gemeentemuseum and Fotomseum
Den Haag. Monique Varma will provide
another of her special tours through the
turn 60 this year—a good moment to stage a
major retrospective. The Hague Museum of
Photography will focus on Olaf’s love of his
craft and his transition from analogue photojournalist
to digital image-maker and storyteller.
Olaf will himself bring together some
20 photographs by famous photographers
of the past who have been a vital source of
inspiration to him. The Gemeentemuseum
will show non-commissioned work by Olaf
from 2000 to his most recent series, including
the work he produced in Shanghai and
Palm Springs, on display for the first time.
Olaf will be showing his photography in the
form of installations, in combination with
film, sound and sculpture.
Thursday, March 28
Stadhouderslaan 41, Den Haag
€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members
Museum entrance fees not included
(Member-only registration through
Registration Deadline: March 24
Cancellation Deadline: March 14
Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org
Hidden Gems City Walk – Save
Monique Varma leads us on a special walking
tour of hidden gem including “Hofjes”,
statues, monuments, gardens and religious
buildings. We start at Plein 20, De Haagsche
Kluis. They will open earlier than usual
(just for us!) for coffee at 10:00 and we depart
from there at 10:30. Many of the places
we will tour are now closed to the general
public for various reasons, mostly the
change in security standards over the past
several years. More details will be available
before the tour. A unique tour with the
disclaimer that it involves covering a fairly
large distance, so good walking shoes and
the interest in covering much ground are
Wednesday, April 17
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
De Haagsche Kluis, Plein 20, Den Haag
€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members
Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org
Humanity House was established on
December 9, 2010 as an initiative of the
Dutch Red Cross, with support from The
Municipality of The Hague and the European
Fund for Regional Development of the
European Commission. Humanity House
raises discussion about humanitarian themes
such as equal rights, a secure supply of food,
freedom of speech, and migration. Through
their programs, facilities and exhibits, they
seek to enhance understanding and inspire
people to contribute positively to a life in
peace and freedom for everyone.
Wednesday, March 6
1:45 – 4 p.m.
Prinsegracht 8, Den Haag
Gemeentemuseum portion of the show.
Olaf, whose recent portraits of the royal
family drew widespread admiration, will
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e-Building Lives Benefit
From Trafficking to Independence
by Michelle Voorn
Everywhere we turn, there are stories
to be told and lessons to be learned.
Stories about starting anew, about
rebuilding, about opportunities. Within the
streets of Amsterdam, among the picturesque
canals and the buzz of the
locals and the tourists going
about their business, we
found a story which captured
our hearts. We knew,
for many reasons, this was
the story we wanted to
celebrate this year at our
re-Building Lives Benefit,
which will take place April
13 at Madurodam.
From the start, our mission was clear: Find
an organization focused on helping women
improve their lives, local to our host
country of the Netherlands, and where we
could make a direct impact in someone’s
life. It wasn’t long after we began our research
and received many recommendations
from AWC Members, that we had the
honor to learn about Stichting Not For Sale
We sat down to speak with the Director of
Not For Sale, Toos Heemskerk, about the
possibility of them becoming our 2019 beneficiary.
We joined her for lunch at one of
the Dignita restaurants, which are part of the
organization’s self-sustainability. We left
lunch with boxes checked, joyous hearts,
and renewed spirits. We found our beneficiary!
Although part of an international organization
that uses social enterprises to fight human
trafficking, Not For Sale has been active
since 2012 and operates independently.
Its mission is to offer victims of human trafficking
a new perspective on their future.
This is done in part by providing training
and education through the beautiful Dignita
restaurants (www.eatwelldogood.nl). It is
here where much of the experience is gained
for some of the women, who are offered an
opportunity for a new life, a path to employment,
independence, and new-found pride.
Toos spoke to us about her days as a social
worker in Amsterdam and how she knew
there had to be a way to not just get the
women out of their current situation, but
also offer them something to rely on after
they were taken to safety. She knew the only
answer was to provide training and employment
opportunities as a long-term solution.
And this thinking is what put her in the path
of Not For Sale, the global organization.
Through her tireless efforts, and with the
help of the Regional Education Center
(ROC Amsterdam), they developed a training
program. After placement in a shelter in
Amsterdam, the healing and training process
begins. The program includes working in a
professional kitchen where they learn about
the many aspects of working in a restaurant.
After the course, they receive a certificate of
completion which is paramount to building
their self-esteem, and provides the empowerment
needed to make plans for their future as
capable members of society. In many ways,
this supports the recovery process of the victims.
The story of Not For Sale is just beginning,
and as of today 251 trainees have followed
the basic training course at Dignita, and 53
trainees have followed the training modules
at the ROC. They have plans to expand to
other cities in the near future, including The
Hague, and they will continue to make a
difference for victims of human trafficking.
Many of these victims may otherwise have
not have found a viable option for a chance
to succeed and achieve a dignified life. Please
visit www.awcbenefitevent.org for tickets
and additional information. Join us for a
delicious dinner and a
scavenger hunt, while
being a part of this
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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m
Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.
AWC Tennis 1 p.m.
Humanity House Tour and
“Life of a Refugee”
Wassenaar Coffee and
Conversation 9:30 a.m.
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Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m
Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.
Heart Pillow Workshop
Coffee 10 a.m.
March General Meeting
AWC Tennis 1 p.m.
Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m
Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.
AWC Tennis 1 p.m.
Out to Lunch Bunch
Evening Book Club
Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.
Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m
Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.
Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.
AWC Tennis 1 p.m.
Erwin Olaf Tour 12:45 p.m.
Save the Dates:
April 3: Rembrandt Art Talk
April 13: Benefit Event
April 17: Hidden Gems City Walk
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The new AWC Website is now up and running!
for all of your Club-related needs:
Payment of Membership dues, registration for activities and events, Membership
If you have any questions about the website, please contact
AWC and the Arts
Rembrandt: Bohemian or
Businessman, Romantic or Rebel
AWC Member Jane Choy graciously opens
her home and shares her knowledge once
again. Holland has designated 2019 as
Rembrandt Year commemorating 350 years
since his death. This is a great opportunity
to learn about Rembrandt as you experience
one of the many tours and exhibits in
the Netherlands through 2019. Rembrandt is
considered by many to be Holland’s greatest
artist and the equal of Mozart, Shakespeare
and Michelangelo. Unlike van Gogh, another
great Dutch artist, Rembrandt has not left
much written material explaining his views
on art. But what he has left is a unique autobiography
in his self-portraits, which he
did from the time he was 20 until he died at
the age of 63. This lecture will use the selfportraits
as a thread through his life and with
his other masterpieces explore the man and
what, why, and how he painted. Was he indeed
a businessman or bohemian, rebel or
Wednesday, April 3
Evening, specific time TBA
Private home in Voorburg. Registered
attendees will receive address in advance
of the event.
€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members –
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by Julie Mowat, AWC The Hague FAWCO Representative
Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, a United Nations NGO with
consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council
2018: The Year Planet Earth
Cried for Help Loud Enough
for Humans to Hear
by Anne van Oorschot & Rena Levin (AWC Oslo), member of FAWCO’s Environment
The upcoming biennial conference
will be held this month in Edinburgh,
Scotland. Several AWC Members are
attending, and we look forward to sharing
what we have learned when we return. A
beautiful quilt has been made by members
of clubs all over the world, including several
panels from our own Members. It looks gorgeous!
If you would like to try to win this in
the raffle held at the conference (you do not
need to attend, I will bring it back for you),
please contact me at fawco@awcthehague.
org to buy your tickets. Quilt raffle tickets
are one for €5 or five for €20.
Repatriating to the U.S.? FAUSA is an
alumni organization for FAWCO and has
chapters all over the U.S. It’s a great way
to keep in contact with people who have
had similar experiences. Membership is
$25 a year. Please contact me or visit www.
FAUSA.org for more information.
FAWCO has a youth cultural volunteers
program that our youth could participate
in. The purpose of the program is to help
youth discover volunteering, develop their
cultural understanding and awareness of
global issues, and create a sense of global
citizenship. If you have a child aged 15 –
18, they could be a part of this great experience.
Last June, AWC Berlin hosted 12
youth. This year’s group served refugees,
homeless, disabled, and severely ill people
living in Berlin through their volunteer
work at multiple organizations. They also
took tours, a youth in democracy workshop,
a cooking evening with Syrian refugees, and
a session with a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor.
Please contact fawcoyouth@fawco.
org if you are interested or have any questions.
FAWCO offers clubs workshops and webinars
on various topics including citizenship,
voting, taxes and banking concerns. Go to
www.fawco.org/club-workshops for more
Credit: Arbor Day Foundation
As co-Chair of FAWCO’s Environment
Team, I coordinate a group of 11
women, all members of FAWCO clubs
around the world very much like our AWC
of The Hague. Each month, we publish an
article about a current environmental topic to
try to increase awareness among FAWCO’s
members. The following article was contributed
by the very knowledgeable Rena, from
the AWC in Oslo.
2018 may be remembered as the year planet
Earth cried for help loud enough for humans
to begin to hear. Devastating forest fires
in California, a deadly heatwave in Japan,
drought in central and northern Europe,
severe flooding in Kerala, India—environmental
disasters were often on the news.
Though no single extreme weather event
can be attributed to climate change, the increasing
number and severity of them point
to the reality of what scientists have been
trying to tell us for years: we must reduce
greenhouse gas emissions drastically and
Though climate change is getting harder to
ignore, understanding how you can make a
difference can be challenging. If greenhouse
gas emissions were tangible, than reducing
them would be as easy to see as plastic collected
at a beach clean-up or trash and recycling
bins filling up more slowly than they
Everyone has a carbon footprint. Your footprint
size is measured in tons of CO2 emitted
to fuel things you do over the course of
a year. In order to shrink your footprint, you
first have to know how big it is. Thankfully,
carbon footprint calculators are easy to find
online. The specific questions vary a bit, but
all of them focus on household energy consumption
(size of residence, power source,
insulation, etc.), transportation (local and
long-distance), and lifestyle (consumer habits,
diet, etc.). To get a sense of your footprint
• Global Footprint Network (www.
• UN carbon footprint calculator (www.
• Myclimate (www.co2.myclimate.org/
The results you will get are estimates based
on your best guess of what you do. They may
vary a bit and they will be imperfect.
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Planet Earth Cried for Help (cont.)
Continued from page 31
That’s ok. Don’t get hung up on particulars,
distracted by small discrepancies in results,
or immobilized by thoughts of how these
calculators may not be fully accurate.
Indeed, if anything the main problem with
footprint calculators is their tendency
to lowball estimated emissions (https://www.
don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the
good. The most important thing to do is to
Once you have a sense of how big your footprint
is and what contributes most to its size,
you can figure out how best to shrink it. My
husband and I live in a modest two-bedroom
apartment that runs on 100% renewable
electricity. We don’t have a car, are not big
shoppers and I am vegetarian. Nonetheless,
when I calculate my emissions on the Global
Footprint site the result comes back that if
everyone lived like me, we would need two
planet Earths. Yikes!
My results on other calculators are similar
and the culprit is not surprising. In a normal
year, about half of my annual emissions
are the result of flying. For those of
us who are financially comfortable and living
abroad, flying is not unusual. But from
a climate change perspective, it is one of
the worst things individuals do. A single
roundtrip transatlantic flight from London
Heathrow to New York JFK in economy
class (the most fuel efficient class) emits 2.1
tons of CO2 per person. That is the same
total CO2 emission as one would get driving
a compact gasoline car for 5,600 miles
(9,000 kilometers)―roughly the distance
from Anchorage, Alaska to Guatemala City.
Flying may be convenient and sometimes
necessary, but it is a major climate sinkhole
with emissions that are hard to fathom given
how quick and easy it is.
Note the phrase “sometimes necessary,” as
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it is an acknowledgement of life’s realities.
I am cutting back on flying, but have made
a few transatlantic trips this year to help my
mom move into a senior community. It was
a big and necessary step that she could not
have managed on her own. But it has environmental
consequences. This is where
climate offsets come in. Reducing the size
of your footprint as much as possible is top
priority. Next best and very important is
to compensate for unavoidable emissions
by purchasing carbon offsets. Offsets fund
charitable projects that reduce, avoid, or remove
greenhouse gas emissions. Examples
include building solar power plants in the
Caribbean, supporting reforestation in
Nicaragua, making affordable efficient cook
stoves available in Kenya, and building
wind power plants in India.
Offsets are an imperfect science and
should not be used as a free pass for high
emission lifestyle choices, but they do
In addition, they make
more visible the hidden costs to the planet
of CO2 emissions. Myclimate.org and
the UN Climate Offset Platform (www.
offset.climateneutralnow.org) are two
places where you can purchase offsets.
The Myclimate site is doubly useful. In
addition to being able to buy offsets for
unavoidable emissions, its carbon calculator
can be used to make adjustments that reduce
unavoidable emissions at the outset. For
example, the calculator shows me that I can
spare half a ton of CO2 by flying to DC from
Oslo via Reykjavik vs. making the same trip
Let’s Get to Work!
The budding environmental movement of
the 1970s brought us the familiar “reduce,
reuse, recycle” logo. Air pollution, poor water
quality, and waste management problems
were key concerns and that easy to remember
guidance has had a positive effect. Four
decades later the overarching environmental
issue is climate change. And with it comes a
new imperative concerning C02, “Measure,
reduce, offset.” Let’s get to work.
Interested in reading more
environmental articles? Check out the
FAWCO website at www.fawco.org.
They can be found under Global Issues
– Environment – Environment articles.
Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible to join the
American Women’s Club?
Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re from, to join us today!
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Unconventional Travel: Paris and Athens
While Ashlynn was off at castings for shows
during Paris Fashion Week (although she
wasn’t offered any jobs, she found the process
interesting and loved the opportunity to
really get to explore Paris), I took the subway
across the city to La Defense, which is
Europe’s largest purpose-built business district.
I had found a fantastic price for a long
weekend at CitizenM, which is an affordable
boutique hotel chain
that I highly recommend.
by Melissa White
While I was excited to be on my own
adventure in Nepal, I was quite
disappointed that I wasn’t in the
Netherlands when my 18-year-old daughter
Ashlynn set off for Paris to begin working as
a full-time international fashion model for her
gap year. I was thrilled when she invited me
to visit her just a few days after my return.
My window of opportunity was small because
of her nearly frantic schedule of “castings”
(interviews for modeling jobs), but it was an
offer that I couldn’t pass up. It was definitely
not a conventional trip to Paris.
Last-minute train fares in mid-September
were quite high, so I followed Ashlynn’s
lead and booked a ticket on the Oui Bus, a
French bus service serving much of Europe.
I’d never been on a long-distance bus ride
before, but the € 48 round-trip fare was hard
to pass up. The pick-up location was around
the corner from Den Haag Centraal, and the
bus made just two stops—Lille and Charles
de Gaulle Airport—before reaching Paris in
seven hours. The bus wasn’t full and I had
two seats to myself, which was handy as my
carry-on wouldn’t fit in the extremely small
overhead storage. It wasn’t the most exciting
way to travel, especially when we got
stuck in traffic, but it gave me plenty of time
to write my Everest Base Camp Trekking
articles and start on the related book, which
is my big project for 2019.
I was pleasantly surprised that Ashlynn was
there to greet me when I exited the bus as
she’d instructed me to meet her at the studio
apartment in the Latin Quarter that she’d
rented from Airbnb for five weeks. She was
very excited to show me her neighborhood,
so we walked instead of taking public transport.
After pulling my suitcase along for an
hour, I was relieved that I didn’t have to
carry it up to her sixth floor flat. The elevator,
however, was so thin that it was difficult
to maneuver both the suitcase and my body
inside. It barely prepared me for how tiny
the apartment was. Ashlynn was absolutely
beaming when she opened the door to show
me the very first place she’d ever lived on
her own. It was truly compact, but quite
nice with an excellent view. Unfortunately
it only had a single bed, so I spent that first
night on the floor since she had to work the
next day and needed her beauty sleep.
Ashlynn would be joining
me at the hotel, so I
put our bags in storage
and set off to the Louis
Vuitton Foundation (www.
an art museum designed by
renowned architect Frank
Gehry that opened in 2014.
The museum was between
temporary installations and
only had a few sculptures
on permanent display, but
offered some interesting
free tours about the incredible building;
the facade consists of 3,600 glass panels
and 19,000 concrete panels. I was really
enjoying the two-mile walk back to the hotel
up until the point when the skies opened up
and I got drenched.
I met Ashlynn in the city center after her final
casting of the day and we set off looking
for dinner. Ever since Ashlynn switched to
a plant-based diet three years ago, we have
switched to using the Happy Cow app instead
of TripAdvisor when searching for
restaurants. Happy Cow allows users to
filter restaurants by vegetarian-friendly,
vegan-friendly, fully vegetarian or fully
vegan. In an effort to keep to a strict budget,
Ashlynn hadn’t been eating out much during
her stay in the city. She was thrilled that
I was along to foot the bill so she could try
some vegan restaurants.
The following day Ashlynn and I went to
the Atelier des Lumieres (www.atelierlumieres.com),
Paris’ first digital museum
of fine art. Housed in a former 19th-century
foundry, this museum features immersive
art displays unlike anything you’ve ever
seen before. Our tickets were time specific
so that visitors arrive at appropriate times to
see the entire show as artists’ paintings are
projected 360 degrees around the vast space
using 140 video projectors. During our visit,
we saw much of Gustav Klimt’s work >> 36
“Our next holiday is
a safari. They do
the whole world!”
“They make booking a
holiday so easy. I just
leave it to them!”
“Every trip is
customized, just for
me! That’s unique!”
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Unconventional Travel (cont.)
Continued from page 35
projected including The Kiss, plus fellow
Austrian artist Hundertwasser’s works come
alive with sound and color on the 30-foot
(10-meter) high walls and pillars, as well as
on the ceiling and floor. It was incredible!
Little did I know then that another opportunity
to visit Ashlynn would present itself
just six weeks later. In fact, after spending
a week in England with her sister, Ashlynn
was only home in Holland for five days in
mid-October before flying to Athens for her
next “on-stay” (when a model stays in a city
for an extended time to meet local clients in
the hope of securing jobs). Athens is considered
a secondary fashion market and offered
Ashlynn a good opportunity to expand her
portfolio, which especially needed updating
since her Parisian agency (her “mother
agent” who scouted Ashlynn and makes all
major career decisions) convinced her to
bleach her blonde hair nearly white.
Athens is much less expensive than Paris,
so Ashlynn could afford to have more space
and stay longer. This worked to my advantage
as she had a double bed in a one-bedroom
apartment that she was happy to share
with me for five nights in mid-November. In
addition, flights were relatively cheap as it
was off-season in Greece. Ashlynn met me
at the airport and we took the subway into
the city. Her apartment was conveniently
just a ten-minute walk from the station. I
enjoyed visiting the bakery next door each
morning for Greek breakfast goodies.
While Ashlynn didn’t have any jobs while I
was in town, she had several castings, so I
tagged along and waited outside while she
had the short interviews. Although public
transportation in Greece is very affordable,
she prefers to walk for the exercise and to
further explore the city. On average, she
walked around 12 miles (20 kilometers) per
day. Our first walk together took over two
hours, with half of it along a major thoroughfare,
so we took the subway back.
Ashlynn had the entire weekend off, so we
set off on Saturday for Aegina, the closest
island, via a one-hour ferry ride. We had
planned to take the bus to visit the island’s
ruins, but it ran too infrequently during that
time of year. Instead we took a taxi across
the island to see the Temple of Aphaea, dating
from approximately 500 BC. After lunch
at a waterfront café, we enjoyed a wander
around the city of Aegina and the nearby ruins
of the Temple of Apollo.
It was so great that I happened to be with
Ashlynn when she got the good news that
her agent had arranged for her to go on-stay
in Seoul for eight weeks starting in early
January, likely followed by eight weeks in
Sydney. While I know that I probably can’t
visit her everywhere she goes, I can always
On Sunday we met up with an American
friend that I’d met in The Hague who now
lives in Athens. We watched the early finishers
of the Athens Marathon, running from
the city of Marathon to Athens and ending
within the Panathenaic Stadium. The only
stadium in the world entirely built of marble,
it was built in 144 AD and abandoned
at the end of the 4th century. It was renovated
in 1896 just in time to host the first
modern Olympics. Later we watched sunset
from Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in
Athens at 910 feet (275 meters). Another afternoon,
for even better views looking down
on the Acropolis and the city, we walked up
the 480-foot (145-meter) Filopappou Hill,
known as the Hill of the Muses as legend
has it that nine muses were buried there,.
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How We Spent our Winter Vacation
by Suzanne MacNeil
Disclaimer: If you have lived in any of the
cities or states we’ve nixed, please don’t be
Flying from Schiphol in late December,
crammed into an economy seat, I set
off for Jacksonville, Florida to visit my
mother. Unfortunately, I had to change my
departure date, which meant I lost my business
class spot since the new flight was almost fully
booked. Fortunately, I had a window seat so
I could ignore my seatmates.
Staying with my mom is always interesting.
She’s in an independent living facility, in a
comfy one-bedroom apartment, with dinner
in the community dining room each evening.
I never joined a sorority in college and
spending time with Mom and her friends
must be the senior version of a sorority. I’m
her confidant and know about her neighbors
and their quirks, the mean girls, petty revenge
wars, and the lovely women who have
taken her into their clique. After almost a
week in Jacksonville, and having laughed a
lot with Mom (and eaten dinner at 4:45 most
nights), I said goodbye
to the ladies of
The Coves and flew
to San Francisco
where I met up
with my husband,
Tim. We were off to
the Nevada side of
Tim had been to Tahoe in the mid-70s and I
had been there in the 80s for a work-related
trip. We had equally fond memories of the
area, so we decided to spend the holidays in
Tahoe for 10 days. It wasn’t just a vacation,
though, it was also a fact-finding mission.
We are on a quest to find our forever-home
city because the end of our time as expats
will, sadly, end some day and we want to
know where to ship all the Delft Blue vases
and other souvenirs we’ve collected on our
Tahoe is a gem of an area, especially in the
winter with the snow and slopes. We didn’t
ski (no need to break a body part after not
having snow skied in 35+ years), but we did
enjoy having both my sons and one girlfriend
visit. Tahoe got a thumbs-up from
the boys for visitability. Max and Dylan
went snowboarding and Cameron willingly
went with us as we looked at homes for
sale. There are so many reasons we liked
Tahoe, but the nays overtook the yays. The
price for houses with the amenities we
want is sky high. Many of the houses in
our price range overlook the lake, but driving
on those hillside ice-covered roads was
unsettling. And, while there’s a plethora
of activities in the area, we decided Tahoe
is best for an Airbnb vacation rather than
Our holiday in Tahoe wasn’t our first city
search. We’ve visited Boulder, Colorado
Springs, and Denver, but neither of us felt
that ‘wow’ factor. I want to visit Santa Fe because
it has a strong arts community, there’s
also an area outside of Dallas we want to
explore, and maybe Arizona. We’re not interested
in Florida or any East Coast states,
California is too expensive, and Oregon and
Washington State are too rainy. We still own
a home in Nashville, but once it’s sold, we
may look for property in the area to build
a house. Wherever we land once this expat
ride is over, it will be open for guests with
those Delft Blue vases on display!
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The Dutch Daily
by Eileen Harloff
The Netherlands Tourist Bureau has designated
2019 the Year of Rembrandt and
the Golden Age. This marks the 350th anniversary
of the death of one of the country’s—and
the world’s—most famous artists.
There will be events in many places,
including The Hague, Leiden, Leeuwarden,
and Amsterdam. The year was officially
opened by Princess Beatrix on January 31 at
the Mauritshuis, with the opening of the museum’s
Rembrandt collection. This collection
was started by one of its first directors,
Abraham Bredius, in the late 19th century.
Over the years, some paintings which were
said to have been painted by Rembrandt
have turned up, only to be proven, after
careful study, not to be from his hand. Some
of these are owned by the museum and are
on display with the authentic collection.
In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum has all its
Rembrandt paintings on display, along with
some 50 drawings and 520 prints. They
have been arranged thematically rather than
in the usual chronological fashion. The only
missing painting will be The Night Watch; it
will remain in its usual location, where it is
to be restored—an undertaking that will be
open to the public.
It is interesting to note that the Mauritshuis
recently purchased a painting in the US.
entitled The Preaching of John the Baptist,
by Pieter Lastman (1583 – 1633), who was
considered to have been one of Rembrandt’s
most important teachers. Although their relationship
was short-lived, Lastman is said
to have had a major influence on the artist’s
development. The painting is also important
because it depicts a story out of the Bible,
and was seen as one of the highest accomplishments
of a painter at that time.
The Times They Are A’ Changing,
After months of uncertainty and unrest, the
final answer has come: Bronovo Hospital
will be closing. Not all at once, but for the
near future no major disorders will be attended
to there. Not even the fact that the
three princesses were born there could
change this decision based on finance, staffing
and the need for updating premises and
investing in medical innovations.
The hospital will
address only minor health
issues and will be open only
on weekdays until 6 p.m.
There will be no emergency
personnel on hand; complex
and acute operations will be
carried out at Westeinde
Hospital, and planned operations
be moved to the recently
Hospital in Leidschendam.
My sympathy goes out to
the residents of the Bronovo
neighborhood. Some years
ago, my neighborhood Red
Cross hospital suffered the
same fate. It was no longer
Credit: Theirry Schut Credit: HMC Bronovo
the local place to rush off to for emergency
treatment, or to have an operation or blood
tests. We have gotten used to other facilities
by now, but when we drive by it, we remember
how convenient it was in the good old
Some Like Them Blue and Pink
Steef van Adrichem is the owner of a nursery
in Wateringen, in the Westland. Thirtyfive
years ago he was in Thailand, where
he saw orchids growing on the top of trees.
They were blue and pink and were called
Vandas. He immediately fell in love with
them and decided to import and grow them
in his nursery. Over the years they have become
popular with flower arrangers and can
be seen in many of the most luxurious hotels
in the world, from Paris to Dubai and
Qatar. Emirates Airline places a Vanda at
every first-class seat as a welcome gesture.
It was no surprise when, last December,
Van Adrichem received a special order for
120,000 Vandas, for the wedding of the
daughter of the richest man in India. After
much sweat and tears, the order was on its
way to India within a week’s time. Now the
grower is waiting for photos of the wedding,
to see how the flowers were displayed at the
ceremony and after party.
• It appears that Dutch Brussels sprouts
are a hit abroad, with most being exported
to Germany, the U.S., the U.K.
and Italy. Their export value is in the
millions. In the Netherlands sprouts
nearly top the cultivation charts; they
are second only to the winter carrot.
• Hotel Des Indes in The Hague has been
added to the list of the 400 most exclusive
hotels in the world. All the hotels
listed are renowned for their high service
level and special location.
• In case you may have been wondering:
Kruidvat is the largest store chain in the
Netherlands, topping the list with 956
shops. Second is Albert Heijn with 852
locations, followed by Gall and Gall
with 593 stores.
• Good news! Film theaters, student
unions/societies, and fitness centers are
now required to decrease the volume
of their music, to protect their visitors’
hearing. All these groups have signed an
agreement to keep the sound down, as
damage to one’s ears cannot be reversed.
Research by the Academic Medical
Center in Amsterdam has shown that
a quarter of young people between the
ages of 12 and 25 have hearing loss. The
Hearing Foundation estimates that one
million people in the Netherlands have
buzzing in the ears which may well be
caused by loud noises.
• In the Province of Gelderland an intensive
search is under way to discover
if wolves have come there to live.
Simultaneously, a DNA investigation
is being carried out to determine if the
same wolves are seen repeatedly wandering
around the territory, or if there
are others as well. The aim is to help
people know how to deal with them,
with emphasis on the possible damage
they could cause. If the wolves are to
settle in the province, this will have
consequences for businesses and people.
Based on the research results, the
province will discuss measures to be
taken and are willing to help finance actions
to avoid damages.
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Amsterdam Boat Show
From Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March
10, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will
be held at the Amsterdam RAI. As the largest
watersport exhibition in the Netherlands
with over 250 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors
anticipated, it features a huge range
of boats, nautical accessories, sportswear,
vacations and watersports services. There
is free entrance for children under 16 who
will enjoy the Sport Xperience where they
will find the coolest sports under one roof:
surfing, sailing, skimboarding and golf.
They will be able to try the activities, get
tips from pros and watch spectacular demos.
Mexico after World War II. Fascinated by
mountains, desert, adobe churches and sunbleached
bones, she painted constantly. This
lecture by James Russell, a British writer
and curator, brings to life one of America’s
greatest artists in one of its most beautiful
places. Non-member fee is € 13. www.
Tuesday, March 12
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 8 p.m.
Cultural Centrum Warenar
Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar
Social Irish Dancing Evening
The Irish Club of the Netherlands invites
youngest cultural night owls with activities
aimed at 4- to 12-year-olds. This year’s
theme is Fantasy. Every child and each parent
will need their own ticket which includes
entrance to all locations, participation in all
activities and use of historic buses between
the city center and further afield museums.
Please note that the Museumkaart is not accepted
for this special evening and activities
will be geared towards a Dutch audience.
TEFAF – The European Fine Art
The world’s leading art and antiques fair
will be held in Maastricht from Saturday,
March 16 – Sunday, March 24.
St. Patrick’s Festival
Wear something green and head to Grote
Markt to celebrate with all things Irish for
the largest celebration of St. Patrick’s Day
in the Netherlands. Get ready to turn green
with the best Irish dancing schools in Europe,
large pints, Irish food, great music and good
Sunday, March 17
Grote Markt, Den Haag
1 – 11 p.m.
The Arts Society Lecture –
This colorful lecture explores the
relationship between American painter
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) and the
picturesque state of New Mexico. Having
visited the mountain art colony of Taos for
the first time in 1929, she moved to New
the AWC to join them for an evening of
social Irish dancing. No experience is
needed. Dance instruction will be given.
When Irish dance is mentioned, Riverdance
and competitive girls in embroidered
dresses usually come to mind. This is noncompetitive
traditional Irish dance, danced
at weddings, in community halls and for
St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are € 10 or free
for children under 12. Reserve your spot by
Friday, March 15
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Church of Our Saviour
Koningin Marialaan 2, Den Haag
Museum Night for Kids
On Saturday, March 16, around 20 museums
and cultural institutions in The Hague
and Voorburg will open their doors for the
Photo by Loraine Bodewes
This massive fair features 35,000 art objects
from 275 dealers from 20 countries in a
space as large as 7 football fields. What sets
this fair apart from others is that, despite the
dealers being the world’s finest, each item
is still investigated for its quality, condition
and authenticity. Even contemporary works
are vetted and checked against The Art Loss
Register. Enjoy the stimulating atmosphere
full of dealers, collectors, academics, art
critics and curators from major museums
around the world. Special for this year’s
fair, 23 highlights from the Dresden State
Art Collections will be presented. www.
Each year more than seven million flower
bulbs are planted in the historic park
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in Lisse, which opens its doors for the
spring season from March 21 through
May 19. The central theme for 2019 is
Flower Power with a 1970s vibe in honor
of Keukenhof’s 70th anniversary. The
strength of flowers will be evident in the
flower mosaic which was planted in two
layers, providing a longer flowering period
in the spring, with 50,000 tulips, grape
hyacinths and crocuses. Discounted tickets
with a special bus option from Leiden can
be purchased online. www.keukenhof.nl
Movies That Matter Festival
The Movies that Matter Festival, an initiative
of Amnesty International, takes place
Friday, March 22 – Saturday, March 30 at
Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het
Spui in The Hague. This festival presents
around 60 human rights feature films and
documentaries from around the world.
Many of these films will be screened for
the first and only time in the Netherlands.
Many film screenings are followed by an
in-depth program which might be an introduction,
debate or talk show. Most films
are in English or subtitled. For the program
and tickets, go to www.moviesthatmatter.nl
The Hermitage is Ten!
The tenth anniversary of the Hermitage
Amsterdam begins its celebration with
Treasury, the first of two anniversary
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St George Killing the Dragon by Tintoretto,
State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
exhibitions, featuring a cross-section of
masterpieces from the entire collection
of the St Petersburg State Hermitage.
Through August 25, see masterpieces
ranging from Da Vinci, Van Dyck, Matisse,
and Rembrandt, to outstanding works
of art from cultures dating back to early
prehistory (23,000 BC) and from Ancient
Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome. www.
All the Rijksmuseum’s
In 2019, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s
death with the Year of Rembrandt. The celebration
opens with All the Rembrandts,
in which the Rijksmuseum will present
for the first time an exhibition of all
its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more
than 300 of Rembrandt’s prints. As well
as holding the world’s largest collection
of Rembrandt paintings—including The
Night Watch and The Jewish Bride—the
Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s
most comprehensive and representative
overview of Rembrandt’s work. Given
the extreme rarity and delicate state of
many of the drawings and prints, this is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore
Rembrandt the artist, human, storyteller
Message from the President (cont.)
Continued from page 8
creates a positive effect, not only for
the individual, but for those with whom
she interacts with at home, socially, and
• We have a social worker who worked
with hospitalized children.
• A creative writer has joined the Club.
• One of our new Members is an awardwinning
documentary film director
whose work has been shown at numerous
international film festivals, including
Sundance. She has won a Peabody
award, been on the Oscar shortlist for
Best Documentary, and was nominated
twice for an Emmy.
• A Canadian tech company has its
Director of Digital Marketing and
Marketing Operations working virtually
from her home in The Hague, which
allows her plenty of mom-time with her
You may be wondering why we push so
hard to grow our membership. It’s simply
because we need to, due to the fact that
many of our Members are in the country
for their, or their partner’s, short-term job
assignment. Unlike many organizations
whose members live long-term in a city, our
Club is expat-focused and we experience
ebbs and flows in our numbers. About 10
years ago, we had 600 Members. In the last
few years, we’ve lost a significant number
of Members due to the economic realities of
the oil and gas industry, with many of our
Members having to repatriate as the industry
readjusted. Today, we have more than
170 Members with hopes that that number
continues its healthy growth.
The diversity of our membership is a sure
sign that what we offer is wanted and needed
by expat women. With that said, I ask
you what I asked the women who stopped
by our table at the Feel at Home in The
Hague Fair: What do you want from our
AWC? Please don’t hesitate to contact me
if you have ideas or see that we’re lacking
in our social or philanthropic events and activities.
Your voice matters!
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Taught by: Julie Otten (AWC
Learn how to install, setup,
create and manage your own
COST: €149, AWC Members
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TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Answers by Rachel Hines
Why are you living in the Netherlands?
After living in Asia for a few years, my husband
and I thought it would also be fun to
experience life in Europe. Luckily, we were
able to move to The Hague with his employer.
What do you enjoy most about the AWC?
The breadth of interests of the women in the
Club, which means Members can dabble in
lots of interesting and worthwhile activities.
It’s also really nice that there are women of
all ages in the Club, for a variety of perspectives
and life experiences.
What do you consider the most overrated
virtue of being an expat?
Having to explain to friends that while our
life is super-fun, it isn’t quite as adventurous
as they may think. We still have to take out
the trash, etc.!
Which Dutch words or phrases do you
I’m enjoying adding “je/jes” to the end of
What is the quality you most like in a
Being able to really connect via talking and
also doing cultural and fitness activities together.
Which locations haven’t been ticked off
your bucket list?
So many, but right now I’m obsessed with
seeing the Northern Lights.
Where would you most like to live?
Chasing autumn by living half the year in
New York and half the year in Australia.
What’s your hobby?
I love listening to podcasts. Can’t miss: The
Brian Lehrer Show, Invisibilia, Slow Burn,
Happier with Gretchen Rubin, The Nod,
Planet Money, It’s Been a Minute, Radiolab,
The Longest Shortest Time, She’s All Fat, By
the Book, and of course This American Life.
I’m breaking the Five Thirty Eight podcast
habit now that the midterms are over.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Singing, but I do it anyway.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I am in awe of people who can resolve disputes
while maintaining their principles in
everyday life and on the wider stage.
If you have pets, tell us breed, name, and
why they’re the best pets ever!
My fantasy pet family involves two cats and
a dog who all get along. Allergies may mean
that they remain fantasy pets.
What is your motto?
“Just do what’s next.” I lifted it from a new
father quoted in the Washington Post and
have found it to be very useful.
What constitutes a perfect day for you?
Well, it starts with coffee, a croissant, and a
word puzzle . . .
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