Members-Only Event in Beveren, September 29, 2007

 

Image On Saturday September 29th 2007, the newly-arrived American grantees and the Belgian dues- paying alumni gathered at the Cultural Center Ter Vesten in the heart of Beveren.

Ms Christine De Brabandere (Master of Art History & Guide of Flanders) was our guide for the entire day. During a walk through the beautiful gardens of the Cortewalle Domain, we learned about the huge kitchen garden and the several statues. We then had a complete tour of the ground floor of Castle Cortewalle, that can only be visited in a group accompanied by an official guide. Although this castle is a rather well-kept secret, the President of Uruguay with the top brass of Katoen Natie visited the premises only a few days before us.

We admired the family castle of which the oldest part dates back to the XVth century. Until 1960, it was the home of the Counts de Brouckhoven de Bergeyck. It was explained to us that the large wall paintings have many hidden meanings in their composition. The great collection of coats of arms in wood, in marble and in the stained glass windows enabled us to see how marriages were arranged and the family history was recorded. The magnificent entrance, two living rooms, the library-smoking room, the two salons, the private chapel were all exquisite halls. Even the old toilet was worth being seen.

The Fulbright party then proceeded to Koetshuis Cortewalle. This coach house is now an excellent restaurant and the old feeding and drinking places for the horses have been beautifully integrated into the décor. Our delicious lunch was served around a grand table in the warm and wonderful Orangerie of Cortewalle Castle.

In the afternoon, under the excellent guidance of Ms. De Brabandere, we drove through the Waasland Harbor, part of the Port of Antwerp situated on the left bank of the river Scheldt. We visited old remnants and saw new creations. All truly interesting places but too many to enumerate and elaborate on in this report. For example: the windmill of Doel, the village which will soon become a ghost-town; the Liefkenshoek Fort from the XVIth century which was improved under Napoleon’s rule and later used as a quarantine island for the sick who were taken off the ships; the newest tunnel under the river Scheldt, “de Liefkenshoek Tunnel”; and the almost completed Deurganck Dock with the many Chinese containers stacked up nearby. We were told that all around the new docks on the left bank, the level of the polders has been increased by some 6 metres with sand dredged from the river.

A final drink in CC Ter Vesten was the end of a most enjoyable Beveren day. Even with the wind, the rain and the spectacular clouds, it will remain a cherished souvenir of another great FAAB event.

P.S. Pictures of this event are available for viewing or ordering at http://picasaweb.google.com/guy.hermans/FAABSept29

Mrs. Nora Hietarinta-Zonnekein
Chapter Flanders-Antwerp

 

A Word from the FAAB Webmaster: www.faab.be/old

 

Imagewww.faab.be as you used to know it is history! It has been replaced by a brand new service that contains all the functionalities and more, needed to interact more efficiently with you. You’re cordially invited to visit it and I’m looking forward to receiving your feedback, even with suggestions for improvement …

 

Enhancing the interaction with FAAB members remains the core theme of the whole operation. Up-to-date or supplementary information on events or news will be posted for the public at large. The main focus this summer and fall will be on highlighting the FAAB60 activities and promoting them worldwide. Later on, privileged information and services will be accessible to paying members: members-only events, a consultable directory, and a dedicated FAAB forum to promote your events, vacancies or business are only a few of the possibilities that will be available through the secured pages of the site. We not only send members this Newsletter. We also inform them by e-mail on non-commercial activities that could be of interest for a large subsection of the FAAB community. It could very well be that an event that you plan in the near future also qualifies for wider exposure. If you think this might be the case, do not hesitate to contact me.

Electronic communication is only going to be efficient if an accurate mailing list is compiled and maintained. If you recently changed your e-mail address or want to be added (or removed) from the list, please send an e-mail to the mail address you find below, or surf to the membership update form. It only takes a minute of your time to complete it, but it could help us a lot!

Erno Vandeweert
FAAB Webmaster
Erno.Vandeweert@telenet.be

 

Private Sector Funding of the Fulbright Program in Belgium and Luxembourg and the Thanksgiving Fund

 

Image As we have reported earlier, the Commission has entered into an agreement with the prestigious King Baudouin Foundation. As a result of this agreement, all donations for the Fulbright Program to the King Baudouin Foundation of at least € 30 are tax-deductible in Belgium. Funding from the private sector has been facilitated by Fulbright alumni within their organizations who have pushed for these tax-deductible gifts. Notable among these are the law firms of Baker & McKenzie, Linklaters De Bandt, Covington & Burling, Allen & Overy, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and our newest addition, the law firm of Liedekerke, Wolters, Waelbroeck and Kirkpatrick. From the corporate world, Fulbright alumni from such companies as Cockerill Mechanical Industries, McKinsey & Co., and A.T. Kearney have facilitated grants for study in the U.S. Alumni clubs also contribute, with the Columbia Club of Belgium joining the ranks of the Harvard Club of Belgium and the Chicago Alumni. Other branches of American companies in Belgium have long-standing traditions of philanthropy and here we can cite JP Morgan, Euroclear, Procter & Gamble, S.W.I.F.T., and Texaco. But our Fulbright alumni are themselves generous and faithful donors to the FAAB scholarship fund at the King Baudouin Foundation. Thanks to the Thanksgiving Fund Drive, the FAAB Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation received this year almost € 30,000, almost twice as much as in 2006. Thanks to all of you who contributed so generously. We would therefore like to recognize publicly the individual alumni who have made such generous gifts to the Fulbright Program in 2007 and earlier:

DONATIONS in 2007:

DIAMOND (Donations of € 1000 or more)

DE LA HAYE, Eddy
DOLMANS, Maurits*

ERTVELDT, GoedeleHAMILIUS, Albert*SULMON, Bruno*TAS, Benoît

GOLD (Donations of € 500 or more)

BOURGEOIS, Jacques

DE BODE, Herman*SCHROEVEN, Rita

SILVER (Donations of € 250 or more)

BAETEN, ViolaineBEUSELINCK, FrankCRIVICI, NormaDE BANDT, Jean-PierreGHESQUIERE, SiskaIEVEN, AagjeMASSCHELEIN, Axel*MICHIELS, Thierry*PAPEIANS DE MORCHOVEN, FrédéricVAN DER MERSCH, Xavier

BRONZE (Donations of € 100 or more)

BAILLIE-STRONG, Stuart*
BURGHARDT, Christopher
CASIER, Victor*

DE HAESE, OswaldGLAS, Geert*GOEMANS, Pierre-Yves

GOETHALS, Mario*

HAINE, PaulKELLEY, PatrickLEYSEN, JozefMERCIER, Paul-EmileSCHAMP, Walter*TOMBEUR, Jean-MarieVANDEN HERREWEGHEN, Herman*VANDENHOVE, JeanVAN DER BEKEN, PhilippeVANDERELST, AlainVAN ROOST, Joseph*

VANSANTEN, Kris*

DONATIONS PRIOR TO 2007:

GOLD (Donations of € 500 or more)

BASYN, MadeleineDE WIT, Guido*DOLMANS, Maurits

GUTERMANN, Arne

HAMILIUS, Albert*SCHAMP, Walter*SCHUERMANS, Luc*SULMON, Bruno*

SILVER (Donations of € 250 or more)

BAILLIE-STRONG, Stuart*BERTRAND, AlexiaBRICHANT, Jean-µFrançoisCAMMERS, SofieDE BODE, HermanDELWAIDE, HenriDE SMEDT, PhilipDE WIT, GuidoMASSCHELEIN, Axel*MEUNIER, FrançoiseMICHIELS, Thierry*MIGNON, MarcMOONEN, AnNIHOUL, PaulPARASIE, NicoPASSAGEZ, BénédicteSCHAMP, WalterVAN DEN BRANDE, PeterVANDERPAS, JanVAN STICHEL, ElianeVRANCKX, Jan

BRONZE (Donations of € 100 or more)

ABELOOS, LilianeBAILLIE-STRONG, StuartBELLIS, Jean-François*BOGAERT, Wouter*BOUCHER, SergeDE BRUYNE, Pierre*DE CLERCQ, Els*DE HEMPTINNE, RodolpheDELUYKER, Hubert*DEMEULEMEESTER, Maria

DE MEY, Marc

DOLMANS, Maurits*DOMINKOVITS, ElisabethFIERENS, Jean-PierreGEERTS, YvesGLAS, GeertGOETHALS, MarioGRANDJEAN, FernandeGUTERMANN, Arne*KIOES-SCHAEFER, NicoleLAMBERT, PolLE JEUNE, FrançoisMAES, MarcMARIN, GuyMONSTREY, StanislasMOULAERT, JacquesNIVELLE, FrancePETERBROECK, Jean*PFEIFFENSCHEIDER, JacquelineVAN BOUWEL, Eddy*VANDEN HERREWEGHEN, HermanVAN DEN SCHRIECK, HenriVAN ENGELAND, ClaudeVAN QUICKENBORNE, ChristopheVAN ROOST, Joseph*VANSANTEN, Kris*WISNIA, Arnaud

* individuals who have contributed several times in the past.

If the Thanksgiving Fund Drive letter escaped your attention in late November, and you did not make a contribution, here is the essential information to make up for that oversight: Your donation can be made to the Koning Boudewijnstichting / Fondation Roi Baudouin (bank account n° 000-0000004-04) with the reference “Fulbright Fund – FAAB”. Since the King Baudouin Foundation manages many different funds, it is essential that the reference “Fulbright Fund – FAAB” be mentioned with your bank transfer. If paying from abroad, the IBAN and BIC codes for the King Baudouin Foundation are the following: IBAN: BE10 0000 0000 0404; BIC: BPOTBEB1. You are reminded that all contributions of € 30 or more are fully tax-deductible in Belgium. A receipt for tax purposes will be sent to you automatically. (Contributions received before December 31 of this year qualify for a tax deduction next year.) Here is a tip: the more you give, the more you can deduct from your taxes… Thank you one and all for your so generous support of the Fulbright Program in Belgium!

Arne Gutermann
Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee

 

Eat and Meet

 

The concept The Eat & Meet lunches are monthly thematic lunches aiming to give young Fulbrighters the opportunity to meet up with leaders in different professional areas. During those 2 hour lunches, a distinguished speaker will make an informal presentation about his area of expertise at his Brussels office, giving a maximum of 10 young Fulbrighters the opportunity to have a better understanding of the professional area presented, to have a first contact with one of the Belgian leaders in that area, and to get to know the other young Fulbrighters.

Image The past Up to now the Eat & Meet lunches have had the honor of having the following speakers:
· Christian Jacobs (General Manager of JP Morgan Belgium and Luxembourg),
· Jean Van den Eynde (Partner at Russell Reynolds Associates),
· Alexander De Croo (Founder of Darts-IP),
· Jacques Moulaert (Honorary Chairman of ING),
· Herman Daems (Chairman of GIMV),
· Laurent Levaux (CEO of ABX Logistics),
· George Jacobs (Chairman of UCB),
· Grégoire Dallemagne (CEO of Télé2), and
· Alois Michielsen (Chairman of Solvay).
· Pierre Gurdjian (Managing Partner for Belgium of McKinsey & Company
· Luc Coene (Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Belgium).

The future The second Eat & Meet season will start in September of this year with Lazaro Campos, CEO of SWIFT.

If you are interested in participating in the Eat & Meet lunches, please do not hesitate to contact Frédéric Elens ( fredericelens@hotmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) in order to have further details or to enroll.

Frédéric Elens
Chapter Brussels

 

A Word from the International Secretary

 

Dear Fulbright friends,

A very happy 2008 to you all! As International Secretary , I sent, as usual, the FAAB’s  very best wishes for a Happy New year to almost all Fulbright Alumni Associations in the world !!! We received greetings back from Elmer Craig and the US Fulbright Office in Washington DC, France, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Nepal,  Morocco, Malaysia, and England.

As a follow-up to the meeting held in Frankfurt, Germany  in November 2007,  the German Alumni Association has planned a meeting in Berlin to start working on the formation of a  European Fulbright Alumni Association and the creation of  a network of alumni associations.

The seminar to plan this larger European meeting will be held in April 2009 in Berlin during the annual seminar organized by the German Fulbright Commission.

With Fulbright greetings,

Dr. Eliane Van Stichel
International Secretary

 

60th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program between the USA, Belgium and Luxembourg

 

As you all know, this year we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Let me give you more details on our plans so far …

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2008: Concert with Queen Elisabeth Competition finalist and Fulbright alumnus Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. This will be a Members-Only event with limited space;
  • Saturday, October 18th, 2008: Academic session at the Palais des Académies/Paleis der Academiën on “US-Belgian-EU relations: past, present and future”. Our speakers will be Professor Francis Balace (Université de Liège), Professor Luc Reychler (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), and Professor Alison Woodward (Vesalius College/Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Our moderator for the event will be Minister of State Herman De Croo. All of the speakers and the moderator are, of course, Fulbright alumni and we think the panelists will be outstanding as well as the discussion afterwards, that will be so extremely well moderated by Minister De Croo. The Academic Session will be followed by a reception at the Palais/Paleis;
  • Saturday, November 15th, 2008: Gala Dinner at the Cercle de Lorraine/Club van Lotharingen with a distinguished guest speaker;
  • A new alumni directory: please remember to update your information via the form at the end of this Newsletter or on-line at http://www.faab.be/. A directory is only as accurate as you are;
  • A memento of the 60th Anniversary.



We do hope that many of you will join us to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this extraordinary Fulbright program and that you will continue to support it in the future.

Invitations to all of these events will be sent in the early fall, but please mark your calendars now!
Mr. Frédéric Papeians de Morchoven

 

National President

 

 

FAAB National Event 2008 – Saturday, April 26th, 2008: Exploring the Province of Hainaut

 

The strong points of the National Event were the following:

– It was a warm and sunny weekend. – All the people we met at the tourist office in Enghien, Mons and Binche, at the castle in Seneffe, at the Adeps Center in Seneffe, at the restaurant in Mons on Sunday and at the Grand Hornu were all very warm, welcoming and friendly.

Image – Everybody enjoyed the visits and also the fact that many of them were outdoors!: the park in Enghien, the ramparts in Binche, the tour of Mons and The Grand Hornu (even though the guided tour of the Grand Hornu would have been much more interesting if the guide’s English had been better – less Dutch or French! It was funny at times: e.g. we learned that they “let make” (= they had something made/done) “lightning!” for the city of Paris in the Grand Hornu).

– The food at the restaurant at the Orangerie in Seneffe and at the restaurant “Le Cherche Midi”, place du Marché aux Herbes in Mons was delicious. Gilles Moreau’s choice of “Le Cherche Midi” was excellent.  The place was very nice and the food quite original: interesting combinations of different ingredients, flavors and colors. We also found a very nice Italian restaurant (with a terrace and garden!) on Saturday evening called La Casa di Campagna on the Chaussée de Beaumont, in the country 5 minutes away from Mons.

– Those who stayed overnight also saw the famous boat elevator in Strépy Thieu after the visit of Binche. We weren’t able to see any other places as finding your way in the Hainaut can be quite a challenge! We got lost several times, even after borrowing someone’s GPS. Finding the Adeps center “La Marlette” in the dark turned out to be quite difficult, especially since it wasn’t in the GPS!!!

– The rooms at the Adeps Center in Seneffe were very nice: spacious with a nice view of the woods and the garden.  We had breakfast together in a cafeteria on the first floor overlooking the Canal du Centre. The center provided hot water, tea, cups, plates and silverware and I had bought some Belgian specialties for breakfast (sirop de Liège, different types of jam and bread, cereals, milk, orange juice, coffee, etc.). The concierge was extremely friendly and we were the only people staying at the center that weekend so it was nice and quiet. All in all, it was a splendid event for all those who attended!

More pictures documenting this wonderful weekend can be viewed following this link.

Ms. Nathalie Schraepen
President
Chapter Belgium South

 

 

The Fulbright Sweatshirt, The Question Killer

 

Everyone faces at least one question every day: What am I gonna wear today? That question is usually “complexified” by more questions …

like: What am I gonna wear after work today? Will I have time to change? Where am I gonna change? That “complexified” question can even be “horribleified” by questions like: Is this still fashionable? Is it matching? Does it look serious enough? Finally, all those “horribleified” questions can be “atrocified” by the question: Will she/he love it? The Fulbright Alumni launched a 10 year, pluri-disciplinary research project led by top-ranking American and Belgian universities in order to provide you with a solution:

The Fulbright Sweatshirt, The Question Killer.

Image The Fulbright Sweatshirt has been especially designed to be worn: at the office, for sports, for sleeping, for showering, for driving, for diving, for partying, for cleaning, for interviews, for presidential campaigns, for weddings, for studying and for avoiding having to ask yourself too many questions! So please, make your life easier and buy now for only 34.99 EUR The Fulbright Sweatshirt, The Question Killer for you, your friends and family! You can grab a Fulbright Sweater at the Fulbright Commission office on the 6th floor of the Royal Library, Mont des Arts/Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels, during business hours: 9-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday through Friday or you can ask the Commission’s secretary, Ms. Laurence Leidgens ( secretary@fulbright.be This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02/519.57.73) to send you a Fulbright Sweatshirt by postal mail for 4,95 EUR more. The Fulbright sweatshirt is available in the following sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large. Payment should be made to the account of the Fulbright Alumni Association in Belgium: 210-0084856-33. If paying from abroad, you will need the following information: IBAN: BE79 2100 0848 5633 – BIC: GEBABEBB and you should include with your payment an additional 9 EUR for mailing outside of Belgium. The supply is limited, so come get your sweatshirt as soon as possible!

Frédéric Elens
Chapter Brussels