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Donders family says, “so long”

dondersby Melissa Donders


My Dutch husband, my 3 teenage girls and I arrived from Australia to Tilburg in November 2015 to live for one year. Within 2 weeks, I was looking for an English speaking book club and asked at the library, but they didn’t know of any. So I started searching on google and the Tilburg International Club website with all the information about book club, social functions and general help with integration into Dutch life came up.

The first book club I attended was a cold, wet night and as my confidence in driving on the other side of the road had not yet kicked in, I decided to ride my bike. Google maps said a 20 minute ride…..took me 45 minutes battling against the rain and wind. I arrived wet, hot and sweaty to a group of about 15 ladies who were kind enough to catch my breath before allowing me to introduce myself! I believe now, if I had to make the same journey again, 1 year later, I would make that ride in 20 minutes.

Having events at TIC gave me an opportunity to meet some lovely people while trying to navigate my way in a new country. We have enjoyed attending the events as a family and also as a couple or me on my own. TIC gave us a feeling of being included while meeting new, interesting people that we might not have met otherwise.

We are now back in Australia and who knows what the future holds, but if we return to Tilburg I’ll be back at book club!

A dark and stormy US election night borrel

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by Sondra Grace

What happened? What’s it all about, Alfie? Misogynistic, feckless, dissolute, 1966-film Alfie ends up all alone, save a stray dog. How did his Donald twin end up with the presidency?

Nothing for it but to talk about the Elephant in the room, and so we did in a cosy corner of Café Bakker in Tilburg. By evening’s end the spirits of true-blue Americans had been restored by Aussie, British, Dutch, and French solidarity.

There will be many a borrel before the one we plan in November 2020 to celebrate the retaking of the White House!

Disclaimer: The writer has a long, Democratic and Green voting record.

Book Club review: Boys in the Boat

boys-in-the-boatby Anne van Oorschot

27 Sept 2016. The first meeting of tíc readers starting with chatting about summer vacations (and the first debate of the US Presidential election!) and then we settled down to talk about The Boys in the Boat.  This non-fiction book, written by Daniel James Brown (not to be confused with the Dan Brown of The Divinci Code) is about the 8 man rowing shell from University of Washington that went on to become the US’s Olympic entry in the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics – Hitler’s Olympics!

The story is told mainly from (more…)

Focus on Communication and Membership Development

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Mala Raman

After a two year hiatus, I’m happy to be back on the TIC Board taking over our online activities from Thijs and spearheading some much needed initiatives in the areas of Communication & Membership Development.

Tilburg International Club has come a long way from its start in 2007.  Over the years I’ve contributed in various capacities and have enjoyed seeing the club from all different perspectives. I’m back now in a new role to help further develop our online presence and support the growth of our membership base.

This year, one our priorities is to create a stronger online awareness of our club, events, goals and attractive membership benefits through Facebook (feel free to visit now!), Twitter @tilintclub and, of course, our own Tilburg International Club website. We would love the help and encouragement of our members and club friends.  You can help us by:

  • frequently visiting our website
  • joining our Twitter feed
  • “liking” our Website and Facebook posts
  • commenting on posts
  • sharing posts on your timeline
  • sharing posts on the timeline of friend who would enjoy reading about our activities

Another major effort will be in the area of recruitment to reach even more internationals in and around the Tilburg area.  Our club has improved the quality as well as the variety of its events.  We pride ourselves on offering a well-rounded assortment of workshops, outings, social gatherings and Dutch-oriented, cultural and educational lectures.  As such, we would love to be able to share all of this with expats who may not know about our club yet.  You can help out by:

  • spreading the word about TIC to friends and co-workers
  • distributing the club business cards
  • referring your acquaintances to our website for more information

As we continue to offer fun events to our existing membership group, we will be looking to provide our members with additional benefits.  Members should look for even more activities offered free of charge or very attractively priced with additional “extras.”

This is going to be another great club year full of fun, laughter and strong friendships, don’t miss the opportunity to see what the club has in store for you! Whether you’ve been a member for some time, you’re a new member or you’re interested in joining the club., I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

October RAW Borrel

raw-borrelby Anne van Oorschot

The Borrel in Back! Thanks to TIC member Coree Foremen, the TIC borrel is back, with 10 TIC members meeting at RAW in the Spoorzone on Friday, October 21 to kick off the weekend. TIC provided the first drink and lots of tasty snacks and members provided lively conversation.

It was such fun to unwind and talk about events of the week and random subjects that came up. Even though Hein and I had another commitment at 8:30, we didn’t want to leave, so we ordered a delicious dinner and kept right on chatting! What a great and fun evening and a wonderful start of the weekend! Many thanks to Coree for volunteering to plan the monthly borrels – hopefully you can join us at a new and fun location next time!

TIC Borrel – Special US Election Edition

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