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We congratulate Anne van Oorschot for receiving a Royal Decoration!

Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau

Tilburg International Club Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassauby Hein van Oorschot

April 2020. 

Anne van Oorschot is one the founding members of the  tilburg international club.

She established the club in 2008 and served as its first president for 6 years.

She recently received a decoration from the Royal House of the Netherlands (Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau) in April 2020!


What is the Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau?

The Order of Orange-Nassau is a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry founded on 4 April 1892 by the Queen regent Emma, acting on behalf of her under-age daughter Queen Wilhelmina.

The order is a chivalric order open to “everyone who has earned special merits for society”. These are people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.

Anne’s many years of contributing to Dutch Society

Anne was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She moved to The Netherlands in 1981 and married Hein van Oorschot in 1982. She became a Dutch citizenship in 2003. They have 3 children (all in their 30’s) and Anne took up many volunteer jobs which led to the Royal recognition.

To receive a knighthood of this level is impressive and the applicant must be endorsed by many supporters and have accomplished outstanding activities. tíc was Anne’s primary advocate. Here is just a small list of Anne’s achievements over the years:

  • She was in the Board of the American Women’s Club of The Hague for 6 years (2 years as president). In this function she organized the FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs worldwide) Global Conference 2004 in The Hague. Between 2002 and 2008, she was co-organizer of the AWC- Pink Ribbon Galas to help finance breast cancer research. The AWC contributed more than  € 1,000,000 to this program via the gala’s.
  • She was member of the OAR (Oversees Americans Remember)-committee for 10 years.  The OAR  organizes “American” events in The Netherlands (September 11th Memorial, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, Dutch-American Friendship Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day) and once every 4 years Who’s the President Breakfast in the Kurhaus The Hague). Before she was in the OAR she was already present as one of 8 “interesting” (mostly American) women at the breakfast with Barbara Bush in Hotel Gerlach-Limburg when the Presidential couple visited Margraten cemetery in May 2005.
  • She was a very active partner when her husband was Mayor of Delft. She was named Delft’s citizen of the year in 2002.
  • She took the initiative for the support ribbon for the Dutch military in Afghanistan (2007-2009).
  • Since 2007, she has served as the Chair of the FAWCO Environmental Committee, a FAWCO-awareness-program to involve it’s 60.000 members in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Serve as Chair for FAWCO’s Water Target Program from 2009 – 2013 to collect funds ($162.500,00) for water projects in Cambodia. Her FAWCO program visits included Boston, USA; Marrakech, Morocco; London, England; Languedoc-Roussillon region, France; Munich, Germany; Dubai, UAE; Dublin, Ireland; Bern, Switzerland.
  • All her FAWCO activities brought her the FAWCO Caroline Curtis Brown Spirit Award in 2013.
  • She organized 2 sponsor dinners for the restoration of the Maria church in Tilburg-Noord.

Tilburg International Club Welcome Event

Royal Ribbon ceremony

The majority of Lintjes (Royal ribbons) are bestowed on the King’s birthday in April during the Lintjes Regen (Rain of Ribbons). Due to the Covid-outbreak, Anne’s official ceremony couldn’t be celebrated properly, but tíc President, Yolonda van Riel, honored Anne in her speech at this year’s 2020 Welcome Event.

 

We are thrilled to recognize Anne for receiving this prestigious award for all her years of volunteer service to Dutch society (and especially our club!) over the past 20+ years.

2020 Welcome Event in Het Spoorpark!

Tilburg International Club Welcome Eventby Mala Raman

Welcome to Het Spoorpark!

19 Sept 2020. This year’s Welcome Event was a bit different from other years.  Because of the coronavirus guidelines, our event started at the T-Huis with masks, hand sanitizing and filling out of forms.

Once that was out of the way, expats both new and settled were welcomed by Yolonda van Riel, President of the Tilburg International Club.  After the welcome drink and an official video welcome from the Tilburg vice-Mayor, our intrepid international crew set off to discover the hidden secrets of Het Spoorpark.

 

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tícWalkie Talkies in Koningshoeven

3 Nov. 2019. Here are a few reviews from our walkers!

I really enjoyed getting to know more fellow club-members during the walk. I still had a great time despite the rain, so that just shows how fun it was 🙂
-Katie

A lovely rainy walk  with a fascinating bit of local history thrown in.
-Wendy

“Even though the weather was not so promising, everyone showed up and brought a good attitude. Start feeling the dutch autum-ish weather, Welkom naar Nederland.”
-Lily

We started with 15 enthusiastic walkers at the La Trappe Brouwerij for a 8km loop around the areas of Koningshoeven and Moerenburg. Despite the soggy weather, everyone had a good time
chatting 
and getting to know one another. Afterwards, we found a spot
inside the brewery to have a drink together afterwards.
-Mala

Take a look at some of our other fun walks!

Wandelbos

Moerenburg

Esbeek

#FBF: tícWalking Group gets its start!

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Next week we’ll have our first walking club meetup of the year. For #FlashBackFriday, let’s take a look back at its start!

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by Mala Raman

6 Oct. 2019. By popular demand from our members for more sporty activities, tíc has started with the newly formed walking group – the ‘tíc Walkie Talkies’. (more…)

Thanks to our Welcome Event Contributors!

tilburg international club (tíc) would like to thank our sponsors and contributors for helping us

make our annual tíc Welcome Event possible!

Our event is fully booked and we are no longer taking new registrations.

For those who have confirmed registrations, we look forward to seeing you there!

 

#tilburginternationalclub #welcome #tour #expatlife #hetspoorpark

Tour of LocHal and WWII Expo review

by Mala Raman

07 Mar 2020. Right behind the Tilburg Central Station in the Spoorzone, is an old industrial locomotive hall that has been transformed into a cutting edge library, The LocHal. The repair center from the 1930s has been converted into a modernist design filled with glass, stunning wooden staircases and light-filled, open-plan spaces all housed within the steel beams of the original locomotive center.

Our group of tíc members met here to explore this innovative building. The World Architecture Festival named the LocHal “2019 World Building of the Year”.
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ticnic-ing …. apart!

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by Jessica de Swart

20 Jun 2020. 2020 has been an unusual year, and our annual picnic was a bit different this year as well- but still a very fun get-together and pleasant way to spend a beautiful weekend afternoon.

We were all thankful that conditions have improved in the Netherlands such that we could meet up again and socialize in a group.  It was great to catch up with fellow tíc members and even meet a new family to tíc!

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#TBT: ticnic a success!

In just a couple of days we will once again meet up for our annual “TICnic”.  Even though our format is a bit different to accommodate a “safe” experience, we’re still looking forward to our end-of-year get-together. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look the fun and games from last year!

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by Mala Raman

30 Jun 2019. This year we had perfect weather for our annual picnic. To our regular participants, our once a year, pre-summer gathering is known as the tícnic. In a not too warm, not too cold outdoor venue, a big crowd of tíc members and guests came together to once again help bring the club season to a close.

In the middle of a lush green park on the campus of Tilburg University, everyone happily sat at the picnic tables or on the grass to enjoy a good old-fashioned cookout. Thanks to many of our male members who “manned” the grill, there were hamburgers, veggie burgers, braadworst and kip saté to be gobbled up. Members also brought many delicious types of salad or dessert to share. (more…)

We need your EVENT IDEAS!

The tíc Events Team works hard to plan activities and events that are fun, inspirational and educational for its membership. We strive to create experiences that encourage our members to form social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

We are now beginning to plan the our 2020 – 2021 club year and our event team wants to hear your fantastic ideas!

Read more and Make a suggestion! (more…)

Events Postponed

To all our valued members and guests,

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in The Netherlands, the Board has decided to postpone all events scheduled through 30 April 2020.

The health and well-being of you and your family will always take precedence over any social or tíc sponsored event and the tilburg international club is following the advice not to organize events with larger groups and practice social distancing.

We will monitor the situation closely and reschedule when appropriate. Thank you for your understanding!

Stay healthy,

Yolonda

President

tilburg international club

 

#expats #club #events #cancellation #Covid19

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