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article by Yolonda van Riel
If you missed TIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 14th, you missed a great time! A great time at an AGM? Yes, you read correctly!
We had a nice turnout and, after a welcome coffee with sweets, we began the evening as we do every year, with a short presentation over the club and how we are performing. All board members are still in term, so no need for a vote but our treasurer, Yiyi Bai, will be leaving us at the end of the club year and we are in search of a replacement. Next, Anne shared our membership numbers which are slightly up from last year but still considerably lower than when we had the first influx of university members. The board is working hard by visiting companies, international schools and using social media to attract more members. We have also printed new flyers and business cards with our new logo and are busy handing those out as well. Yiyi then presented the financials and showed that we are doing well keeping within our budget and still offering many incentives to our members. Lastly, Patricia gave an overview of all of the events so far this club season complete with photo’s. You can view the presentation here for the complete details.
Then came the fun part! Our originally planned speaker had to cancel due to illness so, at the last minute, we improvised and held a reception complete with drinks, snacks and a pub quiz. We divided up into three teams while Patricia asked questions over 4 rounds of play. What a drama!! We had bartering for partial points, we had contesting of the answers (even though they were right there in black and white), we had debating amongst the teams and we had to do all this without looking at our phones for help! In the end, after much laughter, eating and drinking, a winning team emerged and went home with gift certificates from Bagels & Beans, while the losing team went home with a “beautiful” magnet. But everyone went home with homemade macaroons from Patricia which – I must say – were absolutely delicious!!
One last note: If you or someone you know would be interested in filling the board position of treasurer, please let us know. This is an integral part of our board and we would love to welcome you to the team. We realize these positions are voluntary and, while participation is vital, we try to keep the commitment to a level that is “doable” in our busy lives!
AGM and visit to Peerke Donders
10 June 2014
by Yiyi Bai
It has been 6 years since TIC launched in June 2009. This year, TIC celebrated its 6-year birthday at Peerke Donkers Park.
We met in front of the park at 3 pm. We had a new guest – Sam joined us in this activity. An English tour guide showed us around the park, the house in which Peerke Donders was born and told us a lot of moving stories about Peerke, the Tilburg icon, as well as showed us around the various structures of the small complex. Petrus Donders was born in 1809, he was the son of a simple Tilburg weaver. Peerke, as he is fondly called, wanted to become a Catholic Priest, but his parents lacked the financial means to send their son to the Seminary for training. Due to his determination and persistence, however, he was given a chance and was ordained as Priest in 1841. He was sent to Suriname as a missionary where he cared for slaves and lepers, making no differentiation between position or station in life. Full of compassion, he served others until his death in 1887 in Suriname. Since that time, Peerke has been honored and revered for his example of selfless charity and humility. I was very moved by the inspiring stories of him.
After the tour, we had a short business meeting in the museum of Peerke Donders. We gave an update on your club’s past year, as well as vote for new Board Officers and announce the winner of the new TIC logo contest. Currently, we have 31 family members and in total of 77 expats from over 20 countries are members of TIC. In the current financial year, TIC has been doing really well in terms of trying to make break-even in every event.
As according to the constitution, all board officers have to be re-voted after 2 years term of office and all three board members – the secretary, president and IT manager were appointed 2 years ago. So we voted for new board officers and Yolanda will take over the presidency from Mala, Patricia will become the new event planner after Yolanda, Anne and Thijs will remain secretary and IT manager for the next term.
The last section of the meeting was voting for the logo, as the old logo is not easily replicable in black & white or gray tones and not clears at a glance to be for an international club. The lack of a B&W option has proven especially unhandy as it means all our promotional materials have to be printed in color, which significantly increases the cost. So we started the contest about a month ago and received over 10 entries from members. We selected 3 printable and adjustable logos and send them to all members. In the end, we have received over 20 votes from members through email and voting, and the number one logo which was created by Ms Van Oorschot won the final prize.
We also started a new job and announcement page this past year and help for keeping website and social media updated is needed.
Then we had drinks in the Peerke Donders Café on their lovely outdoor terraces. The new president – Yolanda bought us snacks and TIC offered the free drinks. The weather was wonderful and we spend a lovely afternoon together.