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Upcoming Events

  • Dordrecht Xmas Market 14 December 2019
  • Xmas Borrel 20 December 2019 at 7:30 pm – 12:00 am Café Bakker, Heuvel 44, Heuvel 45, 5038 CS Tilburg, Pays-Bas
  • Book Club: The Lost Girls of Paris 9 January 2020
  • tíc holiday dinner 11 January 2020 at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Anvers Brasserie & Beer Cafe, Oude Markt 8, 5038 TJ Tilburg, Pays-Bas

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President’s Summer Send-off – July 2019

I’m sitting with my laptop outside enjoying this beautiful Dutch weather (no – I’m not kidding!) and reflecting on what an amazing club season we enjoyed.

We started with our best ever attended Welcome to Tilburg event to commemorate tíc’s 10th anniversary and finished up with another tícnic where everyone left full of good food and drink ready to start the summer!

And, in between those two fantastic events, we squeezed in borrels, sporting events, arts and crafts, walks, games and a whole lot more. One new addition to our agenda, was a charity walk to help refugees. It was a wonderful way for us to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate and, as a result, the board has decided to look for ways to raise money for a different charity every year. We haven’t made our final selection yet, so if you have ideas or causes that you feel passionate about, let us know. As your club continues to grow and flourish, so does the need to give back to those who could use a helping hand.

We are quite fortunate to enjoy the expat life and freely explore all that the world has to offer! I hope you take some pleasant memories of this past club season along with you as you embark on your summer adventures and I look forward to welcoming you all back in September!!

Wishing you sunny days,

Yolonda

President’s message – Oct 2018

The leaves are changing color, everyone is back at work or school and tic’s 10th  Anniversary season is well underway. Even after a hugely successful welcome event, where we welcomed and entertained over 100 people, there was no time off for your board to relax. We quickly jumped in to the club season with a brewery tour, book club, movie night and a Thursday evening borrel.

The newly formed events team has breathed new life into our planning sessions and have come up with some creative ideas to keep your social calendar full. From fall picnics and ghost tours, to board game afternoons and attending live sporting events, there is definitely something that will appeal to your own idea of fun. This group is doing an outstanding job and we are so pleased to have them on the board. It won’t be long until we release the planned events for the second half of the season so be sure check out the website and follow us on social media to keep up with the busy schedule and join in on the fun! I look forward to seeing many of you at a tic event soon!

Yolonda

President’s message – June 2018

What a whirlwind of activity and changes we had during this club season! We visited museums, went on city tours, attended a real German Christmas market and had a wonderful art presentation! Those were only some of the fun things we enjoyed next to our regular events like borrels, book club and movie night!

There were also some significant board changes this year. An Event Team (led by Jessica Lipe-Swart together with Molly Johnson and Anne-Lise Artaud) was added to help alleviate some of the workload as well as offer even more diverse activities.

Estela Highet Garcia will be replacing Betty Wangsawidjaja as Treasurer. Anne van Oorschot, founder of the club and who currently holds the position of board secretary, is also stepping down from the board. Melissa Donders was voted in unanimously during our AGM as our new club secretary. I want to personally thank Anne and Betty for all they have done for the club. They started out as my fellow club and board members but I’m happy that true friendships have developed along the way. Also, I want to welcome our new board members and wish them lots of success and fun in their new positions!

TIC is also celebrating its ten-year club anniversary this year and preparation has already begun for a celebration to coincide with our annual Welcome Event coming up after the summer break. It is indeed busy but exciting times for your club. So … wherever your travels may take you this summer, I wish you warm, sunny weather but most of all wonderful, memorable moments with family and friends!

Happy Summer!

Yolonda

TIC & me

by Anne van Oorschot

The year was 1981 when I arrived in the Netherlands to join Hein – the love of my life! – and we lived in The Hague. While life in a foreign country is always a challenge, it is much easier in a city that is internationally oriented. As the Dutch governmental capital, The Hague has numerous international clubs, and I immediately joined the American Women’s Club (AWC) of The Hague. Here were a group of women who spoke my language, understood my bafflement at many Dutch customs, and missed family and friends as I did. Such a relief!!

As the years progressed, I learned Dutch, became more familiar with Dutch customs, had children, made friends, and moved a couple of times to different parts of the country…yet, I remained a member of the AWC. Even though I didn’t feel as lost as I once did, I still really enjoyed the social activities with “people like me”.

It was 2007 when Hein got a job as President of Tilburg University and we moved to Tilburg. While I remained a member of the AWC in The Hague, it was pretty far away and I missed a closer “expat contact”. Hein, who had always supported my activities in the AWC, realized there was nothing similair to help the many (250!) international employees of the University. “Why didn’t I start an international  club here?” Why not indeed!

I started by making a 2 page questionnaire for expats to see if they would be interested in an international club and, if so, what they would like it to offer. I got a list of foreign based companies in the area from the BOM (Brabant Development Agency) and started calling to see if they had foreign employees. While most companies with expat employees were receptive to the idea of an international club as a plus for their employees, some were not. “We help our employees enough, they don’t need a club!”

Often no amount of reasoning would get through to these stubborn HR employees and once I bluntly asked who their expat employee should call on a Sunday afternoon if his cat was vomiting? There was silence on the other side of the line…”Aah, we’re closed on Sundays.”  While there is a lot employers can do for international employees to help them get settled, an informal social network of other expats can help with the many small details of life in Tilburg. Also, no matter how nice Dutch colleagues are, they have their own family and friends and are not necessarily looking for more, outside of work.

I made appointments and set out for the many companies employing expats with questionnaires for their employees. I complied the results and was not surprised that there was a need for just such a club. There were many “official” details that needed to be taken care of: deciding on a name, writing the Constitution and By–laws for the club, finding a meeting location, arranging for publicity, finding sponsors, planning an initial meeting, getting 2 additional Board members, finding a notary to register TIC as a “vereniging” (association) and deciding on the first event. On March 30, 2008, TIC had a very well attended Open House at De Harmonie and our first members signed up…My TIC became Our TIC.

And here we are, 10 years later! TIC is steadily getting stronger and more anchored in the community, and while a lot of members have come and gone, there are more who are willing to help with the planning and running of the club. Thanks to social media campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, we are reaching more expats in the area and are able to enrich the international experience of our members. TIC is flourishing!

After 10 years on the Board as President and Secretary/Membership, I am so happy to see that there are many others who see the club as “Their TIC”; who pitch in to plan fun and interesting events, who attend events and make them successful, who share their national customs and foods, who are interested in getting to know other club members…who have made TIC into Our TIC! I feel confident about the club and secure in the knowledge that because the club is in many good hands, I can step back and let others take the lead. I will continue to organize the Book Club and Movie Night, and maybe I’ll be back on the Board again in the future – who knows? But for now I am happy to be just a member of Our TIC.

Of course, I still hope to see you at a TIC event soon!

All the best, Anne

 

President’s Holiday Greeting

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and as I sit here writing this message, my mind keeps wandering back to all of things I need to do in preparation for the upcoming festivities. Like most of my fellow TIC members, my planning involves multiple countries and lots of traveling. Expats are a unique group – we embrace the many different traditions there are to enjoy and realize each one broadens our world and opens us up to new and different perspectives. TIC is here to help you enjoy some of these traditions as well. We will again be hosting the annual Christmas cookie workshop, borrels and, of course the holiday dinner in January to celebrate a new year. Your board is also planning the second half of the club year so be sure and visit the website for all the fun activities we have in store for you. Whether your holiday plans include traveling abroad or staying in the Netherlands … I wish you all a joyful time with family and friends and look forward to seeing you at a TIC event soon!

Happy Holidays!

Yolonda

TIC President’s message – July

Yolonda van Riel

What a whirlwind TIC season we had this year! It seems like I was just sitting down to write the “welcome back” message. We had so many fun excursions this year such as concerts, dinners, tours of local “gems”, borrels and movies just to name a few. And, of course, we ended the club year on a high note with one of our most popular events – the TICnic!

The ever revolving door of TIC is always bittersweet as we said some tearful goodbyes to some as they moved on to new adventures and happily welcomed new expats and their families to TIC. Even though the club season has officially ended, your TIC board is still busy behind the scenes planning September’s Welcome Event and filling up the rest of the club season with new and exciting events. Wherever your summer travels take you, I wish you lots of fun, sun and relaxation with family and friends. I look forward to welcoming you all back in September!

Warm regards,
Yolonda

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