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#TBT: tíc Annual General Meeting and Pub Quiz

It’s once again time for our Annual General Meeting to inform our members about the health of the club, an update on current activities and our future plans. For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s look at our AGM and Pub Quiz from 2017.

18 May 2017. Review by Anne van Oorschot If you missed TIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18 May 2017 at the Grand Café Esplanade on the grounds of Tilburg University, you missed a great time! A great time at an AGM? Yes, you read correctly!

We had a nice turnout and, after a welcome introduction to our members and guests, we began the evening as we do every year, with a short presentation over the club and how we are performing.

tíc is doing well and we can look back on a very successful year full of many fun and interesting activities, with attendance being up from last year. With the Event Director position vacant for most of the year, the remaining Board members have shared the event planning and hosting duties which has been a challenge at times. We are thrilled that Andrew Kelly stepped forward to fill this position and we look forward to having him on the Board.

All board members are still in term, so no need for a vote but our treasurer, Emerald Busser, has vacated her position and we are in search of a replacement.  Due to her departure, we do not have an updated financial overview to present this evening. We will communicate that to our members at a later date.

Anne van Oorschot, Secretary/Membership, gave an update on the club’s membership. While we have lost some members, we have gained 9 new members this year, bringing our total to 31, up slightly from last year. While that may not seem like many, when adding in member’s partners and children – who are also TIC members! – the total number of expats we serve as a club is 66. We have 20 different nationalities in TIC so we are truly an international club! The vast majority of our members work full time and while Tilburg University is the employer for about a third of our members, the remaining members are employed by a variety of companies, or self-employed.

Mala Raman, Communications and Outreach, has worked hard this past year to increase our online visibility. With a big increase in postings on our website, the number of hits we have gotten has greatly increased! Mala is active on the TIC Facebook and Twitter accounts and we recently added an Instagram account to make our club activities more visible and easier for expats to find. We continue to have partnerships with Sligro, Holland Expat Center South and P&D Care, and have added Theaters Tilburg to our list of partners to improve the expat experience of our members.

Mala also reported on the activities we have organized in the past year – a whopping 34 events – up from 26 events last year! Member Coree Forman has breathed new life into our monthly borrels, and TICMovie group has met more frequently as well. The TIC Book Club continues to have a strong and consistent membership and will have met 8 times by the summer. We visited 2 sporting events this year – the
DESTIL Trappers ice hockey, and Willem II soccer and both teams won specially for TIC!? 😉 We have a number of annual events – Sinterklaas party, Annual Christmas Cookie Workshop, Annual Holiday Dinner and the TICnic – and many new outings and events, such as our visit to a cheese farm, a chocolate making workshop, a ballet performance and a lecture on the Dutch Parliamentary election, to name a few. Next year will mark TIC’s 10th Anniversary and we have already started planning some great events for the new club year. We closed with an encouragement for members to let us know what they’d like to do – after all, it’s YOUR club.

Then came the fun part! Three teams battled it out in the chance to be crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz.

Presented by Andrew Kelly, the questions were challenging and informative, complete with drinks, and snacks. Questions flew 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 Intermezzo, while the Losers of the Pub Quiz went home with a “beautiful” magnet.

 

 

#TilburgInternationalClub #expatlife #TBT #AGM #PubQuiz #members

Match review! Willem II vs. Roda JC

by Andrew Kelly

A visit to Willem II is becoming an annual occurrence for TIC and I must say we need to keep doing it, as they always win!!

It was a great turnout of 14 people and probably 50% of our group had never seen Willem II play live. After finding our places and singing the Williem II song, I would like to say, at this point, it was already really, really cold! The game began!!

There was a minute silence to commemorate an old player of Willem II & Roda who had passed away a few days earlier. It really showed how people can come together and have respect for the game.

And then, after only 14 minutes, Willem II made the first and only goal of the game. I am afraid to say the quality of football was not the best, but for a price tag of 8 euro a ticket, you can’t beat it. Roda never gave up and did fight for the ball resulting in two yellow cards being given; one for Willem II and one for Roda.

It’s always a great day out, but just don’t think you are going to see Barcelona, but of course you can always be pleasantly surprised.

#Tilburg #expatlife #voetbal #football #WillemII

tíc Annual General Meeting and Pub Quiz

by Anne van Oorschot

If you missed TIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18 May 2017 at the Grand Café Esplanade on the grounds of Tilburg University, you missed a great time! A great time at an AGM? Yes, you read correctly!

We had a nice turnout and, after a welcome introduction to our members and guests, we began the evening as we do every year, with a short presentation over the club and how we are performing. 

TIC is doing well and we can look back on a very successful year full of many fun and interesting activities, with attendance being up from last year. With the Event Director position vacant for most of the year, the remaining Board members have shared the event planning and hosting duties which has been a challenge at times. We are thrilled that Andrew Kelly stepped forward to fill this position and we look forward to having him on the Board.

All board members are still in term, so no need for a vote but our treasurer, Emerald Busser, has vacated her position and we are in search of a replacement.  Due to her departure, we do not have an updated financial overview to present this evening. We will communicate that to our members at a later date.

Anne van Oorschot, Secretary/Membership, gave an update on the club’s membership. While we have lost some members, we have gained 9 new members this year, bringing our total to 31, up slightly from last year. While that may not seem like many, when adding in member’s partners and children – who are also TIC members! – the total number of expats we serve as a club is 66. We have 20 different nationalities in TIC so we are truly an international club! The vast majority of our members work full time and while Tilburg University is the employer for about a third of our members, the remaining members are employed by a variety of companies, or self-employed.

Mala Raman, Communications and Outreach, has worked hard this past year to increase our online visibility. With a big increase in postings on our website, the number of hits we have gotten has greatly increased! Mala is active on the TIC Facebook and Twitter accounts and we recently added an Instagram account to make our club activities more visible and easier for expats to find. We continue to have partnerships with Sligro, Holland Expat Center South and P&D Care, and have added Theaters Tilburg to our list of partners to improve the expat experience of our members.

Mala also reported on the activities we have organized in the past year – a whopping 34 events – up from 26 events last year! Member Coree Forman has breathed new life into our monthly borrels, and TICMovie group has met more frequently as well. The TIC Book Club continues to have a strong and consistent membership and will have met 8 times by the summer. We visited 2 sporting events this year – the DESTIL Trappers ice hockey, and Willem II soccer and both teams won specially for TIC!? 😉 We have a number of annual events – Sinterklaas party, Annual Christmas Cookie Workshop, Annual Holiday Dinner and the TICnic – and many new outings and events, such as our visit to a cheese farm, a chocolate making workshop, a ballet performance and a lecture on the Dutch Parliamentary election, to name a few. Next year will mark TIC’s 10th Anniversary and we have already started planning some great events for the new club year. We closed with an encouragement for members to let us know what they’d like to do – after all, it’s YOUR club.

Then came the fun part! Three teams battled it out in the chance to be crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz.

Winners of the Pub Quiz!

Presented by Andrew Kelly, the questions were challenging and informative, complete with drinks, and snacks. Questions flew 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 Intermezzo, while the Losers of the Pub Quiz went home with a “beautiful” magnet.

 

An Evening with TIC at Willem II vs AZ

Article by Pim Zuurveld

Logo Willem IIWe left our home plenty on time to complete a couple of challenges before we would have the opportunity to sit down. So, we parked at the athletics track and found our organizers under a rectangular instead of a round sign (yes you need have a strong imagination to visit a soccer match). With our tickets in hand, together with a couple of other very imaginative TIC members, we set out to find our seats.

We consulted with some local friendly regulars who apparently had an even stronger imagination than us. “The seats are numbered” Right… Thankfully one seat in our row had a number so we could figure out where our seats were… Quite happy with ourselves, we crashed on our partially numbered seats and started taking in the atmosphere.

Looking up, we had clear skies, the moon, a roof over our head, a heater element… not bad, (it was starting to get cold….) ahead of us the pitch. Our seats were close to the center line and we could see both teams getting ready for the match. A bunch of kids were inflating the round logo of Willem II under the supervision of a rather friendly lion. It seems we were in the right place…

The match started at 19:45 and it was interesting to observe how soccer play of any level makes a 7 year old rather thirsty and hungry. So, before I knew it, our goody bag was empty and the blanket was out to keep him warm… The play could have also used some heat, so the players stopped for a break to have their traditional cup of hot tea with sugar…

I, on the other hand, was on a completely different mission finding the restrooms, a working coin conversion machine, avoiding men doing what only men do during breaks…, finding my 7 year old a hot dog. You guessed it, I missed the first moments of the second half and boy things had heated up!

The play definitely was benefitting from my 7 year old eating his hotdog. The referee finally decided that soccer is indeed only played with your feet when you are not the goalie, much to the dismay of both teams at any given moment. Yellow cards were being flashed at individuals and before the hotdog was finished a penalty kick was awarded to the visitors… Oh boy….

After the penalty kick, the visitors decided to celebrate in front of the section where their supporters were seated. Peculiar as it may seem, this was right next to the “King Side,” the section claimed by the die-hard home team supporters. The “Kings” decided to treat the players with some drinks and food items (yep, hot dogs too). One would wonder if this is what happened to the seat numbers, too? Anyway…

The match continued, so did the munching, and soon thereafter, the hot dog was finished and a second goal had been scored by AZ. The home crowd was getting more and more unsettled with the events on the pitch. My 7 year old decided that he had seen enough. Believe me, he pointed out everything he had seen through eyes glimmering with excitement the whole time we were there.

It was time to go home. We left the other TIC members to enjoy the rest of the match and headed out.

Thank you TIC for organizing this event, the stadium was sold out!!

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