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March 2013

EXXONMOBIL SPOUSES NETWORK BRUSSELS

 

 http://esnb.over-blog.com

 

 

The spouses network is a social group open to all spouses of ExxonMobil employees in Brussels and surrounding area. We would like to welcome you to our group. If you are interested in a friendly, relaxed social group where you can meet new people, enjoy some interest groups, and start to form a safety net in your new environment, please get in touch with us. Send your name, email address and phone number to Joanne Vanderleeuw at sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com and your name will be added to the email list for the newsletter to keep you informed of upcoming events.

Si vous voulez recevoir la newsletter chez vous à votre adresse email adresse privée, faites le savoir à Joanne.

 

If you have met a newly arrived ExxonMobil employee or spouse, please let them know about us and how they can get on the newsletter email list.

 

 

 

Special Activity:

General Meeting and Potluck Lunch

 

Thurs. April 18th 11:00am at the home of Kathy Pagano

51 Val des Seigneurs, 4th floor

1150 Woluwe-St. Pierre

rsvp to Kathy at Kathycpagano@gmail.com

02 770 02 66

Let Kathy know if you are bringing a salad, finger food or dessert to share.

 

Kathy’s home is just a short walk from the Stockel metro stop. Ring the buzzer and enter when buzzed in. Push the up button on the elevator, and Kathy will send the private elevator to get you. The elevator opens directly at their apartment.

 

Meeting Itinerary: I will be stepping down from my position as we are returning to Canada upon my husband’s retirement at the end of April. Stan and I are very excited to return to our family and friends at home after 17 years away. I really hope to see many of you at the meeting, so I can say goodbye, and ensure the network will be in good hands for the future.  

We are in need of someone to take over for me in guiding the group. The time commitment is quite minimal since there are only 3 scheduled events per year. Of course, with new leadership, there can be as many activities as desired. It would be advantageous to have a few helpers to share the responsibilities. If you enjoy writing for instance, you could help with the newsletter. The website also needs updating every couple of months, and this does not require any special computer skills! The most important job is reaching out to newcomers with a welcome email, and answering any questions they might have. Please think about how you can help in some small way.

 

Sorry to report that the book club has decided to fold after many, many years.  Please see the very nice note from book club leader Elena Van Bouwel-Salles below. Thanks very much Elena for years of dedication. In the last few years book club numbers have declined due to retirements, job commitments etc., however, there is always the opportunity for someone to start a new club. There are several young mothers out there who may cherish an evening or morning meeting discussing a good book. This is a great way to get to know some new people, and feel free to make the book club your own. Let me know if you are interested in getting a new club going.

 

If you can’t attend the April general meeting, but are interested in helping out the network in some way, please let me know. All help is appreciated immensely.

 

Lots of News!!

 

If you are moving to or from the Brussels area, please check out our website (http://esnb.over-blog.com) and use the buy/sell platform to help facilitate your move. If you have articles to sell, please send details (description, cost, contact info) to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com for posting.

 

Thanks very much to Sonia Anckenmann for volunteering to be our Tervuren contact. Her contact details are below.

 

We need a contact for Montessori Schools, if anyone has their children enrolled here and wouldn’t mind fielding questions from parents- thanks

 

We need a contact for Overijse to replace me- thanks.

 

A huge thankyou to Maru Schuller for hosting the Mexican cooking class. We had a nice group of 9 ladies and 2 delightful babies. We all enjoyed the great food and each other’s company. Does anyone else have a cooking specialty to share??

 

Thanks very much to Carron Lane for many years of involvement with the network, and book club. Best of luck to her as she returns to the UK with her husband who is retiring at the end of April.

 

 

 

 

Did you Know?:

 

Great prices at Le Creuset Outlet Store: 2 hour drive from Brussels 880 Rue Olivier Deguise, Fresnoy-le-Grand, France

Closed Sunday and Monday, open Tues to Sat. 10-12:30 and 2:15-6:30

 

Mexican cooking ingredients available at: La Tienda Mexigo, Rue Francois Dons 47, 1050 Ixelles 02 649 23 83 www.mexigo.be

 

Check out the English Language Theatre in Brussels at www.theatreinbrussels.com The next performance, “Calendar Girls” in March.

 

Did you know the British Womens Club support a very active international ladies golf group that play year round? For more information contact Carolyn van Doninck, email cal.vandoninck@telenet.be

 

Tennis anyone? Email Lynette pin_ged@yahoo.co.uk for groups available on Monday, Wed. and Thurs. mornings at the Davis Club in Kraainem. Contact Kirsten kirsten.bye@hotmail.com for Monday, Tuesday and Wed. tennis groups at Panorama Club in Overijse.

 

Relocation Group:

 

The relocation group is comprised of members, listed below, who live in all areas of Brussels, and the surrounding region. Feel free to contact someone from the list below who lives close to you, or someone who speaks your language. They will be happy to try to answer some of your questions either before or after you arrive in Brussels. They are always ready to take the time for a chat by telephone, email or over a cup of coffee.

(If you do not see your mother-tongue below, and would like to volunteer to be a member of the relocation group, please contact Joanne Vanderleeuw)

Vous êtes nouveaux en Belgique? N'hésitez pas à nous contacter. Nous serons ravies de répondre à toutes vos questions et de vous accueillir dans votre nouveau pays.

 

Appena arrivati? Chiamateci, saremo felici di rispondere a tutte le vostre domande e di accogliervi nel vostro nuovo paese.

 

Acaban de llegar ? No duden en llamarnos para que contestemos a sus preguntas y que les damos  la bienvenida en su nuevo país .

 

Acabam de chegar? Contacte-nos, Ficaremos felizes de responder às suas perguntas e recebê-los em seu novo país.

 

Welkom in Brussel! Als je vragen hebt kun je me altijd bellen. Ik kan je dan ook over het spouses network van ExxonMobil vertellen. Misschien tot binnenkort!

 

Willkommen in Brüssel! Bitte rufen Sie mich an, damit Ihre Fragen beantwortet werden und ich Sie über das Spouses Network informieren kann. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf.

 

 

Contacts: by region

Whether you are new or not to the Brussels area, the ladies listed by neighbourhood below are ready to help with any questions you have.

 

Uccle/Ixelles -Paula Matarazzo pmatarazzo@hotmail.com  (Français, English, Italiano, Português, Espanol) and Anne Alloncle a.geo.all@gmail.com (French, English)

 

Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese- Emma Whitton elwhitton@yahoo.co.uk (English and French, some German) St. John’s International School Contact

Antwerp area – Penny Smyth  pennysmyth@mac.com Antwerp International School contact

Tervuren/Vossem/Moorsel – Sonia Anckenmann anckenmann.franck@telenet.be(French, Spanish, English and Portuguese)

Overijse -Joanne Vanderleeuw sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com (English- North American) ISB contact

Sterrebeek - Sabine Decker sab.decker@gmx.de (Deutsch, English, French) German School contact

Boitsfort- Anne Gerard nanou_gerard@hotmail.com (English and French)

Hoeilaart -Kirsten Bye kirsten.bye@hotmail.com (Norwegian, English, Italian) ISB contact

Stokkel/Kraainem -Debbie Wright deborahjwright@gmail.com (English) International School of Brussels contact

Brussels Centre -Monique Cardyn mocardyn@gmail.com (French, English)

Leuven and area -Ria Bakker maria.e.bakker@gmail.com (Dutch, English)

Wezembeek-Oppem – Elena Harrauer elena.harrauer@hotmail.com (Ital., French, Eng.) British School contact

Mechelen and area -Elena van Bouwel-Salles evbsalles@skynet.be (Portuguese, English and Dutch)

 

Monthly Activities –before attending an event contact the event coordinator to make sure the time/date or venue has not changed.

Book Club:

Contact: Elena van Bouwel-Salles

evbsalles@skynet.be

015 62 00 16

 

 

  Dear Ladies,

We have had some very nice years with the Book Club. It has given us the opportunity to read books that we otherwise would not have picked by ourselves; and it was always a nice way of meeting other ladies who also love the good company of a book.

Sometimes the choices were not unanimously appreciated, there were books that we did have to struggle to get to the end. But there were many who were a pleasure to read. For all the (good) suggestions I want to thank you all.

The last years the Book Club saw the numbers of its members dwindle; life realities change and interests and availability with it. Although there were always two or three who always showed up, it became difficult to find new members for the formula that we always used: a nice cup of coffee in a nice environment and books that the group had approved of. Unfortunately we didn’t find specialists who could ‘enrich’ the discussions. We were always that group of friends who like a good book and then came together to talk about it.

Now two of our members are going away (as all the other great ladies that went away earlier) . Christine has already left for the UK and Carron will very soon follow. So this meeting is going to be the “Swan  song” of a Club that has existed even before I joined it in 93 or 94. So on April 25th we’ll meet one last time; before we change definitely into the format of meeting when opportunity presents itself and anyone who ever belonged to the club can summon  a meeting!

The idea is to meet for coffee and talk about THE GARDEN OF THE EVENING MISTS by Tan Twan Eng and then move on to lunch with PRAGUE WINTER by Madeleine Albright.

Usually we meet at Cook and Book around 10 am, and maybe for old time’s sake we can do just that, and then move to Tea and Eat at the Woluwe Shopping Center for a light meal and Madeleine Albright… If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please just let us know.

Once again thank you for all you have done for the Club, and let’s try to exchange the titles of the good books that will pass through our hands in the future.

 

Thanks again for all these years of nice and enlightening chats,

Elena

 

 

Cook & Book ( Blok B – English Library ) 10 am

Place du Temps Libre 1

1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert


Itinéraire

02 761 26 00

cookandbook.be

 

Tea and Eat

Woluwe Shopping Center - Noon

 

 

 

 

Tots Play Group:

Contact: Helen Starkie

helenstarkie@hotmail.com

04753 29853

All with young children are invited to attend our monthly get-togethers. Our playgroup meets at homes and parks at 10:00am on every second Monday of the month all year round. There is no limitation regarding the age of the children, and it’s a great way to meet some friends for you and your kids. Please contact Helen to see where the group is meeting next.

 

Movie Group:

 

Contact: Sabine Decker

sab.decker@gmx.de

02 305 0951

There is no formal movie group, but if you happen to want to see a movie and don’t have anyone to go with, or think others would enjoy it, please contact Sabine to set up an informal group outing.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter:

The Spouses Network Committee

 

Links to Valuable Organizations:

Women’s Clubs: for Opening Hoursplease see websites

AWCB (American Women’s Club of Brussels): www.awcb.org

AWCA (American Women’s Club of Antwerp) http://www.awcantwerp.org/

BCWCB (British & Commonwealth Women’s Club of Brussels): www.bcwcb.org

Accueil Francaise: www.accueil-bruxelles.be

CHS Community Help Service: www.chsbelgium.org

 

 

 

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January 2013

 

EXXONMOBIL SPOUSES NETWORK BRUSSELS

 

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Happy New Year!

 

The spouses network is a social group open to all spouses of ExxonMobil employees in Brussels and surrounding area. It exists for two reasons: to welcome incoming families and help them with their transition, and to provide opportunities, through our interest groups,

 for socialization in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

 

If you want to receive our newsletter at home and be notified of upcoming events, please send your name, email address and phone number to Joanne Vanderleeuw at sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

Si vous voulez recevoir la newsletter chez vous à votre adresse email adresse privée, faites le savoir à Joanne.

 

If you have met a newly arrived ExxonMobil employee or spouse, please let them know about us and how they can get on the newsletter email list.

 

 

 

Special Activity:

 

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Mexican Cooking Class

 

On Tues. February 12th at 12:00 noon Maru Schuller will host a Mexican cooking class at her home in Ixelles. If you are interested in learning how to make enchiladas, and then eating themJ, please join us. RSVP to Joanne at sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com for more information. Thanks Maru for your hospitality.

 

What’s new:

 

If you are moving to or from the Brussels area, please check out our website (http://esnb.over-blog.com) and use the buy/sell platform to help facilitate your move. If you have articles to sell, please send details (description, cost, contact info) to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com for posting.

 

Did you know the British Womens Club support a very active international ladies golf group that play year round? For more information contact Carolyn van Doninck, email cal.vandoninck@telenet.be

 

 

Relocation Group:

 

The relocation group is comprised of members listed below who live in all areas of Brussels and the surrounding region. Feel free to contact someone from below who lives close to you, or someone who speaks your language. They will be happy to try to answer some of your questions either before or after you arrive in Brussels. They are always ready to take the time for a chat by telephone, email or over a cup of coffee.

(If you do not see your mother-tongue below, and would like to volunteer to be a member of the relocation group, please contact Paula Matarazzo.)

Vous êtes nouveaux en Belgique? N'hésitez pas à nous contacter. Nous serons ravies de répondre à toutes vos questions et de vous accueillir dans votre nouveau pays.

 

Appena arrivati? Chiamateci, saremo felici di rispondere a tutte le vostre domande e di accogliervi nel vostro nuovo paese.

 

Acaban de llegar ? No duden en llamarnos para que contestemos a sus preguntas y que les damos  la bienvenida en su nuevo país .

 

Acabam de chegar? Contacte-nos, Ficaremos felizes de responder às suas perguntas e recebê-los em seu novo país.

 

Welkom in Brussel! Als je vragen hebt kun je me altijd bellen. Ik kan je dan ook over het spouses network van ExxonMobil vertellen. Misschien tot binnenkort!

 

Willkommen in Brüssel! Bitte rufen Sie mich an, damit Ihre Fragen beantwortet werden und ich Sie über das Spouses Network informieren kann. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf.

 

 

Contacts: by region

Whether you are new or not to the Brussels area, the ladies listed by neighbourhood below are ready to help with any questions you have.

 

Uccle/Ixelles -Paula Matarazzo pmatarazzo@hotmail.com  (Français, English, Italiano, Português, Espanol) and Anne Alloncle annealloncle@yahoo.fr  (French, English)

 

Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese- Emma Whitton elwhitton@yahoo.co.uk (English and French, some German) St. John’s International School Contact

Antwerp area – Penny Smyth  pennysmyth@mac.com Antwerp International School contact

Tervuren/Vossem/Moorsel – Sonia Anckenmann anckenmann.franck@telenet.be (French, Spanish, English and Portuguese)

Overijse -Joanne Vanderleeuw sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com (English- North American) ISB contact

Sterrebeek - Sabine Decker sab.decker@gmx.de (Deutsch, English, French) German School contact

Boitsfort- Carron Lane michael.lane@skynet.be (English) and Anne Gerard nanouchkaide@gmail.com(English and French)

Hoeilaart -Kirsten Bye kirsten.bye@hotmail.com (Norwegian, English, Italian) ISB contact

Stokkel/Kraainem -Debbie Wright deborahjwright@gmail.com (English) International School of Brussels contact

Brussels Centre -Monique Cardyn mocardyn@gmail.com (French, English)

Leuven and area -Ria Bakker maria.e.bakker@gmail.com (Dutch, English)

Wezembeek-Oppem – Elena Harrauer elena.harrauer@hotmail.com (Ital., French, Eng.) British School contact

Mechelen and area -Elena van Bouwel-Salles evbsalles@skynet.be (Portuguese, English and Dutch)

 

Monthly Activities –before attending an event contact the event coordinator to make sure the time/date or venue has not changed.

Book Club:

Contact: Elena van Bouwel-Salles

evbsalles@skynet.be

015 62 00 16

 

We would like to invite all interested spouses to our monthly book club meeting. We meet to discuss the pre-selected book, and other widely variable topics!! It’s a very informal session, and even if you haven’t been able to finish the book, please join us for a coffee and good conversation. The discussions are in English, but the books can be read in any language. Please don’t hesitate to contact Elena for more information.

 

Next meeting:

Date  Thursday January 24th

Time  10am -12 noon

Book  The Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Place  “Cook and Book” across from Woluwe Mall

RSVP  Elena (see above)  

Next books :

February         The Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

March             Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War 1937 – 1948 by Madeleine Albright

 

Tots Play Group:

Contact: Helen Starkie

helenstarkie@hotmail.com

04753 29853

All with young children are invited to attend our monthly get-togethers. Our playgroup meets at homes and parks at 10:00am on every second Monday of the month all year round. There is no limitation regarding the age of the children, and it’s a great way to meet some friends for you and your kids. Please contact Helen to see where the group is meeting next.

 

Movie Group:

 

Contact: Sabine Decker

sab.decker@gmx.de

02 305 0951

There is no formal movie group, but if you happen to want to see a movie and don’t have anyone to go with, or think others would enjoy it, please contact Sabine to set up an informal group outing.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter:

The Spouses Network Committee

 

Links to Valuable Organizations:

Women’s Clubs: for Opening Hoursplease see websites

AWCB (American Women’s Club of Brussels): www.awcb.org

AWCA (American Women’s Club of Antwerp) http://www.awcantwerp.org/

BCWCB (British & Commonwealth Women’s Club of Brussels): www.bcwcb.org

Accueil Francaise: www.accueil-bruxelles.be

CHS Community Help Service: www.chsbelgium.org

 

 

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September 2012

 

EXXONMOBIL SPOUSES NETWORK BRUSSELS

 

 http://esnb.over-blog.com

 

The spouses network is a social group open to all spouses of ExxonMobil employees in Brussels and surrounding area. It exists for two reasons: to welcome incoming families and help them with their transition, and to provide opportunities, through our interest groups,

 for socialization in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

 

If you want to receive our newsletter at home and be notified of upcoming events, please send your name, email address and phone number to Joanne Vanderleeuw at sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

Si vous voulez recevoir la newsletter chez vous à votre adresse email adresse privée, faites le savoir à Joanne.

 

If you have met a newly arrived ExxonMobil employee or spouse, please let them know about us and how they can get on the newsletter email list.

 

Special Activity:

 

 

Welcome Coffeefor newcomers and all spouses!

Thurs. Oct 18th at 10am

Trilpopulierenlaan 27

Overijse

rsvp to Joanne at sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

 

All, including children, are welcome to join us for coffee, snacks and good conversation. Come along and learn what the spouses network can offer you. Members of the book club and tots group will be on hand to tell you about their group. If you are new to the area we   will be able to help you with any questions you have. Hope to meet you there. If you are new and have questions now related to schools or life in Brussels in general, please feel free to contact someone from the contacts list below.

 

 

What’s new:

1)   If you are moving to or from the Brussels area, please check out our website (http://esnb.over-blog.com) and use the buy/sell platform to help facilitate your move. If you have articles to sell, please send details (description, cost, contact info) to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com for posting.

2)   Emma Whitton has agreed to become the contact person for the Waterloo region and for the St. John’s International School also located in Waterloo. If you are new to the Waterloo area and have questions, please send a note to Emma. Her contact details can be found below in the contacts section of the newsletter.

3)   Housekeeping: If you or someone you know has moved away over the summer, please notify us to remove the email address.

4)   We need someone to replace Jos Van den Berg as contact person for the Vossem, Moorsel, Tervuren region. Good luck on your move Jos- you will be missed in the group! If you live in this area and would be able to act as a contact for newcomers, please send an email to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

5)   Thankfully Elena has reconsidered and will remain the leader of the book club! Thanks Elena.

6)   Christine Lesny, our contact for the Antwerp region is moving, and will be replaced by Penny Smyth (contact details below). Thank you Christine for many years of helping out the network. Welcome Penny!

 

Relocation Group:

Contact: Paula Matarazzo

pmatarazzo@hotmail.com

02 647 2385

 

The relocation group is comprised of members who live in all areas of Brussels and the surrounding region. Feel free to contact someone from below who lives close to you, or someone who speaks your language. They will be happy to try to answer some of your questions either before or after you arrive in Brussels. They are always ready to take the time for a chat by telephone, email or over a cup of coffee.

(If you do not see your mother-tongue below, and would like to volunteer to be a member of the relocation group, please contact Paula Matarazzo.)

Vous êtes nouveaux en Belgique? N'hésitez pas à nous contacter. Nous serons ravies de répondre à toutes vos questions et de vous accueillir dans votre nouveau pays.

 

Appena arrivati? Chiamateci, saremo felici di rispondere a tutte le vostre domande e di accogliervi nel vostro nuovo paese.

 

Acaban de llegar ? No duden en llamarnos para que contestemos a sus preguntas y que les damos  la bienvenida en su nuevo país .

 

Acabam de chegar? Contacte-nos, Ficaremos felizes de responder às suas perguntas e recebê-los em seu novo país.

 

Welkom in Brussel! Als je vragen hebt kun je me altijd bellen. Ik kan je dan ook over het spouses network van ExxonMobil vertellen. Misschien tot binnenkort!

 

Willkommen in Brüssel! Bitte rufen Sie mich an, damit Ihre Fragen beantwortet werden und ich Sie über das Spouses Network informieren kann. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf.

 

 

Contacts: by region

Whether you are new or not to the Brussels area, the ladies listed by neighbourhood below are ready to help with any questions you have.

 

Uccle/Ixelles -Paula Matarazzo pmatarazzo@hotmail.com  (Français, English, Italiano, Português, Espanol) and Anne Alloncle annealloncle@yahoo.fr  (French, English)

 

Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese- Emma Whitton elwhitton@yahoo.co.uk (English and French, some German) St. John’s International School Contact

Antwerp area – Penny Smyth  pennysmyth@mac.com Antwerp International School contact

Tervuren/Vossem/Moorsel –

Overijse -Joanne Vanderleeuw sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com (English- North American) ISB contact

Sterrebeek - Sabine Decker sab.decker@gmx.de (Deutsch, English, French) German School contact

Boitsfort- Carron Lane michael.lane@skynet.be (English) and Anne Gerard nanouchkaide@gmail.com(English and French)

Hoeilaart -Kirsten Bye kirsten.bye@hotmail.com (Norwegian, English, Italian) ISB contact

Stokkel/Kraainem -Debbie Wright deborahjwright@gmail.com (English) International School of Brussels contact

Brussels Centre -Monique Cardyn mocardyn@gmail.com (French, English)

Leuven and area -Ria Bakker maria.e.bakker@gmail.com (Dutch, English)

Wezembeek-Oppem – Elena Harrauer elena.harrauer@hotmail.com (Ital., French, Eng.) British School contact

Mechelen and area -Elena van Bouwel-Salles evbsalles@skynet.be (Portuguese, English and Dutch)

 

Monthly Activities –before attending an event contact the event coordinator to make sure the time/date or venue has not changed.

Book Club:

Contact: Elena van Bouwel-Salles

evbsalles@skynet.be

015 62 00 16

 

We would like to invite all interested spouses to our monthly book club meeting. We meet to discuss the pre-selected book, and other widely variable topics!! It’s a very informal session, and even if you haven’t been able to finish the book, please join us for a coffee and good conversation. The discussions are in English, but the books can be read in any language. Please don’t hesitate to contact Elena for more information.

 

Next meeting:

Date  Thursday September 27th

Time  2pm-4pm

Book  Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Place  call Elena for address and directions

RSVP  Elena (see above)  

Next books will be decided at the first meeting

 

Tots Play Group:

Contact: Helen Starkie

helenstarkie@hotmail.com

04753 29853

All with young children are invited to attend our monthly get-togethers. Our playgroup meets at homes and parks at 10:00am on every second Monday of the month all year round. There is no limitation regarding the age of the children, and it’s a great way to meet some friends for you and your kids. Please contact Helen to see where the group is meeting next.

 

Movie Group:

 

Contact: Sabine Decker

sab.decker@gmx.de

02 305 0951

There is no formal movie group, but if you happen to want to see a movie and don’t have anyone to go with, or think others would enjoy it, please contact Sabine to set up an informal group outing.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter:

The Spouses Network Committee

 

Links to Valuable Organizations:

Women’s Clubs: for Opening Hoursplease see web sites

AWCB (American Women’s Club): www.awcb.org

BCWCB (British & Commonwealth Women’s Club of Brussels): www.bcwcb.org

Accueil Francaise: www.accueil-bruxelles.be

Other women’s clubs in Brussels :

CHS Community Help Service: www.chsbelgium.org

 

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EXXONMOBIL SPOUSES NETWORK BRUSSELS

 

 http://esnb.over-blog.com

 

The spouses network is a social group open to all spouses of ExxonMobil employees in Brussels and surrounding area. It exists for two reasons: to welcome incoming families and help them with their transition, and to provide opportunities, through our interest groups,

 for socialization in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

 

If you want to receive this newsletter at home and be notified of upcoming events, please send your name, email address and phone number to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

Si vous voulez recevoir la newsletter chez vous à votre adresse email adresse privée, faites le savoir à Joanne.

 

If you have met a newly arrived ExxonMobil employee or spouse, please let them know about us and how they can get on the newsletter email list.

 

 

Special Activity:

 

Does anyone have an idea for our last activity before summer break? Whatever we decide to do it will be held in April sometime after Easter and before all the long weekends in May! We can do another potluck lunch or something completely different. We could do lunch and have a speaker if you have someone in mind, or we could take a field trip somewhere. We would really appreciate some ideas. If you are willing to host a potluck lunch of 12-15 ladies, that would be wonderful. The last potluck in February was well attended. Thanks very much to those who cooked and to Jos van den Berg for her hospitality. Email your ideas/comments to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

 

 

What’s new:

1) If you are moving to or from the Brussels area, please check out our website (http://esnb.over-blog.com) and use the buy/sell platform to help facilitate your move. If you have articles to sell, please send details (description, cost, contact info) to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com for posting.

 

2) Elena Harrauer has kindly offered to be the new contact person for the Wezembeek- Oppem area. You can find her contact details on the website. Thanks Elena!

 

3) We are still looking for a contact person for the Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese area. If you know this area and are willing to field the occasional phone call from newcomers, please let us know.

 

4) Elena van Bouwel-Salles, the revered leader of the book club, is leaving her position this spring. The spouses network is indebted to Elena for her dedication and leadership over the many years she has been involved. Thanks Elena! We are now in need of a new leader. Elena says it is time for new blood and anyone who is interested in taking over the book club should let her know. Currently the members meet during the day, but meeting in the evening may be a possibility as well.  Please feel free to make the book club your own and set it up as you would like it to be. Anyone who is interested should email Elena at evbsalles@skynet.be

 

Relocation Group:

Contact: Paula Matarazzo

pmatarazzo@hotmail.com

02 647 2385

 

The relocation group is comprised of members who live in all areas of Brussels and the surrounding region. Feel free to contact someone from below who lives close to you, or someone who speaks your language. They will be happy to try to answer some of your questions either before or after you arrive in Brussels. They are always ready to take the time for a chat by telephone, email or over a cup of coffee.

(If you do not see your mother-tongue below, and would like to volunteer to be a member of the relocation group, please contact Paula Matarazzo.)

Vous êtes nouveaux en Belgique? N'hésitez pas à nous contacter. Nous serons ravies de répondre à toutes vos questions et de vous accueillir dans votre nouveau pays.

 

Appena arrivati? Chiamateci, saremo felici di rispondere a tutte le vostre domande e di accogliervi nel vostro nuovo paese.

 

Acaban de llegar ? No duden en llamarnos para que contestemos a sus preguntas y que les damos  la bienvenida en su nuevo país .

 

Acabam de chegar? Contacte-nos, Ficaremos felizes de responder às suas perguntas e recebê-los em seu novo país.

 

Welkom in Brussel! Als je vragen hebt kun je me altijd bellen. Ik kan je dan ook over het spouses network van ExxonMobil vertellen. Misschien tot binnenkort!

 

Willkommen in Brüssel! Bitte rufen Sie mich an, damit Ihre Fragen beantwortet werden und ich Sie über das Spouses Network informieren kann. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf.

 

 

Contacts: by region

Whether you are new or not to the Brussels area, the ladies listed by neighbourhood below are ready to help with any questions you have.

 

Uccle/Ixelles -Paula Matarazzo pmatarazzo@hotmail.com  (Français, English, Italiano, Português, Espanol) and Anne Alloncle annealloncle@yahoo.fr  (French, English)

 

Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese

Antwerp area -Christine Lesny cdley@web.de(German, English, Dutch and French) Antwerp International School contact

Tervuren/Vossem/Moorsel -Jos van den Berg bergvier@telenet.be(Dutch, German, English)
 

Overijse -Joanne Vanderleeuw sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com (English- Canadian /American) ISB contact

Sterrebeek -Christiane Merhof gmerhof@aol.com (Deutsch, English, Dutch) German School contact and Sabine Decker sab.decker@gmx.de (Deutsch, English, French) German School contact

Boitsfort- Carron Lane michael.lane@skynet.be (English) and Anne Gerard nanouchkaide@gmail.com

Hoeilaart -Kirsten Bye kirsten.bye@hotmail.com (Norwegian, English, Italian) ISB contact

Stokkel/Kraainem -Debbie Wright deborahjwright@gmail.com (English) International School of Brussels contact

Brussels Centre -Monique Cardyn mocardyn@gmail.com (French, English)

Leuven and area -Ria Bakker maria.e.bakker@gmail.com (Dutch, English)

Wezembeek-Oppem – Elena Harrauer elena.harrauer@hotmail.com (Ital., French, Eng.) British School contact

Mechelen and area -Elena van Bouwel-Salles evbsalles@skynet.be (Portuguese, English and Dutch)

 

Monthly Activities –before attending an event contact the event coordinator to make sure the time/date or venue has not changed.

Book Club:

Contact: Elena van Bouwel-Salles

evbsalles@skynet.be

015 62 00 16

 

We would like to invite all interested spouses to our monthly book club meeting. We meet to discuss the pre-selected book, and other widely variable topics!! It’s a very informal session, and even if you haven’t been able to finish the book, please join us for a coffee and good conversation. The discussions are in English, but the books can be read in any language. Please don’t hesitate to contact Elena for more information.

 

The selections for the following months are:

Date  Thurs. March 29th

Time  10:15 am

Book  THE TIGER’S WIFE by Téa Obreht

Place  English section of “Cook and Book” across from the Woluwe Mall

RSVP  Elena (see above)  

Next Books: April 26th Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

May 25th Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi

Tots Play Group:

Contact: Helen Starkie

helenstarkie@hotmail.com

04753 29853

All with young children are invited to attend our monthly get-togethers. Our playgroup meets at homes and parks at 10:00am on every second Monday of the month all year round. There is no limitation regarding the age of the children, and it’s a great way to meet some friends for you and your kids. Please contact Helen to see where the group is meeting next.

 

Movie Group:

 

Contact: Sabine Decker

sab.decker@gmx.de

02 305 0951

There is no formal movie group anymore, but if you happen to want to see a movie and don’t have anyone to go with, or think others would enjoy it, please contact Sabine to set up an informal group outing.

 

Did You Know:

 

Viewfinders is an English speaking photography club that meets monthly in the Swedish church at Ave. des Gaulois 35, 1040 Etterbeek. Monthly meetings consist of a variety of activities including speakers, challenges, workshops and member portfolios. Anyone is welcome to attend one meeting at a cost of 3 euros before they decide to join. Yearly memberships are only 30 euros. The group welcomes all levels of ability, so if you simply love taking photos, why not give it a try. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. www.viewfinders.be

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter:

The Spouses Network Committee

 

Links to Valuable Organizations:

Women’s Clubs: for Opening Hoursplease see web sites

AWCB (American Women’s Club): www.awcb.org

BCWCB (British & Commonwealth Women’s Club of Brussels): www.bcwcb.org

Accueil Francaise: www.accueil-bruxelles.be

Other women’s clubs in Brussels :

CHS Community Help Service: www.chsbelgium.org

CHS is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and provides mental health information and support to the English-speaking community in Belgium. Once a year they publish a calendar that contains lots of useful information and telephone number

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December 2011

EXXONMOBIL SPOUSES NETWORK BRUSSELS

 

The spouses network is a social group open to all spouses of ExxonMobil employees in Brussels and surrounding area. It exists for two reasons: to welcome incoming families and help them with their transition, and to provide opportunities, through our interest groups,

 for socialization in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

 

If you want to receive this newsletter at home and be notified of upcoming events, please send your name, email address and phone number to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

Si vous voulez recevoir la newsletter chez vous à votre adresse email adresse privée, faites le savoir à Joanne.

 

If you have met a newly arrived ExxonMobil employee or spouse, please let them know about us and how they can get on the newsletter email list.

 

 

Special Activity:

Potluck

 

Our second annual get together will be a potluck in January. Hoping to see those of you who we met at the newcomers’ coffee. We are looking for a host for the lunch- you pick the date. Let us know if you would be willing to host a group of approximately 12-15 ladies who will provide the food if you can provide the plates, cutlery and drinks.

More about this will be announced once we have a venue etc. Thanks very much in advance for your interest. sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com

 

What’s new:

1)We recently started a buy/sell/giveaway platform on our website for the network to use. So if you are moving to or from the Brussels area, please check out our website (http://esnb.over-blog.com) and use the new platform to help facilitate your move. If you have articles to sell, please send details (description, cost, contact info) to sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com for posting.

 

2) We need a new contact person for the Wezembeek- Oppem area. If you live in and know this area, and would like to be a contact for ExxonMobil newcomers who move here, please let us know. Thanks.

 

3) Ina Petrone, our contact person for the Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese area is moving to Australia. Please let us know if you could take over from her. Best of luck Ina and thankyou.

 

 

Our Website:One click to discover the spouses network website. All newsletters are included on the website, plus lots of extra information including the buy and sell platform. More information below. http://esnb.over-blog.com

Relocation Group:

Contact: Paula Matarazzo

pmatarazzo@hotmail.com

02 647 2385

 

The relocation group is comprised of members who live in all areas of Brussels and the surrounding region. Feel free to contact someone from below who lives close to you, or someone who speaks your language. They will be happy to try to answer some of your questions either before or after you arrive in Brussels. They are always ready to take the time for a chat by telephone, email or over a cup of coffee.

(If you do not see your mother-tongue below, and would like to volunteer to be a member of the relocation group, please contact Paula Matarazzo.)

Vous êtes nouveaux en Belgique? N'hésitez pas à nous contacter. Nous serons ravies de répondre à toutes vos questions et de vous accueillir dans votre nouveau pays.

 

Appena arrivati? Chiamateci, saremo felici di rispondere a tutte le vostre domande e di accogliervi nel vostro nuovo paese.

 

Acaban de llegar ? No duden en llamarnos para que contestemos a sus preguntas y que les damos  la bienvenida en su nuevo país .

 

Acabam de chegar? Contacte-nos, Ficaremos felizes de responder às suas perguntas e recebê-los em seu novo país.

 

Welkom in Brussel! Als je vragen hebt kun je me altijd bellen. Ik kan je dan ook over het spouses network van ExxonMobil vertellen. Misschien tot binnenkort!

 

Willkommen in Brüssel! Bitte rufen Sie mich an, damit Ihre Fragen beantwortet werden und ich Sie über das Spouses Network informieren kann. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf.

 

 

Contacts: by region

 

Uccle/Ixelles -Paula Matarazzo pmatarazzo@hotmail.com  (Français, English, Italiano, Português, Espanol) and Anne Alloncle annealloncle@yahoo.fr  (French, English)

 

Waterloo/Rhode St. Genese

Antwerp area -Christine Lesny cdley@web.de(German, English, Dutch and French) Antwerp International School contact

Tervuren/Vossem/Moorsel -Jos van den Berg bergvier@telenet.be(Dutch, German, English)
 

Overijse -Joanne Vanderleeuw sjvanderleeuw@gmail.com (English- Canadian /American) ISB contact

Sterrebeek -Christiane Merhof gmerhof@aol.com (Deutsch, English, Dutch) German School contact and Sabine Decker sab.decker@gmx.de (Deutsch, English, French) German School contact

Boitsfort- Carron Lane michael.lane@skynet.be (English) and Anne Gerard nanouchkaide@gmail.com

Hoeilaart -Kirsten Bye kirsten.bye@hotmail.com (Norwegian, English, Italian) ISB contact

Stokkel/Kraainem -Debbie Wright deborahjwright@gmail.com (English) International School of Brussels contact

Brussels Centre -Monique Cardyn mocardyn@gmail.com (French, English)

Leuven and area -Ria Bakker maria.e.bakker@gmail.com (Dutch, English)

Wezembeek-Oppem – Elena Harrauer elena.harrauer@hotmail.com (Ital., French, Eng.) British School contact

Mechelen and area -Elena van Bouwel Salles evbsalles@skynet.be (Portuguese, English and Dutch)

 

Monthly Activities –before attending an event contact the event coordinator to make sure the time/date or venue has not changed.

Book Club:

Contact: Elena van Bouwel-Salles

evbsalles@skynet.be

015 62 00 16

 

We would like to invite all interested spouses to our monthly book club meeting. We meet to discuss the pre-selected book, and other widely variable topics!! It’s a very informal session, and even if you haven’t been able to finish the book, please join us for a coffee and good conversation. The discussions are in English, but the books can be read in any language. Please don’t hesitate to contact Elena for more information.

 

The selections for the following months are:

 

December- no meeting

Date  Thurs. Jan. 26th

Time  10:15 am

Book  Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Place  English section of “Cook and Book” across from the Woluwe Mall

RSVP  Elena (see above)  

Next Books: February- Before I go to Sleep- S J Watson

Tots Play Group:

Contact: Helen Starkie

helenstarkie@hotmail.com

04753 29853

All with young children are invited to attend our monthly get-togethers. Our playgroup meets at homes and parks at 10:00am on every second Monday of the month all year round. There is no limitation regarding the age of the children, and it’s a great way to meet some friends for you and your kids. Please contact Helen to see where the group is meeting next.

 

Movie Group:

Contact: Sabine Decker

sab.decker@gmx.de

02 305 0951

There is no formal movie group anymore, but if you happen to want to see a movie and don’t have anyone to go with, or think others would enjoy it, please contact Sabine to set up an informal group outing.

 

Did You Know:

 

The African Museum in Tervuren is closing for renovations at the end of Dec. 2012. It will be closed for a 3 year period and reopen in May 2015. Make a New Year’s resolution to take your family next year as you could well be moved away from the area before it opens again!

www.africamuseum.be

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter:

Happy Holidays to You and Yours from:

The Spouses Network Committee

 

Links to Valuable Organizations:

Women’s Clubs: for Opening Hoursplease see web sites

AWCB (American Women’s Club): www.awcb.org

BCWCB (British & Commonwealth Women’s Club of Brussels): www.bcwcb.org

Accueil Francaise: www.accueil-bruxelles.be

Other women’s clubs in Brussels :

Please refer to the contents of the EM Welcome Box for contact details and web addresses. 

CHS Community Help Service: www.chsbelgium.org

CHS is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and provides mental health information and support to the English-speaking community in Belgium. Once a year they publish a calendar that contains lots of useful information and telephone numbers.

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