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Un Mot de notre Présidente A Word from our President Bernadette
Un Mot de notre Présidente
A Word from our President
Bernadette Ulens
Bulletin d’information n° 2
Février 2016 February
Newsletter no. 2
Chères Amies,
Dear Friends,
Où en êtes-vous de vos résolutions du Nouvel An ?
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions?
L'une de mes résolutions est d’encourager les différents
groupes dits ‘nationaux’ de Femmes d’Europe à travailler
ensemble à des événements multiculturels, l’essence même de
notre association.
One of my resolutions is to encourage the different ‘national’
groups of Femmes d’Europe to work together this year in
organising multicultural events, which is the essence of our
Association.
Une autre résolution est de contribuer à la réussite d’un gala
inoubliable, au Cirque Royal, le 20 avril prochain. Les PaysBas président, pour la 12ème fois, le Conseil de l’Union
Européenne. C’est dans ce cadre que nos amies néerlandaises
organisent la venue des ballets INTRODANS d’Arnhem. A
partir du 15 janvier, les places pour cette grande première à
Bruxelles vont se vendre à toute allure! N’attendez pas,
formez vos groupes d’amis et venez nous rejoindre.
Another resolution is to help organise an unforgettable gala in
the Cirque Royal on Wednesday 20th April. The Netherlands
holds the presidency of the EU Council of Ministers for the
12th time this semester. In this context, our Dutch group
organises an evening with the very well reviewed
INTRODANS ballet from Arnhem: a first in Brussels. From
mid January, tickets will sell like hotcakes, we hope.
So don’t wait, get a group of friends and go together.
Ma troisième résolution ? Faire de notre quarantième
anniversaire un tremplin vers l’avenir.
My third resolution? To make our 40th anniversary a
springboard for the future.
Une phrase de l’un de mes livres préférés, ‘Le Guépard’ de
Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa, est restée célèbre : ‘Si nous
voulons que tout reste tel quel, il faut que tout change’.
Ma traduction libre : ‘si nous voulons que les Femmes
d’Europe continuent à accomplir leur beau travail, il faut que
nous encouragions le changement’. Personnellement,
j’en suis convaincue, c’est à ce prix que des femmes
(plus) jeunes nous rejoindront pour un jour reprendre
le flambeau.
There is a famous saying in one of my favourite books, ’The
Leopard’ by Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa: ‘If we want
everything to remain the same, everything must change.’ My
free translation: ‘if we want our Association to continue its
good work, we need to encourage change’.
Personally, I am convinced this is the way forward if
we want young(er) women to join us and eventually
take over.
Le Bureau Exécutif réfléchit pour l’instant à la mise
en place de groupes de discussion qui étudieront la
forme que prendra cette évolution. Nous voulons
raviver l’idée des cours informatiques qui
permettront aux chefs de groupe, au Comité Projets
et à d’autres de travailler plus efficacement. Nous souhaitons
réviser en profondeur notre site web, outil de communication
essentiel. Nous ne voulons certainement pas changer ce qui
fonctionne : notre Bazar de Noël et beaucoup de nos
événements en sont d’excellents exemples.
Au programme ce mois-ci : le 2 février, Françoise Longin nous
parlera de l’influence occidentale sur les estampes
révolutionnaires chinoises au cours d’une conférence à la
Résidence de France. Le 19 février, le « Belgian Swing
Quartet » nous fera danser après un dîner concocté par le chef
étoilé de la ‘Sucrerie’ à Waterloo.
Information de dernière minute: Pour fêter notre 40ème
anniversaire, nous aurons la joie de nous retrouver le 17 mars
au cours d'un Bazar de Pâques exceptionnel à Beaulieu ! Déjà,
nous exprimons notre reconnaissance à la Commission qui
nous accueille.
Il me reste à remercier chaleureusement tous nos
photographes du Bazar de Noël et en particulier André
Tackoen, pour son très joli film qui nous fait revivre la joyeuse
animation de fin d’année et montre le travail énorme accompli
par les un(e)s et les autres.
The Executive Bureau is in the process of setting up
discussion groups that will look into ways to shape
our evolution. We want to revive the idea of
computer lessons which will allow heads of groups,
the projects committee and others to work more
efficiently. We are restructuring our website as an essential
communication tool. Mind you, we certainly do not wish to
change things that function well: our Christmas Bazaar and
many of our events are good examples.
A couple of interesting events are on offer in the following
weeks: on the evening of February 2, at the elegant Résidence
de France, Françoise Longin will give a conference on Chinese
revolutionary prints. On February 19, we will dance to the
tunes of the Belgian Swing Quartet after an excellent dinner by
the ‘starred’ chef of the ‘Sucrerie’ in Waterloo.
Last minute information: to celebrate our 40th anniversary we
will have the pleasure of getting together on March 17, for an
exceptional Easter Bazaar in Beaulieu ! Our thanks go to the
Commission for their support.
Finally, a warm thank you, first to all the photographers at our
Christmas Bazaar 2015, and in particular André Tackoen for
his lovely film which brings back the cheerful atmosphere and
shows the enormous amount of work done by all.
And a huge thank you to all of you- for your work and
tenacity.
A vous toutes, un immense merci pour votre travail et votre
ténacité.
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Présidente d’Honneur
Madame Irene TIMMERMANS
Bureau Exécutif
Présidente
Bernadette Ulens
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02 762 96 37
Secrétaire Générale
Marian D. Conneely
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Vice-Présidente Presse & Communication
Renate Smith
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Trésorière
Bernadette Grünhage
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Vice-Présidente Projets
Walthera Hudig
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Vice-Trésorière
Lilian Damsten
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Vice-Présidente Manifestations
Ghislaine Troubetzkoy
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Table of Contents
Table de matières
. Un Mot de notre Présidente
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. Agenda
4
. Project of the Month
5
Françoise Gauthier
. Forthcoming Events
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Jazz , Sweet Jazz
Garage Sale
th
40 Anniversary of Femmes d’Europe
Easter Bazaar
Dutch Gala
Gaspare Spontini
Spring Lunch
Musée Royal de Mariement
. Past Events
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Gala Luxembourg
Christian Guenov
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Jean Sibelius Concert
Inga Lill Jones
. Internal News
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. From Member to Member
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except July, August and December, to the
members of the Association Femmes d’Europe.
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or edit material and cannot guarantee publication
on a particular date. Texts and illustrations of all
advertisements are the responsibility of the
advertisers. The views and opinions expressed in
articles are those of the authors.
Contributions to the March Newsletter must be sent
at the latest on 12 February by e-mail with images
and photos attached.
Les contributions au Bulletin de Mars doivent être
envoyées avec images et photos en annexe au plus
tard le 12 Février.
[email protected]
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for your agenda - pour votre agenda
February - février
Mardi 2 - 18.00
Friday 19 - 19.00
Conférence sur les estampes chinoises, Brussels
Sweet Jazz, Waterloo
Sunday 6 - from 10.30
Jeudi 17 - from 12.00
Thursday 17 - 17.00
Garage Sale, Kraainem
Easter Bazaar, Beaulieu Building
th
40 Anniversary of Femmes d’Europe, Beaulieu Building
Wednesday 20 - 20.00
Mercredi 27 - 18.30
Thursday 28 - 10.00
Friday 29
Dutch Gala - Introdans, Cirque Royal
Gaspare Spontini - Brussels
Musée Royal de Mariemont, Morlanwez
Spring Lunch with Bring and Buy Sale, Overijse
Mercredi 11
Choeur belge “Florilège”, Eglise St Michel, Bruxelles
p. 8
March - Mars
p. 9
p. 10
p. 11
April - avril
May - mai
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p. 12
p. 16
p. 17
p. 16
Project of the month
U initiative
creative au Bénin
ne
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Si vous voyez, sur les photos, des jeunes gens souriants
mesurer, couper, coudre dans un atelier de
production de couture, c’est grâce à l’association
« Un savoir pour tous ».
Depuis 2008, l’association belge aide les jeunes de 69
villages de la région de Natitingou, au nord du Benin.
Ce département rural, l’Atacora est parmi les plus
pauvres du Benin. La proportion de la population
vivant en situation de pauvreté y est de 61%.
Le taux d’alphabétisation (14%)
est largement
inférieur à la moyenne nationale (33%).
Avec tous les villages environnants, la ville compte
près de 70 000 habitants, l’artisanat y est florissant et
varié.
Le gouvernement du pays vise l’éducation pour tous,
mais la capacité d’accueil des structures classiques
d’éducation est encore insuffisante. Beaucoup de
parents n’ont pas les moyens de financer les
fournitures et uniformes.
Aucune structure n’accueille les adolescents et
adultes illettrés, et c’est là que l’association « Un savoir
pour tous » intervient.
Cette structure initie les jeunes adultes déscolarisés ou
illettrés à l’apprentissage de la lecture, de l’écriture et
du calcul et propose aussi un éveil éducatif aux
jeunes enfants.
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FRANTZ HEMELEERS
Antiquités & Décoration
Buffet double-corps français, patine d’origine, début 19ième siècle
Arrivage d’antiquités d’Angleterre, de France et de Suède.
600 m² d’exposition.
Ouvert du mercredi au samedi de 11 à 18h30.
Avenue des Casernes, 61 à 1040 Bruxelles
02/640.29.16
www.frantzhemeleers.be
project of the month
« Un savoir pour tous » souhaite également, par la
prévention, sensibiliser la population locale aux
problèmes de santé.
Mais surtout, elle prépare les patrons artisans qui le
désirent à l’obtention de l’examen d’état du
certificat d’études primaires. Pour cela, elle a ouvert
en 2010, un centre de formation en coupe et couture
qui a obtenu en 2014, l’homologation de l’état.
Le préfet de la région Atacora Donga soutient
moralement le travail de l’association, tout comme le
ministère de la formation professionnelle.
Ce centre est chargé de la formation d’une
quarantaine de jeunes sur une durée de trois ans.
Les photos vous donnent une idée de l’enthousiasme
qui règne lors d’une formation de 10 jours : activité
ponctuelle et régulière – à la carte et tout au long de
l'année- pour le perfectionnement des couturières en
exercice sur la ville. Cette session s'est déroulée en
novembre dernier.
La demande de formation étant toujours plus
importante, l’Association Femmes d’Europe a aidé à
la construction d’un nouveau bâtiment. Femmes
d’Europe a également financé l’achat de mobilier et
de matériel pour les cours de couture.
Le bâtiment abritera une salle de formation théorique
et un atelier de formation pratique.
Déjà, des élèves inspirées posent devant le bâtiment
encore en construction. Bientôt, seront installés le
mobilier de classe et le matériel de couture
supplémentaire.
Ainsi « Un Savoir pour tous », en apportant son appui à
l’éducation et à la formation professionnelle participe
à l’épanouissement de la jeune population du Bénin.
Grâce à Femmes d’Europe, ils gagnent dignement
leur vie et en font profiter leur famille. Enfin, ils ont la
fierté de présenter les ouvrages de qualité à la
population.
Françoise Gauthier
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Une initiative
creative au Bénin
forthcoming event
J A Z Z...
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SWEET J A Z Z
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The Belgian Swing Quintet and their vocalist Bruce Ellison
The United Kingdom Group
The Finnish Group
The Swedish Group
have the pleasure of inviting you to a
Dinner with Jazz
on Friday February 19th, 2016 at 7.00 pm
in the tastefully transformed dining room of “La Sucrerie”
198, Chaussée de Tervuren - 1410 Waterloo
(parking facility)
La Sucrerie’s starred chef has created a gourmet three course dinner for us
and champagne will be served as a welcoming drink.
We will be in the historical and interesting surroundings of la SUCRERIE.
Originally built in 1836 as a sugar refining factory in Waterloo.
Our Jazz dinner will take place in the impressive dining room
with its graceful colonnades and warm red-brick vaulted ceiling.
Participation: € 70
Tombola with fabulous prizes
Reservation
Nadja Allgeier
Anna-Greta Vanhassel
Taru Tammelander
mob: 0478.38.84.43
mob: 0477.42.78.09
mob: 0472.67.59.05
e-mail : [email protected]
e-mail : [email protected]
Payment to Association Femmes d’Europe
Bank account: IBAN: BE47 310070 819180 – BIC: BBRUBEBB
Please mention “ Jazz dinner “, your name and number of tickets required.
Only payment will confirm reservation.
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forthcoming event
EFTA Group
Sunday 6 March, 2016
10h30 to 16h
chez Marilyn Carruthers
144 Avenue Baron Albert d’Huart,
1950 Kraainem (Metro Stockel)
If you have unwanted items at home
and you think another member
of “Femmes d’Europe”
would like to buy them
then please
donate them
to our Garage Sale.
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tableware
china
ornaments
collectables
kitchen equipment
unwanted gifts
table linen
porcelain
lamps
pictures
paintings
basically anything useful
…or attractive
…or just unwanted…
Deposit your items:
10h – 13h
on the following days:
March 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Or by arrangement:
[email protected]
All profits go to our Association’s
humanitarian projects
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forthcoming event
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary,
the Association Femmes d’Europe
has the pleasure of inviting you to an exceptional
Easter Bazaar
organised in the Beaulieu Building
on Thursday March 17th from 12 to 7 pm .
Easter specialities from National Groups
gifts , decorative objects , books , finger food and drinks,.
Birthday Celebrations
at 5 pm precisely.
Access : Identification required
Contribution to costs : 5 euros
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forthcoming event
A l’occasion de son 40ème anniversaire ,
l’Association Femmes d’Europe
a le plaisir de vous inviter à son exceptionnel
Bazar de Pâques
organisé dans le bâtiment Beaulieu
le jeudi 17 mars de 12 à 19 heures
Plusieurs Groupes Nationaux présenteront leurs spécialités de Pâques
Cadeaux , objets décoratifs , livres , petite restauration et boissons .
Festivités d’Anniversaire
à 17 heures précises
Accès : Pièce d’identité requise
Participation aux frais : 5 euros
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forthcoming event - dutch gala
Ballet in
the Netherlands:
young
and
successful
Earlier, in 1959, the contemporary dance
company Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT)
was founded by Benjamin Harkarvy and
others, together with several members of the
Netherlands Ballet. Their intention was to
break away from the more traditional forms of
ballet as performed by the National Ballet.
NDT, based in The Hague, focused on new
International ballet history dates
back to the 17th Century and
developed especially in France and
Russia. The ballet tradition in the
Netherlands is much younger, but
no less successful. For several
years now Dutch ballet companies
have been performing at top world
level.
Of eminent importance for the
evolution of ballet in the
Netherlands was Russian born
Sonia Gaskell, who danced with the
Ballets Russes from 1927–1929 and
Les Ballets de Paris, where she
served
as
director
and
choreographer, until 1939 when
she moved to Amsterdam with her
Dutch husband. She established and served as
director of several companies including the
Netherlands Ballet and the Netherlands Ballet
Academy in The Hague. Among Gaskell's
students were Audrey Hepburn and noted
choreographer Hans van Manen. Sonia Gaskell
also served as the first artistic director of the
newly formed Dutch National Ballet (Het
Nationaal Ballet) in Amsterdam from 19611969.
The Dutch National Ballet is the leading ballet
company in Amsterdam. It was established in
1961 when the Amsterdam Ballet and the
Netherlands Ballet merged, and the company
is now known for its high technical and
artistic level. The company attracts many
international artists. It is a regular guest at
major festivals across Europe. The National
Ballet performs an array of classic-romantic
and neo-classic ballets and is also committed
to new choreography.
Introdans: ‘Polish Pieces’ – photography by Hans Gerritsen
ideas and explored and experimented with
new forms and techniques of dance. In the
1960s the NDT’s repertoire combined classical
dance with strong elements of American
modern dance. Under the guidance of
noteworthy
artistic
directors
and
choreographers such as Hans van Manen and
Jirí Kylián, the NDT proved to be both
nationally and internationally successful. The
NDT received several important awards.
Rotterdam also has its own ballet company,
the Scapino Ballet, named after the character
in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte. Established
in 1945 by dance teacher Hans Snoek and
artist Nicolaas Wijberg and originally intended
for children and the young, it has now evolved
into a trendsetter in dance in the Netherlands
and Europe.
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forthcoming event - dutch gala
Introdans
captures
its unique place
in Dutch Ballet
Since its early post war
beginnings,
the
epicentre of ballet in
the Netherlands was
located in the western
part of the country.
Arnhem, on the eastern
side, had its Dance Academy. One of the students was Ton
Wiggers, who in 1971, together with Hans Focking, established
the first ballet company in that part of the country. The new
company, later named Introdans, focused on activities for a wide
local and regional audience. Hard hit for money, Wiggers at first
financed the performances from the proceeds of teaching
activities.
The turning point in these financially difficult early years was the
provision in 1980 of structural funding by the local government.
For the young ballet company this led to further
professionalisation and consequently to artistic recognition. In
1984 the group received the Theatre Critics’ Award for the
innovative role it was playing within the Dutch ballet scene.
Since then the company has steadily built first a national and
then a global reputation and it is now considered one of the
most important ambassadors for Dutch dance abroad.
Introdans performs ‘modern-classical’ ballet that is ‘accessible,
stylish and attractive to all – preferably with a little glamour and
extravagance’. It offers a rich repertoire of both existing
favourites by renowned choreographers and exciting new
creations and it invests in talented young choreographers and
dancers. The company is regularly invited to accompany the
Royal House on state visits. The performance by Introdans in
2006 during the state visit of Her Royal Highness the former
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is
one of the highlights.
The Gala performance on 20 April 2016 is the Brussels première
of Introdans. In the programme are Orbo Novo’ (2009) by Sidi
Larbi Cherkaoui and ‘Polish Pieces’(1995) by Hans van Manen.
The Organising Committee is delighted to present, on the
occasion of the Netherlands EU Presidency 2016, two
outstanding examples of modern ballet, one by a Belgian and
the other by a Dutch choreographer, both of great renown.
Introdans consists of three pillars: the main Introdans
ensemble, Introdans Ensemble for Youth and the Introdans
Interaction education department. Both of the dance ensembles
undertake theatre tours in the Netherlands and abroad, presenting
appealing shows performed by sublime dancers.
Its education department providess workshops, participatory lessons
and projects at schools, in theatres in the Netherlands and abroad.
Artistic director is Roel Voorintholt, general director Ton Wiggers.
H.R.H. Princess Margriet of The Netherlands is Introdans’ patroness.
More information about Introdans: www.introdans.nl
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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
The internationally acclaimed
Belgian-Moroccan choreographer
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui studied with
the P.A.R.T.S. Academy of Anne
Teresa De Keersmaeker and was
influenced by American hiphop
and jazz dance companies. A
prolific
choreographer
and
theatre maker, he participated in
productions for a large number of
art houses. Since September 2015
he has been the artistic director
of the Royal Ballet Flanders in
Antwerp, and he is the recipient
of several awards. For the ballet
‘Orbo Novo’ Cherkaoui drew his
inspiration from the feelings of
freedom,
confinement,
connection and loneliness that
New York, or the ‘New World’
(Orbo Novo), evokes in him.
Hans van Manen
The exuberant and colourful
ballet ‘Polish Pieces’ is by the
Dutch choreographer Hans van
Manen. He began his career in
1951 as a member of Sonia
Gaskell’s Ballet Recital and danced
with the Roland Petit company in
Paris.
From 1960 he worked first as a
dancer, then as a choreographer
and artistic director with the
Nederlands Dans Theater. He later
joined Het Nationaal Ballet as a
choreographer. Creator of more
than 120 ballets, all carrying his
unmistakable signature of clarity
in structure and a refined
simplicity, Van Manen is known as
the “Mondriaan of dance”. He
has been awarded numerous
prestigious
national
and
international awards.
Sous le haut patronage de
S.E. Monsieur Pieter de Gooijer
Représentant Permanent du Royaume des Pays-Bas auprès de l’Union européenne
et de
S.E. Madame Maryem van den Heuvel,
Ambassadeur du Royaume des Pays-Bas auprès du Royaume de Belgique
Soirée
de
Gala
à l’occasion de
la
Présidence Néerlandaise
du Conseil
________
de l’Union
EUropéEnnE
au profit de ses projets humanitaires ,
l’ association FEmmEs d’EUropE
présente
INTRODANS
avec
les ballets 'Orbo Novo’ de Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
et ‘Polish Pieces’ de Hans van Manen ,
le
mercredi 20 avril 2016
à
20heures, au Cirque Royal .
verre de l’amitié à l’issue du spectacle
tenue de ville
Réservation : www.assocfemmesdeurope.eu ou [email protected]
We warmly thank our generous sponsors
Under the high patronage of
H.E. Mr Pieter de Gooijer,
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union
and
H.E. Mrs Maryem van den Heuvel,
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Kingdom of Belgium
Gala
on the occasion of
the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union
_____
in support of its humanitarian projects
the AssociAtion Femmes d’europe
presents
INTRODANS
With
The ballets ‘Orbo Novo’ by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
and ‘Polish Pieces’ by Hans van Manen
Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 8 pm, at the Cirque Royal
The performance will be followed by a ‘verre de l’amitié’
‘tenue de ville’
Reservations : www.assocfemmesdeurope.eu or [email protected]
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forthcoming events
Mercredi 27 avril, 2016 - 18h 30
Le groupe ITALIEN organise
une conférence: GASPARE SPONTINI ( 1774-1851)
Un compositeur pour Napoléon Ier, un modèle pour Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner
donnée par le Musicologue : Patrick Favre-Tissot-Bonvoisin
The UK Group invites you to a
Spring Lunch
with
Bring and Buy Sale
on Friday 29 April 2016, in Overijse
More information in the March Newsletter or from
Rosemary Collins
Jill Hawkes
02 687 2495 - [email protected]
02 242 1463 - [email protected]
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forthcoming event
The
Multinational Group
of Association Femmes d’Europe
under the umbrella of the Embassy of Egypt
invites you to a guided visit (in both French and English) of the
Musée Royal de Mariemont
followed by
a luncheon
hosted by Mrs. Iman Helmy, wife of the Egyptian ambassador.
Date
Thursday 28 April at 10 am
(45-50 minutes’ drive from Brussels – carpooling recommended)
Address
Musée Royal de Mariemont
www.musee-mariemont.be
Chaussée de Mariemont, 100 - 7140 Morlanwelz
Programme
Accueil dans le grand auditorium puis historique de Mariemont
Visite du musée
collections égyptiennes, grecques, romaines, chinoises
collection de porcelaines de Tournai.
Contribution 30,- eur
to Femmes d’Europe BE47 310070819180 - mention : your name and Mariemont .
Reservations
before
Friday 15 April
Lesley Velten-Jameson
Monique Seber
Andrea Hildwein-Scheele
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
0475276523
0475249238
0494584265
La totalité des bénéfices ira aux projets humanitaires de l’Association Femmes d’Europe
All profits go to the humanitarian projects of the Association Femmes d’Europe
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past event
Concert de Gala
Présidence
Luxembourgeoise
17 Novembre 2015
Quelle soirée, celle qui fut offerte
par le groupe luxembourgeois dans
le
cadre
de
la
présidence
Luxembourgeoise. Malgré le deuil
que vit la démocratie après les
effroyables attentats de la ville de
Paris, le programme du récital de
piano proposé par la jeune prodige
Sabine Weyer aura su nous
amener à retrouver au plus
profond de notre âme, le sens
véritable du mot humanité. Après
les mots touchants de notre
présidente
Bernadette
Ulens
accompagnés par un brin d’histoire
musicale avec Rolande Margot, le
concert débuta dans l’humilité avec
la suite pour clavecin en La mineur
de Jean Philippe Rameau.
Dans son exécution des œuvres de
JP Rameau, Sabine Weyer aura
très fidèlement retranscrit la
pudeur du compositeur français.
Le raffinement de son toucher dans
Debussy, la passion de son âme
dans Brahms et la créativité dans
ses Liszt; voici ce que nous eûmes
la chance de partager tous
ensemble grâce au remarquable
talent de cette brillante artiste.
Tandis que les notes s’achevaient,
la réflexion naquit en nos âmes
réchauffées par tant de beauté.
Le concert fut suivi d’un cocktail
dînatoire
dont
les
saveurs
éveillèrent en nous mille et un
parfums de plaisir. Dans l’amitié et
le respect envers la tragédie du 13
novembre, la soirée se termina
dans le silence, telle la musique
après un concert.
Une réussite qui aura été pour
nous, un prélude aux périodes de
fin d’année.
Christian Guenov
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past event
The 150th Anniversary
of
Jean Sibelius
Brussels - 7 December 2015
Finnish group
The
KAMUS
Quartet
The venue was Laeken, not the Royal Palace
but the European School IV - almost as large
and as impressive as the Palace! This school is
on the premises of the former “Ecole des
Cadets”, complete with many buildings, wide
open spaces, columns and broad stairways. The
Finnish Group of Femmes d’Europe had invited
us to a concert celebrating the 150-year
anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius
(December 8, 1865), Finland’s greatest
composer. On the day before, Finland
celebrated its Independence day - December 6,
and one of the musicians had his birthday on
December 7, so really three celebrations in one.
There was a queue at the gate, we had to show
our ID cards, be ticked off on the list of
attendees, and then given a badge to wear.
Nobody minded this since, in these turbulent
times, security is so important. More than 110
persons had decided to venture out to this
venue, not the most familiar to many of the
Femmes d’Europe members. However, even
getting a little lost finding the school, it was
really worth it!
After the short welcome speeches by Marjatta,
the Finnish Group leader, Bernadette our
President and the Finnish ambassador, Mr.
Timo Ranta, the KAMUS Quartet took the
stage.
It consists of four young Finnish musicians who
met at the Sibelius Academy in 2002 where
they were all students. The two violinists, Terhi
Paldanius and Jukka Untamala, were already
married to each other at the beginning of their
studies, and they were later joined by Jussi
Tuhkanen,
a
viola-player,
and
Petja
Kainulainen, a cellist.
The first part of the concert was devoted to
some small and not well-known pieces, with
each one introduced in a humorous way by
Jussi Tuhkanen. However. the performance
itself was highly serious and the harmony and
the timing between the players were superb!
During the intermission we were shown an old
short movie from Sibelius’ home life with his
wife and two of his daughters, on walks and at
work at the piano; all extremely nostalgic and
fascinating.
The second part of the concert was devoted to
one piece - the String quartet in D Minor opus 56
“Voces Intimae”-. Sibelius wrote this piece in
1908-1909 and, as the subtitle indicates, this is
a profoundly intimate work, with quite sudden
changes of mood and rhythm, reflecting a
rather difficult period in his life. The KAMUS
Quartet gave us a memorable interpretation.
The Reception afterwards was catered by the
Embassy’s chefs, and there was more wine and
juice than we could possibly wish for.
We could also purchase a CD made by the
group, which includes the string quartet in Dminor and some other modern Finnish works.
On departure the friendly security guards
showed us the way out, wishing us a very good
evening, and it really was a VERY GOOD
EVENING! Congratulations to the Finnish group
and also many thanks to the Finnish Embassy
and all the other sponsors for making this such
a memorable event.
Association Femmes d’Europe -
Inga Lill Jones,
EFTA/AELE Group
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internal news
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016 - ELECTIONS - CANDIDATURES
EVA TÖTTÖSY
Candidate au poste de Vice-présidente Projets
D’origine hongroise, Eva est membre de Femmes d’Europe depuis 2006. D’abord membre du comité
livres, elle était chef du groupe hongrois pendant 6 ans et a ensuite rallié le comité projets.
Pendant ses études universitaires de Philosophie et Lettres à Louvain, elle était présidente du cercle de
philologie classique et faisait partie de nombreuses associations estudiantines à caractère social. Elle parle plusieurs langues grâce
à ses voyages ou séjours linguistiques dans toute l’Europe.
Elle a rejoint l’Association après une carrière de 36 ans comme professeur de latin-grec à Bruxelles. Elle adorait son métier,
s’occuper de jeunes en quête de sens et de repères, ouvrir leur esprit et leur cœur pour devenir « citoyens du monde ». De concert
avec l’apprentissage exigeant des langues anciennes, elle entraînait ses élèves dans de nombreuses aventures : voyages en Italie et
en Grèce, sorties avec de jeunes handicapés, animations dans des maisons de repos et surtout l’écriture et la mise en scène de
plusieurs pièces de théâtre.
Elle aime rassembler des équipes autour de projets créatifs. Son mari, ses trois enfants et ses sept petits-enfants ont d’ailleurs tous
le virus du spectacle que ce soit la vidéo, la musique, la danse ou les exploits sportifs.
Elle attache beaucoup d’importance aux valeurs humanistes, à sa famille, à ses amis, aux voyages, à la culture sous toutes ses
formes et « se sent responsable de la Beauté du monde » qu’elle a sillonné jusqu’en Australie où vit un de ses fils.
Son expérience et ses rencontres au sein du Comité Projets l’encouragent à assumer le poste de vice-présidente projets et elle se
réjouit de la collaboration active de tous les membres de l’Association pour faire face aux besoins d’un monde en pleine mutation
où « la vie nous oblige à renaître plusieurs fois ».
NIOVI KYRIAZAKOU
44 years old mother of two children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year -old girl.
In 1989 I obtained the high school diploma from the Hellenic-American Educational FoundationAthens College and the Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom vom Goethe Institut i.A. der Universitaet
Muenchen.
In 1993 I graduated with distinction from the American College of Greece-Deree College (accredited by NEASC) with a
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Marketing Management).
I have an experience of 12 years in the banking sector -both in private and public banks.
Having completed my studies, I started my banking career in 1993 in the National Mortgage Bank of Greece as assistant to
the Deputy Governor closely cooperating with the Advertising and Public Relations Department.
Later and for 5 years, I was employed by Bayerische Hypo und Vereinsbank AG (German bank) as responsible in the newly
developed Loans Administration Department acquiring experience in a wide range of tasks related to credit business and
particularly in the arrangement of funding, monitoring of corporate loans, liaison with credit/account officers, dealers and
lawyers.
My work experience was substantially enriched by training sessions in London and Munich (headquarters).
Next and for 6 years I worked at Aspis Bank SA acting as Deputy Manager in one of the headquarter’s branch dealing with
mortgage/housing loans, all retail banking services while working closely with General Management, staff and customers.
In 2005 I met my husband (conseiller juridique à la Commission) and this was a significant turning point in my life. I
moved to Brussels and gave birth to two children.
While raising my children and for two consecutive years I worked as a volunteer at Cliniques Universitaires Saint- Luc and
specifically “en pédiatrie pour des petites hospitalises”. The latter strengthened my will to contribute to others less
fortunate and this became my life goal.
I’m actively involved in the Association Femmes d’Europe a.i.s.b.l. since 2010 being also responsible for the Greek group.
I strongly believe in Philanthropy (Greek word meaning love of humanity) and in the commitment of “Femmes
d’Europe”.
I hope that my educational background, work experience and primarily my willingness to contribute will be
valuable to the outstanding work of our Association.
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Cotisation Annuelle 2016 Annual Subscription
The Annual General Meeting is fast approaching... Do you want to vote?
The next Directory will soon be printed... Do you want your name in the 2016 Directory?
If you have forgotten to pay your annual subscription for 2016,
you are already a little late... but there is still time...
Please, do not delay and pay your annual membership fee as soon as possible.
Thank you to those many members who have already paid their membership fees.
And Should you have any further questions about membership,
please contact the secretariat: [email protected]
Cotisation pour 2016
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
The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st.

The current annual membership fee is 50, - Euros.

Subscriptions are due annually and payment has to be made by February 1st to renew membership.

If subscription remains unpaid, you will have no voting right at the General Assembly Meeting and
your membership will be deleted.
Wanted : Website Assistant Editor
The website of our Association is in the process of being re-designed.
This involves extra tasks and therefore, we are looking for someone to join the team at this exciting time.
Training will be provided. Time investment: 1-3 hours a week.
Please contact Renate for more information. [email protected]
Le nouveau site web de Femmes d'Europe est en construction. La refonte du site nécessite du temps et de
l'énergie ... D'importantes mises à jour sont en cours et l'équipe du site web doit être renforcée.
Si vous êtes intéressée par ce travail (formation, puis 1 à 3 heures de travail par semaine),
merci de contacter Renate pour plus d'[email protected]
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IN MEMORIAM
Le groupe Multinational annonce avec tristesse le décès de
Heidi Tebbe
member of the Multinational Group
The Members of the Association express their sincere condolences.
The Administrative Council
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Thursday 18 February Room C
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Thursday 14 April
VIP Room
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Thursday 26 May
VIP Room
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Monday 20 June
VIP Room
All meetings start at 10.00AM
Heidi Tebbe est décédée le 26 décembre 2015,
après une longue et pénible maladie qu'elle avait
menée avec un énorme courage jusqu'au dernier
jour.
Heidi avait rejoint le Groupe Multinational de
Femmes d'Europe, il y a plus de 10 ans, soucieuse
de venir en aide aux plus pauvres de ce monde.
Toujours positive et d'un grand courage, malgré
ses souffrances, elle était encore présente, fin
novembre, une longue journée, lors du dernier
Bazar de Noël. Elle était très heureuse d’y avoir
participé.
Pour nous toutes, Heidi est devenue une amie très
chère et seulement quelques jours avant sa mort,
elle exprimait encore tout son amour et ses vœux
pour ses Amis de Femmes d'Europe.
Heidi ne souhaitait pas de fleurs pour la
célébration funèbre mais a préféré les dons à
Femmes d'Europe.
Merci, très chère Heidi, tu avais le cœur sur la
main et tu resteras toujours présente dans nos
cœurs
Nous présentons nos très sincères condoléances à
son époux et toute sa famille.
Heidi Zuniga
Welcome to New Members
Name
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Group
Patricia Lamine-Veranneman UK
Katinka Komor
NL
Marjan Blok
NL
Annual General Meeting
Friday 11th March 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Charlemagne Building of the European Commission
170, rue de la Loi (métro Schuman)
Registration and Welcome Coffee from 1:30 p.m.
Prior registration by Friday 26th February 2016
Sénèque dit un jour : «Lorsque l’on ne sait pas
vers quel port on navigue, aucun vent n’est bon. »
Seneca once said : If one does not know to
which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.
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Our members take care of those in need...
The association and its members have the mission to serve those in need and specially women and
children. Femmes d’Europe has more than 800 members, from all countries around the world.
This is impressive and we can be proud of this.
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energy.
Our members need to be sometimes taken care of...
We must not forget to strengthen solidarity and humanity amongst the membership and Femmes
d’ Europe should not turn a blind eye to our members needs. With this in mind, we wish to create
a new area, a haven where we can take care of our ladies and bring support to our members, when
need be.
One of Bernadette’s wishes for years to come is “to make our 40th anniversary a
springboard” for the years ahead. We are not proposing an ambitious challenge but just a
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