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NAF News and Events April 2019

NAF Update April 2019
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The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC

Netherland-America Foundation Ambassadors' Awards Dinner

in collaboration with Holland on the Hill

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Willard Intercontinental
1401 Penns
ylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Please join the NAF at the 2019 Ambassadors' Awards Dinner, celebrating Dutch-American heritage and friendship.

For more details and registration, please click here.

Chapter Spotlight - Houston

Dear Members and Friends of the NAF,

In 2018 the Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce transformed itself into the NAF Houston Chapter, expanding from business networking to three focus areas; Cultural Exchange, Business Exchange and Education, while becoming part of an organization with a long and rich history.

The Chapter
The purpose of the NAF Houston is to encourage and facilitate the growth of bilateral trade, business, education and cultural relationships between the Netherlands and Texas.

The Team
Around the middle of last year, I was asked to lead the new chapter. With Henk Jelsma as Secretary and Nadia Sant as Treasurer, we embrace the opportunity to create a vibrant and fun organization. As a volunteer organization, we need to spread the load and retain the experience; having Nadia, Robbie and Ralf as board members preserves the historic knowledge. The creation of three sub-committees was the second step to broaden the team. The sub-committees are developing their programs for 2019, and each committee has a champion for their team on the board. Having Saskia Pardaans of the NBSO on the board and championing for the Business Exchange committee, has been a real benefit for the chapter. 

Van Gogh in Houston
The Cultural Exchange committee under Rutger Beelaerts' championship has been involved with the Van Gogh exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, of which the NAF is one of the sponsors. Through June 27th, the exhibition brings together more than 50 masterworks by one of the most iconic artists in the history of Western art. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art displays four key stages in Van Gogh's (1853–1890) career, from early sketches to final paintings. We highly recommend this exhibition; for more information visit  MFAH. Another  example of special events is MFAH Mixed Media, a late-night party at the Museum on April 26th, that includes cocktails, dancing and DJs.

The Education committee with Ralf van der Ven as Champion is looking to support the goals of the NAF organization, through Fulbright Fellowships, interest-free study loans, internship opportunities and other programs.

Going Forward
The next critical step is engagement and growth of membership. A lively and well-attended New-Years' reception was the first push. Robbie Hermsen will be looking for ways to create that engagement and participation. We continue to look for volunteers to help organize, and for members to enjoy what we organize. We ask for your participation, so click the button to become a NAF sponsor, select the Houston chapter, or reach out to anyone on the team. See you at the Vincent van Gogh exhibition, the mixed media event, and/or King's Day. I plan to come from La Grange in the middle of the MS150 charity ride from Houston to Austin that weekend, so don't let me down...

Sjoerd Hoekstra
Chairman Houston NAF Chapter

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Golden Gate Park, Murphy Windmill
12:00 - 5:00 PM

This year for the first time, the San Francisco King's Day celebration will be organized under auspices of the Norcal Chapter of the NAF. The Consulate of the Netherlands San Francisco previously organized King's Day and will remain an important partner for future King's Day celebrations.
The Norcal Chapter is excited to welcome a very enthusiastic Oranje Comité (Marjolein, Yvonne, Dirk, Nynke, Pim, Gerita and Liselotte) to their ranks. This is the second time this Comite has successfully organized this big event in San Francisco that usually attracts a crowd of over 3,000 people, young and old, that are caught by the  "orange fever." Dutch King's Day San Francisco is a day not just for Dutch expats or Dutch Americans, but a celebration to share with the Dutch San Francisco Bay Area community, and beyond.

Please sign up as a volunteer! No Dutch language skills required, just a can-do attitude! 
For the first time, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives will be hosting a Culinary Week that brings together four internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs from The Netherlands who will join forces to create an "8-star" dining experience unlike any other. Taking place from June 2-9, 2019, Culinary Week includes special gourmet dinners prepared by the guest chefs and culminates in the exclusive dinners of a lifetime at Windows On Aruba on June 7 and June 8 also prepared by all four acclaimed chefs.

The line-up of participating acclaimed chefs are:

Francois Geurds (**) FG restaurant
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Erik van Loo (**) Park Heuvel
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Edwin Vinke (**) Kromme Watergang 
Hoofdplaat, The Netherlands

Jermain de Rozario (*) De Rozario 
Helmond, The Netherlands

An exclusive special package for the members of The Netherlands-America Foundation will be available. For more information about the events, hotel and package exclusively for NAF members call 1-800-554-2008 or email [email protected] To find out more information about amenities, activities and property location please click here
NOW through Thursday, June 27, 2019
Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, Texas 77005
Thursday, April 11- Sunday, April 21, 2019
Bach & Bleach
La Mama
The Downstairs 
66 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Directed by NAF-Fulbright Alumnus Erwin Maas          
Saturday, April 27, 2019
King's Day at Battery Park City
12:00-4:00 pm
Esplanade Plaza
New York, NY 10280 

Fun, Games and Dutch treats!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
King's Day Party NYC
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
528 W 39th St (Betw. 10th & 11th Ave)
New York, NY 10018
Saturday, April 27, 2019
King's Day Celebration- Houston
The West End- A Public House
7:00-11:00 pm
5320 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
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