zaterdag 11 mei 2019

Verenigde Staten: News and Events May 2019

NAF Update May 2019

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, Washington, DC
6:30 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction Review
7:30 pm Dinner and Awards
10:00 pm After-Dinner Cognac & Liquors


The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Award
The Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award
The Ambassador K. Terry Dornbush Award

These awards, established in 1991 and named after former U.S. Ambassadors to the Netherlands, recognize a person's outstanding professional accomplishments in either the commercial, cultural or political field in the United States or the Netherlands, and individuals who have markedly served to strengthen relations between the two countries.


Rachel Brand
Executive Vice President, Global Governance, Walmart, Inc.
The Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award

Russell Shorto
Author, Historian and Journalist
The Ambassador K. Terry Dornbush Award

Alexander R. Wynaendts
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aegon N.V.
The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Award


Jim VandeHei
CEO/Co-Founder of Axios; Former CEO/Co-Founder of Politico

For registration please click here.

NAF Ambassadors' Awards Dinner will be preceded at noon by the
Heineken Award and Lecture Ceremony
At the Members' Room
Library of Congress
Alexander R. Wynaendts

Hosted by the Holland on the Hill program, a joint effort of the U.S. Congressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, corporate partners, and the Netherland-America Foundation. Guests attending the Awards Dinner are invited and are kindly requested to register.
Please contact [email protected]
Chapter Spotlight - Washington DC
Bob Ottenhoff, Ton Gardeniers, Ambassador Henne Schuwer, Stan Veuger and Jim Dykstra

Dear Members and Friends of NAF,

     Spring is always an exciting time for the Washington, DC NAF Chapter. As I write this, we are busily preparing for our annual Ambassadors' Awards Dinner, which will be held at the Willard Hotel in downtown DC on Wednesday evening, May 22.  
     The dinner is held in conjunction with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, its Holland on the Hill partners, and the House Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Ambassador Henne Schuwer is our honorary dinner chair, and Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) are honorary co-chairs.  The dinner raises funds for the NAF's educational and cultural programs and provides for a study/internship program in Washington, DC each summer.  Five Dutch students attend classes at George Mason University and intern on Capitol Hill and at non-profit organizations, associations and media outlets such as the New York Times.
     We will be honoring three distinguished individuals for their contributions to Dutch-American relations at the dinner on the 22nd.  They are Rachel Brand, Executive Vice President of Global Governance for Walmart; Russell Shorto, an author, historian and journalist who has written critically acclaimed books about Amsterdam and the Dutch settlement of Manhattan; and Alexander Wynaendts, CEO and Chairman of Aegon N.V.  Mr. Wynaendts will also be presented the Holland on the Hill Freddy Heineken Award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill earlier in the day.
     Jim VandeHei, founder and CEO of Axios, who also founded Politico, will be our keynote speaker.  A year ago, our keynoter was Hank Meijer, a former dinner awardee, who spoke on his book about Sen. Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, who was one of the most influential senators on international affairs in US history.
     The chapter holds a number of educational, cultural and social programs throughout the year.  These include speaker lunches, gallery tours, opportunities to hear Dutch authors and musicians visiting the US, and regular informal social gatherings in conjunction with other Dutch organizations in the nation's capital.
     The speaker luncheons have proven particularly interesting.  They have featured noted Dutch water expert Henk Ovink; curators of Dutch art at the National Gallery of Art; Alexander van der Horst, an astrophysics professor at George Washington University; senior Dutch government officials, including the head of Dutch counterterrorism efforts; and Dutch art historian Anke Van Wagenberg.  The chapter has also hosted special events, including ones at which Hank Meijer spoke about his Vandenberg book; a program featuring the author of a book about the Dutch in Indonesia; a panel discussion on election day in the Netherlands, with live streaming of election results; and others.

Group Photo with Ambassador Henne Schuwer, Embassy staff, Representatives of the Michigan State House Assembly Leaders and NAF delegation 
Ambassador Henne Schuwer with students from Calvin College, Dutch Embassy staff  and NAF delegation in Grand Rapids, Michigan April 30, 2019

   The DC chapter values its relationship with the Dutch embassy; with the Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and with its partner chapters around the country.  Just recently, Bob Ottenhoff and Jim Dykstra joined NAF executive director Yvonne Simons, Ambassador Schuwer and Julia Koppius of the Dutch embassy in a visit to Western Michigan.  During their visit, they met with leaders of the Dutch community in Western Michigan and discussed ways in which the NAF chapter there could be more active and play a leadership role on behalf of the large Dutch contingent in Western Michigan and throughout the Midwest.
     The DC NAF chapter is headed by Stan Veuger, a renowned economist at the American Enterprise Institute who was formerly with the Boston NAF chapter.  Other chapter leaders include NAF board members Jim Dykstra, Ton Gardeniers and Bob Ottenhoff, along with Sophie Peeters, who serves as board secretary, and Alexander van der Horst.   Sophie, now with the World Bank, is a distinguished alumna of our study/internship program.
Jim Dykstra
Member, NAF Board Executive Committee
Member, DC NAF Chapter Leadership Committee
Save the Date
Annual Meeting of Members 2019

Thursday, June 6 , 2019
Baker & McKenzie LLP
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Thursday, June 6, 2019
12:30-2:00 PM
Saturday, May 4- Sunday, May 12 
Oorkaan Performs Glimpse
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Thursday, May 16
NAF NL: Send-Off Event NAF Awardees with Andre Haspels
5:00-8:00 PM
Café Schlemmer
Lange Houtstraat 17
2511 CV Den Haag
Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 19
Women Art Dealers 1940-1990
Christie's Education Symposium
1230 Avenue of the Americas
20th Floor
New York, NY, 10020

Peggy Guggenheim and Nelly van Doesburg. De Stijl in the United States - lecture by Doris Wintgens 

Thursday, May 23
NAF NorCal & CGSF: Book Presentation
The Disruptive Power of Citizens by Dr. Steven de Waal 

6:30-8:30 PM
Consulate General of the Netherlands
120 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, May 23
NAF NorCal: Speed Coaching Event
6:30-8:00 PM
Schubert, Jonckheer & Kolbe
3 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1650
San Francisco, CA
Your participation in the NAF plays a big role in helping the organization fulfill its ongoing mission of supporting educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the Netherlands.


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