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BACOS – 5th Anniversary Reception | 10/04/2018


Join BACOS for its 5th anniversary at the Westside Warehouse where Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO of UCB, will be the Guest Speaker.  This night of celebration along with delicious Belgian beers and tasty hors d’oeuvres from Thao will take place on Thursday, October 4, from 7pm to 9:30pm

Discounted entry fee for beATL members ($15 instead of $30 | get your code here)…. With every ticket you’ll get a chance to win 10×2 tickets for a ATL United Game! Additional ATL United Raffle Tickets will be on sale during the reception.

RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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19th Women’s Series | 09/20/2018


A panel of  3 powerful women [Anne Marie Colombo, CISSP, Cybersecurity Solution Advisor, SAP + Cynthia Curry, Director of IoT, Metro Atlanta Chamber + DeBrae Kennedy-Mayo, Research Faculty Member, Georgia Institute of Technology] will discuss cyber security risks that could affect all of our lives while also providing insight on how to manage some of those risks.

The Women’s Series is a collaborative initiative of the FrenchNetherlandsGerman and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council and the Japan-American Society of Georgia.
Started in January 2014, the Women’s Series holds quarterly business events for professional women of the Atlanta international community. The goal of the Women’s Series is to bring educational and stimulating content to our attendees, while facilitating professional opportunities and networking among peers.

LOGISTICS

  • When: Thursday, September 20 2018, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: 191 Peachtree Street N.E. – Suite 3400, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Event Fees:
    • Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, GACC, BABC & JASG: $20
    • Students (bring your Student ID): $20
    • Non members: $35
  • REGISTER HERE ONLINE

The King Center’s Beloved Community International Expo | 8/25/2018


Travel around the world without leaving Atlanta during the Beloved Community International Expo on Saturday, August 25th at The King Center.

Open to all ages and free to attend, the expo will celebrate diverse cultures with music, dance and costumes from around the world! In collaboration with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, local consul generals and other key partners, the Expo will transform The King Center campus and adjacent streets into our world house. Representatives from all 7 continents will provide educational and entertaining experiences reflecting their culture, religion, language, education and much more.

There will also be prizes, refreshments and a kids-zone hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park from 11am-5pm.

As an added bonus, there will be an open house at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday August 25, 2018 from 11 am – 7 pm
  • Where: The King Center | 449 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA
  • Registration is a must.

21st of July Celebration | 07/22/2018


2016-03-03 - PCM (1)We have only one National Day so join beATL for a lovely afternoon at the beach with your fellow compatriots on Sunday July 22nd from 12 to 6 pm.

beATLe Diane has reserved a covered pavilion at the Atlanta Yacht Club where we will have our National PicNic, rain or shine!    There will be fun for the whole fam:  you can hit the waves, play in the sand, compete in a game of volleyball or petanque, go kayaking or simply relax.

Please read carefully the Logistics, especially the waiver … and be courteous: use our RSVP system even if you are not joining us…  If you didn’t get a RSVP invitation via email through Whoozin, contact me so I can add you to our emailing/RSVP list.

LOGISTICS

WAIVER: beATL and the Atlanta Yacht Club will not be responsible for in any and all activities associated with the event.  Your family and guests are your sole responsibility and your participation is voluntary.  So no claim for any injury, accident, illness, loss, liability, damage, claim or cost, including actual attorney fees and costs that may arise from or in any way be in connection with the activities of beATL’s and the use of the property and facilities of Atlanta Yacht Club.  There is no lifeguard on duty!

  • When: Sunday July 22nd from 12 to 6 pm – gates won’t open before 12 pm!  Drive slowly towards the gates for access.
  • Where:  Atlanta Yacht Club  | 7120 Yacht Club Dr, Acworth, GA 30102 – Directions.  Be aware of road works populating I-75…
  • Parking: Parking is available on the grass around and in front of the Club House.  Park sensibly to leave enough space for others and do not block any boats!  For your convenience, you can drop off your material and attributes at the pavilion upon arrival.
  • RSVP is a must – only for beATL members.

What to bring (list is not exhaustive):

  • picnic basket to feed your family and guests … food, snacks, cups and plates, silverware, utensils, if needed, napkins, paper towels,…
  • cooler with an assortment of kid-friendly and adult beverages and plenty of ice.  Don’t forget water, corkscrew or bottle opener if needed!
  • if you want to use the grills, bring everything to that effect … charcoal, matches but also cleaning material!  You will be responsible to clean it after use.
  • beach games, ball (beach, volley,…), petanque, frisbee, other sports gear
  • swimming attributes including bathing suit, floaties, water air mattress, kayak, life jacket (a must if you go outside the swimming area),…
  • pail and shovel, bucket, other beach toys, book, magazine, binoculars,…
  • towels, extra clothes, flip flops …
  • beach chairs, beach umbrella  and remember hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug repellent.

What not to bring

Weapons of any kind, pets, motorcycles.

More to know

  • the Clubhouse has restrooms including a changing station for babies
  • if you intend to go outside the swimming area, you must wear a life jacket
  • for the sun sensitive souls, there are plenty shady spots under trees or pavilion.  The pavilion has fans and there is an additional portable one.

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Belgian DJ Netsky in ATL | 6/30/2018


Fabulous Belgian DJ Netsky – Boris Daenen – will perform at the freshly remodeled Buckhead Theater on Saturday June 30th with its primal party experience: ‘DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS‘, an immersive visual wonderland, sub-sonic D&B Sound System, awe inspiring full color laser display and a world class line-up.

 

 

Logistics

  • When: Saturday June 30th, 2018 – Doors @ 9 pm –  18 and up only
  • Where: Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Parking: good luck!  Don’t think about parking your wheels at the adjacent shops …
  • Tickets

General Admission-STANDING ROOM ONLY!

Release your inner animal but don’t drink and drive … and try carpooling/Ubering or Lyfting….

Women in Philanthropy | 2/26/2018


The Netherlands, French, German and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council are pleased to invite you to their 17th edition of the Women’s Series: Women in Philanthropy, Caring Can Help Your Career, Not Just Your Soul!  Sarah Fonder-Kristy (Atlanta Community Food Bank), Theresa Wentzel (Atlanta Dream), and Kari Love (Atlanta Women’s Foundation) will be participating in a panel discussion  on the role that women can – and must – play in non-profits and philanthropy.

The Women’s Series is a collaborative initiative of the FrenchNetherlandsGerman and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council.  Started in January 2014, the Women’s Series holds quarterly business events for professional women of the Atlanta international community. The goal of the Women’s Series is to bring educational and stimulating content to our attendees, while facilitating professional opportunities and networking among peers.

Logistics

  • When: Monday, February 26, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where:  Atlanta International School | 2890 N Fulton Dr NE, Atlanta, Atlanta 30305
  • Parking: ample free parking on the school site
  • Event Fees:
    • Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, GACC & BABC : $20
    • Students (bring your Student ID): $20
    • Non members: $35
  • Registration is a must

New Year with BACoS | 1/19/2018


Join the Belgian American Chamber of the South for its annual New Year Celebration.  Enjoy delicious Belgian beverages, tasty hors d’oeuvre and great networking opportunities.   And don’t miss the chance to win a Tintin Comic Strip!

Logistics

  • When – Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6 pm.
  • Where – the Lawyers Club of Atlanta | 1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3850, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Parking – Parking is available in the Promenade Parking Garage located next to the building. Parking passes will be validated.
  • Admission Fees :
    • Members: Free
    • Non-members – 30 and under: $15
    • Non-members: $20
  • Registration

beATL is your friend


beATL is your companion, your friend.  beATL is your guide to all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.

But beATL is also you.  You and your family.  You and your Belgian friends.  So if you would like to do something with your fellow compatriots, just send me the logistical info, and beATL will publish it for you and handle the RSVPs.  It can be anything and it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of work:  just grab an idea from all the events around you and make the call …

Here is  an example: you want to bring your family to the fabulous display of Christmas Lights at the Botanical Garden in Atlanta in December (could be January too) …  Why not team up with other Belgian families who would probably want to do the same … Pick a date and time and let beATL make the announcements for you … Every single family will purchase their tickets in advance (or at the ticket window on the day) so you don’t have to deal with money … Just be at the meeting point to welcome your peers, and enjoy the lights!  How simple is that??

Here are some simple ideas for families: walk with or without picnic, a movie night, a haunted house, a day at Six Flags, peek at the zoo, fun at Snow Mountain, Atlanta streetcar … And for adults: a Segway tour, a visit to the Center of Civil and Human Rights, bond with a mummy, Atlanta Movie Tour, drive a Porsche, dance lessons, bowling…

Or course, you could also organize a wine tasting evening, a themed party, an automobile rally, a treasure hunt, a canoe trip,… which all require a little bit more organization but ask a friend to help you and it will be all fun for all!

What are you waiting for???   Contact beATL and let’s schedule something and have an exciting beATL-Time!

 

Luzia | 11/16/2017


beATL goes to Luzia, the latest Cirque du Soleil’s adventure. We have a group reservation for 25 persons, at a discounted price, for Thursday November 16th at 8 pm.  This is an event for the whole family [and friends]! Registrations – with payment – will be first come, first serve.

Interested?  Email us with us and we will contact you to arrange for the payment.  Registrations are only valid if your payment is received before the deadline of October 15th.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday November 16th, 2017 at 8 pm – Meeting Point and time will be confirmed to attendees.
  • Where: Atlantic Station | 241, 20th St, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Price (price level 2):
    • Adults: $60
    • Children <12: $50
    • Seniors 65+: $55
  • Deadline for registration and payment is Sunday October 15.

Farewell Wim | 9/5/2017


Wim Van Cauteren and his lovely wife Luciana have been beATLe fans as soon as beATL started its journey in June 2014.  For sure we will miss seeing them around!

Wim has been appointed as Trade Commissioner for Flanders & Brussels in Mexico-City where he will work at the Belgian Embassy.  There are a lot of economic links between the US and Mexico which has adopted a lot of American business practices while keeping its Latin flavor.   Also Mexico has, apart from Brazil, the largest economy in Latin-America offering many unexplored opportunities that Wim is excited about.

Luciana and Wim are fluent in Spanish, making the move to such a beautiful country even more attractive; they are both really looking forward to live there.

Wim started working for Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in June 1998.   His first posting was Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; that was followed by a 7-year stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After Argentina, he went back to Brussels for 2 1/2 years – at FIT’s headquarters, and since 2012, Atlanta became their new home.

His main activities is to give support to Flemish & Brussels export companies, that want to expand into the (Southern) USA.  On the other hand, he also detects US companies that want to cross the Atlantic and invest in Europe which explains why you could see him at numerous conferences, events and exhibitions.

He was also the co-organizer of three large trade missions in his jurisdiction: two Flemish-Dutch trade missions (one to Houston, TX and one to Atlanta, GA) and one Belgian Economic Mission to Texas.

What he loves about his job is getting positive feedback from Belgian and local companies, industry associations and government representatives but the icing on the cake is when a company secures a contract thanks to his introduction!

Wim will never forget the day and night of January 28 in 2014 when a snow and ice storm hit Atlanta!  Here is his story: ‘that night we were organizing a reception for Belgian businessmen that participated at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, so we could not leave the office early.  We left the office at 11 PM thinking that by that time the highways would be clear. Wrong ! I-75 north was still clogged with cars and there was a complete stand still. We got off the freeway, but we got lost somewhere in midtown and we feared we would have to overnight in our car with freezing temperatures outside. Luckily a Good Samaritan found us and was so nice to give us a ride back to my office in downtown Atlanta. At the office, we had to make a makeshift bed, made of tapestries and old carpets, but we were so happy that we didn’t have to sleep in the car.’

He will always enjoy and feel proud with the headline on the VRT (Flemish Public Television) news that stated that the first joint Flemish-Dutch economic mission in Houston, TX was a success. After several months of preparation, it was very rewarding.

If you ask Wim about his personal best moments in Atlanta, he will tell you about the Sun Dial restaurant in the Westin-hotel downtown where he had a birthday dinner with Luciana … but what made it very special is that on that rainy day, the view was nonexistent giving them the impression of having dinner in the clouds.   And the Belgian beers at the Brick Store Pub will remain a very good souvenir.

His last day in Atlanta is on September 15 … and no, the name of his successor is not known yet.   Check the blog again soon.

Join Flanders Investment & Trade and the Belgian American Chamber of the South on Tuesday, September 5th, so you too can thank Wim for all the great work he has done in the Southeast, wish him all the best on his new mission in Mexico and say goodbye to this super nice couple.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
  • Where: Burr & Forman LLP171 17th Street Northwest – 11th floor, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • RSVP by Sept 1st, 2017