Events: Limburg, Limburg

Summer Welcome Back Party

On the 18th of September 42 International Women from the International Women Club-South Limburg ( IWC-SL) attended an unforgettable Summer Welcome Back Party at a Glo-Art Center in Neerharen-Lanaken, Belgium.

After a difficult period of lockdown during which the club and its previous event coordinator Nikki Beulens organised  the whole spectrum of online activities it was the first time in almost 18 months that the members of the club met in person.

Nikki Beulens, photo ©Eugénie Dautzenberg

During the party the members had a chance to admire an amazing art collection presented by Glo-Art Center in a private tour and afterwards enjoy a delicious dinner at an amazing location.

Photo ©Celine Lebel
Photo©Nikki Beulens
Photo©Nikki Beulens
Photo: Nurlaila Olson

During the dinner all the members created also their own painting as a sign of connection after the lockdown.

Photo ©Celine Lebel
Photo ©Celine Lebel
Photo ©Nurlaila Olson

The president of the International Women Club South Limburg Monique Caelen said the following about this event: ”It was such a great happening because we were able to meet some of our members at a fabulous Party.

For me as ‘COVID President’, it has been so hard during the last period that we couldn’t do anything except the Zoom Meetings. The Party had everything it should have. A beautiful culture program in a breath-taking environment, good food and drinks, artistic and enthusiastic employees, and of course our lovely members! I really hope that this was the start of a fantastic IWC South Limburg club year.’’

Monique Caelen, Photo©Nikki Beulens

Nurlaila Olson, the activities coordinator and a board member:’’ We made it to start our great kick off for our first IWC season! Our Summer Welcome Back pARTy was a success. The fact that we made it through all the difficulties in this strange time – to have a party outside again it was an achievement, and the venue was amazing. All the ladies looked fabulous with their colorful dresses! The total that attended was 42 ladies from 23 different countries that night.

Covid-19 is real, let’s get that right. We can’t take it for granted and I personally experienced it. We have endured so many challenges during these strange times. We had our ups and downs while we were in a total lockdown, but we need to keep going. When we did everything online – that was the biggest challenge. It was only 20% of the members joined the Zoom activities.  It’s hard to do activities online and most of the members don’t like it, but we had no other options.

Nothing makes me happier than to see that the members faces are smiling and talking – freely. Being able to hug each other again, to hear their stories – for me these are the most rewarding moments, especially since I have taken on the role as Activity Coordinator.”

Nurlaila Olson, Photo©Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska

The International Women’s Club of South Limburg in the Netherlands was founded in February 1985 as a non-profit organisation.

The primary purpose of the Club is to bring together women of all nationalities living in the area of South Limburg, promoting friendship, sharing mutual interests and extending support and information to newcomers.

More information about the club you can find here: http://iwc-sl.nl/about-iwc/

photo©Eugénie Dautzenberg
Photo©Nikki Beulens

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