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Bond'jou les Belges du Wisconsin

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Y a ti co des Belges vin'ci?

Or, for american people: "Can I meet Belgians from Wisconsin, here?"
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crackerj2 said:
I like to eat Booya. Does that count?
Why not...;) but, what is exactly Booya?
A super “stick to your ribs” soup-stew made with chicken. While chicken soup is universal and variations of this dish can be found in many cultures world wide, northeastern Wisconsin is the only place in the world where Chicken Booyah is found. It is a favorite at the many festivals, church picnics, bazaars, and any other large gathering in the northeast part of Wisconsin. This chicken soup is typically made in large 10 or 20-gallon batches, cooked outdoors over a wood fire, and worked on by several people at once. Restaurants have their own special recipe. Booyah is lovingly called “Belgian Penicillin.”

The first Belgian immigrants arrived in Wisconsin in 1853. These immigrants were from the French-speaking part of Belgium, with their own language called "Walloon." Walloon is not a version of French. It is a language with its own grammar and vocabulary. Even today, the area settled by these people in Wisconsin, they settled in a corner of eastern Wisconsin near Lake Michigan, is known as the Walloon area. The theory is that the uneducated Belgian could not spell, thus writing down the word he heard.
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OK, you are a little bit Belgian if you eat booya :thumbsup:
And, do you know my avatar?
Markku, are you from Belgium living in Wisconsin now?
I'm from Belgium... living in Belgium now. In the south part of the country. Place where we speak French.
I saw a report on TV about Belgian living in Wisconsin and always speaking "Wallon".

But if I say to you I live near Namur and Brussels, you can think I'm from Wisconsin because belgian's pioneers gave names of belgian's towns to their new american cities.
Closest I can get is I work with a Belgian. He doesnt ride bikes but he is old, swears all the time with a heavy accent, drinks way too much, and sometimes passes out at work.

Does that count?
Since you're in Belgium...

Can you tell me anything about the Royal Cyclist's Pesant Club? My wife got me a 1924 pendant for Christmas she found in an antique shop. It also says "Liegeois Fetes Nationales 1924". Thanks...
Yes, it is...
How do you know it?
Lucky guess... I figured it had something to do with the Walloon region because I referred to it in my response about the booyah.
theGliberal said:
Since you're in Belgium...

Can you tell me anything about the Royal Cyclist's Pesant Club? My wife got me a 1924 pendant for Christmas she found in an antique shop. It also says "Liegeois Fetes Nationales 1924". Thanks...
Yes, I can! I'm living about 30 miles from Liège...


For memory, these founders were called Fernand and Ernest MATIVA, Charles LEGRAND, Charles VAN HAER and Ernest HUYSMANS.
They sat at the Coffee Vedrin, Boulevard of Avroy, and it is on May 1, 1891 that their club was baptized Cyclist' S HEAVY Club.

Why the Heavy one?

The founders of the circle, initially dedicated to the practice of the gymnastics, invited, one day of 1891, several foreign formations with an international contest. With the final bouquet, the delegate of each nation spoke. When the turn came from the Netherlands, the representative, who expressed himself in approximate French, escrima, throughout his intervention, to pronounce this club by retracting the R conscientiously, which gave one "weigh club". The word remained, which was worth with the club centenary a at the very least original Christian name.

It as should be noticed as at the beginning, each member refused the title of president, the functions of secretary, treasurer and chief of material, were ensured by only one and even nobody.

Since 1892, glorious time of the brass bands cyclists, the Heavy one constituted sections of tourism and trumpets. The members carried a uniform then: kepi, jacket, jodhpurs (gray-blue).

First President (A. SARTON), succeeded Oscar REMY, the promoter of the cycle in Wallonia and which became, between on November 15, 1903 and October 15, 1922 (date of its death) the President of the LVB. Then the long reign came from Arthur LOSA (of 1912 to 1940) which played Weighing an enormous role. It consolidated the organization of the tests cyclists, gathered runners of reputation and comitards of quality.

Succeeded then the position of president, Sirs max TRIVIER (1940-1944), Edgar LATIN (1944-1946) and Georges REMY (1946-1966).

Other prestigious names contributed to re-elected club.

There is of course Edouard CORNELIS, President of the Sporting Committee, which during years will have been an extraordinary organizer, but also Yvan GOOR. After an excellent international career in medium-distance race, it became leading tough which dealt highly with the relief fund with the runners.

The sporting prize list of Heavy is exceptional, which was worth to him to be selected like the first prize winner of the Sporting Merit of the town of Liege.

After being itself devoted exclusively to the organizations in 1968, the Heavy one became again a club with runners with in the chair Emile MASSON, in 1969. The former double champion of Belgium of the pros (1947 and 1948) agreed to take again the bar of the ship and succeeded in bringing back to Heavy, year by year, a growing number of young elements, to which it exempted the science of the race.

Arsène VANHAEREN succeeded to him and with him collaboration with the Company from the Tour de France of Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Walloon Arrow came. Its death which has occurred during the season 2004 was a great loss for the club.

Paul BOLLAND, Gouverneur honorary of the Province of Liege takes the presidency since 2005.

The club is organized in the legal form of a Non-profit-making association (A.S.B.L.).

(Source: Guy CRASSET)
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I saw the information on their web site. Thank heavens for Google translation!

Here's the front:

Here's the back:
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No more help needed. I just thought a couple of pictures were in order. Now if they ever have any jerseys they want to get rid of...:thumbsup:
Belgium... "where England and Germany go to settle their differences."

I've lived in Wisconsin for most of my life but I can't think of one area of the state or neighborhood in a city where the Belgian contingent is noticeable. Welsh, English, Irish, German, Pole, Italian, Norwegian... but not the Belgians.
I'm living about 17 miles from Namur... in Belgium


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