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Presidents Report November 2018

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President report
I can still remember the day that I heard that some members of the Wilhelmina club decided to move on and started the Rembrandt club, it was in early 1978, 40 years ago. Where has the time gone?
Our anniversary celebration in January was a very pleasant afternoon and many members attended. Looking back over these 40 years a lot has happened and many things have changed.
Our monthly dance nights are history, the choir has gone, I still miss it, the carnival group does not exist anymore either, but after the first two years in a factory unit we moved into the present building and in the meantime have made these premises our home away from home, thanks to a lot of hard work from some of our volunteers.
Our club has always been very different, as we are the only fully licenced Dutch club in N.S.W. and not to forget our yearly Festival that for the last twenty years also has become a meet again event for the Dutch community in N.S.W
Despite all the changes throughout the 40 years we hope to keep going, WITH YOUR SUPPORT, for another 40 years.
Rest me only to acknowledge all our volunteers and my fellow committee members for all the time and effort that you have put in throughout the year.
J. Joosten president.

Kitchen Corner November 2018

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Christmas is only a few weeks away. Looking forward to a short break.            But before we get there Sinterklaas and Father Christmas will bring the so much loved festivities.
    Sometimes members bring in a gift.
If it is something to share it will be shared. (Like the yummy oranges, eggs, bread rolls and mandarins)
If it is something to do ‘whatever you want’ with it can end up on the fundraising table. The item will find a happy owner and the club will get a few dollars.       
The other day a friend handed me not one but two beautiful aprons. I will wear them with pride.  A bit like a medal well deserved. I actually wear out more aprons than any other clothes. LOL
            A few years ago I got a few Master Chef aprons. That was after the TV series was finished and Coles was ‘throwing them out’. We wore them at a few functions and had some funny comments.
After that I got some Orange aprons from the same show and the volunteers are still wearing them. Top quality material.
Thanks everyone for all the gifts you brought in over the year.
Christmas is a time for saying thank you for everything received, not just the gift of goods but also the gift of time spend to listen. 
              There are always members that go through a rough patch. 
If this is YOU, come and visit and have a coffee with us. We are not here just for the cooking and filling up the shop.  Visit during the quite hour on Friday afternoon. It’s your club too. XX

The last day to book your young ones for Sinterklaas is November 9
Don’t let them miss out.
All children booked in will receive a personal invitation from Sinterklaas

                                   See you all in the kitchen                                                  Mia

Happy Birthday November 2018

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Karl Bachner; Jackie Bavell; Gerard Bekkers; Susan Davey;
Truus Engel; Grete Erichsen; Jennifer Haarsma;Geertje Hahn;
Margaret Hardy; Lynette Hutchens; Shirley Hooton;
Katja Jefferys; Rosalin Last; Alexander Lilley; Mark Harper;
Jennifer Joosten; Ingrid Kacir; Margaret Koek; Anna Noot;
Wolfgang Kubale; Carmen Lewis;Voltaire Lusica; Jos Mathot; Joke Mathot; Christine McKinnon; Catharina Milner;
Cheryl Smart; David Mortimer; Doky Noordeloos;
Joyce Reitsma; Christine Roach; Margaret Schutte;
Regina Wolff; Willem Smit; Eddie & Magda van den Brink;
Nellie van der Voort; Annie van de Mortel; Henk van Leeuwen; Kees van Wijk; Mathew Wilson;

Presidents Report October 2018

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Next to the club I am also involved with Nepean Multicultural Access and I like to explain to our readers what N.M.A. is all about.                                                                                                                                             As the name indicates we look after the multicultural residents of the Nepean area, which means new arrivals as well as groups of migrants of the early days.                           

There are groups from South America, Sudan, a multicultural group and also a Dutch group.

These groups meet weekly at the Senior citizens centre on the corner of the Highway and Mamre Road, they get picked up from home by bus and brought home again after lunch

Some play cards or Rummy-cub and some days they will go on an outing, all this is very much subsidised by the government.

Who qualifies for this?

You got to be a senior and live in the Nepean area and you have to like your fellow countrymen. Lunch will be provided for a small fee.

If you are interested or want to know more about it you can call Elizabeth on 9833 2416 or see me at the club.

As they say, the more the marrier.

J. Joosten.

Kitchen Corner October 2018

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We had a very busy month at your club. Open day was very successful.

The garage sale was maybe not as busy, but we sold a lot of goods.

Combine the two and we donate $1,000.oo to the club kitty.

With all of that we also enjoyed the days and company of volunteers (thanks guys) and visitors.

                         Natasha;           Last month we had a spur of the moment fundraiser for a young mother (of four boys) who needed brain surgery.

A beautiful handmade blanket was donated so there was a raffle.

We also made the decision that all monies from goods sold from the fundraising table would be added to this. In case persons /visitors did not want to purchase a raffle ticket or buy anything they were welcome to just put some money in the jar.

We only had 3 full weeks until the draw of the raffle and send the money to Natasha. The total was $500.                                                                                                                       But wait there is more!                                                                                                                                            At night one of our members passed on an envelope with Natasha’s name on it. There was another $500.  Instantly the amount doubled.

A few people involved got goose bumps because of this generous gift.

              Natasha’s operation was a success and we all wish for her for a speedy recovery.

                           There is a Thank You letter in this magazine.


We have received the first couple of orders for chocolate letters.

Don’t wait too long because you might miss out.


             A very new item. In soon. Chocomel from Nederland.

             We only placed a small order for now. See how the sales go.


And by the way; I put seeds in the ground and I am so bl%#@!y excited.              After one night of rain the little green bits are peeping out. I am a great gardener. Maybe not. Lol. Forgetting what I put in the ground and where, my garden will be the biggest surprise this summer.



                                   See you all in the kitchen    Mia


A Sinterklaas form (kids party)is included in this magazine

Notice board 2 October 2018

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It is never too late to recognise people that fought for peace

Mobilisation War Cross & Medal for Order & Peace presented to grandson on behalf of Hans Luning POW On Pakan Baroe Death Railway Sumatra 3 1/2 years in captivity. Corps Of Military Engineers 10th Division Bandoeng March 1942.

Always be proud of your parents and grandparents who fought for peace

Lest we forget

Notice board October 2018

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Natasha's Fund Raiser.                                                                        Natasha thanks everyone so very much for their support.

She is overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone.

The operation was a success, but healing takes time.

Through the generosity of the Dutch Community $500.00 was raised.

This will help greatly with bills, specialists  appointments (follow up) etc.


The raffle winner is Judy Hansell!!!


Thank you again everyone for your generosity and support!

Rebecca Hook (On behalf of Natasha Hoare)


After this letter was handed in, a gift of $500. was added to double the amount raised. See kitchen report



Happy Birthday October 2018

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Marian Achten; Antonia Besters;Tony Lette;

Tjitske Buddeke; Barbara Cain; Helen de Haan;

Lucie de Vries; George Galea; Michael Gillies;

Hendrik Hahn; Ineka Hayes; William Heymans;

Paul Hibbard; Marja Hofsteede; PJ Westbury;

Louis Leermakers; Henry Louwen; Elien Weeks;

Nell van der Jagt; Robin Magarigle; Riet Verwey;

Teena Sondermeyer; Bruce & Shirley Turner;

Egbert van der Wal; Hans & Anita Van Kuyk;

Lies van Leeuwen; Rita van Valkenburg;

Martin Langendijk; Fred Ballas; Neil Watkins;


Presidents Report September 2018

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As we all getting older it is worrying that the good old days from the 50- 60-and 70 will slowly be forgotten. It is therefore that the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre is gathering any paraphernalia that they can lay their hands on.

To preserve the little Dutch history from the early migrants, they are collecting any old magazines such as the well-known Vogelvlucht, the Dutch Weekly or any other old magazines from Holland that someone has collected through the years. Even old photos from the time that so many migrant ships arrived in Sydney.

At the moment I am going through all the old programmes, paperwork and photos from the Rembrandt Male Choir ( 28 eight years of entertainment ) and the Great Western Male Choir ( 5 years ) so that in years to come our next generations can always look back at what happened so long ago.

If anybody out there has anything like this, please deliver it to the club and we will pass it on to the D.A.C.C.

The Dutch community has made a big impact in this country throughout the years and we don’t want to lose this part of history for our new country.

J. Joosten


Kitchen Corner September 2018

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Winter is almost gone. Yippee!!!!

It’s time to put some seeds in the garden and watch it grow. My garden was ‘dug up’ by two chickens that I looked after. That was twice in one go; the first and the last time. Lol

My husband said that I would be a good farmers’ wife. Straight from bed into the garden to check on the chicks. Haha.

We had some free eggs, as fresh as they can be. I had to search for the first lot because these two chicken had found a cosy place between my plants and made it their daily delivery spot.

By the sound of the backdoor opening they would come running like Siamese twin chickens and started their tok tok.

I can laugh about it now, but I was not prepared for all the sh…., they were going to spread around.

Anyway, the chooks have gone home and the garden is all mine again.

Now back to the Kitchen Corner.

The scrabble group has enjoyed my pumpkin soup every Friday this winter. Almost time for something different.

Some cool summer bread rolls like egg and salad coming up soon.

In the shop there are some different articles coming in a few weeks.

Jars of vegies, different brand and better price. They are on the ship.

The first orders for chocolate letters are in already.

The orders are numbered. First in first served.

Members before non-members.

The Sinterklaas registration forms will be in the next magazine.

I am still waiting for volunteers’ replies on the Sinterklaas day for the children. Creative hands for face painting and a few energetic parents to supervise some games with the children.

One very generous member has sponsored part of the Leidens’ Ontzet event. The price can now go down to $10. oo for members and $14.oo for non-members. Thank you very much Mr. Anonymous.

                                   See you all in the kitchen    Mia


Notice board 2 September 2018

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Hiring Dutch Volendam outfits from the club. $50. Deposit

$25. Refund when returning the outfit. Contact Gerda @ your club

Happy Birthday September 2018

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Darlene Apps; Milka Bekkers; Gesina Den Dulk; Rebecca Hook; Leigh Roeleven; Phyllis de Sylva; Peter Verwey; Mary-Anne Pellaers; Inge SchrÅ‘edter; Erika Barnes; Joyce Barkmeijer; Sandra Skarsky; Adriana van der Wal; Danielle Bruce; Victoria Theuma; Edith van As; Cheryl D’Abrera; David & Heidi Wewer;  Theo ten Brummelaar;    Judy & John Hansell ;  John Windle ; Henk Verbeek ; Jan Snellen ; Arie van der Mast; Peter Plowman; Ruben Alcantara ;  Piet Bakker ; Harry Lloyd ; Ryk van Os; Sheryl Scharky; Stewart Keuneman; Katie Lilly; Paul Murray; Roslynn Parnell; Francisco Salgado; Mathijs Wolters;

Notice board September 2018

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Thanks to all the members that have given their used bottles and cans to the club so we can return them for refund for our club.

Since the Festival in March, with your help, the Club funds have grown by over $230.00 with what we save from the bar and your help.

                                       Just keep doing what you are doing.

Presidents Report August 2018

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In this months’ magazine and the September one you will find a loose leaflet for nominations to the board of directors. We have simplified the form somewhat to make it easier to fill in, as this is one of the most important tasks that you as a member of the club have to perform, making sure that the right people are nominated and elected to secure the future of our club
Before you fill in this form would you please seriously consider the following?
For the last twenty years there have not been many changes to our board and I like to take this opportunity to thank all board members for a sterling job done in that time, but at the same time, we could do with some new ideas and some younger input as we are not getting any younger.
Now is the time to introduce and training the next generation of committee members.
Keep in mind, as we only work with volunteers, we are a small business and we have to run the club as a professional business, according to the licencing law.
J.Joosten president...

Notice board June 2018

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 Do you use Kitchen paper? You may now bring the empty rolls (in perfect condition) to the club. We collect them. Also tubes from material such as plastic table cloths and sewing material. Please hand them to a person in the kitchen.

Any felt tip markers/Texta markers and colouring in pencils. We collect them for a project.

Happy Birthday August 2018

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Gonny Aspinall; Jason Bailey; Henry Bavel; Bernard Becker; Tonny Beemster; Ranie Beerens; Rosalie Brown; Ron Charles; Harke Cleveringa; Joop Stoové; Michael Eijkman; Annemarie Eyndhoven; Craig You; Angela den Dulk; Marlena Grunwald; Linda Hayward; Luke Heise; Edwin Haas; Shane Hamer; Glenda Hofland; Fif Hugenholtz;  Ewald Klinkenberg; George Knubben; Elizabeth Kommer; Henk Kuilder; Emmy Leermakers; Ilse Lovering; Gail Olsen; Wilhelmina Pieren; Tony Wolf; Patrick Prins; Patricia Rieksen; Peggy Scott; Francis Theissen; Ella van Bavel; Elsa van der Burg; Astrid van Leeuwen; Chris van Valkenburg; Victor Voets; Reinier Veerman; Riki Veenhuis; Christina Wall; Johan Wewer;
UNBELEAVABLE!!!! The big 107 Years Johanna Zirkzee

Notice board March 2008

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Press release                                 

Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sydney Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra 22 February 2018


New Consul-General of the Netherlands to Australia


We are pleased to welcome Frank van Beuningen

The new Consul-General of the Netherlands in Sydney, to Australia


Frank arrived in Sydney earlier this month.                                                              Before his posting Down Under, he worked as a diplomat on special ssignments and had several postings, among others in Afghanistan, Germany, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe. Besides working on economic diplomacy and trade promotion, Frank has dealt extensively with security policy, counter-terrorism and human rights issues.


In the Netherlands Frank was the co-founder and later director (1998 – 2002) of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, a think tank that advises the Dutch government on a regular basis on all aspects of foreign and security policy.           He has a degree in international affairs from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.                                                                                                                       Frank is married to Jennie and together they have two adult children.

After having been in Sydney for nearly two weeks, Frank says “he feels like a dog with two tails”. He states: “I am looking forward to working with the team on the optimising of consular services and the potential for Dutch companies to partner with Australian counterparts to achieve sustainable trade and investment for both our countries. I cannot wait to get to know the Dutch community.                                I am very interested in its history”.

We wish Frank and his family a great time in Australia and look forward to working with him!


Contact details:

Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sydney:

More information can be found here:






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