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Presidents Report July 2017

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Dutch clubs in New South Wales.

Dutch Australian Society in Illawarra                        65 years old

Concordia New Castle                                                  60 years old

Rembrandt Dutch Club                                                 39 years old

We had the privilege to be invited on Sunday the 18th of June to Wollongong, “Service of Remembrance and Gratitude “, and what an afternoon it was.

It was a combination of singing, Prayers, a PowerPoint presentation about 65 years Dutch in the Illawarra and thanks giving to all persons past and present that have made this club one of the most

Integrated Dutch Australian clubs in Australia.

Their own choir Pro Musica started the afternoon with the well-known Dutch song the “Zangers Mars “. After a welcome to all, the Dutch and Australian national anthems were sung by all present.

Between some readings by the reverent Gert Felt and Father Ron Peters the choir, assisted by the audience sang “Wilt Heden Nu Treden in Dutch and English.

On a lighter note we than sang all together some of the Old Dutch songs, such as, Kleine café aan de haven, Daar bij die molen, and Tulpen uit Amsterdam.

After a final prayer we all sang the final song “Ere zij God “[Praise the Lord]

Then it was time to cut the birthday cake and this was done by their eldest member, who by the way, was a member of the inaugural committee and still dances the nights away at the age of one hundred and one.

Well done Tiny Zuiderwijk

The idea from father Ron Peters to include in this celebration a thanks giving was a brilliant one and we were very humbled to be part of this as guest of honour together with the Consul General and the mayor of Wollongong.

On behalf of the Federation of Netherland Societies I like to thank and congratulate the organising committee for a special job well done.

P.S. Early next year we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary.

Any ideas?   Any volunteers to organise this? 

Please let us know...

                                             J. Joosten president.


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