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Presidents report November 2019

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This year must have been without doubt the most stressing year in the 42 years of our existing.                                                                                                                     Straight after the Christmas break we got the bad news that Andy Maganic had sold the property, due to health reasons. We than made the difficult decision that we would keep this devastating news between the 4 board members till after the March festival, as we had been working on this festival for about ten month we did not want to spoil the fun, and it paid off in a big way as in the end we broke all previous records. The Festival was in all ways a great success and the financial outcome will be a big help with the pending move, which will be a very expensive exercise. After the festival we started looking for alternative venues and this has proved very difficult due to fact that Andy has always supported the club financially and we never had to pay a full up to date rent for the premises that we occupy.                  
 Your committee than contacted and explored some thirty venues, clubs, politicians and councils, but to no avail.                                                                                         
It was there for that we called a Special general meeting in June to find out what our aging membership would want to happen with the club, and it was decided with a great majority that we would keep the Rembrandt club going with the help of our younger generation.                                                                                                            The board than appointed a relocation committee who have been working tirelessly to find a solution to our problem. The biggest problem obviously is that our membership and the Dutch community at large is not big enough to sustain a financial future.
Our relocation committee have looked in a very short time at more than fifty other options such as scout halls, schools, and council halls, properties for sale and anything that would provide us with a new affordable home. They have put in applications for more than twenty five different council owned halls in our area hoping to find a place not too far away from here.
At the moment we are waiting conformation from Blacktown council for the hall of the old cinema in Mt. Druitt. If we can get the dates that we applied for we will be operating every Friday and most Wednesdays next year. At the A.G.M. the members were presented with a power point presentation of the hall and we are convinced that we can make it work with the backing of all our members.
It is very pleasing that so many members have already renewed their membership, if you have not renewed yet please do so a.s.a.p. We need as many members as possible to be able to continue, so talk to your children and grandchildren or give them the membership as a present for Christmas.
J. Joosten.


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