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Presidents report August 2019

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On finding a new premises, your board and the newly appointed relocation committee is working very hard to find a suitable solution, and up till today we have got a few options, but nothing concrete yet, everything takes time.
On the brighter side our Rembrandt weekend and garage sale on the 20th and 21st of July was a big financial success, which we need to fund our relocation, whatever happens it will cost money and that is one of the items that we are now concentrating on.
                Our next garage sale will be on                                                                                           Saturday the 28th of September
The smoked trout on the weekend was absolutely out of this world, thanks Wolfgang, if you ask me you can do this more often.                                                                                                                                                                    Last Saturday night the Christmas in July night was as usual a brilliant night of food, excellent music and good company.
The next big party will be St. Nics for the little ones, as this will be the last Sinterklaas party in this premises, we are aiming to make it an unforgettable one, so please make sure that you book your kids, grandkids and great grandchildren for this super day

John Joosten

Kitchen Corner August 2019

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The first orders for this year’s chocolate letters are already in.
The letters should be in by end November.

Order forms are on the kitchen counter.
There are also the membership renewal forms and Sinterklaas party booking forms.
And soon the nomination forms.
There are very busy times coming up with
A garage sale and the AGM
As always there is a need for volunteers.
I can’t say this enough; when you put your name down please turn up.
                    I have to thank all the hard workers that put the sale  together and cleared it all up again. Without your help we can’t survive.
               A lot of ‘new’ energy is needed to go on with what we have been doing for 42 years. Just think about it…….
Who will take over from the cleaners and the cookers?????

     There is some new ‘shop’ stock on the way.
 One article we did not have for a while is Drie Hoek Zachte Zeep.
The shop will trade as normal but with low stock.
If we move to a new premises we like to move a minimum.
If we don’t find a new premises we have to sell all stock.
For now things need to go on as normal.

To all members; make sure you renewed your membership before October
To enjoy discount on entrees for Leidens Ontzet lunch, the Sinterklaas Kids party, Lunch with Sinterklaas and Christmas dinner.
              See you @ your club.        Mia

Happy Birthday August 2019

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Jason Bailey; Henry Bavel; Bernard Becker; Tonny Beemster; Ranie Beerens; Rosalie Brown; Ron Charles; Joop Stoové; Annemarie Eyndhoven; Luke Heise; Marlena Grunwald; Edwin Haas; Shane Hamer; Glenda Hofland ; Fif Hugenholtz; Ewald Klinkenberg; George Knubben; Tony Wolf; Elizabeth Kommer; Henk Kuilder; Emmy Leermakers; Gail Olsen; Wilhelmina Pieren; Patricia Rieksen; Peggy Scott; Francis Theissen; Ella van Bavel; Elsa van der Burg; Astrid van Leeuwen; Victor Voets;  Chris van Valkenburg; Reinier Veerman; Riki Veenhuis;  Christina Wall;  Johan Wewer;

Presidents report July 2019

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Yesterday’s extraordinary meeting was a big surprise to all of us, first of all the record amount of 90 members that turned up but even more so the extraordinary outcome of that meeting.                                                                                  As I said in my report, after 6 month searching, negotiating and trying to find a possible venue, we have not been able jet to finalise a satisfactory deal.                                                                                                                                From all the options we had, there are still two that we like to follow up into more detail. One is the possible move or merger with the Maltese club in Marsden Park and the other one is the Masonic Hall in Orchard Hills                                                                                                                                 The reason that we called this meeting was to find out if You, the members would support us in the relocation, and that was overwhelmingly confirmed at this meeting, as nine of our younger generation put up their hands to not only support our recommendation but to help out in any way and act as a shadow committee and stand for the board at our next A.G.M. This was the miracle we needed and I am convinced that with the knowledge and expertise of the young and the old together, there can still be a bright future for our club. Thank you all for attending and positive participating in the future of your club. We will do everything possible to make this relocation a success.  J. Joosten.

P.S. If you were not able to attend our special meeting, could you please fill out the following form and return it to the club. Thank You.


Kitchen Corner July 2019

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Another busy month gone by.

This is a report for those whom read the whole magazine.

I have found out that many just read the jokes.

Now for those that do not read the kitchen report you will miss the joke on the bottom of this page. Typical kitchen humor if I say so myself.

         On a different note; Time is pressing for a solution in finding a new premises. We have been looking at so many places/ buildings it is head-spinning.

        In this magazine you will find the Sinterklaas party booking form as well as the members’ renewal form.

At the kitchen counter you’ll find the chocolate letters order form.

The Sinterklaas party for the children will be the last one at these premises and the biggest ever but, at the same time we can only book a certain amount of children.

Make sure your membership is paid by October 30 to benefit;

The monthly magazine ‘t Penseeltje

Children Sinterklaas party members $10.- p. child Non-members $15.- p. child

Sinterklaas Lunch Dec. 4 Members $12.- each. Non –members $16.- each

Christmas Dinner Dec. 14 Members $20.- each. Non-members $30.- each

Membership fee

Single   $20.-      Couple $30.-

Pensioner Single $15.- Pensioner Couple $20.-

     See you @ your club.        Mia

A joke, because I can…

A couple were sitting in a restaurant.

One of them said to the waitress.

‘We don’t eat eggs, meat, fish, dairy or gluten, 

what would you recommend.

The waitress replied ‘ Maybe a taxi’.

Notice board July

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Would any of our members have an "old fashion playpen" with floor attached to it (in good condition)? I am willing to buy it of you!

Nellie Knight 57/100 Gilchrist Drive

CAMPBELLTOWN NSW 2560 Mob. 0401276561


Happy Birthday July 2019

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John Battishall; Donald Cobcroft; Cecilia de Rooy;

Anthony Dries; Miriam Docters van Leeuwen;

Elsje Franke; Els Heymans; Roelie Kojic; Irene Helderman;

Tony Kuilder; Brendan Kop; Suzie Langendijk; Teun Zirkzee; Desmond de Silva; Angela Vista; Hubertus Mallens;

Emma Roorda; Sonia van Houten; Cornelis Merkx;

Alida Mortimer; George Pieren; Geertruida Potter;

Richard Rieksen; Karma Rowe; Jan Schutte; Jenny van Asten; Helmut Weber; Henrietta van Kuyk; John van den Giessen;

Kitty van Tongeren; Stephen Weeks; Martin Luning;

Sebastian Meany;


Presidents Report May 2019

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Presidents report May 2019.
As much as we would like to, we still have not find the right solution for our problems. There are more than one problem when you consider the fact that for years on end we were lucky to pay a very small rent that enabled us to open only one or two days a week.              If we would have to pay todays normal rent for the building we have we would need to be open for trading at least 4 to 5 days a week.             Just keep in mind that the majority of our regular volunteers would not be able to cope with such a workload.                                                                                     To aggravate the problem at hand even more, is that Jan Altena, the main importer of Dutch goods, is planning to retire next year.        This would mean that all Dutch clubs such as Wollongong, Neerlandia, A.T.V. and us could lose their main income if nobody will follow up on this.                                                                                                                                                                   It is therefore that we now are meeting and working together with as much Dutch organisations as possible as well as the Federation, to see what can be done. The problems are huge, but we have to stay positive to find the right solutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
We will keep you informed.  J.   Joosten.

Kitchen Corner 2 May 2019

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It is a very easy recipe you just put all the dry ingredients in a bowl first and then the wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon
2 cups of self raising flour.
Half a cup of dark brown sugar.
1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
1 tablespoon of ginger.
Half a tablespoon of nutmeg
A pinch of salt.
A pinch of cloves.
I third of a cup of treacle.
One cup of milk.
One egg.
45 minutes in 180° oven.
Check with a skewer if cooked through.
Cut into slices and put some butter on each slice. Enjoy.

Kitchen Corner May 2019

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Busy times ahead. Not knowing what is going to happen with the future of our club, we have to prepare for at least a big move to another venue.           Including these preparations will be a few ‘special events’.                                         The first one is in July. ‘Rembrandt weekend’
Two days of meeting up with friends while browsing through Dutch souvenirs, books and lots of Orange items.
As always there is a need of volunteers.
Considering our memberships’ mature age we will create some sit-down jobs. Anyone who would like to perform on the stage to make it a ‘GEZELLIGE BOEL’ is very welcome to do so.
By request in this report is a recipe for peperkoek.
Enjoy the cooking and see you in the kitchen corner

Happy Birthday May 2019

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Willemina Adams; Marlena Becker
Cecil Cain;
Mary Beerens;
Bert Bronkhorst;
Loes Cicco-Kalf; Frances de Lange; Rita de Wal; John Deegens; Kitty Dries; Maria Eijkenboom; Cornelis Eyndhoven; Nettie Fekkes; Johanna Gribble;
Truus Haak; Pieter Hofland; Elsie Hooker; Annie Jagt;
Jan Joosten; Jean Kerr; Engelina Lambregts; Atty Kommer; Marinus Kole; Jeannette Kop; Bep Langereis; Riet Mabelis; William Nass; Harry Reyden; Adriana Oerlemans;
Amanda Voets; Lucia Reynders; Suzan van der Mast;
Kieren Bruce; Darren & Wendy Wilson; John Roach;
Bea Turner; Karen Cartwright; Rodney van Houten;
Frank en Ria van den Nieuwboer; Gina van Dijk;
Finie van Emmerik; Bep van Kouterik; Lenie Zirkzee;
Kathy van Oeveren; Charles Verheyden; Michelle Zirkzee; Jacqueline Windle; Paul Christman; Michelle Heaslip;.
               Enjoy your day.

Presidents Report April 2019

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The 8 months of planning and organising for this festival has paid off in a big way. What a success, not just financially but wasn’t it good to see so many people, despite the inclement weather Friday and Saturday.                                                                                                                                                Personally I have met quite a few people that I have not seen for many years.                                                                                                                                                                  Our festival has become a meeting place once a year for the whole Dutch community of NSW.                                                                                                                    And the atmosphere and entertainment was great.                                               That was the good news. The not so good news is the fact that our landlord has sold the property due to health reasons, which means that our next festival will not be at the club, as we have to vacate the building early next year.                                                                                                                          Our last function in this building will be Xmas dinner.                                                                                                                                                                               What will happen after that?                                                                                                                                  We are looking and negotiating for possible other options and your board of directors is spending every free minute to find the right solution to this problem.                                                                                                                          J Joosten President

Kitchen Corner April 2019

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Still recovering and at the same time pleased with the outcome of the Festival.
It was hard work as always.
We have a few new volunteers whom now understand more of what goes on behind the scene.
We survived another downpour (lucky this happened at night) and stayed on top with a smile.                                   
I even had an unexpected group hug with one of the youngest volunteers and four guest and think we were all very surprised about the spontaneous happening.
No idea who these four festival visitors were.
Now it is back to business. A few mid-week lunches and card competitions coming up. See EVENTS.
We also have quite a few private functions, but they are never advertised.
Sometimes I get asked about why there is nothing happening.
The fact is that soon there is a 50th Birthday and a huge 70th Birthday bash.
After that the next big one for the members is Christmas in July with Shelvis. This will be a dinner night and the entry price will be in the next magazine. Sheryl always presents a great show and lots of prizes. Keep the date free for a great night out.
See you in the shop.

Ambassador Marion Derckx

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Marion Derckx officially becomes Netherlands Ambassador to Australia
On Wednesday, 13 February 2019, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove received the Letters of Credence from Marion Derckx, the new Netherlands Ambassador to Australia.                                                                                                                                                                                 Presentation of Credentials
Ambassador Derckx was picked up at her residence and driven to Government House in Yarralumla in the Crown Car. The Ambassador was accompanied by Deputy Head of Mission Mr Erik de Feijter, Defence Attaché Ltcol Elmar Hermans and acting Police Attaché Mr Rob van den Berg. At Government House, Ambassador Derckx presented her Credentials, signed by King Willem-Alexander, to His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth Of Australia. She also delivered a personal greeting from Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove.
After a conversation with the Governor-General in his study and the official photographs, the Ambassador was escorted to the saluting point in front of the Guard of Honour, where a Royal Salute was accorded, the Dutch national flag broken and the Dutch national anthem played.                                                                                                                                                  The Ambassador also inspected the Guard of Honour and Band. A second Royal Salute was accorded at her departure when the Crown Rolls-Royce drove the Ambassador back to her residence.                                                                                                                                                                   Mission in Australia
Ambassador Derckx studied agriculture at Wageningen University and commenced her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989. Prior to her posting in Australia she was the Ambassador to the Netherlands in Manila, the Philippines.                                                                                          About her posting in Australia, the ambassador says; ‘Australia and the Netherlands are culturally and politically very close. We share values and insights about what is important, e.g. the international rules based order and respect for human rights. The aftermath of the MH17 tragedy brought us even closer. Our trade and investment relations are ever growing. More than 350.000 Australians are of Dutch descent, and this brings in a more personal element: a considerable part of my family has the Australian nationality. Based on our friendly ties, the Netherlands strives for more intensified cooperation with Australia on the global stage. I look forward to contributing to that intensified partnership between our countries during my assignment.’                Ambassador Derckx will also be accredited to Nauru, Papua New-Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Contact details | Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra:
Press enquiries | Femke Withag 02 6220 9408

Contact Information Passport and other services
Website (with full details of services provided in Australia and how to apply)
E-mail or Phone +61 2 62 20 94 00 (24 hours, 7 days a week)                                                   Consulate-General Sydney
Mr Frank van Beuningen Consul-General Email or Phone +61 2 93 87 66 44 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

Notice board January 2019

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DID YOU KNOW that the Rembrandt Dutch Club can arrange a wake for members, family and friends?

. Coffee/tea, sandwiches, party pies & sausage rolls, cake.

. An estimate of number of persons attending is required.

. Minimum catering 50 person. $10 per person.

. Any extras (bitterballen, krokets or other Dutch snacks) will be charged at normal kitchen price.

For any catering call the club on 96232569 and ask for 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


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