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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.

Kitchen Corner November 2019

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For the smoked fish lovers.
There will be another smoking session in December.
You can now place your order for Trout or mackerel.
Last day to order is November 26.
Don’t miss out. You can freeze your freshly smoked fish for Christmas.
In my house it won’t last that long. Lol
Also a reminder for the Kids’ Sinterklaas party; bookings close on November 15.

Repeating a message from February 2016
This is only for members that can receive the magazine by email and  can than read it at their leisure.
If this is you, yes YOU, have a look on the front page of your magazine where it has the website, facebook and yes the email address.                  
A simple email to the club with your name and member number saying that you won’t mind receiving a digital Penseeltje is all it needs.

For over 3 years now I have been emailing the magazine and from printing over 400 magazines per month it has gone down to just over 300.
For every email I can send it will save the club an envelope, printing, and $1.00 in postage. Please note: Soon the postage will increase.

However I must point out again; if you are not computer literate please ignore this completely.
Happy reading to you all

According to my Dutch Prisma Woordenboek the word "BOERENKOOL" wordt zo gespeld en het betekent  koolsoort met sterk krullende bladeren

See you all at the kitchen counter

Happy Birthday November 2019

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Karl Bachner; Jackie Bavell; Gerard Bekkers; Susan Davey;
Grete Erichsen; Jennifer Haarsma; Geertje Hahn; Margaret Hardy; Mark Harper; Lynette Hutchens; Shirley Hooton; Chris Knoester; Katja Jefferys; Rosalin Last; Jennifer Joosten; Ingrid Kacir; Margaret Koek; Anna Noot;
Wolfgang Kubale; Carmen Lewis; Jos Mathot; Christine McKinnon;
David Mortimer; Doky Noordeloos; Joyce Reitsma; Christine Roach; Margaret Schutte; Regina Wolff; Henk van Leeuwen; Nellie van der Voort;
Annie van de Mortel;

Happy Birthday October 2019

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Marian Achten; Antonia Besters; Tony Lette; Tjitske Buddeke; Barbara Cain; Lucie de Vries;      George Galea; Michael Gillies; Hendrik Hahn; Ineka Hayes; William Heymans;                     Paul Hibbard; Marja Hofsteede; Michael Vet; Louis Leermakers;                                    Henry Louwen; Elien Weeks; Nell van der Jagt;  Riet Verwey; Teena Sondermeyer;                 Bruce Turner;  Egbert van der Wal; David Stenstra; Hans & Anita Van Kuyk;                        Lies van Leeuwen; Rita van Valkenburg; Martin Langendijk;                                           Steve van der Meer;

Kitchen Corner October 2019

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The Garage Sale just gone was a great success.
The volunteers worked hard and deserve a huge Thank You!
For now we have one fundraising table inside the hall. 
There are a lot of great bargains available.
Leidens Ontzet promises to be a “gezellige dag”
Herman will give his accordion a good bashing and everyone can enjoy a typical Dutch meal. Starting with coffee and cake at 11am.
After that there is the AGM.
Many members have renewed their membership and therefore have a say in what will happen next to the Rembrandt Dutch Club’s future.

               See you at your club.        Mia

Presidents report October 2019

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This month must be one of the most important months in the 42 years of the existence of our club. On Sunday the 27th of October we have our Annual General Meeting and it is than up to the majority of the members what the future of our club will look like.
As it stands at the moment we have not been able to finalise a new premises, however, that does not mean that you should not renew your membership. We are hearing to often lately, “What is the use?“ Well, if you don’t renew and we will not have enough members then it is no use at all, and all the hard work that your board and the re location committee has done in the last few month would be all for nothing.
What we need now more than ever, is as many members as possible, regardless if, when and where we will move to, your club will continue and your membership will be from October 2019 till October 2020.
The other very important item is that you nominate the right person for the committee so that we can keep operating the next 12 month and beyond.
So, I urge you all to do three things;
1    Renew your membership.
2    Nominate somebody for the committee.
3    Be present at the A.G.M.
It is the future of YOUR club that is at stake. See you all at 2pm on the 27th of this month.

J. Joosten

Happy Birthday September 2019

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Darlene Apps; Milka Bekkers; Gesina Den Dulk;
Rebecca Hook; Leigh Roeleven; Phyllis de Sylva;
Mary-Anne Pellaers; John  wells; Erika Barnes;
Joyce Barkmeijer; 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;
Sheryl Scharky; Stewart Keuneman;
Roslynn Parnell; Francisco Salgado; Mathijs Wolthers

Presidents report September 2019

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After our special general meeting in July, we have formed a relocation committee, who has the task to see if they can find an alternative place to house our club. This committee consists not only of persons of the younger generation, but the board is convinced that they also have the abilities and knowhow that is required to keep the club going, as you the members have requested at that meeting. As the majority of the existing board has been there for many years and is aging very rapidly, it is of the utmost importance that we get new and younger blood in the board. In this magazine you will find a list of the present board members and also a list of the persons that have indicated that they are willing to serve at the board and keep the club going. So please, have a look, maybe talk to some of these persons and nominate somebody that is willing and able to look after the future of our club. But, before you do, make sure that you renew your membership for the coming year that will than give us an idea if there are enough members to make all this extra work worthwhile. And don’t forget , not every volunteer needs to be a board member, an organisation like ours needs at any time a lot of volunteers that have the abilities and time to get all the work done.  J. Joosten
After writing this report the board has decided the following. Regardless of the fact that we don’t know yet if and when we will be moving ANY MEMBER THAT RENEWS HIS OR HER MEMBERSHIP THIS YEAR WILL RECEIVE OUR MAGAZINE FOR THE NEXT TWELF MONTHS UP UNTIL OCTOBER 2020
The following persons have made themselves available to be nominated for the board 2019-2020: The board members as it stands today.  Jack Vankuyk John Joosten     John Battishall   
Gerda Zirkzee Wolfgang Kubale Marian Achten Jos Haarsma Leny Battishall Mia Joosten
During the extra special meeting on June 30th These following persons have made themselves available also to be nominated for the board 2019-2020:                         
John Baremans Marc van Gelderen Victor Voets Bert Bronkhorst  Edward van der Meulen     Rebecca Hook Wim van As Anita Smith Erika Barnes Fif Hugenholz Emma Roorda                    Andrew Roorda

Kitchen Corner September 2019

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This month there will be the second Garage Sale and Wolfgang has promised to smoke some trout again. The last lot was delicious!!!
They were sold out before they were smoked and I ask again; Please order your smoked trout (last day to order is September 24), so he will have an idea of how many to buy.
The shop is still going strong. We keep the shelfs fully stocked as long as possible.
The Sinterklaas goodies will hopefully arrive in time for everyone to celebrate this special happening.
I know some of our members will have a traditional day including the ‘knock on the door’ and searching for presents.
This time of the year the memories of the old fashion celebration come back. First the shoe in front of the heater. (The heaters are disappearing.) And if you been good there was always some sweet or biscuit in your shoe. Never mind the germs. Lol
Than on the 5th of December the biggest table was laid out with pepernoten, taai taai and lollies, oranges and a chocolate letter. No presents, because in our home that would happen with Christmas. And if I say presents,,,,  we were lucky to get ONE present. And very happy with whatever we got.
This years’ Sinterklaas party @ the club will be a big one but, I know who will enjoy this more than the little children…… The grandparents! It does bring back that great feeling when they see their grandchildren happy. Knowing that Sinterklaas brings generations together. Even though the little ones have no idea of what it was half a century and longer ago, they   know that Oma & Opa are here to celebrate with them.                               
                      Because everybody loves Sinterklaas
See you at your club.        Mia
Forms from the kitchen counter
Membership renewals
Nomination forms
Chocolate letter orders
Sinterklaas party booking forms

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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