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Notice board July 2020

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 As from Wednesday July 1 we will be trading again.

If there are articles on your wish-list;
Call Gerda on 9746 8420
And, if possible, she will order this for you.

When visiting the club at the Mt Druitt Hall please note;
    You have to sign in
             Use hand sanitizer
                            Keep distance
This way everyone will stay safe

Kitchen Corner June 2020

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          I should rename this report because we have had no shop and no kitchen business. On the other hand my kitchen at home has a corner from where I do all the preparations. Saying that I might as well leave it as it is.                What have I been up to you ask? Sewing a lot of scrap materials together and made some things to give away. Digging up some soil and did some weeding to fill up the green bin. Also made some yummy schnitzels using minute steak. Fried it in real butter, but I am not telling my doctor I did that. She told me that whatever feels greasy on your fingers also is greasy inside your body and that is bad for your cholesterol. I enjoyed my meal and did not touch the schnitzels with my fingers, to avoid changing my mind.                     This past week we celebrated my husband’s 80th birthday. It was a bit different to have a few visitors at one time. Friends came over on different days and different times. Family waited till after the actual day. Thank you all very much for understanding and making this week a memorable one.              It was not like Jan’s 60th birthday at the club when the kids organised a ‘this is your life’. We still look back on that with great smiles. Now 20 years later and Covid threatening everyone, we do enjoy being home and taking it easy. To all out there; stay safe and take care.           Mia

June 2020 President Report

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President’s report June
Over this past month we have had a small taste of freedom with the partial relaxing of our forced social distancing laws.                                     I do appreciate that our Government authorities had implemented these strict measures to assist in keeping the majority of our loved ones   as safe and healthy as possible.
        Most of us had to temporarily postpone  such luxuries as going to a cinema, live sporting events, dining out, travel, basic socialising and more  thankfully most of us were not infected with the life threatening virus. I do miss our regular Dutch social club meetings, mingling with our members and their guests as well as the comradery.
We have been assured that even more social freedom will be allowed to us in the near future, wishing all our members the best stay safe.
Allan Potter President

July 2020 President Report

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President's Report July 2020
With all the social distancing and forced restrictions I was delighted to receive the well awaited news that our club will be allowed to recommence our meetings at the Mount Druitt venue/hall as of Wednesday July the first 2020.
        It took me a while to adjust to this phenomenon until I finally conceded yes it is true.
As anticipated we will have to abide by strict COVID SAFE requirements to assure the safety of our members and guests, we have purchased sufficient surface and hand sanitizer as well as implementing strict cleaning requirements.
I would ask members to please support your club and volunteers by attending your club for a friendly chat and cuppa on Wednesdays or our Friday get-togethers, not forgetting those little shopping treats  …….. See you soon                            Allan Potter

May 2020 President Report

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This month has been a most challenging time for our club with the final move out and cleanup of our old premises, combined with the temporary forced closure of our new venue.
     The compulsory self-distancing measures closed most clubs and meeting spaces to reduce the risk of the COVID 19 virus spread to the general community. With the majority of our members aged over 60 we are placed in the higher risk category so it is imperative to keep both our loved ones and ourselves safe until this risk abates.
I wish all our members to maintain their good health and look forward to a brighter future for our club.
                 Allan Potter

May 2020 Kitchen Corner

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I hope everyone is ‘settled’ and safe at home. For those who are still working, please be careful and keep checking yourself as to how you feel. To be safe and feel well is in todays’ circumstances the best way to be.                                                                                                            I have kept myself busy with all my hobbies. Some sewing of the worst kind; oven-mitts.  Have you ever tried to sew oven-mitts and when they are finished, (you think they are but that is not so) they need to be turned the right way out. Well I finished the lot that I very excitedly cut out and I will never in my life do that again.  I’ll stick to potholders. Lol. I also experimented with some packeted cake mixes. The banana bread turned out perfect. Next to try was brownies. They were renamed (by myself) to chocolate rock cakes. Lucky I have nice neighbours who love my cooking.  The other thing that keeps me busy is the garden. It was at a stop because we had booked a holiday for May. That is now cancelled for the time being and I am trying to grow some vegies. It takes a bit of time, so for now the frozen vegies from last season (yes I was successful) will be enjoyed first. My last but not least way of keeping out of mischief is the magazine. This keeps me busy for the next couple of days. There are a few more members who voted for the magazine by email. Thank you for saving postage.         Stay safe all of you.                     Mia

May 2020 Birthdays

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Happy Birthday to all May babes

Marlena Becker; Marinus Kole; Bert Bronkhorst; Loes Cicco-Kalf;
Frances de Lange; Rita de Wal; John Deegens; Kitty Dries;
Maria Eijkenboom; Johanna Gribble; Cornelis Eyndhoven; Truus Haak;
Annie Jagt; Jan Joosten; Engelina Lambregts; Jeannette Kop;
Bep Langereis; Riet Mabelis; Harry Reyden; Adriana Oerlemans;
Amanda Voets; Lucia Reynders; Suzan van der Mast;
Darren & Wendy Wilson; John Roach; Bea Turner; Karen Cartwright; Rodney van Houten; Frank en Ria van den Nieuwboer; Finie van Emmerik;
Bep van Kouterik; Lenie Zirkzee; Kathy van Oeveren; Charles Verheyden; Michelle Zirkzee; Jacqueline Windle; Paul Christman; Michelle Heaslip; 
        Have a great Birthday everyone!!!
           Best wishes to everyone in sick-bay

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)


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