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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 Vice President Report

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It’s all done. From the beginning of  January till after Easter it has taken us to pack up and empty the building at Dunheved Circuit, where we had 40 years of fun, entertaining, anniversaries, weddings, wakes, parties and caring for our members and family’s.                                                                                                                          This job was a lot bigger than we first had anticipated. After a few garage sales we started sorting out what to keep and what to get rid of. It was interesting to see what the club had gathered through the years, every nook and cranny was stacked with items, most of them donated, that we could use one day.                                                                                                                            Our two containers are now packed with items we will be able to use if and when we find a permanent place in the near future and they are now stored at one of our members’ property.                                                                                                                       The office with computers copier and all the relevant paperwork has moved to Bentley Rd St Marys among a lot of other items that we still need in the Mt Druitt Hall. The shop stock has moved to Homebush and a lot of other items that we might need in the near future has moved to Silverdale.                                                                                                                                                      I have now handed in the keys of the building and thank the new owners for waving the rent for the time that we were cleaning up.                                                   

The enormous amount of work that has been done in this time was not possible without the very dedicated group of volunteers that have spent hours and hours to get it all done.                                                                                                                  In all the years of being involved I made sure not to name individuals when thanking for a job well done, just in case you forget some body.                                                        I always made sure to thank all the volunteers.                                                                But, there is always a first time for everything and this time I think it is warranted to name all the volunteers that have worked so many hours, some even during Easter weekend, right up until the last cleaning day. It has not been easy, physical hard work as well as emotional of seeing the 40 years coming to an end.                                         THANK YOU………...THANK YOU…………. THANK YOU.                                              

Allan and Trudy Potter, Ian and Marlene Turnbull, Herman and Gerda Zirkzee, Jono and Erica Barnes, Henk van Leeuwen, Sjoerd Rasker, Alice v. d. Heg, Mia Joosten.                                                                                                              John Joosten Vice President

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

Vice Presidents Report April 2020

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President's Report April 2020
This month has been emotionally draining with the final emptying and relocating of goods and equipment from our old club, arranging our containers to be stored at a member’s business property and improved ideas for our new location.
Some of our plans are now in disarray for most people after the corona virus outbreak. We have been forced, after calculating the real risk, combined with our duty of care, obligations to postpone to a later date for our Friday meetings.
I can assure the members that the board of directors reluctantly agreed to this decision, for the safety of our members and guests.
However our Wednesday mornings will remain open unless we are advised by council to cease trading. The Wednesday shopping, because of small numbers of members still being allowed to purchase their Dutch food treats, is thought to be a much lower health risk.                                                                               
Staff are doing their utmost to sanitize all surfaces where possible.        
I thank you all for your continued support in this crisis.                               
                   Allan Potter
After the President’s report was send in, things have changed.           
 For now the Rembrandt Club is at a total shut down.
All halls are closed, that includes the hall that was hired by the club. Nobody over 70 is to leave their home unless there is an urgent need for it.
That leaves only one thing to say
                        STAY AT HOME

Kitchen Corner April 2020

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The President’s report says it all.                                                               
Just when you think it’s all going well the world is put on hold.         
Let’s not dwindle too much on the advice given to all of us,          
   JUST DO IT AND STAY HOME                                                                                    The old club building is emptied and it is a weird feeling to see walls and floors and nothing else. The building will be used by the new owner until it is time to demolish it and make room for new buildings. I had a year to get use to this and it took this long to now say; so be it! We have to get over it. I am done with the cooking and cleaning. It is up to the new board/generation to work even harder on a new premises. They need all the support we can give them. 
On a different note; my body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant that when I pee it automatically cleans the toilet    
See you all when times change.
Stay safe    Mia

Happy Birthday April 2020

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Gerda Aalbrecht; Michaela Baers; Kelly Bailey;      
Anita Bakkers; Leny Battishall; Herman Brookhouse;
Thornton Brown; Peter de Vries; James Giddens;
Malcolm Gribble; Henk Haak; Jos Haarsma;
Thea Knubben; Gerard Kuilder; Albert Lambregts;
Lowie Lemmerman; Alphons Lette; Gerard Petra;
Phillip & Sara Mendham; Ray Oonk;
Janette Pincott; Darren Roberts; Gonnie Terpstra;
Bernard & Gai Schoemaker; Tonny van Gaalen;
Phillip Wall; Natalie Wewer; Jacqueline Windle;

                   Have a great Birthday everyone!!!

Update April 2000

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Due to decisions made by the government and in the interest of everyone’s health, the Rembrandt Club will not be trading.   Until further notice.

When normality returns we will get back          
 WITH        Klaverjas
              Dutch Class
All cancelled until further notice

Your magazine will be the only contact with the Rembrandt Club for a while.
Do you know that we have a
Facebook: Rembrandt Dutch Club

You can also email some funny stories to keep everyone smiling.
           Thank You in advance RED.

Presidents Report February 2020

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President's Report January 2020
        This month with the assistance of our wonderful volunteers we have had a busy time including our final moving sale which was a great success and the relocation of some of our much loved memorabilia to other happy homes.                                                                                                               At our old premises work still persists at a steady pace with the removal of a lot of pre-loved items accumulated over the past few decades.                                                                                                       These items are of no further use for the new premises, please contact staff if you require these items at bargain basement prices.                                                                                                            Edward had some great advertisement banners made, which should help members feel at home.                                                                                                                 I am pleased to see more freshly signed up members who have expressed interest in our club, as our membership offers great hospitality and comradery.                                                                                                             The Board of Directors welcomes all our existing and new members to our new venue. I am sure as usual to receive your valuable ongoing support.                                                                                Allan Potter

Vice Presidents Report February 2020

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Vice presidents report February 2020.                                                                            For 40 years the main special feature in our club has always been Rembrandts’ Night Watch and thanks to our printing company that has supported our club for many years, Ian Wolf has done a tremendous job printing the Night Watch on three separate roll up banners so that we now have got a mobile feature wall that can be taken anywhere.                                                                                                                    Your committee has been working hard to make the moving as good, if not better than before. So it is now up to you as members of this special club to keep supporting it to have the future it deserves.                          J. Joosten

Kitchen Corner February 2020

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Kitchen Corner                                                                                                                Back from the cruise and sick as a dog, but looking at what is happening on other ships this is not bad at all.                                                                                                                           I did enjoy ‘time out’ including no cooking and cleaning for 2 weeks.                                                                                                                   But most of all we had a great time spending it with friends.                                                                                                                   Now we are looking at the big change for the club and all members.                                                                                                           Do keep visiting your favourite club, even if, for now, it is at a different venue.                                                                                                               We are doing our best to keep the Dutch Touch in this club for the future generations.                                                                                                         We have, and always will, welcome everyone no matter where you were born.                                                                                                                              This is the greatness of our club.
See you all every Friday at 3.30pm At the Old Mt Druitt Cinema.
Bring your family and friends. 
Provide us with positive comments.
If you would like to volunteer let any committee member know.
      Groetjes         Mia

Happy Birthday February 2020

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Louise Ballas; Frederika Bates; Wilfried Bleeker;   Riki Brekelmans; Susan de Kretser;  Max de Haan; Hans Engel; Henk Eijkman; Gerry Haarsma; Paul Hilberding; Petra Hooper; Cameron Hook; Jan Houben; Edward Jonker; Guido Joosten; Jenny Joosten; Shannon Kirby; Nicolaas Kop; Trevor Last; Andrew Lewis; Anton Mathyi; Gerry van Dam; Mies van Florenstein; Rebecca Iping; Henk van Wezel; Herman ZirkzeeEvert van Oeveren; Gilian Watts; Louis &  Nel Weber;

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.
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