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Presidents Report January 2018

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Presidents report January 2018.

A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all members and their families and let’s hope that 2018 will bring all you wishes for your loved ones.

For the club I hope that we can continue the way we finished and count on all our volunteers to help us to keep the place going.

Check this magazine for the functions that are organised for your entertainment and talking about functions, after the disaster last December, where 16 of our members booked for the Christmas with (Sh)Elvis night and only four persons turned up, resulting in twelve empty seats this cannot happen again.

From now on we have to stick to the rule that; you only have booked when the tickets are payed for.

As in any other place you like to be entertained, you can only book a ticket by paying. To lose out on twelve people not turning up is not fair for the catering persons and the organisers and in the end it will be at a cost to the club.

So please remember, next time your ticket needs to be paid and that can be done at the club or by direct banking, details about direct banking are always in your magazine.

John Joosten

Presidents Report December 2017

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From the President’s desk        AGM report                                   

The club has had a very busy year with all regular and some new functions. Our yearly festival keeps growing from strength to strength. Three days before the event the whole place was flooded, but somebody must have been looking after us, as the weather turned out glorious that weekend resulting in a record crowd and takings. The card tournaments are slowly losing some participants but they are still a worthwhile function and we hope that they can keep going for a while. Following up on the Moving on programme we now have several weeks of the Stepping on programme, that is provided free of charge to our members by Nepean Health and they have been worthwhile for the persons that have made the time to participate, It is teaching them how to cope with the small and bigger problems that are creeping up when you are maturing in age. We now have also had three gatherings in our club from the Sri Lanka- Dutch community in N.S.W. They have been able to fill the hall two days in a row and our dancefloor has not been so crowded in years. Last Sunday we had our first Braderie/Mini market with life entertainment all day and it was a great success many people came from as far away as the Hunter Valley and Canberra. For next year we will cancel the regular garage sale and replace it with this Braderie it has proven to be better in many ways, we don’t have to watch the weather anymore and many people have commented that it was so gezellig. For the time being we cannot take any items for the sales anymore as we are running out of storage, We have also find that furniture is very hard to get rid of, even the salvation army is not that interested anymore ,so please no furniture any more. We will advertise in the magazine again when we are ready to receive more good items for the next one. May I take this opportunity to thank first of all every volunteer that has helped us through the year with Festival, Braderie and other events? A warm welcome to our new board member John Haarsma. And last but not least Thank You to all my hard working committee members that keep this place going even when I am not here.

J Joosten President

Shopping hours during the holidays

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Shopping hours

Every Tuesday in January Shop open 10am – 4pm

Friday 5 & 12 January Shop open from 10 – 6pm.

As from Friday 19 January we go back to normal hours. Every Friday 11am till late. Light lunch, kitchen from 6pm - 9pm for hot food.

Tuesdays 10am - 4pm shop open. Kitchen closed but free coffee for shoppers.


Kitchen Corner December 2017

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Kitchen Corner                                                       

December is always the busiest month of the year.

Christmas dinner, this year there are two.  

Sinterklaas party for the little ones and lunch with Sinterklaas for the young at heart. An 80thy Birthday party was already booked.

The Scrabble club has their annual break-up luncheon and the Klaverjassers have a break-up dinner.

So it is a full moon,,, ehhh month.

It’s also the month of my birthday and I am soooo glad this year it is on a Sunday.

It is the end of the year and my Christmas wishes and thank you go to all the volunteers who worked there as@!%s off during the year.

When I was on holidays it was all under control thanks to a COOL team. The club cannot exist without you.

In January we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of YOUR club.  If you would like to join us on that day, put your name on the list. Entry is free for members only.  If your partner/friend is not a member they will have to pay membership fee and join the club.

Entertainment on the day is Dutch Connection.

Yes we like to keep it very Dutch.

In February The Federation of Netherland Societies is celebrating 50 years of keeping the Dutch clubs and groups connected.

We, at the Rembrandt Dutch Club are very honoured that the Federation choose our venue to celebrate this.  

Congratulations to everyone that was and still is involved with this great group of hardworking people.

 Is there a Justice of the Peace within our membership??

There is only one left in our magazine. Sadly we lost one to age and illness.

Over the year she has helped many persons with little and also very important issues. Thank you so much for that. Life is like that; you do what you can as long as you can.

We welcome our new addition to the board; John Haarsma. That makes it 3 Johns at the board. JB, JH and JJ

Remember the holiday shopping hours. For your convenience. 

Have a great Christmas everyone  


Happy Birthday December 2017

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John Baremans; Aart Bark; Geoffrey de Kretser; Ray Fearn; Jan Geldhof; Mary Griffiths; Paul Grunwald; Claudia Huygen; Mia Joosten; Rebeca Kajan; Bram Kommer; Bea Lemmerman; Selvaranee Machado; Carmen Lette; Lynne Mathyi; Rosina Merkx; Glyn Miggins; Rie Petra; Elizabeth Oonk; Elisabeth & Antoon Piekar; Willem Prins; Sjoerd Rasker; Valery van de Giesen; Ole Nielsen; Cecilia Segara; Gail Smit; Mijntje Smit; Stephen Sonius; Geraldine Taylor; Ian Turnbull; Marilou van Asten; Jack van Kuijk; Wim Van As; Margaret Verheyden; Jacoba & Danny van Dijk;

Kitchen Corner November 2017

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The Braderie/ Mini-Market was a great success. Most visitors mentioned that is was ‘gezellig’. We had visitors from Canberra, Hunter Valley and Newcastle. The accordion music from Herman and Elvis songs from Sheryl made this a special event. The very last song ‘Halleluja’ topped the lot. A big thank you to all the volunteers that  turned up on the day.  Everything run smoothly thanks to you. The ‘Stepping On’ program is going well. Everyone that is participating is enjoying all the advice and each other’s company. There are always funny moments between the serious stories. The second session was done by physiotherapist Aaron who works at the Nepean Hospital. The third session is all about home hazards. Fourth session; Safety foot-ware and pedestrian safety. Fifth session: Balance and strength exercises and vision dogs. Sixth session: Falls risks, a pharmacist as guest speaker.  Last session a dietician guest speaker. For the ladies (and one gentleman) that take the effort in joining every Wednesday. Thanks to you we have the opportunity to get our club involved in these programmes. In October we had two Sri Lanka events and both were successful. The next Sri Lanka night will be in February 2018. This December there will be two Christmas dinner nights. One with Dutch Connection and one with (Sh)Elvis. Please look at the middle page for more info.                                                                     For now please no more donations of goods for the next mini Market, until further notice. We are running out of storage space.                                                                                                                         See you in the kitchen.         Mia


Happy Birthday November 2017

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Karl Bachner; Jackie Bavell; Gerard Bekkers; Susan Davey; Truus Engel; Grete Erichsen; Jennifer Haarsma;Geertje Hahn; Margaret Hardy; Lynette Hutchens; Katja Jefferys; Jennifer Joosten; Ingrid Kacir; Margaret Koek; Wolfgang Kubale; Carmen Lewis;Voltaire Lusica; Jos Mathot; Joke Mathot; Christine McKinnon; Catharina Milner; Cheryl Smart; Anna Noot; David Mortimer; Doky Noordeloos; Joyce Reitsma; Christine Roach; Margaret Schutte; Regina Wolff; Willem Smit; Eddie & Magda van den Brink; Nellie van der Voort; Annie van de Mortel; Henk van Leeuwen; Kees van Wijk; Mathew Wilson;

Have a great Birthday everyone!!!

Presidents Report October 2017

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President’s Report October 2017                                                          

This month will be one of many functions, such as, Wednesday the 4th of October Leidens’ Ontzet. On Sunday the 8th of October our choir will be celebrating their annual concert, free for members and their guests.                                                                                                                                                                  On Sunday the 14th of this month the choir will participate in the Male choirs Festival of Music in the Wollongong entertainment centre with more than 350 male voices singing some of the classical grand pieces.                                                

On Saturday the 21st (SOLD OUT) and Sunday the 22nd our Sri Lanka friends will have one of the top entertainers from Sri Lanka to perform in our club, tickets are selling fast, so if you want to be in it, book now.                                                     

And to top the month of, the last Sunday of the month, the 29th we will be having our first braderie, which could be called a glorified garage sale, so you will find very new and used items in A-one condition for a very cheap price and it is all inside the club with the kitchen open all day for some nice snacks and we will have life music on stage all day. You could also call this a mini Festival with plenty to do and see for Young and old. Don’t miss it.                                      

Then last but not least the first Sunday in November (5th) our A.G.M. For the future of our club this is the most important day of the year as you, the members have to decide who will be running the club for the next year and yes I know the present committee has done a fantastic job for years, but we all getting a day older and it would be so good to get some new ideas into the organisation. So please talk to some of your member friends and see if you can nominate some new blood into our committee to secure the future. We welcome and accommodate any changes and as they say, a change is as good as a holiday.

J. Joosten president


When:            Sunday November 5

What is this: Annual General Meeting

What time:   2pm

Kitchen and bar open from noon for lunch

Afternoon tea for all members attending

Kitchen Corner January 2018

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Kitchen Corner                                                      

First of all a happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a Happy Christmas time with family and friends. We had a short break in Townsville and spend time with children grandchildren and great grandchildren. Now we need a holiday. LOL

With a large family like ours there is always some travelling involved. Still, lucky we don’t need a passport.

This year is going to be a very busy one for the club.

Already there are some private parties booked. If you would like to book for a birthday, wedding or anniversary it is best to do this early, pay a bond and confirm the date. Last year we had to say no to a few parties because the hall was already booked.                                                                               Lucky for some we could shuffle some dates around.

When it comes to sub-club-competition-Sundays, we like to book them in first. Thanks to the Klaverjas organiser this was done early. If the Billiard and scrabble players would like to book an event please be quick.                                                                                           Also for all members of sub-clubs including the Lions and Dutch Class we ask for all of you to be a member of the Rembrandt Club, since we don’t charge a fee to your group for the use of the club.


“Free hall hire” If you like to book the club as a member, for a birthday or other event the conditions have to be met.                                                                                  1 You have to be a financial member for a minimum of 12 months.                                                                         2. For weddings etc. both persons have to be a member for a minimum of 12 months.                                                                           3. A returnable bond of $100. has to be paid to confirm the date.                                                                          4. Birthdays bookings have to be within 2 weeks of your date of birth.                                                                     5. No drinks of ANY kind are allowed to be brought in from outside. The Rembrandt Dutch Club is a licenced club.

More rules can be read on the ‘rules for booking’ sheet.

See you all at your favourite club.                     



Volunteer wanted

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Your club is looking for a volunteer with free time to: update the membership, print membership cards, mailing labels and the birthday list. All computer work. No money handling involved.                                                                                               Thank you to the volunteer that looked after all these for many years, but wants to go on permanent leave at the Christmas time. You did a great job which involved a lot of patience figuring out all the Dutch names.                                                        If you think you can do it contact Mia @ the club to work out what day you can come in to do this.                                                   



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We still collect;                                                                                                               

Bread-bag-clip and tea-bag- end bits for ROTARY.                                                                                                                                                                   Used reading glasses for LIONS AUSTRALIA                                                                                                                                                  

No MORE egg cartons and empty jars until further notice                                                                                      

Thank you everyone that has been and still is collecting      

Happy Birthday January 2018

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Luuk Aalbrechts; Adrian Alsop; Gerard Bakkers; Marita Ballas; John Bednar; Pablo Blanco; Ria Brown; Albino Cortellazzi; Veronica Daley; Patricia Risse; Nicole Duffy; Cornelia Geldhof; Wilhelmina Iping; Jeno Kajan; Clara Kempers; Nellie Knight; Gary Little; Ante Maganic; Edna Manalo; Willem Muller; Greame Noske; Helen Paquay; Allan Potter; Jo-Ann Rasker; Robert Rodgers; Connie Snellen; Gerda Zirkzee; Ria van Wijk; Marcus van Gelderen; Dee Vleeskens; Brian Wells; Maria Westbury; Henry van Zanden; Joyce Weeks; Alex Ziegelaar


The place she used to know

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Hi. I have recently released a novel about my mother's migration from Holland to Australia in the 1950's. I thought it might be of interest to your page followers and members. You can read more about it here: (it's available for purchase as an e-book or print version)

I was also recently interviewed on SBS Dutch Radio about the book:

Thanks for reading my message!

Michelle. Resident of Glenmore Park NSW

About The Book Five year old Else lives in a bleak, post-war Europe. Her parents, having survived World War 2, now despair for the future of their family in their country of birth. Posters promising 'The Land of Tomorrow' and a bright future spur them to pack up their meagre possessions and sail across the world. The Place She Used To Know follows Else's journey from the freezing, flat tablelands of Holland, to the unpredictable and often harsh conditions of Australia. Else's story will resonate with post-War migrants and their descendants, giving insight to the fighting spirit required to survive and prosper in a new world.                                                               About The Author The Place She Used to Know is the first novel by author Michelle Grice. Since Michelle was 7 years old, her goal has been to write a book, and her mum's migrant experience seemed a great place to start. Michelle has long been interested in finding out more about what it must have felt like to migrate to a foreign country as a child. She hopes this book will serve as a history lesson of Australia in the late 1950's-early 1960's, and a record of one Dutch family's settlement in a new country.


Waar zijn wij?

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Rembrandt Dutch Club is in St Marys

87 Dunheved Circuit

Het is een industrie park, dus als je denkt dat je verdwaald bent dan ben je bijna daar.


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