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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

Lost and found

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NOT FOR SALE        
Articles found during the clean up
It’s amazing what you find behind shelves and cupboards                                                        
If any of these belongs to you call Mia on 96234503

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.

Corona update

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Due to the corona virus, the Friday and Wednesday trading has been cancelled untill further notice.


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;

Presidents Report January 2020

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President's Report December 2019
This month has been a most interesting learning experience for myself to help me to fulfil my responsibilities within your club.
Under the guidance of my mentors I am being trained in all areas from the early opening, cleaning, kitchen duties, decision making to the security lock up of the club at night.
I am grateful to be assisted by a fine Board of Directors and committee members who help contribute some great ideas and solutions associated with our current relocation.
Of course the backbone of our organization that gives us valuable assistance are our volunteers these wonderful people we say a big thank you.
We are still looking for some volunteers to assist Mia in the running of our kitchen so please don't be shy if you have those special attributes give it a try.
I wish all our existing and soon to be new members a safe and happy new year.
                                                                          Allan Potter

Vice Presidents Report January 2020

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Vice Presidents report.                                                                                                                    Looking back at the year that has past, we should not be able to complain too much.                                                                                                                                     Yes, we have to move to a new premises and leave the building where we had so much memories and good times, But, just spare a moment and think of all the people that have lost everything due to the devastating fires and drought. Lives, stock, homes and properties have been lost and the fires are not all contained yet.                                                                                                                                         Let’s try to look at the bright side, we are still lucky that we are able to move to another venue where we can meet and enjoy each other’s company.                                                                                                                  So, we like to start 2020 in a positive way and wish you all a very prosperous and healthy new year and don’t forget together we can do anything and everything we put our mind to.
See you soon at the Hall in Mt. Druitt
J. Joosten.

Kitchen Corner January 2020

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Kitchen Corner         HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!
At the moment I am enjoying ‘time out of the kitchen’. That means no cooking for a few days. We are preparing for the garage sale and at the same time, sort out what kitchen equipment we will be using at the new venue and what will be stored until we find the permanent premises. During our Christmas Dinner one of our volunteers received the  ANTON KOOL AWARD. Congratulations Gerda.
Gerda Zirkzee is not the first member of our club to receive this. Quit a few were honoured in previous years. We are proud of all our volunteers. They all work hard to keep the club going.
Gerda was speechless on the night, but put a thank-you speech together which she read to the group that always join in the working bee.

Here is Gerda’s speech
I am no public speaker but I was completely speechless in more ways than one at the Christmas dinner, when Jan Joosten announced that I was the winner of this year's Anton Kool award. I would like to thank the person who nominated me, was it Jan, Mia or Marian? I don't know. (It was none of them. Red.) It was a complete surprise. I also thank Herman, my husband of over 42 years for putting up with me.
I enjoyed the DUTCH FOLKDANCING GROUP and it kept me a little fit. Dancing in clogs is harder than you think.
During my stay with ECHOES FROM THE PAST, I learnt a lot more about Dutch Regional costumes and culture. Frances Larder opened my eyes to see needle craft in a different light and I learnt a lot of different techniques. Thank you Frances.
The Rembrandt Club keeps me out of mischief as now I don't have time for it.
All three organizations help me keep in touch with my Dutch roots. We also help to educate the general community about the Dutch and The Netherlands. We are known as the silent migrants as we integrate so well, but we need to expose ourselves culturally.
On another note I want to thank you all for the friendships I have found at the club and I wish to recognise all the other volunteers for their hard work without you the club can't exist.
You realise of course that I come here just to get out of doing the house work.
Thank you,
Gerda Zirkzee

Happy Birthday January 2020

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Luuk Aalbrechts,  Adrian Alsop, Gerard Bakkers, Deborah Bewert,  Pablo Blanco, Albino Cortellazzi, Veronica Daley, Nicole Duffy, Cornelia Geldhof, Diana Holla,  Jeno Kajan, Clara Kempers, Nellie Knight, Ante Maganic, Edna Manalo, Willem Muller, Greame Noske, Allan Potter, Jo-Ann Rasker,  Victoria Rauscher, Patricia Risse,  Robert Rodgers,  Connie Snellen, Marcus van Gelderen, Henry van Zanden, Dee Vleeskens, Joyce Weeks, Wilhelmina Iping, Ria van Wijk,
Alex Ziegelaar, Gerda Zirkzee,

My sincere apology Mr.Grunwald for not mentioning your Birthday

Notice board January 2020

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Note from your Licensee. A vote of thanks to the members and guests for the good trading that we have had in the last month. We took all the bottles and cans for Return and Earn and had a record result! So thanks I have had fun.        John Battishall

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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