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September 2020 President Report

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At last the winter weather is slowly abating leading us into beautiful Spring.
We look forward from emerging from our hibernation and enjoying the warmer days and nights of the coming months.
Unfortunately, the past cold days and nights played havoc with some of our aged members but lately I have noticed an increase in members returning to the club.
We would like to see even more attendees willing to brave the elements and support our club.
      The Board has proposed some great ideas to help provide some forms of entertainment for members and guests these will be implemented as attending numbers increase.
A special thank you to our hard -working kitchen staff for cooking and preparing those special Dutch treats that tantalise our taste buds.
Finally, please don't forget to purchase any required Dutch goodies from our onsite shop.
In the mean-time members please keep safe.
              Allan J Potter

Shop September 2020

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Vegetable in the jar, Biscuits, Lollies, Calendars & souvenirs
If there are articles on your wish-list; Call Gerda on 9746 8420
    And, if possible, she will order this for you.

A day or two before club meetings.
Krokets, Bitterballen, Frikandellen, Herring, Boterkoek.

Notice board September 2020

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To all members

The date for the AGM is set at November 27th
While all members are invited to attend, an RSVP is of most importance regarding the catering.
This can be done by informing the secretary Erika on 0411 176 329 or by email

Renewal payment are due before September 30. A renewal form was included in last month’s magazine, but there are more forms available in the Hall at the register. See Gerda.

Next magazine will have a nomination form included. To make a nomination you have to be a financial member.
As you can see (on opposite page) there will be freshly smoked trout available on September 18.
Orders can be placed with me (Mia) on 0402 492 887.
The orders have to be in by September the 11th.                          

On a different note; I used to write the Kitchen Corner, but times and priorities have changed. I still put together your monthly magazine and the kitchen has a different cook.  Alek (or Alice) is a great cook and she has been filling stomachs with delicious meals. I may also name her offsiders on most Fridays; Bep and Darlene. They make a good team. However, it would be great if there is another ‘cookie’ out there who can relief Alek sometimes, so she can have a well-deserved break.                          Mia

August 2020 President Report

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I am delighted that council has finally allowed our club to recommence trading at the Mount Druitt Hall premises after the necessary temporary hall closure.
     We are still facing huge challenges with recent COVID scares in surrounding areas combined with the cool temperatures affecting our members whilst trying to relax at our club.
  I most appreciate that our regular club attendees do an excellent job providing a friendly atmosphere for other members and guests this is so important for comradery within our club.
  I thank our regular shoppers for purchasing their requirements on Wednesdays and Fridays this greatly assists in our financial obligations and longevity of the club.
     Finally I am confident that we will overcome these adversities with the continued support of our valued members.                           
Allan J Potter

Shop August 2020

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 Vegetable in the jar, Biscuits, Lollies, Calendars & souvenirs
    If there are articles on your wish-list;
    Call Gerda on 9746 8420
    And, if possible, she will order this for you.
To keep your feet warm we have stock of slipper clogs.
Ask for your size and Gerda will bring them in for you.
More and different designs.

Notice board August 2020

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 To all members
For the future of YOUR Club it is of great importance that all memberships are paid up to date.
The year is from 1 October 2020 to 1 October 2021
A membership renewal form is included in this magazine
The AGM date will be in your next magazine.
At the special members-meeting last year many members came forward in favour of continuing this Club, Your Club.
This is your chance to show that you will follow as promised.
As it stands at this moment many members have put a halt to visiting on Wednesdays and Friday, be it the cold or the COVID.
Some good news was ‘going to happen’ and then COVID put a hold to this. You may ask; what is it???
Blacktown Council has decided to put a reverse air-conditioner in the hall. The plan and the money is at the ready, and you can guess what put this on hold. It will happen and it will make a world of difference to the hall, winter and summer. Now it is a matter of perseverance on your side. Put up with the weather, dress accordingly, enjoy the company of your friends.
In the meantime some board members are dragging their heathers out for your comfort. Again, without your support we can’t go on.
On behalf of the board of directors of the Rembrandt Social Club

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

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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