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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.

Presidents Report March 2017

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Time is flying. This month is so short it has gone before it really started. Or is it me? I want to do so much, but sometimes it feels as if I done nothing even after I thought I was busy.                                        Anyway, next Saturday the 4th of March is our monster garage sale and we have miles of good items even after we sold already quite a lot of items now. And then we start concentrating on our festival. Everything is coming along fine, except we can do with some more volunteers, so that the people that are working before, during and after the event can get a much needed break. So please, see what you can do, maybe talk to your family and friends. A few hours of their time makes all the difference. If you are interested; See you at the volunteer’s day on Sunday the 12th of March or put your name on the list in the club.  J. J.

Kitchen Corner March 2017

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This week we had a Council inspection. No warning at all. But we did not need a warning.                                 The kitchen is always as clean as it can be and there are no broken or cracked items to be found. The only thing missing was the meat thermometer. I wanted to grab it but it was not there. Later I found out that when the ‘boys’ tried out the converted poffertjes plate it somehow stayed a bit too long on the plate and melted. Oepps!                                                                                                                                                   I personally am very proud of all the ladies (and men) who help out in the kitchen and stick to the rules.      THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. YOU ARE ALL PART OF THIS.                                                                            The end of this week we have the garage sale which is always a busy but enjoyable day. There are lots of donations that will help with the much needed income.                                                                          Next week it will get seriously close to the festival. In my mind I am already cooking and working out how much food we can prepare and store for the big weekend.                                                                   Thanks to some volunteers my job gets a bit lighter. If everyone does what they do best it will all work out. Now there is only one more thing to say;                                                                                                 SEE YOU ALL AT THE FESTIVAL.          Mia

Happy Birthday March 2017

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Apinya Bednar; Paulus Breedveld; Anna Beugeling; Bob Griffiths; Wietske Bruisma; Yvonne Butfield; Mia Lee; Connie Chabailuk; Gerard Daley; Nel de Bruyn; Nancy Farlow; Kees van der Voort;Jan Giles; Gil Kommer; Bernardus Kruize; Jannie Kuilder; Peter Mathyi; Theo Langenberg; Johanna Louwen; Gloria Short; Bep Maasland; Angela Maganic;; Bernadine Mathyi; Frank Pellaers; Hedi Roggeveen; Marlene Turnbull; Peter Morsink; Theo & Nellie Schaaf; Ray Skarsky; Robin Steele; Cornelia Sondemeyer; Petronella van Os; Angela Thorpe; Riet Koppelhouber; Stuart Brown; Ans van der Jagt; Sharon Klinkenberg; Gemma Verbeek; Alek van der Heg;

Klaverjas & Scrabble news March 2017 2017

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This months’ speculaas winners are

Atty Kommer      5400        3 marsen
Ingrid Kacir        4856        1 marsen
Annie Van De Mortel  4964        1 marsen
Loui Weber        5006        1 marsen

           Also congratulations to
Nelly Van Der Voort     2nd place
And Riet Mabelis     3rd place
At Woonona 19 February
                    Dave Stenstra

Calendar 2017

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Event in 2017


Sunday 15 January
Dutch day at our club.
Members and their families welcome.
Open at 11am for coffee and lunch

1pm A Dirk de Hartog
by Katja Jeffreys

Afterwards Dutch Dancing for anyone that would like to learn Dutch Folkloric dancing.

Everone else enjoy watching the dances
Get ready to dance at The St Marys Dutch Festival

If you’d like it, we lend you a Dutch outfit during the Festival.


St Marys Dutch Festival 2017
Last full WEEKEND in March (24-25-26)  Friday March 24 SENIOR DAY FLOORSHOW DURING THE DAY.

Bring your senior friends


The big event of 2017
MCAA FESTIVAL – 13th to 15th October 2017
    Event Location
Wollongong Sports and Entertainment Centre



Midweek lunches in  October and December

You don't have to be a senior to enjoy the lunch.

Children are welcome to, under supervision of an adult.



Klaverjas competition Sunday September 11 and November 13

During these competition days the shop is also open to the public.



Sinterklaas party for the young ones. Please see the Sinterklaas page.

There is no age limit for persons attending this event, however, only children that are registered can enter the premises for this event.


Join our group of volunteers.

We can do it, but only, if we do it all together.


- For any event. Always book early. Or be disappointed.

For bookings please call 96232569 and speak to Leny Gerda or Mia.

Any changes to dates and/or entry fees are entirely up to the committee.Information for members and their guest


Presidents Report January 2017

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We wish you and your loved ones a            
HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR.                    
May this year bring all the good things you are hoping to achieve?  As a club we officially open up on Friday the 13th of January and then on Sunday the 15th we have a very special presentation about the fact that it is now 400 years ago that Dirk de Hartog landed in Australia.                                                                                                           

In the meantime we have been busy in the club, from the day after Boxing Day, with cleaning and painting. It has taken two days just to get the carpet professional cleaned and everything looks new and fresh again.                     

They used to call it spring cleaning, but we have done it in the middle of summer so that we can take our holidays later in the year when we will be visiting our family in Holland.                                                                                      

Hope to see you all on the 15th. Don’t forget to book your seat.                 
It’s free for a change.                                                                                  

Notice board January 2017

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Just before the end of 2016 one of our foundation members passed away. Willy Grabijn. May you rest in peace.

Our thoughts go out to husband Jan and his family

Kitchen Corner January 2017

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From Sinterklaas’ desk                       
Thank you to everyone that volunteered for the day. Without you there would be no Sinterklaas, Zwarte Piet, flying darts, music, poffertjes, popcorn, sausage rolls, kitchen and bar, lollies, presents and the beautiful decorated present bags, photos to remember this day, and last but not least, the smooth running of a perfect day. The Rembrandt Club team had everyone smiling again. Thank You all.

Emails, Hi Mia. I wanted to thank you again (not just at the shop window) for your efforts in making Sinterklaas 2016 such a wonderful event for all the kindjes (not just my own). They had a lot of fun, and I think even some of the adults did too. I know that there was a lot of hard work behind the scenes.     So, veel bedankt Mia.  Groetjes  Iain

Hi Mia      Thank you for organising a fabulous Sinterklaas day
Thoroughly enjoyed by Luc & Remy, Mum, Dad & Oma & Opa
Great fun and lovely people at the Club.           Cheers  Sindy

Mia en Jan wij wensen jullie en al onze vrienden in de Rembrandt club een goed en gelukkig 2017 Milka en Gerard

Happy Birthday January 2017

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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;
Sam Greenberg; Diana Holla; 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; Patricia Risse;
Connie Snellen; Gerda Zirkzee; Shaun Tomiollo;
Ria van Wijk; Marcus van Gelderen; Darrel You;
Dee Vleeskens; John van Oosterum; Brian Wells;
Henry van Zanden; Joyce Weeks; Alex Ziegelaar;

Klaverjas & Scrabble news January 2017

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Klaverjas News                         
See you all back on Friday January 13
Our 2017 competition dates are
May 14
July 9
September 10
November 12    We hope you enjoyed the break

Scrabble players
The game starts at 11am    on Friday the 13th    
Friday January 13

Presidents Report December 2016

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A few month ago we have decided to cut down on the cost of our big waste bin, which amounts to  $135. every time it is emptied. At the A.G.M. Wim van As offered to take home empty bottles and put them in his recycling bin. In the meantime we have a few other members that have made simular offers. One member is collecting all wine bottles for somebody that will recycle them. It is now up to all members when returning their empty’s to put them in the bins provided. To separate waste, cans and bottles we have invested in new pedal-bins and we hope that everybody will help to put all items in the marked bins. This will result in a once a month pick up of the bin and should in the end save some $ 1500.- over 12 months, and who knows in the near future we might be able to get deposits back on the bottles.
May I take this opportunity to which all of you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
John Joosten

Kitchen Corner December 2016

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And we did it again.                                                                                        One of our volunteers was presented with the Anton Kool Award.    Jo-Ann Rasker, we are very proud of you and grateful for all the work you done over the years. It is time now for you to take it easy.            You were a big help at the club and also at the Abel Tasman Village, where all the residents adore you. Enjoy time-out, you deserve it.        On a different note; during the visit of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima we (hubby and I) were very privileged to be able to meet them and talk to them. We met them ten years ago, when they were Prince and Princess. That was already an exciting event, but this time it was TOPS. To meet two beautiful down to earth personalities who are of such importance, that is to never forget.                        The ‘MOVING ON’ program has come to an end, and it was very enjoyable, with lots of helpful hints. There were some tears and lots of laughs. Alex, with the help of Gerda, made a lot of things clear and understandable. Thanks to Nepean Health for bringing this program to the Dutch Club and for the lovely farewell lunch. We were really spoiled on the last day. There will be a following up program, it’s called STEPPING UP. Hoping to see all participants back for this next event. I will keep you informed.    Now we go to something totally different again. The month of celebrations. On Sunday the 4th we have about 70 children visit the club to meet Sinterklaas. This is always a very important day for the little ones, but even more so for the grandparents. There are always non-members that find the Rembrandt Club on the internet and insist on bringing their children to meet Sinterklaas for the first time. They want to relive that special event for themselves as well. Lucky we can give these Dutchies the opportunity to do this. I can only say one thing about this celebration; enjoy the touch of Dutch.  After that on Wednesday the 7th Sinterklaas will visit again and bring joy to all that come in for lunch. Make sure you book your seat so we can cater for you.    See you all at the kitchen counter.     Mia

Happy Birthday November 2016

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John Baremans; Aart Bark; Geoffrey de Kretser; Ray Fearn; Jan Geldhof; Mary Griffiths; Paul Grunwald; Tim Hall; John Harloff; Arie Holla; Claudia Huygen; Mia Joosten; Rebeca Kajan; Bram Kommer; Robert Laszuk; Bea Lemmerman; Carmen Lette; Lynne Mathyi;  Rosina Merkx; Glyn Miggins; Rie Petra; Elizabeth Oonk; Elisabeth & Antoon Piekar; Siddiqur Rahman; Sjoerd Rasker; Robin Reyden; Valery van de Giesen; Cecilia Segara; Gail Smit;
Mijntje Smit; Geraldine Taylor; Dewi Tjiantoro; Ian Turnbull; John Turner; Marilou van Asten; Jack van Kuijk; Johanna van Oosterum; Wim Van As;
Margaret Verheyden; Jacoba & Danny van Dijk;


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During the competition on Sunday November 13 we had a phone call from friends (also club members). The property across the road was burning and they had to protect their house. So if we could please pick up the two little girls and keep them safe. Off course we could. John picked them up and brought them to the club. We fed them, play with them, put the baby to bed and even had baby-sitting-help from another Oma while we served lunch. At one stage we were all singing ‘klappe in de handjes’ and the klaverjas players were somewhat distracted. This is why I try to explain the situation. This was an emergency with a happy ending. I always enjoy the company of little people and I hope everyone did on that Sunday. The Londonderry bushfire destroyed a massive piece of bushland. What was beautiful and green before, is now pitch black. But in this Australian climate the bush will grow again and it won’t be long before it will be restored.   Mia

Ambassador Schouten

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Accreditation Ambassador Schouten
As of 17 August 2016, Her Excellency Mrs Erica Schouten is the accredited Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Australia.
Yesterday morning, Ambassador Schouten handed Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove her Letters of Credence at Government House in Canberra. Ambassador Schouten was previously posted as deputy head of mission at the Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw, as well as deputy permanent representative at NATO in Brussels.
Attached to this press release is the CV of Erica Schouten as well as her official photograph. More information can be found on the Embassy’s website:
Kind regards,
Saskia Postema
Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra
120 Empire Circuit │ Yarralumla ACT 2600 │ Australia
T. +61 2 6220 9400 | F. +61 2 6273 3386 | | Tw @NLinAustralia     | Fb dutchembassyaustralia


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