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Presidents’ Report   Senior Holidays.                                                                                                                                                    More than thirty years ago the Federation of Netherland Society’s decided to organise what then was called the Senior Holiday Camps for persons from Dutch decent, and subsidised these holidays to a great extend to help the poor elderly of our Dutch community. During these thirty years hundreds of seniors and members of the various Dutch organisations have been able to enjoy these holidays. But times have changed. It is not just the aging of our community but also the financial welfare of today, where people can go on a cruise or an overseas holiday that has contributed to the fact that we now have come to the decision to cancel the holiday due to insufficient numbers.                                                                                                Personally we have been involved in the organising of these holidays for some 17 years now, and I like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved as a volunteer in the last 30 years, but especially the members of our club that have supported us in our 17 years to make this one of the most worthwhile activities of the federation.                              Thank you everybody, it is the end of an era.                                                                                                                                          On another subject about the Federation, if you know of anybody that is in trouble or financial difficulty through no fault of their own, the Federation might be able to help.                                                                                                                                   Just contact me or ring Peter on 9663 3686 and we might be able to help through the Queen Wilhelmina Dutch Australian Benevolent Fund which is there for persons in our Dutch community that really need a helping hand.                                         J. Joosten President.

Kitchen Corner June 2017

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This is the last month of the financial year. That means the yearly paperwork has to go to the auditor soon.                A few people are involved in getting it right, so the auditor does not have to dissolve too many puzzles. As from next month (new financial year) membership renewals can be paid for the coming year; October 2017 – October 2018.            You can send a cheque by snail mail. The address is 87 Dunheved Circuit St Marys NSW 2760.        If you would like to pay by direct debit details are;    Commonwealth 062 597   Account number 1081 9718   Account name Rembrandt Dutch Club  As a reference always use your membership number (M B 321)                                                                                 If you don’t want to damage your magazine by taking out the renewal page, there are copies at the club on the kitchen counter. Last Sunday we had a psychic day.  It was interesting for those whom attended.  Everyone received a souvenir. A card with your birthstone. Maybe just as well not too many people turned up, when all the readings were done it was 5pm. The next Sunday event will be on October 29. A Dutch Braderie with free entertainment for members and their guests.  A few volunteers are needed for that day.  Let me know if you are interested.                                                                                     Next months’ magazine will cover July and August. This person will be away for a break but the news will still get to you.                                         See you all at your club.    Mia


Notice board June 2017

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Message from the Dutch Consulate;

For Lost or stolen Dutch Passport, Visa, Dutch Nationality certificate, certificate of residence, declaration of marital status, Dutch identity card call Sydney 93876644  

For Sale;
Bedroom suite hand painted by Dirk van de Lindt

A slatted double bed and mattress, dressing table, chair and armoire cabinet with internal shelves and 3 drawers. Asking price $350. ONO

Location of furniture is Tuncurry NSW.

Shipment to be arranged by the byer.

For more information email">

Photos are @ the club on the notice board


Klaverjas news June 2017

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Klaverjas and Billiard group only

Half-yearly dinner June 23 at 6pm

See Card leader David Stenstra for bookings


Happy Birthday June 2017

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Jono Barnes; Jeff Beerens; Louise Carey; Scott Butfield

Roe Bronkhorst; Hilda de Vries; Ali Dullaard;

Dorothea Eggstein; Bobiena Hannessen; Krys Lette;

Rudi Helderman; Catherine Hilberding; Stella Joseph;

Douglas Kerr; Adrie Klymy; Melissa Haarsma;

Jan Kuilder; Pauline Lange; Helene Little; Avrill Lortan;

Ina & Pim Matzer; Bep Mendham; David Taylor;

Antoinette Neijens; Lorraine Newland; Bob Oerlemans;

Josephine Passchier; Jan Noot; Hans Roeleven;

Peter Hamer;Adrian van Asten; Annette van Roden;

Johanna Vels; Jacqueline Wells; Joseph Eijkman;

Terry Sommerville;


Presidents Report May 2017

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The Elvis dinner night. And what a show it was. Organised by our own ShElvis it was one of the most enjoyable nights we have had for a long time. Sheryl opened the night with a brilliant rendition of some of the well-known Elvis songs. While the prawn cocktails where being served, Stuey V entered the stage and got the whole crowd swinging along with his rendition of the Elvis music, but it was not just the music, Stuey could be a reincarnation of Elvis the way he looked and acted. To top this all of, the next performer Mike Tsama brought back memories of Buddy Holly and Johnny O Keefe. So much energy and so many people on the floor, I am still tired from looking at them. Oh, and not to forget the Food. The lady’s in the kitchen had prepared a 5 star, 3 course meal fit for a King. And then came the finale, without any practise all three entertainers performed the American Trilogy and nearly lifted the roof of the building. A night not easy to forget, and I hope we can repeat this sometimes in the future. We received many comments and compliments from first time customers that where so impressed with the friendly service in our club.
Thank you all and Well done.
J. J

Kitchen Corner May 2017

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In my last report it was said; ‘We could have a Braderie’. Well, it is organised. Another Sunday at your favourite club. The entertainment is booked. The Kitchen will be open for coffee and oliebollen. So, if you missed out during the festival this is your chance to enjoy these deep fried fruit-balls. Feel like krokets or a ‘lekker biertje’, it will be there waiting for you. There will be stalls with goods for sale. All proceeds; 100% to go to the club.
Sunday October 29 Braderie at the Rembrandt Club
10am -4 pm Kitchen and bar open. FREE ENTRY.
Entertainment;     Herman (Dutch melodies)     And Sheryl Sharky (ShElvis)
This month we have the ‘Psychic Sunday’. Victor and Amanda will make it a special event.We do our best to come up with different ideas for members and guests to have an enjoyable Sunday, since the dance nights were not so successful anymore and we realise that the main problem amongst our senior members is the driving at night. If any of you out there has an idea let me know and I will talk to the committee to see what can be done about it. Mia


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Gezocht Nederlandse emigranten

MAX Vandaag

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog heerst in Nederland een ware emigratiekoorts. Velen wagen de grote oversteek naar een nieuw land.                                                                        Voor een nieuwe documentaire is Omroep MAX op zoek naar Nederlanders die in de jaren 50 vertrokken naar Australië,


Klaverjas news May 2017

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Klaverjas and Billiard group
Half-yearly dinner
June 23 at 6pm
At your club

Klaverjas Competition May 21

Happy Birthday May 2017

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May Babes
Willemina Adams; Marlena Becker;
Cecil Cain;Mary Beerens; Bert Bronkhorst;
Amanda Voets; Hillie Cleveringa; Frances de Lange;
Rita de Wal; John Deegens; Maria Eijkenboom;
Jan Grabijn; Nettie Fekkes; Johanna Gribble;
Truus Haak; Pieter Hofland; Elsie Hooker;
Benjamin Hunt; Jan Joosten; Jean Kerr;
Engelina Lambregts; Ingrid and Marinus Kole;
Atty Kommer; Jeannette Kop; Bep Langereis;
Riet Mabelis; William Nass; Jan Noordeloos;
Harry Reyden; Adriana Oerlemans; Lucia Reynders;
John Roach; Colin Steele; Bea Turner;
Suzan van der Mast; Eddy van Oosterum;
Frank en Ria van den Nieuwboer; Gina van Dijk;
Finie van Emmerik; Bep van Kouterik;
Kathy van Oeveren; Charles Verheyden;
Lenie Zirkzee; Michelle Anne Zirkzee;
Jacqueline Windle; Kieren Bruce; Paul Christman;
Cornelis Eyndhoven; Michelle Heaslip; Annie Jagt

Presidents Report April 2017

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Festival March 2017.                                                               

What can we say?                                                                              

How much better can it get?                                                           

First of all the week before, setting up in the rain, then a storm on Wednesday and one on Thursday.                        

How lucky have we been the whole weekend perfect weather? Lots of people have told me that they prayed for good weather and it worked.                                                    

Early indications are telling us that again we might have broken some records and that in part would be due to some improvements we made, not in the least the marquee that we put up in the driveway.                                                 

But most of the success has to be due to all our hard working volunteers, members and non-members alike.  We, the old guard, could not have done it without the influx of a lot of new and younger volunteers to help us make this the success it was.                                                       

Without going into detail, everyone that has contributed in any way before, during or after, you really deserve a medal.                                                                                      

All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU. It will keep our club going for another 12 month and I hope you enjoyed it so much that you want to do it again next year. I was told by somebody that is very much involved with the Multicultural Community in the Nepean area that the success of our festival was thanks to the friendly big group of volunteers and I agree.

We are very proud of that fact. I hope to see all the volunteers on the thank you lunch on the 9th of April.                                                                   J.J. president.

Kitchen Corner April 2017

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The Garage Sale last month was, although very wet, still a great success. Thank you to everyone that came to help. The camaraderie was great. You can all be proud of our club and the volunteers. For every person that donated goods to sell, I can say that all items have found a home. Some went home to the Vinnies and will move one from there. Some have gone to other homes, like the mother and baby refuges. Nothing was wasted.                              

Now the Festival is behind us again, we have to come up with new ideas to keep the club going through the year.                                                                                           

We could have a Braderie. That is not a garage sale but you can still buy all sorts of goodies. It also includes music drinks and lots of food. It’s like a day out at your favourite club. Definitely something to think about. It can be held inside the club, rain, hail or shine.                                        

When you think of all the visitors at the festival it would be great to offer them one more occasion to eat their favorite Dutch food and purchase a supply of sweets etc. Like the young man who brought half a kilo of tongue-worst. He was over the moon with it. I am sure that he will be back. The supply of rookworst went down fast as well. This is also an item you can’t buy at every butcher. And what about the herring? They went flying! The smoked trout was completely sold out and the last trout was almost divided in two to please the customers.                                                

So, let’s think about an event to please members and non-members                                                                            

See you al at the kitchen counter.  Mia J


Klaverjas news April 2017

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Do you know that….

Every Friday

Klaverjas players start their game at 7.30pm

Some have a light meal before they start the game

Some just have coffee or tea.

One lady always enjoys a glass of red.

Sometimes they just love the game so much they play an extra game.

At the end of every month every game-table can win a ‘speculaasje’.

It is not like winning the lottery but it is good fun because it means you scored the highest.

Do you know how to play klaverjas and are looking for 3 more players? Join the club.



Happy Birthday April 2017

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Gerda Aalbrecht; Leonardus Altman;

Sharon Aspinal; Kelly Bailey; Ina van Dam;

Denise Bailey; Anita Bakkers; Charlie Ballas;

Leny Battishall; Annie Bloemendal; Gerard Petra;

Herman Brookhouse; Thornton Brown;

John de Lange; Peter de Vries; James Giddens;

Malcolm Gribble; Henk Haak; Jos Haarsma;

Joshua Ikin; Thea Knubben; Wolfgang Kohnertz;

Els Kommer; Gerard Kuilder; Phillip Wall;

Martijn Lambrechts; Albert Lambregts;

Lowie Lemmerman; Alphons Lette; Ray Oonk;

Bruce O’Brien;Jo-ann Mathyi; Gordon Milner;

Marcel Paquay; Janette Pincott; Tineke Price;

Steven Ripley; Theresa Roebuck; Henny Spee;

Bernard & Gai Schoemaker; Gonnie Terpstra;

Steven Tienstra; Clemens Eijkman;

Wilma van der Waarden; Tonny van Gaalen;

Jacqueline Windle;

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.

Calendar 2017

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Event in 2017




 Wednesday May 10 MID-WEEK-LUNCH celebrating King Willem's 50th Birthday



Coffee is ready at 11am

Lunch at 12.30

Book your seat at the club

See Gerda, Leny or Mia


Sunday May 21 Klaverjass competition      






Sunday May 28 Psychic Day. Free entry

Learning about Psychic power

Having your palm read

What’s in the cards for you????

Book a seat at the club 96232569


Friday June 23 at 6pmHalf-yearly dinner for Klaverjas and Billiard players and their partners


Dutch Sri Lanka night Saturday 1st July
Music Hits and Memories of the past by
Roger Menezes (ex Jetliners) and Gordon Rebeira
Dinner: 7pm All You Can Eat $35 per head
For Tickets

Please contact Geoffrey 0425 381 929
Only a few seats left.


Sunday October 8 Choir concert with The Great Western Male Choir. A preview of the upcoming bi-annual concert


The big event of 2017

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


Sunday October 29 Braderie at the Rembrandt Club
10am -4 pm Kitchen and bar open. FREE ENTRY.

Entertainment;     Herman (Dutch melodies)     

And Sheryl Sharky (ShElvis)


Sunday November 5 AGM at your club


Christmas Dinner with Dutch Connection

Saturday December 16





More midweek lunches in  October and December

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

Children are welcome too, 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


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


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