Van de President – May 2015

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By the time you read this, we would have just celebrated Kings-day with a cocktail party in Holland House. At the time of writing this letter I must say that ticket sales are not as good as previous years. This could be, that the celebration falls on a long weekend this year and on a Monday evening. The other reason could be that most of us leave things to the last minute for action. Anyway those who were at the celebration would have had enough to eat and drink and would have enjoyed the music and singalong with Theo Kroon. Thanks to those who have volunteered to help make Kings-day a success.

On Sunday the 3rd of May we have our Monthly Coffee morning at 11am followed by drinks and lunch. During this morning we will have a discussion on keeping the coffee mornings going if we can get more members to attend or to discontinue due to lack of attendance. We need an average of 20 people to make these coffee mornings worth-while.

There will be a Dutch Memorial Service held at the Monument in the Parnell Rose Gardens at 2pm on Sunday the 3rd of May. This is organised by the “Memorial Committee Dutch Veterans” each year. We are all invited to attend this service. After the service everyone is invited to afternoon tea in Holland House. Please Note;  If the weather is bad, the service will be held in Holland House. If you are not sure, please check with me on 021-346 933 or with Lucy Powell on 09-625 2455 on the day.

Membership fees are now overdue. If you have not yet paid your membership for 2015, please do this as soon as possible. If you have changed address, phone number or email address during the past year, please let us know so we can have our database up to date before our AGM in July. Only paid-up members can vote at the AGM. Membership for this year is from the 1st of April 2015 to the 31st of March 2016. You can renew online at http://hollandhouse.org.nz/membership

Don’t forget to attend the Klaverjas Tournament  held on Sunday the 31st of May at Friendship House in the Manukau City Centre, starting at 10am sharp. To participate please contact, Jan van Zijl on 09-294 8940 or Piet Gardien on 09-273 1988

Notice of AGM. Our annual AGM will be held on Sunday the 5th of July in Holland House. Please keep this date free to attend the meeting. In preparation for this meeting you may have a remit to present. Please send your remits to the Secretary NZ. Netherlands Society Oranje Auckland Inc. 26 Katavich Place, Mt. Roskill. Or Email them to her at; secretary@hollandhouse.org.nz  We are also in need of nominations for secretary and treasurer. These may also be send to our Secretary by the 8th of June 2015. Any other nominations are also welcome by that date. We love to see our committee develop to a size where we can have sub-committees to organise certain projects during the year, that will make make better use of Holland House. Please consider joining our committee to share your talents with us.

Het Auckland Krantje needs your input. Have you got any stories to share with the wider membership? Such as; Why you came to NZ.?, What you have achieved while in NZ?, What experiences you may have had where others may learn something from, Organisations you have  belonged to or are still belonging to, that have been of benefit to you?,  Can you help by finding people to advertise in “Het Auckland Krantje”?, etc.etc. Each Market day we have some spare copies available for those who are not members.

De Schakel is a bi-monthly magazine put out by “The Federation of New Zealand Netherlands Societies” and it is published on the Federation’s web-site where you also find Newsletters from other clubs. We print out 10 copies after each publication and put them on the bench in the back of the hall to read for those who have no computers.

Other Activities that are happening in Holland House are;  every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm the Dutch Dancers who are building up a new repertoire at present. Every Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm the “Folklore Chileno Latino Dancers” are practising their dances. The Dance groups are looking for new members to join them. Every 2nd Sunday of the Month the Hungarian Club meets in Holland House from 2pm onwards. And every 3rd Sunday of the month the FSN instuif from 11am onwards. Please keep supporting these activities where ever you can.

Welcome to the new members that have joined us this past month and our condolences to those who have lost loved ones in their families.

Greetings until next month.

Albert Ruijne

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