We schieten al aardig op naar de Kerst. Het eerste half jaar is voorbij en het tweede half jaar is al weer aardig op weg. Deze maand hebben wij de gewoonlijke aktiviteiten en daarbij the Annual National Committee Meeting (ANCM) van de Dutch Societies in Netherville op zaterdag 16 september en de volgende dag Het Tulip Festival in de Hamilton Gardens waar iedereen van harte welkom is.
In November wordt het Nederlandse Museum geopened in Foxton op zaterdag de 18de November. Het committee is een busreis aan het organiseren vanuit Auckland om daar naar toe te gaan en te overnachten in Foxton en de volgende dag weer terug naar Auckland. Wie met de bus mee wil gaan moet zich zo gauw mogelijk melden bij Ineke Knuvers want er zijn maar 48 plaatsen in de bus.
Op 26 november organiseren wij in plaats van de FSN, het kerst buffet lunch in Waipuna Lodge in Mt. Wellington. Tickets zijn verkrijgbaar bij Ineke Knuvers en op de Dutch Market in Holland House gedurende October en November. We hopen dat wij er 100 plaatsen kunnen bespreken voor die gelegenheid. Kom en breng je familie en vrienden.
In August I had a difficult period. On Wednesday the 9th of August my wife Inge had to be rushed to Middlemore Hospital by ambulance, suspecting she had a stroke. After Xrays, blood tests and a scan they were able to tell me that it was not a stroke but that she had several infections which made it appear like a stroke. Inge had an infection in her right leg, in her lungs and had an UTI, which needed urgent attention. Inge had lost the use of her arms and legs and could not speak at that time. She was in Middlemore Hospital for a week and then transferred to the Bethesda Nursing home in Wiri, Manukau City, where she is now in room 53 to regain her strength. She has regained her voice and limited use of her hands but cannot stand or walk yet. On Sunday the 20th of August she had a bad turn and caused me to miss the coffee morning in Holland House, which was my responsibility to organise. I have to apologise to those who turned up at Holland House for the Coffee Morning and could not get into Holland House to have their Coffee and chat, because I was with Inge at the time. I am sorry for the inconvenience I caused at that time for not being there to open up. The next Coffee morning is on Wednesday the 13th of September at 10am in Holland House as we cannot have it on Sunday the 17th of September because I am at the Tulip Festival in Hamilton performing with the Auckland Dutch Dancers. You are welcome to be there as well.
In August all the stalls at the Dutch Market were fully booked, and in September too. It is good to see a good variety of stalls. The market promises to be very busy again this month. It amazes me to see new faces and a good number of young families at the market, enjoying the Dutch goodies. Not only that, but we have new members signing up for the club, which we welcome very much.
We welcome back all those who have been on holiday and trust you had a great time. Those who are going on holiday, we wish you a safe and enjoyable trip. To those who have a birthday during the month, we wish you a happy birthday. To those who have an anniversary, a happy anniversary. To those who have lost a loved one, our sympathy and condolences. We wish you all have a great month. My greetings.