Van de President October 2016

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Spring is in the air. We want to get stuck into our gardens and do spring cleaning in our houses. We are waking up from our winter sleep. Our deck, at the back of Holland House, has had a good water blast to clean it up, and it has now been re-stained ready for use for the October Market and throughout the summer. Cor Geluk has water blasted also the front steps and walkway towards the carpark to make it safer to walk over.

On Saturday 24th September we had a spring clean at Holland House. We completed many jobs, but there is still much to do. Another working bee will be scheduled and announced next month.

At our Committee meeting we looked at some quotes for covering the deck before the summer. But we need to rethink about the type of covering we can afford. The quotes we had were far too expensive. We may have another look at getting the floors sanded and revarnished first. We are also looking for another better piano. The old one we have can not be economically repaired.

The September Market was good, but did not have the usual crowd attending due to bad weather.  We did get the switchboard fixed, so that we will not have long periods without power, through the fuse blowing at the power pole. We have now a stall at the market selling the oliebollen, which has reduced the queue at the kitchen, and allows now for better service.

The FSN combined coffee morning was well attended because there was a very good speaker from Davies Funeral Services who shared with us the different options there are for funerals in Auckland and the cost associated with that. I never knew that there were so many different ways to have a funeral. He advised that we all prepare a funeral plan for our own funeral in advance, for the sake of our own family’s peace.

Many people from Auckland attended the Tulip Festival in Hamilton on Saturday the 17th of September. There was plenty of entertainment for everyone as they had a good programme for the day. The bad weather caused the delay of the Ambassador’s plane, so he could not do the opening at 10am. Wies van den Berg, the President of the Waikato Society did the honours and got the programme going on time. The Ambassador gave a good speech later that morning. The Auckland Dutch Dancers had the privilege to perform twice that day for a big audience.

The film evening in September went well, this month is another games evening on 15th October at 7:30pm.  The next film evening is 19th November.

The Rederijkers keep on meeting every third Monday evening at 7.30pm in Holland House. Everyone who attends comes with something for supper and brings a story or poem to share which at times stimulate interesting discussions and experiences. It keeps the  mind active.

Ineke Knuvers has started a children’s group with a couple of parents on a Sunday afternoon and who speak Dutch with the children and play with them. The parents meet over a cuppa and share their stories and experiences. We trust that more parents with children will come along in October on the last Sunday of the month at 2pm.

Every Tuesday evening Dutch lessons are given from 6 to 8pm in Holland House. Those who want to travel to Holland in the future and need to brush up on their Dutch, are welcome to join these classes. Contact Jeanne Marie on 021-133 8999 for more information.

We are needing helpers to organise this year’s Sinterklaas on the 3rd of December. If you can help in any way please contact Owen Poelijoe on 021 0834 5480  please.

Welcome to the new members who joined us this past month. Thank you Jan Thesing for challenging people attending the Dutch Market to take an interest in the activities happening in Holland House each month.

Thank you everyone, who shares in the life of the NZ. Netherlands Society “Oranje” Auckland. Keep up the good work.

I noticed in the Herald that many of Dutch descent have passed away recently. Our sincere condolences to those who have lost a loved one this past month. May you find comfort amongst your family and friends during this time of bereavement.

Congratulations to those that had a Birthday or Anniversary the past month. We trust that you had a great time celebrating with your loved ones and friends.

I am looking forward to seeing you again at the coming month’s activities.

Greetings to you all,

Albert Ruijne

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