The past year had good news as well as bad. We lost several long-standing members including our President, but we also had a very successful year with all of our events.
In my Annual Report, I advised that we had a profit of $4000+ and that was good because our bank account was looking a little bit anemic.
Last year the Board made a decision to increase the annual membership fee from $15 to $20 per member. The other decision the Board made regarding finances was to make a small increase in the price for our events. When we compare the cost of attending one of our dinner and dance parties to that charged by similar clubs elsewhere, we find that we are still getting a terrific bargain, and at the same time, we are able to support our club and to continue operating and hosting these cultural events.
We held our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 4th, 2018. Ingeborg Kristiansen cooked up a delicious lunch followed by a very successful and enthusiastic meeting. When the call for nominations to the Board was made, three members stepped forward of their own volition to stand for election. We would like to thank Louise Krogh, Carsten Krogh and Sophia Sorensen for joining our Board. From all of us, a hearty Thank you and a very big Welcome to the Board!
Our next event is our Annual Birthday Party and we are trying something a little different. Instead of the Stor Kold Bord that we have had in the past, we will be doing a Kroplatte that will be prepared by a group of club members under the supervision of Henny Andersen. This style of dinner is extremely popular at both the Victoria Danish Club and the Scandinavian Cultural Centre in Burnaby and it is always a sellout!
For our upcoming Danish Canadian Club Nanaimo's 29th Birthday Party & Dance this April (which will be at Bowen Park Auditorium), we suggest you reserve your tickets for yourself and your friends right away to avoid disappointment! We are all very excited about this event! See you there!
Respectfully, on behalf of the Board
- Tom Hedekar, Treasurer
We had a very good year until mid-November when our good friend and President of our Danish Club Nanaimo, Niels John Nielsen passed away. His passing has left a huge void on our Board. While the rest of our Board has pitched in, it will still be a very big pair of shoes to fill. We miss Niels and will continue to do so for a very long time.
Our Fall/Winter 2017 Events have been a great success. The Harvest and Christmas Parties were both well attended and financially, we are pleased that we did not lose money and are confident that our Club can continue to host more great events in 2018.
We combined the Æbleskiver Afternoon with the November Andespil and were pleased with a good turnout and delighted that so many youngsters attended.
For 2018, due to a shortage of Board members in January/February, we will be combining Andespil with the Pandekage Afternoon in May, so there will be no Andespil in February.
Therefore, our first event for 2018 will be our Annual General Meeting on March 4th. Ingeborg and Svend Kristiansen have offered to cook a lovely lunch for us so we hope to have a good turn-out for the meeting.
With the loss of Niels we need more Board members to help out with our activities and the few of us left cannot continue to manage the affairs of the Club without a little more help. We hope you will consider joining us and helping in some way so please step forward and don't wait to be called.
We take great pleasure in welcoming new members. If you know of someone that could benefit by joining our club, encourage them to join or consider giving them a gift membership to get them into the fold! You will find an application form on our website at https://danishclubnanaimo.weebly.com/membership-benefits.html or call Vibeke or any Board member to get a copy of the form.
On behalf of the Board, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
- Tom Hedekar, Treasurer
Dear Members and Friends,
I am writing to you with a heavy heart to advise you that our Danish Club President, Niels John Nielsen passed away in the early hours Thursday, November 16th, Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with his wife Johanna and his family at this time. We are advised that there will be no service "by request".
Sincerely, Tom Hedekar
Niels was very proud of his Danish heritage and we were very lucky to have him as President of our Vancouver Island Danish Canadian Club for seven years. We will all miss the hard work he put into making the Danish Club events successful. WE MISS HIM!!
Niels J. Nielsen
August 21, 1940 – November 16, 2017
Ære være hans minde
Our Harvest Party was a resounding success. Many members suggested the meal prepared by Nanaimo's Big Apple Catering was the "best ever" and the new, two-piece band played great music and was enjoyed by all. These dinner & dances are costly to host, so it is encouraging for the Board to see a good turnout that makes the event financially viable. As Treasurer, I want to encourage members to continue their support and to bring your friends to these functions. Our most recent event was the November Æbleskiver & Andespil which was combined because of their closeness on the calendar. Judging by the turnout, I think it was a popular decision. We filled the room and were delighted to see so many wonderful youngsters at this event. In the future, we will try to "enhance" our prizes and provide more "youngster-oriented" items on the menu. Congratulations to the young lady that won the "Enamelled Cast Iron Æbleskiver Pan" door prize! We are trying to encourage our members to get their sons, daughters and friends to join our Club. If we do not enlist younger members now, the future of our club is doomed. So, if you have a friend (with or without Danish heritage) or family member that "should" join our Club, please encourage them to do so. There is a Membership Application Form on our website or you can get a copy from any Board member either by email, give us a call or pick up a form at any of our events. If you have an email address and you're not receiving any periodic messages from me, it is because we do not have your email address, so please call me at 250-390-2388 or email me and I will add you to our distribution list. I will also add any "non-members" that would like to receive Club Event notices. Our next event will be the Christmas Party on Sunday, December 10th. Please mark your calendars now and enlist some friends and relatives to come along and fill up a table. See you there!
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Board,
- Tom Hedekar, Treasurer.
I hope you all had a good summer. We had our first board meeting for the winter season and here is a brief report on what is happening.
First was the report from the Sankt Hans Fest and as all who attended know, it was a great success with 84 members! We have decided to hold it next year at the same place.
Next, we have been asked to host the National Federation Conference in Nanaimo May 23rd to May 26th, 2019. Tom Hedekar has taken on this project and will do some work to see if we want to tackle this project. In order to pull this off we will need some help from our members. If you can help getting this organized or help at the event, please let Tom or myself know.
We were asked for some input for the Jens Munk 400th Anniversary for his work on finding the NW Passage to the Far East. We decided to decline this offer. If you are interested in this subject, you can google "Jens Munk" to get all the history. There's a lot of good reading.
Plans for the Harvest Party and Andespil & Æbleskiver was finalized as advertised in our Autumn 2017 Newsletter. If you can help make æbleskiver, please let Shelagh Boggs know.
Please attend our functions and bring your friends.
Niels John Nielsen