On Sunday, December 9th, our club members, along with family and friends, celebrated a wonderful beginning to the season by filling our room at Bowen Park Auditorium to the brim with over 135 party-goers! A perfect holiday atmosphere was created by a volunteer decorating party earlier that day. With the lights dimmed that night, the room was aglow in seasonal colors, gorgeous decorations, all highlighted by a beautiful centerpiece created by member Anne-Lise Frederiksen.
Happy Hour kicked off the celebrations, followed by two door prize draws. Then a continual flow of guests were treated to fantastic food prepared by Big Apple Catering.
After a very successful sales initiative, Carsten and John drew tickets for over 25 raffle prizes: including wine, Christmas baskets, gift certificates, salmon and a beautiful wooden jewelry box. All the lucky winners were very happy!
The musical aspect of the evening was kicked off by singing and dancing around the Christmas Tree accompanied by Dan and the Seniors, who continued to play to great response for the rest of the evening.
The wonderful turnout to our wintertime event, Julefest Christmas Party, has confirmed a strong interest in our Danish culture and a desire to enjoy these unique traditions at this time of year.
Thanks to everyone who helped set up prior to the event, donated terrific prizes, orchestrated the decorating, cleaning up, sold tickets and promoted the event in our community.
- Sophia Sorensen, Vice-President
Our Club had a busy - but successful Fall event season. Our Harvest Party was well supported and we thank the many members that came out to help with the set-up and the clean-up after the event. We want to say a very big thank you to all that donated those great raffle prizes! As Treasurer of Danish Club Nanaimo, I can tell you that the income from those raffles makes a huge difference in our bottom line.
Our most recent event was the November Æbleskiver & Andespil Afternoon. (You can't play Bingo on an empty stomach!)
We had a terrific turn-out of more than 60 people to enjoy the fabulous Danish Æbleskiver that our wonderful chefs: Vibeke, Henny, Louise, Gill, Becky (my niece) and myself prepared.
Thanks to all who helped with coffee, and washing up, etc. The Andespil players won some great edible prizes and a good time was enjoyed by all. It was nice to see a lot of new faces and we would like to encourage everyone to keep on bringing friends and relatives to all of our events! It was heart-warming to see so many pitch in to put the tables and chairs away and tidy the hall. What a terrific Danish Club Nanaimo we have!
Please mark Sunday, December 9th on your calendar for our very popular Christmas Party and start enlisting your friends to come along!
On behalf of the Board,
- Tom Hedekar, Treasurer
Autumn Report 2018
We had our combined Pandekager and Andespil on May 13th with approximately 40 people in attendance. Several of our Board members were away for this event so some new faces picked up the fallen torch and carried on to make this event very successful. Thanks to all our pandekager bakers for a delicious lunch and a special thanks to Tommy Johansen for interrupting his weekend plans to call the Bingo numbers.
Our Sankt Hans Celebration was held at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park on June 23rd and was very well attended. This year, we teamed up with the local lodge of the Sons of Norway to host the event jointly, with a total of 112 people attending (about 50% from each club). It was a huge crowd to gather around one bonfire, and the weather turned out great. In previous years, we have had about 35 to 65 attendees, so this year's crowd was almost overwhelming! It is a great event because it attracts a lot of younger members and youngsters that don't typically attend our other functions. The venue worked out so well (again) that we have booked the site for next year on the same date.
Our next two events are the Harvest Party on Sunday, October 14th and Æbleskiver & Andespil Afternoon on Sunday, November 4th. See you there! Mark your calendar and plan now to bring your friends and family and make this event a big success! Thanks to Lena and Vibeke for their delicious baked goods!
We are very saddened to report that three of our members have passed away. Lars Christensen, Alf Hansen and Karl Sorensen.
On behalf of the Board - Tom Hedekar, Treasurer
It sounds like everybody had a great time at our Danish Club's Sankt Hans Midsummer Celebration of the 'Burning the witch' held at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, BC. The weather was wonderful again this year and we had a lot of people show up. Some of our members shared their photos from this event with our club. Thank you very much!
Louise Krogh has sent us a link that will show you 63 more photos! Thank you Louise! Just click on the red bar below to enjoy more photos!
Our Club's 29th Birthday Party was a resounding success, with over 90 members and guests attending a fabulous evening of food, fun and dancing. We presented a "Kroplatte" that had everything from mørbradbøf, shrimp, lox and roast beef to cheeses. We started with two kinds of herring and curried egg salad and finished with a delicious Trifle as well as cookies and cakes served with coffee and tea.
The Board Members heard nothing but compliments and we are already planning for next year. This event has the potential for becoming our premier dinner & dance of the year, so keep the Sundays in April open next year, and when we have the schedule in place, circle the date and book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
The Board is deeply indebted to all the ladies who cooked and prepared the Kroplattes for this party. A huge thank you to Henny Andersen and to all of our volunteers!
On Saturday, June 23, we will be having our annual Sankt Hans Midsummer Celebration at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Group Picnic Site #1 starting at 6 pm, so mark your calendar and come out to help us send 'the witch' back to Bloksbjerg!
On behalf of the Board,
- Tom Hedekar, Treasurer
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