Danish biometric passport unit visiting Perth on 15 June 2016

danish-flagThe Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit will again be visiting WA to enable Danish citizens in WA to renew their Danish passports in accordance with the new biometric guidelines.

Passport applications will be accepted at the Harbour Room, Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle on 15 June 2016. Danish citizens who wish to take advantage of this service should contact the Royal Danish Consulate by email at henningjacobsen123@hotmail.com to make an appointment.

The service expects to visit Western Australia again in about 6 months time.

Nordic House Roster

April 9
16 Birgit Charles
23 Rita Wilson
30 Nina Herrero
May 7
14
21 Gunnar Horn
28
June 4

There are so many vacancies for the Saturday afternoon roster at Nordic House. We look forward to seeing someone, anyone, to help out on Saturday afternoons.

If you can help out as host, please put your name on the list in the kitchen or ring one of your committee members.

2015 Survey on the future viability of Nordic House

The results of the 2015 survey to investigate the future viability of Nordic House, requested at the 2014 AGM, will be sent to members of the Association in the coming month. It was not possible to present these results at the 2015 AGM as all members of the sub-committee, formed to look into this issue, were overseas at the time.

Members are requested to appraise themselves of the results and feedback from the survey and, if seeking clarity or wishing to provide further input, attend an informal meeting and discussion to be held at Nordic House on 9 April at 3 pm. It must be stressed to members that no action can be taken on this survey without further discussion and formal voting at a future AGM or extraordinary members’ meeting. It is vital however, for planning purposes, that the committee has a sense of direction from the Association as it is not growing and is struggling to have members take an active role in its running.

You are urged to examine the results and give careful consideration as to how you want the Association to “look” in coming years.

Skt Hans Bonfire 2016

skthansaftenThere are currently no coordinators for the 2016 Skt Hans bonfire to be held at Nordic House in June this year.

The Committee is calling upon members to nominate to run this event. Full details of procedures are available and, with a team of helpers, it is a very easy event to run. If you are interested in taking this event on, please contact one of the committee members immediately.

In the event that no members nominate to coordinate and run this event in 2016, it will regrettably be cancelled for this year.

Busy bee – Sunday 22 May 2016

The next busy bee at Nordic House will be on Sunday 22 May 2016 commencing at 8 am and concluding around lunch time.  Please come along. This is an opportunity to tidy up the garden and house for winter.

The busy bee is always fun. Members help in whatever way they can (most tools required are provided) and it is an opportunity to share ideas and friendship.

You may bring along your own snack lunch, but hotdogs will also be available free of charge.

Any queries regarding the busy bee, please contact Gunnar Horn on 0431 259 672.

New editor needed

Help wantedIn May 2016, Neil Wilson will put together his 60th edition of SCANPOST. This will also be his last due to extensive upcoming travel plans. So, at the 2015 AGM, he gave notice that the Association will need to find a new editor.

The task is not an onerous one. It just takes an eagle eye to watch for Nordic news, a cooperative committee to provide copy, and some computer skills and a little time to pull it all together.

Neil is happy to provide the new editor with all his templates and documents. All that is needed is someone to take on the job. Please consider if this is how you can contribute to the Association and, if so, please contact Neil on 9332 5247 with your questions and queries.

Your library needs you

A Library sub-committee is being considered to rationalise and develop the library resources at Nordic House.

Expressions of interest are sought to volunteer on this sub-committee which will consider and decide the disposal of surplus books, what to retain, how to organise, attract interest, repair books, relate to external resources and facilitate possible presentations. The sub- committee could increasingly adapt over the years to include new technology.

The sub-committee would ideally be at least three members, and would meet quarterly at Nordic House. If you are interested, please contact Gunnar Horn by email at gdhorn40@bigpond.com or by phone on 0431 259 672.

For the four Saturdays from 7 May to 28 May, the Nordic House library will be disposing of surplus books, mostly Danish and a few Norwegian. These will be on display at Nordic House from 2pm to 5 pm each Saturday. Books will be available for a gold coin donation with all proceeds going towards Association activities.

Nordic House News – April 2016

  • Congratulations to our former SBS Danish Radio coordinator, Zanne Mallett, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List for service to the Scandinavian community, and to multicultural media.
  • Welcome to Lisa Jahrsten, who has recently been appointed as the Honorary Swedish Consul to Western Australia.
  • Krystina and Kristian Myhre have about 15 children’s books and 10 DVDs in Norwegian, suitable from baby to 8 years old, that they would love to pass on to someone. If you know anyone who would be grateful to receive them, please let them know on 0417 818 552. Collection from Wembley.

Social barbecue on 14 May 2016

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IMAGE: MARTIN ABEGGLEN FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/TWICEPIX CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE CC BY-SA 2.0

The annual autumn social barbecue will be held on 14 May at Nordic House commencing at 5.30 pm. The cost will be $25 for members and $35 for non- members. This price includes food, tea and coffee and a door prize. BYO alcohol, and soft drinks will be sold for $1. Please book by 11 May with Marianne on 0401 169 853 or email attfield@iinet.net.au

From the Committee – April 2016

viking-shipOur first function for the new year was the Fastelavn celebrations on 14 February. Fortunately the weather was not too hot so the children who came dressed up in costumes could manage to run around without overheating. The two winners this year in the “Tøndeslagning “(hitting the barrel) were Mia Cruscett and Jasmine Kristiansen. Well done to them both. Fourteen children and 20 adults enjoyed the delicious buns made by Henriette and thanks also to Helen for making the Fastelavnsris and to Henry for making the barrels, to Sarah for helping with the games for the children and to everyone for coming.

Although only 7 people came for the busy bee on 28 February, we still achieved most of the general jobs planned: the children’s swings were improved, house locks lubricated, much pruning done (including the lemon tree), painting/touch ups around the house, the gutters cleared, and general cleaning up inside the house. Nola had left plenty of garden bags and thanks to her for later removing them. And thanks to everyone who came to help despite the hot weather.

On 18 March, fortunately with a cooler break in the weather, 21 people enjoyed a lovely lunch with the Over 50s group, a great raffle and good company whilst fundraising for the club. Thanks to Annette and everyone for their work on this day.

On 9 April, we are holding a meeting where there is an opportunity for members to make comments and provide constructive criticism regarding the Nordic House survey which was undertaken last year. If you cannot attend, maybe you are able to put further comments in writing to the committee. However, it would be easier to respond to comments, if you are able to attend. But do keep in mind that if you want change, you also need to help make the change happen.

No-one has yet come forward to take on the role of SCANPOST editor so we are still looking for someone for that role to take over after next AGM or before if we are to see our journal continue.

The coming months look to be pretty busy so check out your diaries and see if you can attend these events. A tour of Fremantle Ports has been organised for 4 May ,whilst on 14 May, the autumn social barbecue will be held. Our combined National Days afternoon tea, complete with Icelandic pancakes, æbleskiver and other delicacies will be at Nordic house on 4 June and there is a quiz night in the pipeline for June. But with all this socialising comes the need for some work too with the next busy bee planned for 22 May. We hope to see more members attend to keep Nordic House spruced up for the winter months.

And please keep 13 August free for this year’s Annual General Meeting.

As always, we look forward to welcoming you to Nordic House and look forward to your greater involvement in the activities of the Association.

With best regards
The Committee