All 4 language regions were present!!
It was good to see that all language regions were present. The attendance of more than 20 people from the Grischun/Graubuenden and Romandie deserves an honourable mention. It was a truly memorable event, and we definitely managed to create a uniting national feeling among the fellow Swiss when watching the biggest bonfire in history of the Swiss Club of Western Australia.
Grazie infinite per le donazioni - thanks for donating
Tristan and Mona Jud announced to donate a Jersey/ Trikot from Fabian Cancellara, a Swiss professional racing cyclist and Olympic medallist, to the Swiss Club WA. Hans Jud owns a hairdressing shop and Tristan is a Photographer http://www.tristanjud.com
Susie Flynn and her son Daniel, Stihl Shop Redcliffe, spontaneously approached the President with an orange Stihl Box and donated a Stihl chainsaw to the Swiss Club WA.
Venue: Gidgegannup | Address: 254 Louisa Cir, Morangup WA 6083
BBQ: Starts to be served shortly after 4 pm (Grilleur: Reto the Swiss Butcher).
Bonfire: will be lit after dark (around 6pm)
Entertainment: National Day Speech, Kids program and more activities to celebrate the Swiss Fellowship.
The Swiss Consulate will invite the young Swiss citizens to the Swiss National day celebration to connect with the Swiss Fellows and Swiss Traditions. General Consul Ernst Steinmann and newly appointed Honorary Consul Marc Montandon for Western Australia will be the special guests this year.
Adults: Fillet Steak, Bratwurst & Cervelat, Salad Buffet, Dessert Buffet, Tea/Coffee
Children: Same as above except fillet steak
$35 Adult Member
$45 Non Member
$10 Children under 15 years of age
*$45 per Young per Person / Juengbuerger and $45 per parent and one mate (Consulate initiative).
Booking closes Friday 15 of July (midnight)
Review of the Swiss National Day Celebration July 30th 2016 in Gidgegannup
256 people were shown their way to the bays by our two parking officers (Bouncers) with a combined age of more than 150 years for the Swiss National Day Celebration on Saturday, July 30th 2016.
The invitation letter sent by the Consular services from Sydney to all Swiss in Western Australia produced lots of calls and email correspondence. Although not all the invitees made it to the event, they connected or re-connected with the Swiss Club through this initiative.
After receiving the voucher at the reception, there was time to mingle and chat with the fellow Swiss until the President welcomed everyone to start the meal at 3.42pm.
Everyone - particularly the gentlemen - had a special spark in their eyes when they saw the bonfire set up in the back corner of the property. A bonfire is very fascinating and has a special meaning for the Swiss considering the country’s history.
At 4pm the Alphorn blowers got the horns in position and gave an earful of familiar Swiss sound to all the attendees.
Marc Montandon was inaugurated by Ernst Steinmann, who had flown all the way over from Sydney. Juerg Weber was acknowledged with a warm applause for his 26 years of Honorary Consul of WA. Two young Swiss new voters (Jungbuerger) got a taste of the Swiss society after having accepted the invitation to join the event together with their families.
63 kids under the age of 15 were amongst the rest of us enjoying every moment of the event, especially the Lampion parade, which was great fun. The common playtime was a perfect way to get to know other children in the same age groups.
The buffet offered a rich variety of salads and a startling selection of cakes and tarts from the participants and also from the Gidgegannup Bakery.
The Swiss spirit was strongly-felt when all the attendees chanted the national anthem while the flames of the bonfire were reaching an impressive height of 10 meters.
Swiss Music Radio contributed to a joyous atmosphere by playing folkloric Swiss music as well as modern songs.
Numerous helpers made this event possible. The bonfire was built three weeks in advance with the help of the fellow Swiss who brought their chainsaws and transported the wood on their trailers. Salads and cakes were home-made. We are grateful for all the delicious goodies we could taste.
Sandra had to hand out many application forms to potential new members. Also, after the event the committee received membership application requests from young and senior fellow Swiss.