Letter from the president; Summer 2016


The Summer weather has finally arrived and this means we are at the end of our DCBC Year. The Trade Fair on June 2nd was our last event for this year.

We look back on a successful DCBC year. The membership of our club has increased and event attendance has been high, 98% of our members attended at least one event and the average number of attendees per event was 75%.  Absolute highlight was the Indonesian dinner with over 70 people attending.  Like last year, we tried to bring some more variety.  We organized events at new locations, including The Minhas Brewery and Fort Calgary, but also had different types of topics, including Fietsen and Immigration. One thing that stood out according to our speakers was the enthusiasm of the members during their presentation.

After an unfortunate delay, including it being hacked before it was even live, we will be able to present our new website during our AGM.  The new website will provide much more opportunity for members to interact and promote their business.

As I said before, none of the events could have been so successful without a great team. I would like to thank Helene van Os  (Membership Director), Martin Gerlings (Treasurer), Reinier Deurwaarder (Vice President), Rosalie Korevaar, (Event Director) and Sian de Vries (Director Communications) for all their effort and dedication.

And of course I would like to thank all the members for attending the events, helping to find new members and for continuing to give us the feedback on how we can do even better.

The AGM will be held on September 8th, location, time and agenda will be send to you on a later date. Helene van Os and Martin Gerlings will not stand for re-election. Reinier Deurwaarder, Rosalie Korevaar, Sian de Vries and Helen Kuipers have announced to be re electable. If you would like to join the board please let us know before the AGM.

Although the board needs to be re-elected during the AGM we already planned some events for the next season.

Instead of an end of year barbecue we invite you all to a welcome back barbecue on September 17th.

On October 6th our first speaker of the year will be Angus Watt. Currently, Angus is Managing Director, Individual Investor Services, National Bank Financial. His expertise is in assisting with long term Financial Planning, Estate Planning, and Group Benefits. Angus and his group manage over $800,000,000 in assets and have over 130 years of combined market experience. As Central Alberta’s Business Authority, Angus broadcasts over 50 times per week on Global TV and 630 CHED. Angus Watt is also Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Edmonton.

In November we will have a wine tasting event and on December 8th we will celebrate our traditional Christmas Dinner.

Looking at both the last year and our future certainly make me a proud President. 

Robert H Schuller said; I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed”.

We hope you will give us that chance again for the next season.  Thank you and we will see you in September.

Enjoy the Summer!


Your President

Helen Kuipers