From the President

Dear Members and Friends!

It’s that time of the year for another update from my very busy desk.

Since my last update, there have been some staffing changes within the club. In the kitchen and restaurant, we have farewelled our duo team Sean and Tim (we wish them well in their future endeavours) and welcome our new chef, Kris and apprentice chef, Suki. We have had some amazing food come out of the kitchen, and a thank you to Rosemarie Doeberl, our new Vice President Social, who has been working with Kris to produce some amazing traditional Austrian food and daily specials. We have also farewelled long time bar staff member Katrina.

In this year’s club financial audit, some financial irregularities in the club were discovered. This led to the resignation of our previous Manager, Mark. We have advertised the Manager’s position, and thank you to Rob Bolin for temporarily stepping into the Manager’s role to keep the club running smoothly.

Now the weather is warming up, there is no excuse for hibernation. Come into the club and enjoy a great meal. Friday night is band night with Bucky and Jeffro bringing in some great talent, including blues, roots and country, and once a month, Jazz Haus Canberra presenting jazz artists. We have local, national and international guest artists performing. We also have our local DJ Joe playing every month, so put on your dancing shoes and come along for an evening of dancing. For further details on club events, see the club’s E-Blatt (emailed monthly to you), our Facebook page or brochures/posters around the club.

There was a fantastic turnout on Saturday, 5 October to raise funds for White Ribbon Australia – ending violence against women. I was amazed at all the female talent and some of the domestic violence stories told were very emotional.

We will be celebrating our club’s 50th Anniversary next year. I would like to borrow photos, slides and negatives from members relating to the last 49 years of the club. Please send an email to the club, give me a call or leave a message for me at the club so I can contact you to arrange pick-up. If you would like to drop them into the club, package them up and leave your contact details so I can return them.

Many members have been asking about the Serbian Church’s vacant block of land next door. From what I can tell, there won’t be any building works going on in the near future as the block of land is now up for sale.

Until the next ‘Das Blatt’, looking forward to seeing you at the club, and I hope you and your family have an enjoyable and safe Christmas.

Kindest regards
Manuela Tolley                                                                                          
 Updated on 30/10/2019


From the Austrian Choir

Our year commenced with an Autumn Concert. The auditorium was beautifully decorated in all the colours of autumn by Jean Roberts and was filled to capacity. The guest were treated to a wonderful afternoon of musical entertainment which included guest artists, the Canberra Harmony Chorus.

On September 15th we travelled to Sydney and participated in a mini Sängerfest organised by the Cäcilien Choir. In total four choirs - the Concordia Choir, Austrian Choir Canberra, Sans Soucci German Male Choir Wollongong and hosts, the Cäcilien Choir Croydon - participated. It was a wonderful afternoon of singing, each choir performing their own program as well as featuring a ladies only song, Sagt Holde Frauen and a rousing rendition of the Jägerchor performed by the men. The program started and ended with combined choir segments.

Our next performance is at the Club’s Heimat Tag (Austrian Afternoon) on Sunday October 27th at 2pm. Our young Austrian Dance Group led by Nicole Krege, will be in action again and the adult Enzian Dance Group will also add culture to the afternoon led by Franz Niederkofler and his able assistant Edeltraud. There will also be a Trachten parade and at interval coffee/tea and homemade cake will be available.

We will also be fulfilling our obligation to the community by performing for the residents of the Mirinjani Nursing Home.

On Wednesday December 4th at 7.30pm we will have our Christmas Concert at the Club. There is no need to book just come early to get a good seat. Admission is a gold coin donation and all funds raised will be donated to the Country Women's Association for assistance to farmers and communities who are in hardship due to the drought. Please invite all your families and friends.

Saturday December 7th is our Advent Singen. The Choir and the Young Austrians are preparing a wonderful evening’s entertainment commencing with the ‘Christkindlmarkt’ in the foyer of the Club at 5.30pm. You will be able to buy homemade Christmas biscuits, candles and even a small gift for someone. The raffle will include Christmas hampers as well as other wonderful prizes. And not forgetting a visit from Santa with treats for the children. This event is always a full house, so please book early. Contact either Hanni 6288 7884 or Sue 0405 712 502. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 16 are free.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Austrian Australian Club Management and Committee for their continued support and to the Club members and friends for their loyal patronage at our functions throughout the year.

Our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all.
From the Musical Director, Choir President, Committee and Singers.

Mit freundlichem Sängergruss,
Hanni Glanznig                
                                                                                              Updated on 30/10/2019


Stock Sport

We are entering some very exciting times with Stock sports. Ice Stocks is now a sport “recognised” by the Australian Olympic Committee and it’s possible that Ice Stocks will be part of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy! Extra exciting news is that we have four Canberra players that have been selected onto the Australian squad to compete in the 2020 World Championships in Regan Germany!

Canberra Cup – April 2019
With the demolition of the Serbian Club and after the unexpected demolition of the back wall of our bans, we were all very concerned about our ability to host the 2019 Canberra Cup. Thankfully, through some timely intervention from the Austrian Club Committee, we were fortunate enough to ready the bahns alongside a construction zone and host, as always, a very successful weekend. A huge thankyou to Bozena, Kevin, Loyzek, and Kylie for helping out with cooking and serving all the delicious food on the day! It was also fantastic to see some of our retired and founding club members Anita Leins, Helmut Paier, Walter Schweiger and Werner Binder come along and support us on the day. The results were Melbourne 1 first, Melbourne 2 second and Canberra 1 in third place.

Gold Coast Oceanic Target Competition
Our Canberra players returned excellent results at the National Target championships with Peter Menzel (318 pts) getting second place in the Men’s and Kim Pollock (255 pts) getting first place, Kim McKay (255 pts) getting second and Chrysanthe Psychogios (227 pts) getting third in the Women’s.

In the team event, Melbourne 1 (16:0) was the winner, Blacktown Workers 1 (14:2) second and Melbourne 2 (10:6) third. Our Canberra team finished in fifth place (13:15) out of the eight teams that attended.

Hans Menzel Memorial Trophy – ACT/NSW Cross-border Competitions
In what has become somewhat of a tradition, we have held two cross-border competitions so far this year. One in March (ahead of the Canberra Cup), where members from the Blacktown Workers travelled to Canberra, the second in September where we travelled up to Doonside (ahead of the Oceania team competition). On both occasions, Blacktown Workers were the victors.

Sydney Oceanic Team Competition – September 2019
Our third national championship event of the year was recently held in Doonside (Sydney), where the Canberra Club entered one team to compete in the 2019 Oceania Team Competition. After a slow start, Canberra came home strong – and took out fourth place, only just missing out on a medal. Congratulations lations to Blacktown Workers 1 (26:2) for taking the title of Team Champions, and to Melbourne 1 (22:6) and Melbourne 2 (16:12) for their second and third places respectively.

China – 13–21 October 2019
In even more exciting Ice Stocks news, three players from Canberra Stock Sport club have been selected by the International Federation, to join an Australian contingent travelling to China to showcase Ice Stocks!! Peter Menzel, Chrysanthe Psychogios and Kim McKay have been selected, along with five other Aussies, will be travelling to Harbin China, to demonstrate and coach the locals in Ice Stocks, and to compete in the inaugural China Cup. “Hâo yùn” (“Good luck”) to all the players going!

Melbourne Cup and Oceanic Distance Competition
The Oceanic Men’s and Women’s Distance championship and Melbourne Cup event will be held in Heidelberg on 16 – 17 November.

Finally, the Canberra Club would like to welcome our newest member, Paul Dritsas. Welcome on board Paul! With biceps as big as yours, you shouldn’t have any problems challenging the next distance champions.

What is Stocks?
Played in Bavaria for hundreds of years, stock sport is a fun, tactical game that anyone can play. If you’re interested in finding out more, come down to the Austrian Club any Thursday night from 6:30 pm and join us. We always enjoy showing new-comers how to play and would love to see you there.

Stock Heil,
Peter Menzel
Stock Sport Canberra                
                                                                                  Updated on 30/10/2019



Another year is nearly coming to an end. Our group is still going strong despite the occasional member suffering from ill health or having an unscheduled visit to the hospital. Unfortunately Walter is not too well and is in hospital. On behalf of all the card players we wish him a speedy recovery so he can join us again soon. Best wishes from all of us.

Approximately fifteen members still turn up to play every week.

A big thank you to Frieda Koeck and Anita Leins for running the raffles throughout the year. The money raised finances the lunches that we have regularly. A big thank you also to Gretl Schweiger and Gunda Froewis who make the sandwiches for our lunches.
I would like to wish all the card players and their families a Merry Christmas and a happy and most importantly a Healthy New Year.

Werner Froewis                                                                                 
           Updated on 30/10/2019