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2/F renovations nearing completion



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After a big final push the 2nd floor renovation was completed in time for the 2010 Comedy Festival. The last stage was the installation of the three air conditioning units that were installed in record time thanks to Adrian Huber and his team. The venue was well received by the Comedy Festival who was able to accommodate up to 155 people which is much more than the 120 people they used to be able to seat. There is also the potential to put up more seats next year as the air conditioning was able to cope with the extra capacity easily. The new look floor has so far been very well received by everyone who has seen it. The extra storage space has been especially welcomed by the committee and the various sub groups who have started moving their possession back into their allocated cupboards. The last stage that still needs to be finalised is the kitchen. Once all quotes have been obtained it should be moving forward again swiftly. We are also still awaiting delivery of the chairs and tables. I would like to thank my fellow 2/F Renovation Sub Committee members Barbara and Derrick who worked tirelessly to obtain a great result for the Swiss Club of Victoria and its members. I also like to acknowledge the support of the full Committee and the Members for putting considerable faith in us. I know the result will continue to benefit the Swiss Club for many years to come and I encourage all members to promote and use the space as much as possible. Antony Anderson - Building Management

Second Floor Opening Celebration Dinner Dance Saturday, 3 July Mark this date in your diary. Details mailed out soon! 89 Flinders Lane • Melbourne 3000 • Victoria • Australia • w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c



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89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000 T: (03) 9650 1196, F: (03) 9650 3104 E: W: Club Opening Hours Lunch - Monday to Friday from 12noon Dinner - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 6pm. Bookings T: (03) 9650 1196 Swiss Club Catering For Weddings, Corporate, Seminars, Parties, Private Functions contact Chef & Catering Manager Roger Moullet T: (03) 9650 1196, F: (03) 9650 3104 M: 0409 040 249 E:

COMMITTEE Barbara Kündig President T/F (H): (03) 9813 8843 M: 0402 018 363 E: Rolf Huber Immediate Past President T/F (H): (03) 9807 0282 M (B): 0425 805 854 E: Gerda Probst Secretary M: 0439 936 313 E: Urs Derrick Wildi Treasurer T/F (H): (03) 9824 7930 M: 0403 040 930 E: Sigrid de Castella Membership Relations M: 0416 088 000 E: Antony Anderson Building Management M: 0416 069 666 E: Patrick Rychner Corporate Communications/ Web Administrator M: 0404 657 886 E: Damian Schaller Event Manager M: 0410 461 364 E: w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

SWISS CLUB SUB-GROUPS Swiss Folk Dance Group Alpenrose President: Sylvia Hochuli T: (03) 9531 6575 E: Swiss Companion Singers Convenor: Heidy Giger T: (03) 9889 9321 E: Ladies Luncheons Convenor: Heidy Giger For bookings T: (03) 9650 1196 For information: T: (03) 9889 9321 E: Saturday Morning Swiss School Convenor: Andrea Pinch T: (03) 5331 6762 E: W: Swiss Playgroup Ingrid Preston T: (03) 9772 0516 Chantal Imbach T: (03) 8407 3766 W: The Swiss Diners Club Convenor: Amy Bohren M: 0410 037 095 E: Swiss Festival Chairman: Rolf Huber T/F (H): (03) 9807 0282 M (B): 0425 805 854 E:

Pro Ticino President: Claude Rossi 5 Falls Road, Hoddles Creek Vic 3139 T: (03) 5967 4542 E: Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn President: Marco Unternährer 3 Bluegum Court, Upwey Vic 3158 T: (03) 9388 8777, (03) 9752 6996 (H) W: Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) General Manager: Marcel Svatos Level 5, 23-25 O’Connell Street Sydney NSW 2000 T: (02) 9223 7222, F: (02) 9223 7211 E: W: Swiss-Australian Academic Network (SAAN) E: W: Honorary Consul of Switzerland (Victoria): Erika Kimpton 697 Toorak Road, Kooyong Vic 3144 T: (03) 9824 7527, M: 0413 042 728 E: Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (Auslandschweizer-Organisation) Council Delegate: Roland Isler Contact details: see below under Editor W: W:

SWISS COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS Swiss Society of Victoria (Benevolent Society) President: Franz Schnellmann T: (03) 9449 2245, M: 0412 203 893 E: Trachtengruppe Schwyzergruess Australian/Swiss Cultural Society President: Sylvia Hochuli T: (03) 9531 6575 E: Groupe Romand du Victoria President: Marianne Puccinelli 7 Eric Court, Wheelers Hill Vic 3150 T: (03) 9561 9595 W:

Impressum News and Views published by the Swiss Club of Victoria. ‘Edelweiss’ appears quarterly in March, June, September and December. Circulation 500. For all enquiries contact: Roland Isler, Editor T/F: (03) 9558 3877 (H) T: (03) 9524 6335 (B) M: 0412 935 565 E: 67 St Georges Crescent Heatherton Vic 3202

Unless otherwise stated, postal address for all is: 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000


President’s Message Dear members and friends of the Swiss Club, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful autumn days. However, winter and the cold are approaching fast – time to rug up and get together in a cosy ambiance and enjoy some hearty and delicious Swiss dishes – where else but at the Swiss Club Restaurant! The AGM in March was well attended and the members present had an opportunity to get a first glimpse of our new 2/F function room. It is still not 100% finished, we are awaiting the tables and chairs, the kitchen still needs to be finalised and some bits are missing here and there. However, the comments so far have been encouraging. The interest groups have moved back in and can enjoy meetings in a fresh and welcoming room. Are you looking for a function place for your business or private event? – Well now you know where to inquire first! Please contact the committee for any details. The Swiss Festival in March was a fun and successful event. We were once again lucky with the weather. Many thanks go to the organising committee as well as to the many volunteers and performers across the Swiss community for their time and help. It is great to see all Swiss Groups working together. In March, the elevator suddenly broke down and we had to replace the valve at a cost of $12,000 – that wasn’t easy. We have repaired it, and I am very pleased to report that the elevator ride is now a pleasure and very smooth! No more bumpy, scary rides – what a difference a valve makes! However, the cost was quite substantial and a drain on our finances, especially as it was not budgeted. The committee and the subgroups have again planned many different functions during autumn and winter. We hope we can entice you to join us at some of them. Swiss National Day will of course be a special day for any Swiss living anywhere in Victoria. Our National Day is for all Swiss and will be celebrated in all forms and shapes! Wonderful that there are choices available in various locations and at various times.

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Roger is organising a dinner dance in the restaurant on Saturday, 31 July. On Sunday, the actual National Day, we are holding our traditional National Day Lantern Procession to make our presence felt in the heart of Melbourne! So whatever you decide to do, either hold your own party with your family and/or friends or catch up with fellow Swiss at an organised function, have a good time celebrating & toasting to beautiful Switzerland! You all know that our club is only as much fun as the members contributing to it. The present committee, all volunteers with busy work lives and young families, can only do so much. Committee life is not eternal…there has to be change and renewal. We always need new people, who bring new energy and ideas to the club life. I understand that individuals like to be asked to join a committee, but if you have just a bit of interest or are curious to know more, please don’t be shy, do approach us and let us know if you would have the time and interest in becoming more involved – we need you! Enjoy the colder season, keep healthy, and we all look forward to seeing you at the club restaurant or at one of our functions. Barbara Kündig, President

Liebe Barbara, Gestern fanden wir ‘Edelweiss’ im Briefkasten, ein Grund, Dir und dem Club wieder einmal zu sagen, wie sehr wir es schätzen, das Vereinsorgan immer zu erhalten, und auch wie gerne wir ‘Edelweiss’ immer lesen, und zwar von A-Z. So sind wir nicht nur auf dem Laufenden, was im Club so geht (was uns immer interessiert), sondern fühlen uns auch weiterhin als dazu gehörend. Ein schönes Gefühl, denn in Melbourne waren wir von allen Orten, wo wir im Verlauf der Karriere eingesetzt waren, am besten ‘zuhause’ (sogar zweimal!), fühlten wir uns sozusagen wie der Fisch im Wasser. Also vielen Dank, dass Ihr dieses Gefühl für uns aufrecht erhaltet. Ein grosses Kompliment gebührt natürlich auch Roland für die hervorragende Gestaltung des ‘Edelweiss’ – ansprechend in der Form, informativ im Inhalt, wie beispielsweise der Artikel über die romanische Sprache oder auch Damian’s Websurf. Besonders beeindruckt haben uns dieses Mal der Bericht über die Renovation des 2. Stocks und die grosse Professionalität, mit welcher der Vorstand das Projekt den Mitgliedern am Half-Yearly Meeting vorgestellt hat. Wir wünschen Euch viel Glück mit der Fertigstellung dieses Umbaus, und wir hoffen natürlich, dass wir das ‘Resultat’ irgendwann persönlich begutachten werden können. Mit nochmaligem herzlichen Dank und allen guten Wünschen an das ganze Committee Rosmarie und Werner Ballmer Consul General 1998-2003


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as well as receiving a Research Excellence Award from the Faculty of Business and Enterprise at Swinburne University. Congratulations also to Dr Dieter Hochuli (Sylvia and Fritz’s son) who has become the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision from the University of Sydney.

Welcome to our new members We welcome John Magor, Arthur Naoumidis and Emil Underberg. We are looking forward to meeting you at one of our forthcoming functions.

Congratulations Our warmest congratulations go to Yvonne and Tony Erb who were celebrating their diamond (65th) wedding anniversary on 2 March. On 25 June, Rita and Herbert Schwärzler celebrated their golden (50th) wedding anniversary. Congratulations from all of us! At the AGM on 17 March, Nola Mauerhofer and Madeleine Poole received an Honorary Life Membership. We thank you for your club loyalty! Congratulations to Dr John Ortner (Barbara Kündig’s husband) on being awarded Doctor of Business Administration

‘Edelweiss’ Deadlines 2010 September Issue: Covering Sept/Oct/ Nov Editorial Deadline: Monday, 9 August Packing: Wednesday, 25 August December Issue: Covering Dec 09/Jan/Feb 2010 Editorial Deadline: Monday, 1 November Packing: Wednesday, 17 November

Birthday Celebrations 80 years: Theophil Surbeck, Rene Gehrig, Fred Ruegg, Hannelore Hauser. 90 years & over: Trudi Fanger commemorated 91 years in February and Alice Fueglistaler celebrated 94 years in March. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you all and wish you good health in many years to come.

Get well We wish Barbara Purtschert a speedy recovery from a recent hip-replacement operation. Former treasurer Ruth Plagge had a serious riding accident. We wish her all the best and hope we’ll soon see you at the club again.

The last farewell It is with great sadness we report that Maureen Huber passed away in January. Our deepest sympaties go to her husband Dolf and family. We were further saddened to hear that Joan Dumar passed away in March. Our sincerest condolences to her husband Fred and family. Dear members, if your partner, your friends or fellow members have a reason to celebrate, are unwell or have left for a better place, please let us know so that others know too. Please contact Sigrid de Castella (Committee) or the Editor.

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The Swiss Festival - a celebration of Swiss culture Another successful Swiss Festival has come and gone. On Sunday, 21 March the Swiss met at the beautiful grounds of the Austrian Club in Heidelberg West to celebrate Swiss culture and heritage. Over a thousand visitors flocked to the open air event in Melbourne’s North despite a cool and wet weather forecast. But as often experienced Melbourne put on a smile and it turned out to be a windy but sunny day. The dynamic Swiss Festival committee worked very had to organise a fantastic day for the enjoyment of Swiss and friends of Switzerland, a day filled with harmony and friendship. It is the committee’s aim to present an authentic Swiss style ‘Volksfest’ and try new and interesting features.

For the first time this year Swiss red and white wine (Dôle & Fendant), Feldschlösschen Bier and Schnapps were on offer which was directly imported from Switzerland sponsored by Fracht AG Australia. The interest was enormous and by 1pm the beer and most of the wine was sold. A new culinary delight on the menu was meatloaf with wedges which found an enthusiastic clientele and our all time favorites of Bratwurst with bread and Raclette were also very much appreciated. Even Betty Bossi cookbooks were on sale for those who wanted to indulge even further into Swiss style cooking. A first at the Swiss Festival was also the Alex Cole Salon Trio which entertained the visitors with violin, piano and cello

and was very well received. Alex who lived in Chur, Graubünden until recently working as a teacher and performer, has Swiss/Australian dual citizenship. Our ‘own’ celebrated Swiss entertainers, the Companion Singers, the Folk Dance Group Alpenrose, the Yodel Choir Matterhorn, Irma Thalmann (Alphorn), Chris Thalmann (Swiss Accordion) and Tom Webb (Flag/Singing Saw) added their own brand of Swissness. To give parents a stress free day, kids need to be entertained as well and with a jumping castle, free fairy floss, an animal farm (sponsored by Credit Suisse) and a magician, fun for our youngest was guaranteed. In addition Globi books, Switzerland’s Mickey Mouse, were on sale in German and English.

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Our guest of honor was Ernst Hofstetter, outgoing Deputy Consul General of Switzerland based in Sydney. He represented the official Switzerland and was farewelled with a gift. For the second time in a row the Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra agreed to be a major sponsor and we thank the Ambassador Dr. Daniel Woker for his personal involvement as the patron of the Swiss Festival. The committee is happy to report a profit which will be equally distributed to SF Groups. We intend to organise another Swiss Festival in March 2011 with an exact date to be advised – so watch this space. Erika Kimpton, Honorary Consul of Switzerland and Amy Bohren, convenor of the Swiss Diners Club have decided to retire from the committee. I would like to thank both of them for their three years of perseverance and enthusiasm and wish them well for the future. Two positions have now become available, we need people with new ideas. If you are interested in joining please contact one of the committee members listed below. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my fellow committee members for their fantastic work, all volunteers and entertainers. I look forward to seeing you at the next Swiss Festival in 2011! Yours sincerely, Rolf Huber, Chairman Swiss Festival Committee Members of the Swiss Festival Committee 2010: Rolf Huber (sponsorship/chair) Amy Bohren (secretary, entertainment coordinator) - retired Bruno Giger (treasurer & deputy chair) Chantal Imbach (liaison officer, volunteers) Damian Schaller (marketing/ website coordinator) Erika Kimpton (food & beverage coordinator) retired

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The Swiss Festival committee acknowledges the generous support of the Swiss Community Groups, our sponsors and the Austrian Club Melbourne. Participating Swiss Community Groups: • Swiss Club of Victoria • Groupe Romand du Victoria • Pro Ticino • The Swiss Diners Club • Trachtengruppe Schwyzergruess • Ladies Luncheons • Swiss Companion Singers • Swiss Folk Dance Group ‘Alpenrose’ • Swiss Playgroup • Saturday Morning Swiss School • Swiss Yodel Choir ‘Matterhorn’ • Organisation of the Swiss Abroad • Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry • Swiss-Australian Academic Network Sponsors: • Austrian Airlines • Credit Suisse • Crown • DKSH • Embassy of Switzerland in Australia • Fracht AG Australia • Fromart • Georg Fischer • Harvey World Travel Dandenong • Henkell Brothers • King Island Dairy • Lindt & Sprüngli • Océ • Ormond Meat & Smallgoods • Schaller Consulting • SBS • SGS • SIC • Swiss Club Restaurant • Swissinfo • Victorian Multicultural Commission • Victorinox • Walma’s Continental Butcher



In March 2010, Credit Suisse Private Banking was a proud sponsor of the Swiss community of Victoria’s annual Swiss Festival. With their common Swiss heritage and strong links to the Victorian community, there are significant synergies between the Swiss Club of Victoria and Credit Suisse who is supportive of the Club’s efforts to preserve the culture of Switzerland and nurture connections with people in the community.

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Unterhaltungsabend Saturday, 8 May The Unterhaltungsabend was a fun night. ‘Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand’ under the leadership of John Wanner entertained the guests with popular tunes and singalongs. Many thanks to John and the band for sharing their enthusiasm and energy. We were privileged to have live music for our performance. I like to thank John for his efforts in arranging the music for the dances. The special performance by Chris and Tom found great applause. Congratulations to Roger and his team for a most delicious meal and excellent service. A very big thank-you to everyone who so generously donated prizes towards our Tombola. There were lots of winners and happy faces. To everyone, many thanks for being part in making the night a big success. I also would like to say thank-you to Consul General Mr. Meli and his family for being part of the evening. A big thank-you to the committee of the Swiss Club and Roger for their continued support. Sylvia Hochuli

The Dance Group was delighted to welcome special visitors from Switzerland, Rosmarie and Viktor Schilter. Rosemarie is the regional leader of the Swiss folklore and costume commission of the eastern part of Switzerland. Dear friends for many years, Rosmarie and Viktor generously gave up a day of their holidays and teach us several new Swiss folk dances. Rosmarie has put together a CD with famous folklore bands for the dances. The group embraced the opportunity to learn the new dances. Every member enjoyed this experience and worked hard. The day ended with a well deserved barbeque. The dances will be performed next year at the National Volkstanzfest. It will take place in Sydney over Easter. Founding member Gwen Eckhardt is at present in the Canberra Hospital. We wish Gwen a speedy recovery. Sylvia Hochuli

It’s your Club. Get involved

The Companion Singers are still practicing on the second and third Thursday of the month at the Club. If you like to sing and enjoy good fellowship come along and join us. We are coming up to our 20 year Anniversary next year and would love to welcome some new members. For more information phone our Convenor Heidy Giger on 9889 9321.

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2010 Australian Jass Championship in Brisbane 2nd Jass Night Results – 20 March held at the Swiss Club Singles


1. Lucia Blochlinger ...................................2881 2. Heidi Monti ...........................................2829 3. Ida McDonald ........................................2776 1. Lucia & Louis Blochlinger ......................5536 2. Sylvia & Fritz Hochuli .............................5228 3. Ida McDonald & Benni Hurlimann .........5206

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The 2010 Jass Championship was held in Brisbane on ANZAC Day, 25 April. A record 44 players from all over Australia competed. The 6-player-contingent from Melbourne consisted of Roger Moullet, Martin Hörnlimann, Doris Conrad, Hans Keller and Trudi & Marcel Theiler. Although the ladies were in the minority, they did manage to show their skills as Madeleine Wager (an ex-Melbourne girl) won the day and Trudi Theiler finished an excellent 9th. 2nd and 3rd were Hans Heer and Willy Felder, both former champions. Just missing out on a bronze medal, and best Melburnian was Roger Moullet who came in 4th place. Congratulations on this great achievement! The best round of the day, 844, appropriately was scored by the top two players of the day: Madeleine Wager and Hans Heer. There was an added prize category this year to recognise players ‘in the middle’, so they can either celebrate with the winners or commiserate with the rest. The prize was awarded to the player closest to the average score. It was won by Ruedi Schwegeler who scored the exact average score of the day. Other prizes were also awarded randomly to recognise all players’ efforts. Congratulations to the Swiss Society of Queensland who organised this event. A great day was had by all and the many helpers and volunteers deserve a big thank-you!

Ladies, mark the two dates below in your diary. Come and join us at 12 noon at the Swiss Club for good food, good company and interesting guest speakers.

• Wednesday, 7 July Guest speaker: Christian Fröhlicher (Heritage)

• Wednesday, 1 September Guest speaker to be announced Price $22 pp for members, $25 pp for nonmembers. Includes 2-course meal, wine, soft drinks and coffee. Non-members are also welcome, bring a friend or two. For information and bookings ring me on 9889 9321or Roger at the Club on 9650 1196. Bookings are essential! Heidy Giger


A Swiss farmer was in his field digging up potatoes, when an American tourist walks past. He looks over the fence and says: “In Texas we grow potatoes 5 times larger than that!” The Swiss replies: “Jo Sie säget! We just grow them for our own mouths”. Swiss Club of Victoria

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Change at the helm of the Swiss Society of Victoria At the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss Society of Victoria held on Wednesday, 10 March, Franz Schnellmann was elected President. I caught up with Franz for a chat: Editor: Franz, congratulations on becoming President of the Swiss Society of Victoria! You are, of course, no stranger to the members of the Swiss Club as you were President of the club from 1994 to 1999. What motivated you to get involved again and take on the leadership of the SSV? Franz: Thank you very much. To get nominated by peers whom I highly regard, has given me enough incentive to serve as President. It is a honour to work with such a dedicated team and for such a good cause. Editor: We recently celebrated the 130th anniversary of the SSV. That is a very proud achievement for any organisation. Could you tell us how it all started? Franz: The history of the Swiss Society of Victoria officially starts when it was founded in 1879. But the foundations were laid many years before that, so let me briefly talk about the years leading up to 1879. The first wave of Swiss migration to Victoria started only five years after the foundation of the first permanent settlement in Victoria in 1834. It was initiated by the appointment of Charles Joseph La Trobe as superintendent for the Port Phillip District, as Victoria was called before 1850. La Trobe was married to Sophie de Montmollin. The de Montmollin family belonged to Neuchâtel’s aristocratic élite. Through this connection, over 100 winegrowers from Neuchâtel and adjacent districts were encouraged to migrate and establish and work in the colonial wine industry. The second wave was initiated by the discovery of gold in the 1850s. It prompted an exodus from the poverty-stricken Valle Maggia, Val Verzasca and other parts of Ticino and southern Grison. Between 1854 and 1856 almost 2000 Ticinesi and Poschiavini had left for the famous Jim Crow goldfields, which is today’s Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. Solidarity was strong amongst the now considerable number of Swiss living in the district. Many of them had fallen on hard times because the promise of finding gold and fortune came true for only a few, and so, it did not take long until the first benevolent society was founded. This was usually done by wealthy businessmen and tradesmen committing themselves to helping newly arrived or needy countrymen. And thus, on the 17th of April 1879, the Swiss Society of Victoria was founded. There were 21 founding members and within six years the membership climbed to a record 136, a number that until today remains unsurpassed. Editor: Up to that point, it really is a shared history with the Swiss Club, is it not?


Franz: Absolutely. The Swiss Club was born out of the SSV twenty years later in 1899. Editor: Is it known who the men were that founded the SSV? Franz: We are lucky that we have an extensive archive of documentation of the SSV, mostly minutes of meetings. So we can confidently say that the original committee included President, G. De Pury; Vice President, G.T.A. Lavatar; Secretary, J. Scherer; Vice Secretary, ED. Seitz; Treasurer, A. Schlaepfer and Librarian, J. Duescher. Editor: And who are the current committee members? Franz: The Committee comprises of me as the President and the Treasurer, Basil Jenkins. In addition we have the Trustees and the Assistance Committee, made up of Walter Purtschert, Marcel Muntwyler, Adrian Huber, Urs Marfurt and yourself. Editor: We know that the SSV is a benevolent society, founded with the purpose to helping newly arrived or needy countrymen. Has anything changed from those early days? Franz: Paragraph 2 of the ‘Rules of the SSV’ stipulates the following: It (the SSV) is established for the following purposes:a) To give advice and information to those of Swiss Nationality newly arrived, and to assist any Swiss in Victoria in want of help, and found worthy to receive assistance. b) To promote a national spirit and feeling of good fellowship amongst the Swiss residents of Victoria. And Paragraph 25 regarding the use of funds says: The funds of the Society shall be used for the relief of the needy, for the payment of funeral expenses of Swiss who die destitute, and for working expenses only. No funds shall be spent for the social advantage of members. Our constitution is strictly adhered to and any payment has to be approved in a joint sitting with the Assistance Committee. These rules were established right from the start and nothing has changed since then. Editor: Can you give us examples of how the SSV has, or, is, fulfilling this mission? Franz: Our main objective will not change. We have assisted various Swiss in need, including a seriously ill person unable to continue running his business, a pensioner needing assistance to purchase an electric wheelchair and contribution towards the Swiss School if required and other people in need. Every request will be judged on its merit and urgency. Editor: It obviously needs the necessary financial means to support such causes, which, based on the examples you just mentioned, must be quite considerable. How does the SSV managed this? Franz: The SSV is in a healthy financial position, this is mainly due to the great work by our previous committees, past Presidents and our gratitude must go to our long serving former Treasurer & Secretary Hanspeter Frei and his successor Basil Jenkins. At this point of time I wish to thank our Auditor Paul Kerss for his Honorary audit services. Swiss Club of Victoria

Editor: What is it that you want to be able to achieve during your time as President? Franz: Continue the good will and work of the previous committee and at the same time maintain a healthy financial position, to give the Society the ability to continue with assistance to worthy recipients in the future. It would be helpful if the Swiss Society could attract bequests to enable it to expand its benevolent activities in the future. Editor: Thank you Franz, and best of luck.

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Across 4. With what country does Switzerland share its longest border? 5. Born in Neuchatel in 1896, this does person was famous as an expertshare in developmental psychology. 4. With whatCHcountry Switzerland its longest 6. Name of the German Author holding a book reading at the club on 22 May. 7. Head of Department of Foreign Affairs in the Swiss Federal Council border? 8. Roman archaeological site and open air museum east of Basel 11. Who (1484-1531) founded the Swiss Evangelic Reformed Church and planted the seeds of Swiss 5. Democracy? Born in Neuchâtel in 1896, this person was famous as an expert in developmental psychology. 6. Name of the German Author holding a book reading at the club on 22 May. 7. Head of Department of Foreign Affairs in the Swiss Federal Council. 8. Roman archaeological site and open air museum east of Basel. 11. Who (1484-1531) founded the Swiss Evangelic Reformed Church? 1. 2. 3. 9. 10.

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Down Name of Switzerland in Romansh. Name of the newly formed family event, held monthly at the club. Third-most taught foreign language in the Englishspeaking world. In the Swiss counting, what finger is #1? Last name of the Swiss born person (1743-1793), best known as a leader of the French Revolution

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Lampionumzug – Lantern Procession Celebrate Swiss National Day 2010 with your children and other Swiss Families.

Afternoon Tea followed by Lantern Procession to Federation Square. Must RSVP by Wed, 28 July, 2010. For more information & RSVP, please ring Barbara 9005 4937 or email to

We meet first at the club this year NOT Federation Square!!!

It’s a Sunday this year! A great opportunity to enjoy a day exploring the city with your family. Then joins us and other Swiss Families at the club for afternoon tea to celebrate 1st August. From there we will go on our traditional Lantern Procession. Catering provided for the children. Coffee, Tea and cakes for parents at bar prices.

Complimentary for Members Non members $5.00/child. Bring your own lantern (bought or homemade), flags, bells etc. (Lanterns with candles or batteries only, no flammable liquids)

We look forward to celebrating Swiss National Day with you!

Please note that parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of their own children at all times during the event.


Personal Insurance is the responsibility of participants Swiss Club of Victoria

National Day Family Picnic Gembrook Sports Ground - Melway map 312 F9

Sunday, 1 August from 11.00am to 4.00pm

National Day Celebration at the Club Saturday, 31 July, 7pm

Admission Free – Plenty of Shelter

Get into the swing with our famous ‘Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand’!

Come and enjoy the traditional Swiss family picnic to celebrate this special day!

3 course menu with Coffee & Tea

Grilled Sausages – Nussgipfel – Glühwein

Members - $35.00 per person Non-members - $40.00 per person Drinks at bar prices

Children’s Games – Bonfire – Yodelling & Folkloristic Music Children bring your Lampions! Organised by the Matterhorn Society

Reservations essential. Book early with Roger or Corinne on 9650 1196

Celebrate Switzerland’s 719th birthday!

Did you know… …that since the federal treaty (Bundesbrief) was signed at the beginning of August 1291, the Swiss Confederation remained de facto independent for 357 years! It was not until 24 October 1648 when at the Peace of Westphalia*, the Swiss delegation, represented by Johann Rudolf Wettstein, burgomaster of Basel, was granted formal recognition of the Confederacy as an independent state, separate from the Holy Roman Empire, and Habsburg renunciation of all claims to Swiss territory. *The term Peace of Westphalia denotes the two peace treaties of Osnabrück (15 May 1648) and Münster (24 October 1648) that ended the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) in the Holy Roman Empire, and the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648) between Spain and the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. The Peace of Westphalia treaties involved the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III (Habsburg), the Kingdoms of Spain, France, Sweden, the Dutch Republic and their allies, the Princes of the Holy Roman Empire, and sovereigns of the Free imperial cities. The treaties that resulted from this first modern diplomatic congress, initiated a new political order in central Europe and ended the reformation wars.

National Day Senior Members’ Luncheon Monday, 9 August, 12 noon For Swiss Club Members born 1940 and earlier The Committee of the Swiss Club of Victoria has much pleasure in inviting you to celebrate Swiss National Day 2010 with a Luncheon at the Swiss Club. Please fill in the form below and mail to the Swiss Club, 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000 no later than 2 August. For Information, please ring: Sylvia Hochuli: 9531 6575 or Barbara Kündig: 9005 4937 Cost: Complimentary for members, non-members $35.00 Payment to be enclosed with application.

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The Swiss Cookbook Publisher: Betty Bossi Verlag with editorial content produced jointly with the Swiss national tourism board ‘MySwitzerland’ ISBN: 761-2-64327-048-6 Published: 2009 Language: English Binding: 312-pages, ring-bound Price: CHF 36.90 + postage It is not too long ago when it was totally impossible to find a book on Swiss cuisine written in English. Now it seems, there is one hitting the bookshelves every year! Could it be that anglophones all of a sudden have discovered how great Swiss food is? The latest addition is by legendary Swiss culinary publisher Betty Bossi, a household name in Swiss kitchens since 1956! This new publication is a recipe book that passes on traditional Swiss recipes from all around the country but also provides something for those who fear the traditional recipes might be too heavy or calorie-laden. (Calories per person and other information about fat, protein and carbohydrates are listed with each recipe.) There are many how-to-do tips and everything is written with such commendable, easy-to-follow simplicity that even unexperienced cooks (like me) will have no trouble following the recipes. Recipes are organised by region: Romandy - Solothurn, Bern and Valais - Northern and Eastern Switzerland - Central Switzerland, Graubünden and Ticino. They are marked ‘Swiss classic’, ‘New interpretation of Swiss classic’ and ‘New Swiss cuisine using fresh Swiss ingredients.’ Capuns (chard parcels) and Älplermagronen (Alpine macaroni with apple wedges) are examples of classics; sushi made with Emmental meatloaf and asparagus samosas are examples of the second category; trout fillets flambéed with absinthe and Appenzell-style charlotte russe exemplify the third. There are recipes for snacks, soups, starters, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts and confectionery. Like traditional Swiss cooking, these recipes are good home-style cooking with gourmet touches in the newer versions, but certainly not gastronomic as in haute cuisine. The book also contains short profiles of each region and some highly interesting product information. Do you know what a girolle device is? What is vin cuit? A Türgaribel? How about Damascino? Bet you never tasted Belper Knolle or a Cardinal Schiner casserole, much less Cholera Pie! The book is available online from or


This recipe, taken from the book featured on this page, is marked ‘New Swiss cuisine using fresh Swiss ingredients.’

Trout fillets flambéed with absinthe

Preparation time: approx. 30 minutes. Serves 4. Preheat oven to 60°C, put serving dish and plates to warm. Clarified butter for frying heat in a non-stick frying pan 600g trout fillets

fry in batches for approx. 2 min. on each side, return all fillets to the pan

4 tbsp absinthe

add to pan, set alight, flambé (Warning: do not flambé under rangehood while it is running!)

¼ tsp salt

season, transfer fillets & absinthe to serving dish & return dish to oven to keep warm. Wipe pan with kitchen paper

½ tbsp clarified butter

melt in the same pan

150g frozen peas 150g leeks, cut into thin rings 150g carrots, cut into matchsticks

sweat slowly for approx. 2 min.

200ml double cream

pour over vegetables, bring to boil, cook over medium heat for approx. 10 min. until sauce thickens ½ tsp salt, a little pepper season, serve fish fillets with sauce Bon appetite! Test your Swiss Knowledge - Answers Across: 4. Italy; 5. JeanPiaget; 6. SabineNielsen; 7. Micheline CalmyRey; 8. Augusta Raurica; 11. HuldrychZwingly Down: 1. Svizra; 2. Familienplausch; 3. German; 9. Thumb; 10. Marat Swiss Club of Victoria

Absinthe, the green fairy President’s Message Absinthe is an anise-flavoured and highly alcoholic (from 45% Dear members and friendsfrom up to 90% ABV) distilled beverage, traditionally produced of the Swiss Club, the herbs wormwood (Wermut) anise and fennel and others depending on recipe. AbsintheThe traditionally hasbright a natural green future looks for the colour but can also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in Swiss Club, we have an increased historical literature as ‘la fée verte’ (the green fairy). Absinthe is number of attendees at our unusual among spirits in that functions, it is bottled at a very high proof good patronage of but is normally diluted with water when consumed. the club restaurant, a dedicated committee and rental As a medicinal beverage, absinthe originated in the income Val de from both Roger Moullet and Terra Rossa, the newly opened Travers in canton of Neuchâtel. It achieved great popularity restaurant on the ground floor. The secret of our success as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-centuryand in the continued existence is based on theAbsinthe’s combinedpopularity effort of all Switzerland and particularly in France. the volunteers who work for the goodgiven of the We grew steadily through thetirelessly 1840s, when it was toclub. French will basically have a club as long as there are members and troops as a malaria treatment. The returning troops brought volunteers. Myabsinthe heartfeltwith thanks goes out to allsoofpopular you andinto their taste for them. It became those who have built up this club. Long live the Swiss Club of bars, bistros, cafés and cabarets that, by the 1860s, the hour of Victoria! 5pm was called ‘l’heure verte’ (the green hour). Absinthe was favoured socialrest classes, from the wealthy bourgeoisie However by weall cannot on our laurels as a standstill equals to to poor artists andwe ordinary people. regress. As a club have toworking-class go forward and look Many to thewell future. known artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Camilleand The committee is putting steps into place to rejuvenate Pissaro, vanhandover Gogh, Ernest andtoOscar Wilde prepare Vincent a gradual from Hemingway one generation the next. As part the process have a new were allofnotorious ‘badwe men’ of introduced that day who weremasthead (or were (see leadtostory) and a new and are progressively working thought be) devotees of logo the ‘green fairy’. By the 1880s, mass on returning benefits for our members. Another long term production had caused the price of absinthe to drop sharply. By projectthe willFrench be thewere enhancement ofmillion the Swiss Club 1910, drinking 36 litres of itwebsite, per year. drafting of a new constitution and the redevelopment of the Owing in part to second floor. We as a club have the opportunity to create its association with something new and exciting. The upstairs in my view is bohemian culture, the playground for members and we need to find the right absinthe was balance between commercial and social aspects. From a opposed by social commercial point of view it would make sense to renovate conservatives and the second floor and turn it into a meeting room with modern prohibitionists. Spurred by the temperance movement and notably the winemakers’ associations, The committee would like to absinthe was introduce a new communication publicly associated tool – a virtual suggestion box on our website! Wewith loveviolent to hearcrimes from and social disorder you, your ideas, suggestions or and as comments! Rules areportrayed very simple, a dangerously tell us what you think about the club, functions, the menu etc. just click on suggestions and fire away. Quickaddictive and easy! psychoactive To give you an example if somebody or non-member drug. The chemical ‘thujone’, present (member in small quantities, for this purpose) has plans for holding Swiss German language was singled out and blamed for its alleged harmful effects. classes at the club, write us a little note and explain how thisit Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown that could work then post it in the suggestion box. is any more dangerous than ordinary spirits. Its psychoactive properties, apart from of alcohol, have much Generally speaking wethose encourage people withbeen good ideas to exaggerated. In 1905, wasitreported Lanfray, a to organise the event anditsee through that fromJean the beginning vigneron Commugny in thethe canton of Vaud, murdered the end. Iffrom assistance is needed committee is here to help! his family Thank you!and tried to kill himself after drinking absinthe. The fact that Lanfray was an alcoholic who had consumed much Here isthan the his link:usual more two glasses of absinthe in the morning

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was either overlooked or ignored; the murders were blamed solely on absinthe. This was facilities. As a result proper marketing and promotion would the last straw, and a be required. Another idea is to modernise the existing area as petition to ban absinthe a multipurpose room i.e. members can use the upstairs and in Switzerland was meetings could be held as well. What do members want a subsequently signed place for in the city? Perhaps a place for celebrations (birthday by more than 82,000 parties, weddings etc.) perhaps a club lounge, a gym, a movie people. The prohibition theatre? Dear member, tell us what you have in mind! We of absinthe was then would like to hear from you! written into the Swiss On another note the many Swiss groups of Victoriainhave been constitution 1907. regularly meeting at the club for building closer relationships A revival of absinthe and not to loose sight of each other after the brick and mortar began in the 1990s, Swiss Consulate in Melbourne closed its doors last year. In the when countries in the course of these meetings the idea was born of a joint event European Union began to reauthorise its manufacture and sale. of Swiss Victorian groups in 2008. It was decided to use the As of 1 March 2005 absinthe is again legal in Switzerland. Volksfest as the most promising model for success. To realise this project the Swiss Club has again applied for a grant with the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC). The date for next year’s Volksfest will be the 6 April 2008 which will take place at the Austrian Club. I suggest you put it in your agenda now so you will not forget! Also please note that the club restaurant closes for the period Friday, 21 December after lunch and reopens for business on Monday, 7 January 2008 for a well deserved break. I look forward seeing everyone on Friday, 25 June for the Bernard Sandoz Asbattle this isof thethe forth and last edition Trophy. of the ‘Edelweiss’ in 2007 on behalf of the committee I would like to take this opportunity Come along, bring your friends and enjoy a happy Friday to thank all of our readers and members for their support and evening. Cost $15 per person including dinner. Start is continued involvement with the club! Wishing you all a happy 7.30pm. Festive Season and good health for the New Year! See you at are essential. Please ring Roger (Swiss Club) theBookings club in 2008! or Louis on 9439 7593 or 0418 645 313. If you have any Rolf Huber, President queries or suggestions do not hesitate to contact me.

Hope to see yours all in June Louis Schneider

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Martin Probst – chef, author and educator Editor: Martin, Swiss Club members know you as the husband of Club Secretary Gerda, dad of a most gorgeous girl called Nadja, and since the last edition of the ‘Edelweiss’, we also know that you are a chef, author and an educator. I hope that you are able to tell us a little more about yourself and I’d like to start by asking about your childhood. Where did you grow up?

to work as a hotel receptionist during our years of travelling. Funnily enough, she ended up working at Crown Melbourne as well, where she still is in the capacity of Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of Gaming. Since 2006 we are proud parents of Nadja and both of us work part-time to enable us to spend as much time with her as possible.

Martin: I grew up in a little village called Finsterhennen, in the ‘Seeland’ region in Switzerland, which is well known for its healthy vegetables. I have an older brother and my father used to have a bicycle and ‘Töffli’ store. He was known as the ‘Velo Päulu’ in the close knit community. Everybody knew everybody, and this has not changed to this day. I attend Kindergarten and then primary school in Finsterhennen with some other 15 pupils up to grade 4! For the secondary school we all needed to go to Ins, a town about 8 kilometres away. This kept us very fit, since we went there by bicycle mornings, lunchtime home and back, and once more home at night.

Editor: When did the idea of writing a book first develop and what inspired you to do it?

Editor: When did you first realise that you wanted to become a chef, and why? Martin: I always had to help my mother in the kitchen. That along with the fresh produce of the region (my dad was sometimes being paid with vegetables) ignited the passion for food in early years. I was trained as a chef the traditional Swiss apprenticeship way, with 1½ days per week at vocational school in Biel and the rest at a local restaurant, specialising in fish dishes. During summer I made way too many ice-cream desserts. Remember the Coupe Danemark, the Banana Split, the Eiskaffee and the Coupe Romanoff? Editor: I certainly do, it’s still showing to this day! How did your career path progress after you qualified as a chef? Martin: I wanted to see and learn more than I could by staying in the Lake Bienne region. So in the years to follow I worked at various world leading hotels and in different countries, such as Suvretta House in St Moritz, Gstaad Palace Hotel, Bellevue Palace in Bern, Arosa Kulm Hotel, luxurious cruise liners with Seabourn and Silversea, Southampton Princess Hotel in Bermuda, Olympic Stadium in Moscow etc. Editor: When and why did you come to Australia? Martin: Following my years of travel, I returned to Switzerland ‘for good’ and worked at the Seedamm Plaza in Pfäffikon SZ. But after a couple of years, my feet got itchy again. In 2001 Crown Melbourne offered me a job as Chef de Cuisine which I could not refuse, especially because working and living in Australia was always my dream.

Martin: About five years ago, I transitioned from being a chef to educator. Amongst other details, I needed proof that my Swiss apprenticeship is equivalent to the Australian Certificate lll in Commercial Cookery. I discovered throughout this process, that 20 years down the track, Swiss vocational schools still deliver the same contents in hospitality. Subjects in commercial cookery and hospitality operations are strictly based on technical knowledge, but hardly anything is taught in regards to employability skills such as customer service, communication, teamwork, motivation etc. Editor: How did you go about it, I mean, you can’t just sit down one day and start typing? Martin: It was a very lengthy process, indeed. At first I only talked about the importance of writing such a book, because I felt that my 20 years of hospitality experience could be a great asset to the industry. After a while, action was required and talking was no longer good enough. I started during the summer holidays, wrote for a few weeks, then virtually nothing for the rest of that year. During the following summer holidays, I sat down again but then kept at it, week after week. There were times when it all seemed just too hard together with the job, family and other commitments. But I stayed focussed and the originally scarce script grew and grew. At first I wrote down episodes, sayings, contents etc. that I wanted to include. Then I structured them into the main ‘menus’ (chapters) you see today. Over time, I added in more information, deleted some insignificant parts, got a graphic designer to convert my cartoon ideas and to come up with a catching cover. Finding a suitable publisher in the German speaking countries was also a challenge. Editor: In my work as Editor, I got to know Gerda as a most efficient and conscientious Club Secretary…and a great proof reader. Was she able to support you in the same way?

Editor: You and Gerda both work in the hospitality industry. Did you meet here in Australia or back in Switzerland?

Martin: You are spot on with your assumption. She was in charge of the proof reading and formatting, which was not an easy task, given that we have been living in an English speaking country for almost a decade. Actually, she was a big support, but at the same time my probably most critical customer so far.

Martin: Gerda and I actually met back in 1990 when we met through one of my cousins. We have been a couple for almost as long. Gerda originally has a banking background, but started

Editor: Now that the book is on the market, what is it that you want to achieve with it – apart of course from selling lots and lots of them and becoming filthy rich?


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Martin: As a matter of fact, my biggest motivator was not the money but my passion for the hospitality industry. My ultimate goal is for the book to be used as an educational resource. I hope the book will bring a positive change in the hospitality industry, for the employees as well as for the customers. Editor: What feedback have you received for the book so far? Martin: It is actually quite overwhelming. Most of the major hospitality newspapers and online sites have published very positive comments about the book. I also opened a Facebook site which has attracted over 1,000 fans within the first three months and countless interactions every day. My book will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss Hospitality Teachers Association in May. I have also been interviewed by Ursula Schäppi from SBS Radio (to be aired on Sunday, 16 May). There is always something in the pipeline. Editor: That is fantastic news, well done and congratulations! Has success inspired you to embark on another book project? Martin: First things first. At the moment, I am concentrating on marketing ‘Die etwas andere Menüplanung…’, however it might be translated into English down the track. Editor: How do you and Gerda see the future? Do you want to see Nadja growing up here in Australia or do you have plans to return to Switzerland one day? Martin: Although we always enjoy visiting our families in Switzerland, we have no plans to return. We love this country which provides us as a young family with great opportunities and a unique lifestyle. If we miss the Swissness, we go to the Swiss Club! Editor: Martin, I thank you very much for this interview and I wish you, your family and of course your book every success! Martin’s book ‘Die etwas andere Menüplanung…’is available directly from the author via email probstbooks@ or online book stores. See March edition of the ‘Edelweiss’ for details.

SWISS CLUB MOVIE A Classic Swiss Comedy - still relevant today! The most successful Swiss Film ever!

‘Die Schweizermacher’ Wednesday, 14 July 2010, 8pm Swiss Club, 2nd floor CH 1978, Comedy. Directed by Rolf Lyssy. With Emil Steinberger, Walther Luond, Beatrice Kessler. Duration: 104 minutes, Swiss German/English Subtitles Foreigners who apply to become Swiss citizens have no easy task - especially when the police lets Bodmer loose to check upon their background, their integration in the society, and the possible danger they represent to the orderliness and cleanliness of the country. Bodmer gets a new assistant to help him corner unsuitable applicants. Very soon, a couple of conformist German physicians, a pretty Eastern European dancer, and the inevitable (and politically troublesome) Italian immigrant and his family start shooting themselves in the foot in their attempts to get the red passport with a white cross. Free for members, non-members gold coin donation. Enjoy dinner at the club, before or after the movie. Please book with the restaurant on 9650 1196.

The Swiss Club Restaurant. It’s where you meet your friends.

On April 1, 1957 the British news show ‘Panorama’ broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil. The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the shows highly respected presenter, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched film footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, “for those who love this dish, theres nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti!” The ‘Swiss Spaghetti Harvest’ hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” To this day the ‘Panorama’ broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fools Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fools Day hoax. w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

A modest organ in the Valère basilica, a fortified church on a hill overlooking Sion, claims a proud record: that of the oldest organ in the world still in continuous use. It is believed to have been built between 1430 and 1440. It has barely three octaves, and the keys are much smaller than those on a modern instrument. Many of the pipes and much of the mechanism is original dating from the Middle Ages.


The Saturday Morning Swiss School has a more than 30 year tradition to bringing Swiss heritage and the Swiss German language closer to school age children with a Swiss family background. In a playful way the children learn about Switzerland, its culture, heritage, language and traditions. With a lack of teacher and participating families the school has come to a standstill. We would like to keep the long tradition going and to continue to offer the opportunity to children to learn about Switzerland and Swiss German. The School is running fortnightly (except school holidays) on Saturdays and to suit family life better we changed the time to the afternoon (1-4 pm). New families are welcome at any time and the school fees are very modest ($50 per family per year for Swiss Club members, $100 for nonmembers) due to the support of the Swiss Club and the Swiss Society. As mentioned we are also looking for teachers. We prefer a qualified teacher, but would welcome interest from people who enjoy working with children so that we can provide playful and educational activities to make the Swiss School fun and exciting for the children. We offer remuneration according to qualification. Please contact the convenor if you would like more information, if you are interested in your children participating or if you are interested in the teacher’s position: Andrea Pinch, Convener Phone 5331 6762, Do not be discouraged from expressing your interest by the fact that the school is on idle at the moment; the Saturday Morning Swiss School will be integrated in the ‘Familienplausch’ (see related article this page) until we have a sufficient number of children again to run the school by itself.


New Group: Schweizerdeutscher Kulturtreff für Eltern und Kinder The ‘Familienplausch’ is a new opportunity for families to socialise with the aim to promote the Swiss culture and practise and converse in Swiss German. The whole family is invited to participate. The ‘Familienplausch’ will provide the chance to catch up with other families and have a chat and a laugh. However, the meetings will also have a Swiss theme such as games, baking, dancing, Swiss movies, Fasnacht, Grittibänz etc to celebrate the Swiss culture. These meetings will be held monthly with the next afternoon happening on:

Saturday, 19 June, 1pm – 4pm at the Swiss Club (2nd floor)

Free for Swiss Club members; $5 per family for non-members. Please RSVP to Andrea Pinch Phone 5331 6762, Come along and have a great afternoon; remember that the aim is to promote Swiss German, so please leave your English at home. Mark the dates for the Familienplausch for the reminder of the year in your calendar: 17 July, 14 August, 11 September, 16 October, 13 November.

Part of German Language program on Melbourne 93.1fm

Tune into news, information and entertainment about everything that is Swiss in Switzerland and downunder. Ursula Schappi presents an informative half-hour program in Swiss-German. Every Sunday from 8:30 to 9pm on 93.1fm To listen online visit: To contact Ursula: leave a message on (02) 9955 7628 or ring 0407 995 578


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Successful Winter Olympics for Swiss and Aussies

Soccer World Cup action at the club


Join us to watch and support the Swiss and Australian Soccer team’s matches on the big screen at the Swiss Club Restaurant

Ski Jumping (Large Hill) – Simon Ammann – Gold Ski Jumping (Normal Hill) – Simon Ammann – Gold Men’s Giant Slalom – Michael Schmid – Gold Men’s Ski Cross – Carlo Janka – Gold Men’s Cross-Country Skiing – Dario Cologna – Gold Men’s Downhill – Didier Defago – Gold Men’s Curling – Bronze Men’s Super Combined – Silvan Zurbriggen – Bronze Ladies’ Snowboard Cross – Olivia Nobs – Bronze

Times show Melbourne time. Please check for correct show times closer to the event by ringing the club.


If we make it to the next round…more matches will be shown.

Ladies’ Snowboard Halfpipe – Torah Bright – Gold Ladies’ Aerials – Lydia Lassila – Gold Men’s Moguls – Dale Begg-Smith – Silver

Switzerland 17/06 00:00 22/06 00:00 26/06 04:30

Switzerland vs Spain Switzerland vs Chile Switzerland vs Honduras

Australia 13/6 04:30 19/6 00:00 23/06 04:30

Australia vs Germany Australia vs Ghana Australia vs Serbia

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A Swiss Menu and a German Family Saga from the Island of Föhr Enjoy dinner at the club while listening to a German book reading

Die Stimmen der Villa Blanke Hans by the Author Sabine Nielsen “A missing mother, a father who will not talk about his past and ghostly voices in an abandoned villa…secrets confront Annie Jensen when she returns home to the island of Föhr after 35 years in Australia. With the aid of her neighbours Willa and Ruth she discovers a trace…which leads to Switzerland and Australia.” After ‘Ebbe, Flut und Tod’ and ‘Die Frau des Marschbauern’ the third part of the Family Saga describes lovingly the life on the island of Föhr. At the same time a dark chapter of Germany’s past is reopened – and reflections are made about the powers of ideology and dictatorship. A three course dinner and book reading: $40* per person ($45* for non-members) *Drinks not included. Vegetarian meals upon request

Saturday, 22 May, 6.30pm Essential! Book with Club on 9650 1196

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‘Die Stimmen der Villa Blanke Hans’ Schardt Verlag, Oldenburg, ISBN 978-3-89841-416-6. Available from Continental Bookshop, Language International und Foreign Language Bookshop


Queen of the alphorn: between pop and funk

Eliana Burki melodically represents Switzerland in both traditional and non-traditional fashion. Her alphorn is of carbon, her alpine prayer pop and she distances herself from traditional costume. However, in the meanwhile the alphorn is regarded a primordial and integral part of Switzerland. Early unwavering determination apparently paved the way to Switzerland’s national instrument: “When I was 6, my mother, a piano teacher, wanted me to commence with piano lessons”, recalls the youthful Eliana Burki. “But I stuck my neck out, because I was interested in the alphorn not the piano – and my musical parents who had bought us up with classical music were naturally aghast!”

The alpine prayer instigates change The second major decision in Eliana’s young musical life took place at the age of only 9. “At a Swiss yodeling celebration I was forced to appear in front of a row of old men and play the alpine prayer in traditional costume – that really took the biscuit!”

Jazz and Blues for the sake of motivation Eliana’s alphorn teacher Jürg Sommer was easily persuaded. Because deep down he knew that his one-and-only alphorn student would soon lose interest if he continued to teach along the traditional lines of Swiss folk music. Eliana’s alphorn sound soon drifted in the direction of jazz and blues – much to the astonishment and disapproval of a few music fundamentalists, who wrote Eliana’s parents nasty letters accusing their child of ‘messing-up’ Switzerland’s national instrument. “Many others found it great – including folklore enthusiasts”, says Eliana looking back.

decided in favour of a professional career in the music business. However, to step in contact with the public, vocal numbers were a must – and let’s not underestimate the tricky combination of playing the alphorn and voiced sound – singing requires a completely different set of muscles!

A light and folding alphorn Today’s alphorn is no longer made of wood but composed of numerous feather-light telescopic carbon pieces (synthetic material) which are slotted together and find room in a sports back-pack. The horn necessitates being assembled and newly tuned before every performance. An alphorn has five octaves – the higher the octave, the more powerful the tone is. Due to the difficulties in the transmission of natural tones, musical arrangements for blues, jazz and funk with the alphorn require a rewrite.

Chinese and Americans “The Chinese together with Americans are the most appreciative audience” reports Eliana enthusiastically. That’s why she particularly enjoys performing for a Chinese audience. In 1999 Eliana musically represented Switzerland for the first time at a world congress in Paris and since then often serves her country as musical ambassador. These days, her tours take her all over the world. See:

European travels with mother and alphorn Very soon numerous European trips followed – faithfully accompanied by her mother on the piano. “Our alphornpiano duo was conceived to be ultra-modern”, recalls Eliana. Following a performance at the Basel Jazz and Blues Festival, her mind was then made up. And at only 18 she


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Maestro Mario Venzago back in town Renowned Swiss conductor Mario Venzago delighted Melbourne audiences two years ago, when he led the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a concert that included Berlioz’ Overture ‘Le Corsaire’, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, Schönberg’s Variations for Orchestra and the ever popular Bolero by Ravel. Mario Venzago was born in 1948 in Zürich. He began playing piano at age five, attended the conservatory and the university in Zürich and later continued his studies in Vienna. For 10 years he toured and recorded extensively as a concert pianist and accompanist. He began his career on the podium in 1978 as principal conductor of the Winterthur City Orchestra. He later led the Luzern Opera House and served as principal conductor for the broadcast recordings of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva until 1986. Since then, his distinguished conducting career has included engagements with the most prestigious orchestras in Europe, America, Asia and, of course, with our own MSO. Visit www. for more details. Maestro Venzago will once again be performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on: • Friday, 25 June, 8.00pm. Deakin University, Geelong • Saturday, 26 June, 2.00pm. Hamer Hall, Melbourne • Monday, 28 June, 6.30pm. Hamer Hall, Melbourne Daniel Hope, who has been described as ‘the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré,’ is soloist in the glorious violin concerto by Brahms. Ravel‘s orchestral spectacular ‘La Valse’, finds a pre-echo in Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, before we say ‘uf widerluege’ with Haydn’s Farewell Symphony No. 45. To find out more visit:

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Chalandamarz bids noisy farewell to winter Chasing away evil winter spirits is the idea behind this annual Swiss custom. Boys in the Lower Engadine region of eastern Switzerland drive away the spirits with their bells, whips and rattles, so that ‘the grass will grow better’. Chalandamarz, here in the village of Ardez, takes place on 1 March (chalanda = first day of the month, marz = March).

We would like to extend an invitation to all our Senior Citizens (over sixty) to a wonderful afternoon of Coffee, Cakes and a Chat = Kaffeeklatsch, at the Swiss Club.

Sunday, 12 September, 2pm There is no charge for this cosy afternoon, however our Group is thankful for any donations. Please reserve a place by ringing or leaving a message with Marlies Krummenacher H. 9503 9921 or B. 9578 504 or Rosmarie Oswald 9583 9048. RSVP no later than Monday, 6 September.

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Finally! Jubilation at CERN! Scientists using the “Big Bang” machine deep in the ground near Geneva have successfully smashed proton beams together infused with record-breaking energy levels. Researchers from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) say the world’s biggest atom smasher may generate its first scientific breakthroughs later this year when they hope it can unlock secrets of modern physics such as dark matter. Tension was palpable early in the morning on Tuesday, 30 March in the main CERN control room as two technical problems with the proton beams fired at close to the speed of light around the 27-kilometre tunnel 100 metres beneath the Swiss-French border delayed the experiment. But these hiccups were soon forgotten as the energy of the two proton beams was again slowly ramped up to a recordbreaking seven trillion electron volts (TeV) – three times the earlier record set in November. Then at 12.58pm the beams whizzing 11,000 times a second in opposite directions around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were smashed together in four bus-sized detector chambers. The complex, landmark experiment, which was described as being akin to ‘firing two needles across the Atlantic and getting them to collide half way’, was met with loud applause and champagne by the emotional scientists. “It took us a few attempts, but I think it worked out beautifully,” Vivek Sharma, a physics professor from California University, said. “This is a very special moment. It’s taken us 25 years to build; this is what it’s for. Finally the baby is delivered. Now it has to grow.” The collisions, the high point of the SFr10 billion experiment, which will continue for years, were hailed as a real Star Trek moment. “We are going into new territory where no man has gone before,” said Jean-Pierre Revol, senior analyst for heavy ion collisions at the Alice experiment detector. “Today is an important step.” “It just shows what we can do in pushing knowledge forward on where we came from, how the early universe evolved,” echoed CERN director-general Rolf Heuer.

Step into the unknown The multiple underground collisions each created mini Big Bangs, producing data to be analysed by thousands of scientists at CERN and in laboratories around the world linked by a computer network known as the Grid. By crashing such high-energy beams of protons into each other, the scientists hope to gain key insights into the make-up of matter and the creation of the universe billions of years ago in the moments after the Big Bang. “This is a step into the unknown. We are doing something that no one has done before. We hope we find things that are really new,” said CERN research director Sergio Bertolucci. “There are known unknowns out there, like dark matter and new


dimensions about which we hope to learn. But it is possible that we will find some unknown unknowns which could Anxious moments in the control room as scientists watch the experiment unfold. And then, relief and be hugely important for joyous applause as success prevails. mankind. With the LHC, we have the tool that we need.” Astronomers and physicists say that only 5% of the universe is currently known, and that the invisible remainder consists of dark matter and dark energy, which make up some 25% and 75% respectively. Another widely publicised aim of the LHC is to try to find the elusive theoretical particle – the Higgs boson – that gave mass to matter that emerged after the primeval explosion – the Big Bang – 13.7 billion years ago. But scientists say the data gathered will take time to analyse, and the public should not expect the first interesting results before the end of 2011 at the earliest. “Major discoveries will happen only when we are able to collect billions of events and identify among them the very rare events that could present a new state of matter or new particles,” said Guido Tonelli, a spokesman for the CMS detector at the LHC.

Staying focused The LHC was launched with great fanfare on 10 September, 2008, but broke down nine days later when a badly soldered electrical splice overheated, causing extensive damage to the massive magnets and other parts of the collider deep underground. It cost $40 million to repair and improve the machine so that it could be used again at the end of November. Since then the collider has performed almost flawlessly, giving scientists valuable data in the four-week run before Christmas. It quickly eclipsed the next largest accelerator, the Tevatron at Fermilab near Chicago. The plan is to now run the LHC continuously at 7 Tev for 18-24 months while steadily increasing the proton density in each beam until the end of 2011. It will then be shut down for a year of maintenance and upgrading to prepare it for years of experiments at full power – 14 TeV. So watch this space! Be informed. Read the Edelweiss

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Council of the Swiss Abroad Report At the spring session the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) held on Saturday, 27 March, 80 council delegates from around the word gathered in the Swiss capital to represent their Swiss community abroad and to ensure that their voice is heard. The main agenda items were:

The ‘Fifth Switzerland’ wants a law of its own The Swiss Abroad contribute a lot to the political life and to the country as a whole. Their experiences provide new impulses by adding an enriching international dimension to the political debate. This is the core message of National Councillor Thérèse Meyer-Kaelin (CVP/FR) in her summary of the report by the ‘Groupe de Réflexion’. This group was formed in autumn 2008 following an initiative by the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA). The group’s task was to identify the best possible political representation of the Swiss Abroad and the existing institutions. Concluding this report the CSA members called for a change in the election procedures in favour of a direct election of the council delegates by the Swiss Abroad. Up to now this is done by the various registered Swiss institutions and umbrella organisations abroad. This measure would strengthen the role of the CSA as the defender of the interests of all Swiss Abroad. However, this will only be possible after the introduction of e-voting for Swiss Abroad. Address details of Swiss Abroad, which are essential for a direct election, are confidential and are managed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The use of this data for other means requires the permission of the federal government. This is the reason why the creation of a law for Swiss Abroad is necessary. Such a law would provide the government with a clear policy and political direction concerning the 700,000 Swiss citizen living abroad. To pass and include such a bill in the federal constitution would be a positive signal for those Swiss living abroad that wish to engage in the political life of the country. OSA President, Jacques-Simon Eggly emphasised in his Annual Report, that the support for the creation of such a law received by the Head of the FDFA, Federal Councillor Micheline CalmyRey is very pleasing.

regards to openness to the world and its connection to Swiss citizens world-wide: “It cannot be that our country is withdrawing from the rest of the world” he said, and adding: “The axing of swissinfo must be averted. It is in the hands of the parliament to prevent this from happening. The proposed budget program can not be adopted if the members of the federal councils refuse to change the Radio and Telecommunication law.” He appealed to the councillors to say ‘no’ to these budget cuts and reminded them of the government’s obligation to serve as an information service provider to the Swiss Abroad. After the closure of Swiss Radio International, swissinfo remains the only world-wide media showcasing Switzerland in all national languages as well as the major world languages. swissinfo is Switzerland’s virtual window to the world and provides an essential information service to Swiss Abroad. We appreciate very much the support we have received from members of the local Swiss community in our quest to save swissinfo! The CSA has two demands: a return to 6 Swiss Review editions per year from 2011, and the maintaining of federal funding for swissinfo.

Support for Education Regrettably budget cuts are also looming for the preparatory courses for young Swiss Abroad who wish to enter higher education studies in Switzerland. Without adequate funding these courses will have to be abandoned. The CSA supports the Association for the promotion of Education for young Swiss Abroad (AJAS) in its negotiations with the federal government and the eight university cantons to support this important service and not limit access to higher education for the around 100 young Swiss Abroad that partake in these courses every year.

New internet platform to link Swiss Abroad The OSA announced the creation of a new internet platform SwissCommunity. This global network will be a bit like Facebook, Xing oder Linked-in, and yet still different. SwissCommunity is going to be an exclusive communication platform, specifically designed with the needs of Swiss Abroad in mind. It is to encourage contact among Swiss living abroad and facilitate communication with Switzerland and their cantons of origin. With the creation of SwissCommunity the OSA is fulfilling an important need of Swiss citizens worldwide. SwissCommunity will be officially launched on 21 August at the 88th Congress of the Swiss Abroad held in St.Gallen. Roland Isler - Delegate, Council of the Swiss Abroad

‘No’ to the dismantling of information services After the Swiss Review was reduced from 6 to 4 editions in 2009, the federal government announced on 25 February 2010 that it intends to discontinue its financial contribution to swissinfo as part of its budget program for 2011-2013. This would almost certainly mean that without the government subsidy the Swiss Broadcasting Cooperation would also withdraw its financial support immediately, which would spell the certain end of the multimedia news and information platform swissinfo. Jacques-Simon Eggly posed the question which communication strategy Switzerland is perusing with w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

The OSA taking part at the Swiss Festival for the first time


Swiss Events & Functions Please note that that this calendar also lists events other than those organised by the Swiss Club of Victoria and its subgroups. Please book all Swiss Club functions (bold entries) with Roger, phone 9650 1196 or fax 9650 3104 and check website for latest information and details of upcoming events. For all other events please contact the relevant organisation (see page 3 for contact details).


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German book reading by author Sabine Nielsen SAAN Trivia Evening


Thursday Saturday Saturday Friday

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Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand entertains Jass Night - Swiss Club Familienplausch Billiard Competition - Bernard Sandoz Trophy


Thursday Saturday Wednesday Saturday Wednesday Saturday Saturday

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Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand entertains 2/F Opening Celebrations Dinner Dance (Invitations will be mailed) Ladies’ Luncheon Jass Night - Swiss Club Swiss Movie Night - ‘Die Schweizermacher’ Familienplausch National Day Celebration Dinner at the Club


Sunday Sunday Thursday Saturday Monday Saturday

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National Day Afternoon Tea & Lantern Procession National Day Family Picnic in Gembrook - Matterhorn Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand entertains Jass Night - Matterhorn National Day Senior Members Luncheon Familienplausch


Wednesday Thursday Saturday Wednesday Saturday Sunday Wednesday

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Ladies’ Luncheon Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand entertains Jass Night - Swiss Club (Finals) Swiss Movie Night Familienplausch Kaffeeklatsch - Trachtengruppe Schwyzergruess Half-Yearly General Meeting

OTHER REGULAR SWISS CLUB MEETINGS: Committee Meetings: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month Swiss Folk Dance Group Alpenrose: Practice every Tuesday evening at 8.15pm Swiss Companion Singers: Practice and social gathering every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8pm Saturday Morning Swiss School: Every second Saturday except school holidays, from 1pm to 4pm Swiss German Playgroup: Meets every 1st Thursday of each month from 11am to 2pm The Swiss Diners Club: Dates for get-together can be found on or on our Yahoo group group/YoungSwissMelbourne/


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2/F renovations nearing completion


Second Floor Opening Celebration Dinner Dance Saturday, 3 July

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