Page 1




20th anniversary of the Swiss Path and the Place of the Swiss Abroad



JUNE 2011

On the occasion of the 7th centenary of the Swiss confederation in 1991, a hiking trail – 35km long – was built around the southernmost end of Lake Lucerne, called Lake Uri. Each canton is allocated a section of the path and each citizen ‘owns’ 5mm of it. The Swiss Path starts on the Rütli meadow, the ‘birthplace’ of the confederation. It ends in the village of Brunnen, in a lakeside park called the Place of the Swiss Abroad. The Swiss Path and the Place of the Swiss Abroad symbolically connect the people of Switzerland with the 700,000 Swiss that live outside its borders. The purchase of the park and the establishment of the Place of the Swiss Abroad in 1991 was made possible through a word-wide fund raising effort by the Swiss Abroad and a generous donation by the confederation.

The spring session of the Council of the Swiss Abroad was held in Brunnen (see also page 20), coinciding with the official 20th anniversary celebration on Saturday, 9 April. The 100 delegates together with the people of Brunnen and many Swiss that came from around the world (among them Sydney Swiss community identity, Georges Teitler) gathered on this splendid spring day to celebrate, to listen to various speakers from local and federal government, tourism and the OSA, and to enjoy the magic view over the lake with the majestic mountain backdrop. An Alphorn-Quintet and the ‘Musikgesellschaft Brunnen’ provided musical entertainment. Following the festivities guests took a ride on the steamer ‘Titlis’ across Lake Uri to Isleten, from where many disembarked to walk a section of the Swiss Path to the Rütli meadow. The boat ride back to Brunnen marked the conclusion of a wonderful day, which renewed the connection and love for Switzerland in many of us. Editor

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




• Theatre style seating for up to 90 • Work shop seating for up to 55 • Cocktail set up for up to 120 • Private meeting room for up to 16 • Architect designed space • Choice of catering from the Swiss Club Restaurant or Terra Rossa • Modern amenities

• Basic coffee making facilities • Parking close by • 5 minutes walk to Flinders Street or Parliament Station • 2 minutes walk to Tram 75/70/48 • Friendly venue with Swiss history • Competitive rates

8FGMZGPS ZPVSTNJMF Fly with Austrian Airlines to over 130 destinations worldwide – via Vienna, Europe’s fastest transfer airport.


• Unbeatable location • Ample parking close by • Train, tram and bus close by • Dinner seating for up to 80 • Cocktail set up to 120 • Dance floor • Architect designed modern space with lots of ambience

• Modern amenities • Choice of catering from the Swiss Club Restaurant or Terra Rossa • Choice of BYO caterer • Catering kitchen with 4 ovens, microwave and industrial dishwasher • Friendly venue with Swiss history • Competitive rates

AT THE PERFECT VENUE – THE SWISS CLUB OF VICTORIA Contact us on E: T: 1300 893 968 to check for availability, more information or a quote

Earn miles with Miles & More. Information & booking at, call 1300 655 727 or visit your travel agency. All Austrian fares are now combinable with Lufthansa and SWISS fares which gives you even more choice to travel to and from Europe. No other airline group connects you in that way.


89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000 T: 1300 893 968, F: (03) 9650 3104 E: W: Club Opening Hours Lunch: Mo - Fri from 12noon Dinner: Wed, Thurs & Fri from 6pm. Bookings T: (03) 9650 1196 Swiss Club Catering For all Functions contact Chef & Catering Manager Roger Moullet T: (03) 9650 1196, F: (03) 9650 3104 M: 0409 040 249 E: The Second Floor Function Bookings CBD Function Room with a difference! Info and/or bookings: T: 1300 893 968 E:

COMMITTEE Barbara Kündig President T/F (H): (03) 9005 4938 M: 0402 018 363 E: Rolf Huber Immediate Past President T/F (H): (03) 9807 0282 M (B): 0425 805 854 E: Urs Derrick Wildi Treasurer & Membership Administration T/F (H): (03) 9824 7930 M: 0403 040 930 E: Sigrid de Castella Membership Relations & Building Management Support M: 0416 088 000 E: Antony Anderson Building Management M: 0416 069 666 E: Damian Schaller Corporate Communications & Functions 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 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:

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: Rémy Favre 1 Hughes Street, Malvern East Vic 3145 T: (03) 9571 2835, M: 0412 135 095 E: W:

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) 9729 3338, (03) 9752 6996 (H) W: Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) General Manager: Marcel Svatos T: (02) 9262 1511, F: (02) 9290 1928 E: Postal address see: Swiss-Australian Academic Network (SAAN) E: W: Embassy of Switzerland T: (02) 6162 8400, F: (02) 6273 3428 E: Consulate General of Switzerland T: (02) 8383 4000, F: (02) 9369 1334 E: Consulate of Switzerland T: (03) 9824 7527, M: 0413 042 728 E: Postal address for all above see: W: Organisation of the Swiss Abroad Council Member: Roland Isler Contact details: see below under Editor W: /

Impressum ‘Edelweiss’ appears quarterly. Circulation 500. For all enquiries contact: Roland Isler, Editor 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 can’t recall ever seeing so many members attending our AGM on 16 March! It was great to see the Second Floor so busy. The committee had the pleasure to present many members with their bronze, silver or gold membership recognition pin. Thank you to all who came for taking the time. Please keep it a regular event to learn about your club. In April, comedy was the theme at the club with the Comedy Festival taking over the Second Floor for their performances. I trust some of you had an opportunity to enjoy one of the scheduled shows. I spent April in Switzerland. When we arrived end of March, the landscape was still bare, wintery and kind of monotonous looking but then the weather changed. It became surprisingly

warm and sunny and nature burst into life. Spring was here in full. Trees turned green almost overnight. The fields became a sea of yellow and green. Due to the relative warmth, everything started to bloom in large varieties of colours. What a glorious time to be in Switzerland! At this time in Switzerland, all is about moving outdoors to enjoy the arriving summer. On the other side of the world, here in Victoria, we are turning again to indoor activities and being warm and cosy. What better place to enjoy this than our club restaurant or the fun and conviviality of a Swiss Club event? How about a Jass? There will be our first ever weekend Championships in June. ‘Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand’ entertains every first Thursday of the months. It is always a fun evening. For 1st of August celebrations we offer this year a National Day Lunch. This will be an opportunity for all our members who no longer like to go out at night to enjoy a club event. In the evening our traditional Lantern Parade will take place. We hope you will be able to join us at one of the upcoming events or just for a delicious meal at the restaurant. Barbara Kündig - President

Pacher and Tony Erb had to spend some time in hospital. We wish you all the best for a speedy recovery and we hope to see you again at the Club soon.

The last farewell We are sad to inform you that recently we had to say good bye to four long standing members:

Welcome to our new members We welcome Jacqui Eddison, David Galloway, Oscar Kamber, Erika Mohoric, Nicholas Patton and Isabelle Sury. We are looking forward to meeting you at one of our forthcoming functions.

Congratulations Happy birthday to the following members who were celebrating their milestone birthdays recently: Frederick Dumar, Henry Huggins, Patricia Doos, Franz Doos, Roger Kirsten could commemorate their 80th, Bernie Macho his 85th, while Colin Wilkinson celebrated his 90th and Alice Fueglistaler her 95th. We congratulate you and wish you good health in many years to come! Congratulations to Janette and Paul Eisenegger who have become grandparents for the first time! Liam Oscar Eisenegger was born on 30 April.

Get well Due to health problems Margrit Schneider, Wolfram


John Peter Mischler passed away 25 March. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his son and member, John Mischler and family. Margarete Fatzer passed away 3 April. Our thoughts and condolences go to our member Köbi Fatzer. Ruedi Birmele passed away 8 April.Our deepest sympathies go to our member, Marlyse Birmele and family. Honorary Life Member Josef Koch passed away early May. Our sympathies go to his family. Our condolences go to our president, Barbara Kündig and family on the passing of her father, Eric Kündig in Switzerland. Dear members, please tell the committee or the editor if your partner, your friends or fellow members have a reason to celebrate, are unwell or have left for a better place.

The Swiss Club of Victoria is looking for a keen administrator to manage our new venue The Second Floor. If you are interested or want to know more, please call 1300 893 968. Swiss Club of Victoria

Annual General Meeting Wednesday, 16 March 2011 Over 60 members gathered to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting. This great turnout was at least in part due to the honouring of long standing membership through the Members Recognition Program that the committee had introduced late last year. Toping the list was Beatrice Delacrétaz who received a gold pin for her 57 years of membership! More serious matters were debated such as finance. The balance sheet recorded a loss of over $30,000. The Treasurer, Derrick Wildi, explained details causing the loss. However it is to note that the club at present does not experience any cash-flow difficulties due to current depreciation cost recorded at $40,000. It was also a time to farewell Patrick Rychner and Secretary Gerda Probst from the committee. Patrick’s creativity and Gerda’s amazing efficiency have been a valuable asset to the committee and the club, and both will be sorely missed. Gerda and Patrick deserve our thanks and appreciation for the great contribution they have made! The committee is now reduced to only six members and anyone wishing to join the committee is ask to contact any member of the committee.



In memory of John C. Delacrétaz


Dear Swiss Club Member

It is with great pleasure that we announce the completion Bedjuids des antipodes VS of the refur Floor’. It has been an absolute success!

Tony Boll One main feature of the new room are the frosted glass ZH panels separa

from the main function room. To make a link to our common heritage an

Swiss Folktook Dance Group Alpenrose / up the theme of our cantonal coat of arms, but in a more modern c Gwen Eckhardt Swiss Flag

We would like to give the club members the opportunity to sponsor ‘fros at a cost of $350 each. A plaque, listing the sponsors and their nominate Bruno Schweitzer BE), will on view. However, of Arms sponsorship on be theput Second Floor has donations of any a and will be listed in the Swiss Club Newsletter ‘Edelweiss’.

The Coat now closed. The committee of the Swiss Club of Victoria and generosity and support. If you have a query would likeWe to need thank allappreciate membersyour that have given so of the Swiss Club Committee. generosity. It has been fantastic to see how well supported our new venue and the club in general is. Thank you! Kind regards

Barbara Kündig President

Name of Sponsor Canton Indication Payment EFT**



Credit Card


Card Number: Cardholder’s Name: Signature: ** (BSB: 013-375, Account: 3536 82406

Please state your name and ‘2F Sponsoring’ in the Re

Membership enquiries

w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c


The Swiss Festival – showcasing our Swiss community

The Swiss community celebrated once again Swiss culture with the ninth annual Swiss Festival 2011 in the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Club in Heidelberg West. Despite the cool and windy weather some 1,300 visitors enjoyed the atmosphere while filling up on all the very best traditions and treats the Swiss have to offer. Visitors to the festival enjoyed a broad range of music and entertainment such as the Yodel Choir Matterhorn, the Swiss Folk Dance Group Alpenrose, Phil and Beat on accordion and guitar or Houlette and Renee Moullet who took to the stage. Opening the day with a warm welcome was the patron of the Swiss Festival, the Consul General of Switzerland Mr.


Markus Meli. Radio host Joe Bovalino was our master of ceremonies for the day and led the audience through the action packed five-hour program. A particular highlight was the performance of the Swiss Companion Singers who celebrated their twentieth anniversary at the festival with a wonderful cake which they shared with everyone attending. Our entertainers on stage were framed wonderfully against

the backdrop of a miniature Swiss Chalet courtesy of Louis Bloechlinger & Franz Schnellmann. In order of appearance the entertainment schedule looked as follows: Chris Thalmann (Schwyzerörgeli), Tom Webb (Flag waiving, Singing Saw, Washboard and Spoons), Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn, The Consul General of Switzerland Mr. Markus Meli, the Australian Swiss Search Dog Association, Houlette, Renee Moullet, Swiss Folk Dance Group Alpenrose, the Swiss Companion Singers, Irma Thalmann (Alphorn), Phillip Nadvesnik & Beat Stuber (Accordion, Guitar), The Schwörgelis. Swiss delights such as Raclette and Bratwurst or Cervalat with potato salad Swiss Club of Victoria

were available at our food stalls prepared by our amazing kitchen crew under the leadership of our very own Swiss chef Roger Moullet. Nussgipfel and Zopf along with other sweet treats were served at the coffee stall where visitors could also purchase the famous Swiss Kafi Schnapps. Exclusively for the Swiss Festival 2011 the committee imported Swiss Red and White Wine as well as Feldschloesschen beer and Rivella from Switzerland. A huge number of volunteers helped serve the visitors at all our stands. Most of them belong to one of the numerous Swiss community groups such as the Swiss Diners Club for example. But the whole day wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of friends and families who helped out as well as the Bundoora Scout group who attended with almost twenty of their members. All volunteers received food and drink vouchers as a thank you for their efforts, for the scout group we had a special thank you in the form of Swiss scout badges which the kids received after the festival. This year the Lucky Draw competition saw a change with over 200 prizes being available at the Tombola stand if you were lucky enough to purchase an instant winning ticket. Visitors could buy raffle tickets at different locations and were in the running to win everything from chocolates to drinking bottles and food hampers to kitchen utensils. The main prizes which included business class flights in Europe sponsored by Swiss International Airlines, 5-star hotel stays in Switzerland provided by Switzerland Tourism and professional drilling machines from Hilti were drawn at the end of the festival in front of an excited audience. In all the Swiss Festival 2011 gave away raffle prizes well in excess of $ 4,500.00 to the visitors. Lucky draw prizes or the jumping castle and animal farm would be impossible without our generous sponsors. Many of them have been supporting the festival for the past few years and attend the event in person. One of our newest sponsors V-Zug set up a tent on the festival grounds and offered demonstrations of their high quality Swiss kitchen appliances. They also provided the ovens which baked the famous Tarte de Fromage which was prepared as a live cooking demonstration by the Groupe Romand. Our sponsors in alphabetical order were: Consulate General of Switzerland/Embassy of Switzerland, Credit Suisse, Crown Casino, DKSH, Fracht Australia, Georg Fischer, Henkell Brothers, Herbert Schwärzler, Hilti, King w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

Island Dairy, Lindt, Océ, Premier Food and Beverages Pty. Ltd., SBS German Radio, SIC Swiss Import Corporation, Silvers Circus, Société General de Surveillance (SGS), Swiss International Air Lines, Switzerland Tourism, The Swatch Group, The Swiss Club of Victoria & Roger Moullet, Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), V-Zug, Walmas Meat and Smallgoods. The Swiss Australian Search Dog Association attended the festival for the second time and showcased their dogs unique skills to an interested audience on stage. They are just one of the many Swiss Community Groups that made the Swiss Festival 2011 an unforgettable event. The Swiss community groups in Victoria in alphabetical order are: Groupe Romand du Victoria, Pro Ticino, Saturday Morning Swiss School, Swiss Academic Network Melbourne (SAAN), Swiss Club of Victoria, Swiss Companion Singers, Swiss Folk Dance Group Alpenrose, Swiss Playgroup, Swiss Society of Victoria (Benevolent Society), Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn, Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, The Swiss Diners Club, Trachtengruppe Schwyzergruess (Australian/Swiss Cultural Society). For the first time the Swiss Festival committee used social media extensively in the lead up to the event to promote the Swiss Festival 2011 online. A quick survey revealed that we had over 100 mostly younger visitors who had learned about the festival purely through our online presence. Please visit our homepage and follow us on Facebook ‘Swiss Festival Australia’ or Twitter @SwissFestivalAU. On behalf of the Swiss Festival committee we would like to thank the host Austrian Club, the many volunteers, entertainers and sponsors who contributed immensely to the success and with their time and effort made this event possible. We are happy to report that we made a profit which will be equally shared among all Swiss community groups. Plans for the Swiss Festival 2012 are already in the pipeline. The date and place will be announced at a later stage. We hope to see you again next year! The Swiss Festival Committee 2011 Sponsorship/Chair – Rolf Huber Treasurer/Deputy Chair – Bruno Giger Volunteers Coordinator – Chantal Imbach Marketing – Damian Schaller Logistics/Sponsorship – Patrick Albert


From pastry cook to godfather Editor: Joe and Marie, you have been part of the Swiss Club for many, many decades. Nowadays visiting the club has become a little difficult. Even though we don’t see you as often anymore, you are, of course, not forgotten. I’d like to start off our chat by asking you to tell us a little about your youth. Joe: I was born in 1929 in Fislisbach, canton Argau. We were a large family, I was the youngest of eight surviving siblings. After completing my school years I became a pastry cook. Marie: Born in 1922, I grew up in Geelong together with my two sisters. One passed on a few years ago but the other still lives in Geelong. Editor: Joe, when did you come to Australia and why? Joe: My brother Richard, the second youngest, and I came out together in 1951. 12 months later another brother and a sister joined us. So we were four Schibli’s, all living in Geelong. Ernie Häsler, who came out here in the 1920’s, had a pastry business in Geelong together with his Swiss partner Jack Kaiser. Both of them were members of the Swiss Club, but Geelong was a long way away from Melbourne, so their involvement was limited. On a vacation back in Switzerland Ernie met Richard, who is a baker by profession. We had plans to emigrate to America or Canada, but he persuaded us to come to Australia instead, promising us a job and to look for accommodation for us. Editor: Marie, you obviously met Joe in Geelong. Do you remember when and were? Marie: Sure, that was in 1952 at the tennis club where we both were members. And we got married a year later. Editor: Joe, these must have been exciting years for you, arriving in 51, meeting Marie in 52 and getting married in 53. When did you become a member of the Swiss Club? Joe: Well, that was also in 51. Ernie and Jack went to the 1st of August Swiss Ball regularly. That was the only time they had any connection with the Swiss community. They asked Richard and me to come along which we did, and we both filled in an application form for club membership the same night. Editor: Joe, the first time your name is mentioned on the committee list is in 1956 under Vice-President. That is a bit unusual to take on the job of Vice-President at the time of joining the committee? Joe: Switzerland was close to my heart at all times and I wanted to get involved in Swiss affairs. I don’t remember the precise circumstances, but I guess the position of Vice-President became vacant, and since no one else put their hand up, I took on the job. Editor: You only stayed on the committee for a year. Then you rejoined the committee in 1965 and again you stayed only for one year. In 1976 you became Joint Vice-President with Othmar Jaeggi. What happened in those years in between? Marie: These were busy years for us. In 1953 we moved to Melbourne and started a small cake shop in South Caulfield, which unbeknownst to us at the time was very close to Bill and Hedi Dornbierer’s cake shop. Editor: What a coincidence! So you became competitors?


Joe: It was a coincidence indeed! We originally signed up to take over a shop in Glenferrie Road, but that fell through in the last minute and the estate agent offered us another shop instead in Glenhuntly Road, only five shops away from Bill and Hedi. We didn’t know them at the time and…yes, we were competitors but we also became great friends. Marie: The shop had two bungalows in the backyard were all four Schibli’s lived. A couple of months later, after we got married, I joined them. Editor: So what was your involvement with the Swiss Club at that time? Joe: I used to go to the club on Wednesday night’s to play cards… Marie: …that was just for the fellows, not us girls. But in 1956 we joined the Dance Group. Joe: That’s right, we used to go regularly to the practice and that’s when I joined the committee. Marie: At that time we also opened another shop in Centre Road, East Bentleigh because the original one was just too small for four people. It was hard work for Joe, I had to look after a young family and was unable to help out. We had the shop for a few years but then Joe took on a job with MacRobertson’s Chocolate factory in Fitzroy. It was a huge factory employing more than 2000 people. Joe: I worked there for seven years. One evening in 1967 Fred Stauder, who was the top confectioner in Australia, knocked on the door and asked me if I were interested in going into business with him and his partner George Gorog. Gorog was the financier and Stauder had the expertise. They wanted to start up a new business and needed someone to run the business. I wasn’t interested in becoming their manager, but we worked out a deal and I joined them as a partner. So we started up the business from scratch. Marie: And the same year, we went to Europe for the first time. There was a big trade fair in Cologne that Joe wanted to attend and, of course, he was keen to see his family. Joe had lost his mother and he wanted to see his dad. Editor: What was that trade fair for? Joe: It was one of the largest exhibitions of confectionery and food stuff in Europe. We looked at various products, to get some ideas as too what we could produce back in Australia. Swiss Club of Victoria

So for the next decade or so we worked hard to build up the business. Editor: And then you found the time to get involved with the committee again. As mentioned before, in 1976 you became Vice-President for the second time, and then President, first in 1977 and 1978 and then again from 1985 to 1988. Thinking back, what gave you the most pleasure being President? Joe: One thing that comes to mind is being involved with the Oktoberfest. Admittedly it hasn’t got much to do with Swiss culture, but it improved the finances of the club tremendously and we had a great sense of solidarity among the army of volunteers that worked at this event year after year. Editor: When was the term ‘the Swiss Mafia’ coined, and by whom? Joe: (laughs) It was in the 70’s or early 80’s, I don’t think anyone knows exactly when it came up first. Could have been Ernie Huegli that was behind this, he made it quite obvious whatever decision the Swiss Club committee made was instigated by the Mafia. Editor: Who was part of the Mafia, apart form yourself? Joe: Well, it just described a group of men that met every Thursday at the club for lunch to talk politics, among them were Hanspeter Frei, Max Ammann and Darby Dunston. Might have been one or two others, maybe Peter Meuri and Othmar Jaeggi, can’t quite remember. Later on there were others like Primo Calabresi, Richard Spieler and Walter Purtschert, all had the club at heart, had plenty to say and made their feelings known. Maybe it’s better if we don’t know everything, after all isn’t the Mafia a secret society? Editor: Who was the godfather? Joe: I guess I am now (laughs), because everyone else is gone, but at the time it would have been Max! Editor: If you would be President now, what would you change? Joe: I have wonderful memories of how the club was then and I enjoy thinking back. Things are a little different now but that’s ok, it’s still a great club. I wouldn’t change anything. Editor: Joe and Marie, it was great talking to you and reminiscing about times gone by, thank you very much. I wish you both good health and happiness.

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

w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

The Swiss Cub Doubles Championship was held on 18 March on the 2nd floor of the Swiss Club. Paul Thornton & Louis Schneider won over Rainer Diehl & Adam Gruneklee. The 2011 dates to mark in your diary are: • 17 June - Bernard Sandoz Trophy • 14 October - Swiss Club Singles Championship Cost: Only $20 per person which includes dinner. Bookings are essential, please ring Roger at the Swiss Club or myself on 9439 7593 or 0418 645 313. New players are always welcome! Louis Schneider

Book the Second Floor at the Swiss Club for your next function

Farewell to Swiss artist Bernhard Luginbühl Bernhard Luginbühl, a well-respected Swiss sculptor, has died on 21 February, just a few days after his 82nd birthday. His work featured a variety of materials, including iron, bones, wood and Luginbühl (left) with Jean Tinguely even weapons and industrial waste. “Every little thing has meaning for me,” said Luginbühl on the occasion of his 2003 exhibition at Museum Tinguely in Basel. Luginbühl’s ‘The Australian Angel’ was presented to the people of New South Wales by the Swiss Government and the Swiss-Australian community on the occasion of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Paralympics. In addition to sculpture, Luginbühl also produced graphic design, lyric poetry and more fleeting works such as burning things in public as a form of protest. The son of a butcher, the Bern-born Luginbühl remained very down-to-earth despite the critical acclaim he received.


Swiss National Day Lantern Procession - Lampionparade

Monday, 1 August, 2011 at 6pm for 6.15pm start. Where: Federation Square, near the big screen. Our lantern procession will start at Federation Square at 6.15pm. We will walk along the Yarra River and end at the Second Floor of the Swiss Club of Victoria. Bring your own lantern (bought or homemade), flags, bells etc. (lanterns with candles or batteries only, no flammable liquids). Parents are responsible for their children at all times. Members: Children free. Non-members: Children $5.00 Refreshments will be served for the children only Parents have the option of purchasing drinks at the restaurant bar.


Must RSVP and PREPAY (no exceptions) by 25 July, 2011 via our website EFT BSB: 013-375, Account: 3536 82406 **Please state the event and your name in the Remarks Field!** Cheques made out to Swiss Club of Victoria send to 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000). Cash or Credit Card pay at the Club For more information contact Barbara on 9005 4938 or email

Swiss Club of Victoria

National Day Celebration at the Club Luncheon Monday, 1 August 2-course menu with Coffee & Tea Members - $28.00 per person Non-members - $35.00 per person Drinks at bar prices

National Day Family Picnic News from the Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn We wish to inform you that the Picnic at Gembrook to celebrate the Swiss National Day will NOT be held this year. Most of the Matterhorn Choir members and their partners who usually organise this event will still be in Switzerland, after taking part in the ‘Eidgenössische Jodlerfest’ in June. We hope that this family event will be able to be held again next year. For those of you who happen to be in Switzerland in June, you may wish to visit Interlaken on 17-19 June to enjoy the Jodlerfest. The Matterhorn Choir is scheduled to present its competition song on Friday evening 17 June after 8pm at the Catholic Church in Interlaken.

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

Federal Charter of 1291 The Federal Charter (Bundesbrief) documents the Eternal Alliance or League Of The Three Forest Cantons (Ewiger Bund der Drei Waldstätten), the union of three cantons in what is now central Switzerland, formed in early August, 1291.

Celebrate Switzerland’s 720th birthday!

National Day Senior Members’ Luncheon Monday, 18 July, 12 noon For Swiss Club Members born 1941 and earlier

This inaugural confederation grew through a long series of accessions to modern Switzerland. The Alliance was concluded between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden The participants are referred to as conspirati and (synonymously) coniurati, traditionally translated in German as ‘Eidgenossen’.

The Committee of the Swiss Club of Victoria has much pleasure in inviting you to celebrate Swiss National Day 2011 with a Luncheon at the Swiss Club.

The league was set up as a league for defense purposes against any attacker, probably prompted by the death of Rudolf I of Habsburg on 15 July 1291. Before his death, Habsburg attempted to reinforce its claim over Schwyz and Unterwalden which meant a succession of military interventions.

For Information, please ring: Sylvia Hochuli: 9531 6575 or Barbara Kündig: 9005 4938

The Bundesbrief is sometimes compared to the English Magna Carta for its similar dates and circumstances, yet it differs in its content. The Magna Carta of 1215 is often thought of as the corner-stone of liberty and the chief defense against arbitrary and unjust rule in England. It is a series of concessions wrung from the unwilling King John by his rebellious barons in 1215. However, Magna Carta established for the first time a very significant constitutional principle: that the power of the king could be limited by a written grant. Three copies of the original Bundesbrief were created; only one survives, the one from Schwyz which resides in the Federal Charter Museum.

Please fill in the form below and mail to the Swiss Club, 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000 no later than 13 July.

Cost: Complimentary for members, non-members $40.00 Payment to be enclosed with application.

Yes, I would like to attend the Swiss Club National Day Senior Members’ Luncheon 2011 SCV Membership Card number(s):



Precursor to the Renaissance Coming out of the Middle Ages (400-1500) and entering the Renaissance (1300-1700), the Swiss Confederation with its Bundesbrief of 1291 led the way forward in direct democracy and self-government throughout Europe. Surrounded by monarchs and powerful external forces, the people of the forest cantons fought to establish a protective pact and organisation of self-rule. w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

Telephone: Email: Payment: _________ x $40.00 = $____________ Complimentary for Swiss Club Members


A Romansh dilemma Despite being declared the official written version of Switzerland’s forth national language by both the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Graubünden, Rumantsch Grischun continues to spark vocal debate by locals in some areas. Roman heritage The collective language, which is believed to have evolved from the Vulgar Latin spoken by Roman occupiers of the region, is under further pressure from the predominance of SwissGerman in the canton – not to mention Italian on its southern flank and the growing influence of English in areas like St.Moritz and Scuol, which are heavily reliant on tourism. The solution proposed by the Lia Rumantscha (the Romansh Alliance) – an umbrella organisation founded in 1919 to consolidate efforts in halting the decline of Romansh was to promote a standardised written language. That language is Rumantsch Grischun, developed by Professor Heinrich Schmid of the University of Zürich and commissioned by Lia Rumantscha. He completed his ‘Guidelines for the creation of a written language for the whole of Graubünden: Rumantsch Grischun’ in 1982. But that was only the beginning. What followed was more than a decade of deliberation, analysis and heated debate, before the language was accepted by 76% of voters in a 1996 referendum. This result finally instated Rumantsch Grischun as an official federal language. The following year saw the launch of ‘La Quotidiana’, a daily newspaper with cantonal, national and international news in Rumantsch Grischun and regional articles published in local idiom. Tradition dies hard Integrating the language into local school systems, however, has taken more time and has ran into more resistance than might have been foreseen. While Rumantsch Grischun was a logical, and now official, solution to the linguistic conundrum, “people care deeply about their local idioms, which they continue to speak”, says Barbla Etter, a linguist affiliated with Lia Rumantscha which is headquartered in Chur.

“They say they have their own language – the language of the heart – plus the language of the workplace, which is mostly Swiss-German. They have no emotional attachment to Rumantsch Grischun, which they see as a threat to their local idiom”. “Another reason for their opposition is political,” Etter continues. “When the Graubünden parliament decided in 2003 that Rumantsch Grischun would be used in all school materials as of 2005, a large part of the population felt they were not sufficiently integrated into the decision-making process. That only served to fan the flames of dissent.” Some regions were quite willing to adopt the new language. “Schools in the Val Müstair, whose residents speak a dialect of Vallader called Jauer, readily switched over to Rumantsch Grischun in 2007 with good results,” Etter says. “The new language has also succeeded in central Graubünden and in parts of the Surselva valley. Other parts of the Surselva valley and the Engadine are still resisting, “ she adds. Debate at all levels Linard Martinelli, president of the Vallader-speaking village of Lavin in the Lower Engadine and head of the 190-member Conferenza Generala Ladina, the regional teachers’ association, is strongly committed to reinvigorating Romansh in the region. However, equally strongly, he is resisting the implantation of Rumantsch Grischun. “Rumantsch Grischun is an effort by the canton and Lia Rumantscha to save the language,” he admits, but questions its effectiveness and universal application. “It has its place in the Val Müstair, where 80 to 90% of people speak Romansh; if they write a different version, it’s not a big step. If the spoken idiom is strong enough, people can cope.” However, in the Upper Engadine, where only 10 to 30% speak Puter Romansh – “and you really can’t include St.Moritz” – he feels that the major challenge is reviving the existing language and introducing Rumantsch Grischun would be an impediment to this aim. Even the Lower Engadine, where the percentage of Vallader-speakers ranges from about 50% in Scuol, to 90% in some other villages, his association stands firm in support of strengthening the local idiom.

WINTER SPECIALS: Black Forest Cakes in all Sizes, Assorted Patisseries Chocolate or Vanilla-Srawberry Cakes Kirsch Gâteaux, Original Bündner Walnut Cakes

Best Vanilla Slices in Australia! Open Tuesday to Sunday 232 Blackburn Road, Syndal 3150 12

☎ 9802 7265 Swiss Club of Victoria

“We are trying to work with the canton to make available teaching materials in Vallader and Puter,“ he says, citing a recent example of his organisation’s cooperative work. “We have just burned a CD-ROM with translations of about 170 pages of geography and history text, from Rumantsch Grischun to our local languages”. He summarises their efforts, saying: “It’s not a game to be won or lost, but a struggle: trying to achieve the best for our young generation, our language and our cultural heritage.” The dilemma What Linard Martinelli sees as a greater threat to Romansh is the necessity for local children to continue their education in German – both for practical and economic reasons. “Many parents actually see Romansh as a disadvantage,” he adds. One of those parents, Benno Meisser – owner of the Hotel Meisser in Guarda, a family business dating back over 100 years – sees Romansh’s value as a cultural issue. “It’s important for my daughter to learn the local language as a vital part of daily life, but at the same time, German and English are essential to her future development,” he explains. In Sent, a picturesque village further into the Lower Engadine, Maria Sedlacek, president of the local Romansh association, Uniun dals Grischs, shares her view on the language dilemma. “Integrating Rumantsch Grischun is not a bad idea in itself,” she admits, “but it is a synthetic language.” Her primary interest is strengthening the existing Romansh within the school system and extending it to the upper grades. “It is important to sustain the maturité Rumantsch, in order to have enough teachers with the necessary language skills.” Despite the problems, and regardless of the outcome of the Rumantsch Grischun debate, Sedlacek remains optimistic about the future of her language, relating to an anecdote to prove her point: “A 100 years ago, in 1910, a man made a bet of 100 francs that Romansh wouldn’t still be around in 100 years. If he were still alive, he’d have to make good on that bet”.

Schweizerdeutscher Kulturtreff für Eltern und Kinder Wir treffen uns monatlich am Samstag (für Daten siehe Swiss Klub Kalender) von 1 bis 4 Uhr im 2. Stock des Klubs Gratis für Swiss Club Mitglieder; $5 pro Familie für Nicht-Mitglieder.

Views of a committed Rumantschun Rumantschun – a term once used to describe a Romanshlanguage ‘militant’ – has modified its meaning over the years to refer to someone with a passion for the language. When asked whether this term applies to Dr. Guiu SobielaCaanitz, he agreed with a grin. His consuming passion for Romansh – in all its varied forms – led him to settle, more than 20 years ago, in the picture-postcard town of Ardez in the Lower Engadine. There he works as a translator and journalist for the Romansh daily newspaper, ‘La Quotidiana’. Dr. Sobiela, a Catalan who was born in the Perpignan region of France, has devoted his life to linguistics. With degrees in eight languages and professional fluency in all Romansh idioms, he says: “I came here because of the language, which is not only very close to Catalan, but is a door to other languages due to its Latin roots.” What is his view on the controversy surrounding the adoption of Rumantsch Grischun? “It’s a good idea, the attempt to harmonise the various idioms. The problem is: are the people ready to accept it? This has always been a political issue: a cultural phenomenon with political implications.” “I think the urge to hold on to old idioms is an example of ill-placed conservatism,” he says. Rumantsch Grischun is the wave of the future: not a salvation, but a Dr. Guiu Sobiela-Caanitz in front of his great help and a Engadiner-style house in Ardez step in the right direction.“ He feels that Engadine residents who resist this movement will further isolate themselves. When asked about the future of Romansh, Dr. Sobiela says that a growing consciousness of language preservation, together with an encouraging resurgence in bilingualism, are reasons for optimism. “The future is in the hands of the Romansh people. There is no doubt that they must learn German, but that doesn’t mean they must discard their own language.”

Auskunft und Anmeldung: Andrea Pinch, 5331 6762,

w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c


2nd Jass Night Results – 26 March held at the Swiss Club

The inaugural Australian Jass Championship Sunday, 12 June The Swiss Club of Victoria is delighted to present the Inaugural Australian Jass Championship at its newly refurbished home in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. This is an ideal opportunity to spend the Sunday of the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend showing fellow Jassers how well you play the game, take in all that Melbourne has to offer and enjoy the beginning of the ski season. The Championship will be contested over ten rounds with players being assigned 10 different partners. You can choose to play with either French or German cards. Lunch is included in the entrance fee. Complimentary Tea and Coffee will be available for players throughout the day. It is vital to RSVP for this event so that the day can be organised well in advance. Booking early is appreciated. Will you be the first Australian Jass Champion? The Inaugural Australian Jass Championship Date: Sunday, 12 June 2011 Time: 8.45am for 9.00am Cost: $25 Members of any Swiss Club $30 Non-members RSVP: By 3 June, via Website or Roger Moullet Address: Swiss Club of Victoria, 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000 Organised by: Roger Moullet (03) 9650 1196



1. Sylvia Hochuli ........................................2798 2. Fritz Hochuli ..........................................2750 3. Hans Muhl .............................................2749


1. Sylvia & Fritz Hochuli .............................5548 2. Sandra & Adrian Beer ............................5164 3. Brigitte & Sepp Goldiger........................5067

Upcoming Jass Nights - 2011 4th 5th 6th 7th & Final

4 June 9 July 13 August 10 September

Swiss Club Swiss Club Matterhorn Swiss Club

Information supplied by Paul Eisenegger 9544 4681 The Swiss Club Restaurant. It’s where you meet your friends.

SWISS CLUB MOVIE ‘Sennetuntschi’ Wednesday, 20 July 2011, 8pm Swiss Club, 2nd floor 2010, 110 min, Drama, MA+ (Swiss classification 16+). Director: Michael Steiner. With Roxane Mesquida, Carlos Leal, Nicholas Ofcyarek, Andrea Zogg. Swiss German, English Subtitles Swiss Alps 1973: A little girl is the first person to notice the weird and wild looking woman who suddenly appears as if out of nowhere and who begins to shatter the village’s precarious idyll. Who is this strange and beautiful woman who never speaks? The story takes us deep into the remote world of the Swiss Alps, and into a tragic tale of lust, insanity and murder. Here the protagonists lose far more than just their faith in what keeps the fabric of the world together. For where religious madness, incest and belief in demons dance their dreadful dance, every truth can turn out to be false, every event can have a horrible and darker significance - and even love itself can become the gateway to hell. 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.

Swiss Club of Victoria

Volkstanzfest Unterhaltungsabend Saturday, 14 May Friends, past members of the Dance Group and patrons of the Swiss Club contributed to a fantastic night. ‘Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand’ under the leadership of John Wanner, once again had their traditional effect on the guests. Life music by the Band for our performance was a privilege. Thank you very much John, for arranging the music for the dances! To Roger and the whole team: Congratulations for giving us a most delicious meal and excellent service.

The Group spent the Easter break in Sydney, participating at the Volkstanzfest. The National Volkstanzfest 2011 brought together 13 dance groups and over 180 performers from all over Australia. We were proud to showcase our cultural heritage through dance and music. Our hosts, St. Raphael Folk Dance Group and the Austrian Club have given us a fantastic weekend. We have taken a lot of happy memories back to Melbourne with us. On behalf of the Folk Dance Group Alpenrose, I extend a big thank you to Donna and Joe Gurka and the organisation committee. Sylvia Hochuli

The ‘Tombola’ was the big winner. Due to the generosity of our supporters, we had 300 prizes displayed. To everyone, thank you for being part in making the night a huge success. I specially would like to thank the committee of the Swiss Club and Roger for their continuous support. Sylvia Hochuli

Login and get the latest info:

Melbourne Training Associates offers tailored, quality English tuition for professionals, companies, individuals and teachers. • Financial English • Business and Academic Writing Skills • Customised Workshops and Individual Tuition • Induction Programs • Preparation for an Australian Workplace and University • Proofreading and Editing, or preparation of company communication • Teacher Development Zusätzliche Unterstützung in deutsch für unsere Kurse ist erhältlich von unserem Managing Director mit Arbeitserfahrung aus der Schweiz (Club member). Tel: 9229 3878 Email:

w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c


The most beautiful walk Ladies, mark the three 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, 6 July • Wednesday, 7 September • Wednesday, 2 November Guest speakers to be announced Price $22 pp for members, $25 pp for non-members. 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 It’s your Club. Get Involved!

My thoughts are with you on this misty autumn day and, quite without intending to, I take my coat and, impolitely, slip away. Every stone and tree is familiar to me, as I tread the path to your nearby place. Unhurriedly crunching though the gold-brown leaves, I delight in the damp air touching my face. Could another walk be more beautiful, than that to the home of a friend? and this one is especially so, because I find you, when I reach the end. You are my friend, my trusted one, who always has time for me. It seems you sensed I was on my way – for your table is ready, with hot, buttered scones and you’re brewing a pot of my favourite tea. ‘What I think and how I feel’ by Stephanie Ammann 1920-1997

Ladies Luncheon What a great luncheon we had on Wednesday, 2 March! The food was extraordinaire. Only when Max was alive did I enjoy tasting these delicious caramel custards. It was a treat to have them again. They were created by Chef Roger Moullet! All the preparations that incorporate such a luncheon is commendable. With tables set to perfection, fresh flowers, wine, delectable crunchy bread – beautiful fresh food. Herbert Schwärzler showed us all the people and places he visited on his pilgrimage and added an incredible commentary. It sure must change the outlook of a human being. Undertaking such a pilgrimage demands enormous strength of body and soul. There where no empty seats – in other words, a full house! Thank you! Inge Kulmanis

Congratulations to the Companion Singers on their 20th Anniversary!

Newsletter Deadlines 2011 September Issue: Covering Sept/Oct/ Nov Editorial Deadline: Monday, 8 August Mailing: Wednesday, 24 August December Issue: Covering Dec/Jan/Feb 2012 Editorial Deadline: Monday, 7 November Mailing: Wednesday, 23 November


Swiss Club of Victoria

Swiss presence at Avalon International Airshow The Avalon International Airshow Swiss Dinner, held on 4 March at the Crown Casino, celebrated the first Swiss Pavilion at the Avalon Airshow. The following Swiss companies participated: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Ruag Aviation, StarragHeckert AG, Suhner Abrasive Expert AG as well as Switzerland Tourism and V-Zug Australia. The event was organised by the Consulate General of Switzerland and SACCI. The Avalon Airshow is the largest and broadest airshow and aeronautic industry exposition in the southern hemisphere.

Test your Swiss Knowledge 3


1 2




8 9 12 10 11

Want a taste of Switzerland? Visit the Swiss Club Restaurant

Swiss company celebrates 200th Ariane mission A European Ariane rocket has blasted off on Thursday, 17 February from French Guyana in South America carrying supplies to the International Space Station using Swiss technology. The launch is considered a landmark by the Swiss company Ruag Space, which has provided the payload faring, the part of the rocket that protects the payload, as well as guidance components, for all 200 Ariane missions. Constructed by an industrial consortium led by a division of European industrial giant EADS, the unmanned Johannes Kepler vessel is designed to deliver fuel, food, clothing and oxygen to the ISS crew, as well as spare parts. The vessel takes its name from the 17th century German astronomer and mathematician and is the second Automatic Transfer Vehicle (ATV) that Europe has committed to its participation in the ISS programme. It was the heaviest payload ever launched aboard an Ariane rocket. A first attempt to launch the rocket was abandoned on Tuesday, 15 February because of a technical problem. It is scheduled to dock with the space station on 24 February. Ruag Space supplied the payload faring and guidance for the first Ariane launch on Christmas Eve 1979. w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

2. 5. 6. 8. 9. 11.

Across Largest agricultural show in Switzerland Capital of the half-canton of Nidwalden The Helvetians were defeated by which Roman general? Surname of longest serving Swiss Club president River close to the city of St.Gallen Swiss Club National Day event

Down 1. Last ticinese federal councillor 3. Where was the Council of the Swiss Abroad Spring Assembly held? 4. Famous Swiss Football coach 7. German-Swiss playboy who recently died in Gstaad 10. Which championship takes place at the club in June? 12. First name of one of the committee members that retired at the last AGM For answers go to page 18

AFL Switzerland needs Swiss Nationals! 10 to 27 August, 2011 AFL Switzerland is coming to Australia to compete in the AFL 2011 International Cup. They can only afford to field 11 players and the requirement for this tournament is 22 players. They are seeking 11 Swiss Nationals currently living in Australia to join the team and represent Switzerland in this tournament. If you are interested or to find out more, contact Peta Lowry on or visit


At Home A selection of stories by Franz Hohler Publisher: Bergli Books ISBN: 978-3-905252-18-7 Language: English Binding: paperback, 176 pages Price: CHF 29.80 + postage

Fondue It’s winter-time and cold outside. The best remedy to cure winter blues is to have something warm for body and soul. A cheese fondue is sure to lift everyone’s spirit! In Switzerland, fondue is usually prepared by the man of the house. Every man does it a little different and, of course, is convinced his version is the best. Well, here’s mine:

Franz Hohler is one of Switzerland’s most popular and respected writers and performers and has received several of the most significant literary prizes in German-speaking Europe. His endearing tales delight readers and audiences of all ages. This book includes some of his most famous stories and sketches in English translation. Perceptive of human nature and touched by the many absurdities of our everyday lives, his stories are full of surprises, some bizarre, some touching and others deadon realistic. Social criticism lingers with the profound. This is storytelling at its best – with wit, compassion and integrity. Available from Bergli Books, Falknerstrasse 13, 4001 Basel T: +41 61 373 27 77 E:

Maybe you remember, Franz Hohler gave a bookreading at the Swiss Club in 1992

Support those that support your Club. Consider our Advertisers

9762 3212 18

Serves 4 Plenty of fresh, crusty bread. French baguette is ideal 200g each of Gruyère, Emmental and Appenzeller 300ml dry white wine juice of half a lemon 2 tsp cornflour 1 small glass of Kirsch 1 clove of garlic freshly ground black pepper, a little grated nutmeg and a pinch of sweet paprika 1 tsp German mustard Cut the bread into bite-size cubes and put in a basket. Mix together the cornflour and the Kirsch. Grate all the cheese and mix together. Cut the clove of garlic in half and rub the inside of the caquelon (fondue pot) thoroughly with it. Then put the wine, lemon juice and the cheese in the caquelon. Bring gently to boil, stirring assiduously with a wooden spoon until all the cheese is melted. Simmer gently for a few minutes whilst adding the glass of Kirsch/cornflour, spices and mustard. Light the burner and transfer the caquelon to the table. Make sure the burner is correctly regulated so that the cheese stays nice and creamy and gently bubbling. Serve with white wine, tea and a glass of Kirsch. Hint: towards the end, when it might get a bit too thick, add a little cream. FIGUGEGL - Fondue isch guet und git e gueti Luune!

Test your Swiss Knowledge - Answers Across: 2. OLMA; 5. STANS; 6. JULIUSCAESAR; 8. BAENZIGER; 9. SITTER; 11. LAMPIONPARADE Down: 1. FLAVIOCOTTI; 3. BRUNNEN; 4. OTTMARHITZFELD; 7. GUNTERSACHS; 10. JASS; 12. GERDA Swiss Club of Victoria

Most of us own a smartphone of some description by now, which allows us to access the internet and other services such as maps or weather information while on the go. My weapon of choice in telecommunication is an iPhone 3GS as it offers the widest range of applications (over 300,000 at present). While many applications available via the App Store have a price tag of between $1.99 and $99.00, there are a wealth of apps out there for free. In this edition, I will focus on some of the applications I have found helpful for myself.

have developed their own applications which will allow you to research their service offering or book travel directly from your handheld device. To find other private Swiss companies that interest you just type in their name in the search field of the App Store.

For the iPad, has developed a beautiful application which brings you background information on our home country. Everything from extensive essays to videos covering elections and other political topics can be accessed via this app. Just a quick search will reveal many more programs with Swiss content e.g. listening to the sounds of a Swiss alphorn or dictionaries for Swiss German dialect. Why don’t you share your thoughts on your favourite smartphone application on our Swiss Club of Victoria Facebook page. Damian Schaller - Corporate Communications

MySwitzerland City Guides published by Switzerland Tourism has done a great job of making useful travel information available on your iPhone. For every major city in Switzerland you can download a city guide which displays points of interest and helps you plan your stay. You can also do a city walk, which guides you past historic buildings and sites of importance. Using the GPS capabilities in your device, it will track your progress along the route and display audio and video content in relation to the area you are currently visiting. Switzerland Tourism also has an app called Swiss Events, which lists all major festivals and important dates in the Swiss calendar for you to download for free. Some events such as the art exhibition BaselWorld have their own app highlighting what you can experience during their show. Many Swiss newspapers and TV stations have a free of charge application which lets you access the latest news about Switzerland including Basler Zeitung, 20 Minuten and Schweizer Fernsehen (Swiss TV), just to name a few. offers a free Swiss phone book which lists everything from hotels and restaurants to where you might find the closest public toilet. For lovers of Swiss culinary delights I recommend Swiss Cuisine, an app that has easy to follow recipes for your favourite Swiss dish. Many Swiss transport companies such as Swiss International Air Lines and SBB w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c

Disclaimer I’m not associated with any of the internet destinations and applications mentioned in the article above and their views or comments do not reflect my own or the views of the Swiss Club of Victoria.

Advance Notice:

Kaffeeklatsch 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, 11 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 9503 9921 or Rosmarie Oswald 9583 9048. RSVP no later than Monday, 5 September.


access for the Swiss Abroad and for Swiss tourists is becoming longer and more difficult.

Spring Assembly Report of the

Council of the Swiss Abroad Brunnen – Friday, 8 April 2011 The main agenda items, discussions and resolutions were: • Reorganisation of Consular Representation • OSA election manifesto 2011 • Current state of e-voting • Swiss banks and Swiss Abroad

Reorganisation of Consular Representation Gerhard Brügger, a senior foreign ministry official, told the assembly of the plans to reorganise Switzerland’s existing network of consulates. “The reform takes account of changing demands. It is aimed at providing an adequate and efficient public service,” he said. The network was adapting to geographic and demographic needs and would optimise resources, this would not exclude the closure of some representations. Among the changes that may occur at some consulates, services such as long-term and employment visas and services for the Swiss Abroad will be handled by representations in other countries. The first reorganisations have already been completed or are about to be implemented. Some services at the Swiss embassy in Tirana were transferred to a regional hub in Pristina; from Harare to Pretoria; from Sofia to Bucharest; from Port au Prince to Santo Domingo; from Brussels and Luxembourg to Den Haag; from Helsinki, Copenhagen and Oslo to Stockholm; from Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest and Prague to Vienna. When questioned about the collection of biometric data in particular, he said that the foreign ministry is considering setting up mobile consulate services and hiring additional local personnel where required. The reorganisation of the consular network mainly affects countries in Europe. When asked if changes are planed for the southern hemisphere, in particular Australia, Brügger answered that at this stage no such plans exist but it is not excluded in the future. Several council members harshly criticised the foreign ministry for its plans and the information policy on the issue in particular. The following resolution was passed: The Council is concerned about the closure of consular departments within certain embassies and their consolidation into regional service centers (hubs). As this is happening at a time when the number of Swiss living abroad is on the increase, the level of quality of service is threatened. The visibility of Switzerland on the international stage suffers;


The Council demands: • Maintaining consular representation in every country. • Maintaining a wide network of professional consulates. • Service to local Swiss communities should take priority when deciding locations of consulates. • Rapid expansion of e-government and new ways of consular services. • Resolute expansion of international consular cooperation. • Maintaining a constant dialogue with local Swiss communities regarding questions of consular representation.

Election Manifesto In light of the federal parliamentary elections in October the assembly unanimously endorsed the Election Manifesto 2011 which contains a list of issues the OSA wants the various actors on the political scene to take on board. These are: • The creation of a ‘Swiss Abroad Law’. It asks for the establishment of one point of contact in federal Bern concerning all matters relating to Swiss Abroad. This should lead to an improved recognition of the interests of Swiss Abroad. • Make it easier for Swiss Abroad to participate in the political life of Switzerland, notably the expansion of e-voting. • Dismantling of hurdles and improvement of international mobility. • Adequate consular services, including maintaining a wide network of consulates and expansion of e-government. • Improvement and expansion of communication services – Swiss Review, swissinfo, SwissCommunity.

Many thanks! Dear Swiss Abroad, We would like to thank you sincerely for adding your signature to the online petition, Since the petition was launched a year ago, the government has shelved its savings programme on the grounds of higher than expected tax income. It has also committed itself to continue funding half of the budget of until 2014. To ensure long-term federal financing, the offering is currently under review by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. The aim is an efficient organisation that costs less to run and meets new international information requirements. To make Swiss viewpoints and solutions heard in the global exchange of opinions, Switzerland needs a multilingual media voice. I thank you for your support and hope you will continue to visit regularly. Walter Spahni, swissinfo readers council

Swiss Club of Victoria

• Improved recognition of the Council of the Swiss Abroad as the representative body of the ‘Fifth Switzerland’. • Strengthening and expansion of Switzerland’s international presence and participation.

Current state of e-voting Anina Weber, project leader ‘vote-électronic’, addressed the assembly to give an overview on the current state of e-voting. She informs that up to 2009 three pilot cantons and since 2010 12 cantons had offered vote-électronic for Swiss Abroad by subscribing to either the Geneva or Zurich systems. In February 2011 approximately 55,000 would have had the possibility to cast their vote electronically. Bern will be added from May this year. She announced that for the national council elections in October there may be four cantons that will be offering vote-électronic for approximately 21,000 voters. The Council acknowledged this announcement with satisfaction. Questioned which cantons they were, she said that SG, AG, BS and GR had made an application but federal approval has not as yet been granted. Weber further explained that the problem with the Zurich system had nothing to do with vote-électronic as such, but with vote counting software the canton uses. Due to wrong media reports many have withdrawn, but other cantons that use the Zurich system, will continue to use it. Geneva is cautious and has for the time being shelved its system due to insufficient legal backup, while Neuchâtel has not gained any experience with e-elections yet. However, all have announced to be ready for 2015. The government’s goal is that by 2012 at least 50% of Swiss Abroad can vote electronically and the majority by 2015. In closing, she added that the government’s role is to coordinate, support and to approve projects, but the final decision lies with the cantons.

representation with selected banks, the banking ombudsman, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and the Organisation of Swiss Cantonal Banks. The situation now is that it has become very difficult for many Swiss Abroad to maintain a relationship with Swiss banks. It is clear that by introducing exorbitant fees, banks want to rid themselves of small account holders residing abroad. The only alternatives left is PostFinance as well as selected branches of cantonal banks and Raiffeisen. (I refer to additional information posted on SwissCommunity under discussion on ‘Auslandschweizer sind nicht bei allen Schweizer Banken willkommene Kunden’.)

Other items Peter Schibli, director of swissinfo, informed the assembly that the online platform has been saved at least for the time being. Some restructuring will occur. (See box). was awarded Silver for ‘Usability’ at the ‘Best of Swiss Web Award Night 2011’. With nearly 7,000 users it is also well ahead to achieve the target of 10,000 users by the end of the year. The administrator team was applauded for this great success. The 89th Congress of the Swiss Abroad will be held on 26-28 August in the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano. The spring session 2012 will be held in the Bern town hall on 24 March. Roland Isler - Council of the Swiss Abroad

The following resolution was passed: The Council acknowledges the positive outcome of the trials with e-voting in all 12 cantons. The large number of Swiss Abroad that have opted to cast their vote electronically is testimony that e-voting is fulfilling a real need. The Council is very pleased that the cantons of SG, AG, BS and GR will offer their citizens the option to partake in the national council elections in October electronically, but at the same time it notes with regret that the pilot cantons are not among them and laments the cancellation of further trials in the canton of Zurich. The Council appeals to all cantons to move swiftly to have e-voting made available to Swiss Abroad so that they can partake effectively in the political decision-making process. It further appeals to the federal government and the cantons to make e-voting available to all citizens irrespective of their place of residence and to ensure that for the national council elections in 2015 e-voting will be available across the board.

Swiss banks and Swiss Abroad Disappointingly, nothing new was to be reported on this issue. Since 2009, when this issue has first come to the attention of the OSA, the situation has worsened, despite the OSA making w w w.s w i s s .o r w i s sc lu bv i c


Swiss Events & Functions Please note that this calendar also list 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).


Thursday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday

02 04 12 17 18

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


Wednesday Thursday Saturday Monday Wednesday

06 07 09 18 20

Ladies’ Luncheon Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand entertains Jass Night - Swiss Club National Day Senior Members Luncheon Swiss Movie Night - ‘Sennetuntschi’




Thursday Saturday Saturday

04 13 13

Swiss Club National Day Luncheon Lantern Procession, Federation Square Kapelle Grüezi Mitenand entertains Jass Night - Matterhorn Familienplausch

OTHER REGULAR SWISS CLUB MEETINGS: Committee Meetings: every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month

From a 1952 Tourist Map of Switzerland

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 Familienplausch: monthly on Saturday (check for calendar above for dates), from 1pm to 4pm Swiss German Playgroup: 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 http://groups.



Swiss Club of Victoria



• Theatre style seating for up to 90 • Work shop seating for up to 55 • Cocktail set up for up to 120 • Private meeting room for up to 16 • Architect designed space • Choice of catering from the Swiss Club Restaurant or Terra Rossa • Modern amenities

• Basic coffee making facilities • Parking close by • 5 minutes walk to Flinders Street or Parliament Station • 2 minutes walk to Tram 75/70/48 • Friendly venue with Swiss history • Competitive rates

8FGMZGPS ZPVSTNJMF Fly with Austrian Airlines to over 130 destinations worldwide – via Vienna, Europe’s fastest transfer airport.


• Unbeatable location • Ample parking close by • Train, tram and bus close by • Dinner seating for up to 80 • Cocktail set up to 120 • Dance floor • Architect designed modern space with lots of ambience

• Modern amenities • Choice of catering from the Swiss Club Restaurant or Terra Rossa • Choice of BYO caterer • Catering kitchen with 4 ovens, microwave and industrial dishwasher • Friendly venue with Swiss history • Competitive rates

AT THE PERFECT VENUE – THE SWISS CLUB OF VICTORIA Contact us on E: T: 1300 893 968 to check for availability, more information or a quote

Earn miles with Miles & More. Information & booking at, call 1300 655 727 or visit your travel agency. All Austrian fares are now combinable with Lufthansa and SWISS fares which gives you even more choice to travel to and from Europe. No other airline group connects you in that way.



Swiss Festival





20th anniversary of the Swiss Path and the Place of the Swiss Abroad

Annual General Meeting

2011 edelweiss 2  

2011 June