Hamilton Swiss Club

 

On 27th May 1956, on a bright Sunday evening at Te Rapa Hall near Hamilton, a gathering of Swiss people from far and near followed the invitation of Walter Risi and Arnold Biland to form a Swiss Club. By the end of that evening, the Hamilton Swiss Club had come to be, complete with a duly elected executive committee.

The aim of the Club’s activities were seen to be mainly social:

    • To be able to speak the Swiss dialect
    • To enjoy Swiss folklore
    • To share in the enjoyment of many Swiss foods – and above all
    • To make new friends, which helped greatly in being able to share the prevailing homesickness among the many newcomers to the Hamilton and the Waikato area.

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As time has gone by, many Club members are first, second and even third generation “New Zealand-born Swiss” who still wish to retain some of their Swiss culture and take part in Club activities.

Although our Club was named Hamilton, it is in fact made up of members and families throughout the Waikato and also includes people residing in the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.

Our Committee and Events

The current committee consists of ten people including the President, Secretary and Treasurer. We also have a Rifle Master who looks after the shooting activities held in February (50 metre shooting) and May (300 metre shooting in Kaukapakapa).

Our main functions organised each year are: picnic, hiking weekend, AGM, 5 card evenings, 1st August function, two family walks, fondue evening and family Christmas party. For further details on these events please visit our calendar.

We are open to suggestions for other activities and of course always welcome extra volunteers to help out at any of our functions.

Shooting at the Hamilton Club
Shooting at the Hamilton Club
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Upcoming Events
May
1
Fri
7:00 pm Club Annual General Meeting @ Union Parish Church
Club Annual General Meeting @ Union Parish Church
May 1 @ 7:00 pm
  7.00 pm – a card practice and general tuition hour will be available – particularly for novice players!   8.00 pm – meeting commences, followed by a light supper. A plate would be appreciated.
May
3
Sun
10:00 am Cowbell Semi Final Competition i... @ Swiss Farm, Kaukapakapa
Cowbell Semi Final Competition i... @ Swiss Farm, Kaukapakapa
May 3 @ 10:00 am
Participants are needed to compete in bowling, cards and shot-put (where we’ll need some really strong men!) – so please contact Herbert (see details below) if you’d like to be part of the team.  
May
8
Fri
7:30 pm 1st Card Evening incl. Medal Jass @ Union Parish Church, Cambridge
1st Card Evening incl. Medal Jass @ Union Parish Church, Cambridge
May 8 @ 7:30 pm
Player’s four top scores will count towards the overall prize As we did last year, Medal Jass scores will consist incl. Medal Jass of the total points from the first three rounds at the first card evening (($5 per person) We always appreciate some extra help with baking or a hand in the kitchen to prepare[...]
May
22
Fri
7:30 pm 2nd Card Evening @ Union Parish Church, Cambridge
2nd Card Evening @ Union Parish Church, Cambridge
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
We always appreciate some extra help with baking or a hand in the kitchen to prepare supper, so if you can assist, please ring Beatrice.
May
23
Sat
all-day 300 meter Shooting @ Swiss Farm, Kaukapakapa
300 meter Shooting @ Swiss Farm, Kaukapakapa
May 23 – May 24 all-day
This weekend is specifically for Hamilton Members to complete the annual shooting programme at the Auckland Swiss Farm Clubhouse, so keep these days free for a relaxed weekend away. It’s also a great opportunity for novice or new shooters (male and female; minimum age 16) to come along and have a go. For further information,[...]
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