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The December Jokeathon was great fun, with over 40 in attendance; we started with an introduction sent by Bernhard Garside, who is now Deputy Ambassador in Algeria.

And then made Willem honorary CAD number 8, and donated 1,300 Euros to John Cameron-Webb for his Benevolent Fund. The theme was ecological, with most of the jokes recycled, including Rene who got a special award for his parrot joke. We even recycled the winner, with Mike Hayes winning again – for his hunchback performance as much as his jokes.

2012 is a special year for CADS.

It is our 40th anniversary year, the Queen’s 60th Jubilee, and the year of the London Olympics. So let’s make it a memorable one!

For our lunch on the 27th January we have booked Julian Tangaere, head of the OPCW in The Hague. He is going to talk to us about Scott Base in Antarctica, where he was the leader until 3 years ago. Please confirm your attendance.

Some other dates for your diary:

January 28th – Burns Night at the British School in Amsterdam. Email kirsten.pyle@yahoo.co.uk for tickets.

February 24th – CADS lunch with speaker

March 24th – London Olympics Sports Relief Mile. Fun run in the Amsterdam Olympic Arena. Start training now.

April 27th – CADS Jubilee St George’s Day lunch. Prize for the most outrageous/patriotic English dress.

May 12th – CADS Jubilee Britannia Ball. Dinner dance – details of venue later.

June 29th – CADS Jubilee boat trip.

July 27th – VRA vs Gloucestershire CB40 cricket. CADS Olympics lunch event, with coverage by Sky Sports.

Sept 14th – CADS Olympic golf competition hosted by CADS at HGC. Members and guests will additionally play for a London Olympic year trophy to be retained by the winner.

Let me know if you want to help with, or sponsor, the

May, July or September events.

Best,

Mike

Chairman’s Corner Jan 2012

Chairman’s Corner Feb 2012

Chairman’s Corner Mar 2012