A Chairman's Welcome | March 2017

A Chairman's Welcome | March 2017

March 30, 2017

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the British Business Club Düsseldorf (BBCD) website to all of our members, friends and visitors.


My apologies for the long period in which the BBCD website has either been down or not up-to-date. This was due to a variety of problems, which have taken some time to resolve. We will update members at the AGM about these issues.


We have a full and interesting programme of events for you in 2017, which we hope you will all enjoy. We started 2017 with our traditional Burns Night celebrations, a very enjoyable event which is also a highlight of the Düsseldorf social calendar.


We had our first BBCD Networking Business Lunch of 2017 at the Hotel Nikko, Immermannstraße 41, 40210 Düsseldorf, on 21 February.


We have further BBCD Networking Business Lunches at the Hotel Nikko planned for Friday 7 April, Friday 30 June, Friday 25 August and Friday 27 October. I would like to thank Monique-Alexandra Kerslake for organising these events, which are proving very popular.


We can also look forward to a rich variety of other events, which you can hear more about at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).


I would like to remind all our members that our AGM is coming up on Tuesday 25 April at 18.00 at the Industrie Club in Düsseldorf. I urge you all to attend. We need a quorum in order to proceed with the club business and with the election of next year’s committee. As always there will be free drinks and food.


I am standing down as BBCD chairman at the AGM, as they say in Germany “with one laughing eye and one crying eye”. I have so many other commitments that it would be too difficult for me to continue in this role and to do it justice. I would like to thank the current BBCD committee, Paul Stheeman (co-opted treasurer), Tam (vice-chairman), Vincent McCue (secretary), Clodagh Durkin (marketing and social secretary)  and Monique-Alexandra Kerslake (co-opted member), for all of their hard work and support over the last twelve months and I will have more to say about this at the AGM.


If any of the current club members would like to stand for any of the electable committee positions, they can either contact me or Ian Mackenzie, the returning officer. They must be in possession of a current British passport to stand for one of these offices, in compliance with our current club statues. However, we also welcome expressions of interest from non-British-passport holders for positions as co-opted committee members. We are always short of volunteers and welcome any outside help to help us with our work.  We already have one nomination for a successor to me as chairman, who is a former committee member.


We will be hosting a special event later this year to thank all of our club sponsors. They have been very understanding through the period of difficulties we have had with the website. More details will follow shortly.


I would like to announce that the BBCD Golf Tournament, in co-operation with Kosaido International Golf Club, Düsseldorf, will be held this year on Sunday, 24th September 2017. More details to follow.


I would like to congratulate fellow club member, Wolfgang Hofmann, on behalf of the club for his fantastic efforts in running the Reading Half Marathon as the representative of BBCD and also of Oberbürgermeister Thomas Geisel this year and also in 2016. On both occasions he has run to raise money for the Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) charity. This charity supports the sick and premature baby unit, Buscot Ward, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Düsseldorf’s twin town of Reading, Berkshire. BIBS was the Mayor of Reading’s personal charity last year. Wolfgang was one of 66 runners in the event this year, on Sunday 19 March, raising money for BIBS.


Wolfgang’s run attracted considerable attention in newspapers in Reading and Slough before the event and he was also interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire afterwards.


Wolfgang also ran on behalf of the Reading-Düsseldorf Association, whose president, Robert Dimmick was our honoured guest when Oberbürgermeister Thomas Geisel came to speak to our club at a dinner on 12 October 2016.


Reading is the twin town of Düsseldorf and celebrates the 70th anniversary of its special relationship with the NRW capital this year, one of the longest relationships of its kind between towns from different countries. Wolfgang handed over a letter from Oberbürgermeister Geisel to Reading’s Mayor Mohammed Ayub at the Reading Half Marathon event.


Wolfgang has already raised over £600 for BIBS so far, including a £200 donation from Stadt Düsseldorf. Those wishing to contribute to this worthy cause can do so via Wolfgang’s giving webpage (Click here).



Kind regards


Andrew Gardiner

Hon. Chairman BBCD

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