The aim and purpose of the Netherlands American Society of Southern California (NAS), a Dutch social club, is to provide a social environment for persons of Dutch descent or persons who have an active interest in the Netherlands, in order to communicate with one another on a regular basis about their common heritage and or interest.
NEW BOOK - A PLACE OF NEW BEGINNINGS
A Place of Refuge
(published in 2013) and its sequel A Place of New Beginnings
, both by Renae B. Vander Schaaf, tell the story of the people who came from The Netherlands to settle on the plains of Iowa in 1847 and their eventual move to Sioux County Iowa in 1871.
The books are based on historical fact, but told in story form. They include some Dutch words, recipes, Heidelberg Catechism, and hymns. They really try to keep their national character true. The author did a lot research, reading and much listening to write these books about a fictional character Elsje Van Der Zuiden, but included many real people, such as Henry Hospers.A Place of Refuge
may be ordered from the publisher in Pella, Iowa, or online at:
THE WRITE PLACE
A Place of New Beginnings
may be ordered directly from:
Both also available at other online booksellers. Discover more on Facebook
- Posted 6 July 2016
NEW BOOK ABOUT THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS NAVY IN INDONESIA
The novel Far Aft and Faintly
is based on the memoir of one Admiraal Maarten Danielszoon Sweers of the Koninklijke Marine Nederland (Royal Netherlands Navy), and his experiences from 1936 up to the first Battle of the South China Sea, on December 08, 1941. The author, Mark Klimaszewki, was inspired by those World War Two veterans of many nations that he had met during the course of his life and career as a shipbuilder. To find out more about this book and how to purchase, please visit:
- Posted 18 April 2016
DUTCH PASSPORTS IN LOS ANGELES
The issuance of Dutch travel documents is changing worldwide, and
unfortunately this has affected the service to Dutch citizens in the
United States as well.
In the United States, the Netherlands government has stopped issuing
passports at the Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and
Chicago per October 1, 2015.
Currently passport applications can only be submitted at the
Consulates General in Miami, San Francisco and New York, and at the
Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Dutch Government acknowledges that these changes will have
practical consequences for Dutch nationals worldwide, and therefore
has introduced a Dutch passport with a validity for 10 years.
- Posted 8 March 2016.
INDO DUTCH KITCHEN SECRETS
An inspiring full-color hardcover cookbook about a unique culinary heritage, told through a collection of delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, and soon to be published by the author, Jeff Keasberry, with your help through Kickstarter.
There are awesome awards commensurate with pledge levels. Find out more on Jeff's website and make a pledge:
Jeff is an active member of the Netherlands American Society.
- Posted 10 March 2016
NAS PRES FINISHES LA MARATHON IN PB TIME FOR WORTHWHILE CAUSE
On Sunday, February 14th 2016, the Netherlands American Society's president Justin Verduyn (on the right in the photo) and his pastor Mathew ran the L.A. marathon finishing in the top 11% with personal best times of 3h 53m. They ran the race for a very good cause, namely The Dream Center, their church's hospital. Participants ran to raise support for the Dream Center's human trafficking program
, Project Hope.
There are 10,000 women trapped in underground brothels throughout Los Angeles. The Dream Center is the only emergency rescue shelter in Southern California for adult victims of human trafficking. It takes $1,200 to provide medical and dental care to one survivor at The Dream Center. Every dollar counts!
Justin personally exceeded his goal of raising enough money to help one survivor.
You can still help by making a donation
Watch a two minute video on Facebook.
- Posted 19 February 2016
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NAS SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING
DUTCH SCHOOL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
Dutch School of Southern California offers classes in Dutch Language and Culture, to children from 4-14 years old, absolute beginners or already fluent in Dutch.
NAS Member Laura Ligthart is Director of Dutch School of Southern California.
Challenges Foundation is a sailing program for veterans, the disabled and underprivileged. Donations are gratefully appreciated.
NAS members Inge Hobo-Scheinfarb and David Scheinfarb are the Board of Directors.