The Dutch Burgher Union
114, Reid Avenue, Colombo 4.
Telephone No. 2584511

News letter – August 2005

President’s Message

Dear Fellow member,

Bingo in Chinatown was a great success – and a good start to our future plans for entertainment. Red being the predominant colour, red lanterns were strung from the ceiling and members dressed in varied red outfits. Members and their guests put on their thinking caps to answer and decipher the Chinese letters on the walls – for a clever and unique quiz which was won by Ms Michelle de Kretser’s son, Orlando.

They also relished the spicy Chinese repast, as well as many exciting games of Bingo.

Many thanks to Dorian and his team for giving us a wonderful evening.

I would like an atmosphere of pleasant camaraderie and unity to prevail in the DBU – which belongs to us all – Unity is strength which will spur us all to achievement in every imaginable sphere. I will appreciate your suggestions and ideas for the progress of the DBU and the comfort and well being of our members which is a priority. Let us go forth hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, to make this an enjoyable and memorable year!

See you at Moonlight and Roses on the 18th August.

Yours sincerely,
Kem Martenstyn

Preservation of high moral standards

Joseph R Grenier Esq., King’s Counsel, a stalwart of The Dutch Burgher Union posed a question way back in 1915, just 6 years alter the formation of the DBU. The question was, whether the Burgher Community, then in Ceylon, measured up to and preserved the traditions and high moral standards of their ancestors, based on the truly noble and moral principles of their private and public life. He observed that while he saw with his mind’s eye the many who had, with indomitable perseverance and energy maintained the integrity of their character in the face of serious and antagonistic influences he also saw with great disappointment, a tendency among some, thankfully in the minority, holding views and opinions different to those held by the founding fathers of the DBU, and restlessness of dissatisfaction, and that if this unfortunate trend was allowed to continue, encouraged by those who should know better, it would be a sad day for the Union. (JDBU Vol 7 Pt 3) 

Dutch Burgher Union Presents

“Moonlight & Roses”
a Dinner Dance

with live band- “Lazer”

(from strict tempo to rock)

On Thursday 18th August 2005 (pre-Poya)
from 8.00 p.m. onwards


Chef’s Salad
Seafood Salad

Sliced Roast Pork with tamarind Sauce
Continental Chicken
Mutton Lasagne
Fresh seasonal saute vegetables

Assorted Bread Basket

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse & Lemon Meringue Pie

Happy Hour from 9.00 p.m to 10.00 p.m – 10% off on hard liquor
Price: Rs. 600/= per person

Booking should be made before 16th August 2005
(Phone – BDU Secretariat – 2584511
Dress code – Smart casual


24th September 2005
Family fun day- Tangarine Beach Hotel, Kalutara
More details in next month’s Newsletter.


The following members were elected to serve on the subcommittee mentioned for the year 2005 /2006

1. Finance: Mr David Grenier (Ch), Mr Mike Anthonisz and Mr Warren Solomonsz

2. SNH: Mr David Martenstyn (Ch), Ms Coralie LaBrooy.
Mrs Rozarme Hamdev Mrs Doris Beddewela and Mrs Cynthia McLeod

03. Social Welfare: Mrs Anthea Muller (Ch), Ms Jackie Anthonisz, Ms Jennifer Kelaart,
Mrs Zorina de Alwis and Mr Jerome Koch

04. Post Secondary & Tertiary Education: Mr Michae Anthonisz (Ch), Mrs Anthea Muller,
Mr Warren Soiomonsz and Mr David Grenier

05. Buildings & Gardens: Mr Stephen LaBrooy (Ch), Ms Christine Walbeoff,
Mr Ajantha Madanayake and Mrs Mersi Andriesz

06. Genealogy, Archives & Journals: Wg Cdr E.H Ohlmus. (Ch), Ms Jackie Anthonisz and
Mr Richard Ohlmus.

07. Entertainment & Events: Mr Dorian Gray (Ch), Ms Beverley LaBrooy, Ms Jackie Anthonisz,
and Mr Stefan Schumacher and Mr Jerome Fernando

08. & Indoor Games: Mr David Joachim (Ch) David Martenstyn, Mr Ryan Ohimus,
Mr Oaiias Martenstyn.

09. Bulletin: Mr Stephen LaBrooy (Ch), Ms Miche!e Leembruggen and
Mr Darren Krause.

10. Fund Raising: Ms Jennifer Ingleton (Ch) Mr. Mervyn Andriesz, Mr Godfrey de Kretser &
Mr Keith Martenstyn


Sent along with this month’s newsletter is a form which is self explanatory. We kindly ask you to fill in the particulars and return the form to the Secretariat as soon as possible, to enable us to update and computerize the date.


It is hoped to publish a Volume of the Journal shortly. Member who are desirous of contributing articles that have relevance to the Objects of the Union, may send them (typed or in block letters and of about 1000 words) to reach the Secretariat not later than 09th September 2005.


A few more car Stickers are available at the DBU Secretariat at Rs. 100/= each.