The 50th Anniversary celebration of the Swiss Yodlers of Sydney was held over the last weekend in September at Riverview College, Lane Cove.
Over 300 people attended the festivities including former members from as far as Switzerland, guest, sponsors, friends and curious Swiss folklore – loving people.
Yodler groups arrived from Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, together with a choir from Canberra, as well as our closest friends from the Sydney dance group “Alpegruess”.
Together with guests attending hte Oceania Swiss Club Presidents Conference ( hosted by the Swiss Club of NSW) taking place on Saturday, all groups went on a harbour cruise on Friday evening, where there was much camaraderie and a lot of singing whilst taking in the sites of our beautiful harbour City.
Harbour Cruise Friday Night Pictures – click here.
While the Presidents Conference took place on Saturday, other guests went on a city sightseeing tour. At the same time, the Sydney groups were preparing final details for a successful event.
A great well-organised spectacle with the Jubilee Dinner took place that evening with each group performing in a different style and together with the dance group was a huge success. The opening words of the Committee President, Peter Pluess, and our Consul General, Bernadette Hunkeler Brown, reflected in a fantastic way how Swiss traditions abroad are part of our lives. All presentations were highly entertaining and of high standard. The finale of the combined choir was certainly the musical highlight of the night. Over 100 Yodlers cant’t be wrong.
Each club was presented with a trophy and our thanks were extended to Peter Pluess for chairing the organising committee and to Astrid Perry for her role as MC for the evening. Well done! the whole event was truly ‘Swiss at its best’!
A farewell BBQ breakfast was held on Saturday morning. The venue was perfect for our guests to mingle, many making promises to meet again, and on Sunday evening, we enjoyed dinner at the Willoughby Hotel together with the New Zealanders, who performed a haka for us. A fitting farewell!
Breakfast Sunday Morning Pictures – click here.
Thank you all again to all helpers, supporters and promoters and see you again when we celebrate our next big birthday.