Dear Delft MaMa Volunteers and Supporters,

I hope that you are enjoying a great holiday season! We want to thank all of our volunteers for their contribution to Delft MaMa in 2017. We especially want to thank Anna for being such a visionary Chairwoman for Delft MaMa in 2016 & 2017. She will be missed as a leader, and we are happy to have her in our community. We also want to thank Ildiko for her hard work and devotion taking the Mosaic for Delft Project from a plan into a beautiful reality.

As of December 2017, we have several new Board Members:  

  • Marie Kummerlowe has become Chairwoman

  • Ildiko Wooning has become Vice-Chairwoman

  • Hellen Chandra-Boortman has become Secretary

  • Tatjana Lisjak has become Playgroup and Workshop Coordinator

We are all excited to take on responsibilities for this great organization, and we are now looking for volunteers to join us for several key positions and activities.

  • Future Chairwoman: This Board Position would be the complement to the Chairwoman and Vice-Chairwoman position. We would like to have a three person team heading up the organization to ensure a variety of interests are represented and a fair division of work. Responsibilities would be discussed and agreed upon based on the individual’s interest.

  • We are looking for moms and dads interested in coordinating the cooking class. We would need one or two organizers to keep this activity going.

  • We are looking for a coordinator for the Welkom in Delft Fair in September.

  • If you know that you would already be interested in helping out later in the year with the Halloween Party and the Volunteer Party, please also let us know.

  • If you would be interested in helping to organize workshops, we would like to add members to our workshop committee this year.

  • If you are interested in fundraising, we would also appreciate the help of a fundraising support officer. Ildiko will be heading up fundraising for this year.

  • Anyone interested in helping to update the website or be otherwise involved in outreach would also be welcome.

  • Hosts for DMM Night Out. Please sign up here.

Also please read Fabi’s great article if you need some inspiration for how you could help our community.  We all appreciate your help so much, and I look forward to working with you all moving forward!

We understand that many Delft MaMas have met like-minded ladies and formed groupings around shared interests – crafting, book club etc. We are keen to support such initiatives and want the organization to be directed by interests and initiatives important to the community rather than the Board. In this spirit, please do let us know if you have any projects or initiatives you would like to start or how you think Delft MaMa can help.

We are working on a plan for 2018, and we would appreciate very much your comments and input. We would be excited to know more about what types of activities and causes you would like Delft MaMa to focus on in 2018, what Delft MaMa is doing well, what needs to be improved etc. Please send your comments to this email address.

We also have a Whatsapp Group from for Delft MaMa Organization. If you  would like to be included, please let us know at this email.

We will be having a general meeting to discuss our plans for 2018 and your suggestions on Tuesday January 30 at 20:00. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Warm regards,

Marie and the Delft MaMa team

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