Alfons Melenhorst


Alfons and his wife Betty migrated to Australia in 1989. In The Netherlands, Alfons owned a retail nursery and a landscape/paving business in Krim, a town in the province of Overijssel. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in De Krim, as well as a member of the ‘Welzijnsraad’ (Welfare Council), of that town. In Australia they settled in the Latrobe Valley, where Alfons again started a landscape/paving business, whilst Betty went to work as a radiographer at the local hospitals, which was also her profession in The Netherlands. For a number of years, Alfons was a committee member and the ground manager of the Holland Festival. When that finished, he became involved with the Dutch Club Abel Tasman, first as a volunteer and in 2015 as a committee member. He loves reviving and making old and traditional Dutch games, which have become popular at Dutch Festivals, Family Days, etc. He is also a keen soccer fan.

To contact Alfons, phone: 0418 512 369 or email:

Diane Read


Diane first attended the Abel Tasman Dutch Club at a dusk to dawn Klaverjas card drive 30 years ago with her parents Rita and Peter Van Benthem who have been long standing members of the Club. Diane has volunteered as bar staff at the Kermis with her parents, and at the Abel Tasman for functions and dance nights over the last 10 years. Professionally Diane worked for Qantas for 23 years and held a Management position in the Cabin Crew Department. She has since been working for Embelton for the past 7 years as the Executive Assistant and also manages the office and customer service team. Her community involvement included; Auskick Administrator, Team Manager for junior football and School Council President for 10 years, and these days volunteers on the phones at the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Diane has been married to Darren for 30 years and they have two sons.

To contact Diane, phone: 0413 189 445 or email:

Sjors Kortekaas

Maintenance Manager

Mauro Affinata

 Bar Manager

Mauro is the Bar Manager / Club Manager and takes care of bookings. When our Friday Happy Hour is on he can usually be found behind the bar. He works at Crystal Interior Concepts as the joinery manager.

To contact Mauro, email:

Annemiek Kortekaas


Annemiek became a member of the committee in 2020. Annemiek and Sjors Kortekaas have a flower farm in Monbulk and operate as Kortekaas Flowers.

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