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 Swiss Club Interest Groups

To foster Swiss culture and traditions club members have formed various interest groups while remaining under the umbrella of the Swiss Club. All groups welcome fellow members to join their interest groups.

Folk Dance Group Alpenrose

The Swiss Folk Dance Group Alpenrose was founded in 1949 by members of the Swiss Club Of Victoria. The Group is keeping alive the wonderful and beautiful traditions of Switzerland so far away from its origin.

The group performs the traditional dances from many different regions of Switzerland, while wearing the various unique National Costumes from those cantons.

Two of our members also play the historic Alphorn, the traditional
instrument of the mountainous regions of Europe and mainly played in Switzerland.

The group are frequently invited to perform across Australia and New Zealand, as proud ambassadors for our Swiss culture and Victoria. On top of their dance practice and performances, the group is also responsible for organising the competition card nights known as Jass at the Swiss Club.

Interested to learn more?  New members are welcome and the group would love to hear from anyone interested in joining. Practice is held on Tuesday nights on the Second Floor.

Contact the group leader, Sylvia Hochuli OAM at

The SwissKids

The SwissKids bring together Swiss families and their children to enjoy once a month a couple of fun, play and education filled hours. The emphasis is on Swiss culture, traditions and the Swiss German language.

The group organises themed events such s Rabeliechtli (turnip) carving and parade, 1st August celebrations, visit to the snow fields, attending the circus, Samichlaus, 

The Swisskids meet on the first Saturday of the month on the Second Floor or organize an excursion.  Parents are expected to remain with the children at all times.

Interested to learn more: Contact Claude Staub mobile 0433 888 889 or email:

Swiss Youth Group: Meets quarterly for various activities. Contact Mat Lorencak on mobile 0417 106 556.

Groupe Romand et les Bavards

The Groupe Romand was founded in 1990 as a social club for French-speaking Swiss and other Francophones to meet and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We have our own membership structure and are an Interest Group of the Swiss Club of Victoria.

The Group organises a number of recurring events like fondue or raclette evenings, picnics, p├ętanque afternoons, mini-golf days and the viewing of French movies as well as activities within the wider Swiss community for the celebration of the Swiss National Day and Swiss cultural events such as the Swiss Festival.

Interested to learn more? New members, new ideas and new talent are always welcome. Contact Patricia Callegari-Medcalf, President Mobile 0408 299 660 Email:

Les Bavards - the Chatterboxe started a few years ago with the support of our German speaking compatriots wishing to improve their French.  It is coordinated by members of the Groupe Romand.

The Bavards meet currently at the Swiss Club every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, where they converse in French for an hour before enjoying a meal (optional).

Interested to learn more? Contact Remy Favre Mobile 0412 135 095, Email                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Swiss Companion Singer

The Swiss Companion Singers is a mixed choir founded in 1992 by club members. The choir's repertoire is based on traditional Swiss folk songs in all four Swiss languages. The group performs regularly at various Swiss Cultural events to entertain and share the joy of singing.

Have some fun with us at the Swiss Club and sing a few typical Swiss songs in Swiss-German, French, Italian or even 'Romantsch'.

Practice is on the 3rd Thursday of the month on the Second Floor.

As much as the choir members enjoy singing, friendship and companionship are an equal important part of the group as.

Interested to learn more? New members welcome. For more information contact the convenor Corinne Moor

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Membership Benefits:

  • Be part of a vibrant community from all linguistic areas of Switzerland
  • Regular email updates, and the Edelweiss newsletter delivered directly to your letterbox
  • Receive pre-release access and discounts to our popular events
  • Various member benefits at club events and member nights
  • Enjoy discounted member rates when advertising with the club
  • Access to our inner city, second floor function room once per year (and only pay for cleaning).
  • The ability to become active and form an Interest Group.
  • Get full voting rights at our Half Yearly and Annual General Meetings (not available for country membership as per our constitution)
  • Children under 18 are included free of charge

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