|From the Chairman
There is much involvement of Kolffs with water. There are their activities
in sports that have to do with water, there are professional connections
with water such as the shipping and ship-building. As far back as
the 17th century our progenitor Wouter Kolff was deacon of the Guild
of the Skippers at Nijmegen. On many of our Family Days water has
been the leading theme: we sailed the lakes of Holland and the canals
of Amsterdam, we went by hydrofoil from Rotterdam to Hook of Holland
(and back!), we visited waterworks such as the Delta Works to which
the Waterschappen contributed so much financially. This theme-issue
of De Colve wants to show you some of the activities, that deal with
water, of Kolffs.
||Julius Kolff, a new member of the board, introduces himself.
I am the son of Kees and Nan Kolff-Graffelman. I was born in May,
1973. I work for KLM as a co-pilot on a 767 plane. I am also an
instructor. Since four years I live in Amsterdam with my girlfriend
Marieke. We know each other for six years now. We intend to get
married in November of this year. As a hobby I am fond of playing
- men are like children! - with radiographically steered model cars.
I hope to contribute to the association as a member of the board
and want to involve myself in the organisation of the Family Days
- days that I would like to see enjoyable for the young and the
From the Editors
'The family and our rivers' was an article by Dirk Kolff, archivist
of the association, published in De Colve VII. This article gave us
the idea to use a theme for this issue of De Colve: water. So many
Kolffs are in one way or another involved with water. However, we
have our limits. There is so much to write about water. We limited
ourselves here to some articles by family members. Apart from the
theme 'water' this issue of De Colve the usual and not so usual articles
on items that have to do with our family.
From Kolf to Golf
Golf is becoming one of the more popular sports in the Netherlands.
Funny because it means a return of an ancient Dutch tradition: the
game of kolf, slightly similar to golf, was played here in the early
mediaeval times. To commemorate the murder of Floris V, Count of Holland,
a year earlier a special kolf-game was held over Christmas in 1297
at Castle Kronenburg in Loenen aan de Vecht. Two teams, each with
four members, had to push a ball, using sticks, over a distance of
four kilometres to a goal in the shape of a pole. Winner was the team
that did this in the least possible number of strikes. Sounds familiar,
doesn't it? Golf has nearly replaced kolff in The Netherlands, but
not totally: there are still 17 kolf-courts where active kolf-sporting
associations are competing.