Storytellers – ‘Tour de Pools’ – May 2014

Jenny, Denise and Jan

Jenny, Denise and Jan

The presentation by Denise Elder and Jan Davies of their ‘Tour de Pools’, a pictorial journey of some of NSW’s iconic treasures, was not to be missed. It wasn’t just for swimming enthusiasts but for anyone interested in discovering new places, walks, cafes and the like.

Denise began by explaining how about 5 or 6 years ago she had an idea of walking the Great Coastal Walk which starts at Barrenjoey Lighthouse and finishes at Cronulla. In due course Denise and friends did the walk, covering 170kms undertaking it in well planned stages. Each stage commenced near a beach / pool so they could start with a swim and breakfast or a swim and lunch. Continue reading

Swim for Cancer – call for sponsors for 2015!

balmoral-swim-2014-collageThe 2014 Swim for cancer raised $87,000 for the Childrens Cancer Institute, and we should all be very proud of that. The anchors in ensuring this major contribution were our sponsors, in particular Allianz Insurance, who supported the swim in February, which is greatly appreciated. Thank you David Hosking for your role in securing this.

Our sponsors this year were:

Gold   Allianz Insurance   Silver   Exectronics  and  Budgy Smugglers
Bronze   Edney Ryan  and   Raine and Horne Mosman

…..and of course, 670 swimmers on a very wet day. All of your support is greatly appreciated.

In order to provide the event with some certainty, Continue reading

La Boheme Explained, Trip to Antarctica and Savage Garden

Considering it was a miserable evening weatherwise there was a good attendance to listen to our three presenters.

Alanp-RobJ-ChrisMAlan Phillips, who has been a great supporter of the Storytellers and generally contributes one or two stories each year, opened the proceedings with his own special interpretation of La Boheme – ‘La Boheme Explained’:

“The main chic is a bird called Mimi – her real name’s Lucia which I think must be like Lucy… how it got to be Mimi stays a mystery; Luce would have been more plausible. She lives upstairs and sews and makes fake flowers. The poor bitch has got a shocking cough – a real rasping bark of a thing. I had it picked for an advanced case of TB right from the start. I even gave the missus a nudge and said, “This sheilah’s not going to make it past Act 1 – check her out with the binos, she’s as white as a sheet.” Ridgey didge I did!
But she’s not a bad looking sort and I can see why Rodolfo gets to fancy her even with all that barking.”

El President Rob Johnson who has recently returned from Antarctica, via South America, gave a glimpse of some of the highlights of his trips with some photographs and video footage (carnival band music and kayaking up to whales). Continue reading

News – Club refurbishment report

catering2You will recall we have progressively been doing refurbishment works at the club, to ensure we are compliant, and to resolve a number of longer term maintenance issues, most of this work is now complete, and we have received our compliance certificate from Council, which is good news. We have also lodged, and have now received Council approval for kitchen renovation works.

It was our intention to proceed with the kitchen in winter this year, however at our go/no go review last week, the Committee decided to postpone the works until Autumn 2015. Continue reading

Highlights of Ten Days with the Maasai

Janet Rob BAt very short notice Janet and Rob Bagnall prepared and presented a wonderful account of their 10 day trip last December to south-west Kenya. They set the scene and atmosphere by warming up the meeting with some lovely African choir music.

Janet and Rob brought along a number of photograph albums, some books, maps and then showed a great PowerPoint presentation of their trip. They also covered some tables with a couple of Shúkà (the Maasai word for sheets traditionally worn wrapped around the body, one over each shoulder, then a third over the top of them. These are typically red, though with some other colors (e.g. blue) and patterns (e.g. plaid). Continue reading