Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone is having a good week. I am away for the week. Eric will look after the meeting on Thursday. 

I'll be back in a week. Having a trip to the Melbourne F1 event and the great Ocean Road. Might have some photos to show.

President Warrick


End Trachoma Project

We still need a few items to make up the 25 kits. The following is a list of what we have so far.

The Ukraine Project

This week we received this correspondence from the Principal of the Majura Primary School:

I have forwarded your email to the school’s P&C president, the Student Leadership Team coordinator, the School Board Chair and our staff social club asking for their support for Ukraine. We are unable to use school funds but there are other avenues of fundraising that they might suggest.

I’ll let you know how we are able to contribute.

Thank you for reminding us that there are so many people in this world who are presented with incredible challenges and need our help.

Kind regards,

Liz Bobos

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (14th of April, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

Speaker: Terry Colhoun Topic: His life in Service Clubs and ABC Canberra.

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LAST WEEK'S MEETING (7th of April) :

Speaker: George Wilson Topic: Bike Ride in Northern Victoria


Our fittest Septuagenarian, George Wilson, gave an entertaining talk last week about his latest adventure - a bike ride along the abandoned railway track around Yea, Seymour and Mansfield northern Victoria.

The photos tell it all and we were left in awe of the effort, fun, and historic adventure surrounding the ride. It ended at the Ned Kelly memorial in Mansfield. Many scones, pies and cups of tea were tested along the way and, apart from 1 flat tyre, there were no upsets.

A memorable adventure! Well done George and Lyn.

Bill Andrews


Well, I Didn't Know That

Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have  buttons on the left?

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily  by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on  the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by  maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right. And that's where  women's buttons have remained since.

Q: Why do ships and aircraft use mayday as their call for help?

A: This comes from the French word m'aidez -meaning help me -- and is  pronounced, approximately, mayday.

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called love?

A: One theory is that in France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard  looked like an egg and was called l'oeuf, which is French for the egg. When  tennis was introduced to the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it love. May also refer to love of the game regardless of the score.

Q. Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses? 

A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,  documents were often signed using an X (representing a Christian cross). Kissing the X represented an oath to  fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually  became synonymous. 

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck?

A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from  player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to  assume the responsibility of dealing, he would pass the buck to the next player.

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a  poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary  for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both  men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would  only touch or clink the host's glass with his own. 

Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be in the limelight?

A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a  cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer in  the limelight was the centre of attention. 

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great on cloud nine? 

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with  nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person  is floating well above worldly cares. 

Q: In golf, where did the term caddie come from? 

A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of  France, learned that she loved the Scots game golf. He had the first course  outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly  chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military  school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland  (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French,  the word cadet is pronounced ca-day and the Scots changed it into caddie.

Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs? 

A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay  called pygg. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became  known as pygg banks. When an English potter misunderstood the word, he  made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on. 

So now you know.  

Eric Carmody


Apr 12: International Day of Human Space Fight

April 14: World Chagas Disease Day

April 16: Denmark Queen's Birthday

April 17: Syrian Arab Republic National Day


Apr 11 (1976) Apple I released. Created by Steve Wozniak

Apr 12 (1961) Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became first person to orbit the earth    (Vostok I)

Apr 13 (1883) US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism. Origin of the name for computer game Pacman.

April 14 (1841) First detective story published: Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue"


April 15 (1912) RMS Titanic sank off Newfoundland with a loss of over 1500 lives

April 16 (1922) US Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley set women's world record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row


April 17 (1492) Christopher Columbus signed contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies", convert natives to Catholicism and receive 10% of all riches found

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