On October 9, the club successfully celebrated another wonderful thanksgiving day at the Rose Bay RSL Club. It was a great turnout, with close to 100 club members there to eat, drink and play. As always we has roast turkey and all the trimmings (well, we might have missed the cranberry sauce!) and a delicious selection of pumpkin and apple pie for dessert. I don't think anyone left hungry!
We had the usual fun and games, pin the tail on the turkey and some apple bobbing for the kids, as well as some fun kayak races out on the waters of Sydney harbour. At one stage it looked like it would be too windy to take them out, but the universe smiled on us and the wind dropped in time for the water to become calm again.
As our illustrious president pointed out in his brief speech, we have much to be thankful for. Our two countries are certainly two that many people would love to live in, and we are lucky enough to have strong connections to both.
It was also nice to have the company of our new Canadian Consul General, Mario Ste-Marie and his lovely wife Anne and their children. We are very lucky that Mario and Anne were able to join us for the day.
There was also the usual raffles and silent auctions, where club members could win prizes or bid on items, and all money raised goes back into helping the club grow even stronger.
With so many club members present we took the opportunity to take a group photo, you can see it on the front page of the website. It was also great that so many new members were there as well, many that I met were coming along on a club outing for the very first time. We also had quite a few visitors and guests, and I hope they felt very welcome.
Thanks to Catriona, Chris, Kathleen, Sarah, Brenda and Linda and anyone else who played a part in bringing the day together. Events like this don't "just happen" so sincere appreciation goes to those who worked so hard behind the scenes to bring it all together.
Let's do it again next year!