President's Report, May 2010

29 May 2010 9:50 AM | Chris Betcher
Hello and G'day.

As the end of May approaches and the weather starts to turn cooler (yes, I know, I can hear all the real Canadians chuckling as I say that), it's time to think about some of the indoor activities that the club runs at this time of year.  Wine nights, movie nights, restaurant night, and of course the annual Canada Day celebrations. If you take a peek at the club calendar you'll see that many of these things are coming up soon.  Of course, it doesn't really matter how many or what type of events we run if no one attends them, so head on over to the event registration page now and put your name down for something.

For those who were in the club around this time last year, you may recall what a terrific day we had for Canada Day. It was held on the old South Steyne ferry at Darling Harbour and everyone had a great time.  This year's event promises to be just as fabulous, and again we will celebrate by the water at the beautiful Drummoyne Sailing Club (just near Birkenhead Point)  There is a Canada Day sub committee working on putting the event together right now and it's shaping up to another excellent celebration.  We hope to see as many of you as possible there!

Speaking of going out for a good time, thanks to Kathleen we are also offering the Entertainment Books for sale again this year. The Entertainment Books cost $60 or 65 (depending on the area you get) and are chock-full of vouchers, coupons and discounts for literally hundreds of establishments around town.  There are lots of 2 for 1 offers, as well as significant discounts at restaurants, movies, attractions and many other vendors around the city.  Linda and I bought one last year and for our $65 cost we estimate we saved well over $600 over the course of the year! Naturally we've ordered another one for this year.

Sale of the books is also a great fundraiser for the club, as well as offering you quite major savings.  It's a win-win deal, and I hope all club members take part in it. The books are available at the monthly mixer each month, but you can also preorder your copy by going to the Coming Events list and putting your name down for one there... any books ordered online can be picked up at the mixer.  Too easy!

We also have a new advertiser on board with us starting in June, and we think it's going to offer some great value to members. OzForex is a company that specialises in foreign exchange transactions. As Canadians living in Australia, I'm sure there must be times that you need a way to move money back and forth between both countries - in fact I know that's a need because we get emails from people asking about it quite often. OxForex  can look after all of these needs, and if you're a club member there is an added benefit... no transaction fees on your first two transactions!  That's a great deal. For more information about OzForex and what they can offer members, please make sure you check out the Sponsors link on the front page of the website.

As always, there is plenty going on, but we all need to remember that any social club is only as active as the people in it.  Personally, I'd like to see even MORE activities and events taking place, but we can only do whatever our members are willing to offer to do.  Here's a great example... One of our members, Barbara Glover, wanted to go see the new Sex and the City movie with a few friends, so she listed it on the club website as an event. She was going to go see the movie ANYWAY, but now she has a fun bunch of people to go with.  It really is that simple to arrange an event, and if you are looking for buddies to do something with, then simply adding it to the club events list is a great way to do it.  So if you're planning a day at the zoo, or want to go on a bushwalk or bike ride, or a night out at that new restaurant you've been keen to try, or pretty much anything really, and you'd like a few friends to share it with, just let Sarah our events organiser know and we can list it on the site.

See you at an event soon!

Chris Betcher
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