President's Report - Jan 2011

31 Jan 2011 7:28 AM | Anonymous member

A new day, a new decade, a new dawn.   As I sit here in the relative cool of a Sydney morn – before the heatwave encroaches – and having just returned from an unseasonably green Christmas on The Rock in Canada, I am reminded how lucky we are to be where we’re from and live where we live.  A philosophical moment, perhaps – and I’m not one for poetic pauses – but true, nevertheless.

As your new Acting President (more on which later), I paused to review a few of the past Members Voice articles and general news postings and was rewarded by the input.  Not only member-to-member thanks and broadcast notifications of where to find Clamato juice in the Emerald City, but also a small selection of links to surveys and international research which consistently point out that for Liveability, Sustainability and downright Desirability, Australia and Canada seem to annually win podium positions in the top tens.  Consistently, and hands-down, we are both without competitors in the number of top spots stakes.  Sydney may be sizzling – and, for housing, somewhat overheated – but, in general we live in, or hail from, lucky cities in lucky countries.

Sydney Housing market finally cools!

And so where better to “share the love” than with your fellow ex-pats and Canuck-ophiles at one of the many CAC events.  Come for a summer sail on the Pittwater, kick your shoes off for some Barefoot Bowling, break bread with family and friends at (Canadian!) Thanksgiving or help us raise the flag on Canada Day.  There were dozens of events last year – as in previous years – aimed at all interests and all ages.  Whether it is for those with littlies (like me), DINKies or valued veterans of the club (it has now been going for nearly 50 years), there is something for all tastes.  Which is all good.  And different.

So how do you make the most of living in this wonderful city/ country clutching at least one, if not two, of the most desirable passports in the world (three, in my humble case!)?  Join in, join us, just do it.

Join in at one or more of the regular events posted frequently on our site: most are open for members and their guests, a few – due to popularity – are restricted to members only.  Some – like our Monthly Mixers (1st Friday of every month) – are open to one and all.  Come and taste test.

Join us.  Your committee is made up of like-minded volunteers who, like you, are probably busy with the minutiae – and mountains – of daily life but who manage to find a few hours each month to help steer the boat that is the CAC.  No previous experience is required, “all  training and tools” will be provided.   There are currently some openings on our team looking for a willing volunteer to put their hand up – if you are interested, come and talk to one of us at the Friday Mixers.   I promise you won’t have to go through an arduous state election to gain office.

Just do it.  We are a committee and club of do-ers (otherwise we’d all be at home on the couch) but you don’t have to be a councillor or committee member to organise something.   Whether it’s Dragon Boat racing in Darling Harbour, a Bushwalk in the Blue Mountains or a Belly-dancing dinner on the Lower North Shore (where’s that?!), you don’t need to fill in forms in triplicate to do it.  We’ll help get it posted and assist managing the finances (if there ARE finances), all we need is your enthusiasm and your organisation.   Speak to the Events Manager or any of the Committee about how easy it is.

As a relatively new member from 2009 (I was the first online member to go through the fancy new web registration process), I have been lucky enough to meet members new and old, work with – and on – the committees of the last two years (to whose members and officers, my thanks and the many thanks of the membership for all your hard work) and host the odd event.  I can assure you – in ROI terms – the rewards are worth all of the investment.

Best wishes to all for 2011,

Chris (W!)

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