BON APPETIT TOASTMASTERS CLUB
Club 6817 - Area 16 - Hawkesbury Division - District 70
The Gourmet Club of Sydney’s North Shore
Meetings held on 2nd Wednesday of the month at a different restaurant at 7pm for 7.30 start.
Enquires: Sheryl firstname.lastname@example.org or 0433 902 523
Edition No. 67 – October 2011
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
Nice to everyone they meet. Their love is one of a kind. Silly, funny and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring
person you will ever meet! However, not the kind of person you want to mess with... you might end up crying. Libras
can cause as much havoc as they can prevent. Faithful friends to the end. Can hold a grudge for years. Libras are
someone you want on your side. Usually great at sports and are extreme sports fanatics. Very creative. A hopeless
HAPPY BIRHDAY ANNE KEELING
Adele Rees (guest)
Eastern City Chinese Restaurant, Pennant Hills
on 14th September 2011
The Pullet Surprise is awarded each meeting by the chairman for the best assignment on the evening. The recipient
may hold the Pullet Surprise and may even give it a kiss, but then must hand back this precious icon to the sergeant at
arms for safekeeping.
The presenter of the masked wine will allow each
person a taste of the wine he or she has selected.
The presenter will then ask questions relating to the
wine until there is only one person left standing.
The winner‟s prize is to provide the masked wine
for the next meeting.
The June winner of the masked wine was
……(drum roll)…..Paul Newby
An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot
of Jack Daniels After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?'
The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, 'Before you tell
that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, Given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1. The bartender
is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2. The bouncer is a blonde girl. 3. I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with
a black belt in karate. 4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter. 5. The lady to your
right is blonde and a professional wrestler. Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy. Do you still wanna tell that blonde
The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, 'No, .not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.'
TRIVIA QUIZZ FOR FOODIES
(or Bon Appetit Gourmets)
1. What is the English word for what the French call a pamplemouse?
a) pineapple b) banana c) strawberry d) grapefruit
2. From what part of the plant is cinnamon obtained?
a) roots b) leaves c) bark d) seeds
3. To which region is the tomato native?
a) Western Asia b) South America c) Southeast Asia d) Africa
4. In Japanese cuisine, what is wakame?
a) cheese b) rice cracker c) seaweed d) horseradish
5. A prune is a dried peach?
a) true b) false
6. What beans are used in Japanese dish edamame?
a) chick peas b) lentils c) hyacinth beans d) soybeans
7. Which salad is traditionally made with apples, celery and walnuts?
a) Waldorf b) Nicoise c) Caesar d) Greek
8. Pancetta is a type of….?
a) cheese b) pastry c) liqueur d) bacon
9. Which celebrity chef is associated with the restaurants L‟Escargot, Belvedere and Mirabelle?
a) Gordon Ramsay b) Jamie Oliver c) Annabel Langbein d) Marco Pierre White
10. Where does emmenthal cheese originally come from?
a) Switzerland b) France c) Italy d) Germany
Choccy bar prize at the next meeting for the first person to email me all answers correct to
Thank you all for a wonderful meeting at Eastern. 100% turnout - not many clubs can boast that.
It is my intention to attend Gordon markets again in October, and once more any volunteers to help will be
Congratulations to Margaret D for coming second in the Area 16 humorous speech contest. Our other contestant,
Anne, stated she (Margaret) was robbed. Praise indeed!
Margaret R has committed herself to be treasurer for the remainder of the year. Margaret D has put her hand up take
on the Sergeant at Arms role.
The aim of getting 5/6 new members by Christmas is still alive and I hope to have 2 signed up shortly.
See you all at Kaffir Lime.
Rick Gilhome – el Presidente 2011/12
AREA 16 CONTEST
Table Topic – Keep an Open Mind.
Anne‟s Table Topic response was both entertaining and a little bit
risky. Unfortunately Anne was not placed this year. Better luck next
Humorous Speech Contest:
Margaret Donaghy – 2nd place
I would like to thank all who supported me and advised me. It was a
Hawkesbury Division Contest – October 16 at 2pm – Hope you can
all make it. Seaforth Public School Hall, Kempbridge Avenue,
Seaforth. Enquiries to Hawkesbury Division Governor Iain Gorry
0418 616 662.
Right: Margaret receiving her 2nd place certificate
After a very long wait, I received the keys to my new home. There is heaps to do before I can move in, but I shall be
re-united with my worldly belongings sent from Sydney today.
It‟s been a rocky road getting this far, but everyone likes the bungalow and it should be nice when I get it done up.
I am reverting back to my northern roots and find myself using phrases like
„heck” and “by heck”. The bungalow is in an historic village and close to the
famous motor racing circuit Oulton Park where the likes of Jack Brabam and
Stirling Moss cut their teeth in the 50‟s.
If any of you recall my speech about Oulton Park, its family and the cricket
mad twin sons killed in the first world war, one of which found a dog on the
battle field with a German bullet wound in its ear and brought it home. After
the boys were killed the dog would, until it died, take itself down to the
village club and watch the cricket, then wander home again. The mansion
burned down in the 1920‟s and all was lost. Well, I will now live in that
village, close to the church and cricket club.
Photo of me just after receiving the keys.
I have joined a new choir who are going to Prague next year, so we are going
on a Fun Walk this week to raise funds, so I have been in training and
attaching a photo of local castle taken from my canal towpath walk, last
Autumn setting in here. Think of you all when it‟s meeting time. Miss you
all. Best Wishes to All.
As many BATM colleagues know, Steph has recently moved house to Longueville. The move went well and she is
pleased to report that all her boys have settled in and they are all loving their new home. Andy her hubby loves the
fact he now has a swimming pool and Max and Paddy are very happy dogs surrounded by floor to ceiling panoramic
windows, a new dog door giving access to chase those lizards and birds as well as a house large enough to have a
decent indoor chase and play fight in. Steph is looking forward to getting the deck next to the pool fitted so she can
retrieve her much missed outdoor spa from storage next month and once
again enjoy the bubbles.
She would particularly like to thank Margaret Radford for all her help on
the day and for just being a good friend. The photo is the view of Lane
Cove River from their front deck, taken on a lazy Sunday morning during
breakfast cooked on the BBQ. From the house they can see Sydney Tower
and city skyline glimpses, they are all looking forward to NYE!
Steph will see everyone in October and is hoping her parents will be at the
November BATM as they arrive for a visit again from England later next
I don‟t try to have an ecco friendly garden, but the permanent and
transient wildlife seems to find it a great place for board and
lodgings. We have the permanents, such as frogs and possums, and
of late we have had an owl drop in. We were told that when he got
his mate, he would fly away, but he brought his lade-love home to
his favourite tree in our front garden. Right is a photo of our owl.
Other wildlife drop in from time to time, such as bats, blue tongues,
wallaby, goannas, and an abundance of birds of every colour. Much
to the surprise of our little boys, we had bush turkeys land last week.
After watching them wide eyed for hours, Alex and Bagheera
decided they were too big to tackle.
ORIGINS OF OUR GOURMET DELIGHTS
Beef Wellington is a preparation of fillet steak coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles, which is then
wrapped in puff pastry and baked. Some recipes include wrapping the coated meat in a crêpe to retain the moisture and
prevent it making the pastry soggy.
A whole tenderloin may be wrapped and baked, and then sliced for serving, or the tenderloin may be sliced into
individual portions prior to wrapping and baking. Many spices may be added to enhance the flavour; some examples
are curry, allspice, any grilling mix or ginger.
The origin of the name is unclear. There are theories that suggest that beef Wellington is named after Arthur
Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Some theories go a step further and suggest this was due to his love of a dish of
beef, truffles, mushrooms, Madeira wine, and pâté cooked in pastry, but there is a noted lack of evidence supporting
this. In addition to the dearth of evidence attaching this dish to the famous Duke, the earliest recorded recipe to bear
this name appeared in a 1966 cookbook. Other accounts simply credit the name to a
patriotic chef wanting to give an English name to a variation on the French filet de
bœuf en croûte during the Napoleonic Wars. Still another theory is that the dish is not
named after the Duke himself, but rather that the finished joint was though t to
resemble one of the brown shiny military boots which were named after him.
In introducing a recipe for beef Wellington, Clarissa Dickson Wright claims "This dish
has nothing to do with that splendid hero, the Duke of Wellington; it was invented for a
civic reception in Wellington, New Zealand, but it is a splendid addition to any party."
URBAN LEDGENDS (according to SNOPES)
Is aspartame safe?
After reviewing scientific studies, FDA determined in 1981 that aspartame was safe for use in foods. In 1987, the
General Accounting Office investigated the process surrounding FDA's approval of aspartame and confirmed the
agency had acted properly. However, FDA has continued to review complaints alleging adverse reactions to products
containing aspartame. To date, FDA has not determined any consistent pattern of symptoms that can be attributed to
the use of aspartame, nor is the agency aware of any recent studies that clearly show safety problems.
Carefully controlled clinical studies show that aspartame is not an allergen. However, certain people with the genetic
disease phenylketonuria (PKU), and pregnant women with hyperphenylalanine (high levels of phenylalanine in blood)
have a problem with aspartame because they do not effectively metabolize the amino acid phenylalanine, one of
aspartame's components. High levels of this amino acid in body fluids can cause brain damage. Therefore, FDA has
ruled that all products containing aspartame must include a warning to phenylketonurics that the sweetener contains
Source: Excerpted from FDA Consumer, May 1994 (Updated December 2004): Food Allergies Rare but Risky
While hiking down along the border this morning, I saw a Muslim extremist jump into the Rio Grande River. He was
struggling to stay afloat because of all the guns and bombs he was carrying.
Along with him was an illegal Mexican who was also struggling to stay afloat because of the large backpack of drugs
that was strapped to his back.
If they didn't get help, they'd surely drown.
Being a responsible Texan and abiding by the law to help those in distress, I informed the El Paso County Sheriff‟s
Office and Homeland Security.
It is now 4 pm, both have drowned, and neither authority has responded. I'm starting to think I wasted two stamps.
ANOTHER BLONDE JOKE
A blonde gets a job as a physical education teacher of 16 year olds. She notices a boy in the field standing alone, while
all the other kids are running around having fun.
She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him. 'You ok?' she says.
'Yes.' he says.
'You can go and play with the other kids you know' she says.
'It's best I stay here.' he says.
'Why?' says the blonde.
The boy says: "Because I'm the frigging goal keeper!"
2011 TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Viva Las Vegas!
Elvis sang about it. The Rat Pack performed there and Las Vegas has become the entertainment capital of the world.
On Thursday 11th August at 13:05 I was on board QF11 destination Las Vegas, Nevada for the 80th Annual
Toastmasters International Convention.
Toastmasters from 116 countries gathered to meet, greet and celebrate successes of the past year.
As always the convention offered a jam-packed schedule of interactive education sessions, speech contests, dinners,
lunches and camaraderie.
David Griffiths, our District 70 Champion, presented his winning speech, “Ticket to New York City”, in the semi-
finals and gave a flawless performance. Unfortunately the competition was so tough; sadly David was not placed in
However, the spirits of all the Aussies in attendance were lifted beyond belief when Queensland contestant Jock Elliot
won the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!
The much anticipated rebranding of Toastmasters International was unveiled to reveal the new logo, new colours,
badges and pins which will be standard throughout the world.
What else happened in Vegas? Well that stays in Vegas.
Next year you are all invited to attend Orlando, Florida where District 84 will host the 81st International Convention
from August 15-18 2012 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, which is located in the Disney World Resort Complex.
I‟m saving already. Hope to see you all in Orlando next year!
Roving Reporter, Margaret Donaghy
Some familiar Aussie
faces at Florida
BILL AND SAM
Bill and Sam, two elderly friends, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels and discuss world
problems. One day Bill didn't show up. Sam didn't think much about it and figured maybe he had a cold or something.
But after Bill hadn't shown up for a week or so, Sam really got worried. However, since the only time they ever got
together was at the park, Sam didn't know where Bill lived, so he was unable to find out what had happened to him.
A month had passed, and Sam figured he had seen the last of Bill, but one day, Sam approached the park and - lo and
behold! - There sat Bill! Sam was very excited and happy to see him and told him so. Then he said, 'For crying out
loud Bill, what in the world happened to you?'
Bill replied, 'I've been in jail.'
'Jail?' cried Sam. 'What in the world for?'
'Well,' Bill said, 'you know Sue, that cute little blonde waitress at the coffee shop where I sometime go?' '
Yeah,' said Sam, 'I remember her. What about her?'
'Well, one day she filed rape charges against me; and at 89 years old, I was so proud that when I got into court, I
'So the bloody judge gave me 30 days for perjury'!!!!!
Chairmen’s List for 2011
January Sheryl Gilhome July Al Hirschel
February Frank Higgins August Paul Newby
March Al Hirschel September Phil Keeling
April Rick Gilhome October Margaret Radford
May Margaret Donaghy November Lucille Kerslake
June Margaret Radford December Stephanie Bennett
Chairmen’s List for 2012
January Anne Keeling July Stephanie Bennett
February Rick Gilhome August Sheryl Gilhome
March Margaret Donaghy September Margaret Radford
April Paul Newby October tba
May Lucille Kerslake November tba
June Phil Keeling December tba
Contact the President if you have any queries or require help finding a suitable venue.
Wednesday, 12th October
Kaffir Lime Thai Eatery
541-543 Willoughby Road, Willoughby
Chairman – Margaret Radford
Ph. 0404 049 565 Email email@example.com
Cost for banquet $33; corkage $2.50pp
Wednesday, 9th November
Shop 1 The Plaza, 23-25 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove
Chairman – Lucille Kerslake
Ph. 0401 250 251 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost for 2 courses plus tea/coffee $36; corkage $3 pp
Menu for 12th October
King Prawns with Cashews
Tea & Coffee
Our next meeting is at Willoughby, a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales,
Australia. Willoughby is located 8 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government
area of the City of Willoughby. The City of Willoughby takes its name from the suburb but its administrative centre is
located in the adjacent suburb of Chatswood, which is the local area's major commercial centre.
There is some conjecture as to how Willoughby was named. Some historians believe it was named after a parish, while
others believe that Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell decided to commemorate Sir James Willoughby Gordon
whom he had served during the Peninsular War and was the quartermaster-general in England when the First Fleet
sailed to Botany Bay.
Captain Arthur Phillip's search for “good land, well watered” led to the discovery and colonisation of the rough shores
of Roseville Chase, where Samuel Bates built a farm at Echo Point. Later developments included the building of the
first post office in 1871 and the construction of Pommy Lodge in the same year. The latter -- a small sandstone
building in Penshurst Street -- was originally the Congregational Church, which later changed premises. Laurel Bank
Cottage, a single-storey home, was constructed in Penshurst Street in 1884. The cottage is now owned and run by the
local Masonic Lodge as a function and conference facility.
Circa 1920, Telford Lane -- between Fourth Avenue and Eastern Valley Way -- was created and paved; the method
used was the one pioneered by Thomas Telford in England in the nineteenth century. This lane is one of the few
surviving examples of the Telford method in Sydney.
at a glance
CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2011/12 YEAR
President Rick Gilhome 0425 873 658
Vice President Education Paul Newby 0409 823 567
Vice President Membership Margaret Radford 0404 049 565
Vice President Public Relations Sheryl Gilhome 0433 902 523
Treasurer Margaret Radford 0404 049 565
Secretary Stephanie Bennett 0433 121 880
Sergeant at Arms Margaret Donaghy 0410 613 490
District Governor Kaylene Ledgar
Hawkesbury Division Governor Iain Gorry
Area 16 Governor Shirley Childs
October 12 Chairman Margaret Radford 0404 049 565
Venue Kaffir Lime Thai, Willoughby email@example.com
November 9th Chairman Lucille Kerslake 0401 250 251
Venue Epitome, Lane Cove firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the chairman (and VPE) at least a week before
the meeting to indicate whether you will be attending or not.
Sunday October 16 - Hawkesbury Division Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contests. At Seaforth
Public School Hall, Kembridge Avenue, Seaforth at 2pm.
Fri/Sat November 11th & 12th – Semi Annual Conference at Rex Hotel, Canberra
QUIZZ ANSWERS – won by Al Hirschel
1. You are a participant in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in? - You are in 2nd.
2. If you overtake the last person, then you are....? – Trick question. You cannot overtake the last person.
3. Very tricky arithmetic! NOTE: This must be done in your head only.
DO NOT USE PAPER AND PENCIL OR A CALCULATOR.
Try it. Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000 now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20.
Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total? - 4,100.
4. Mary‟s father has five daughters: Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono and ?? What is the name of the fifth daughter? -
The 5th daughter is Mary.
5. A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth
he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Next, a blind man comes into
the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses. How does he indicate what he wants? - He asks for the
The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which
every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-
confidence and personal growth.
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