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                     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 sgilhome@comcen.com.au or 0433 902 523
                               Margaret margaret.donaghy@bigpond.com or 0410 613 490
                               Web: batm@org.au
Edition No. 59 – December 2010
Sagittarius (♐ is the ninth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of
Sagittarius. In western astrology, the sign is now no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the
precession of the equinoxes. Sagittarius is considered a "masculine," positive (extrovert) sign. It is also a
fire sign and one of the four mutable signs. Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Generally, the
Sagittarius sign are considered to be compatible with fire signs such as, Aries and Leo. There are many
variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position
of a sign within the Sun, the Moon, Stars, etc. The signs listed as
compatible with Sagittarius do not reflect an individual profile or
individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a
general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by
variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac. The
branch of astrology dealing with non-interpersonal compatibilities is
called Synastry.
In Greek mythology, Sagittarius is identified as a centaur: half
human, half horse. In some legends, the Centaur Chiron was the son
of Philyra and Saturn, who was said to have changed himself into a
horse to escape his jealous wife, Rhea. Chiron was eventually
immortalized in the constellation of Centaurus or in some versions,
                                                                 From a 15th century book of Astrology
                                                 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…
                                 Sagittarius – the Archer - November 23rd to December 21st
                                                  Traditional Sagittarius Traits
                                                  Optimistic and freedom-loving
                                                     Jovial and good-humored
                                                    Honest and straightforward
                                                  Intellectual and philosophical
                                                        On the dark side....
                                                  Blindly optimistic and careless
                                                   Irresponsible and superficial
                                                       Tactless and restless
Rick Gilhome
December 1st
               Awarded to
       Stephanie Bennett
           Margaret Radford
                at the
Epitome Restaurant, Lane Cove
       on 10th November 2010

 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.

              MASKED WINE
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 November winner of the masked wine
             Paul Newby
                                          ACTIVE LISTENING
Listening is yet another form of communication – and quite often a sadly neglected part of the
communication process. In this case it involves a sender and receiver. From the outset it must be accepted
and understood that there is a vast difference between listening and hearing! The problem is that there
are too many sending and not enough receiving and to overcome this problem we should:
               Acknowledge that hearing is not enough – we must be listening.
               Realise that, like any other skill, active listening can be learned.
               Be aware that active listening involves receiving, organizing, interpreting and
Some techniques to improve acting listening:
               Be interested in people (ask yourself, what may I gain or learn from this person).
                -       Don’t reject or tune out on the speaker
                -       Be attentive, focus on the speaker
               Learn to ignore distractions
                -       Concentrate fully on the speaker
                -       Listen with your eyes
               Summarise what the speaker is saying
                -       Listen for the main points
                -       Pick out the key words
                -       Mentally outline the message
                -       Think ahead of the speaker
               Learn to eliminate hasty judgements
                -       Listen with empathy
                -       Hear the speaker out
                -       Avoid selective listening (accents, speech impediments, etc)
               Inspire the speaker
                -       Encourage them to continue
                -       Nodding in agreement, etc
                -       React positively to the speaker (smile, etc)
                                                                               contributed by Frank Higgins
                                         FOR THE GOURMET
For people who aren't sure how to tell when poultry is cooked. Not too dry, or even worse, not thoroughly
cooked. Include popcorn in the stuffing, and it's foolproof!!. Give it a try!
1 uncooked. chicken
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup stuffing
1 cup uncooked popcorn
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Brush chicken well with melted butter salt, and pepper. Fill cavity with stuffing, including the popcorn.
Place in baking dish with the neck end toward the back of the oven. Listen for the popping sounds.
When the chicken blows the oven door off, and your bird flies across the room,....VOILA!!! It's done.
                                                Bon Appétit
                                             THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS
                     From the Old English 'Cristes Mæsse' ~ meaning the 'mass of Christ' ~ the story of
                     Christmas begins with the birth of a babe in Bethlehem. It is believed that Christ was
                     born on the 25th, although the exact month is unknown. December was likely chosen
                     so the Catholic Church could compete with rival pagan rituals held at that time of
                     year and because of its closeness with the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere,
                     a traditional time of celebration among many ancient cultures.
                      The origin of Santa Claus begins in the 4th century with Saint Nicholas, Bishop of
                      Myra, an area in present day Turkey. By all accounts St. Nicholas was a generous
                      man, particularly devoted to children. His kindness and reputation for generosity
                      gave rise to claims he that he could perform miracles and devotion to him increased.
                      St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, where he was known by his red cape,
                      flowing white beard, and bishop's mitre.
                      In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated, indoors and out, with apples,
                    roses, gilded candies, and colored paper. It is held that Protestant reformer Martin
                    Luther first adorned trees with light. While coming home one December evening, the
                    beauty of the stars shining through the branches of a fir inspired him to recreate the
                    effect by placing candles on the branches of a small fir tree inside his home
                    The Christmas Tree was brought to England by Queen Victoria's husband, Prince
                    Albert from his native Germany. The famous Illustrated News etching in 1848,
                    featuring the Royal Family of Victoria, Albert and their children gathered around a
                    Christmas tree in Windsor Castle, popularized the tree throughout Victorian England.
                    Brought to America by the Pennsylvania Germans, the Christmas tree became by the
                    late 19th century.
                  According to legend, a kindly nobleman grew despondent over the death of his
                  beloved wife and foolishly squandered his fortune. This left his three young daughters
                  without dowries and thus facing a life of spinsterhood. 
 The generous St. Nicholas,
                  hearing of the girls' plight, set forth to help. Wishing to remain anonymous, he rode his
                  white horse by the nobleman's house and threw three small pouches of gold coins down
                  the chimney where they were fortuitously captured by the stockings the young women
                  had hung by the fireplace to dry.
                  Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their
                winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had no roots yet remained green
                during the cold months of winter. The plant was also seen as a symbol of peace, and it is
                said that among Romans, enemies who met under mistletoe would lay down their
                weapons and embrace. Scandinavians associated the plant with Frigga, their goddess of
                love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.
                Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the
                following year.
               It was not long after Europeans began using Christmas trees that special decorations
               were used to adorn them. Food items, such as candies and cookies, were used
               predominately and straight white candy sticks were one of the confections used as
               ornamentation. Legend has it that during the 17th century, craftsmen created the white
               sticks of candy in the shape of shepherds' crooks at the suggestion of the choirmaster at
               the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The candy treats were given to children to keep them
               quiet during ceremonies at the living crèche, or Nativity scene, and the custom of passing
               out the candy crooks at such ceremonies soon spread throughout Europe.
               A form of Christmas card began in England first when young boys practiced their
               writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents, but it is Sir Henry Cole
               who is credited with creating the first real Christmas card. The first director of London's
               Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Henry found himself too busy in the Christmas season
               of 1843 to compose individual Christmas greetings for his friends. He commissioned
               artist John Calcott Horsley for the illustration. The card featured three panels, with the
center panel depicting a family enjoying Christmas festivities and the card was inscribed with the
message "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You."
There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5
owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No
owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.
The question is: Who owns the fish?
  The Brit lives in the red house.
  The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
  The Dane drinks tea.
  The green house is on the left of the white house.
  The green homeowner drinks coffee.
  The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
  The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
  The man living in the center house drinks milk.
  The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
  The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
  The owner who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.
  The German smokes prince.
  The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.
  Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said 98% of the world could not solve it. Its
not hard, you just need to pay attention and be patient.
The first member to email me the correct answer (sgilhome@comcen.com.au) wins a choccy bar,
which will be awarded at the next meeting by moi. See last page for last month’s winner and answers.

                                              CRICKET NEWS
Asalam Alekum, this is Pakistani Radio Broadcasting Corporation
The sports news:
First, we'll start with the results of tomorrow's match....
                                                  WRONG GIG
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service
for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the
Kentucky back country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I
finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in
sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.
I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and
the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this
man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I
played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.
When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart
was full. As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that
before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still lost...   .
                                        WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU?
 Wrinkles and diet
Diet can significantly affect the skin and its tendency to wrinkle. Studies suggest that it may be
possible to prevent premature ageing, skin damage, and even skin cancer, by including
protective foods in your diet, improving the fat quality of your diet, and increasing our intake of
monounsaturated fat.
Why skin wrinkles?
Wrinkles and sagging are age-related skin changes. Wrinkles are caused by reduced numbers of
elastin and collagen fibres, which give the skin suppleness and strength. Sagging is caused by
the thinning of the subcutaneous layer, which contributes form and structure with its padding of
body fat. Sun exposure is known to be the most influential environmental factor in skin wrinkling.
However, new research indicates that diet can also significantly affect your skin and its tendency to
Melbourne study links diet and wrinkles
Researchers from Monash University studied the diets of 453 people (aged 70 years and over
from Australia, Greece and Sweden) to find out if particular foods either predicted or were
associated with skin wrinkling. Contributing factors to wrinkling, such as c igarette smoking,
were taken into account.
The findings strongly suggest that a high intake of foods such as fruit, vegetables and fish can
reduce skin wrinkling. The researchers point out that this study doesn't establish a direct 'cause
and effect' relationship between diet and wrinkles, but indicates that further investigation is
warranted to confirm if particular foods prevent skin wrinkling, skin damage and possibly skin cancer.
Foods that protect against wrinkles
In the Monash study, less skin wrinkling in the elderly was associated with higher intakes of:
      Total fat
      Mono-unsaturated fat
      Olive oil and olives
      Fish (especially fatty fish, such as sardines)
      Reduced fat milk and milk products, such as yoghurt
      Eggs
      Nuts and legumes (especially lima and broad beans)
      Vegetables (especially leafy greens, spinach, eggplant, asparagus, celery, onions, leeks and garlic)
      Wholegrain cereals
      Fruit and fruit products (especially prunes, cherries, apples and jams)
      Tea
      Water
      Zinc (foods which contain zinc include seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts).
Foods that promote wrinkles
In the Monash study, more skin wrinkling in the elderly was associated with higher intakes of:
      Saturated fat
      Meat (especially fatty processed meats)
      Full fat dairy products (especially unfermented products and ice cream)
      Soft drinks and cordials
      Cakes, pastries and desserts
      Potatoes
      Butter
      Margarine
Sun exposure and free radicals
Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight causes changes to skin. UV rays prompt
the formation of free radicals, which contribute to wrinkling and skin cancer. The skin pigment
melanin seems to offer some protection against UV rays, since people with fair skin and blue
eyes tend to experience more age-related skin changes (such as wrinkling) than people with
dark skin and brown eyes.
                                                                               contributed by Anne Keeling
                              MEMBERS’ (and former members’) NEWS
Frank Burgess
It is incredibly hard to believe how the time has slipped by yet here we are at the end of our second
season at Ochre Moon and now getting ready for another return trip to Sydney. I have to say that this year
was a lot easier than last year for a couple of reasons. These were that the property was pretty well
finished and most tasks were just routine maintenance rather than renovations and alterations with the
other big factor being that we were much more experienced in operating a B and B. All in all it has not
been such a bad year.
 Our plans are still a bit flexible in some areas but we have booked our flights to leave Broome on Friday
10th December travelling via Perth and arriving into Sydney at about 6.30am on Saturday 11th. We will
stay with my sister Carol for a few days at Balgowlah after which we will be minding a house at
Winmalee in the Blue Mountains until around the middle of January. The flexible bit is with our
departure date as we are not at all certain in this regard and might even buy a car while in Sydney and
drive it back. On the other hand we might fly but not sure when.
Maryanne has recently taken a part time job with the Kimberley Land Council, which will allow her to
repair some of the holes blown in her superannuation by the global financial crisis. It is for 25 hours a
week and she has a lot of flexibility that allows her to fit in with the busier times at the B and B. What it
does mean is that some of the guests get to deal with Basil Fawlty without the steadying influence of
Sybil however I believe they will survive. I don’t think I have mentioned the war yet or if I did I think I
got away with it. At least I get to pretend that I am the CEO for a while.

In many ways it has been a good year and mostly enjoyable. It concerns me that I may be slipping into the
Broome way of life so if I make any promises to those friends we catch up with on our trip to Sydney just
remember they are probably in Broome time. Life goes on and we all grow a bit older but the trick is in
doing it disgracefully and Broome is not a bad place to do that.
Please keep in mind that there will always be a warm welcome and a cold drink waiting for you if you
ever get to make the trip to Broome. We were pleased to catch up with some of you who visited or stayed
with us during the year or had friends call on us. News from the outside world still interests us, as it is a
bit easy to forget the rest of the world when it is so far away. Having said that the latest news is that
Broome will get direct flights for the season next year from Brisbane in addition to the service that
AirNorth has just started from the Gold Coast.
We hope you have all had a good year, enjoyed good health and added to your wealth. In that it is only
about a month before we head off for Sydney we would like to wish everyone a VERY MERRY
CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR just in case I do not get to send out another message before we

Sheryl & Rick Gilhome
Recently and unexpectedly we had to say good bye to Stevie
Woofer. He was just getting used to Rick’s efforts to train a blind
dog, like “Up Stevie” or “down Stevie” on the steps.’
The neighbourhood children used to like to pat Stevie and he
would wag his tail. At first some of them would cry when they
realized he had no eyes.
We knew he was getting old. Much as he loved his daily walk, he
limped home and was glad of a rest.
When he was literally struck down with the tick on the Saturday
morning just as he was about to go for his walk, he was too weak
and old to fight back. He was paralysed and unable to breathe.
Article from the Bush Telegraph Weekly 11 th November 2010
                                             LOVE JESUS
The other day I went up to a local Christian bookshop and saw a 'Honk if you love Jesus' bumper sticker.
I was feeling particularly elated that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance,
followed by a thunderous prayer meeting. I bought the sticker and carefully positioned it in the middle of
my bumper. I'm really glad I did. What an uplifting experience followed!
I was stopped at a red light on a busy intersection. Just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He
is…and I didn't notice that the lights had changed to green. It's a good thing someone else loves Jesus
because if he hadn't honked, I would never have noticed! I found LOTS of people love Jesus! While I was
sitting there, the man behind me started honking like crazy. Then he leaned out his window and screamed,
'For the love of God, go, go, go! Jesus Christ GO!
What an exuberant cheerleader he was for the Lord. Everyone else started honking! I just leaned out the
window and started waving and smiling at all these loving people. I even honked a few times myself, just
to share in His love!
There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a
'sunny beach'. I saw another man waving in a funny way. I think he had something wrong with his hand
because only his middle finger was showing. I asked my teenage grandson in the back seat what that
meant and he said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something.
Well, I've never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign
back. My grandson was in hysterics on the back seat. He was obviously enjoying this religious experience
A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and
started walking towards me. I'll bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I
realised that the lights were green. So I waved to all my sisters and brothers and drove on through the
I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the lights changed back to red
again and I felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared. So I slowed the car
down, leaned out the window and gave them the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away.
Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!
                                                                                contributed by Al Hirschel

                                          Chairmen’s List for 2011
January                   Sheryl Gilhome                    July                      Margaret Radford
February                  Frank Higgins                     August                    Paul Newby
March                     Lucille Kershaw                   September                 Carmel Higgins
April                     Al Hirschel                       October                   Margaret Donahy
May                       Anne & Phil Keeling               November                  Rick Gilhome
June                      Tony Zammit                       December                  Stephanie Bennett
           Contact the President if you have any queries or require help finding a suitable venue.

                                     Wednesday, 8 th December
                                           Tennis Pavilion
                                       Elanora Country Club
                                    Elanora Rd, Elanora Heights
                                   Chairman – Jeremy Freyburg
                          Ph. 9970 6326 Email: jeremy@elanoracc.com.au
                                       Licensed only NO BYO
                                     Bring: $10 gift to exchange
                           Cost for BBQ (choice of steak, chicken or fish)
                                            & dessert $35
                                       Club dress codes apply.

                                   Wednesday, 12th January
                                          New Year
                               Loong Cheong Chinese Restaurant
                                 43a Florence Street, Hornsby
            (Just outside the K Mart entrance at Westfield. Parking free after 6pm)
                                 Chairman – Sheryl Gilhome
                Ph. 9456 6894; 0433 902 523 Email: sgilhome@comcen.com.au
                                    Cost for banquet $ tba

                                         THOUGHTS by Al Hirschel
           Life is like an airport; you have to clear the runway in order to let the new ideas fly in.
                                            at a glance
                              CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2010/11 YEAR
President                               Carmel Higgins                          4739 1239
Vice President Education                Frank Higgins                           4739 1239
Vice President Membership               Margaret Donaghy                        9905 7883
Vice President Public Relations         Sheryl Gilhome                          9456 6894
Treasurer                               Jeremy Freyberg/Paul Newby              9970 6326
Secretary                               Stephanie Bennett                       9427 9569
Sergeant at Arms                        Al Hirschel                             0415 259 777
District Officers
District Governor                       Philip Bendeich
Hawkesbury Division Gov.                Laurel Holterman
Area 16 Governor                        Kathleen O’Rourke

                                        FUTURE MEETINGS
December                Chairman        Jeremy Freyburg                 9970 6326
                        Venue           Elanora Country Club            jeremy@elanoracc.com.au

                    Please contact the chairman (and VPE) at least a week before
                    the meeting to indicate whether you will be attending or not.

Answers to last month’s triva won by Anne & Phil Keeling
1 Inside an egg, to hold the yolk in place
2 Calcium (usually calcium carbonate)
3 Prawns
4 Juniper
5 Dublin
6 Pain
7 18th. During the American Revolutionary War, Turtle made a failed attempt to sink the British warship
HMS Eagle in New York Harbor on September 7, 1776.
8 Edward Munch
9 A quadrilateral whose four sides all have the same length, often called a diamond, a parallelogram
10 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

                                            THE MISSION
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.

                                       “A challenge to achieve.”

  Editor: Sheryl Gilhome (H) 9456 6894; (W) 9299 1911; (M) 0433 902 523; Email: sgilhome@comcen.com.au
                  Publisher: Carmel Higgins (H) 4739 1293; Email: fthiggins@bigpond.com

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