Latest Club News

Catch up with all the latest news about what's happening in your club right here.  

Feel free to drop by often!  Note also that these articles will be included in the monthly CAC eNewsletter sent to members each month. Now that the club does not publish a monthly PDF newsletter, this news feed on the website (and the email it generates) is now the primary place to catch up on news and events. 

A list of these articles also appears on the front page of the website.
  • 05 Feb 2011 9:56 PM | Deleted user

    Our first offer for 2011 is a closing week special for the current production OPEN FOR INSPECTION, THE REAL ESTATE MUSICAL! At the end of last year, we offered you an early bird discount for the show, but with Christmas, maybe you didn’t get a chance to see it.


    Critics claim it’s a HOOT and audience members do too, so organise your colleagues and book tickets before the show closes this Sunday 13 February.

    Set in the cutthroat world of Sydney real estate, Open for Inspection is a wickedly black, new musical comedy. Two ruthless, rival agencies battle for buyers during a property slump. They soon go to extreme lengths to literally make a killing.


    We are offering $30 discount tickets for closing week.


    Simply BOOK ONLINE and enter the promotional code INSPECTION (case sensitive) into the box on the right side of the page.

  • 02 Feb 2011 11:23 PM | Chris Betcher

    Air Canada has released some VERY VERY special airfares for CAC members.


    Adult fares only for outbound travel to selected Canadian cities (Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops) and USA (Seattle/Portland) only.  For outbound travel on 11, 13, 17, 18, 21 March 2011 ONLY. Bookings and tickets have to be issued by 10 Feb 2011 and subject to availability


    Plus there’s more …..


    In case you can’t fly on any of the above dates Air Canada has released another special airfare for outbound travel to selected Canadian cities (Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops) and USA (Seattle and Portland) only. For outbound travel up to 21 April 2011.  Bookings and tickets have to be issued by 25 Feb 2011 and subject to availability


    To book any of these special CAC deals, check the details in the Members Area of the club website.

  • 31 Jan 2011 7:44 PM | Anonymous member
    We currently have a total of 102 active family and single memberships. And, 10 of these are new in the last 30 days!

    A huge “welcome” goes out to the all our new members and a Happy New Year to everyone.

    If your membership is due for renewal or has lapsed, watch your email for the automated reminders or contact Linda Johannesson at and we’ll make sure we get your membership activated so that you’re able to enjoy all the great events and discounts that Canadian Australian Club membership provides.

  • 31 Jan 2011 7:28 PM | Deleted user
    It has been confirmed that the Penrith Bears will be donating two tickets for us to raffle off at our Monthly Mixers during their regular season. They have also offered card carrying CAC members a 10% discount for regular season games. What a deal!!!!

    The goals for this season is to get more members out to support some local hockey. This is a great family event and also a good way to introduce people to the game of "ice hockey". 

    Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • 24 Jan 2011 9:41 AM | Chris Betcher
    For those that remember how popular last year's sailing day on Pittwater was, you'll be pleased to know that we are holding another one! Yes, m'hearties, a full day of sailing on the beautiful Pittwater, dropping anchor in a quiet bay somewhere for a swim and lunch, before leisurely sailing back to port.  It's a full day on the water and if last year's is any indication it should be a lot of fun!

    We have 3 boats this year (instead of the 2 we had last time) but places are still limited to 40 people. If you're planning on coming, head over to the Coming Events page on the website and register, because if last year's event is anything to go by, places will fill up very quickly!

    Here's a few photos from last year...

    and a video as well...

    What are you waiting for?
  • 24 Jan 2011 8:28 AM | Chris Betcher
    I received this request for help with a school project from a Year 12 student.  Can you assist?

    Hello my name is Holly Massey and I am a Year 12 Student at St Luke's
    Grammar School, about to begin work on my Major HSC Art Project.

    The concept of my work is to show the multiculturalism and diversity
    of Australia, and how it has shaped us as a country, in my opinion for
    the better. To do this I am planning to photograph a portrait of one
    person from each of the 50 most prominent nationalities in Australia.

    I am currently searching for willing people to kindly give up 5-10
    minutes of their time to sit down and for me to photograph them, with
    the end photo being presented in my work for my school to view and the
    HSC markers. I would also be able to arrange to send a copy of the
    photo to the person if they wished.

    So I am wondering if there is a member of your organisation who would
    be prepared to donate their time, for me to take their portrait? They
    can be male or female, and of any age; anyone of Canadian background
    would hugely appreciated. If there is, I would like to arrange a time
    to visit your club when it is convenient to the person involved.

    Thank you for your time,

    Holly Massey

  • 22 Jan 2011 12:38 PM | Chris Betcher
    A significant number of club memberships expired at midnight last night. 

    Prior to the introduction of the current club website, all memberships were due for renewal on January 1. When the new website was introduced, it allowed for anniversary-based renewal, so anyone who joined the club since the new website was introduced will have their membership renewal fall due on the anniversary of their original join date.

    For a large number of existing members however, their membership falls due of January 1. Despite the fact that we provide a 5 week window of time for renewing your membership, many people leave it to the very last minute to think about renewing and if they have still not renewed 21 days after the due date the system will lapse and archive their membership.

    Of course, once your membership expires, you can no longer log into the members area of the site and renew it.  You are, effectively, an ex-member.

    To renew a membership manually after it has expired creates a great deal of extra work for the volunteers on the committee. It involves manually chasing down payments, making manual changes to the membership records, chasing people by making phone calls and sending emails.  In short, those people who let their membership expire and then want to try and sort it out create an enormous extra workload for the committee members who look after this area.  

    We realise that having membership fall due on January 1 is a pain. The first reminders go out 14 days prior (right in the middle of the Christmas season) and then more reminders go out in early January, when many people are on holidays or not in their regular routine. Having a January 1 renewal is a not ideal.  However, until we change this system, it is what it is.

    As a suggestion to those people whose membership has expired, rather than trying to revive your expired membership, you could actually just rejoin the club with a fresh membership application, rather than try to reactivate you existing Jan1 renewal date.  If you do decide to do it this way, you will still need to contact to have your old account removed from our archives or you will not be able to use the same email address.

    This does two things... it removes the excessive workload from our membership person as they try to manually deal with a large number of complicated renewal processes, and it gives you a new, more convenient anniversary date for future renewals.
  • 25 Dec 2010 5:18 PM | Chris Betcher
    At the recent AGM on December 3, a new committee was elected for 2011.

    The new committee is as follows...

    President - **Position vacant**
    Secretary - Position vacant**
    Treasurer - Chris Warrick
    Membership - Linda Johannesson
    Events - **Position vacant**
    Content - Dale Prokopovich
    Advertising - Kathleen Ryan
    Public Relations - Linda Johannesson
    Website - Chris Betcher
    Councillor - Pat Aldritt
    Councillor - Isobel Byrne
    Councillor - Tennys Towey
    Councillor - Dave
    Councillor - Connie Lee
    Councillor - Pam Trudel

    Because a number of key positions were unfilled and the number of attendees (and therefore potential volunteers) at the AGM was low, these positions have been TEMPORARILY filled by the following people until March (unless filled sooner).

    Temporary President - Chris Warrick
    Temporary Secretary - Pam Trudel
    Temporary Events Manager - Chris Betcher

    Over the next month or so, we will be looking for volunteers to fill these roles on a more permanent basis for 2011.  If you'd like to take on one of these roles, please contact one of the existing committee members or email

  • 17 Nov 2010 12:52 PM | Anonymous member


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    Thursday 18 November 2010
    5.00 pm for 5.30 pm
    Clayton Utz Seminar Room, Level 34, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney

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  • 27 Sep 2010 10:03 AM | Anonymous member
    The club would like to congratulate Christopher Warrick, Club Treasurer and Bonnie Brown, club member, on obtaining their Australian Citizenship.

    Both Bonnie and Chris became full fledged Aussie citizens this month.

    From all of us - whether Australian, Canadian or from somewhere in between, congratulations on this exciting milestone! 
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