Event Reports

Read about some of our past events here, either to relive the moment or to see what you missed! 
  • 25 Mar 2012 9:55 AM | Deleted user
    (handwritten by Kim Preminger, transposed to online format by K. Prokopovich)

    After I found all the lamb bones and did 3 loads of wash in the dishwasher, I got to thinking; "As fun as all that was, next time can we go simpler on the food???"

    * I (Kathleen Prokopovich) would like to interject that Kim held a fantastic wine night, and the theme was "Funny Labels/Names". We had some classic bottles including: AC/DC Hells Bells Sav Blanc (my personal fave!), Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch, Oomoo, Squid's Fist...etc. Kim is a mean cook in the kitchen, and as always the food was delish. Especially the lamb lollipops that she inevitably found around the house the next morning*


    We need a volunteer for the next Wine Night (the theme can be - "Best Wine", cover charge $5!) and all you really need is a block of Coon and a packet of Arnnotts Shapes or or something...or hey! Let's go pot luck!

    *I have to agree, you could even order Thai or something. There's no better way to meet members than over some bottles of wine. All you have to do is provide the venue, Cat our events person will set everything else up.*


  • 05 Mar 2012 9:28 PM | Deleted user

    On a rainy Feb 29th a group of 5 met to battle it out for some prizes at the Australian Hotel.

    We were running high from our last trivia battle, but despite our best efforts, we ended up coming 5th out of 10.....at least we were able to enjoy the fruits of our last labour, and have a pizza and a few jugs of beer to ease the loss.

    As some of our more worldly (i.e over 40) trivia buddies were MIA that evening, it was left to Gen X/Y to answer the questions. We didn't do too badly and at least we got the Neil Young question and what makes up an atom.

    Unfortunately we did not know the answer to "Who was known for her "million dollar legs"?" or "Which medal has 3 naked men with their arms on each other shoulders?", therefore we had to accept our lot at 5th place.

    To quote Catriona, "It doesn't matter how you know it, just that you do."

    So on those words of wisdom, the CAC would like to welcome members of all ages to head to the Australian Hotel on March 21st where we will do battle once again for top spot.


  • 27 Feb 2012 12:13 AM | Anonymous
    It's always amazing just how much useless information people store in their heads. But what's even more amazing is just how impressive that list of useless information can be when you have several heads working together.

    On Wednesday night, Feb 8, a group of trivially-inclined CAC members met up at the Australian Hotel in the Rocks for their regular trivia night challenge. As well as a good chance to socialise, have a few drinks and enjoy a good pub dinner, we also got to show just how much useless information we actually do carry in our heads.

    It's always surprising to see just how many truly obscure questions can be answered by a diverse group of people.  Whether the topic is history, geography, sport, politics, science, literature, music or film, if you get a group of people together the stuff they collectively know is always pretty impressive.

    Apparently we were extra impressive on this particular night because we ended up winning the whole thing! Yes, we took out the first place, and so we've decided we need to go back and defend our title!

    So join us next Wednesday night, Feb 29, for another evening of fun and trivia, (and also beer and wedges) as we try to prove that the last time was not just a fluke, but that our collective Canadian Australian brains really are superior!

  • 31 Jan 2012 9:39 PM | Anonymous
    The plan was to celebrate Australia Day in traditional Aussie style starting with a few hours at the beach for some sun, surf and sand, followed by a potluck backyard barbie at Chris and Linda's place. The great rainy summer of 2012 had other plans. So, we skipped the beach and settled for just the Barbie portion but started it a little earlier. 

    Guests included two dogs – one Canadian, one Aussie and a half dozen hungry Aussies and Canucks. We served up traditional Aussie tucker – including prawns, lamb, snags from the Barbie all washed down with some local Aussie brews and wines. We even had an all-Aussie music playlist in honour of the occasion.

    The sun popped in and out and even though we had a few no-shows, those who did waved their flags, showed their Aussie spirit, raised a glass to this awesome country and had a great Australia Day. 

    By Linda Johannesson
  • 31 Jan 2012 6:08 AM | Deleted user
    For the first CAC event of 2012, six of us attended the first Hockey Night in Sydney of the New Year. It was a great chance for committee members Catriona and Kathleen to meet new members Nick, Roma, Judy and Judy's Husband (sorry! I'm super bad with names!). We had a table with a great view of the screens, and Nick was able to support his Canadians and introduce his partner Roma to some hockey action. Though Ottawa won that game in the end (Alfie shoot out saves the day) we all had a great time watching "the good ol' hockey game" over some discounted pints and food. 

    The HNIS schedule is up on the CAC page, so anyone is welcome to attend. Though not official CAC events, Kathleen is typically there, so feel free to come down and introduce yourself. The next HNIS will be Wednesday Feb 15th.
  • 03 Dec 2011 8:04 PM | Deleted user

    There was an abbreviated agenda but we still managed to get through:

    • Approving proposed amendments to the Constitution (please see the new Constitution here: www.canadianaustralianclub.com/Constitution)
    • Noting and agreeing operational changes to the Executive Committee and the nature and frequency of committee meeting (please see the AGM 2011 minutes), and last but by no means least,
    • Electing our new, slimmed down Committee for 2012.

    This latter item was as successful as these elections have been in recent years, returning a full slate of officers and volunteers – some new faces, some familiar returnees – for a complete committee (!), as follows:

    • President:                  Chris Warrick
    • Treasurer:                  Jeff Downs
    • Membership:              Brenda Misener
    • Events:                      Catriona Kerr
    • Volunteer Coordinator:Kathleen Prokopovich

    …ably supported by four Key Volunteers:  Maria,  Sarah H, Dale P and Pam T as well as a number of additional volunteers.

    Chris Betcher returns in an Ex-officio capacity as Webmaster and all members were once again encouraged to put their hands up to volunteer to help with running particular events.

    I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from the new Committee as they get up to speed in the New Year.

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    After a successful AGM, new and old CAC members kicked off the holiday season with the CAC monthly mixer and Christmas party! Members had a great time catching up, drinking, eating and buying raffle tickets. The CAC committee would like to give a BIG thank you to David Cost-Chrétien of the Canadian Way for his generous donation of smoked salmon, caviar and other Canadian produce for us to raffle off. This year all proceeds from the raffle went to Australia Red Cross, and the club managed to raise $100 for this very worthy organization.

    CAC members in attendance at the Quay West Hotel were able to eat, drink and be merry and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

    The CAC committee wishes all CAC members a happy Christmas and New Year, and we hope to see all of you at the next monthly mixer!

  • 09 Oct 2011 10:34 PM | Anonymous
    On October 9, the club successfully celebrated another wonderful thanksgiving day at the Rose Bay RSL Club. It was a great turnout, with close to 100 club members there to eat, drink and play. As always we has roast turkey and all the trimmings (well, we might have missed the cranberry sauce!) and a delicious selection of pumpkin and apple pie for dessert. I don't think anyone left hungry!

    We had the usual fun and games, pin the tail on the turkey and some apple bobbing for the kids, as well as some fun kayak races out on the waters of Sydney harbour. At one stage it looked like it would be too windy to take them out, but the universe smiled on us and the wind dropped in time for the water to become calm again.

    As our illustrious president pointed out in his brief speech, we have much to be thankful for. Our two countries are certainly two that many people would love to live in, and we are lucky enough to have strong connections to both.

    It was also nice to have the company of our new Canadian Consul General, Mario Ste-Marie and his lovely wife Anne and their children. We are very lucky that Mario and Anne were able to join us for the day.

    There was also the usual raffles and silent auctions, where club members could win prizes or bid on items, and all money raised goes back into helping the club grow even stronger.

    With so many club members present we took the opportunity to take a group photo, you can see it on the front page of the website. It was also great that so many new members were there as well, many that I met were coming along on a club outing for the very first time. We also had quite a few visitors and guests, and I hope they felt very welcome.

    Thanks to Catriona, Chris, Kathleen, Sarah, Brenda and Linda and anyone else who played a part in bringing the day together. Events like this don't "just happen" so sincere appreciation goes to those who worked so hard behind the scenes to bring it all together.

    Let's do it again next year!

    Chris B
  • 18 Jun 2011 9:30 PM | Deleted user
    On Saturday the 18th of June 14 club members and guests went to see the Sydney Film Festival session of Tucker and Dale vs Evil. This was the second session of the movie showing at the SFF with both session having sold out very fast due to very good word of mouth.

    The club met across the road at the Star bar doe a drink or two before heading over to the cinema a bit early due to the line for the move starting to get quite a few people trying to get good seats.

    The movie started with a short film called Bear. This was an Australian short written, directed and starring Nash Edgerton (brother of Aussie actor Joel Edgerton). Not to spoil the film but it set the surprising slightly graphic dark comedy tone perfectly for Tucker and Dale.

    Tucker and Dale vs Evil is a move about two kind hearted hillbillies who are heading up to their "Fixer-upper holiday home" high in the Appalachian mountains. Along the way they encounter a bunch of preppy college kids who confuse Tucker and Dale for being the evil redneck weirdos... After this a series of misunderstandings happen that result in the college kids having a series of hilarious accidents resulting in the others thinking it was Tucker and Dale that murdered them.

    All in all the movie was very well received with everyone who saw it and I highly recommend watching it if you ever get the chance.
  • 07 Jun 2011 4:13 PM | Deleted user
    Architectural Walks have been going on in a number of cities in the world for quite some time now. It was only recently that we learned of the Sydney version. These 2 hour walks operate out of the Historical Houses Trust and all start from the Museum of Sydney in the CBD. We took the tour called "Harbourings" which took us to Circular Quay, through the Rocks and over to Walsh Bay Finger Wharves. The tour guide was a hipster styled architect named Eoghan Lewis, who could tell you more than you ever thought possible about the Sydney Opera House...there is even a walk called "Utzon" which is half an hour longer than the others!

    We learned a lot about the origins of Sydney, the planning of the city and subsequent evolution. We visited that awful, ugly, concrete council housing project next to the Harbour Bridge and learned why not to hate it quite so much (it is actually pretty well thought out). We listened to tales of all the political struggles involved in the planning of Sydney and how close Paddington and The Rocks came to be torn down!

    There was an interesting discussion of the history of the development of Walsh Bay Finger Wharves and we wandered around there for a while when the tour finished. An impromptu lunch with all CAC members was had at Lord Nelson Pub.

    It is to be noted that these talks do not go into architectural styles, but rather the history and the circumstances and planning principles surrounding the development of different areas. Other tour titles include: "The City, Sydney" and "Art, Place and Landscape". They also do bike tours which go further afield and you can rent a bike for an extra charge if you don't have your own.

    Our tour was the last of the series and the program goes into hiatus for a few months. The next series will start up in September and we will consider doing another tour then. For more information about the walks go to sydneyarchitecture.org, and stay tuned to the CAC website come September in case we plan another group.
  • 29 May 2011 9:41 PM | Deleted user
    It was another good game of hockey out at the Penrith Ice Palace on 22nd of May. The Bears were up against their closest rivals on the competition table.

    The game started out strong for the bears with the goals levelled 1-1 after the 1st period with very good and fast hockey being played by both sides. The second period saw the Bears come out strong and stay that way to lead 3-1 by the end of the second period.
    The final period started out well but had play stopped due to an unfortunate injury when one of the Blue Tongues players received a very fast puck to the face. after play resumed the momentum that had been carrying the Bears through the majority of the game seemed to be lost with the Blue Tongues coming back and winning 6-3.
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