Regular Meeting 16 September 2014
Uplands Golf Club
President Colm opened the meeting.
Colm’s “mastery” of O Canada is improving and his effort at the microphone was less embarrassing than it has been. He may be able to get it right all the way through by the time he leaves office. Nonetheless, Camosun once again proved its prowess in patriotism and a capella songmanship and the national anthem did not suffer too much. Bruce McFarlane proposed the toast to Queen Elizabeth I of Canada and Ken Travers produced an amazing grace.
The Uplands produced yet another delicious and copious feast at the expense of a significant number of unfortunate birds.
Colm introduced the evening’s Guest speaker, who was Dr Elaine Hunter, who introduced us to the wonders of ultra microscopy.
Elaine began by explaining some of the technical differences between the major types of microscopes, explaining that “conventional” electron microscopes produced extraordinarily detailed images, but in black and white, whereas her new machine (the only one of its type so far in the world that only came into existence thanks to the intervention of the Emperor of Japan himself!), though perhaps not as detailed, produced stunning images in colour. Using the two types together allowed a better resolution and understanding of very small objects (down to a few picots [look it up], as well as nano particles).
Her team, using the technology, had been able to engrave the university crest onto the point (not the head, although presumably they could do that, too) of a pin. In questions, she explained that this was not just an impressive pastime for the team, but had serious technical and commercial applications that go to the next level beyond the more familiar nanotechnology
Dr Hunter enlivened her presentation with a series of impressive – and, at times, terrifying – images from the natural world magnified thousands of times. Insects, in particular, took on quite a different level of ferocity that close up!
Camosun Doyen Les Wood recovered from the experience sufficiently to express our thanks to Elaine, while acknowledging that he may not have been alone in missing some of the more technical aspects of the talk!
Purely theoretical awards were presented to all those half dozen souls who had already signed up to the new web site at: www.camosungyro.com/v2/member-registration. For the rest of you, there won’t be any more awards, but the site will work much better as soon as we’re all signed up, so please do it now.
Colm reminded people (again!) of the Victoria Installation (September 19 – if that’s news to you by the time you read this, you’ve missed it!) and the District Convention coming up on September 26 in Yakima, Washington State.
It was “hats off” to Terry Fauteux who appeared from nowhere sporting a multi-themed baseball cap that only served to prove his credentials as a multi-personality phenomenon. The excuse for his eye-catching headgear was to announce the theme of the forthcoming Fall Fling scheduled for October 25: “Hat Party”. Gyros were warned that they will be required to produce imaginative headwear or obliged to accept the hat offered to them by the organisers that would be significantly worse. Don’t say you weren’t told. A sign-up sheet was circulated at the meeting; for those who weren’t there, please contact Terry or Jim Arnott.
The Gyro license-plate holders appeared in a box at the meeting by the magic of Gerry Neely and Pete Ryding (Albernis) and were handed out free to the qualifying members present, but sold for the pricely sum of $4.00 to others. They will continue to be on sale to other members while stocks last.
Colm reminded people of the forthcoming “Offspring Night” to which Gyro sons and daughters, their partners and friends will be invited to a pub-style evening and informed about the benefits and joys of Gyro membership. (Since the meeting, Giles and the President have decided to fuse the regular pub club on September 29 at the Irish Times at 7PM with the offspring night, hoping that everyone will inform relevant candidates.)
Finally, our bottle-draw MCs seem to be making a habit of turning up alone. None the less, Tony Nadolski did a wonderful job, which is more than you could say for your interim Bulletin Editor who failed, yet again, to note the winners (which only goes to show that we really need a new editor!).