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Installation of 68th President, Stu Cameron

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN May 6-8, 2016 INSTALLATION INSTALLATION OF 68th President Stu Cameron Convenor: Past President, Colm Foy

Fri May 6, 2016 Reception at home of Peter and Susan Stanford.

Sat May 7, 2016 Installation at Uplands Golf Course

Sun May 9, 2016 MooseMilk at home of Stu and Dawn Cameron

RECEPTION

The Friday reception was hosted by Peter and Susan Stanford at their beautiful Ten Mile Point home overlooking the Haro Straight and Mount Baker. Appys included toutires prepared by Liz Goldsworthy, Dawn Cameron, Caroline Newman, Marie-France Skourides, and Susan Stanford. It was nice to meet and greet our visiting Gyros.

INSTALLATION Sat May 7, 2016 at 6:00-9:00 PM, Uplands

Head Table

Colm and Wanda Foy, Past President

Gord and Anne Haddow, President

Stu and Dawn Cameron, Incoming President

Peter and Debbie Evans, Lieutenant Governor of District 4

Visiting Gyros

Peter and Carol Ryding, Port Alberni

Matt and Kelly Williams, Nanaimo

Bill and Barb Gilroy, Campbell River

Ted and Marion Grimwood, Kelowna

John and Karen Di Tomasso, Victoria

Glen and Judy Brown, Victoria

Rick and Joanne Couch, Victoria

Chris and Judy Randall, Victoria

Gary and Nancy Leitch, Victoria

O Canada

Toast to Queen: David Else

Grace: Ray Elford

Page 2 Two new Camosun Gyro members were installed by District 4 Lieutenant Governor, Peter Evans: Don Gainor sponsored by Harry Hyde, and Hal Deckter sponsored by Patrick Benloulou.

Installation of the 2016-2017 Executive by Peter Evans was on the theme of the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff when Stu Cameron was a sprinter. All wore running shorts.

President, Stu Cameron

Past President, Gord Haddow

First Vice President, Peter Stanford

Second Vice President, Marc Dumais

Secretary, Bob Skene

Treasurer, Jay Fray

Directors, Rob d’Estrube, Jan Lim, Hedley Goldsworthy, and Hans Rodenburgh.

PRESENTATIONS

Gift to retiring President Gord Haddow and Ann from incoming President Stu Cameron and Dawn, a glass vase, Birk’s Gyro clocks are no longer available.

Gord Haddow passed on the Gyro silver pitcher and tray to be held by new President Stu Cameron for the year in commemoration of Colin Rutherford’s wife, Hibbie.

Gifts for incoming President Stu Cameron and Dawn were:

From Kelowna: Ted Grimswood, an Ogopogo.

From Victoria: Gary Leitch, a glass orca.

From Port Alberni: Peter Ryping, a Mars water bomber glass tray.

From Nanaimo: Matt Williams, cholcolate and balsamic.

The Bill McColl Award this year went to Paul Fogh-Dohmsmidt for his outstanding service to Gyro for many years. Paul and Jane are moving to Thunder Bay this month and will be sorely missed.

REMARKS OF RETIRING PRESIDENT GORD HADDOW. Gord reflected on events and experiences of the year.

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REMARKS OF INCOMING PRESIDENT STU CAMERON

Stu Cameron introduced his 8 family member guests. He paid tribute to the sad passing of Ron Hart, last year’s District 4 Lieutenant Governor who officiated at our previous installation.

In 1912 three Cleveland University students, Paul Schwan, Clarence (Gus) Henderson, and Edmund (Ed) Kagy decided to form a friendship organization. They drew up a constitution on June 24 1912 and called it “Gyro” signifying maintenance of a desired course and attitude regardless of outside influences. Three key words were power, poise, and purpose. Gyro has grown and flourished since.

International Gyro defines Gyro to mean friendship: Gyro=Friendship.

The Camosun Gyro constitution begins with, “The object of the Gyro organization is a fraternity of friendship.”

Friendship cannot be bought or demanded. Friendship is something that you can only give away. You cannot expect it to be returned; there are no guarantees. But, if you give it away, it usually comes back, often much, and in surprising ways. To give it away you must be active and thoughtful.

Several years ago Paul Fogh-Dohmsmidt took a group of Gyros, including myself, on his boat from Sidney on the Sea to Genoa Bay for lunch. We didn’t do much, just had fun. After this I really felt the friendship of Gyro.

Worthy purposes such as doing good deeds, philanthropy, and community works may seem more important than friendship, but when you consider friendship as such an important quality of human life – comparable to love, philanthropy, wisdom and morality- it is noble and right to belong to an organization with friendship as its beacon. We look forward to all the dozens of activities for the coming year.

The Installation was followed by dancing to music of Sound Works.

MooseMilk Sun May 8 at 9AM– 12 Noon, Home of Stu & Dawn Cameron

Almost 100 attended. Hedley Goldsworthy and Terry FFauteux organized and led the event. It was a good Gyro affair.

Acknowledgements: Inger Marshall & Dawn Cameron – table centre

Liz Goldsworthy – programs

Peter and Susan Stanford for the reception

Jim Arnott, Dave Bartlett – Moose Milk

Bulletin of April 19th 2016

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Meeting (Tuesday) 19 April 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Uplands Golf Club

Gyro Executive Meeting held at 5:00 PM prior to the meeting

Chairman: Gord Haddow

Toast to the Queen – David Bartlett

Grace – Ray Elford

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Barry Phillips will hold his annual summer picnic at Shawnigan Lake the last week of July, or early August.

Bob and Judy Skene and Gordon and Ann Haddow will be attending the upcoming Vernon Interim Meeting on April 22-24, 2016.

Peter Evans, new district 4 president will officiate at the Camosun Installation Meeting on May 6-7-8.

International Gyro is having financial difficulties and are decreasing the frequency of Gyroscope, moving their copier to their home office, increasing fees for interim meeting registration, and approaching all clubs for donations. Gord Haddow will obtain more information and report back at our next meeting. Bob Skene spoke on financial, administrative. and leadership difficulties with Gyro International.

A membership vote for Hal Deckter was passed. He was introduced by Patrick Benloulou. He comes from Wayburn, Saskatchewan. He has a law degree from Manitoba in 1979 and practiced in Calgary. He now works with Newport Realty.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2016-2017.

President – Stuart Cameron

Past President – Gord Haddow

First Vice President – Peter Stanford

Second Vice President – Mark Dumais

Treasurer – Jay Fray

Secretary – Bob Skene

Directors – Hedley Goldsworthy, Hans Rodenburgh, Jan Lim, and Rob d’Estrube.

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April 19, 2016

Camosun Gyro Club Bulletin

GYRO SURVEY – Jay Fray 34 members responded. The majority were in favor of keeping our reserve fund, more spending on special events, contingency, betterment fund, and special guests.

BUDGET – Jay Fray

Finances are in good shape.

Meal costs are up approximately 5 percent. Travel fee amount of $1000 was set aside. The Gyro ladies are to receive $1500. Dennis Moffatt and Terry Fauteax spoke about the importance of travel, attendance at other club’s installations, interim meetings and conventions, and the importance of having guests. It was felt that our legacy funds should be used for this purpose. It was suggested by Tom Wood that Camosun Gyro cover the costs of events for the Golden Girls.

By vote, the budget was approved.

Bottle draw winners were Len Cox, Hunter McDonald, John Amiss, Con Rusnak, Jay Fray, Gord Haddow, Hans Rodenburgh, and Ken Fyke.

JAMES NELSON BIO

James has had a fascinating career as a ship’s captain on Northern Vancouver Island and the coast. He worked for the Department of Fisheries in field work, commercial fisheries industry, and enforcement. He told stories of his experiences counting salmon and herring, and his harrowing encounter with a grizzly sow.

Camosun Gyro installation is May 6-7-8. The reception is at the home of Peter Stanford on Friday evening. Installation is at Uplands on Saturday. Moose Milk is at the home of Stu Cameron on Sunday morning.

Meeting adjourned at 09:00 PM

Bulletin of April 5th 2016

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Meeting (Tuesday) 05 April 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Uplands Golf Club (newly renovated dinning room)

Chairman: Gord Haddow opened the meeting.

Toast to the Queen -Terry Fauteax

Grace – Dennis Moffatt

Stuart Cameron introduced the evening’s Guest Speaker, Patricia Roy.

Dr. Patricia Roy is a retired Professor of History at the University of Victoria, and spoke on a “Humorous History of Highways of BC”. Originally from New Westminster, she has been at UVic since 1966 and is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2006. She is the author of a number of books including “Pettit Years”, for the Department of History, and “Boundless Optimism”, about Richard McBride, Premier of BC from 1903-1915. Recommended readings are, “A White Man’s Province”, 1989; “The Oriental Question”, 2004; and “The Triumph of Citizenship”, 2008. She has been commissioned to write a history of the BC Museum.

Her talk commenced with the Cariboo Highway through the Fraser Canyon during the Gold Rush and its importance for the American border. With cartoons and pictures she showed the early roads up to 1922. Until 1922, driving was on the left on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The Alaska Highway, Hart Highway, and Hope Princeton Highway were all built in the 1940s and it was not until 1962 was it easily possible to drive from BC to Alberta. She related the years of road building by W.A.C. Bennett and “Flying Phil” Gallardi, followed by the Sea to Sky Highway and the Okanagan Connector. We have a good highway system- but the Malahat needs work. Our speaker was thanked by David Moore.

New Member, Don Gainor, sponsored by Harry Hyde and Stuart Cameron, was approved unamimously.

Peter Stanford provided announcements about our Installation May 6-8, 2016.

Sheriff, Ron Frolek, fined Bruce McFarlane for escaping to Prince George; Terry Fauteaux for having a suntan, and all those who did not fill out the survey form. Gyro of the Day was Paul Fogh-Dohmsmidt who is moving to Ontario and will be greatly missed.

Bottle draw: Tony Nadoski. The winners were James Nelson, Dennis Moffatt, Charles Gorrie, Harry Hyde, Jan Lim, John Amiss, and David Else.

Gerry Neely told a joke.

Meeting adjourned at 08:45 P.M.

Bulletin of March 15th 2016

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Uplands Golf Course

Chairman: Gord Haddow

O’Canada

Toast to the Queen and Grace: Peter Stanford

Guest: Don Gainor: introduced by Harry Hyde

Guest Speaker: Karl Doetsch – Three Journeys of Man

Karl Doetsch is currently the Chairman of Athena Global. Karl holds a PhD in aerodynamics from Imperial College, London. For many years he has been involved with Canada’s Astronaut Program and The Canadian Space Station Program. He has served as Vice-President of Human Spaceflight, Acting President of the Canadian Space Agency, Chairman of Canada’s National Space Plan Task Force, and President of the International Space University. He was Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on The Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, President of the International Astronautical Federation and President of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). He is the recipient of many national awards, and has been a leader in space and technology.

The first journey of man was the emergence of animals from water to land. The second is evolution of man over 400,000 years along with our cousins, the Neanderthals who became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age. The third journey is to space. The first human flight was a hot air balloon in Paris in 1785. In 1891, Otto Lilienthal, in Berlin, flew the first glider leading to the Wright Brothers powered flight. On April 12, 1961. Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space. Then John Glen was first to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Now we have the International Space Station. Interestingly, Karl commented that, “We picked Chris Hatfield” to be the first Canadian commander.

Our drive to space is based on opportunity for advancement and avoiding threats to our planet of overpopulation, adverse environment, and potential asteroids. First step is colonization of the Moon, then Mars, then beyond. There is much risk: radiation, lack of gravity, adverse effect on the human body and isolation. Our next great journey is beginning.

Tom Wood thanked our speaker.

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March 15, 2016

Gord Haddow mentioned the upcoming installations:

Nanaimo on April 8

Vernon Interim on April 22

Camosun Gyro on May 7

Penticton on May 20

Port Alberni on June 3

Victoria Camosun on June 24

Gord Haddow and Bob Skene welcomed the return of Chris Stewart who is still recovering from his neck injury of last May.

Colm Foy reminded of our installation May 6-8, 2016.

Reception will be at Peter Stanford’s home, on Friday.

Installation will be at the Uplands Golf Course on Saturday evening.

Moose Milk held at Stuart Cameron’s home on Sunday morning.

Bob Skene announced that Len and Greta Cox are recovering; to complicate matters, a tree fell on their home during the wind storm last week.

John Beatty, Camosun Gyro, from years ago, passed away.

Also, Rick Sinclair from Victoria Camosun Club.

Sheriff, Ron Frolek, handed out fines for various infractions.

In the absence of Tony Nadoski there was no wine draw.

Bulletin of March 1st 2016

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Uplands Golf Course

*Preceded by Gyro Executive Meeting at 05:00 PM and cocktails at 06:00PM

Chairman: Gord Haddow

Singing of O’Canada

Toast to the Queen: Rob D’Estrube

Grace: Maury VanVliet

Guest: Bob Cameron -introduced by Stuart Cameron

Don Gainor – introduced by Harry Hyde

Guest Speaker: Jeremy Beller

Jeremy is completing his PHD at the UVic on Anthropology. He received his degree at the University of Manitoba and Simon Fraser University. He has done field work in the Jordan and Israel. He was a previous junior hockey player from Penticton, Kimberly Klippers, Thunder Bay Bearcats, and both UVic and Thompson River Universities.

His topic was Neanderthals.

The Neanderthals evolved between 250,000 and 200,000 years ago from a common ancestor, Homo Heidelbergensis, and parallel with ourselves, Homo Erectus. Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia but they did not go into Africa. Archeological sites have been the Engis Caves in Belgium, Forbes’ Quarry in Gibraltar, “the Neander Valley” in Germany, Shanidar Cave in Iraq, Herrera Cave in Israel, and a number of other sites, predominantly in Europe. The Neanderthals walked upright; they were short in stature, stocky and muscular, hairless, with their head slightly elongated with prominent brows. Their brain size was larger than ours. They used tools, and used tools to make tools. They hunted by ambush as compared to Homo erectus who were runners and chased their prey. They had ritual burials. They had art and used flutes. They painted shells. They had a language and voice capacity. They cared for their sick. They were passive people. They intermingled with the Homo Erectus, and approximately 3% of our DNA is Neanderthal. They survived through the Ice Age and disappeared approximately 35,000 years ago. Neanderthals were not hairy and stooped over, but rather more like us.

His talk was followed by a number of questions. James Nelson thanked the speaker.

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Gyro Club Bulletin – March 1, 2016

Announcements:

Colm Foy reported on a successful Hecklers Night on Tuesday February 16, 2016.

An attendance sheet will be sent around for our upcoming installation May 6-8, 2016.

Upcoming installations:

April 8-9 Nanaimo

April 22 Vernon, including district interim.

May 6-8 Camosun Gyro

May 6 Vancouver-Delta

May 20 Penticton

June 3 Port Alberni

June 10 Vancouver, Washington

June 24 Victoria Gyro

Bob Skene reported on Health & Welfare; Greta Cox is in hospital with a neck injury and is now on the ward. Leonard Cox also broke his toe from a car accident; Wanda Foy is recovering from her gallbladder surgery; and Chris Stewart is gradually recovering from his neck injury and plans to come to our meetings soon.

Bob also made an announcement with regards to nominations for next year’s executive.

Sheriff, Ron Frolek noted that not many members are wearing their pins and warned of fines. Peter Stanford was fined for having his fabulous house shown on TV and in the Times Colonist. Bob Skene was fined for a parking violation and Colm Foy for his new home near Shawnigan Lake. Other fines were to Alex Skourides, Hedley Goldsworthy, Les Wood, and Mark Dumais.

New Member: John Amiss was installed by Denis Moffat. His sponsor was Tom Wood.

It was reminded that the Gyro Club was started in Cleveland in 1912 by three university students who wanted to maintain friendship. The Victoria branch of Gyro started in 1929, and Camosun in 1949. Gyro is characterized by friendship. The meetings are not onerous and members are not obligated to attend meetings. If possible, we are to help assist and serve the executive and travel to other clubs. The demands are few and the rewards are great.

Tony Nadoski and Jan Lim conducted the Lotto draw and winners were Alex Skourides, Tony Nadoski, Peter Stanford, Denis Moffatt, Don Travers, and Mark Dumais.

Next Meeting to be held is on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – feature Karl Doetsch.

Meeting adjourned at 09:00 PM

Heckler’s Bar & Grill February 22nd 2016

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN

February 22, 2016

Date Held: Tuesday, February 22, 2016

Time: 07:00-09:00PM

Location: Hecklers Bar & Grill, Ramada Inn, Gorge Rd. East

Event: Comedy Night

Colm Foy arranged this entertaining event with a good turn out.

Two short monologues by Shane and Tim were followed by the star of the evening, Mike Delamont. He is a well known Canadian stand-up comedian who has worked in New York, Las Vegas, 2014 Halifax Comedy Festival, Sirius Radio, CBC’s Laugh Out Loud and the Investors Group National Comedy Tour in 2013 and 2014. He is well known for his one-man show, “God is a Scottish Drag Queen”.

His routine was lively and very funny.

There was good pub food and it was a nice setting for the event.

Bulletin of February 2nd 2016

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN

February 2, 2016

Date Held: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time: 07:00 P.M.

Location: Victoria Golf Club

Chairman: Gord Haddow

Singing of, “O Canada”

Toast to the Queen: Mark Gillis

Grace: David Else

Guests: Jean Fedderley: guest of Marc Dumais. Don Gainor: guest of Harry Hyde.

Don is the father of Chris Gainor, our speaker.

GUEST SPEAKER Chris Gainor was introduced by Dr. Harry Hyde.

Chris is currently commissioned by the National Aeronauts and Space Administration to write a history of the Hubble space telescope from the time of its launch to the present. Chris has a PhD from the University of Alberta and is the author of, “Who Killed the Avro Arrow?”. He has been a reporter for the Vancouver Sun newspaper and has won national newspaper awards. He did a series on cancer runner, Terry Fox. He has a strong interest in astronomy and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

Edwin Hubble (1899-1953) studied the galaxies and established that the universe was expanding and was far more immense than previously thought. His studies were based on the red shift of light from galaxies. Lyman Spitzer from Princeton University conceived the idea of a space telescope to study galaxies and space. In addition to the current Hubble telescope there is the Chandra X-ray telescope, Compton gamma ray detector, and the Spitzer infra red detector. The Hubble space craft is monitored at the Goddard Space Centre near Washington, DC. The initial launch of the Hubble encountered major difficulties. There were fragile solar panels and computer malfunctions, and a lens grinding catastroghy eventually repaired by a contact lens-type device with a space walk. There have been five servicing trips to Hubble and in the last year it has functioned well and hopefully will continue to give years of service. Shown were pictures of the “Pillars of Creation”, Carina nebula, and galaxies in deep space close to the time of the Big Bang at the start of the universe 14.8 billion years ago.

The Hubble observed a comet crashing on Jupiter and saw storms on Saturn. Under construction is NASA’s James Webb Telescope to launch in 2 ½ years. The telescope will be situated a million miles out in space from the earth.

Dr. Pat Marshall thanked our speaker.

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February 2, 2016

Dr. John Amiss, nominated by Tom Woods, was accepted as a new member. He is a retired dermatologist who originally came from Moose Jaw. He is a tenor sax player.

Peter Stanford announced the Hecklers Pub Night at the Ramada Inn located at 124 Gorge Road East on September 16, 2016. It is a mixed event starting at 7:00 PM.

Marc Dumais reported on the successful Robbie Burns Night on January 23, 2016 held at the Victoria Yacht Club.

Bob Doyle is now a 40-year member of Gyro and was presented with a plaque.

Sheriff, Ian Brown, handed out fines: Colm Foy for improper editing, David Moore and Peter Stanford for having their magnificent homes displayed in the local newspaper, and Don Boult for declining to be Sheriff. Others were Bob Doyle, Pat Benloulou, Jack Walters, and Tom Wood.

Bottle draw winners were: Jim Arnott, Ian Brown, Don Boult, Kees Schaddelee, and our guest speaker, Chris Gainor.

Meeting adjourned just after 09:00 PM

Robbie Burn’s Night January 23rd 2016

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Date Held: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Victoria Yacht Club

Masters of Ceremonies: Marc Dumais

O Canada

Toast to the Queen: Colm Foy

Grace: Dr. John Read

Harpist: Ms. Alison Vardy

Escort: Les Wood

Haggis Bearer: Don Boult

Address to the Haggis: Lt Crd (Ret’d) Gene Fedderly. His presentation was masterful and a traditional tribute to Scotland.

To the Lassies: Peter Stanford ; Lassie reply: Susan Stanford

Guests: John and Mary-Ann Amiss

Beth and Scotty Rodgers

Gwen and Ron McDonald

Golden Girls: Joy Skilling, Margaret Slauenenwhite, and Judy Brown.

“THE TWA LANDS” – Dennis Moffat

“The Twa Lands” was to recognize the bond between Scotland and Canada that unites us in the spirit of kinship across the Atlantic Ocean. Immigration began as a trickle with settlement in Cape Breton in the 1600s. The Scottish diaspora to Canada came in the late 1600s-early 1700s resulting from the Highland Clearances and tyranny of British Laws and the aristocracy.

Early arrivals became employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company to man the trading posts. As well, explorers Alexander Henry and Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean.

The potato famine accelerated the immigration with 15,000 people arriving between 1700 and 1815. After 1815 the settlers bypassed the Maritimes and Quebec and moved into Ontario and the West. They were farmers, laborers, business types and professionals, teachers, clergy, and doctors; men, women and children.

As years passed Canadians of Scottish decent became active in politics and two Prime Ministers were Scots, including Sir John A. MacDonald.

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ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT SUPPER

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The trickle became a torrent and by 2011 there were more Scots in Canada than in Scotland (4.7 vs. 4.3 million.). They came, and continued to arrive, bringing their work ethics, tolerance, and high moral values that have been woven into the Canadian fabric. The amber nectar (single malt scotch) and the poetry and mystique of Robbie Burns makes this country unique and the envy of less favored countries around the world.

So, Denis Moffatt called the ladies and gentleman to rise and join in a toast to

“The Twa Lands”.

THE IMMORTAL MEMORY – Marc Dumais presented

Robert, or Rabbie, Burns was born on January 25th 1759 in Ayrshire in the West part of lowlands Scotland. He was the eldest of 7 children born to a relatively poor farmer, William Burness. He received a reasonably good education from his father and as a young man tried his hand, unsuccessfully, at farming with his brother. He published his first book of poems in 1787. It achieved a fair bit of success and with the money he made he was able to purchase another farm, which failed. In 1791, he moved to Dumfries to take a position with the customs and excise. He died there in 1796, aged 37, possibly from a rheumatic heart condition, and as a member of the Dumfries Volunteers was buried with military honours. A fairly unremarkable life, one would think, so why has the birth of the man known as the Scots Bard been celebrated by Scots and non-Scots alike for over 200 years?

To begin with, he immortalized the Scots dialect in verse. He had a keenness of wit and fervour of imagination that were unmatched. Probably his most celebrated verse is Auld Lang Syne sung every New Years. He celebrated everyday things and the life of the common man, most well known in some of his poems like “To a Mouse” and “To a Haggis”. He was considered a pioneer of the Romantic Movement and a champion of the equality of men, most noted in his poem “A Red Rose” and “Bonnie Jean”. He was a patriot and his verse “Scots Wha’ Hae” was for many years the unofficial anthem of Scotland. Some may recall his lesser known poems on a Canadian theme: “Auld Lang Sooke”, “To a Well Used Hockey Stick” and “I Hae a Wee Bottle ‘o Lucky”.

This brings us to yon wee beastie on the table. The haggis is a staple of Burns Night Suppers and considered the national dish of Scotland, largely due to its immortalization in verse by Burns. Contrary to what some believe, it is not a small furry animal with the legs of one side longer than the other for running on the side of hills. Rather than the luxury item and delicacy you see before you, it was the dish of the common people made of the parts of a sheep that others might have wasted like the heart, lungs and liver. These were minced, mixed with suet and spices, then sewn up in a sheep’s stomach and boiled; a highly nutritious and delicious dish.

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ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT SUPPER

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ACKNOWLEGEMENTS

Liz Goldsworthy printed the programs and Hedley Goldsworthy thanked Marc Dumais for arranging the outstanding Robbie Burns Night.

Bulletin of January 15th 2016

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN

FOUNDER’S NIGHT

CAMOSUN AND VICTORIA GYROS

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Uplands Golf Course

Camosun Gyro President, Gord Haddow, called the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with opening remarks.

Greeter: James Arnett

Toast to Queen: Conrad Rusnak

Grace: Rob Destrube

Guests: Paul Fogh-Dohmsmidt introduced Graham Roberts, past president

of District #4.

Patrick Benloulou introduced Hal Decter.

Previous officers for district & international positions were asked to stand – there were many.

The Gyro Park plaque – Ray Elford advised that this was proceeding, but bogged down.

Nancy Leitch sent a thank-you note for the gift of a wooden box made by Don Boult.

Tom Woods again advised us of the Big Band Bash on November 7, 2015.

Colm Foy spoke about the history of Gyro, which was formed by three college students in Cleveland. They formed in 1912 to maintain friendships and in the constitution there are three principles: power, poise, and purpose. The gyroscope was selected as an emblem as it never falls. There are now approximately 3,300 members, at maximum 6,000 to 7,000. The clubs are all over Canada and the United States, and now one is located in Tokyo. Gyro is an organization where decent people look after each other and friendship is to be treasured. Many clubs are not as strong as the Victoria and Camosun Gyro clubs. We have an ongoing need for more members, particularly younger men as the average age is over 70 years.

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Camosun Gyro Founder’s Night – October 20, 2015

Guest Speaker – Harry Hyde introduced our speaker, Stefan Jonsson.

Stefan is a graduate of the University of Victoria with honors and is with communications. He worked with Andrew Weaver, MLA, and closely with our newly elected MP, Elizabeth May. He was the campaign manager for Jo-Ann Roberts in the Victoria constituency. He is very enthusiastic about politics and described that it was empowering to live in a country where we can vote. He spoke on events regarding the 79 day federal election campaign and election of Justin Trudeau for the Liberal Party. Only the election of 1976 was longer than 79 days and there is a minimum of 36 days for a federal election. Stefan was involved in the campaign for Jo-Ann Roberts commencing last January and February. They thought Stephen Harper would call an election in the spring as both of the other parties were not ready and the organization of the national debate was in jeopardy.

He commented that it is difficult for a party to carry a campaign narrative through such a long period. Issues involved were the Duffy trial, economy, niqab issue, Syrian refuge crisis, and the Pacific trade issue. The NDP started strongly but lost their momentum. He touched on many of the issues why Harper is now in decline. He thinks Trudeau will be more of a personality prime minister versus policy. He thought he would act quickly on items of budget, throne speech, reducing the budge of the Prime Minister’s office, transferring responsibilities to ministers in parliament, provincial transfer payments, Kyoto and Copenhagen climate change conferences, indigenous women issues, and tax changes. He though Thomas Mulcair would likely resign and a BC leadership convention would be called. Questions of proportional representation, fulfilling promises by Liberals, and money flow to Vancouver Island were addressed.

Maury Van Vliet thanks our most excellent speaker.

Bottle draw winners were – Ralph Shilling, Rick Couch, Dave Bartlett, Frank Summers, Les Wood, David Moore, Nick Klompas, and Rick Senkler.

Meeting adjourned just after 09:00 PM

Founders’ Night October 20th 2015

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CAMOSUN GYRO CLUB BULLETIN

FOUNDER’S NIGHT

CAMOSUN AND VICTORIA GYROS

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Uplands Golf Course

Camosun Gyro President, Gord Haddow, called the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with opening remarks.

Greeter: James Arnett

Toast to Queen: Conrad Rusnak

Grace: Rob Destrube

Guests: Paul Fogh-Dohmsmidt introduced Graham Roberts, past president

of District #4.

Patrick Benloulou introduced Hal Decter.

Previous officers for district & international positions were asked to stand – there were many.

The Gyro Park plaque – Ray Elford advised that this was proceeding, but bogged down.

Nancy Leitch sent a thank-you note for the gift of a wooden box made by Don Boult.

Tom Woods again advised us of the Big Band Bash on November 7, 2015.

Colm Foy spoke about the history of Gyro, which was formed by three college students in Cleveland. They formed in 1912 to maintain friendships and in the constitution there are three principles: power, poise, and purpose. The gyroscope was selected as an emblem as it never falls. There are now approximately 3,300 members, at maximum 6,000 to 7,000. The clubs are all over Canada and the United States, and now one is located in Tokyo. Gyro is an organization where decent people look after each other and friendship is to be treasured. Many clubs are not as strong as the Victoria and Camosun Gyro clubs. We have an ongoing need for more members, particularly younger men as the average age is over 70 years.

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Camosun Gyro Founder’s Night – October 20, 2015

Guest Speaker – Harry Hyde introduced our speaker, Stefan Jonsson.

Stefan is a graduate of the University of Victoria with honors and is with communications. He worked with Andrew Weaver, MLA, and closely with our newly elected MP, Elizabeth May. He was the campaign manager for Jo-Ann Roberts in the Victoria constituency. He is very enthusiastic about politics and described that it was empowering to live in a country where we can vote. He spoke on events regarding the 79 day federal election campaign and election of Justin Trudeau for the Liberal Party. Only the election of 1976 was longer than 79 days and there is a minimum of 36 days for a federal election. Stefan was involved in the campaign for Jo-Ann Roberts commencing last January and February. They thought Stephen Harper would call an election in the spring as both of the other parties were not ready and the organization of the national debate was in jeopardy.

He commented that it is difficult for a party to carry a campaign narrative through such a long period. Issues involved were the Duffy trial, economy, niqab issue, Syrian refuge crisis, and the Pacific trade issue. The NDP started strongly but lost their momentum. He touched on many of the issues why Harper is now in decline. He thinks Trudeau will be more of a personality prime minister versus policy. He thought he would act quickly on items of budget, throne speech, reducing the budge of the Prime Minister’s office, transferring responsibilities to ministers in parliament, provincial transfer payments, Kyoto and Copenhagen climate change conferences, indigenous women issues, and tax changes. He though Thomas Mulcair would likely resign and a BC leadership convention would be called. Questions of proportional representation, fulfilling promises by Liberals, and money flow to Vancouver Island were addressed.

Maury Van Vliet thanks our most excellent speaker.

Bottle draw winners were – Ralph Shilling, Rick Couch, Dave Bartlett, Frank Summers, Les Wood, David Moore, Nick Klompas, and Rick Senkler.

Meeting adjourned just after 09:00 PM