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G’day and Kia ora to all Kiwis and Aussies
in Manitoba and beyond!

Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Yarn for October-November

Yarn 2019 – October November

The Yarn is out for October November. Please read it all!

Here is the Editorial, to get you started:

Since we decided to cut back to just every two months for this newsletter, you may have noticed that it is 8 pages now instead of 6. This is good for getting more news and stories to you, the readers. It also means more opportunity for you to send in news, short stories, photos, etc. As editor, I am always grateful for any such contributions! In this edition Jenny Gates shares her experiences from her recent visit back “home” (see “Getting to know”, p. 6). My sister in Brisbane also sent me a “Birds I view” piece which I’ll save until next issue. I already had Grackles written up (p. 8) and you can’t really talk about them in December/January – they’re long-gone! Whereas birds in Australia are pretty much everywhere all the time. Other Club members or family or friends often send me links to news bites that they think will interest others – very thoughtful – thanks. I like searching for interesting historical stuff for “100 years ago…”. In this edition there is one of them, and also a “200 years ago …”. I could have even included a “150 years ago …” since this month is the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth (and almost 70 years since his assassination) – a life that speaks to some of the ignorant intolerance still being preached today. Thanks as always to our advertisers and other regular contributors.

Enjoy, Charlie

It’s Almost Time for the AFL Finals

Calling all fans of the AFL. The Winnipeg Bears is hosting the 5th Annual Grand Final Night Winnipeg at Boston Pizza Henderson, 1475 Henderson Hwy, on Friday September 27.

The event gets underway around 9:30 pm and will go until 2:00 am.

The Aussie Rules football grand final is the biggest event on the Australian Sporting Calendar, and will be broadcast live from Melbourne.

Our venue for the night will have the large projector screen going, with all the pre-game live music, and a rousing rendition of the Australian national anthem. Can we top last year’s effort?!?!

And not only is it fishbowl Friday, but we can double dip with the Bombers Home game being played earlier in the night!

Get excited, and see you at BP Henderson!

Texas Scramble golf tournament – Saturday August 24 2019

at The Players, 2695 Inkster Blvd.

Attention all DUCW members who have ever played golf. On Saturday August 24, we are having a different golf day than usual.  Our small, friendly tournament will be based on “Texas Scramble” rules, where every group is a team, and everyone in the group plays every shot, but from the position where the best ball of the group has landed.   So if you don’t make your best shot, just pick up your ball and walk over and shoot from where the best shot of the group landed.  No stress, all fun, and you are part of a team. To make the game as even as possible, we will allocate the teams based on everyone’s skill level, with the aim of having an even amount of different skill levels on each team. with no team being “stacked”. This Texas scramble will be for 9 holes, starting at 1pm at Shooters just off Inkster Boulevard, 1/2km west of Route 90, official address is 2695 Park Royale Way. Some folks like to play 18 holes, so there will be a stroke play mini tournament available prior to the Texas Scramble, starting at 11am.  Please call early, to let me know your intentions. – Peter Munn 204 237-1805. Continue reading

Southern Yarn August – September 2019

The Southern Yarn August-September 2019

The Southern Yarn for August – September of 2019 is released with a bit of sadness, as it marks the first issue after the passing of Gordon Keatch, the person behind the creation of the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. 

Lots of other news in this issue, and mark your calendars with the events coming up, including the golf tournament this month!

You can explore previous issues of the Yarn on our page dedicated to the current and back issues.

Here’s the Editorial from this issue: 

Most members will know by now of the passing, on June 25th, of one of the Club’s founding members, Gordon Keatch,. It was sad news, though not totally surprising after his fall and with an “odometer” that had already clicked Continue reading

Thank you, Gordon Keatch

The following words were shared on behalf of all the members of the DUCW at the memorial reception for Gord on Thursday August 8. Twenty four Club members attended the service to say farewell and thank you to our dear friend.

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Ah Gordon, you were the best mate any of us could ever hope for, especially those of us in the Down Under Club of Winnipeg.

We loved your kind and generous heart, your wit and wisdom, and your willingness to step up whenever anything needed to be done. You were our friend, mentor and sage, and despite umpteen years as a Canadian citizen, you were still a fair dinkum Aussie through and through. You loved the AFL, cricket, lamingtons, pavlova, the Australian anthem, and wearing a kangaroo embroidered baseball cap. You still even had your accent, and you loved the Down Under Club.

As co-founder of the Club and president for 49 years, you guided us from humble beginnings getting together in people’s basements over beer, wine and chips, to an active group of Aussies, Kiwis and Canucks meeting regularly at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre over beer, wine and chips. Continue reading