Getting to know…

Almost every month, we profile another club member in this section. Most of the interviews have been done by veteran member, Gordon Keatch. If you are new to our club, you might get a call from Gordon for an interview. If you have a suggestion of someone who might be due for an update, please let us know. Click on the headlines to read the entire interview.


  • August 6, 2020Yarn August September 2020
    The new Southern Yarn is ready online, and this month there is a bonus page (p 9) of photos for those of you lucky enough to download it!
  • June 8, 2020Yarn June-July 2020
    The Southern Yarn for June and July is ready for you to download, either directly, or through the Yarns page. Many of our anticipated events will be impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions, but perhaps now more than ever, we value our connections with one another, even if meeting in person is harder to achieve. Here’s Charlie’s editorial to get your started:  One thing I enjoy about this “job” (as editor of The Yarn newsletter) is hunting for good news stories to share. So, it is encouraging to find a good number of sites devoted to offering just that. You will find some of ...
  • April 13, 2020The Southern Yarn – April May 2020
    The Southern Yarn is available for download in glorious colour, while others await their brilliant yellow paper version through good old Canada Post. See the whole list of Yarns at the dedicated web page. Note also that the online (PDF) version has links throughout to lead you to more content online.  
  • February 4, 2020Yarn 2020 Feb-Mar
    The Southern Yarn’s February March issue is available as a PDF for download right now! Why wait for the yellow paper version in the post, when you can get it now, in glorious colour, with live links as well! Check it out. And how about all those past issues? Get them on the Yarn’s own webpage. Here’s the editorial of this issue to get you started: Well, there’s movement at the station … our DUCW is mobilized at many levels to make the Feb 22 fundraiser a success. (One member commented that it reminded him of when we used to plan for our Folklorama ...
  • December 16, 2019Yarn Dec 2019 – Jan 2020
    The December-January edition of The Southern Yarn bridges the start of a new decade as we enter 2020. We’ve got reports on the not-so-formal dinner, the AGM, the Christmas party, and other club events, Give it a read, and we look forward to seeing you all next year.  And here are some photos from the Christmas party that we could not fit into the Yarn. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Enjoy the photos. And Charlie’s editorial takes the form of a good old Aussie Christmas Bush Yarn this time, so here it is: A Bush Christmas “C.J. Dennis” Herald, 24 December 1931, p4 This poem was also published ...
  • August 14, 2019Southern 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 ...
  • August 13, 2019Thank 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. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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 ...
  • April 10, 2019Yarn April – May 2019
    The spring edition of The Southern Yarn is now available for download, and for those favouring the fine B&W on yellow paper version, it will be in the post en route to your mailbox soon. As usual, you can catch up on back issues by visiting the Southern Yarn section of this website.
  • February 13, 2019Yarn February – March 2019
    The Southern Yarn’s February – March 2019 issue is ready for your reading enjoyment again. Here’s the editorial to get you started: Thanks to Jenny Gates for typing up the Getting to Know feature for this issue – about “Two-Up” (p.6). Now, I think there needs to be some explanation for readers who have never attended one of our events here in Winnipeg. We play Two-Up at many of our gatherings – it is easy and fun for all ages, and results in a winner in just a few tosses. So, here’s the explanation: the way we “place our bets” is to ...
  • December 12, 2018Yarn December 2018 – January 2019
    The end of the year is upon us, and the final Yarn of 2018 is upon us.  Here is the message from the Editor: The month of November heralded several momentous events: the Melbourne Cup, the US mid-term elections and the DUCW’s Annual Meeting, to name a few. More seriously, of course, it was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Here in Canada, “Remembrance Day” is commemorated more like ANZAC Day is downunder – the 11th of November is a public holiday, there are dawn services as well as larger gatherings at 11:00 around cenotaphs in most towns, Veterans, active service personnel ...
  • June 8, 2018Yarn June 2018
    The June issue of the Yarn is available for download. You can download it here, or from the Yarn archives page. And let’s start adding in the editorial on these announcement posts… Apologies for not getting a Yarn together for May, but I was away for half the month, downunder. The primary reason was a reunion of the class of ’69 who attended Queensland Agricultural College – it was certainly great to meet “old” mates again. Of course, with every trip back “home” there are always many reunions – other friends, family and, naturally for me, the birds. I managed to photograph ...
  • February 11, 2018Burrumbuttock Hay Run
    This post was originally published in the February 2018 issue of the monthly newsletter of The Down Under Club of Winnipeg, The Southern Yarn – http://downunderclub.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Yarn2018_02-Feb.pdf On January 26, 2018, the 13th Burrumbuttock Hay Run headed west to provide essential resources to drought-stricken farmers across regional New South Wales and Queensland. What exactly is the hay run and how did it get started? The Burrumbuttock Hay Run (BHR) was founded by Brendan Farrell in 2014. When he heard about a farmer in Bourke, NSW, struggling in the drought, Brendan offered to take him a truck load of hay to help him out. There ...
  • September 13, 2017Yarn for September 2017
    The September issue of the Southern Yarn is available for you to download now! Get the details on the most recent and the upcoming activities, including our formal dinner, for which you need to make a menu selection as part of your RRSP. Get on it, mates!
  • June 14, 2017The Southern Yarn – June 2017
     Yarn2017_06-June Sorry for the late posting of this month’s newsletter, mates! Inside is lots of read, and don’t forget the seventh page, exclusive to our colour online version! Don’t you feel special now?
  • April 9, 2017Yarn April 2017
    The April 2017 issue of The Southern Yarn is here for your reading. We mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, along with the 150th year of Canada. Lots of news items for everyone. Note: Some important location changes for the passports appointments and the alumni event. Read the bottom of page one.
  • February 13, 2017Yarn February 2017
    Time to read the Yarn again! Check it out online for the colour, the links at the end of many articles, and the extra page of content.  
  • January 17, 2017Jan 2017 Yarn
    Another year is upon us, and the Yarn keeps on delivering! Volunteer driven efforts sometimes result in delays, but we come through buysoma.net eventually. Download it now here, or go to the Yarns page and find the current and back issues of The Yarn.
  • December 12, 2016December Yarn
    The December Yarn was done on time, but posted here a title late. Sorry folks! Catch up on all the news! Yarn page is here. All the best for Christmas and a terrific conclusion to 2016.
  • May 1, 2016Happy birthday, Mr Keatch!
    On behalf of everyone in the Down Under Club, happy birthday to our mate, Gordon Keatch, who is celebrating 92 years young. For he’s a jolly good fellow, and so say all of us! x
  • March 10, 2016Yarn March 2016
    The March 2016 issue of The Yarn will be in the post soon, but you can download it here, in glorious colour! Remember, too, that the digital edition often has little web links at the end of some stories, where you can go and read more details. Enjoy!

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