Jingoism is the lowest form of patriotism, and patriotism is the lowest form of citizenship. Nearly everybody present last night was a "volunteer", which is, in my book, probably the highest form of citizenship.
Having got that off my chest, we had a fun time, last evening, welcoming Anni into our midst as a true blue Aussie. We all sang an adapted version of "Waltzing Matilda", which I had managed to twist into "Waltzing with Anni". Apart from the fact that we got mixed up with the tunes for the chorus and the verses, at one stage, it seemed to go over quite well. James was great on vocals, giving us a good strong lead, and carried us through to the "big Finnish".
Greg and Jenny both brought Lamingtons. (There was a tense moment there, when we thought we were going to have to announce whose were better - but that moment passed). Lynne brought Anzac Biscuits (BJ needs to learn that there is no such thing as "Anzac Cookies" - that is an oxymoron.) Melissa outdid herself, with a Pavlova, decorated by the fair hands of Paris, and a few other kiddies. A very Aussie touch, that! Most of the rest of us, just brought "refreshments" that's pretty Aussie, to.
Boney (on piano, vocals and harmonica, and... ) and James (on guitar and vocals) pretty much carried the evening, musically speaking. (However, River took over the drum kit and the mic. at one stage... ) And, Richard contributed, on his bongos.
Kate was farewelled too, as she is leaving Robertson to go to Tasmania. Best of luck Kate, and thanks for all those Cappuccinos!
I should make special mention of the fact that Rod rescued the internet server for us, just before the evening got underway, because there had been a brief blackout about 6:00p.m. Rod kindly answered a call for help, and came down to the CTC and flicked the necessary switches to power up the Internet system again. Rod makes a great contribution, by keeping the CTC's technology running (in addition to being the Chairman of the CTC Committee.)