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Sydney Chapter Index
Last updated 13 Mar 2019 - See What's New below.
Welcome to the Quarter Century Club NSW Inc.; the name was changed
from the Sydney Chapter of the IBM Quarter
Century Club following its incorporation in 2018. Here you will find our current Calendar
of events and find out more about the Chapter, how
to contact us and how to join the Chapter.
You can view our Constitution
which has been updated following Incorporation.
In the left hand sidebar you will also find links to reports of events held in the past 12 months.
2018 QCC NSW Christmas Lunch
You and your partner are invited to attend a Christmas Lunch in the Brasserie of the Hotel Gosford, Cnr Mann and Erina Sts. on Tuesday November 27 at 12:00pm. Details can be downloaded here and the Brasserie menu here. Please note that you must book with Hugh because places are limited to 60 and, if you think you might like the very popular Roast of the Day, let Hugh know as we need to let the chef know rough numbers. Hugh will post the type of roast (one or more of Pork, Beef, Lamb) here a few days before the event.
You are highly recommended to come by train as parking in Gosford is extremely limited. The Hotel Gosford is very close to Gosford station.
2018 Weekend Away
This year's QCC weekend away (7-9 September 2018) turned out a great weekend and 29 people attended to a fantastic bus tour from Orange to Parkes Observatory. The QCC broke the drought as it rained at Orange on Friday after a long period of drought. However, by Saturday lunch time it turned out a perfect sunny day for our trip visiting Manildra, Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes RSL for Lunch, then on to the Elvis, car Museums, afterwards on our trip back to Orange stopped to visit a Boutique Orange Mountain winery and Apple Orchid.
Click here for John Watts' report on the weekend.
Geoff Nash has created a slide show which you can view on youtube at
Note that for your privacy, this is an "unlisted" entry so can only be
viewed by knowing the link.
2017 Weekend Away Report and Slide Show
The NSW chapter held their 2017 weekend away in Nelson Bay. See the report written by John Watts and slide show, created by Geoff Nash at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDc_xOe_Mvk&t=243s
Il Bolognese Dinner Menus
For those of you who would like to know what we have enjoyed at Il Bolognese over the years, you can download a list of the Menus here.
This is the programme of events for 2018 for your diary - some details may change but hopefully we will be able to stick to these dates. All suggestions welcome. Please send an email to Secretary@qccaustralia.org.
It's a great shame that so many QCC members missed out on our visit to Orange in country NSW last weekend. Without a doubt, it is one of the most prosperous and beautiful cities in rural Australia.
Spring had arrived with attendant floral displays of magnolias, wattle and all manner of blossoms complimenting the elegance and splendour of so many handsome 19th century buildings, probably the most impressive being the mansion Duntryleague, built for James Dalton as his residence in 1876. It is now a guest house and club house for the magnificent Orange Golf Course.
So how did this city come to be called Orange? Well, in the early 1800s, there was a British army officer named Thomas Mitchell in the Peninsula War under the Duke of Wellington. An army mate was the young Prince of Orange, who later became King of the Netherlands. Fast forward a few years, Tom Mitchell was in New South Wales as an explorer and surveyor. He became Surveyor General for NSW and in 1846, named this area near the Bell River, as ORANGE in honour of his old army mate. He also named Wellington after his old commander.
Mitchell was a very busy explorer, insubordinate to authority and in between trips, fathered 12 children and negotiated a knighthood in recognition of his efforts. Even if a digression, Thomas Mitchell left his mark on NSW and the city of Orange.
Orange today takes advantage of the rich volcanic soils to grow apples, pears, cherries and many vineyards. At an altitude of 862 metres, it is one of the few cities to receive regular snow falls each winter. Consequently, it is a centre for cool weather wine production.
The 22 of us who made the trip celebrated our arrival with Friday night dinner at Friar Tuck's Bistro in the Robin Hood Tavern. The plate portions easily explained the girth of Friar Tuck, but some did manage to consume the whole serving.
Bright and early on Saturday morning, Mel from Forbes arrived with his Mercedes coach to take us on a day tour starting with Mt Canobolas which, apart from the Great Dividing Range, and at 1395 metres, is one of NSWs highest mountains. Fortunately, the day was sunny, the views superb, but the temperature still bone chilling.
From Mt Canobolas, we descended to Lake Canobolas, at one time the water supply for Orange, and which is now the centre of a very pretty recreation park. Dragon boat racing is popular on the lake. Country women rarely possess qualifications as gourmet chefs but for morning tea, the most appetising pastries and coffee were offered at the Green Trees Guest House, before boarding the coach for a visit to historic Millthorpe. This is a National Trust classified village with a community of some 700 people who live the relaxed life of fine food and wine free of city stresses. Lunch at Millthorpe again reminded us that country folk work hard, have huge appetites and with lunch servings to match!
The Orange community has over the years, produced many famous names in public life. Colleen McCullough was born here as was Banjo Patterson, iconic Australian poet who captured the essence of Australian bush life in his poems and stories.
Gold mining was a feature of early life and fortunes were made at the diggings, still to be seen at Lucknow. Orange offers so much to see and in Cook Park, there is a beautiful restful place with fountains, bird aviary, band stand, fernery, duck pond and numerous walkways between magnificent trees. The whole environment reflects a level of wealth and prosperity rarely seen in country towns.
For dinner on Saturday, we again saw the prowess of country cooks. We had been warned to expect something different. Again at the Green Trees Guesthouse, the food at dinner was to die for, served lovingly by people who care. This was home cooked food at its very best.
Sadly, we had to return to frantic Sydney on Sunday, but not before having breakfast at the Canobolas Lakeside Restaurant, a fitting conclusion to a great weekend.
Again, thanks to Geoff & Ronda Nash who planned and road tested everything before we arrived. It was a most enjoyable week end.
The AGM was held at Il Bolognese restaurant at 6:15pm on 15th October 2014 attended by 18 members and guests. A copy of the minutes can be viewed here. Any queries may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Every year, we visit an area, sometimes familiar territory and yet we
find points of interest we didn't know about. So it was with this trip,
thanks to Geoff & Ronda Nash for searching and planning our weekend
QCC ESCAPES TO COWRA September 2013
Welcome to Wiradjuri country. So, our guide Allen introduced us to this beautiful city some 300 Km west of Sydney. Nestled in the valley of the Lachlan River, Cowra offers a wonderful lifestyle with a unique blend of culture, history, arts and environment. Our visit was framed by fields of yellow canola, cherry blossom in full display and a profusion of golden wattle, Australia’s floral emblem.
Recent history records Cowra was the scene of an internment camp for prisoners of war in WW2 where Japanese prisoners staged a breakout which saw many tragically killed. Nearby is the Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, a place of absolute tranquillity designed by Japanese landscaper Ken Nakajima as an ongoing sanctuary of peace and friendship.
Friday night started with a meal at a Chinese restaurant close to our motel. We have to remember that country people must have big appetites because the portions served were rather generous. Next morning, light breakfast also proved a challenge and on our coach tour, lo and behold, there was morning tea with 4 varieties of cake. It was almost too much although your scribe has to admit, the banana cake was irresistible. Saturday lunch and the dinner banquet proved just too much!!
Our Saturday tour took us to Wyangala Waters State Park the centrepiece of which is a very large dam with a catchment of some 8,300 Square Km. and an environment where the kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and reptiles roam free. The rich and famous have also come to appreciate this area. On the way, we passed Meryl Streep’s farm!
Tour guide Alan proved to be passionate about his home town and took us to the Visitor Information Centre to see the POW Theatre where on a small stage, there were artefacts from the POW camp of the 1940s including framed photographs. After introductory music, a young woman, just 150mm high, stepped out of one of the photographs and began talking about Cowra during the war years and the prison breakout. This was a most impressive presentation as she moved and interacted with the various items of the display. How is this possible? The answer is the use of “Peppers Ghost” technology where the figure is projected on to a glass plate invisible to the spectator….very clever.
Outside the Visitors Centre is the Cowra Rose Garden where 107 varieties totalling 1000 roses provide, in season, a colourful and fragrant welcome to Cowra.
Next on the agenda was the Cowra industrial zone which houses the very large, mostly automated, furniture factory. Everything was spick and span, the surroundings all green and manicured…and so, on to the Cowra Bridge spanning the Lachlan River
Those who have read Peter Fitsimmons book on Kingsford Smith will recall that the barnstorming aviator, in 1922, flew under the Cowra bridge in an old Avro 540. Rumour has it that at the time, there were people on the bridge including a farmer with horse and cart and a husband with his pregnant wife. The horse bolted and the wife gave birth on the bridge. The old bridge has since been replaced by a modern concrete bridge, the pylons of which now feature aboriginal murals painted by local aboriginal artist Kym Freeman, depicting the history of the Wiradjuri people who dominated the area prior to white settlement.
The whole program for the weekend was interesting and varied and we all owe a vote of thanks to Geoff & Rhonda Nash for preparing the way for our group, and to Connie Lee for all those nibbles and chocolates. Must start on a diet when they are all finished!..
The Sydney Chapter of the QCC was formed in May 1966. It supports people living in both NSW and ACT, has over 300 members and is run by a committee of 10-12 people drawn from Chapter membership. IBMers resident in NSW automatically receive membership of the Sydney Chapter on qualifying for the QCC.
The Chapter organises a quarterly dinner with speaker at a variety of restaurants and clubs in the Sydney metropolitan area, a weekend away in rural NSW and one or two other social events. See our Calendar for this year's event list. On it you will also see in November the IBM Annual Induction Dinner. This is the one event of the year run by and funded by IBM Australia. The rest are all self-funding Chapter events; that is, the members who attend contribute towards the cost of running the event. Costs are kept to a minimum and are not intended to make a profit. Unless otherwise specified, invitations to members include their partner, spouse or friend. All pay the same cost per head.
Our AGM is usually in the second half of the year and coincides with one of the quarterly dinners. At this meeting the Committee and its office bearers stand down and a new set elected. All existing committee members and office bearers are entitled to stand again for the new year if they so wish. Office bearers are President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President and Secretary are usually present IBMA employees in order to maintain close contact with our parent company but the remainder of the committee may be made up of both present and past employees. The Committee meets 8 times a year, 4 of those coinciding with the quarterly dinners. Chapter Members are encouraged to stand for the Committee to impart new ideas, help run the club and keep it vibrant and interesting for members.
Members receive timely invitations to each event on the calendar and, depending upon the event, are asked to book and pay in advance. We can take payment by direct deposit, cheque, postal order or cash, but not by credit card... sorry. Communication is preferably by email but those who chose to remain on a postal distribution list receive the same details. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we are not always able to inform those on the postal distribution list of last minute changes, or of events such as the funeral arrangements of one of our members. It helps the Committee enormously if you are on the email distribution list.
Minutes of 2009 AGM held at Il Bolognese on 6th October 2009 can be downloaded here.
We have recently added a Newsletter to the Sydney Chapter offerings. You can download a copy in .PDF format from this table.
Although your membership is automatic, we
would appreciate it if you would fill in the Member Details form for our
records and forward it to our Secretary whose details you can find on
the Contacts page. You can
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