May / June 2017

Greetings to all from the Chair:

We have just had two really incredible months. Our OUT Meeting in March to Hillbillion was superb to say the least, they really pulled out all the stops to spoil us. And, then, to have our AGM so well attended was amazing. To cap it all we had at least 11 people applying for membership at that meeting; never known that to happen before. A very big thank you to Gioja and her ladies for spoiling us so much; I must admit there was virtually no food left at the end of the break.

Our speaker, Dave Halle, had us enthralled as he enlightened us regarding the Ramsgate Conservancy and their efforts in maintaining the natural habitat of the dunes in their area. Not quite certain regarding the amount of parking available but, perhaps, small groups of us could visit the whale deck and try the 'walk' between Ramsgate and Southbroom. Dave has certainly whetted my appetite.

Over the next three months we look as if we are going to be very busy. May 9th is our OUT Meeting at Venture Inn in 'Tweni. Please remember the time, 10h00 for 10h30. Then in June on the 13th we are having a bring and share braai at the Village Bowing Club here at MRV. This will be 11h30 for 12:00. Fires will be lit and the bar will be open if required. Just bring your own meat, salads and bread rolls and enjoy. Then on July 11th we are again having an IN Meeting; our guest speaker will be Calvin Rundle from Hearing Aid Labs situated in the Hibiscus Mall.

One resolution that was adopted at the AGM was that anyone attending a meeting without a 'name tag' will be fined R1.00. Please, wear your name tags, they don't have to have the SAARP logo, although that's preferable; it makes so easy for me at least to know who I'm speaking to.

A reminder that the annual subs are due as from the end of February. The annual subscription for single members and for married couples remains unchanged, viz, R35 per single person and R60 per married couple. It is well to note that should subs not be paid within 3 months then those people cease to be members and are therefore not eligible to attend any of the OUT Meetings.

Much love to all. S.O.F

ZSA ZSA GABOR; 1917- , Hungarian-born American actress and socialite.

  • I am the world’s greatest housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
  • I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.
  • A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it
  • My husband said it was him or the cat. I miss him sometimes


Mushroom bourguignon

  • Serves 2
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins

Make this flavoursome and hearty vegetarian stew for an easy and delicious meal.


  • 30ml olive oil
  • 15g butter
  • 1 onion,
  • sliced 1 carrot,
  • sliced 1 garlic clove,
  • crushed ¼ tin chopped tomatoes (freeze the balance)
  • 2tsp plain flour
  • 125ml red wine
  • 150ml vegetarian stock
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 250g white mushrooms, sliced


  • Heat 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil and butter in a heavy-based pan. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, then add the carrot and cook for 5 minutes more until soft. Stir in the garlic, chopped tomatoes and flour and cook for 1 minute until the vegetables are well coated.
  • Pour over the wine, stirring well to ensure the sauce is smooth. Leave to simmer for a couple of minutes until the wine has reduced by half. Add the stock and sprig of thyme and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 15ml (1 tbsp) oil in a frying pan. Cook the mushrooms for a couple of minutes, add to the pan, along with any juices and simmer for 5 minutes. Scatter over some thyme leaves and serve over rice or pasta of your choice.


MAY Birthdays: 01 Debbie Grutter; 02 Isabel Schultz; 05 Jean Hobbs; 11 Penny Steyn; 12 Helen Piquito, Penny Snashall; 13 Ernest Patterson; 15 Alan Tyers; 21 Norman Friedlander; 23 David Patrick; 24 Don Fowler, Sonja Hay, Vicki Roper, Steve Young Anniversaries: None this month!

JUNE Birthdays: 01 Liz Curran, Peggy Dunlop, Lynette Schonewolf; 03 Graham Bartholomew; 08 Huibrech Pelser; 11 Stewart Booth; 15 David Chambers; 17 June Whitworth; 19 Dave Jackson; 22 Penelope Hugo, Mona Richardson; 23 Albert Burger; 27 Leon Crous, Jacquie Massyn; 28 Ron Meekins Anniversaries: 08 Louis and Helena Fouche; 19 Robbie and Christine Williams; 24 Leon Crous and Sandra Schultz; 25 John and Janet Dellis New Members: A wish a warm welcome to new members, we hope you enjoy the camaraderie and social gettogethers we have on offer.

To those who have been under the weather or on doctors’ orders lately we wish a speedy recovery.

Our condolences to those members who have lost dear ones recently.

An old man went to the Doctor complaining that his wife could barely hear. The Doctor suggested a test to find out the extent of the problem. “Stand far behind her and ask her a question, and then slowly move up and see how far away you are when she first responds.” The old man excited to finally be working on a solution for the problem, runs home and sees his wife preparing supper. ” Honey” the man asks standing around 20 feet away “what's for supper?” After receiving no response he tried it again 15 feet away, and again no response. Then again at 10 feet away and again no response. Finally he was 5 feet away. “Honey, what's for supper?” She replies “For the fourth time it’s lasagne!”

Looking a gift elephant in the mouth. The story is told that the king of Siam (now Thailand) would present a gift of one of his white elephants to a courtier he disliked or wished to ruin. The royal gift could not be refused and the courtier was obliged to keep it. As the animal was regarded as sacred, it could not be made to work, and the cost of its upkeep and feeding would most assuredly bankrupt the recipient after a very short time. Today, any item which is usually expensive, but has absolutely no use at all, is called a white elephant.

One doesn't have to be computer literate!

I know this has been going round the internet for some time but it's good to be reminded of it from time to time.

Installing Love, Tech Support: Yes? How can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

TechSupp: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first? /p>

TechSupp: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are Running?

TechSupp: What programs are running?

Customer: Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

TechSupp: No problem. Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

TechSupp: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

TechSupp: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error – Program not run on external components." What should I do?

TechSupp: Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

TechSupp: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

TechSupp: Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

TechSupp: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer: Thank you, God.

The Dangers of Dehydration

Here are some points from an important article. Please take the trouble to go to the website to read the full version.

  • Medically, dehydration is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which the body contains an insufficient volume of water for normal functioning. Many people simply do not take in this amount of water, preferring instead to get their intake of liquids through coffee, tea, sodas, beer or wine. The problem is that most of these drinks have a diuretic effect which forces the body to eliminate more water than it is actually taking in – causing dehydration.
  • So what can we do to keep healthy and hydrated? Well, the good news is that these conditions may be alleviated or cured simply by drinking more water. People with normal heart and kidney functions should slowly increase their water intake by drinking two glasses of water one-half hour BEFORE each meal. Then two more glasses of water one to two hours AFTER each meal. Drinking water with a meal dilutes your ability to digest your food.
  • However, don’t overdo your water intake, which can also be dangerous. Rehydration needs to occur over time, not by overloading your system. The essential thing to remember is “little and often.” A small glass every hour throughout the day is far more beneficial enabling you to utilize the fluid appropriately instead of rejecting it through overload.
  • Possible health problems associated with dehydration include: Asthma, Allergies, Heartburn, Migraines, Constipation, Obesity, Fibromyalgia; High Blood Pressure, Lower Back Pain, Type II Diabetes. If you lose enough water to be seriously dehydrated, you also become deficient in electrolytes – the mineral compounds, like salt, needed to maintain a healthy fluid balance and regulate body temperature.
  • And remember: don’t go overboard with water. If you have too much water and too little sodium you can enter into a state known as hyponatremia – which can cause brain cells to become swollen with water, leading to confusion, seizures, coma or death.
  • An easy way to determine whether you are hydrated is simply by the colour of your urine. This should be very pale yellow (some medications or supplements may affect this). A dark colour indicates that your kidneys are working too hard to concentrate the urine and a greater likelihood that you need more water. Water is vital for good health and there is no substitute for it.

Only an Aussie can make you feel like a woman!

A plane passed through a severe storm. The turbulence was awful, and things went from bad to worse when one wing was struck by lightning.

One woman lost it completely. She stood up in the front of the plane and screamed, “I'm too young to die.” Then she yelled, “If I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable! Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN?”

For a moment, there was silence. Everyone stared at the desperate woman in the front of the plane.

Then a man from Australia stood up in the rear of the plane. He was handsome, tall, well built, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

Slowly, he started to walk down the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt as he went, one button at a time. No one moved. He removed his shirt. Muscles rippled across his chest. She gasped...

Then, he spoke...

”Iron this Sheila and then get me a beer.”