Sunday, July 31, 2016

Patrick & Colleen recently visited the three ancient and exotic countries south of the Caucasus mountains. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia were until 1991 part of the Soviet Union and off-limits to foreigners. Each country has a unique culture and a fascinating history but are little known due to their secret life behind the Iron Curtain. Azerbaijan is one of the world’s largest oil producers (a hundred years ago almost all of the world’s oil came from Azerbaijan). The population is Shia Muslim. Georgia was recently invaded by Russia and a third of the country is still under Russian occupation. It is very poor and its main source of income is tourism from Russia! Georgians follow the Orthodox faith. Armenia was the first Christian country in the world. The symbol of Armenia is Mount Ararat (where Moses landed after the flood) which is temporarily not in Armenia. Armenia is Apostolic and whilst Patrick & Colleen were there, Pope Francis came to do homage to Armenia.
Patrick will describe where they went, what they saw and, most importantly, what they ate.

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Our next meeting for this year will be held on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 1.30pm at
Meadowbank Community Centre, 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank

Patrick Edwards will give a talk on his recent visit to Azebaijan, Georgia and Armenia and will be showing pictures on screen. 
See attachment for more information.

Please bring along friends and neighbours to hear this interesting talk.
Afternoon tea will be served
New members are always welcome
Registration costs NZCA members  $2.00   Non members  $3.00   (to cover hall hire and afternoon tea)
A raffle will be held during the afternoon   -   $1.00 per ticket or $2.00 for 3 tickets  (no obligation to purchase)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mid-Autumn Dinner *

at Lucky Fortune Restaurant.
532 – 536 Mt.Albert Rd.  Three Kings
Sat. 13 August 2016 @ 6.30pm

                                                                                     Adults: ~  ~  ~  ~ $35
Child: ( under 12 ) $25                            BYO

                                                                                     Table X 12 = $420 

                                                          Enquiries: Connie Kum  P:09 625 8611.  E:
                                                          Tickets & Reservations: Connie.
If you have a free day on 23 and 24 July, the NZ Orchid Society is putting
on their winter Orchid Show.  See orchids that flower only this time of year
in a special two day show.

Shirley Sidnam who has spent over 35 years cultivating her orchids will be
floating around the Community hall with other experienced orchid traders
giving advice to people with any queries.
Come along and see plenty of varieties of can buy direct from
the Traders including Orchid feed, Orchid bark etc.

The winter Orchid show is held at the Mt Albert Memorial Hall.