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December /January 2002 Newsletter

Editorial

Hi everyone and welcome to the December/January issue of the Newsbridge newsletter. As usual the issue is full of fun games, interesting articles and news about what's been happening in the Clubhouse. We're all very business here with our accreditation coming up next month and it's full steam ahead. We hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and have been having and continue to have a happy new year.

If anyone has any articles or comments they would like to submit please e-mail them to us at: platinumclubhouse@eircom.net

Contributors: Michael McD, Bob, Ray, Martin, Stephen, Cathy, Breda, Patrica, Richie

Editorial Team: Tom, Karin, Cath

Poems

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The wind in the willow
There's green in the trees
The wind blows through me
Just like a breeze

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As I stand in a open field

With the wind on my mind
As it blows strongly through
The tree helps me feel
Gratefully at ease


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For the children will play
And children will say
We can see the wind in the willow
Mammy and daddy let all
Kneel down and lets us pray.
Martin.

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Jokes and Gags

A man said to another man, who was sitting on a tree, "What are you doing up there?". The man replied, "I'm working for the special branch".

I asked my girlfriend, the other day, to slip into something cool. A few minutes later I found her in the fridge!!!

Why did they bring out the Euro? So we can start using our sense!

What does a television use to wash itself? Aerial

Bob


Admin Unit

Accreditation
We are very busy in the admin unit at the moment with paperwork everywhere. The
reason for all this is that we are working towards our accreditation visit next Feb. when
we will be visited by members of the ICCD. There are plenty of things to be done in order to prepare for this important milestone in our formation, and we wish to make a good impression.

The website
Our website went live before Christmas and so far there's been no problems. The feedback we've gotten to date has all been good, with people saying that it is a very colourful and informative site.

Website: www.kildare.ie/platinum

Regards
Tom & the gang in Platinum.


Employment Unit

January 2002 has arrived and we are all back at it after our Christmas break. All members had a good holiday and they have all settled back into their jobs and are doing well. Breda and Des have done a site visit to everyone and all employers are happy. Des and Breda are also sourcing jobs for some prospective members who have a desire to work, they hope that by the end of the month they will have two jobs to roll. Training in Genesis Clubhouse, America On the 25th of November at about 6.45am I walked into Dublin airport about to go on the trip of a life time to the U.S.A.

Looking around me I wondered how many of the people I could see were traveling to the same destination. My travelling companion, Tom joined me about 7am. Several cups of coffee later we boarded and off we flew. I kept checking to make sure that I had not forgot anything. The flight was fantastic I really enjoyed it, I was fortunate enough to be seated beside a very pleasant person from New York, who was visiting family in Co.Cavan. We landed in Boston airport to be greeted by two members of Genesis clubhouse, which is a clubhouse training base in Worchester, Massachusetts.

The welcome we received was second to none. We travelled to Worchester to begin our three week training course in the clubhouse model. The highlight of the trip for me was the rally we attended at the State House in Boston. People from all the different clubhouses and other psych services turned out to oppose the withdrawel of 12 million dollars from the Mental Health budget. The end result to the rally was that only 6 million would be taken which was a good result, even if not the best one, but this showed to me the power people have when they stand together. The training was very benificial to me and the people I met on the trip were the best. The hospitality shown to us by all was overwhelming. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all who were on the course and Genesis clubhouse staff/members, especialy Corice and Paul who were always on call if needed.

A special thanks goes to staff/members of Platinum clubhouse for their support. Without their support this would not of been possible, I would probably never of even bought a passport. I arrived home on the 14th of December. Now I'm waiting for the opportunity to return again.

Richie


Social Report

Social Outings in December/January

CHRISTMAS PARTY

December 12th it all began. We boarded the bus at 7.30pm and then the craic began. We arrived at Toughers, where the function (party!) was held and we all descended from the bus. We handed our tickets to Angela. We were then greeted, surprisingly, by 2 Elvis impersonators, who made absolutely everyone feel welcome. Dinner was served, which consisted of the traditional Turkey & Ham and there was a vegetarian dish for those who don't eat meat. Then at about 9.30pm the REAL party started.

Louise, who is a Karaoke entertainer, began doing her thing. Once one got on the floor, it was not long before the floor was full. The 2 Elvis' mingled amongst the crowd. There was craic go lore. There was also a raffle which was highly successful.

There were spot prizes then for various winners of games, which were co-ordinated by the Elvis impersonators. It was great fun (even I won a prize for making the best dog out of a balloon!). There were other various fun and games. We all had a few drinks, whether alcoholic or not. It was a most enjoyable night for everybody. The night ended at 12am and we all headed home for a well earned night's sleep.

Cathy.


Catering News

December was a very busy month in the catering area. We invited a number of people to our Mulled Wine morning, which was a great success. We also had our annual Christmas dinner for all the members and staff of the Clubhouse. A number of staff and members completed the Food Hygiene course before Christmas and the exam for this course will be taking place very soon. For the month of January, we have a new temporary member of staff who is trained within the catering area. So we are expecting great things from her.


Banana Loaf

What you will need

cup of softened butter/margarine
1cup of granulated sugar
2 eggs 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 regular sized)
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
teaspoon of baking powder
teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour

Method: Cream butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until smooth. Then blend in the mashed bananas. In a separate bowl stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nuts. Stir the banana mixture into this. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin and cook in the oven at 350F/180C for about 1 hour. After the hour insert a knife into the loaf, if it comes out clean the loaf is fully cooked.
Oven setting: 300 F: Gas Mark 1 , 265 F: Gas Mark

For The Cold January Evenings !

Mince Stew

What you need:

1 lb lean mince

1 cooking apple (6 oz approx)
1 carrot,1 shank broccoli (optional)
11/4 pints of water or stock (approx)
2 cloves garlic (for flavour)
1 onion
1 Tablespoon of flour & little salt


Method: Lightly fry the mince, and shake the flour over it. Add salt and put into boiling water. Lightly fry the garlic and onion. Peel and grate the apple, broccoli and carrot and simmer for hour (approx).
This will feed about 4 adults

Patricia



Manchester united won the championship

Manchester united won the championship When Manchester United won the treble I was in the pub, where else to be when a Manchester United match is being played. In the pub with your best mates nothing could be better. I was watching the match, B.M.F.C versus Manchester United F.C. It started of slow, well the first five minutes were very slow but then B.M.F.C showed a spark of class and started passing like a world-class team. Then again you can never put down Manchester United. To make a long story short, in about the last ten minutes after B.M F.C scored the goal, which put me down in a hole, Manchester United put on the pressure.

In extra time Manchester United got a corner. Who else to take it than David Beckham? He curled in the corner, it was headed out right in front of Ryan Gigg's foot. He volleyed it and all Teddy had to do was turn and tap it in, and that is what he did. The score was now 1-1.

I turned to drink my pint and all off a sudden they had another corner. David Beckham was to take it again, so he curled it in. Roy Keane clipped it in, Ole Gunner just lifted up his foot and in it went into the back of the net. I just sat there taking in deep breaths, then it just hit me we won the European Championship.

YOUR STAR SIGNS


ARIES Mar 21-April 20

You desperately need to let things loose and set free. You know the answer to this sooner or later. The moment you do know, there will be joy and relief.

TAURUS Apr 21-May 21

You can open a door and push past any obstacle. The only way for you is forward. Relax a little and it resolves to let 2002 be different.

GEMINI May 22-Jun 22

This is not a time to have doubts. If you act now things will turn out right in the world. Believe in yourself, God likes a trier, so have a little faith.

CANCER Jun 23-July 23

Don't feel sorry if things don't work out try again and return to it. A relationship is on the cards enjoy and treat yourself, don't be afraid to spend.

LEO July 26-Aug 23

You're now getting the happiness you deserve. So don't look back, the way is forward and the year 2002 will be good for you.

VIRGO Aug 24-Sept 23

You could do with something right now to lift your spirits. You have been through a bad patch and a change of house is on the cards so take the risks.

LIBRA Sept 24-Oct 23

There's a letter you know you should write so do it, you'll feel bad if you don't. Life is too short to hold a grudge.

SCORPIO Oct 24-Nov 22

You can afford to take a break at the moment you've been over doing things and you will get yourself in bad health. Luck is on your side so try the lotto this week.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23-Dec 21

You don't appreciate being ignored and you're over doing it. I know your enjoying yourself but it's hardly the point. Is it?

CAPRICORN Dec 22-Jan 20

Everything in your life seems to be costing you a fortune, but actually it's rubbish and you know it. If it wasn't for other people you wouldn't be where you are.

AQUARIUS Jan 21-Feb 19

It's time you start thinking about yourself and not others. People will use you if you let them, so don't be afraid and stand up for yourself and you'll feel good.

PISCES Feb 20-Mar 20

Will it happen? No it won't if you don't do it yourself? You expect everyone to do it for you so make a fresh start and get control of your life.


Announcements:

Welcome to all our new Members: Darah, Patrick, and Eleanor

Member (attendance) of the Month: Micheal McDonnell Get Well wishes to: All the Members who are unwell, at the moment.

Birthday Wishes to: Martin K., Curt,John M., Andrew,Mary M.,Mary F., Kevin, Patsy.

Disclaimer:
The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of Platinum Clubhouse. Any articles, items or pictures in this newsletter may only be reproduced following permission from Platinum Clubhouse.

Contributions: Micheal Mc D, Bob Ray Martin, Stephen, Cathy, Breda, Patricia,Richie.

Editorial Team: Tom,Karin,Cath

   
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