December 23

posted Jan 14, 2015, 11:06 AM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, welcomed us all and wished all those celebrating the holiday a Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year to all!

Roger mentioned that our speakers’ presentations are open to the public, but no non-members ever come to them because they don’t know which speakers or topics we are having. To rectify this, Roger asked if any member would volunteer to send news of upcoming speakers and topics to the Daily Hampshire Gazette on an ongoing basis. Murray Schuman agreed to undertake this task.

Roger reminded the group that we will not meet next Tuesday 30th, because it is the fifth Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be in the New Year, on Tuesday 6th.   

Raffle:  Bonnie Isman won the wine and Ellen Kosmer the $10.    


Bonnie Isman announced that Zanna’s in Amherst is offering free gift wrapping in return for a donation to charity – even for gifts not bought at Zanna’s!

Speaker: Claude Tellier introduced our speaker Philippe Galaski, who is also a fairly new member. Philippe is a retired physiotherapist, and his topic was "How to take care of your back". Philippe began by asking all those present who had ever had any back trouble to raise a hand – and nearly every hand went up! Philippe said that sitting, as most of us do so much of the time nowadays at both work and play, is more stressful on the back than either standing or lying down. Stretching the back every hour or so is very helpful. When driving, stop the car every few hours and get out and walk about for a few minutes. When standing, rest one foot on a stool and alternate the feet periodically. End a period of standing by stretching your back. Don’t overdo exercises, and stop if they hurt. Avoid snow shoveling if you have back problems. Philippe had many other helpful suggestions, and his talk was very well received by the members.

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                    
Linda Honan