Mahjong stal­wart made club life mem­ber

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham Clas­si­cal MahJong Club cel­e­brated a spe­cial mile­stone re­cently, with club mem­ber Joan Downie awarded life mem­ber­ship.

The club stal­wart was recog­nised for her ser­vice dur­ing the club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Hav­ing been a mem­ber for the past decade, Ms Downie has served the club in a num­ber of roles in­clud­ing be­ing re­spon­si­ble for rewrit­ing the club con­sti­tu­tion and its by-laws.

Fel­low Rock­ing­ham Mahjong Club com­mit­tee mem­ber Yvonne Robin­son-Schorer hailed Ms Downie for her work over the past 10 years.

Mahjong is a tile-based game in­volv­ing cal­cu­la­tion, skill and strat­egy, which orig­i­nated in China dur­ing the Qing dynasty.

The game is com­monly played by four play­ers, with a num­ber of three player vari­ants found through­out Asia.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how long you have been a mem­ber or how long you’ve been play­ing it — you never know all the rules,” Ms Robin­son-Schorer said. “There’s some­thing new to learn all the time. It’s very easy to play but it makes you use your mind all the time.” The club, which has been oper­at­ing for nearly 25 years, now has 67 mem­bers and is al­ways on the look­out for new re­cruits.

Rock­ing­ham Mahjong Club meets ev­ery Thurs­day, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, at McClarty Hall, in Shoal­wa­ter.

Pic­ture: Yvonne Robin­son-Schorer

Rock­ing­ham Mahjong Club mem­bers Jean Wilde and Les­ley Lam­brecht with life mem­ber Joan Downie, cen­tre.

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