Laughter Clubs Victoria
Sept 2011- #84

So it’s spring, and even though our newsletter has been hibernating over winter, Laughter Clubs have been rolling along as they always have since being formed in Victoria 9 years ago. 

There has been lots happening, and it would be fair to say the highlight for a lot of members was World Laughter Day when we celebrated from the main stage at Federation Square.  Read on below to see what President Bronwyn wrote.

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Hellooooo Laughers,

Did you get to Federation Square for World Laughter Day?  It was WiLD!   One of our LCVi Committee members Mahes Karrupiah-Gillen put together a brilliant program of laughter, drumming, dance and song and the 2 hours really flew by.  Over 200 people joined in the fun including not 1 but 4 film crews!  Laughter Club Nunawading leader Lois was featured on the Channel 10 news, right before the weather. Check it out at Laughter was also the top topic of choice for 3 groups of final year media students from RMIT who filmed and interviewed laughers for 3 different takes on World Laughter Day and a crew from Swinburne used the event to finalise their footage for their final exam piece. 

The Swinburne group had previously spent a day with the Mitcham Laughter Group getting some community laughs on film.  Hopefully we can get permission to use their final piece to promote Laughter Yoga. World Laughter Day will be held on May 6 next year. You might like to put it in your diary now!       


Down at the lovely coastal town of Port Fairy, World Laughter Day was celebrated jointly by the South West Laughter clubs.  Laughter Club Heywood Leader Julie pulled the fun-filled day together, and has already got plans for next year.

Above - World Laughter Day at Port Fairy

A perpetual trophy for The Club with the Best Laugh was awarded for the first time this year at the World Laughter Day celebrations held in Federation Square.  Two clubs shared the honour -  Laughter Club Geelong with the ‘archer laugh’ and Laughter Club West Brunswick with the ‘cross over handshake laugh’.  Congratulations to both clubs.


Above - Winners are Grinners

Club News Federation Square 11:00am on the first Sunday of every month is always well attended by the general public. For those who aren’t aware LCVi Laughter Club Leaders volunteer to be on the monthly roster, which is great as having  different people lead the half hour it gives us a very broad variety of laughs. South Yarra would like to see even more people to share some laughter with them.  The best way to locate the laughers on a Saturday morning at 10:30am is to enter Fawkner Park near the Armadale Street entrance off St Kilda Road.

Mitcham Parish Centre.  Nunawading Laughter Leader Lois [9877 5108] is now running a second group at 11:30am on the last Monday of the month at the Anglican Church in the new Parish Centre in Edward Street in Mitcham. Soup and sandwiches follow.

Yarrawonga *****New Club*****  .9:00am Saturday. Belmore Street Yarrawonga in the portable building between the Shire Hall and Burke’s Hotel.  Laughter leader Rosie [5473 2268] started off with excellent media coverage with two articles in the local newspapers.

Eltham Laughter Leader Carolyn [0413 821 636] asks people interested in attending a laughter session to contact her for the details

Warrandyte has gone into recess.

Hazelwood Park (SA)   *****New Club*****  10:00am Tuesday.  Hazelwood Park Burnside, Enter the car park at the corner of Davenport Terrace and The Parkway at the rear of the park.  Laughter Leader David 0415 676 709 hopes that laughter club members visiting from Victoria and other states will join in when they are visiting Adelaide. 

LCVi Future Direction LCVi is heading towards its tenth year of existence.  If you want to be part of taking laughter further into the community, have fun, meet with people who are full of good ideas, and feel you could inject some new thinking into our activities, read on ...

All positions on the LCVi Committee will be declared vacant at the AGM on Sunday 2 October.   If you’d like to know more, contact one of the committee members listed on the web site.  A formal notice for the AGM will be sent out shortly and will include a nomination form.   

 Go to to  be part of the laughter community        

          The LCVi Twitter Account name is:  @laughterclubsvic

Laughter Leader Training Workshop

The last workshop for the year will be presented in Altona on Sunday 27 November.  This is the best starting point for people wanting to set up a community laughter club.  It is a day filled with lots of laughter and fun as your two facilitators take you through the wealth of information in the training manual you get to take home.   To find out more contact Phillipa 0418 521 265 or Bronwyn 0421 335 197.  Bookings are now open and can be made by emailing 

Media Coverage

Promotion of World Laughter Day made the airwaves in a big way and Mahes, Bronwyn and Phillipa were all interviewed in the weeks leading up to the event giving great exposure to Laughter Clubs. 

Laughter Club Moonee Ponds Leader Jim happily ran a laughter session attended by a Leader Newspaper journalist one week and a photographer the next.  LC Moonee Ponds Anchor person Ursulla featured with other laughers on the front page with more pictures and words about the laughter club inside.


Above - Laughter Club Moonee Ponds

Diabetic Living Magazine ran a feature on Laughter back in April.

The first episode of Fringe Lane, which aired on Channel 31 had a story on Laughter Clubs.  You can view it at    

Get to Know Your Laughter Leaders  Who are you?      Damian TonsoYour role on the committee? Past Committee MemberYour club? St Kilda and West BrunswickHow long have you been part of the club? 5 yearsHow did you become involved? Through Howard Langmead who founded the West Brunswick club.  I joined in there then started the St. Kilda ClubFamily? Married with one adorable daughterFavourite Memory? Wedding DayFavourite Book? Steve Martin’s biographyFavourite Smell? Homemade meals cooking on the stoveFavourite TV Show? Funniest home videosCat or Dog? DogHobbies? Laughing and motorbikesWhere would you like to be right now? At home with my familyWhat would you like to learn? ItalianPassion? Making people laughWhat do you want to be remembered for? Making people laugh

Thought for the Month

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

Mind Body Spriit FESTIVAL

LCVi were in the prime 12:30pm time slot on the performance stage at the Festival during the long weekend in June. Lynnette, Bronwyn, Mahess and Phillipa each led one day, supported by different members in their purple and yellow laughter club t-shirts over the four days .

Fri 18, Sat 19, and Sun 20 November are the dates of the next MBS Festival. Put the dates in your diary and watch out for the call for people to go on the roster.


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Diary Dates
Sunday 2 October

Laughter Club Federation Square

Sunday 2 October

LCVi Annual General Meeting

Sunday 6 NovemberLaughter Club Federation Square

18,19,20 November

Mind Body Spirit Festival

27 November

Laughter Leader Training Workshop

          Editor: Phillipa Challis 0418 521 265

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