Our members and friends are the reason for this club. We are primarily a club comprised of people who originate from Newfoundland, but living in California, and meeting and getting to know those wonderful folks, our club continues to grow as we welcome more people, some of whom may not necessarily be from da Rock.


Doreen Gosse

Info pending.



Austin Elliott
Past Treasurer & Screech-in-Master

Austin grew up in Botwood. He attended Memorial University and afterwards, taught school in Twillingate, Botwood and Point Leamington. His media career began as a news reporter with the now-defunct CJCN station in Grand Falls-Windsor. Later he work in public relations and earning his accreditation from the Canadian Public Relations Society. He worked in the PR field for Alcan, Dow Chemical, Memorial University, and the Newfoundland provincial government. He hosted a monthly half-hour interview show from Memorial that aired on CBC TV. He was CJON's (now NTV) Citizen of the Week once for a life saving incident. In 1994 he moved to California and became a dual-citizen in 2008.

In 2010 Austin returned to his beloved Newfoundland.

Len Green
Past Membership & Past President

A long-time member of the club, Len was born in Grand Falls. He went to several colleges in the province and has a degree in animation. He worked in first in Ireland and then in England for Steven Spielberg's Ambimation. The Studio was then transferred to Los Angeles and became DreamWorks where he worked until 2001. Since then he has done freelanced animated and live action films. He is an avid scuba diver and enjoys wreck diving here in California and Newfoundland, which is swears is the best place for wrecks. Recently, he became engaged to an old friend from high school, Tracey Constable.

Cynde Durnford-Branecki
Web Designer & Treasurer

Besides her mom (who was born in England) Cynde was the only member of her family born off the Rock. Just before her birth, her father became a a ship's master in Montreal and the family moved from Rencontre West on the south coast (a village that no longer exists). Growing up, she split her time between living with her father in Brockville, Ont. (where he was a captain in the Canadian Coast Guard) and Southern Florida where her mother worked as a nurse (many people on the south coast were delivered by her mom during the late 40s and 50s). Inheriting her father's seafaring ways, she joined the US Navy in 1983. She served 21 years on active duty and the reserves, retiring in 2004 as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. She has a degree in multi-media and works as a print graphic designer. She married Bruce Branecki, a retired Marine, in 1998 and is the stepmother of four boys. When not knitting, she is often out taking photographs, researching her family and making jewelry.

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