2018-2019 PRESIDENT’S REPORT-THE YEAR THAT WAS 14 MONTHS!
As I reflect on the 2018-2019 year, it has been a 14 month year with the re-alignment of our Club year from April to June, I realise that it has not only been a busy year, but an interesting year.
There have been 23 runs/events in that time as well as our monthly general meetings and committee meetings.
An annual program of runs and events included the Pub Lunch Run, Economy Run, Patron’s Run, Ladies’ Day Run, Pizza Night, Pinnaroo Campout (40th year), Murray Bridge Show Display, Callington Show Display, Murray Bridge Christmas Parade, Cherry picking Run, Club Christmas Party, Wellington Strawberry Fete, Mal Fountain Memorial Run and Club Presentation Night.
As well as visits to Keswick Military Museum, The Bend Racetrack, Old Government House at Belair, the Bi-Annual vehicle display at Lerwin Nursing Home, Purnong Trash and Treasure, Palmer Gem and Mineral Display, assisting at the National Heritage Machinery Rally and a Pistol Club visit.
During the year we have lost some members-either due to moving away from the area, selling their vehicle or sadly, passing away.
On behalf of our club, I also welcomed new members during the past 12 months. We hope that you will appreciate and enjoy the friendship and ideals of our club. We are here to pursue a common interest-that is, our vehicles. Whether we own a motorcycle, car, truck or even a bus!
Whatever your choice is in vehicles, we can all connect with each other on a club run, a BBQ meeting or whatever. This is the basis of our club and the reason it was formed 47 years ago.
It is fantastic that some of the founding club members of our club are still with us. Many of them have volunteered countless hours and personal effort to make this club what it has grown to today, with approximately 280 members.
As time progresses many of our senior members will take a ‘back seat’ in driving this club and this will allow the next generation to step into the ‘driver’s seat’. Please remember that if we don’t get any new ‘drivers,’ then we will not have anyone ‘steering’ us in the right direction!
We have a wonderful group of both men and women who are involved in running our club. Without their dedication and the giving of their time, we would simply cease to function. All of your efforts are greatly appreciated.
One such effort that does need to be noted is that of our club magazine editor, Lyn West and her husband Tom.
The end of the 2018-19 club year marked the retirement of Lyn and Tom from this position, after an amazing 15 years of publishing our magazine.
Their efforts have been appreciated by all of us- keeping us up to date with the news, views, hatches, matches and dispatches of our club, pertaining not just to our cars, but also our members.
Lyn and Tom worked through the era of our printed club magazine being the only form of club news, to witnessing the establishment of our website by Rhonda Scarman, who was also a very dedicated and untiring member with her efforts and achievements within our club. Her passing was a great loss to not only our club, but a far greater loss to her loving husband Dennis and their family. She is sadly missed by all.
Time marches on and our club moves forward.
Thanks to club members who have stepped up to fill positions-Yvonne Mach who has taken on the role of magazine editor.
– Pieter Kriel as the Webmaster.
– Trevor Wehrman taking over as Membership officer from Neil (and May) Schubert who retired from active duty after many years in that role.
To all of, thank you and thanks to everyone who has contributed to our club during the past 14 months and prior.
I look forward to meeting with you to enjoy our vehicles, functions and friendships in the ensuing year and beyond.
In a matter of weeks we will be enjoying our 2019 Twin Bridges Rally which promises to be a great event – don’t miss it. In the not too distant future our club will be 50 years old! How time flies – let us all make the most of it!