The 2021-2022 year is over. As we reflect on the year that was, I believe it would be fair to say that it was better than the previous year BUT it was still not back to the “normality” that existed prior to Covid 19 restrictions.
Some events experienced issues with restrictions and some of our members exercised caution in attending meetings and club runs. Illness due to Covid and the flu has affected many of our members and/or their families, including myself. Hopefully, the worst is over and there is such a thing as “building up a resistance to the bug”.
For those who participated in our club runs during the year, we experienced a great social gathering of like-minded people, visiting various venues, enjoying meals together and interacting with the owners of the venues we visited.
From our annual club runs-the Pub Run to Angaston in July, the Patron’s Run to Strathalbyn, and the Ladies’ Day Run to Langhorne Creek-to our club cars being on public display at the Murray Bridge Show, the Callington Show and the Murray Bridge Pageant.
There was a Cruise night to Swanport Reserve, as well as the Biggest Morning Tea and Sausage Sizzle-but Covid restrictions cancelled our annual Pizza night and the Strawberry Fair at Wellington.
A large contingent headed to the Mallee to see an amazing collection of vehicles and motor bikes at Alawoona. We were told many stories about “who flung dung” and other “crappy products” at our Neutrog visit at Kanmantoo.
Our club was founded in 1972 and we celebrated the 50th year anniversary over 2 days in March. This was a wonderful reunion of past and present members, vehicle and photo displays, combined with a riverfront BBQ and reunion dinner.
The final activity for the year was the annual presentation dinner at Park Lane Vietnamese Restaurant.
Thank you to all who participated in these events. Thank you to the organisers of the events and club runs. Thank you to the Club Officers and Committee members who have volunteered their time, energy and expertise during the year.
As we begin our 2022-2023 year, we are hopeful that Covid restrictions will not return and we can enjoy a full program of events and runs. BUT events and runs don’t just happen-we need your thoughts and ideas on places to visit or activities in which we can participate as a club. Talk to me or anyone on the Committee if you have any ideas.
Let’s all enjoy the year ahead.

Claude Minge.

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