President’s Report October 2020
Our club held a belated AGM on September 1st at our Johnstone Park Clubroom. This meeting was previously scheduled for the first Tuesday in July but cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. These restrictions have become part of daily lives for the past six months causing many of our planned events to be cancelled. Fifteen months ago our year as a car club commenced as a normal year with monthly meetings, club runs etc. We were successful in holding various functions and very fortunate in having a huge success with the Twin Bridges Rally in October. In March 2020 COVID 19 regulations were implemented by the government which closed our clubroom, cancelled meetings and a general public lockdown was imposed upon us. Our social activities, our interaction with not only the general public but also our families and friends changed. Those changes to our daily lives are far from being back to normal and it is not known if, or when they will return to normal. In the meantime, we have been required to adjust our lives to a new “normal”. As a club we readjusted to the way we collected our subs, renewed our membership, log books, etc. and I thank all club members for adapting to these changes. The meetings at our clubroom are limited in seating capacity and under the supervision of our COVID 19 marshal. Club runs will have limitations on where we can gather for meals and bookings will be required to guarantee a venue. This may be a challenge at times but I am sure that we can adapt to making this year a success. On a positive note, we can be thankful that S.A. has been spared from the continued COVID 19 lockdown and restrictions that Victoria has experienced and continues to endure.
Another impact of COVID 19 has been the limitations on the number who can attend funeral services. As a club, our members were restricted in attending the service for Neil Kaak who died on the 5th May. His service was postponed until 7th August in the hopeful anticipation of restrictions being lifted but to no avail as those restrictions continued. Those same restrictions impacted the funeral service for our late life member, inaugural Club President and founder Vernon Graetz who died on 4th September. His service was held on September 10th at Christ Church Lutheran, Murray Bridge and the majority of club members viewed the service via live streaming. Vernon had a lifelong passion for small and large cars. The small cars were Dinky toys, Matchbox toys etc. as well as having various makes and models of drivable cars over the years. Vernon had a longstanding request that my 1924 Nash Hearse was to be used for his funeral service. Thankfully, after much tweaking of the fuel system and even more swearing the Nash performed the task of transporting Vernon from his residence to the Church without any dramas. We have diagnosed the Nash has recovered from coronavirus symptoms previously experienced at Neil Kaak’s service! Some of Vernon and Cecily’s vehicles also followed in the cortege, namely, the 1936 Cadillac LaSalle, 1981 Bentley, 1975 Mercedes Benz 450SE (now owned by Bob and Gloria Neindorf) and VW Combi van. Although his health issues had been challenging over the past months, COVID 19 restrictions placed even more pressure on him to remain isolated. Let us remember Vernon for his long and active involvement with the ACCMB since the formation of the club in 1972.
As we face the year ahead I ask that we all stay positive about our club’s future. Be positive with planning club runs and events as there are ways and means of how they can be organized. Let us formulate some ideas and have some discussion regarding possible club runs for this year so that we can “enjoy our cars and socialize with likeminded people”