President’s Report – August 2018
I have on occasion received comments in regard to club runs where members have previously visited certain venues and are therefore not interested in participating. I can understand that point of view however, club runs allow us to reconnect with people and places.
Even though we may have previously visited a location, or participated in visiting a person/s or event, it is always a different experience. We never know when a venue/location will cease to be open or even exist. We never know when the owners of a venue or vehicle collection will retire, sell or move on.
An example of this is the Clem Smith Car Collection at Mallala which many of our members were able to visit. The opportunity to see this car collection no longer exists as Clem passed away and his collection was then sold at auction.
At times it may be difficult to find a destination for a club run. Even if we plan a run which we revisit it could be different; perhaps spiced up with added attractions on the run. We know that our club runs are not only about the journey and the destination but they are more importantly about the people we meet and the friendships we make on that journey, just as our journey through life should also be.
We should appreciate people and their presence while it is possible to do so.
These thoughts have been prompted by personal events experienced by Liz and I over the past few weeks. We had planned to drive to Queensland after our Car Club committee meeting on 10th July and visit Liz’s brother David at West Wyalong, N.S.W. en route. He died suddenly on 30th June. We attended his funeral at West Wyalong on Friday 6th July and arrived back home the following day. The next day (Sunday) Liz’s brother Philip who lives in Murray Bridge was taken to hospital. He died on Wednesday 11th July.
We all make plans for the future but we do not know what the future will present!