President’s Report June 2020

It has been 2 months since our last club magazine was issued, namely the April/May edition of Auto Torque. Normally our June/July edition would now be due but with our club activities being postponed since March there are NO club runs or meetings to report . If a magazine was printed there would be a cost to the club for printing as well as postage costs to enable the magazine to be sent to all members. So therefore this email is simply to bring everyone up to date in regard to the ACCMB.
Firstly thank you to all members who have followed the instructions in the last magazine in regard to payment of annual subs and lodgement of vehicle log books. For those of you who have NOT paid their $35.00 subs please do so by 30th June 2020 or your membership will cease. This means you will have to re-apply for membership when our normal monthly meetings resume and that date is unknown at this point in time. It also means that your vehicle/s on historic registration cannot be driven as you do not have a legal log book and the DPTI will revoke your conditional registration. June 30th is the last day for payment.
Also in regard to payment of subs our Treasurer Ricky needs know who paid their subs by EFT on 14/5/20 – payment from Westpac bank – Savings Credit Bank 80. There was NO reference as to who made the payment. Please advise Ricky if this was your payment, or you will suffer the consequences!
Our Treasurer Ricky is resigning from her duties as club treasurer after fulfilling that role admirably and skilfully over the past 4 years. We will miss her efficiency, enthusiasm and expertise as the treasurer. On behalf of the ACCMB I sincerely thank Ricky for the time and dedication she gave to this task over the years.
Our club needs someone who is interested in taking on the role of Treasurer. Please contact either Ricky 85354195 or myself 0408 813 436 if you are willing to consider helping the club in this role.
On the home front during this period of social isolation I have tackled a sort out of accumulated items that have found their way into my sheds over the past 50 plus years. For me this has been a very rewarding time, finding” treasures” that had been stored and forgotten about for many years. Liz advised me to load the contents of the shed onto a trailer and take a drive out to Brinkley Road where these items could be” stored permanently”. Some people just don’t appreciate the value of “collectables”
Anyway at some time, hopefully in the not too distant future it will be possible for our club to reconvene our monthly meetings/ club runs etc. When the current COVID 19 restrictions are lifted and the Johnstone Park clubroom has re-opened we will advise you as to the timetable for meetings etc. Until that time keep polishing your cars, make sure you have paid your subs and have had your log books stamped ; and if you need to take your car on a run try Roy and Elaine Bretag’s run!
Yours in isolation
Pres Claude

NEIL KAAK
On behalf of the committee and all the members of the ACCMB I would like to acknowledge the passing of Neil Kaak on May 5th 2020. Neil fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer over the past few months being cared for at home by his loving wife Ricky until such time as his condition required hospitalisation. Throughout his illness he maintained not only a positive attitude but also a jovial attitude to his situation. Neil was an active member of our club who enjoyed his cars of which there were various makes and models, from Volkswagens to Mercedes-Benz, Holdens to Packards. He enjoyed participating in club runs and his involvement, together with Ricky on the Twin Bridges Rally committee was beneficial in making that rally event the success that it was. Neil will be sadly missed and fondly remembered within our club. Our sincere sympathy is extended to his family; his wife Ricky, sons Jason and Ronald and Neils extended family.
Claude Minge

Neil was cremated privately but there will be a memorial funeral service for Neil when the current COVID 19 restrictions have been lifted to allow public gatherings to take place. A notification re the service details will be issued at that time.
From the Publicity Officer

Greetings Fellow Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB) Members,

As your ACCMB Publicity Officer I thought it was time to touch base with you all, as it has been some 2 months since our last article (COVID 19) that President Claude and I, inserted in the April Auto Torque magazine, our Website and published in the Murray Valley Standard (MVS)

Since then the whole world seems to have fallen down around our ears, along with preventing our beloved ACCMB from holding meetings, runs and social gatherings planned for 2020, however we are all in this together, and we all have to make the very best effort that we can and uphold the GREAT work that Professor Nicola Spurrier, Premier Marshall, Prime Minister Morrison and their Teams in South Australia and Australia have accomplished during this unprecedented event, or face the consequences of another bout of COVID 19, starting the lockdown process all over again, and who wants that? Please DON’T lift restrictions too early.

Today it has been announced that some crowd restrictions have been relaxed yet again, but I feel that we are far from being able to meet as we have been accustomed to over the last 48 years as the ACCMB without restrictions.
I don’t know about you, but from here on in life for all will be much different, both at club level, for travel and within our personal daily family lives.

So, as Your ACCMB Publicity Officer, I have been concerned that our Club Publicity may take a completely different format in the future.
As you may be aware, the last ACCMB article in the Murray Valley Standard (MVS) produced was April 7th, containing President Claude and Liz’s run report to Blumberg (National Motor Museum) Birdwood.
So, with no MVS and no “E” Edition since April 9th, and with NO explanation to MVS readers and E Edition subscribers to this day, I decided to talk with the MVS Senior Sales Representative (MVS-SSR) yesterday to ascertain what was happening to the MVS and where we stood as the ACCMB with our publicity articles?
In a simple answer – very few, if any at the MVS knows what is going to happen, only that on 29-6-2020 a statement will be issued by Australia Community Media (MVS), so guess we will have to wait and see what the future of the MVS paper and “E” Edition will be.

I had good discussion with (MVS-SSR) along the lines of a city the size of Murray Bridge without a local paper, the printing of ONE paper per week with 20 – 30 pages, making it worth reading and buying, getting value for money. The (MVS-SSR) agreed to pass on my comments and keep me posted with the outcome. (This has been implemented)

Hopefully for the benefit of the Rural City of Murray Bridge community and district, the MVS will reopen with a bigger and better weekly newspaper moving forward of COVID 19, upholding the long 86 year old tradition of supplying news to Murray Bridge and surrounding districts when the MVS Volume 1 Number 1 was first produced by the late Mr. M W Parish on 23-11-1934.

In the interim we do have another choice, former MVS Journalist, Peri Strathearn has created an online news “E” Edition, called MURRAY BRIDGE NEWS (MBN) and can be read and subscribed to by going to website murraybridgenews.substack.com or follow it on MBN Facebook page. Maybe worth you the ACCMB members having a “GANDER” at it.

So as you can see the whole scene with publicizing the ACCMB has changed since COVID 19 came to this world we live and play in.

I trust that this will give you as the ACCMB Committee and Members some information as to where we are at with this subject and the reason for no articles etc for members and the general public. (Well no Runs, Meetings etc either) – BUT, Please let’s know if you have any thoughts or comments on the issue of Publicity for the ACCMB,
Bearing in mind that we still have the Auto Torque magazine and our club website at our disposal, thanks to Yvonne and Pieter. My email address is edwardsgm1@bigpond.com

Maureen and I sincerely hope and pray that this finds you all as well as can be expected during the lockdown.
If you are anything like us, you will have caught up on all those chores we have been putting off for many years.
There must be some really tidy sheds, gardens and houses around since the start of COVID 19.

Kind Regards and “Hang in There”
Graham Edwards –Publicity for the ACCMB Inc 28-5-2020

A Little Story
Three Aussies were all applying for the last available position on the New Zealand Police Force – Traffic Division. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, “So y’all want to be cops, huh?” The Australians all nodded. The detective got up, opened a file drawer and pulled out a folder. Sitting back down, he opened it and pulled out a picture, and said, “To be a police officer, you have to be able to detect. You must be able to notice things such as distinguishing features and oddities such as scars and so forth.” So saying, he stuck the photo in the face of the first Australian and withdrew it after about two seconds. “Now,” he said, “did you notice any distinguishing features about this man?” The Australian immediately said, “Yes, I did. He has only one eye!” The detective shook his head and said, “Of course he has only one eye in this picture! It’s a profile of his face! You’re dismissed!”
The first Australian hung his head and walked out of the office. The detective then turned to the second Australian, stuck the photo in his face for two seconds, pulled it back and said, “What about you? Notice anything un-usual or outstanding about this man?” “Yes! He only has one ear!” The detective put his head in his hands and exclaimed, “Didn’t you hear what I just told the other guy? This is a profile of the man’s face! Of course you can only see one ear! You’re excused too!”
The second Australian sheepishly walked out of the office. The detective turned his attention to the third and last Australian and said, “This is probably a waste of time, but……” He flashed the photo in his face for a couple of seconds and withdrew it, saying, “All right, did you notice anything distinguishing or unusual about this man?” The Australian said, “I sure did. This man wears contact lenses.” The detective frowned, took another look at the picture and began looking at some of the papers in the folder. He looked up at the Australian with a puzzled expression and said, “You’re absolutely right! His bio says he wears contacts! How in the world could you tell that by looking at his picture?”
The Australian rolled his eyes and said, “Work it out for yourself, mate. With only one eye and one ear, he certainly can’t wear glasses.”

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