2011 President's Report 02 February

 

President’s Report to 2011 Branch AGM

It is with pleasure that I present my report for 2010 which has been a successful and eventful year thanks to the efforts of the committee and all the members who have participated in and assisted with the many events and rides which the branch hosted.

The year started brightly when we received the great news that our secretary Perry Stephens was awarded the Dearnley Medal at the AGM in Albany and concluded on an equally bright note when Barbara Maggs and Tony Jenner were awarded the 2011 Australia Day Award for their contributions to the community by the Federal member for Holt.  This award was in recognition of their efforts in running the Toy Run from Cranbourne for the past 25 years.  Congratulations Barbara, Tony and Perry.

The ride calendar was kept very full throughout the year with a great variety of rides from all four starting venues thanks to the participation of the many members who took on the role of leading rides.   Recruiting of ride leaders will occur at the end of the meeting today.     

The Annual Ice Run was again held in May with almost 40 people attending in good weather.  The 14th Ice Run is already on the calendar for this year.

The 12th High Country Odyssey at Mansfield was again a great success with many visitors from interstate and I would like to point out that the entire committee attended.  With regard to Mansfield I would particularly like to thank Margaret and John for all their organisational efforts and Hank for his catering plus all the other members who simply hopped in and made sure that it all went smoothly.

The VSK Day at Cardinia Reservoir was again well received by the Very Special Kids for whom it was put on even though numbers were down due to poor weather forecasts for that day.  Many thanks to Perry for organising this event and all those members who hopped in and made it all run so smoothly.       

The committee has decided that both Mansfield and VSK will again be run this year.  

On the social front the monthly pub nights at the Tower continue to be well attended and there has also been good attendance at both Saturday morning venues including a “meet the neighbours visit” to Port Melbourne from the Geelong Branch.   Whether or not there should be a second monthly “pub” night is a matter which is still to be resolved.

The Christmas function was again a great end to the social calendar for the branch. 

Kate Clarke took over the role of website administrator from Raymond Herd and launched a completely new website in July and well over 100 members have already registered on the site.  I encourage all members who have not yet registered to do so as it is a great communication venue and allows members to share all sorts of information.   I have received many favourable comments on the website from a wide variety of people both inside and outside the club and I would like to thank Kate for the great job she has done in designing and maintaining the site which is still continuing to evolve. 

Alf Dennemoser has also done a great job in preparing the Spare Tyre which is available to all members via the website.  Those members who would like a hard copy posted to them are reminded that today would be the perfect time to pay their subscription. 

As the branch cannot charge fees or similar, our sources of funding are very limited and the continuing health of our finances is largely thanks to our sponsors namely;

Bike Mart in Ringwood

Jeffrey Motorcycles in Ferntree Gully

Metro Motorcycles plus Treads and Things in Ringwood; and

Saffron Motorcycle Tours   

I encourage all members to support these businesses as they enable the branch’s finances to remain healthy and provide the things you want from the club.

We are also in the process of adding South East Motorcycles of Moorabbin which is run by Steve Hunt (a friend of one of our branch members) as another branch sponsor.  They service most makes of motor cycles and also sell and fit tyres and accessories.

I regret to advise that Bryant “Adler” Davies #59 passed away on 21 November 2010.  As can be seen by his number “Adler” was one of the club’s original members and was a stalwart of the Elizabeth Street group over the past 15 years.  The fact that he has “Ridden On” is detailed further in the February 2011 Riding On magazine.

As the ride coordinator, I cannot ignore the fact that several members were injured either during or returning from branch rides in the past year and one member is undergoing further corrective surgery after being injured way back in April last year.  I wish all these members well in their recovery.  

I would also remind members that safety is paramount at all times and particularly on branch rides.  Courtesy to fellow members (whose experience and skills vary), safe and legal overtaking practices, roadcraft and patience are essential to ensure safe and enjoyable ride days.  Each and every member is responsible for his or her own safety and compliance with road laws.   The very nature of motorcycling means that many challenging and interesting roads are selected for our rides.   Therefore approach speeds to bends etc should be limited by experience and field of view to ensure safe exits and avoiding running wide.  Fatigue or falling concentration towards the end of a day can also be a great danger.

I would also remind members that the club subsidizes additional rider training, which is a great investment in your own safety and enjoyment of riding.  

Having said all that I find motorcycling very enjoyable and I am looking forward to another great year.   

Finally I would like to thank all the members of the committee whose involvement has ensured the smooth running of the branch over the past year.

 I would particularly like to thank retiring committee members Margaret, Andrew and Perry for their contributions over the years. 

John Cook 

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