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2013 President's Report 08 August

Submitted by John_Cook on Sun, 18/08/2013 - 8:50pm

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President’s Report August 2013

I still get great enjoyment from my membership of the Ulysses Club through the camaraderie, well organised rides and still discovering great new (to me) roads.

I think it is an appropriate time to reflect. 

It is 30 years since the Ulysses Club was formed and the first of three objectives set down by people of great foresight and initiative was,   “To provide ways in which older motorcyclists can get together for companionship and mutual support”.

The Club has certainly grown since then and while some things have changed, that core objective remains highly relevant today and the Club still provides a great variety of ways to get together for camaraderie and enjoyment of our interest in motorcycling.

Melbourne Branch was formed in 1984 and has continued to provide an avenue for Saturday morning get togethers, a monthly social night and also maintain a very active Sunday ride calendar so that people can enjoy their motorcycling.   I believe this active ride calendar is one of the major strengths of our branch and thanks must go to the members who formed the branch, the committees that followed and all the members who have participated over the years in a variety of ways and made this all possible.

As club membership grew, many other branches were formed in Victoria so that people could get together and socialise closer to their homes.  Those branches also organise quite a variety of events to enhance camaraderie and provide yet more means and variety for enjoying our motorcycling with the wider Ulysses family including some joint events and visits.    


Upcoming & Future Events

As this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Ulysses Club, what better way to celebrate than to consider the following?

MelbourneBranch Odyssey at Nagambie Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October 2013

The annual get together will again be held at Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park.  

I don’t wish to nag, but if you do intend to come it really would help if you let me know asap.   You need to contact the resort direct to book your accommodation.

If you’re not camping, sharing a cabin with a few others is a very cost effective and comfortable option.

The Very Special Kids day will be held on 17 November.

The Melbourne Branch Christmas Function will be on 7 December at Donvale.   We have a good quality live entertainer this year to enhance enjoyment of the night.   Dinner and entertainment for $35 per person is great value so come along.

Commemorative Ride to Korumburra is being planned for May 2014 to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Melbourne Branch and its first ever ride to Korumburra.


The Melbourne Branch AGM will be held on 23 February 2014.  Several people wish to stand down from their roles and fresh ideas and input are always welcome, so do consider nominating for the committee before nominations close in January 2014.

Finally, I would like to say, “When riding, practise road craft, courtesy and consideration for others so that we can continue to enjoy our motorcycling safely.”

John Cook