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2011 President's Report 04 April

Submitted by John_Cook on Sun, 01/05/2011 - 7:28pm

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President’s Report April 2011

New Committee

Members of the new committee are Sheri Ashley-Griffiths (Secretary), Peter McCrae (Treasurer), Greg Rees (Quartermaster), Holly Fields (Ride Coordinator) plus Keith Gibson and John Taylor who were elected as general committee members.   I remain in the role of president.   Whilst not technically part of the committee Kate Clarke has remained in the role of website administrator and Alf Dennemoser has volunteered to remain as Spare Tyre Editor.   

The work of Kate and Alf is invaluable in providing information to members so that they can enjoy the things that inspired them to join this great club.   Kate has been working hard improving features on the web site over the past few weeks and over 140 people are now registered users on the site.   Remember, this is a completely new site which she had to build from scratch and has only been on line since July 2010.

Rides and participation

I believe that one of the primary strengths of the Melbourne branch is the fact that we hold regular and very interesting rides from a variety of starting points and which are open to all Ulysses members irrespective of branch affiliation.   We can only continue to provide this interesting variety of rides if members who regularly participate in rides, actually volunteer to lead a ride from time to time.   Holly is  now actively looking for volunteers to lead some rides over the winter months, particularly June and August so that we can keep the calendar full and ensure the continued strength of the Melbourne Branch.   I know that some cold and wet days do occur June through September, but we also get some beautiful sunny days which can actually be perfect for riding.  As these cannot be predicted months in advance I feel we need to schedule a ride every week and accept that on occasions if we get really bad weather, very few participants will attend and that would not be a reflection on the ride leader.  So come on!  If you haven’t led a ride recently get in touch with Holly or me so that we can fill the calendar up to September before the next Spare Tyre come out.  

The ride calendar has been full since the branch AGM and a great variety of rides have been conducted.  Thank you to all those who have volunteered to lead rides and also thank you to all those who took on Tail End Charlie Duties.   The branch was well represented at the National AGM in Newcastle and thank you Bill Dusting for sharing the event with us by posting the photos of the event.

Both Saturday morning venues continue to provide camaraderie opportunities for members as does the Tower Hotel for the monthly Friday social night.  On Friday, 20 May (our next pub night) the National Committee members will be visiting us at the Tower so do come along to make them feel welcome and take the opportunity to meet them.  If you do intend to come I would appreciate some advance notice so that I can give a rough estimate to the hotel to assist with planning etc.    See you there.

Vale Mike McCann

I regret to advise that Mike McCann #2048 passed away in March after a long battle with cancer.   I always found Mike to be a true gentleman and I feel fortunate to have ridden with him and to have visited his home where I enjoyed the hospitality of both Mike and his wife Gerrie.   Gerrie expressed her appreciation to the club members who attended the service.   I would like to thank Bill Dusting, for keeping members appraised of the circumstances. 

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