President’s Message – June 2018
It’s hard to believe another Club year is drawing to a close.
Membership renewals are due by 30th of June and the Club’s AGM will be held before the General Meeting on the 18th July. All committee positions become vacant for 2018-19, please refer to AGM notice in this issue of Sprocket.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Richard Haughton for producing the very professional DVD of a number of interviews with Club members and their magnificent machines at the March meeting Show and Shine. Richard’s DVD will become a valuable addition to the Club archives and is available from the library for members to borrow and can also be viewed on the Club’s website. Thanks also to David Langridge for his polished interview skills to which we have all become accustomed. This well attended event was made possible thanks to the organiser Jack Youdan – thanks to Jack on behalf of the members who thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
A number of us joined the Geelong area members for the SLOB Ride on 22 April. The ride was well attended and extremely well organised and run by Andy Symons. Andy’s ride leader skills and instructions to riders at corners requiring marking were exceptional, the best I have witnessed on a Club run. Well done Andy to you and your team for a great ride.
Geelong area Club representative Dave Gudgeon has relocated from the Geelong area and as a result has decided to step down from this position. I am delighted to announce that Andy Symons has agreed to take on this role. Our thanks to Dave for his role as the Geelong Rep. over the last few years.
You will have noticed that Jeremy Coffey has taken up the role of Sprocket Editor. Jeremy will be taking over from Richard Sommerville to allow Richard to take on the Club Permit Officer position from Ray Isles in the new Club year. Richard and Ray have undertaken their previous roles for many years and are to be congratulated on their commitment to serving the Club in such an exemplary manner. Both the Editor and Club Permit Officer roles are key committee positions and require a huge commitment to fulfil.
My thanks to Bill Washington for agreeing to take on the library position from Jeremy.
On recent Club Rallies issues have arisen regarding Club members in cars following the ride. When the Tail End Charlie relieves a corner marker the TEC is then required to wait for the backup trailer and members in cars to catch up. On narrow country roads with potentially dangerous intersections this has often led to the TEC to be required to wait in an often-precarious position for an extended period of time. If the cars are strung out over some distance there is often no room for the “freight train” to prop safely and wait for all the cars to arrive. This issue was discussed at the April committee meeting and it was agreed that in future, members in cars will be provided with details of the morning tea and lunch stops and if they desire, make their own way to these stops. Only the back-up car and trailer will be included in the ride group. I appreciate that this decision may not be welcome by some members however it has been made to enhance safety for all Club Members participating in Club Rallies.
Have a look at the Club Calendar for the extensive number of rides on offer, for your enjoyment.
Look forward to seeing you on a Club ride soon.