New Year greetings to you all and welcome to our first edition for 2013.
Peter Despinidic has very kindly rescued Falcone by taking on the role again of magazine editor. Our thanks go to him for taking the time to put it together from scratch.
For all of you who have missed regular editions, make sure you keep the photos, stories and ride reports coming in. We can’t do it without you. The committee will report on each upcoming event but we need all of your input to keep things fresh and rolling along.
2012 has been a good year for the club with steady membership growth and better attended rides and events. We all need to focus on building on these improvements in the months ahead. One of the areas I have emphasised is more efficient club information distribution. Regular email updates are now going to most club members. Let me know if you want to be included.
Thank you to the new members who joined up during the year and to the older members who renewed their membership. As you may already know, we now have the ability to renew membership and join the club through the web site. While this is working very well we will be making some changes on the web site to make it easier for members to interact with the club. Our web master, Mark Vigors has decided to take a break from maintaining the web site. We all owe you allot Mark. So a big thank you for all the time and effort you contributed free of charge, while you had so much else going on. Alternative hosting arrangements are being made, but for now the web will remain the same. Stay tuned.
Highlights of the past year include the Christmas dinner at Brew Ha Ha in Hornsby. Stewart (a Guzzi man) opened the cafe exclusively for the club on the night. Good food and plenty to drink led to great camaraderie amongst the 28 members and partners who rolled up.
We had a good turn up at the Ragged Fringe Rally for the weekend in September. Fortunately the weather decided to be nice and everyone had a great time. Thanks to Andre for giving up his bike for the weekend and towing the trailer with his Landy. He did get to take my old “Scarlet Tart” for a run to Walcha and back so he didn’t completely miss out. This was the last year that Bret Rosenthal was making his unique prizes that have been a feature of the rally for many years. The club owes a big thanks to Bret for the efforts he has put into making something interesting and different for each of the major prizes. He is going to take a break and hand the reins over to another. There are a couple of guys who have raised their hands so more news at a later date.
Most importantly, this issue of the magazine has an updated ride calendar for 2013. So take the time now to put them in your diary. We’ve mixed them up in direction and type of ride to try to give everyone something to look forward to. Give us your feedback.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the clubs activities throughout the year and I hope, with active participation from all of you, we can make it even better for 2013.
Regards to all,
John Murray, Club Pres.