Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Our branch is growing and slowly gaining momentum within our chosen area of the Centenary suburbs located on the western fringe of Brisbane. This was an area we identified early in the conversations relating to a new group as it is a fairly untapped resource when it came to motorcycling enthusiasts. Also, the local tavern that hosts our monthly gatherings is ideally situated near two major highways, making easy access for some interesting rides. From the country to the city and further east to the coast, we are definitely spoilt when it comes to new and exciting places to explore.
The date was February the 11th 2018. A few of us met at the local watering hole in Middle Park to discuss the opportunity of starting a regular ride group. The aim of one day was to chat about what we wanted it to be and who we wanted the group to serve. The long-term goal was to establish a new branch of the Ulysses Club Inc. But first, “Baby Steps”. The wheels were finally in motion. A steering committee was put into place and we commenced a week later with our first organised group ride.
It wasn’t long after this initial meeting that our now branch secretary, Vince Robertson, and I sat down to start the tedious job of drafting our proposal for the new branch. If you know me, you will know I may not always be one for detail. One of my many flaws. Vince, on the other hand, leaves no stone unturned. We, together, put down our thoughts and ideas, along with the relevant info that would help our National Committee in granting us our charter. Approximately eight weeks later, the word came through. The Ulysses Club had itself a new branch. The Brisbane West Branch was born and ready to hit the ground running or in our case riding. The support from our regular riders and our ever-increasing new members has been overwhelming. The branch rides every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, with the odd ride of interest thrown in from time to time. We regularly have between 10 and 20 riders on most of our days, which I like to think is a good number. Any more and it’s like herding cats… hahahaha. You’re welcome to join the cattery anytime.
The branch also recognises and acknowledges our families. We try to manage our ride and family time so as to never neglect the ones we love. With that in mind we conduct “home socials” where we meet at various members’ homes for a casual sit down and to share a meal. There may also be alcohol involved for some, but always consumed in a sensible manner… Geez, I nearly choked on my GT as that came out. But seriously, these are great nights where we can relax with our families and our friends and just chat about anything. Sometimes motorcycles come up in the conversations as well.
We meet every 3rd Saturday night of the month for our info/Social gathering. Most of us arrive earlier for a meal and casual conversation. Then we move into one of two meeting rooms within the Centenary Tavern to conduct our meeting/gathering. For those who have come to our nights you will know we love a good laugh and don’t take too much too seriously. We love to keep it relaxed and casual. If you find yourself at a loose end on one of these nights, please come along and experience the Brisbane West Branch. We’d love to have you visit.