On Saturday 20th of July, 87 Ulysseans attended the annual Redlands Branch Christmas in July at Tenterfield, N.S.W. We had people attending from over 13 Branches across QLD and NSW. Those that travelled the most distance were from the Blue Mountains Branch, just pipping St George Sutherland Branch by three kilometers! The closest attendees were from the Glen Innes Branch.
Also enjoying the evening was the National Vice President (Santa) and the National Treasurer. John enjoyed the cuddle when he received his gift from Mrs Claus!
The venue was the Tenterfield Bowling Club and, as usual, the club was only too happy to assist us with whatever they could to make the evening a great success. The cook gave us a traditional Christmas dinner – buffet style, with plenty of food available – the usual country hospitality coming to the fore.
A young lady enjoying her 18th Birthday party at the venue will never have such a huge crowd sing her Happy Birthday again!
This year the entertainer was a local musician who was very happy to encourage those who believed they could sing, to get up and have a go! As he had the whole karaoke set up, quite a few did. There were energetic Ulysseans singing and dancing along and a good variety of very talented local singers that made it all very entertaining to watch!
Games of trivia meant we were exercising our brains – some of those questions Steve! Dodging the flying chocolates is also fun! Raffle prizes were donated and altogether we raised over $450.00 for UCARF – thanks to everyone for your support. Special thanks to Ron Cauldron and Flannagans Menswear of Tenterfield that donated an Akubra for the main raffle!
Lucky doors were won – literally, lucky chairs lifted and even Santa and Mrs Claus came to visit! It was wonderful to see such large participation of both men and women keen to participate in the Secret Santa gifts, being kids again and getting the chance to sit on Santa’s knee. Some got very affectionate and Santa and Mrs Claus seemed to relish the attention! Some of the gifts raised a few eyebrows and caused much laughter, good to see that growing old disgracefully is still out there!
It was so good to look around, hear the laughter, the conversations and see so many smiling faces! This is what the Ulysses Club is all about.
Thank you to all that attended and as everyone assured us that they would be back next year, we look forward to making it bigger and better!!
To the hardworking team that did such a brilliant job organizing and bringing us all together – I am proud to know you and work alongside you, thank you, you deserve a medal!
See you in July 2020
Savaugn Pratt #20508