Memorial Day 10 September 2017


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The first Memorial Run was conducted by the Wollondilly Wanderers under the leadership of Richard (Dick) Lindsay in March 1999 – the Ride was from Picton Bowling Club to Cordeaux Dam. March was later altered to the second Sunday in September as March tended to clash with the Ulysses Club Inc Annual General Meeting & the weather tended to be better in this area in September than in March. Macarthur Branch took over the ride after Macarthur was formed in December 2000 as Dick Lindsay was a Foundation Member of Macarthur Branch, and Dick continued to lead the Ride.

Each year, the Macarthur Branch organises the National Memorial Day ride to Cordeaux Dam. the Memorial Day Rides began after a proposal put to the then National Committee some years ago, by member Dick Lindsay and so we are gather at Cordeaux dam and in other places, for example Somerset Dam, Hunter region, Hobart, Capricornia, Perth. The Melbourne ride is held in November. National Committee members attend in various places.

All of us have fond and loving memories of those friends and family who have ridden on before us and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to come together to think about and remember them in places which has come to mean so much to the Ulysses Club.

This is a heartfelt demonstration of how much we hold those dear, who have ridden on before us.

Following this memorable social event and catching up with ‘old mates’ and new riders, those who had gathered slowly

At Cordeaux Dam, about 200 riders gathered for this year’s ride. National President Jen Woods #21395 and National Treasurer John Osborne #41785, attended the day.   Jen spoke about the day and reflected on the importance of remembering those who have ridden on.  Macarthur Branch President Mark Shepherd led the ceremony, and the catering was done once again so well,  by the Macarthur Branch.

In the HUNTER REGION, members met at Tucker Park Paterson, before having a sausage sizzle (provided by the Coalfields Branch) before the 11.00 service, conducted by Pastor Matt Nichols will conduct service, followed by branch members who spoke for those that have ridden on.

Piper John Queenee played.

Betty Parssey #10640 DM #48, Secretary of the Hobart Branch, reported that “We were blessed with superb Spring weather for our Ulysses Club National Memorial Ride where 70 riders from the South, East, North and North-West of the state converged at the Bark Mill Bakery and Tavern in Swansea to share our respect for past members who have passed on; a somewhat solemn but enjoyable social gathering.

There were 40 riders from the Southern Hobart Branch, 12 from the N-W Branch and 20 from the Northern Tamar Tourers Branch. The northern groups rode in from two directions for morning tea at Longford, whilst the southern contingency rode up the East Coast to Orford for morning tea before proceeding on to Swansea for lunch.

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There were enjoyable reunions with all riders as well as the consumption of bakery delights before we were called to gather for our official memorial reading and ‘Ode’ presented by Greg Ellison, N-W Branch V.Pres. Following the reading, there was time dedicated to reflecting on the lives of those who had ridden with us in the past.

Following this memorable social event and catching up with ‘old mates’ and new riders, those who had gathered slowly dispersed to commence their respective journeys home, returning via the south, north and north-west roads and highways”.

Memorial Day for South East Queensland each year is held at “The Spit” at Somerset Dam which is located approx. 109 klm’s ,from Brisbane, 106 klm’s from Toowoomba and 104 klm’s from Redcliffe so are very central o all Branches in this area.

For the Memorial Day, this year as in previous years branches rode out to “The Spit” at Somerset Dam as individual branches, or some ride with another branch as we come in from all over S.E.Q. with some members choosing to camp out at the site. Branches usually arrive by approx. 10:30am, with  the Salvo’s putting on a sausage sizzle before and after proceedings. This year a piper  lead the gathered members to doc’s corner for the proceeding’s which began at 11:00am. A message from the National President was read to those gathered, and the names of those that have ridden on were read out. We will also have (1) one minute silence after which the Ulysses song was played

Some of our members chose to stay at “The Spit” for lunch while others rode to one of the local pubs to eat.

The WA Memorial Ride was held on Sunday 10th September.

The ride departed from the  car park on the corner of  Lloyd Street and Great Eastern Highway, Midland at 10.30 sharp, heading for a short service at our permanent memorial at Lake Leschenaultia

The MID NORTH COAST Memorial Day Ride had 70 attend the Old Bar Tavern after a ride through the Manning Valley and meeting up with the various groups attending. The Clubs and branches represented were;

  • Ulysses Club, Manning Valley Branch
  • Ulysses Club, Forster Branch
  • Ulysses Club, Mid North Coast Branch
  • Southern Cross Cruisers, Mid North Coast
  • American Motor Cycles, Mid North Coast

Melissa Gillies from Hanam Vale Salvation Army to Officiated and various speakers expressed thanks for support during their difficult times. The Biker’s Prayer and others were recited to an attentive crowd. Members present were asked to lay flowers, supplied by the Branch, to the plaque which is now mounted on a polished timber background.

Mike, Branch President was asked about a week before if they could do anything for Chris Rowsell’s disabled 17 year old daughter whose Birthday was falling on the same day. After the Ceremony a number of riders took her Lilian and her fellow classmates and birthday guests for rides on Bikes, Side Cars and Trikes. The parents attending were over the moon and we have arranged to do the same thing each year to finish off the Memorial Ride.

The 2017 Ulysses Club VICTORIAN Memorial Ride will be held on the 12th November this year at the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross.
As in previous years, members will assemble at Centennial Park at the foot of Mt Macedon for a 12.00 departure ride up to the Cross on Mt Macedon. After gathering at the Cross there will be a short memorial service where we will pay our respects to those who have ridden on. The purchase of soft drinks and BBQ sausages will be available courtesy of the Geelong Branch, for which we thank them for their continuing support.

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