There were about half a dozen Ulysses members in the Rockhampton area of Central Queensland in the early 1990s. On 3rd July 1994, a meeting was held at the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens with a view to forming a Branch of the Ulysses Club.
Fourteen people attended and the Capricornia Group was formed. This name was subsequently changed to Capricornia Branch.
The Branch celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2014. Following on from there, this year we achieved our 25th, or silver, anniversary.
We had an anniversary dinner at the Frenchville Sports Club on Saturday night, 29th June. This was followed the next day by a ride to the first destination the Branch rode to as a group in 1994. That was to Awoonga Dam, near Gladstone.
Our Branch was pleased that National President, Jen Woods accepted our invitation as a guest at the dinner.
I think the warm Central Queensland weather played a part in her decision. Jen left Canberra with a temperature of 0C and arrived in Rockhampton to a warm 22C.
Our Branch nominated our long serving Secretary, Steve Sagnol, for a Telemachus Medal in recognition of his service to the Branch. Our submission was successful and fittingly, President Jen presented him with the Award at the anniversary dinner.
To say Steve was stunned is an understatement. I was pleased that we were able to keep it a surprise for him and to see his reaction when Jen did the presentation.
We were also fortunate that the local newspaper, The Morning Bulletin, was receptive to giving our Branch a half page feature article. I am hoping that it might engender interest in Ulysses and maybe new members.
The Ulysses slogan is “A social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40”.
To that end we have rides every Sunday and every second Wednesday. We have camp-overs and monthly dinners. This is a nice mix and I believe we offer something for everyone.
Bob Holbeck #60714
President Capricornia Branch