International Liaison Report, Summer 2017

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Welcome to Summer, another great reason to get out there riding.

We live in such a great country, as well as having a huge variety of roads and terrain to get around on, we also have year round riding weather – in most areas!

By the time this is printed, some of our overseas counterparts, especially those in Europe are now putting or have already put their bikes into storage for winter. Hard to imagine such harsh weather conditions while we can still enjoy being outside in our winter!

It has been an eventful few months internationally with most overseas Club very active – as some only have a short summer to ride, they get out and about every chance they get!

I am sharing the online Riding On with my overseas counterparts and they all report enjoying the read.

Bennie Pieterse from Botswana sent me an email about their annual ride to welcome spring – a 200k loop that has a break in the middle where they enjoy a BBQ and a social beside the road in the middle of the bush. Well attended this year and the weather has been kind to them.

France, Germany, Namibia and Mozambique have been very quiet but I will endeavour to once again make contact.

Ulysses Club Great Britain continues to send me their magazines and I must admit to becoming increasingly interested in heading over there for the 2018 European Gathering! Information on the Gathering has been displayed on our website: 2018 AGM and European International Gathering  – The plan is that members will arrive on the Friday and stay for three nights if possible. The AGM itself will be held at 18:00 on Saturday 7th July. Rides in the Pennines and Dales will be arranged on Saturday and Sunday. We have reserved 40 rooms at Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate from Friday 6th July to Monday 9th July 2018.

The hotel is a fine old 17th century building offering very pleasant accommodation with restaurant, bar and a number of beautiful function rooms. Special accommodation rates have been made available for Ulysses Club members. Please do not make a reservation through the hotel’s website as you will not obtain the special rate.  Contact the hotel directly by phone on 01423 858585 between 09:00 and 17:00; select 1 for Reservations; and quote ULYSSESGB Motorcycle Club booking for the nights of July 6th, 7th & 8th 2018.

Or email the hotel at bookings@cedarcourtharrogate.co.uk quoting ULYSSESGB Motorcycle Club booking for the nights of July 6th, 7th &-8th 2018.

Ulysses Club New Zealand now only uses an online format for their National magazine – “The Ulyssian” and so far it seems to be working well. I received the latest copy from Tiny and enjoyed the read. As I do with our “Riding On” and local Branch newsletter, Tiny shares “The Ulyssian” with fellow International Clubs and the comments received by us both are very encouraging. The International Ulysses Clubs are helping to join the dots in making the Ulysses Club a Worldwide family!

Ulysses Club Norway is enjoying what is left of their summer and Knut wishes me to share the information that you can see the Club’s activities on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ulyssesclubnorway/

They attended the Ulysses Club Germany Euro Meet this summer and intend to go to England next summer. Exciting news – they are planning to hold the European Gathering in Norway in 2019!

Ulysses Club South Africa is extremely busy with ride reports coming in from Julian on a regular basis. Louwtjie Hoon, president of Ulysses Boland (South Africa) has shared the following info in a letter to Australian members – (letter shared to our website) : The annual National rally for ULYSSES South Africa will be held from the 18th to 20st of May 2018 at the ATKV Resort, Goudini. Ulysses Boland and Cape Town Chapters are hosting this rally.

It will be an absolute pleasure for us to assist any one of your club members in any way possible (accommodation, bike rentals etc.) if they are interested to join us on these dates. As this is a great opportunity for an extended holiday in the region, we will be willing to assist with arrangements to ensure a trip of a life time. 

Another rally I am trying desperately to attend!

Ulysses Club Switzerland continues to send me ride reports and photos of their beautiful country and I am looking forward to catching up with Ivan when he comes to Brisbane in November – always good to put a face to a name.

I am extremely pleased to be able to report that Ulysses Club Thailand has sorted out their issues. The new committee have asked outgoing president Mick to continue on the new committee in an advisory capacity – an offer he was extremely pleased to accept. Mick asked me for a power point to help explain just what the Ulysses Club is about and to provide some history to the newer members.  Jen has kindly worked extremely hard on providing Mick and I with this very informative tool. I foresee the powerpoint as being very useful to other clubs and also to new and ongoing Australian Branches and members.

Brian May in Zimbabwe continues to correspond, sharing information and rides with me. He collects patches and badges and I was happy to recently send him a very small assembly of patches to add to his collection.

Sadly Ulysses Club Vietnam is no longer, but I am in email contact with two riders over there, Glenn Nolan and John Cook, so if travelling to Vietnam, these gentlemen are happy to assist with information – accommodation, rides etc.

South East Queensland President and Secretaries Group

The South East Queensland President and Secretaries will meet again in November; the venue will be at Harrisville. At the last meeting we welcomed Linda Niacstri #59464 from the Tweed Border Branch; she was very receptive to attending further meetings and for the Tweed Border Branch becoming involved in SE QLD rides and events. We also hope, in the near future, to enjoy the company of members from the Lismore Branch and 2020 National Event committee.

Ian Kirkwood #60071 discussed the survey his university students were completing on Ulysses Club membership and all were very interested in knowing more.

Further discussion was held on the “Meet Up’ website, with Roxanne Stone #43827 from Redlands demonstrating how this will work. The decision was made by those present to go ahead with the website – labelled “Rides of Ulysses”. And that the cost would be shared amongst the branches. Since that decision, visits have been made to several branch social gatherings for further discussion. Although slow to take off, some branches have come on board and those that have, report success with gaining new members and interest in their listed branch rides. All in all, I think this will be a great tool for promotion of the Ulysses Club. As an aside, interest in the site showed 91 joining to have a look within a week!

I am pleased to be able to share that the Northern South East Queensland Branches – encompassing Gympie, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Blackall Ranges plan to form a separate Presidents and Secretaries meeting!  A great way for more Ulyssians to have an avenue to share ideas, vent about issues and plan rides/rallies together. Thank you to Ros Rees #44090 for organising this.

There is so much on over the next few months and I will be attempting to attend as many branch functions as possible with Glasshouse Mountains Silver anniversary party, Warwick’s 10th anniversary party and the upcoming Toy Runs by Lockyer, Sunshine Coast and Mt Lindesay Branches, all on the list!

In October, I was proud to accept a cheque for over $1000 for UCARF on behalf of Kim Kennerson #6929 LM #14 from the Northern Gateway Branch, being funds raised at their annual Halloween night.

South East Queensland Expos and Shows

The Superbikes held in Warwick in August was not well attended – the Willowbank drags were on at the same time and numbers down on the previous year, but we were happy to talk with fellow riders and gave out approx. 15 membership forms over the weekend.

I continue to receive requests for the use of banners and display information I have at home from Branches holding events, please remember that the National Admin Office are always happy to help point you in the right direction if you require any paraphernalia like this!

I wish you and yours a Merry and Safe Christmas; hopefully you will be spending it with good friends and or family.

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Allan Pratt #9186

International Liaison

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