UCARF Report – Winter 2017

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Sadly, Ulysses club member Peter Nagle recently lost a short battle with cancer.

Peter’s funeral was held on the 9th March 2017 and as an indication of his popularity and respect there was a tremendous turnout of family and friends including many Ulysses Club members. There was an impressive motorcycle escort to the funeral service of 50 plus bikes and the seating capacity of the chapel quickly filled spilling to the outside. Peter was a very active Hills Branch and Sydney mid-week riders associate, hence the large motorcycle escort. Peter always showed a keen interest in UCARF, advocating the cause and turning up for the four organised charity ride days organised by the Sydney mid-week riders group each year.

It was the wishes of both Peter and wife Pam that in lieu of flowers there be a donation box at the front of the chapel with all proceeds going to UCARF. This beautiful gesture culminated in a donation of $350.00 which was presented to me as the coordinator in person by Pam.

Speaking of the Sydney mid-week riders group, the guys have donated to UCARF once again. Bill Vanooi the rides coordinator recently informed me that he has transferred $340.00 to the UCARF account as a result of the second of four annual charity day rides they conduct. The ride on Thursday April 6th was to the famous Mount Panorama racing circuit at Bathurst NSW and included a visit to Ash’s Speedway Museum. Stephen the ride leader tells a tale of 21 riders travelling from McGraths Hill to Bowenfels for morning tea, past Lake Lyell at Lithgow, through Sodwalls, Tarana and Brewongle before arriving at Bathurst. The latter part of the journey included some beautiful green sheep and cattle country but also included whoops, dips and broken down single lane bridges in the middle of tight corners..

Thanks again for your support.

 

It would be very fitting to recognise and thank a couple of individual members that went well beyond the call of duty when assisting with ticket sales. Jeff Cole who is the secretary/ quartermaster of the Central Deserts Branch sold a total of 15 raffle books (300 tickets).

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Ticket sales for the UCARF biennial raffle were moving very slowly in the early stages despite some good publicity. As late as February the coordinator identified that a boost was much needed and a flyer with a plea for support was created and widely distributed. This was backed up by a full page copy published in the last edition of Riding On, the E-newsletter, the website and other NatCom and branch support. The response was exceedingly good with ticket requests jumping significantly to the point that by early May there was only 80 unsold tickets left plus some returns. It is expected that the remaining tickets will be easily sold before or at the AGM event.

It would be very fitting to recognise and thank a couple of individual members that went well beyond the call of duty when assisting with ticket sales. Jeff Cole who is the secretary/ quartermaster of the Central Deserts Branch sold a total of 15 raffle books (300 tickets).

Not that there was any contest but the 300 tickets sales is the highest achieving result of any branch or individual. Jeff also organised the display of an Indian Scout motorcycle outside the local Bunnings store which helped immensely with sales.

Member Michael Denyer #51660 who requested 14 books back in November last year has been selling tickets every weekend outside the local Woolworths store where he works.

Michael came in on his days off to pack eggs in the store; in turn the manager gave him permission to sell the tickets on the premises. Michael has requested that the Woolworths store manager receive a certificate of appreciation for their support, this of course will be enacted. Thank you Mr Michael Sharpe, Manager, Woolworths Bonnyrigg.

 

I would also like to thank all staff, club officials, branches and members that rallied to the cause, too many to mention all but a shining example of how good our club can be and an achievement that makes one very proud to be a fellow member.

As the UCARF Coordinator, on behalf of the Ulysses Club, I wish to thank both Jeff and Michael for their dedicated work and time not only helping UCARF but representing the club in such a positive light.

I would also like to thank all staff, club officials, branches and members that rallied to the cause, too many to mention all but a shining example of how good our club can be and an achievement that makes one very proud to be a fellow member.

The following donations have been received since the last recognition in the autumn edition of Riding On. In no particular order these most generous contributions are as follows –

Torrens Valley Branch $605.70, Upper Hunter Branch $500.00, Perth Branch $530.00, Shearwaters Branch $1,162.50, Westgate Wanderers Branch $200.00, Shane Bailey $50.00,  Sunshine Coast Branch $1000.00, Redcliffe Branch $1000.00, Jack Leigh $100.00, Central Victoria Branch $500.00, North West Coast Branch $500.00, Newcastle Lower Hunter Branch $1100.00, Northern Gateway Branch $116.00, Yarra Ranges Branch $4000.00, Sunshine Coast Branch $296.70, Woy Woy Peninsular Branch $300.00, Lithgow and Districts Branch $500.00, Ipswich Branch $310.00, Bairnsdale and Districts Branch $300.00, Sydney Mid-week Riders Group $340.00, Wellington members of the Dubbo and Western Plains Branch $5000.00, Pam Nagle $350.00.

The various methods branches employ for fund raising is greatly diverse and always of interest. A brief description accompanying donations is much appreciated and always worthy of mention in UCARF reports.

“I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.”

Jack Benny.

Kim Kennerson

UCARF Coordinator,

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UCARF Report – Winter 2017

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