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Vice Presidents report Winter 2019

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Vice Presidents report

Since taking on the Vice President’s portfolio, I have enjoyed interacting with the various sponsors and motorcycle manufacturing companies that support the Ulysses Club. I have met with several representatives and am positive that a good working relationship with them can be reinforced and grown – a work in progress.

International scene

Not long now until the 2019 International Gathering in the Vosges in France. I believe that there are a number of fellow Aussie Ulyssians also making the journey; I would like to hear from you if you are going, let me know your plans!

Savaugn and I intend to take part in an organised Trafalgar tour before flying into France. This is my first time in Europe and I am looking forward to it!

Great Britain has sent their Shining On magazine – a good read. This is also on the National Website. They have held their AGM in Hereford although new committee details have not yet been given.

They continue to be very helpful to Aussies wanting travel and insurance information. There has been success with travellers using Bikesure:

Bikesure have now established a Short-Term Motorcycle Insurance Policy including for UK Non Residents, however you need to provide a UK address. See the contact details.

Links: https://www.bikesure.co.uk/short-term-motorcycle-insurance.php#&ts=undefined  and

http://www.visordown.com/news/general/bikesure-launches-short-term-insurance-cover

The Cuban LAMA /Ulysses Rally went very well, with Wolfgang very happy that the Ulysses Club name has been spread across the border. He has sent movies and photos to share.

John Kennerley is the new International Liaison for New Zealand, and I look forward to talking with him. The 2020 New Zealand AGM will be held in Blenheim, South Island, on the 14-15 March. The registration form is already available.

Lachie Cooper from Thailand reports that they currently have no elected President, but the wheels of the Ulysses Club keep going. They will not replace the President position until their AGM in August. A recent ride and photos regarding the assistance they gave a local school has been shared with Jen. Temperatures are extremely hot – 37-42deg and muggy, not a lot of rides taking place until the temperatures drop around October.

Knut Sven from Norway wishes to discuss advertising his bike tours in the Riding On and when we meet in France in September, we will be discussing the plans for the 2020 International gathering in Norway!

South Africa are also holding their AGM and Julian Middleton promises articles, photos and ride details once this is over.

Mark Salthouse from Zimbabwe continues to keep in touch, life is pretty tough over there with the financial situation. Sadly, this has caused a lowering of numbers riding. The Ulysses Club continues to support local causes, with Easter runs to children’s and aged care homes.

Allan Pratt #9186 DM #21

Vice President

 

 

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