My husband, Alan, was introduced to the Ulysses Club by a work colleague back in 2010.
We both went along to a Canberra Branch meeting and joined up. Everyone was very welcoming and we soon made friends with a number of other members. They had already made plans for their trip to the Gold Coast for the 2011 AGM, so we decided we wouldn’t go to that one, but we have not missed an AGM since.
Our first AGM was 2002 in Mt Gambier. As a result of the Ulysses Club AGMs we have been fortunate enough to have travelled all around Australia, from Tasmania (south) in 2006 & 2016, Coffs Harbour (east) in 2007, Townsville (north) in 2008, Albany (west) in 2010, and Alice Springs (centre) in 2014. We try not to ride the same way home as the way we go to an AGM, so when it came time to go to WA, we didn’t want to ride the Nullarbor twice, so we spent a bit of extra time travelling up the west coast, across to Darwin and down the centre. What a great way to see and appreciate how expansive and diverse our country is?
Canberra Branch hosted the AGM in 2005 and what a wonderful experience that was. We had 4996 members enrolled for that one, which has only been topped by Coffs Harbour in 2007 with 6118 enrolments. I was happy to have been a part of the committee required to organise the Canberra AGM. It provided us with a greater appreciation of what is involved in planning such an event as well as the chance to get to know the National Committee members more personally. That was something none of us will forget.
As the years have passed, I am still content to sit behind Alan, so I do not ride much anymore – but I still have my SRV. I ride it in the local Toy Runs and Vintage Club rallies
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When we first started touring it hadn’t occurred to me to get a bike licence, despite the fact that there were a lot of ladies in the Canberra Branch who had their own bikes and rode regularly. After a few years however, one of our members arranged for a “trial learner’s course” just for girls, to see if we had the potential ability to ride a bike. I thought I may as well give it a go. I got my licence just before I turned 50 and Alan bought me a Yamaha SRV250 and I enjoyed riding it. It was never a powerful enough bike to go on the rides with the big bikes, so I was happy to still sit on the back of Alan’s when we went on Club rides or to an AGM. As the years have passed, I am still content to sit behind Alan, so I do not ride much anymore – but I still have my SRV. I ride it in the local Toy Runs and Vintage Club rallies – more my pace and distance.
I have been the Editor of the Canberra Branch newsletter since 2010. The task has its challenging moments from time to time but I am happy to contribute my time to the Branch. It is easier now that I have retired from work.
I look forward to many more AGMs and seeing more of this wonderful country we call home.
Lyn Munday #21224
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