Yes, this is the story that went missing in our last edition.
What can I say? I can only apologise to the Wollys, whose Branch turned 30 back in March!
On the weekend of 17th, 18th & 19th of March 2017 the Wollondilly Wanderers celebrated their 30th anniversary, with around 120 fellow Ulyssians braving the wet weather to gather at the Mittagong RSL for the festivities.
Friday evening started with many of our visiting branches registering and joining some of the Wollys old and new for a meal, a drink or two and a chat, of course.
On Saturday we did have some beautiful rides arranged to take in some of the wonderful twisty roads and amazing scenery the Southern Highlands has to offer, but unfortunately, the weather gods did not get the memo. Despite the rain some committed souls did arrive looking for a ride, so a \big thank you to Phil Neal and John Bunter for taking the riders out, and also the Wollys who took some of the visitors around in their cars.
The real party started on Saturday evening with Ulyssians travelling from Northern Gateway, Hornsby, Macarthur, Nambucca Valley, Northern Rivers, Northern Beaches, Woy Woy and the Grampians branches, along with NATCOM Vice President Jen Woods to join the Wollys in celebrating this wonderful milestone.
But of course we were all there because of our special guests, our founding members, from left; Cam McDonald, Marilyn McDonald, Bruce Edwards, Des May, John French, Margaret French, Mary Dudley, Tom Dudley and John Bunter. Missing from our photo is Colleen Edwards.
Not only were these Ulyssians responsible for the formation of the Wollondilly Wanderers, many of them played a major role in the early years of the Ulysses Club National Committee.
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Tom Dudley, President 1987 to 1994, Cam McDonald, Secretary 1992 to 1995, Bruce Edwards, Treasurer 1991 to 1994. Margaret French was the recipient of the 1st Dearnley Medal and Des May has been awarded a Telemachus Medal. They are a fairly illustrious bunch who are all still very passionate about this amazing club. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for their years of commitment and dedication into making the Wollondilly Wanderers the Branch it is today.
It was a fantastic evening full of tall stories, great memories and the making of many new friends. The following morning, still under grey skies, a few of the party goers gathered for breakfast and more stories. We hope all our travellers had a safe journey home and thank you to everyone who helped in anyway big or small to make it a very successful weekend.
Debbie Brookes #43584
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