August 2014 Presidents Report
As you know David & Jeanette Francis have taken time off from the MOCA NSW committee to, firstly travel overseas, then after a short stint back in Gwandalan, hooked up the caravan behind the Nissan Patrol and headed north to follow the sun.
Unfortunately as they slowly made their way back to NSW David suffered a stroke and was flown to Townsville Hospital with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. David was on life support for a few days but passed away on August 6 surrounded by his family.
David joined the Mustang Club in NSW in July 1995, was one of this world’s true gentlemen and he and Jeanette are an invaluable asset to the club. He was a good friend and confidante for me as we took turns at the helm of this great club and I could always rely on David for good advice and guidance, and he on mine. We had a common vision for the club and his passion, enthusiasm and charm will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and wishes are with Jeanette and their family at this very difficult time.
Moving forward with club matters we have the AGM directly following the August general meeting and I am impressed with the interest in club positions. Details are published elsewhere in the magazine but we have multiple candidates for President, Vice President, Secretary and potential Ordinary Committee members interested in Licence Captain/Club Plate Registrar. I'm not being derogatory by calling members “ordinary” but that is the term for members on the committee for positions outside the Executive.
As we have so many new members recently join the club I thought it was be timely to run through my history with the MOCA NSW.
I have been a member of the MOCA NSW for 28 years and have been on the committee for 26 of those years, holding positions in addition to multiple terms as President and Vice President but also Editor and National Delegate.
During that time I have instigated our membership to the Council of Motor Clubs and am also your CMC delegate, together with Ken Buckland.
Ken and I, with Bruce Sinclair are also the organisers of the All American Day and I have been involved with this spectacular event since 1992 taking over from the great work of Mike & Marlene O’Sullivan.
In 1994 I organised the first Pony Round Up at the (then) Tourmaline Hotel to celebrate 30 years and have continued with this event since then, at the same venue, now renamed the Vineyard Hotel.
Over the years I have had the pleasure to work with many wonderful members on the committee and take great pride in where we are today with over 750 enthusiastic members celebrating 50 years of the Mustang; and I look forward to continuing to do so.
The recently held All Ford Day was a huge success for the Mustang Owners Club with a stunning display of well over 120 Mustangs. The main display was laid out in year order and I would like to thank the efforts of Richard Griffiths, Les and Lisa Davey, Ben Gambrill, Alan Vella and all the others who helped to park cars for making this happen.
Congratulations to John Ciappara for winning the Concours, and it was very moving to see a spot saved for Garry Treloar’s Mustang in memory.
In our future we have the Tour to Ford HQ and of course the Mustang Muster at Merrylands, a favourite of David Francis and we all hope he will be able to join us there.
While on long time MOCA NSW members, at the August AGM meeting I will be presenting 20 Year Membership Badges to the following members and hope they can join us to commemorate their 20 years of continuous membership.
Enjoy those Mustangs,