Also, as explained before, we have the books prepared at a fraction of the usual cost by calling in favours; in this case by the accountancy firm, Byrons CA, where my wife, Heather, works so we have to fit in with their workload.
We will also be holding an Extraordinary Annual General Meeting (EAGM) in the next few months to address changes in the Concessional Registration Scheme (CRS).
At the moment the CRS rules are part of our constitution but if the RTA or CMC (Council of Motor Clubs) changes anything (and that is about to happen) we have to comply. This constitutional change means we have to resubmit them to the Dept. of Fair Trading, and this costs us money for what could be a minor change.
The constitution provides guidelines for the management of our club and rarely changes so by isolating the CRS from the constitution we can comply with any future RTA/CMC CRS changes without having to rewrite and resubmit the constitution.
In the front of the magazine you will notice contacts for our regional members to liaise with either to organise local events or to travel in convoy to events further afield.
One of our most active regional contacts is Reg Johnson from the ACT. Reg has been looking after our 35 plus members from the Canberra and nearby area by organising local runs to Bugendore, Bredbo, Yass etc. as well as coordinating convoys to Sydney and even Perth!!!
One of the main reasons we held the hugely successful 2007 National Concours there was because the ACT chapter was so enthusiastic.
Reg now feels he needs to step down to give another local the opportunity to lead the stampede. He will still be active in the club, but if you would like to take over his responsibilities please contact him. 'Thank you' Reg, and your team, for a job well done.
Another regional area with a local contact is the South Coast and Rex Hall of Albion Park will be joined by Tom Kinross of Nowra to organise the members of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area down to Batemans Bay and Eden. Welcome Tom.
The membership renewals are now coming in and we are being asked for our bank details for direct deposits. I know this is the modern way to go but we request that you renew by sending us a cheque or money order with your name and address attached. It is actually easier for Cas, our Secretary/Treasurer to link the payment with member details using this method. The committee volunteers their time to manage the club and if Cas finds it easier this lets help her by complying.
Even though its winter there are still many opportunities for you to use your Ponies. The Anniversary Pony Round Up was a huge success with a record turnout of 150+ Mustangs across the year and model range. We also had a great display of Bosses to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with more Bosses in one place than I have seen at some Mustang shows in America! We almost had Shelby's covering every year from 1965 to 1970 including a 2007 GT500 but we missed a '68.
Thank you to all who helped on the day.
The inaugural "Rattle & Hum" show at Castle Hill RSL was another success and for a new event went off very smoothly.
The Merrylands Spring (Eve) Pony Muster is also being organised for August 30 and it will be another huge celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Mustang. Lots of entertainment for the kids, music, trade stalls and the State Concours all set in the lush grounds of Holroyd Gardens. Wayne and team, along with Eddie, will be giving you more information in this mag but make sure you pencil this in (I guess "key it in" would be more appropriate in this day and age) as it will be another great family event. Let's see if we can get more Ponies along than at Vineyard!!!
Don't forget to check out our display at Motorex too.
The variety of shows and runs we have coming up is a testament to the enthusiasm of the events coordinators and members alike.
There is no excuse for leaving your Pony corralled.
Enjoy those Mustangs,