Presidents Report July 2011

The AGM has been and gone and your entire committee is back, unchanged for the next 12 months. I would again like to thank every committee member for allowing their name to be put forward to serve the interests of the Club in this important year ahead as we plan to host the Nationals next Easter.

I would like to acknowledge and thank our Treasurer for the professional preparation and presentation of the Club‟s accounts- every member with an email address had received their copy of the accounts 3 days prior to the AGM, a Club first. I would also sincerely thank our esteemed Hon. Auditor, John Bailey, for taking care of the audit and also for attending the meeting and addressing the members with his positive summary.

At the last meeting it was a privilege to announce the list of people who had achieved 20 years of continuous membership.
They are-
Chris Brown, who lives in Canada;
Doug Gregory, from Canberra;
Brian McAllister;
John Nelson;
Phil and Caz Nicholson and
Philip Watts.

The Nicholson‟s and Brian McAllister were able to attend the meeting and were presented with their special badges. I will be posting the 20 year badges out to the folk who were unable to be there.

Committeeman Peter Cooke has been in hospital following some complex spinal surgery- the good news is that he progressed post the operation at a rapid rate and was home in record time. Well done Peter, but no cranking the Model T for some time!

On the 18th June, Jeanette and I jumped into the Cobra in the dawn and headed to Uncle Leo's to join the club tour down to Kiama for brunch. What a great day it turned out to be! The route itself was carefully planned and organized by the Events Team with active participation by Pam and Peter Cooke. I certainly drove along roads which I have never traveled previously as we headed down to Wollongong, around Lake Illawarra, through Shell Harbour, and then on down to Kiama. I was delighted to meet three members out for their first event with the club and to greet a number of members who turned up to say hello at our first pit stop near the Lake.

The Australian Motorlife Museum is a very brave venture. I recall years ago listening to a presentation at the Veteran Car Club by its Founding President, Wendy Muddle, when she talked about the plans for the Museum. Now, years later, these plans have been fulfilled. The Museum contains a growing collection of significant vehicles and motor history and is well worth a visit. Doreen and John Chapman were unable to make it on the day, however, Lyn and Bruce Christ for the first time capably took the lead role, well done Team Events. Thanks
too, Tom Kinross for coming up from Nowra and bringing along a number of club members from that region.

It's time to start planning for our next major Club event, the Merrylands Muster, on 11th September. I really ask for members to support the committee for this special event, which also includes the annual State Concours, by bringing your Mustang along to Holroyd Garden on the day. Once again there will be lots of trophies up for grabs, all judged by the members on the day. This is the event that we organize to showcase our cars for the RSL Club and the City of Holroyd, who support up by giving us access to Holroyd Gardens- the only Club that is allowed use of this magnificent area.

Please also watch the advertisements in Pony Express for Neil Matthew's Return to Mustang High’, the night prior to the Muster at Merrylands RSL. It will be a fantastic evening with a club dinner and social evening with the promise of loads of fun.

Following the success of the Entrance Muscle Car Day where $1750 was raised on the day for the Glenvale Special School, the committee voted to raise the amount of the donation to the School to $2,500.

Finally, a great club fellowship story. Jon and Jenny Cooke went to the Winter Sun weekend at Port Macquarie. During the weekend their mighty Big Block Mach 1 developed engine problems, a suspected head gasket failure. The two local members who now have relocated to Port, the Bleasdales and the Ladkins looked after them. Arthur Ladkin, who is battling poor health, drove the Cooke family in shocking weather back to Port Stephen to their friend‟s home from where they were able to get a lift home to Sydney. Well done Arthur; we certainly miss you back in Sydney!

A very warm welcome to all of our new members. We will look forward to seeing you out on the various Club activities enjoying your Mustang.

David Francis