Presidents Report June 2007

The Committee for the next 12 months is now in place. At this year's AGM we'll bid farewell to some long serving members, and say hello to some new faces.

After 10 years our Secretary/Treasurer, Helen Lynch, will relinquish her role to Cas Nicholson. Helen has done a remarkable job during that period. She's been just about every new member's first point of contact with the club - she was certainly mine, back in 2001 - and, no pun intended, she really has been the lynch pin of the club. I'd like to extend my own appreciation of Helen's enormous contribution over so many years and, I'm sure, that of every member of the club.

David Francis steps down from his position as Vice President, a role that will be filled by David Livian, in addition to his role as one of two National Delegates. David Francis was President when I joined the club, and he's been an invaluable source of advice and mentoring to me in my first year as President. We wish him and Jeanette all the best in their move to Gwandalan and thank them both for the hard work they've put into the club. They'll continue to be involved in activities as they work with Norm Moore to establish a vibrant mid-northern chapter of the club.

Paul and Marion Clark are also leaving the Committee. Hopefully Paul will continue to organise the wonderful interstate trips that he does so well, and I thank him and Marion for their contribution to the smooth running of events over the last three years. That's probably one of the most difficult and thankless tasks on the Committee, but one of the most important, and one they've done well. Welcome to Cas, who I'm sure will be supported in her new role by Phil, and also to Sean and Bernice McDonagh who'll be our new Events Coordinators. No changes in the other roles, so you've still got me as President, as well as Peter Dunlop as Editor, Sue and Dennis Lean as Stock Controllers, Eddie Hadley and David Livian as National Delegates and Phil Preston as everything else (Web Editor and Licence Captain).

I know it's still only June and it may sound crazy to be talking about the end of year, but things are going to get busy between now and then. July kicks off with Meguiar's Motorex, which, whilst not an official club event, is a major show nonetheless. Thanks to Keith Speer for once again volunteering to coordinate our involvement. Corrie Bellefemine has entered his magnificent '65 Coupe as the club's entrant in the CFC display. At this stage I think Keith has the six other entrants he requires.

On 12 August we've got All Ford Day. John Ciappara has agreed to enter his 1965 Coupe as the club's concours participant. This will be the first time many members will have seen this car (I understand its first outing will be at Motorex) and if it's anything like John's other efforts, it's a fantastic car.There are plenty of things happening in most months, but keep AFD in mind, as well as the annual Merrylands Muster & State Concours (23 September), Wollongong Show & Shine (21 October), Umina (18 November), and the Christmas Party (9 December) which hopefully we'll be able to hold again at La Perouse. Also remember Cruzin for a Cure's Dinner with a Winner, Friday 17 August, and the cruise itself which is a while off yet, on Sunday 4 November.

Rex Hall has been to hell and back trying to find a venue for the Wollongong Show & Shine, because we were ditched at short notice by the new owners of Yallah Woolshed. No confirmation yet, but he's hopeful he'll have a venue in time for the event. At one stage it looked as though we wouldn't have sponsors, but thanks to the generosity of Allen Irvine and Dick Israel as well as RRS, Shannons and NRMA Insurance it looks like the show can go on. Umina is a very important event because it allows us to give some support back to the RSL, which so generously supports us, and also to support the northern chapter of the club.

At last month's general meeting I mentioned the passing of Kevin Musgrave from Victoria. As David Francis explained, Kevin was one of the founding fathers, if not the founding father, of the Mustang movement in Australia. I asked the membership for their approval to donate $1000 in his memory to Alzheimer's Australia, as proposed by David Livian, and was moved not only by the unanimous support of the motion, but by the generous round of applause it received. Thank you.

You'll also recall that Stan Bryant had a triple bypass at about the time of the last meeting. I've spoken to Stan and he's recovering well. He's keen to get back in the saddle (pun intended this time) so hopefully we'll see him at the next meeting. Speaking of next meetings, it's our Annual General Meeting on 20 June, so if you don't get along to very many meetings, the AGM is always a good one to go to. Finally, a very big welcome to the following new members:

Les & Stephanie Symons- 64 1/2 Coupe
Christopher & Suzette Browne- 2006 GT Coupe
Andrew & Kylie Clements- 65 Fastback
Dean Pokler- 67 Coupe
Kevin & Jo-Anne Pearson- 67 Coupe
Joe & Cassandra Trimarchi- 66 & 68 Fastbacks
Robert & Wendy Stark- 2001 Convertible
David and Robyn Bailey - 67 GTA CoupeAs always, if there's anything that I or any Committee member can do to help, don't hesitate to ask.

Have fun with your ponies!

Malcolm McEwen