Presidents Report March 2010

It's great to give away money, especially when it's someone else's; and especially when you know it is going to a great cause.

That was the case on two occasions last month with Anne McFadden joining us at the February general meeting to accept a cheque for $8000 for the Oncology Department of the Childrens Hospital at Westmead.

This money was raised from the All American Day in 2009 and was made possible with the huge support not only from Mustang club members but members from all the clubs who participated on the day as well as the sponsors, trade stalls and vendors who supported the day.

Anne explained the difficulty of allocating the money to a particular piece of equipment as they are so expensive, usually in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Our money will be going to equipment such as wheelchairs for the hospital to hire out to families who require them on a short term basis. It all goes to help patients and that is the most important thing.

Next year at the 29th All American Day Anne will come out the show and at the trophy presentation we will present her with a cheque from the proceeds of the 2010 event in front of all the assembled American car enthusiasts so they themselves can enjoy the great feeling of helping others in need.

Also last month our Vice President, Sean McDonagh, presented the Sydney Childrens Hospital at Randwick with a cheque on behalf of our members and he will tell you all about that in his report.

Ken Buckland, Bruce Sinclair and I had a meeting with Castle Towers Centre Marketing Co-ordinator, Stephanie Parker and 2 of her Operations personnel to discuss the All American Day held this year.

They were very happy with the way it went but we discussed better placement of the vendors that they arranged, such as Krispy Kreme and K-Mart Automotive and for the bands to finish up earlier.

These were last minute arrangements made by Castle Towers and now that Stephanie has been to this event she will have a better idea of the layout and our requirements.

She has already vowed to "make the 2011 event even better than 2010"

This Easter the Mustang Nationals are being held in Glenelg, South Australia and I wish safe travels and good luck to all our members who are attending.
I'm sure the classic MOCASA hospitality will make it another great gathering of Mustangs.

I will not be able to attend as I will be at Mt Panorama in my 66 Fastback for two Festival of Sporting Car (FoSC) events over Easter.

These are "The Way it Was" Classic Regularity Event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday followed by the "6 Hour Relay" on Monday and Tuesday.

Apparently there are 80 teams entered (!) in the 6 Hour Relay and my race club, The Southern Sporting Car Club, has entered 2 teams.

My hope is that all the components of the teams, mechanical and organic, make the distance!

Peter Cooke, Sean McDonagh and I have been finalising the revised Club Constitution for implementation at the AGM in June.

This includes the isolation of the Historic Concessional Registration Scheme (HCRS) for better management by the club and to enable easier compliance to changing RTA requirements.

I thank Peter and Sean for their efforts in this matter and also thanks to Phil Preston and former President, Malcolm McEwen for the groundwork they did.

The elections are fast approaching and will be held in conjunction with the June meeting so if you want to be part of this great committee get your nomination in.

I will be stepping down from the Presidency as my 3 years are up so there's at least one position vacant!

Enjoy those Mustangs,
David