As I despatch this report to the Editor on the 2nd May, as yet, none of us has received our April Edition of Pony Express. The problem has been traced to a desk within the Australia Post system which has now been rectified and the magazines are being sent out now. The members involved all did their jobs- however, sincere apologies for this unprecedented delay.
Treasurer Phil, as well as Keith, Eddie, and I have spent the past month caught in the aftermath of the Nationals. There has been a considerable amount of detail that required finalizing, and Phil is moving closer to being able to establish our bottom line, which fortunately is a profit! In due course he will share that figure with us.
Once again my thanks to each and every member who involved themselves in the event in some way or another- you did the club proud! Thanks to Darryl Bleasdale for organizing the Showgirl Parade at the Easter Show. Darryl was unable to attend on the day, so our Senior Members, Arthur and Margaret Ladkin left Port Macquarie in the predawn hours driving the Bleasdale’s 1965 convertible and were sitting at the meeting point at Rhodes when us locals all rolled up to collect our tickets.
At the end of the long day at the Show, they then drove straight home to Port Macquarie! That is a sterling effort- well done Arthur and Margaret. Those of us who attended had a great day -it is always spectacular seeing 16 Mustang convertibles driving slowly around the main arena under lights. Ian Bridges, had the winner of the Showgirl competition, Jasmine Nixon, in his red convertible. Later, Ian took the time to do something special. He emailed pictures to Jasmine’s sponsors- the Crookwell Show Society, along with a note to say that he thought she was a wonderful ambassador for her region.
David Livian’s run of luck with the weather Gods once again held for our annual celebration of the April 1964 launch of the Mustang at the Vineyard Hotel. Following a week of solid rain and almost immediately after the Nationals, this year’s turnout of Mustangs was a down on previous years- nevertheless it was good day and we mustered a significant collection of vehicles. David received a positive email from the Manager, Dayne Walker, expressing thanks to our members for coming along to his hotel. We, in turn, are grateful to him for allowing us to gather our cars at his venue, for sponsoring the trophies, opening his facilities early for us to have a coffee, and for providing us each with a subsidized lunch voucher.
Early that same morning, six members took their convertibles along to Merrylands RSL and transported the RSL’s special guests from the front of the Club around to the memorial in the street behind for their annual ANZAC service. Thank you folks! Our own old soldier, Terry Monk tells me that one of my fellow Kiwi veterans delivered a passionate and uplifting service.
As I mentioned last month, in accordance with our updated Constitution (and the Dept. Of Fair Trading) we will be holding the Annual General Meeting from this year onwards after the end of the Financial Year. This year it is planned for Wednesday, 15th August. Peter, our Editor, has published elsewhere in this edition the list of Committee positions up for election. The two National Delegates positions both come up for election every alternate year- and this year is indeed election year. Please send in your nominations for the committee positions to Secretary Pam Cooke prior to the end of June.
Talking about June, Jeanette and I will be heading off to Northern Europe at the end of June. For 6 weeks, I will be leaving the Club in the hands of Vice President Melanie and the capable Committee. We will return home to Sydney in August - a few days prior to the AGM. This means, unfortunately, that we will miss some key events during that time - All Ford Day, Shannons Eastern Creek and maybe one of my favourite weekends away- the Christmas in August.
I will ensure prior to leaving town that plans are in position for the September Mustang Roundup and State Concours at Holroyd Park on Sunday, 9th September- the Sunday after Father’s Day.
Welcome to all of our new members. We all recall the joy of realizing our dream and actually purchasing then getting to drive our Mustang. This month too, long term friend of the Club, Bryn Miller, CEO of Merrylands RSL has, along with his wife Rhonda, become members! I have been encouraging him to become a Mustang owner for the past 15 years- the final step took place in a blink of an eye at Foreshore Park, Newcastle when he found, for him, the right car. He became the new owner of a Tahoe Turquoise fastback. The committee and members will look forward to meeting you at various club activities.