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Our Branch Meetings
meetings are held at 7.30 p.m. on the second
Monday every month.
203 Holt Rd.
branch's first meeting was held on Wednesday
4th October 2000. The driving force behind the
St George Sutherland Group's creation and the
group's first president was Don Phinn. 15
people attended the meeting. Today our
meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each
month. The St George Sutherland Branch holds
regular group rides and social events.
all branches in The Ulysses Club, the club is
primarily a social club for mature riders who
enjoy a slightly different lifestyle than that
many people perceive of us "oldies". We enjoy
a friendship and bond amongst members and just
let our hair down (if we still have any) and
motto - Grow Old Disgracefully pretty much
sums us up. We love a laugh and a ride on our
bikes. We either go solo or take our partners.
We have women riders who keep up with the
blokes - no worries! We ride anything from
Harleys to Hondas, scooters, vintage, classic
or brand spankers.
love to see you as a part of our branch if you
enjoy fun, wind in the face and most weekends
with a ride to somewhere, whether it be long
or short. Our New Members rides are
specifically tailored for.....New Members!!!
Anyone can go, but we take a shorter run, mark
a few corners, have a bit of a talk and stop
for coffee and cakes. Have another talk, then
maybe go home. It's all very casual.
rides can vary from short to long, depending
on what the ride leader has planned for us.
The long weekend rides and overnight stays are
a hoot. We go all over the place and see many
sights that you just don't normally go to -
especially in one of those things called a
car! The Ulysses AGM's are a spectacle to
behold for the new members. 5000 or so bikes,
all converging on one town at the same time
for a week long party. AGM's are held all over
Australia. Past locations have included Broken
Hill, Mt Gambier, Snowy Mountains, Mudgee,
Canberra, Tasmania' Coffs Harbour,
Townsville, Penrith, Albany. Newcastle Mildura
& Maryborough to name a few, and future
AGM's will be held in Alice Springs 2014,
Wodonga 2015 and Launceston 2016.
you join St George Sutherland or
another branch, enjoy the friendship
and riding. We'd love to see you
here with us, so go to Committee page and call
someone or just turn up at a meeting
and say `Hi'.
it all began
suggestion for a motorcycle club for over 50ís
was put forward in a letter by Stephen
Dearnley published in the August 1983 issue of
Bike Australia. This grew two significant
responses; one from Rob Hall, a reader at
Albion Park NSW who suggested the present name
and motto for the club; the other from
Peter Thoeming, then the editor of Bike
Australia, who sketched the logo and offered
support from his magazine if Stephen could get
the club off the ground. This was done at an
inaugural meeting in Sydney on 6th
December, 1983 when the five people present
approved a basic constitution and the Ulysses
Club was duly formed.
From that tenuous beginning it has never
looked back and the club now boasts a
large and extensive network of members
throughout Australia, with sister clubs formed
in New Zealand and South Africa and a growing
number of countries all around the world.
ULYSSES Club Inc?
The name comes
from a poem of the same title by Alfred, Lord
Tennyson. It tells how the great Greek
hero Ulysses, now middle aged and securely in
charge of his kingdom of Ithaca, is getting
bored with things around him and longs to go
adventuring again with his shipmates of old.
It describes very well indeed the sort
of person who still has enough spark to go on
riding into middle and later years. Too long
to quote here, you will find it in any good
poetry anthology such as the Albatross Book of
are its aims:
To provide ways
in which older motorcyclists can get together
for companionship and mutual support.
To show by example that motorcycling can be an
enjoyable and practical activity for riders of
To draw the attention of public and private
institutions to the needs and views of older
does it do?
It publishes a
quarterly magazine, Riding On, which contains
information about forthcoming events, provides
a forum for membersí views and carries
articles on topics of interest to geriatric
bikers. It also produces a membership
directory which lists membersí names and
addresses throughout Australia so that a
stranded traveller may not be too far from
help and companionship or a member can find a
convenient neighbour when looking for company
on a ride. Through a number of regional
branches, it arranges regular meetings,
outings and social events.
The Annual General Meeting of the Ulysses Club
Inc. is held sometime before the end of May
and takes the form of a major rally. The venue
is a suitable location anywhere in Australia
and is a great occasion for widely
separated members to meet each other.
At selected rallies the club banner is raised
as a focal point where members and their
friends can join in good companionship.
Any lady or
gentleman who is over the age of 40, and who
holds a current motorcycle licence, or
who is a regular partner of such a person, and
over 40, is eligible to join. Until you reach
the grand old age of 50, you will be a
"junior" member, but with full membership
rights and privileges. Itís just that
you might have to help some of the "seniors"
off their machines sometime.
Our Dearnley Medalists
| Betty Redfern
nominated by Sydney Branch
| Betty Redfern
30 year pin Jan 2016
St George Sutherland Branch
Coffs Harbour AGM 2007
Townsville AGM 2008
30 year Pin June 2016
Branch AGM 2011
Year Pin Awards
2016 Branch Meeting
Left to Right ) Ken Morton, John Warren, Terry
Rigby, Norm Syme, Rob Lord, Garry Palmer, John
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7.30 p.m. Monday 12th Mar
203 Holt Rd.