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2001

The St George/Sutherland Branch of the Ulysses Club Inc was started by Don Phinn of Blakehurst.  Don had been a long time rider who was returning to motorcycling after a break. (sound familiar?)  When purchasing a motorcycle from Brian Ward, Brian mentioned he was a member of the Ulysses Club, but told Don there was no Branch in his area, just the Sydney Branch.  Brian suggested to Don he should start a local Branch.

The first “unofficial” meeting of the St George /Sutherland Ulysses Group was held upstairs at the Kings Head Tavern, South Hurstville, on Wednesday the 4th of October 2000.  Attendees were, Don Phinn, Brian Ward, Greg Singe, Garry Palmer, Jan Martin, John McAneny, James and Giulia Schriemer, Bill and Kay Schiralli, Merv Fletcher.  Nigel and Lyn Jays (Nigel being a member of NATCOM)  A letter from NATCOM was read approving the formation of the group.  Nigel spoke and gave advice on how to run the group.  The business of the meeting was to set the agenda for the first official meeting to follow the next week.

The first official meeting was held on Wednesday the 11th of October 2000.  The agenda involved the voting of the inaugural President, and discussion and voting for other committee positions.  Discussion was also had on the group’s name, meeting days and location, intentions of the group and the discussions re the first rides. Don Phinn was elected President, and it was decided to vote for a Secretary and Treasurer, and call for volunteers for other roles such as group captain and/or two run leaders.  The following people elected to those positions:-  Secretary - Bill Schiralli, Treasurer - Glenn Packwood.

Tony Lamb and Merv Fletcher volunteered to be ‘Run Co-ordinators’.  Christine Lamb volunteered to be Social Secretary and Christie Dodd volunteered to be Newsletter Editor.  It was decided to name the group “St George /Sutherland Group”, with meetings to be held at the Kings Head Tavern on the second Monday of each month.  It was decided that the intentions of the group be recorded as the same as the Ulysses Club.  Regarding finances, it was decided to operate a “cookie jar” and start off asking for a $1 donation from each attendee at the meetings and rides to pay for stationary etc.  It was decided to hold raffles to boost funds. Future rides were to be planned by the run co-ordinators with rides to leave from the Caltex Heathcote unless heading north.  Another location to be advised if heading north.  Five new members attended the meeting, and ways to recruit new member were discussed.  It was planned to take a group photograph at this first official meeting, but the designated person forgot the camera! 

The second meeting was held on the 13th of November 2000.  New members included Neil Doig.  Caringbah Motorcycles donated the first of a regular monthly raffle prize for the meetings – a $40 gift certificate.  It was decided to hold a Christmas BBQ at Woronora Dam on the 9th December.   It was decided that funds raised by the club be donated to two charities, a local St George/Sutherland charity to be decided, and the nominated Ulysses charity.  Development of a group website was discussed and rides were to be posted on the main Ulysses website.  A group logo was discussed, as well as name tags.  As numbers of attendees was increasing quickly, it was decided to investigate other larger venues.  The first guest speaker was Phil Foster from Motorcycle Roadcraft, a rider development course run at Quakers Hill TAFE.

The meeting of 11th December 2000 was to be the last at the Kings Head Tavern.  Another ten new members attended and it was very cramped.  It was decided to hold future meetings at the Crest Hotel, Sylvania.  Planning was well underway for the first group weekend away to Mt Seaview on the Oxley Highway in February.  The “cookie Jar” had over $100 in it, so a bank account was organized.  Merv Fletcher reported on the first few rides the club held.  The Christmas BBQ was well attended in fine weather.  The first newsletter was presented to the meeting by Christie Dodd.

The first meeting held at Sylvania on the 8th of January 2001 had 46 people in attendance.  It was clear the club was growing quickly.  The March 2001 meeting had 64 people present.  The April 2001 meeting saw 68 attendees, and was addressed by Kim Kennerson from NATCOM.  He spoke about the clubs upcoming AGM and encouraged members to attend.  Club funds were increasing and plenty of day rides were planned. The first weekend away to Mt Seaview was a success.  Other weekends away during the year included Barmedman, Nabiac, Tumut, Wallerawang and Narooma.  The first midweek ride was planned.  Plans were being made for the groups first social event – a river cruise, and its first trip to an AGM – The Gold Coast.  Approximately 16 members attended this event.   

The clubs popularity was gaining attention, and June 2001 saw a full page article and colour  photograph  about the Branch in the “Drive” section of the St George and Sutherland Leader.  We were approached to assist officiate at the Kurnell triathlons.

 The first Annual General Meeting of the group was held on the 12th of November 2001.  Annual reports from each office bearer showed that the group had developed very quickly into one of the best Ulysses Groups in Sydney.  80 people were present and most of the founding committee was re-elected. Don Phinn as President, Glenn Packwood as Treasurer.  Garry Palmer replaced Bill Schiralli who stood down as Secretary.  Merv Fletcher was nominated as Ride Captain, and Ron Walker and Tony Lamb as his ride co-ordinators. Christine Lamb continued as Social Secretary, and a social committee of Michelle O’Dea, Margaret Rowling, Jan Martin and Lex Azzopardi were selected to assist.  Christie Dodd continued as Publicity Officer.   Average attendance at meetings was over 60 people and rides were well attended.  Don Phinn was very proud of what had been achieved in 12 months.

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 2002

2002 saw the club continue to grow.  A large number of members attended the AGM in Mt Gambier.  Weekends away to Dunedoo, Narooma and the Snowy Ride were also well attended.  Many great day trips were held to places such as Yarramalong Valley, Gerroa, Oberon, and the Hunter Valley.  Shorter coffee rides were scheduled for the newer riders.  Guest speakers included the founder of the club Stephen Dearnley, aka  “Old No. 1” and Peter Thoeming aka “The Bear” of Road Rider Magazine.  In the early days of the club, the committee would meet the Saturday before the Monday meetings at the Como Marina for breakfast, coffee and the general planning of the clubs events and meetings.  Christie Dodd stepped down as publicity officer, and Neil Doig stepped in and produced a few newsletters and set up the regular email to members.

The 2002 Branch AGM in November saw Don Phinn retire as President.  He felt his work in setting the branch up was done, and Garry Palmer succeeded him.  Lex Azzopardi was elected Secretary, Glenn Packwood Treasurer,  Ron Walker and Kevin Allen as Run Co-ordinators, Margaret Rowling as Social Director and Gillian Blackburn as Publicity Officer.

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2003

2003 started with what would prove to be one of the most popular and regular weekends away – Crookwell organized by Kevin Allen.  Since this first trip, we have returned each year in large numbers. Also for the first time, the club went to Jamberoo Valley Lodge for “Christmas In July”, organized by Ian Bosler.  This has proved to be an annual event also.  The club AGM was in Mudgee in March and a large contingent from our club attended.  Other weekends away during the year were Forster, Shoal Bay, and Merimbula/Araluen. We also attended the Snowy Ride as a group for the first time.  A regular calendar of weekend day trips to places such as Huskisson, the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast was always in place.  The committee had some interesting guest speakers from the motorcycling industry and other fields.  We had two groups do HART advanced riding courses, and a great social night at Bexley Golf Club.  Many great day rides to the usual places, and we also supported the Pink Ribbon Ride in big numbers.  A Christmas BBQ was held again at Woronora Dam in December.  On a sad note, early 2003 saw the passing of Don Delandro.  Don was a fixture in our branch for the first two years.  He was one of the early members of the Ulysses Club, and his knowledge of rides and roads was fantastic.  He filled the role of ride leader on many occasions, and loved giving his ride reports to our meetings and finishing with a corny joke.   

The 2003 branch AGM was held on the 13th of November, and Glenn Packwood and Ron Walker stood down, to be replaced by Perry Veltmeyer (Treasurer) and Ian Bosler (Ride Captain).  Garry and Lex were re-elected President and Secretary,  as were Margaret and Gillian in their roles of Social Secretary and Publicity Officer. Annette Bollard was
co-opted to assist Margaret.

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 2004

2004 started with a couple of new ideas for rides in summer.  An early start to Terrigal for breakfast, and a late start for a twilight ride and dinner – both very popular.  Weekends away included Crookwell again in January, Mudgee in February (in a heatwave), Dubbo in April, Gloucester in May, Mt Seaview in June, Jamberoo for Xmas in July, Ulladulla in August and Armidale/Dorrigo in October.  We also had large contingents go to the Club AGM in Geelong and supporting the Pink Ribbon Ride and Snowy Ride charity events.  We had a few social events including a night at Dirty Dicks, and a large Christmas function at the Crest Hotel which was attended by the Natcom Secretary and Treasurer.

The 2004 branch AGM was held on the 8th of November 2004.  This saw two long standing committee members retire - Garry Palmer as President, and Margaret Rowling as Social Director.   Lex Azzopardi was elected to succeed Garry, Neil Doig was elected Secretary and Annette Bollard succeeded Margaret.  Perry, Ian and Gillian retained their positions.

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2005

Early 2005 again saw a first for a different ride – Midnight to Dawn.  There was a great line up of rides, including weekends away to Crookwell, Tumut/Gundagai, Denman in the Hunter Valley,  Forster, Mudgee, Armidale and Xmas in July at Jamberoo.  A large group ventured to Canberra in March for the Club AGM, and we again had a huge group attend the Snowy Ride in Thredbo.  Some of our trips were organized as combined rides meeting other groups along the way, and the ride to Armidale involved Ulyssians from Pt Stephens, Gloucester, Forster, Armidale , and made the cover of Riding On Magazine.  This great event was organized by our President, Lex.  This ride also appears to becoming an annual event.  

This year, two Christmas functions were organized, a river cruise and a party at the hotel, both well attended.  Our AGM was postponed to June 2006  to come in line with Club guidelines.

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2006

2006 continued the tradition of great rides and good times.  January saw a ride to Parkes for the annual “Elvis Festival”.  Other trips included Crookwell (as usual), Rylestone, the Sth Coast to the Snowies, Port Stephens, and Tamworth.  A group made the effort to go to the AGM in Tasmania.  A great ride calendar has ensured variety in our regular day rides and both the rides and meetings have been well attended. 

 Over the past five and a half years, the branch has grown quickly.  Most rides have between 10-30 riders and sometimes more.  It only took a few months for our meetings to have 50-60 attendees, and now between 60-80 people attend.  We usually have a guest speaker to speak to members, sometimes from the motorcycle industry and sometimes from groups such as the Ambulance, Police, insurance companies and the like.  Whilst the continued growth of the branch has primarily been through the hard work of each committee, many other members have contributed in ways that help and deserve attention.  At the risk of leaving someone out, these members include, (in no particular order) Kevin Allen, , Alan Parkes, Peter Jacques, Greg Bollard, Wayne Gibson, Dave Thompson, Dave Levine, Gideon Schuman, Wayne Verco, Hugh Judd and Janelle Haffenden who have organized and led rides, and many other members have assisted on our rides.  Other members such as Tony Cunningham and Ian Choudhury among others have contributed interesting articles for our newsletter.

 A big thank you is deserved for all members of our branch, because in a social club such as the Ulysses, it is the people that make it work. 

The 2006 branch AGM was held on 12th June.  Garry Palmer was elected President, Peter Jaques Vice President, Neil Doig Secretary, Ian Choudhury Treasurer, Ian Bosler Ride Captain, Gary Navas Publicity Officer and Annette Bollard Social Secretary. Perry Veltmeyer volunteered to serve as honorary Welfare Officer.

Garry Palmer’s Thursday rides continued to grow in popularity with regular attendances of twenty plus the order of the day.  Sadly, Gil Twomey passed away this year.  In July over thirty members rode to the top of Macquarie Pass to scatter his ashes and say farewell.

In the second half of the year, overnight or multi-day rides included Christmas in July at Jamberoo, the Snowy Ride and the first Long Thursday Ride to Bega and Narooma, led by Garry Palmer.  The exciting post-midnight surprise in Bega has become part of branch legend. 

This year also saw for the first time the involvement of our branch in Breakfast Torque held on 29th October.   Led by Garry Palmer and Peter Jaques with sterling support from the committee and members, our participation was a major contribution to the success of the event and did much to enhance the image of our branch.

Our Christmas party was held at the Bexley Golf Club on 2nd December and was very well attended.  We were sad to hear of Peter Milham’s passing in December and a number of members rode to Wingham to provide a motorcycle escort at the funeral.


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2007

The year commenced with a weekend away in Parkes for the Elvis Festival. Other overnight or long weekend rides included Rylstone in March, an Easter ride to Pambula, a June long weekend ride to Ungarie, Christmas in July at Jamberoo Lodge, Gloucester weekend in August, an October long weekend in Cowra, Batemans Bay and Mogo Zoo in November and of course the Snowy Ride.

To increase social interaction amongst those not able to ride regularly, a coffee night was commenced at Gloria Jeans at Menai Market place on Thursday evenings.

At the AGM in Coffs Harbour on 26th  May, Don Phinn was awarded the Dearnley Medal for his initiative in forming our branch.  At Coffs Harbour we also met with the Bundaberg Branch and entered into an informal sister branch relationship.

The 2007 branch AGM was held on 11th June. Ian Bosler was elected President, with Craig Bernie Vice President, Janelle Haffenden Secretary, Sean O’Neill Treasurer, Dave Curry Ride Captain and Gary Navas as Publicity Officer. The vacant Social Secretary position was later taken up by Kim Coleman-O’Neill.

In August we moved to our new venue at the Gymea Bowling Club with better facilities than we had enjoyed at the previous venue.  In October the branch donated $1000 to the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Breakfast Torque continued to gain momentum with Garry Palmer and Peter Jaques again leading our involvement in this event. Our branch commitment and effort contributed in no small way to raising the profile of this event and the reputation of our branch. 

Garry Palmer’s Long Thursday Ride in late November was extended to four days and took in West Wyalong, Griffith and Wagga Wagga and a lot of country in between.

The annual Christmas party was again held at the Bexley Golf Club on 8th December with a large turnout of members and their partners.
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2008

The Elvis Festival got a look-in again as we commenced the year with a weekend away in Parkes.  Other weekend rides in 2008 included North Haven in February, Inverell and Kempsey in March, the Townsville AGM in May, Tathra in May, the Hunter Valley and also Cowra in September and the Beardies Festival in Glen Innes in November.

Some changes to the Committee also occurred in January with Stewart Anderson taking over as Treasurer and Ron Walker as Social Director. In March Stewart resigned and the Treasurer’s position was merged with that of Secretary, with Janelle Haffenden looking after both jobs.

February saw Dave Curry introduce the practice of ad hoc rides to fill the gaps in our ride calendar. The inaugural ad hoc ride was held on 2nd March with just two riders. Numbers however soon increased.  Thursday rides continued to be popular  with up to 30 members participating.

The Townsville AGM saw our branch gain its second Dearnley medalist with Garry Palmer being the deserving recipient this time in recognition of the vast amount of work he has performed for the branch.

The 2008 branch AGM was held on 9th June. All positions were filled unopposed with Janelle Haffenden President, Craig Bernie Vice President, Scott Battye Secretary, Paul Rees Treasurer, Dave Curry Ride Captain, Gary Navas Publicity Officer and Scott Williams Social Director.  The committee voted to make a donation of $2000 to the Brain Injury Association of NSW, our largest donation to charity yet.

Breakfast Torque was held on 26th October and was the biggest yet with our branch again being the major partner in the organization of this now blue ribbon event. A month later, Garry Palmer’s 2008 Long Thursday Ride was the best one yet with a seven day ride to the Yarra Valley in Victoria. 

On the social side, Christmas in July was held at the Wingham Golf Club while the regular Branch Christmas Party was held at the Gymea Bowling Club on 6th December.
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2009

January began with the branch making another donation of $1000 to the Brain Injury Association of NSW.  Sadly, January was also marked by the passing of John Hannel. The branch provided a motorcycle escort and guard of honour at his send off.

Long overnight or weekend rides in 2009 included Taralga Rodeo in January North Haven in February, Tasmania (14 days) in February, Binda Races in April, the Easter ride to Bandiana, Port Stephens in May, the Great Ocean Road in May, the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Festival in June, the Dubbo Zoo in September and Armidale/Kempsey in October.

The 2009 branch AGM was held on 9th February.  All positions were again filled unopposed with Janelle Haffenden continuing as President, Craig Bernie as Vice President, Leonie Palmer as Secretary, Paul Rees as Treasurer, Gary Navas as Publicity Officer and Margaret Navas as Social Secretary.  Ride Captain remained vacant.

On 21st February we sponsored a well-attended motorcyclist first aid course for members.  In March the branch provided a coach to take members to the Penrith AGM.

 

In May we participated in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life fundraiser.  In June we held our first Trivia Night, an outstanding success with some 90 members and guests participating.

June also saw the introduction of a new concept, namely a coffee morning on the Saturday following our branch meeting to be followed by a short ride aimed at new members. This has proven to be very successful.  Christmas in July was held at the Mollymook Golf Club with 41 members and guests in attendance.

Sadly in September we lost another member with Hugh Judd passing away as a result of injuries received whilst body surfing at Cronulla. Some 30 members provided an escort and guard of honour at his funeral.

Breakfast Torque was held on 25th October with our branch again playing a major role in the organization and running of this event.  The Long Thursday Ride was led by Gary Navas this year due to Gary Palmer’s recent major operation.  This 7 day ride to Lightning Ridge in late November was a great success.

The Branch Christmas Party was held at Club Kirrawee on 12th December.


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2010

The 2010 branch AGM was held on 8th February.  Janelle Haffenden, Leonie Palmer and Paul Rees retained their positions as President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Alan Young was elected Vice President. Craig Bernie became Ride Captain, while Gary Navas and Margaret Navas continued as Publicity Officer and Social Secretary.

Long overnight or weekend rides included Rylstone in February, Binda Races in March, the Albany AGM in March, over the Snowy Mountains at Easter, Port Stephens in May, Gloucester in August, Hill End in October and Boorowa in November.  2010 also saw Alan Young re-introduce Night Rides in the city and metropolitan area. 

In May the branch again participated in the Relay for Life by taking cancer survivors and their carers for short rides.  A donation of $1000 was also made to the Ulysses Club Arthritis Research Foundation. Christmas in July was held on 17th July at the Jamberoo Lodge.  Our second Trivia Night was held on 14th August and was again a great success with 58 people participating.

This year was the 10th Anniversary of the formation of our branch.  A special ride was held on 10th October re-tracing the first ever branch ride, followed by a BBQ at Fitzroy Falls. This anniversary ride was led by Garry Palmer, who was one of the original members on the first ride. Commemorative patches were awarded to those who participated in this year’s ride.  The festivities continued at our meeting the following night at the Gymea Bowling Club, where a patch was presented to special visitor Bill Schiralli.  Bill, an original member, was also the branch’s first secretary, and was on that very first ride.   

Breakfast Torque was held on 31st October and once again proved to be an outstanding success. This year Garry Palmer took a well-earned step back, handing the reins to Peter Jaques and Janelle Haffenden. 

The Long Thursday Ride, again led by Garry Palmer, was the longest yet, a 9 day ride in late November to the Adelaide Hills with twenty participants. A core group of participants have been on all of the Long Thursday Rides since 2006, but each year new riders and pillions have joined this terrific experience.

A most enjoyable Christmas Party was held on 11th December at the Trade Union Club with 47 in attendance.  
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2011

The year commenced musically with a 4 day ride to Parkes for the Elvis Festival, followed a fortnight later by a long weekend ride to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.  Later in January we were saddened by the passing of our friend Gunter Namowitz, an inaugural member of our branch.

The 2011 branch AGM was held on 14 February.  Paul Rees was elected President, with Jim Richardson as Secretary and Lew Schulz as Quartermaster (formerly Vice President). Gary Navas and Margaret Navas once again took on the roles of Publicity Officer and Social Secretary.  Treasurer was initially vacant, but Gordon Scales was later appointed to the position.  Ride Captain remained vacant, with Craig Bernie volunteering to assist in getting the ride calendar started.  A highlight of our February branch AGM was the presentation of the Telemachus Medal to Gary Navas in recognition of his outstanding service to our branch.

In February/March, Paul Rees again led a long ride to Tasmania over fifteen days with fifteen participants. In late March, a number of members attended the Ulysses AGM in Newcastle.  This was followed by a four-day ride to Tamworth and Orange over Easter. 

In 2011 our monthly branch meetings have continued to attract between 60 and 70 members.  Over the past ten years our meetings have served as popular social gatherings as well as forums through which to conduct relevant branch business. On a few occasions there have been spirited discussions concerning various issues. However the committee tries to ensure that the culture of mutual respect and camaraderie within our branch will cushion any debates and ensure that all points of view are given a fair hearing.  Informative guest speakers as well as multimedia presentations by members have also helped to keep  members interested and engaged.

Jeff Conway volunteered to serve as  Ride Captain for three months at the end of the year, but for most of 2011 the position was vacant. Despite this, there were still nearly a hundred day rides offered.  

 Other overnight or weekend rides included Bendemeer in June, Gunning in July and the Snowy Mountains in November.  Several new ride leaders put up their hands in 2011, a very pleasing development.

Sadly, in September we lost a valued member with Ron Moore suffering a fatal heart attack.  His  family appreciated the many branch members who provided an escort and guard of honour at his funeral.

Breakfast Torque was held on 30th October with Paul Rees leading many of our branch members in the organization and running of this premier motorcycle safety event.  This was followed by the  popular Long Thursday Ride led by Garry and Leonie Palmer in late November.  This 9 day ride to the Great Ocean Road was a great success, although snorkels were mandatory on several days.

Well-received social activities in 2011 included Christmas in July at Jamberoo, a Trivia Night in May and the annual Christmas Party at the Tradies in December.   As always, the social aspect of Ulysses membership was enjoyed every bit as much as the motorcycling.
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2012

The 2012 branch AGM was held on 14th February.  Most positions were filled unopposed with Paul Rees continuing as President, Jim Richardson as Secretary, Lew Schulz as Quartermaster, Gary Navas as Publicity Officer, Margaret Navas as Social Secretary and Ken Irvine as Ride Captain.  Janelle Haffenden was appointed as Treasurer shortly thereafter.

In March a number of members participated in the Mildura AGM.  In May we again participated in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life fundraiser.  Several other charity and community events were supported by members throughout the year, including the Oatley Festival.  In July the branch made a donation of $750 to UCARF, following a similar donation made to this national Ulysses charity two years ago.

To avoid increasing costs, our branch social meetings were shifted to Taren Point Bowling Club in May.  This move proved very popular with a number of members chosing to dine at the club before the meeting and an increased attendance immediately noticed.  Guest speakers were also provided at several meetings.

Members who ride regularly were spoiled for choice in 2012, with over one hundred day rides and many new longer rides on offer.  We had rides to suit all tastes, including scooter rides, mystery rides, coffee rides, night rides and dinner rides.  Numbers on the Thursday rides often exceeded 20.  Again, several new ride leaders have emerged, earning their newly introduced ride leader patches and enjoying the experience. 

Overnight or weekend rides in 2012 included Parkes in January, Tumut in February, Tarago in April, Braidwood Rodeo also in April, Lovedale Long Lunch in May, Temora Aviation Museum in June and Cessnock in July   Fifteen members also enjoyed the 8-day Forever Young ride around Northern NSW led by Alan Young and Meryl Warton in September.  The year ended with Garry and Leonie Palmer’s ever-popular Long Thursday Ride which went to Whyalla in South Australia.

Breakfast Torque, held in conjunction with A Hard Ride, was again a big success on 28th October, thanks to the work of Janelle Haffenden and many supporters from our branch.  Perry Veltmeyer completed another year as Welfare Officer in 2012, earning the heart-felt thanks of many members and their families.

Members, partners and guests enjoyed several social events in 2012, including Christmas in July at Jamberoo, a Trivia Night in August and the Branch Christmas Party at Taren Point on 15th December.  Monthly branch meetings also served as popular social occasions, with the new venue particularly inviting.

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2013

We kicked off January with Peter Monk leading members on a relaxing 3-day ride to Jenolan Caves. Then first time ride leader Peter Simpson took a group to Canberra overnight for a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition.
The 2013 branch AGM was held on the 11th of February. Newly elected committee was.
Garry Palmer, President
Neil Roderick, Secretary
Peter Simpson, Treasurer
Continuing committee members were.
Lew Schulz, Quartermaster
Ken Irvine, Ride Captain
Gary Navas Publicity Officer
Margaret Navas Social Secretary.

A notable highlight in mid-February was our first branch ride overseas, a New Zealand trip organized and led by Paul Rees. Thirteen members enjoyed superb riding during this trip around the South Island.

In April a number of members participated in the Maryborough AGM in Queensland. In May we again participated in the Cancer Council’s Relay for life fundraiser. Several other charity and Community events were supported by members throughout the year, including the Oatley Festival, Pink Ribbon Ride and our annual Christmas ride for Children in need.

Meetings continued at the popular Taren Point Bowling Club. Attendances were well up, averaging between 80-100, largely in response to the new committee’s efforts to welcome more women to our meetings and to provide a more entertaining meeting format. Guest speakers  and auctions were also provided at most meetings.

A huge variety of rides ( Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) were on offer throughout the year. Again in 2013 several new ride leaders emerged, earning their ride leader patches and enjoying the experience.

Other overnight and weekend rides in 2013 included Mudgee in April and the Lovedale Long Lunch in May. Rob Lord led a happy group on his Lord Help Us Ride to Victoria I September while Garry and Leonie Palmer led a larger group on the Long Thursday Ride through the Snowy Mountains in November.

Perry Veltmeyer completed another year as Welfare Officer in 2013, providing support for all members. We also gained many new members during the year. Sadly, well-respected members Alan Russell and Denis Fry passed away this year.

Members, partners and guests enjoyed many social events in 2013, including a Trivia Night in August and the Branch Christmas Party at Taren Point in December. Monthly branch meetings also served as popular social occasions, with the inexpensive and delicious meals at Taren Point Bowling Club.

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2014

The 2014 branch AGM was held on the 10th of February. Rob Lord was elected unopposed as the new President, other committee members were.

Secretary: Neil Roderick.
Treasurer: Peter Simpson.
Quartermaster: Lew Schulz.
Ride Captain: Ken Irvine.
Social Secretary: Margaret Navas.
Publicity Officer: Gary Navas.
All were elected unopposed.

February saw our second trip to New Zealand organized and led by Paul Rees, this time several members enjoyed a spectacular ride around the North Island.

On the 3rd of March 2014 Ulysses INC held it’s first Special General Meeting.

In May ten of our members travelled to Alice Springs to participate in the national AGM. Also in May we again participated in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life fundraiser. Other charity and community events were supported by members throughout the year, including the Oatley Festival, Pink Ribbon Ride and our Christmas ride for the kids. The branch also strongly supported Peter Monk in fundraising for his participation on the Black Dog Ride around Australia in July/August 2014.

 

New initiatives introduced by the new committee this year included a day-long first aid course attended by 28 members, Quartermaster Lew Schulz also introduced a three monthly Blood Ride to the Blood Bank at Gymea that has become very well attended and enjoyable ride.

A huge variety of rides were on offer throughout the year, with several choices each week. In October we celebrated our Branches 14th year anniversary with a ride and BBQ at Fitzroy Falls. Again in 2014 we had many eager new ride leaders step forward, earning their Ride Leader Patches as well as our thanks.

Other overnight and weekend rides in 2014 included Dubbo Zoo in March, Dungog in May, Coff’s Capers July and Newcastle in August. Alan and Meryl Young led the popular week-long Forever Young Ride to Victoria in April while Garry and Leonie Palmer led the enjoyable 9-day Long Thursday Ride to the Darling Downs in Southern Queensland in September. Another new activity for 2014 was the overnight camp ride to Bonnie Vale in the Royal National Park that November, a great ride with lots of fun and events such as egg and spoon races with Jim (Clancy) Richardson as the Camp Master.

Perry Veltmeyer completed another year as Welfare Officer in 2014 and was also invited to attend committee meetings.
Sadly our good friend and branch member David Mapp,  passed away this year.
Members, Partners and Guests enjoyed several social events in 2014, including a Trivia Night in October, the Branch Christmas Party in December, Barefoot bowling at Taren Point and the New Years Cruise. Monthly meetings continued to serve as popular social gatherings throughout the year.


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2015

It is always hard to believe just how fast a year has gone and when I started to think about writing the branch’s history my initial thought was exactly that but when you look at what the branch did then you will understand just what a fun filled and successful year we had.

January was a month of getting back into group rides after enjoying the Christmas and New Year break, but we still had energy to celebrate Australia Day at the Woronora RSL.  February saw the branch hold its AGM and a change in committee make up following the decision by a few long standing committee members not to stand and take a well earned break after they all made significant contributions to the club.  Standing down from the committee were Gary Navas, Margaret Navas and Neil Roderick as well as Perry Veltmeyer our Welfare Officer.    Because of the strength of the branch other members were prepared to do their bit and the following members were elected:
Rob Lord, President
Keith Moyle, Secretary
Peter Simpson, Treasurer
Lew Schulz, Quartermaster
Peter Monk, Ride Captain
Jim Allison, Publicity Officer
Chris Larmer, Webmaster
Norm Syme, Welfare Officer
Kim Snee, Social Secretary
Throughout the year members had a wide variety of day rides to choose from with Tuesday Meet and Greet, Thursday rides (alternating between short coffee rides and longer lunch trips) and either a Saturday or Sunday ride all being well patronised. 

In addition to these standard rides we had plenty of special rides throughout the year. In March and the branch had a significant representation at the clubs AGM which was held in Wodonga with many members spending some extra time in Wodonga to enjoy the excellent rides through the countryside.

April saw Mark Brett lead a ride to the Temora Air Show which was great fun.


After much planning June saw an intrepid group head off on the Lap.  The initial group of riders also included some splinter groups with two leaving the pack at Townsville to head up to Cairns and another two leaving at Cloncurry to complete the Aussie Hard Arse Challenge (1600k’s in less than 48 hours) on the way home to Sydney.  Some members picked up the lappers on the way home joining them in South Australia, Victoria and also Ulladulla.  After approximately six weeks riding it was an adventure of a lifetime for those who completed the lap.



In August we had another successful Trivia Night being held at Woronora RSL.  In September, Garry and Leonie Palmer lead the Long Thursday Ride for the ninth consecutive year through Victoria.  Once again the ride was very well supported and next year’s tenth anniversary looks to be a beauty.

October was a very busy month with a weekend ride to Coolah, The Oatley Lions Club festival where our bike rides raised $5,000 for Cancer Research, The Pink Ribbon Ride, Our 15th year Anniversary Ride and lunch at Fitzroy Falls and a long weekend ride to Walcha and Gloucester with about 26 riders participating.

In November members helped man the Ulysses stand at the Sydney Motorcycle Show which was held at Sydney Olympic Park for the first time.   In December we held our toy run and this year we supported the Sylvanvale Foundation and it was a terrific day with lots of smiles and laughs from the kids.   December also saw us celebrate Christmas with our Christmas party being held at Club Kirrawee.  From all accounts we not only have some deft bike riders in the group but some keen dancers emerged once the music started.

The branch also made another donation of $1,000 to the Ulysses Club arthritis Foundation.

This year Norm Syme did a sterling job as our Welfare Officer. Sadly, our good friend and branch member Bryce Smith,  passed away this year.

In addition to our weekly rides (well over 120) we also had several of Norm’s T.T.T rides and this year saw the introduction of Lew’s Vampire rides, where members ride to the blood bank and make a donation.   There was no shortage of opportunities to join mates and enjoy some time on the bike and to demonstrate our sense of community and fellowship and this is why the branch is so successful and well supported.  We can do all of this and still continue to Grow Old Disgracefully.


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2016

Well another year has passed and the club continued to provide its members with a great range of activities to enjoy our time together whether on two wheels or in social outings.

January was a month of getting back into group rides after enjoying the Christmas and New Year break,  For some New Year was celebrated on Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve Cruise which is always a spectacular way to bring in the new year.  Once again Australia Day was celebrated at the Woronora RSL, and this is becoming another tradition for the branch with over thirty members enjoying the day.  February was the month for our AGM and a change in committee make up following the decision by a committee members not to stand and take a well earned break after they all made significant contributions to the club.  Standing down from the committee were Rob Lord, Peter Simpson, Jim Allison and Norm Syme.    Because of the strength of the branch other members were prepared to do their bit and the following members were elected:
Phil Morris, President
Keith Moyle, Secretary
Phil Kersh, Treasurer
Lew Schulz, Quartermaster
Peter Monk, Ride Captain
Craig Carfoot, Publicity Officer
Chris Larmer, Webmaster
John Foley, Welfare Officer
Kim Snee, Social Secretary

Throughout the year members had a wide variety of day rides to choose from with Tuesday Meet and Greet, Thursday rides (alternating between short coffee rides and longer lunch trips) and either a Saturday or Sunday ride all being well patronised. 

In addition to these standard rides we had plenty of special rides throughout the year. Once again the club’s AGM, which was held in Launceston, was very well supported by our branch.  Several groups headed down for varying times with some camping, some modelling but everyone enjoying the AGM and the beautiful countryside and rides throughout Tassie.

March saw Norm Syme extend his Terrible Twist Tuesday ride into a Tuesday to Thursday T.T.T.T.T ride to the Pambula area.  Nippy lead about twenty riders on three days of fantastic riding with everyone talking Norm into making this an annual event it was so enjoyable with the area having some great rides and Nippy knew all the good roads.  In March some of our members helped out the St George Motorcycle Club with their track days by acting a marshals and this was greatly appreciated by the club and was a new experience for our members.


April saw Alan and Meryl Young led a group of the Forever Young tour to the back of Bourke, which was enjoyed by all those who participated.  Many of our members also attended the Shire’s Relay for Life event to provide cancer survivors and their families a free ride.    In May, Paul (Irish) and Wendy O’Kelly led a terrific weekend ride to Araluen.  The ride was very well supported with about 25 riders and over a dozen pillions.  We booked out the local pub with the overflow staying in the local B and B.   This month also saw some members enjoy a Vivid Lights cruise to view the transformation of Sydney icons during the Vivid Lights Festival.
At our June branch meeting  Garry Palmer was presented with his 30 year badge in recognition of his valuable contribution to the club and in particular to our branch.  It was a good opportunity to be able to formally acknowledge Garry’s substantial role in establishing our great branch.  Neil Roderick also lead a Return to Dungong ride and although the weather was not kind and inhibited the riding a very enjoyable weekend was had by all with several members making this their inaugural weekend away ride.

In July many of us celebrated a midyear Xmas at the Coolangatta Estate in the Shoalhaven.  This was well patronised, the venue was ideal and we all had a very enjoyable Xmas.  September saw another successful Trivia Night at the Woronora RSL with hosts Paul and Wendy O’Kelly providing a challenging and fun night of entertainment.


October was the month for the tenth anniversary of Garry and Leonie Palmer’s Long Thursday Ride.  This ride through western NSW up to Northern Queensland then back home through Northern NSW was much anticipated by our members.  Unfortunately due to illness Garry couldn’t lead the ride but Mark Brett volunteered as ride leader and all riders had a great couple of weeks away and were very well looked after in Bundaberg by our sister branch members.


The club once again helped out at the Oatley Lions Festival by again providing rides to raise money for Children’s Cancer Research.  We had another successful year 

In November we saw the introduction of a Ladies Only luncheon at the Como Marina Thai restaurant.  This proved to be popular and looked to be the start of something regular!  Jim Allison and John Foley led a weekend ride to Hill End with over 30 riders attending.  This was another very successful weekend and the boys did a great job leading such a large group.   Everything went smoothly and Peter Simpson did a great job in drawing our logo on a plate for display at the Hill End Lodge.

December saw us celebrate Xmas at Club Kirrawee where many of our members showed they just as deft on the dance floor as they are on two wheels.  Once again we supported Sylvanvale with our toy run and it was very rewarding to see the kids’ enjoyment and the staffs’ appreciation of our support


The branch also made another donation of $1,000 to the Ulysses Club arthritis Foundation.

Once again through the continuing efforts of our members and their willingness to contribute and participate we have enjoyed another very successful year.  We have offered branch members over 120 riding opportunities, weekend and longer rides for those who are interested as well as our community activities which included monthly Vampire rides to donate blood, Relay for Life, Lions Festival and our toy run.  The branch provides our members with the opportunity to participate in as much as they want and all centred around our common interest of enjoying ourselves on two wheels.





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