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From the President's Desk - March 2017

18 Mar 2017 20:43 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

Dear Reader,

I would like to welcome our newest members Mark Carmody, Ian Jones and Adrian Walker to the Club and look to our existing members to make them welcome and I look forward to meeting each of you in person on a ride or at an event.  The Club welcomes and encourages member engagement in suggesting, planning and attending rides and events - email your ideas to the Committee.

The 2017 BMWMCCACT Inc. Annual General Meeting (Club Event) is coming up April 1st at The Canberra Irish Club.  This is no April Fool's joke and an important event on the Club Calendar.  You need to be a financial member to nominate for or vote in the election of the 2017-18 Committee.  Members must also vote to accept the audited financial report for 2016-17 and available on the website along with an agenda and nomination form.  The Club cannot function without a Committee and this year we have one member standing down and others showing signs of Committee fatigue with some holding multiple positions.  If you would like to contribute to the Club's operation or direction then why not consider nominating for a position.  Don't know what the Committee does?  Then check the website and Club constitution or more readily email or call the incumbent.

To encourage your attendance at the AGM not only will your Club provide light snacks we also have a mystery raffle prize with a free ticket for each person who attends.  It is a great prize, so much so that I have bought one myself.

The new Club financial year sees some members not renew, instead moving on to other activities and life choices; we wish them well.  I'll take this opportunity on behalf of the Club to thank one of these Bob Ellison for his commitment to the Treasurer role and personally his company and friendship on rides and at events who is standing down to pursue other interests.  Bob, one day I'll tell you the number of 'offs' I have had and of bikes sent to the wreckers, in my quest to learn to ride - at least better.  You will be more than welcome to ride with us and me again should you so choose.

For those who look further ahead than one month of events, I'll mention two later in the year.  In June our 2017 Christmas-In-Winter, Joint BMWMCCACT & BMWMCCVIC Meet (Club Event) in Yarrawonga, the same venue as last year and August a Joint BMWMCCACT and BMWTCNSW Dinner at Bermagui Hotel.  The Victorians also have an invite.  Both events require some pre-planning on your part to register but also to arrange accomodation if you intend going.  Yes, they are someway off, so check each event as details firm up and posted to What's On.

Long standing members will recall the Club magazine Shaft Drive Lines with digital copies available on the website.  However, the Club record is incomplete and ACT Heritage Library (Woden) has offered access to paper copies held by them for scanning.  An ideal opportunity for one or more of our retired or part-time working members to help the Club.  You will need to access the library during opening hours, scan and then email copies of the magazine using the ACT Heritage Library multi-function printer.  This does not mean one person or at any one time and can be completed as time and availability permits.  Interested?  Please email me your name, email and telephone number. 

In closing, you all have one or more motorbikes in the shed and should be out riding them or attending a Club event. My R100RS is on its 90 day Autumn redgo and competing alongside the R1200ST and F800GS for attention.   Please check the website as it will have the most up to date information and for those who pre-register the added benefit of personalised last minute emails if plans need to change.  Remember if you're not seeing an event you would like then let me or member of the Committee know and we will see what can be arranged.

Enjoy the ride,

Garry Smee

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