The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) staged the initial National Muster at Byron Bay in 2007 with much discussion on the formation of branches around the country.
An enthusiastic new ACC member, Brian Semmler set about establishing a branch with its base in Dubbo, NSW. In June 2008 the Golden Westerners were established during a muster at the Molong Caravan Park.
In November this year Golden Westerner members were invited to Gulgong to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the branch establishment. This was a week-long celebration based at the Gulgong Showground with 23 RV’s attending. The week’s activities included barefoot bowls, golf and a ‘blind’ wine tasting where members were given the opportunity to test their knowledge of the wines of the local district.
The 10th anniversary dinner was the muster highlight involving 50 members and special guests at the Gulgong RSL.
Branch President Graham Humphreys welcomed guests and spoke about the establishment and history of the branch. “Some of our branch founding members have reluctantly retired from the RVing lifestyle but we felt it important we include as many as possible on this special occasion. Their efforts and contributions in those early years resulted in the branch growing to 40 units today and it was wonderful to see Brian and other inaugural members able to join us” said Mr Humphreys.
Members were entertained during the dinner with a slide show of photographs that have been captured from the 43 musters and tag-a-longs held over those 10 years. This revived many fond memories and also a few good laughs.
The Golden Westerners initially targeted caravanners living in Western NSW. The branch can now lay claim to members from all corners of the state.
ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey congratulated the Golden Westerners on reaching their 10 year milestone. “The Golden Westerners was our Club’s third NSW branch to form and has successfully served RVers across NSW country regions for the past 10 years. On behalf of all ACC members, I congratulate the branch” said Mr Humphrey.
Any RVer requiring further information about the ACC or its Golden Westerners branch can contact the ACC on 1800 734 493.