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Dragon Boat Racing, Whaling Station Tour, Annual General Meeting and a dinner dance made for a great day for members at the last full day of activities at our National Muster.
While our more adventurous members took to the water for a dragon boat race, others did a bus trip to Albany where they went through a guided tour of the Whaling Station, climbed up the steep track and viewed the wind turbines at a Wind Farm observing magnificent views along the coastline, and visited the Natural Arch and The Gap where they observed remnants of the days when Australia was still linked to Antarctica. Other members enjoyed freestyling the day at the many attractions in the region.
Returning back to camp, we had our Club’s Annual General Meeting where our Chairman Craig Humphrey was re-elected for a further three years, and marketing director Deb Bott was elected for three years. Both directors were unopposed. Motions awarding Cec and Di Caterer and Derek Hale Life Memberships for their many years of dedicated service to our Club, were carried unanimously and with great cheers. Members then posed for the annual National Muster group photo.
A big day concluded with members dancing the night to the music and song of ‘Big Men Working’ at a delicious two course dinner dance where members shared friendships and their adventures of the day.
There was no slowing down in activities on Day 5 of our National Muster in Denmark WA.
Four buses departed just after 9am taking busloads of members to various food tasting locations in the Denmark region, with the buses changing venues throughout the morning to ensure no busload was in the same place as another at the same time. Members happily sampled the many tastings offered at The Toffee Factory, Denmark Chocolate Company, Bartholomews Meadery and Denmark Farmhouse Cheese Factory. Members purchased numerous items at the various venues, and enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at different venues. The food tour was very well organised, and ice-creams at The Toffee Factory were a definite hit!
Guest speaker at the Charity Afternoon Tea was Roger Seeney from Black Dog Ride. Roger spoke about the formation of the Black Dog Ride in Busselton in 2009, the decision to ride around Australia to raise awareness of depression and suicide, and to fundraise for mental health programmes. Some of the funds raised are used to provide training to provide support to depression sufferers. On behalf of our Club, our Chairman Craig presented Black Dog Ride with a cheque for $500. Members enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea.
The day finished with the ACC Futures Forum where representatives from our branches got together to discuss ideas. This has been an item at our last three National Musters.
The heavens opened on Day 4 of our National Muster. However, despite the rain and an evening thunderstorm, spirits remained high. Members did not let the weather spoil their fun.
We had two very informative presentations in the morning. The first by Dragan Vasic from Lovells Springs informed members about the various towing upgrades on our tow vehicles available to us. Dragan also updated us on the topical issue surrounding GVM and GCM upgrades and where each of us currently stood, depending on the State in which we live. He also made himself available both during and after the presentation for members to approach him with various questions.
The second presentation was by Marjorie Pagani, the CEO of Angel Flight. Marjorie explained to us how Angel Flight functions, and how much it is dependent upon donations and the generosity of individual pilots.
Sadly, the rain caused the cancellation of our Barefoot Bowls afternoon. However, it did not prevent a huge attendance in the marquee for the Casserole evening where members interacted with each other, enjoying the entertainment, while the thunderstorm raged outside.