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Day One at our Club's 2018 National Muster saw our muster officially opened by Terry Redman MLA who welcomed ACC members to the Denmark and Warren-Blackwood Region. Denmark Shire President Ceinwen Gearon also gave members a warm welcome, with both Mr Redman and Ms Gearon telling members about the many 'must see' attractions in the region.
Our ACC Chairman Craig thanked members for travelling to Western Australia from around the country, and emphasised how wonderful it was to have such a large contingency of our Western Australian members present for our very first National Muster to be held in Western Australia.
Muster organiser Brian Miller also addressed members at the opening ceremony and pointing out that his organising team are there if we have any issues, and paid tribute to the Big4 Denmark Ocean Beach owners Michael and Mandy who had been so very helpful and easy to work with to bring the event together at the park.
When formalities were complete, members enjoyed a delicious morning tea. Many joined in a tagalong to the Tree Top Walk, Valley of the Giants, Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, while others chose to undertake their own sightseeing in the region.
By the time everyone returned back to camp late afternoon, Happy Hours were underway with our Chairman and Board hosting the First Timers' Happy Hour for members attending a National Muster for the very first time. Here, Chairman Craig mentioned that we had more 'First Timers' than at any other National Muster, partly due to the huge number of members from Western Australia who had supported the event. It was wonderful to see such a large number of 'First Timers'.
The day drew to a close with kangaroos grazing in the park, and a huge attendance at the Square Dancing Evening where members could be seen having a great time dancing the night away and learning new dance routines and moves.
While our Australian Caravan Club 2018 National Muster at Denmark in Western Australia does not officially start until today, there was plenty of activity at the muster site yesterday. Members are all in high spirits and looking forward to the coming week!
With more members rolling into camp, the muster campsite at Big4 Ocean Beach is beginning to fill up rapidly, with members excitedly comparing notes of their travels to the muster from all around Australia.
Market stalls from traders and members held at the marquee were a big hit, attracting a large number of members.
Despite the cold and rain showers, members happily queued for the complimentary Welcome Sausage Sizzle, with the compliments of the Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC, Member for the South West…and the sausages were delicious!
In the evening, members attended a Poornarti Aboriginal Cultural presentation and received a welcome to country.
Australian Caravan Club introduces SMS member contact at the opening of the 12th National Muster in Denmark, Western Australia.
The ACC today - in a Club first – deployed SMS messaging technology to connect with members at the Clubs National Muster in Denmark ,Western Australia.
In a unique opening to the National Muster the Club Chairman Craig Humphrey used recently obtained SMS messaging capability to welcome members and advise of the first event on the Muster schedule.
“The ACC Board is excited at the capability of this new communication method to ensure continual contact with members.” said Mr Humphrey.
ACC Board member Graham Christie who has been responsible for introducing the technology noted that “SMS (or Short Message Service) is the messaging protocol used for sending and receiving text messages on mobile phones. It is supported by all mobile phones, from the most basic to the smartest, and offered by pretty much all mobile networks and carriers worldwide.”
“Depending on whom you ask, only about 20 to 30 percent of marketing emails get opened. Compare that to the 99 percent open-rate utilising SMS text messaging. It must be pointed out that the Club at this point will only use the SMS approach in certain circumstances including National and Chairman’s Musters for program updates and in the very rare situation of widespread emergency issues.” noted Mr Christie.
The Club is working through other uses for the SMS messaging technology with the view that the system can be used for reminders to members regarding upcoming events, new initiatives and membership issues.
“The Board encourages all with mobile phones to be included and I strongly advise members that the service won’t be used as a method of spamming. Members can also elect to opt out of the receiving messages if though so wish.” said Mr Humphrey