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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.
At the 2018 National Muster of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC), which is being held in Denmark in Western Australia, the Director for Membership Support, Graham Christie, informed members of the strong growth in membership over the past 12 months.
7 new branches were established in the last 12 months and the club now has 53 branches Australia wide, 19 in Queensland, 13 in New South wales, 9 in Victoria, 6 in Western Australia, 5 in South Australia and 1 in Tasmania. The average number of RV’s per branch is 27 with 3 branches having over 50 RV member units.
37% of the RV member units reside in Queensland, 28% in NSW and ACT, 17% in Victoria, 9% in Western Australia, 6% in South Australia and 3% in Tasmania.
The club expects the strong growth to remain steady as the club continues with its focus to “Promote the use of recreational vehicles and the RVing lifestyle throughout Australia”
The ACC was founded in September 2006 and is now the second largest multi brand RV club in Australia.