Letter from The President, August 2016

To all FPV Tickford Club of NSW Members.

Dear All,

We are now well into the second half of the year. Things seem to move quicker and quicker each year. Scary for most of us !

The timing of this letter is a bit awkward, as it comes a day after our premier event, the 2016 All Ford Day, and the day before a critical formality for the Club, the Annual General Meeting. So I can tell you here about the success of AFD now but we will write to you again in two days to advise you of the results of the AGM

But first for some of the usual news.

McCredies in July was bigger than ever, a really good turnout, and once again, new members. It will be on again tomorrow night, August 2.

Cars & Doughnuts was a little quieter in July but still a strong turnout. The Facebook page itself, as Craig has reported, has now over 3,100 members so no doubt as the months get warmer attendances will increase. Cars & Doughnuts for August is Sunday August 14.

Regarding past events, the July 3 proposed trip to Bathurst was cancelled due to poor weather predicted (which it turned out to be a good call), and was replaced with a short cruise and lunch at The Cricketer’s Arms at Blacktown. As usual, it was a good turnout and a fun day from all accounts. We will run the Bathurst cruise at a later date, just not sure if we will fit it into 2016 though.

Yesterday’s All Ford Day was a great success, a bit cloudy at first but turned out to be a spectacular day. Members were well fed on the day and there was much banter. And without saying, our display was sensational. In fact OUR Club won a trophy for the best display on the day, so proud.

We had a healthy turnout of about 40 cars and they all did the Club justice. Nick Attard represented us in “Preservation Class” for modern vehicles (previously concourse) and he won first prize. Trophies were also won by Shaun Quee and Richard Refalo The Club raffle was a success, 1st prize of the diecast car going to new member Richard, 2nd prize of a framed dedicated Mark Winterbottom poster went to Charlene Smith and third prize of $120 of Bunnings vouchers went to Marcos Attard. In addition to this, Peter John’s son Bryan donated a unique acrylic pen he had turned which went to George Oskerko. All much appreciated and gave us some fun on the day.

It takes a lot to run a day like this, and those who helped out were much appreciated. Always a drama to single people out at the risk of leaving someone else out, but thanks to Steve Lamb and Matthew Moroney for looking after the vendors, Mario Attard, David and Mitchell Fredericks for setting up the display, Eric Maastricht for ushering the cars in, those who checked cars in and sold raffle tickets, collected food money and sold raffle tickets, Derek for organising all of the food, and Derek and his happy cookers including Tony and Brett who did the bbqs proud. Thanks also to all who helped with manning the entry gates, Brian Bailey for helping getting gear to and from the show and The Fredericks for bringing along equipment to run our slideshow. If I missed anyone I apologise, and we also need to acknowledge all that helped in setting up and packing away the displays and food.

Also on the day Heather circulated all of the membership renewals that she could, and for those who were there you would have got one of the new 2016/17 bottle openers and the new Club stubby holder.

McCredies for August, as Steve has already advised you, will combine with the AGM. Come early for a meal or a drink and we will kick off the AGM around 8pm. To date we have only a few nominations for the committee, so all other nominations will be made on the night. We do have, as advised earlier, a vacancy for position of Events manager which we need to fill. We welcome as many members as possible to attend, especially if you wish to nominate for a position.

Heather has already circulated details about the “From Krispy Kreme to High Tea” cruise which will start from Penrith straight after Cars & Doughnuts on August 14. So far the response has been good, and was one of our more unique events of 2015, so give that one some thought and join us.

Future shows are at Sydney Motorsport Park for the Supercar support on the weekend of August 27/28. Ben Schibeci has been collating the entries and will be the lead on the day, please let him know urgently if you want to come along but have not made arrangements.

In addition to the Supercar support, we will also look at cruises on both September 11 and October 16, details will be circulated once we have them !!

The Club now has a brand new large shade house, same as the one we already have, as well as some safety weights. They all came in handy yesterday at AFD (won us a trophy !) and will be great for our continued use. We also experimented yesterday with a Club photo display on a large screen to promote membership, and this seemed to be well received.

Memberships are also being finalised at the moment, and Heather will follow through with these, and as I mentioned earlier, we have some Club souvenirs to hand out as part of you renewals.

As promised last month, we are also trialling “Meet the Member” profiles. I was the trial last month but will move through other members in the next few months as well. Stay tuned, it might be you soon. This month the profile will be on Rob Maricic, this will follow circulation of this letter.

We have also put together a survey to ensure that we are taking the Club in the right direction for it’s members. This will come out in the next day or so, and I encourage you all to contribute, the more responses we get the better direction we will be given.

As ever, we encourage you to keep up to date with photos and notifications on the website, www.fpvclub.com, as well as Facebook page FPV Tickford Club of NSW.

Until next time

Kind regards,

John Barbaro