Presidents Report from Don Collins (February 2024)
From under the Bonnet.
The club is taking off for another year, our 51st, in a very changing world.
Your Executive Committee (EC) had a little break, but has commenced the planning and formulating an action plan leading up to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to held on March 5th. As mooted, the AGM will include the annual presentation and a members’ supper. So put this important activity in your diaries. Club and Competition awards will be presented, including 25-year membership badges.
Recently, the Executive Committee (EC) reviewed the format and distribution of our popular G-Torque MGCC Geelong Club magazine. There are two versions: the Printed Version (mailed out and delivered to your door step) AND the on-line Electronic Version. It was resolved that the 2024-2025 Membership Renewal Invoice will request your preference for the future. When you get your invoice, please consider what suits you best. Importantly, when you pay your 2024-2025 renewal, please tick the box to choose either the home-delivered Printed Version OR the on-line Electronic Version. Thank You.
New Members – we are continuing to welcome new members into the club, but, unfortunately we are not learning about your background and other interests. I invite anyone who has joined in the last year to jot me an email and outline a brief background, your skills and desires, and what you want from the club. It would be treated in confidence, but used as a snapshot of the changing “club personality”. It is intended to conduct some “new member” welcome events so new members can be introduced to our facilities and gain an understanding of the club’s operations. This request has a secondary use as it will feed into our strategic planning for what the club needs to do for our club’s longevity and to foster better member engagement. An early task in 2024 for the new EC will be to prepare an action plan for the year and beyond. Budgets are now in place for the club year, subject to being adopted by the incoming EC, after the AGM.
I note that the competition and social events are on the calendar in unison which should mean members can better plan participation. Can I observe that you can easily mix and match, see when you can drop into
a competition event, visit a hill climb or motorkhana. Attend a square rigger coffee start, or join the run.
Our coffee runs are popular just to catch up with members and introduce or re-introduce yourself. The social program has something for all. I also commend the community-based visits to aged care and kindred club activities
I ask members to consider attending the National MG Meeting 2024 in Tamworth. Graeme Ruby or Nick Wood can tell you all about it. They will start with “it is not a competition event”; there is “something for all”. Ask and you will be surprised. Find out what “Natter and Noggin” with rocker cover racing is?
See you soon at a club event or at our February monthly meeting or at the shed on Friday mornings