Branch AGM results:
President: Bruce Bearman
Secretary: Greg Terrey
Treasurer/QM: Hans Wiedeman
Ride Co-Ord: Chris Cantrill
Webmaster: Ross Slade
Newsletter: James Murray
General Committee: Kate Marshman, Allan Shaw & Les Carey
2017 National AGM election results:
President - Jen Woods
Vice President - Mark Seja
Secreary - Henry Rokx
Treasurer - John Osborne
Committee - Peter Baulsch, Alan Pratt, Dave Wright
Around a dozen local bikers braved difficult conditions to collect donations for the annual winter charity motorbike ride on Saturday, May 28.
Only the really committed bikers from the Bega Valley converged early on Saturday morning at Club Sapphire in Merimbula where they threw on their helmets and prepared to get soaking wet on a rainy and windy ride through to Target in Bega.
Photo & text courtesy of Bega District News
The Gathering of the Penelopes ~ last Tuesday of every month
June 2009 was the first Luncheon of the Penelopes Ladies held at the then Niagara Café Bega and started by our dear late friend Gail Dean.
The following was printed in Riding On Ulysses magazine 2009:
The Sapphire Coast Branch meets once a month for a well attended social dinner. Our branch covers a wide geographical rural area so each month members attending the function may change and we may not see other for some time.
As the meetings are busy occasions and there is not time to talk to everyone, some of the ladies in the group decided to have a monthly luncheon to catch up with each other. We call ourselves "The Penelopes". It is a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to meet the partners that do not pillion (so therefore are not on the rides). We have had a members mother join us for lunch and the ladies have met for the first time despite their husbands/partners being members of the branch for many years. The Penelopes share friendship and support and we can even get through lunch without using the four letter word (bike)! It is a great way for partners (especially non riders) to become involved and become part of the Ulysses family.
Gail Dean #41141
So mark your calendars, the LAST Tuesday of every month (except December), venues change monthly but will be listed in the calendar.
I'm looking forward to a fantastic year of "Penelope" and meeting many new and old friends.
By the way Penelope was Ulysses wife in case you didn't know what the reference was to Penelope.
02 6493 0234
Did you know many local businesses support our members with discounts?
Mick Cole Motorcycles, Bega - 10% off parts and accessories
Auto pro, Bega -10% off most goods (for bikes or cars)
Barbeques Galore, Bega - 5% discount
Blackman Motowear, Nimmitabel—10% off all merchandise
Drovers Rest, Bemboka—10% o all meals, coffee card
Joe’s Motorcycles, Canberra—approx. 10% off parts and accessories
Canberra Motorcycle Centre—10% off parts and accessories
NRMA Vintage, Veteran and Classic Vehicle Insurance
- Heavily discounted comprehensive insurance on new (for Ulysses members only) and old bikes
- Phone 132132 (cannot be taken out at a NRMA shopfront)
- Heavily discounted pink slips for Ulysses members only
- Phone 02 45778507 or 0412783322
Relics Café, Cann River—10% of food, co ee, etc
Pelican Inn, Merimbula— 10% of rack rate for rooms Tumut Motor Inn—5% discount
Country Comfort Motel, Tumut— Free continental breakfast
- Membership card must be shown
- Discounts do not apply to special offers or already discounted good or services
- These discounts are a favour to members and not a right, so if you experience a problem please don’t
make a fuss, instead let John Dean know and he will try to resolve the issue and/or remove the business from the list.
Finally have checked with Shannon's and QBE and contrary to what some people thought at coffee this morning they don't give discounts to Ulysses members so the discount list stays the same.
Branch Member Discounts for Ulysses Gear:
At coffee this morning the committee agreed to a sugges on I made that we give members a 5% discount on the price of Ulysses good ordered through Hans.
So if members order through the branch they will get a 5% discount on the list price as a service to our members.
Our meeting at Club Bega was a great success, with many new and old faces attending. Over 30 people joined us for dinner.
I'm looking forward to this month's meeting and guest speaker!
Hi there Sapphire Coast Ulysseans
I’ve been toying with the idea of resurrecting something that we used to do years ago in the early days of the Branch – having guest speakers at the monthly dinners. We stopped doing it when we moved from the Bank Hotel to the Commercial where it became impractical because of the open dining room.
I’ve been looking round for a suitable venue with food at reasonable prices and a private room. The only place I’ve come up with so far is Club Bega which has:
Main courses from $15 for the roast of the day, $16.50 for the pastas and on upwards to $30+ ;
- A function room that we can use free of charge if we eat there;
- The option of meals being ordered at the restaurant and then served to us in the function room;
- The option of a buffet set up in the function room at a fixed price if we do it as a monthly event.
I need your feedback!
- Would you be interested in coming to eat and to hear guest speakers?
- What do you think about Club Bega as a venue?
- Should the Branch pay for the speaker’s meal and a drink (which is what we used to do)?
My suggestion is – we give it a go on Tuesday 12 January as a trial run. If enough people signal their intention to attend we could get them to set up a table in the function room, otherwise we’d eat in the restaurant and then move to the function room.
Our first Guest Speaker would be the infamous famous Mr Gary Smith of Suzuki World, who is half of that well know duo The Smiffs of Bemboka and also known as the Bemboka Bellet Bloke.
He would edify us with his experiences of the Ulysses Historic Vehicle Registration Scheme for which he is an approved vehicle examiner. How does the Scheme work? What bikes and cars are eligible? What are the recent changes introduced by the NSW Government? How does our club relate to the other historic vehicle clubs in the valley? What does it cost? What special events are there in the valley for these machines? Do the riders have to be as ancient as their bikes? Why does he persist with Suzukis and Bellets and what does it take to bribe him?
Should we give this idea a go? Are you ready for Gary Smith? (One word of warning – if it’s your birthday DON’T TELL HIM – we’ve all heard him sing Happy Birthday before!!)
Please give me your views urgently so I can consult with the Branch Committee and then let the Commercial, the Bega Club and Gary know what we’ll be doing on the 12th.
Bounce your reply back or email me direct on [email protected]
After two years of hard work for the branch Kate has decided it's time for a rest from the President's position. At the December social dinner there will be a new president - if that sounds like something you'd like to have a go at it's time to step up!
Thank you Kate for your tireless efforts!
If you have put the coffee mornings on your paper calendar you should check with online one as the order has changed.
Do you like to take your time rather than be in a hurry?
Ross's Slooow Ride will be on the 4th October, leaving from our coffee place at Eden and having lunch at Delegate Pub. Speed will be 'adequate' and ideal for learners and those who like to stop and smell the roses.
The branch is holding a general meeting, followed by a BBQ (everything supplied by branch) at Hans' home on Saturday 25th July at 11.30am..
Please come along!
Ross's Slooow Ride this Sunday has been postponed due to the anticipated Ice Age.
Coffee this Sunday (21-06-2015) is at Candelo as per calendar, but we are giving Two Blokes Food a tryout - the cafe near the bridge, next to the theatre.
Margie Harlow's Funeral will be held this Thursday, 18th June at 11am Graveside Service at Bega Cemetery, and afterwards at Bega Bowling Club.