Un bouan Noué et Bonne Année! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I trust you all are going to have a lovely Christmas whether staying at home or buggering off somewhere, with far too much food, washed down with a little, or a lot of the beverage of choice and end up feeling somewhat sluggish for it.
Nevermind, you have the New year to sort yourselves out, namely those age old chestnuts:
1. Lose weight
2. Join a gym
Or you could register for the TT2000 by the end of January. Woo Hoo, now there’s a more reasonable and less stressful way to burn off those calories and feel good about oneself. Check out www.tt2000.org and join the growing number of Ulyssians taking part in this event. It can be as easy, or as hard, as you make it. If you’re unsure what it’s all about, give me a call and I’ll allay your fears and perhaps kindle the spark of enthusiasm.
The Good Oil and other rides
I’ve tried to keep up with the rides and rallies situation but in almost every case, those organising rides only put them out there a week, sometimes less than that, before the event, thus they are unlikely to get circulated via this format.
Instead I’ll post them on pour Ulysses Facebook page when I can and hopefully in time. That’s the best I can do.
I’ve attached some stuff about the Longest Day and Helicopter Hunt. I’m thinking of doing the HH on the first fine day between Christmas and New Year, knocking it off in one day.
There’s also the verb and voting paper about the associate membership. Whether for or against the rule change, please vote. Whatever the result, we need to know that it was truly representative of how the club feels
January Branch Night
Note the January branch night is a social night kicking off from 6pm. Dinner, a pint and a chin-wag to welcome in the new year. The December one was really well attended so I’m hoping January will be as well and maybe, that format is something we could have a look at sometime next year?
2023 Natcom AGM
The 2023 Natcom AGM isn’t that far away and the committee will be starting to ramp up with volunteers on the day, gifts for prizes etc. While they have done an inordinate amount of work to date, and the whole thing is pretty much in a holding pattern waiting for more registrations to come in, they will be asking for volunteers on the day. But more of this will come later in January.
Jim Nolan has been doing a huge amount of work approaching various retail outlets garnering goods and services for the raffle prizes at the AGM. Here is an update from him:
Hi all members,
Please find included an update on the raffle sponsors situation. Members, please feel free to use your initiative as to whom you may wish to approach. Maybe there is a frequented café, hardware store, petrol company, I will approach NPD. Magazine subs, homewares stores etc. Things are moving along well at this stage and thank you to those that have approached possible sponsors, very much appreciated by all.
Update Ulysses 2023 raffle sponsors list. 18/12/22
P = probably Y = yes
Norjo’s. P Rob Craw.
Mitre 10. Y Marie Vincent.
Motorcycling Downunder. P Chris Carey
Carnmore Hotel Donated Andrea Thompson.
Traction Motorcycles Y Derek Kessak
Barkers Geraldine. Donated.
Christchurch Casino. ?
Linden Leaves. ? Andrew and Pam Beaton.
Motomox. P Mike Dew
Placemakers Riccarton. Y
CMG motorcycles. Y
Rolling Thunder. P
First European. Y
Trevor Pearce. Y
Mega Motorcycles. P
Super Liquor Strowan Donated
George Henry. Donated. Jim Nolan
Avon City Y Steve Parr
A very happy Christmas and New Year to all of you.
Some good news from Bruce Vincent
I thought it might be good to let members know that Ulysses Canterbury has been officially acknowledged in the annual report for St John 2022. I have copied the excerpt from their report that show our branch being mentioned as a supporter, might be good to let Nat Comm know as well.
Bruce Vincent MStJ
Volunteer MIST Team Member
UC Rescue Team Leader
Thanks for your support
We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the wide range of individuals, organisations and anonymous donors who supported Hato Hone St John so generously during the 2021/22 year. These include:
Stewart Family Trust proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian
Tapanui New Life Church
Tasman District Council
Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing
Teresa Wong JP & Kit Wong MNZM MStJ
The Bufton Family
The Chen Brothers – James, Justin & John Chen
The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury
The David Ellison Charitable Trust – Public Trust
The Dr Majorie Barclay Trust
The Lion Foundation
The Reed Charitable Trust – managed by Public Trust
The Robert and Barbara Stewart Charitable Trust
The Ted Manson Foundation
The Trevor Wilson Charitable Trust (No 2)
The Trusts Community Foundation
The Withiel Fund
Ulysses Club of NZ Inc – Canterbury Branch
W Duncan Bickley Trust Fund proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian
Waimate Golf Club
Wanaka Upper Clutha Lions Club
We Care Community Trust
Wellington Community Trust
West Otago Lions Club
Zonta Club of Metropolitan DunedinI think that’s all. So, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with family and friends and all the best for 2023.