The President's Page
As I reflect while writing these words, 2013 seems to have past very quickly as we now look forward to Christmas. A year filled with activity, achievements, tribulations, joy, friendship and sorrow to name but a few of the many feelings, emotions and sensations packed within the 2013 timeline. The Armstrong Siddeley community has created its own special music as the year has progressed with its own melody and the occasional raucous pop.
In March I wrote of the Federal Rally, that every Rally holds special memories for those of us fortunate to participate in and share these special occasions of the Armstrong Siddeley year. Last year the Rally at Shoalhaven threw out a challenge to Rally organisers and the Victorian Branch responded this year in GOLD. The Federal Rally held at Bendigo not only was a wonderful event to participate in, but a tribute to the organisers. The Victorians pushed themselves hard by adding a very successful Tasmanian Tour to follow. In 2014, we will see how the New South Wales Branch can stamp their individualism on the event in the Hunter Valley. Then the South Australians will host the 2015 event.
Over a year it is very easy to remember the major activities of an organisation. However, every person tends to make their own contribution to an organisation. It may involve very simple everyday things a friend and partner gives to support a car enthusiast. Patience, Forbearance and Encouragement - things that are part of the fabric of everyday life and without which a person’s hobby becomes onerous to pursue. Viewed in such a light, many people every day, every week and every month make a contribution to this organisation.
Recently, Tina and I had the joy of attending the 13th Goldfields weekend organised by Club Stalwarts John Day, Anna Lees and Cameron Wright. The area surrounding Ballarat in Victoria is rich in historical development and at this time of year is an absolute picture. The trip allowed us to catch up with many members, which is always very important in such a large country. To John, Anna and Cameron - a big thank you from us both for such an interesting time.
At the Board Meeting held on 30th November an extensive report on Membership was received from the sub-committee chaired by John Colebrook. On adoption of the report the Board appointed Sandy Cameron to the combined roles of Marketing and Technical Services.
Following the successful completion of the major bearing project (16/18/236) Sandy Cameron indicated his availability for the Marketing role. As Club President, I am delighted Sandy is now available to devote his time, energy and expertise to this new challenge for the future of the Armstrong Siddeley Car Club.
As Christmas approaches, we head for a round of Christmas events with Branches holding their annual celebrations. In Canberra we had the “G for George” Dinner held at the Australian War Memorial. This special dinner allowed us to bring Armstrong Siddeley very much into the Centenary Celebrations of Canberra, where our marque in the early years played its own unique role. As the dinner precedes the Terribly British Day in Canberra, it allows members of other Clubs to join with us. This year, the Rover Club have joined with us and I thank Janet Legge, their President for working so closely with us.
To you all may I wish you a very special Merry Christmas and hope for a Happy New Year
Until next year,