Welcome to 2020. It’s hard to believe we are now into our second month of the year already. I hope everyone has had a good rest and break over the Christmas period as we have a very busy year planned at the club.
For those that do not know we are turning the big 5 0 this year. Well the club is. We started in December 1970 and this December marks the 50th birthday of our club. Our club, I believe is the oldest surviving Holden club and one of the largest FX FJ clubs in Australia.
This year we are hosting the state titles in October, there will be more details to follow in the coming months, but initial planning has been good, and we have already secured a major naming sponsor. I, with the state titles committee have already checked out the venue for the event and it looks like a fantastic venue to host the state titles.
This year is also a Nationals year and we will be making the trip north this time to Cooma, New South Wales. It is important to mention here the heartbreak that the community in East Gippsland and Southern New South Wales have recently experienced with the devastating bush fires over January, it is even more important now to support the nationals and support those local communities in and around Cooma and on the drive up to Cooma through East Gippsland.
The Australia Day run was a nice enjoyable run and everybody that attended had a great time catching up and just relaxing really. This month’s run sees us down Cranbourne way at the Blue Hills Rise Retirement Village for the barefoot bowls. More details are in the newsletter. In March we will be heading to Arthurs Seat to the car museum and later in the year I have planned a weekend away to Echuca.
I have included in the newsletter 2 special awards by our members (and wife’s) that have been received recently. Firstly, Jean Hedington receiving a Senior Achiever Award at the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards held at Government House in Melbourne in October 2019 for her community spirit to her local community of Kyneton. Secondly our secretary and life member Rod Grummitt receiving a medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the recent Australia Day awards. Congratulations to both and what fantastic people we have in the Early Model Holden Club family.
You may notice the newsletter cover is different. It is a replica of the cover of the EMHC Newsletter cover of August 1977, this is in keeping with the theme, of celebrating our history, in this our 50th year.
I would like to welcome everybody back and hope everyone has a great 2020 and it is everything you wish it to be.
Stay safe and happy travels.