30 Year Commemorative Dinner 25 April 2014

85 people got together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Melbourne Branch in 1984 including the founding secretary, quite a few of the first 100 members of the Ulysses Club and 6 Dearnley medalists and a good night was had by all.    

A summary of the Dinner Evening

Melbourne Branch 30 Year Celebration Dinner

On 25 April 2014, almost 90 Ulysses members got together at the Tower Hotel in Hawthorn to celebrate the 30 years since Melbourne Branch was formed in 1984.   Our founding secretary Jim Ferrie came along to enjoy the festivities.  The founding president, Henry Zlabek and treasurer, Derham Butterworth sent their apologies due to health reasons.   Six Dearnley medallists namely Lionel #37 and Noreen #38 Miles, Tony Jenner #204, Barbara Maggs #205, Ron Blomley #1543 and Perry Stephens #26184 also joined the festivities along with several more of the very first 100 people to join this great club.   Past branch presidents Bob Tate, Ron Weste, Bill Russell, Ron Blomley Peter McMullen, Hank Tigges and I (John Cook) also enjoyed the festivities hosted by current president Greg Rees.   There were also a large number of faces from the past, mixed with some very new members plus a mix of members from other branches including Macedon Ranges, Mornington Wanderers, Whittlesea and a large contingent from Yarra Ranges.

Keeping in mind the philosophy on which the Ulysses Club was formed, the night was kept very simple and entertainment was provided by facilitating the ability for all these people to get together, reminisce, enjoy some camaraderie and tell some disgraceful lies in the traditional way.   Conversation, food and drinks flowed smoothly throughout the night which disappeared all too rapidly.  The hotel staff were very accommodating, friendly and efficient and added to the enjoyment of the night.  

The enjoyment on the faces of some of these very senior members (who set things up for us) was a delight to behold and it was great to see them catching up with old acquaintances and also mixing with member in some cases 40 years their junior.   We owe them and our “club founding fathers” a great debt for their initiative and foresight in setting up such a great institution. 

I would also like to thank Greg Rees for hosting the evening and all those in the background who made it work so well.

John Cook.      

For those not familiar with branch history Lionel and Noreen were instrumental in the Club AGM at Shepparton more than 20 years ago and came a long way down to attend this event.   More of you will remember Barbara and Tony being instrumental in the Toy Runs from Cranbourne for almost 30 years.                 

A Note from Bob Tate #1028

I wish to thank Greg and Julie plus Kris and John Cook and others who may have been involved for the wonderful night on Friday 25th April 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Melbourne Branch. It was terrific to catch up on many of those not seen for many years who may have joined other branches or unable to ride of a number of reasons. The venue and food were fantastic as was the MC Greg and I hope all enjoyed the night as much as myself.
I hope the anniversary ride is a wonderful success and I am sorry I will not be present as I have had another engagement on this day booked for 2 years
Bob Tate.
Past President--or one of quite a number nowadays
Member 1028.

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