This History was specifically written to
celebrate our Club’s 20th Anniversary, June 1999.
History Update from 2000 to 2004
1999 the club has continued under the guidance of the presidents listed
below. We have continued the good work
that has been characteristic of the club with our membership remaining steady
at about 26. We continue to support the
community through sponsorship, working bees and club participation. The PDR
(Pony Riding for the Disabled) continues to get our support were needed
although we have moved our major fund raising event from the Garden Expo to an
annual bike ride out of Ipswich. We are involved in the sponsorship of the
Leos club at Kenmore High School, school debating between Pullenvale and Moggill Primary Schools and various youth
facilities such as Guides, Scouts and sports clubs and events.
major month to monthly endeavor is the Karana Trails project which is now well
advanced and often enjoyed by the local community as a picnic area, and for
bush walking or horse riding.
will see us complete a walking bridge toward the western end of the trail.
the year 2000 we had our first bike ride.
There are a number of the club members that enjoy cycling. Faced with the need to come up with a major
annual fundraising event a bike ride was agreed to and has existed ever
since. The city of Ipswich holds a festival week around April
each year. Our club will be running a
bike ride for the 5th time on the 17 of April next year. The first and second years the ride was
promoted as “The Ride with the Pride” and had 3 routes to suite various riders
up to a distance of 50kms. The year 2000
was pretty successful for a first go. 2001 not so good and 2003 even
worse. The problem was competition from
the local Federal political member who, without any discussion with us, planned
a Mall to Mall ride on the Sunday before our.
The crunch came in 2004 when we found out that the festival committee
had agreed to the politicians ride being the day before ours. We had to lift our game or give up. The later not being a choice we changed our
approach, gained major sponsorship from Boeing and marketed our ride strongly
through the media and directly to prospective riders. About 300 riders on the day which meant a
$10000 donation to our major beneficiary Zoe’s Place. We expect an equally tough time from our
competition but will be giving the event our best shot in 2005.
Keith Matheson (Melvin Jones Fellow) past away September 2001 & club
Peter Smith passed away April 2004.
Keith and Peter are sadly missed by the club and are remembered for their
service to the community.
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