President’s Report

juke15 May 2022

Just a reminder as we head into May that while it’s great to get back to some sort of normality, we still have to be very careful of the covid virus that is hanging around. Please make sure to use sanitizer etc when at club functions or out and about.

We had a busy April starting with a very relaxing day at St Anne’s winery on the 10th. No dancing but good company, wine, food and music.

Next up Easter and there was a lot of free entertainment on offer. The Shiraz republic winery which is only a short drive to Cornella advertised Hank’s Jalopy Demons, as Hank was crook we were fortunate to have Scotty Baker standing in for the afternoon which was great.

Saturday and Sunday evening the Elvis Presley big band performed in Rosaland Park. The weather was kind to us with mild nights for the shows. It’s not too often that you get a chance to see a 14 piece band with harmony singers, stage lighting, and a very good Elvis all for free so a big thank you to the organizers.

We had a request for some of our members to dance at a rehearsal of the Burning Lovers Show. This was filmed by the TV series Postcards, so on May 8th at 5:30pm tune into channel 9 and who knows who you might see. Dean and the boys were sounding great so if you want to see the show “The Burning Lovers” it kicks off 8pm on the 7th May at the Engine Room (next to the Capital Theatre) get details on line.

From Burning Lovers to burning bonfires, we had 20 members and friends roll up to Junortoun for a Pizza and bonfire night. With two years of leaves and twigs to burns we had plenty of heat and flames to enjoy. 15 Pizzas arrived right on time and with some left over everyone must have had enough to eat. Thanks to all that were able to attended, we had a great night.

We ended the month with Morning Melodies at the Bendigo Club. Andrew Portelli did a pretty good one-man Elvis show starting off a bit slow but warming up as the show went on. He certainly had a good voice and looked the part.

Coming up we are looking forward to a busy May with shows down the Mall, Rock n Roll at St Anne’s winery, Jail House dance with the Vincents and Rockin’ 50’s 34th birthday dance with the Magic 8 Balls. See coming events for details.

Cheers for now

Pres Bill


April 2022

First up a very big congratulations to Maria Boncaldo and Gary Owen for bringing home three bronze medals from the Australian Rock `n’ Roll dance championships held in Brisbane. They have worked incredibly hard, travelled a lot of kilometers and in Gary’s case torn a few muscles to achieve this great result. There would have been a lot of very classy dancers from all over Australia competing on the weekend so it was a great effort.

Maree and I couldn’t make this year’s Cobram festival but despite Kid James falling ill and being a no show The Vincents band provided good music on the night.  All of the members that attended had a great time and also enjoyed the usual well-presented supper put on by Cobram members. Cobram and surrounds is a top destination and I’m looking forward to being at next year’s show.

Elvis has well and truly hit Bendigo and there are a lot of events that will be of interest to us as well as the exhibition at the art gallery which, according to members that have already attended, is fantastic. Check out what’s on in this newsletter for details of coming events. Thanks to all the members that made the effort to do Elvis themed dance demos at The Shamrock and Pinot and Picasso in the mall.

Our two social events for last month were well attended and there were a lot of smiling faces at both. The coffee and chat at the Vibe Street Café opposite the Botanical gardens went well and a few energetic members even went for a stroll afterwards.

I must apologize to our golfers who arrived at the Marong course only to find it closed for the day for a comp. Sad for the golf club they missed out on $100 green fees and very sad for us we ended up at Bridgewater. I don’t know who named it a golf course but it was more like a cow paddock with holes. As usual, we had a lot of laughs and filled in time before heading to Marong pub where 22 members enjoyed good company, great meals and some showed off the day’s shopping at Inglewood. The lesson learned is to always check availability of venues which we will do in future.

Thanks to Gary and Marg we have finished the Intermediate lessons that were held over pre-Covid and we are back to normal lessons. We started with basics that kicked off this Wednesday the 6th of April. It was great to see lots of members there to partner our single learners and I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. We have a good number of people doing the lessons with one lovely lady who is 90 years young and showing us that you’re never too old to have a go. It’s great to be back in full swing again and anyone that is interested in instructing at our lessons, come and have a chat to a committee member as a few of us are preparing to hit the road in a couple of months.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at some of the great events that are on this month including Bendigo Club’s Elvis morning melodies, St Anne’s winery Rock`n’Roll Sundays and a bonfire and pizza night at Oldham’s acres. Lists for these events are running so make sure to let us know numbers for seating and food etc.

Cheers for now, Pres Bill


juke15  March 2022

Hi Rocky Rollers,

It was fantastic to see a large gathering at the Bendigo Club for our March meeting, just like old times with lots of smiling faces and no masks required. It’s always easier to organize events etc with members there to give us their thoughts.

Dance lessons recommenced Wednesday 2nd of March at the Bendigo Club with no restrictions. Because we didn’t advertise and with all the uncertainty, we didn’t have a lot of learners but it was great to get members back on the dance floor.

March long weekend some of our members are travelling to Cobram for their festival kicking off with a free night at the Barooga sports club Friday night. Saturday night in the Cobram Civic center they have Kid James Trio and a supper for $25. Sunday night back in the Civic center with Bookman a one-man band which is James the front man for the Fender Benders, BYO nibbles for $15. The Civic center at Cobram is an amazing venue so it should be a good weekend.

Excitement is building up around Bendigo for the Elvis direct from Graceland exhibition at the Art Gallery 19th March to the 17th July 2022. Some of our members have been busy doing promotional photos and videos for activities that will coincide with the exhibition. We hope to get a bit of exposure for our club from it, as well as a great day out at the local St Anne’s winery that’s coming up on Sunday May 15th.

It is sad that our March dance has been cancelled, but we are looking forward to getting back to our regular dance classes on Wednesday at the Bendigo Club and seeing all those smiling faces. As a committee we are hoping that there is still plenty of enthusiastic members out there to make dance classes, dances and activities we organize run smoothly and above all safely.

We are running lists for members wishing to attend the Bendigo Club on the 29th April 11am for morning melodies and optional lunch. They have Andrew Portelli doing an Elvis tribute show which is almost sold out.

We are having a get together at the Botanical Gardens of the future in White Hills 10am Thursday the 17th of March for coffee and a chat. BYO coffee or whatever. 

Next on the list the 27th of March the long awaited return of the Royal Marong Golf Challenge/Retro shopping in Inglewood. Meet at the Golf club 9am. It’s your choice which challenge you choose.  The Marong Hotel is booked for lunch at 12.30pm to discuss the day’s action. All welcome even if just attending for lunch but please let us know so we have numbers for bookings.         

There is also a list for Jailhouse clubs May 14th dance with The Vincents.

Cheers, Pres Bill


flag wave_australia   February 2022

Welcome everyone to Rockin’ 50’s 2022

It’s been 3 years since I had the pleasure of putting together the monthly president’s report, so once again thanks to Les for all his great work over that time. Thanks also to Gary who produces an interesting newsletter even when there is not a lot of news to talk about.

A big thank you to the Bendigo club who put on a great night for New Year’s Eve. Rockin’ 50’s managed to fill two tables most of us enjoying a nice meal before the show. Entertainment for the night was Bendigo’s own Magic Eight Balls who not only play great Rock n Roll but also put on a good show. A bonus on the night was the low attendance of general public which meant plenty of dance floor for us.

I have been in contact with some of the organizers of local events and dances and their making lots of changes to try and keep things happening this year. Rock Ballarat tried to make their event for two weekends Feb 4 to 13 but it appears that it was too hard to run with all the restrictions and it has now been cancelled.  Rock the Clock festival Camperdown is down for October 21st to 24th 2022. Their Feb 26 event is now outside on a dance floor in the Botanical gardens with The Fender Benders, The Records and local bands. This will be a good day out weather permitting, see online for details.

Cobram festival is still down for the 12th March but they are still hoping that restrictions will be changed by then allowing indoor dancing, here’s hoping. Some of our members are still planning to head to Cobram for that long weekend no matter what as it’s a nice place to visit.

Our dance with the Rockin Daddys set down for Saturday 19th March is now unfortunately cancelled, this was a unanimous vote by members who attended the meeting. It cost around $2500 and a lot of work to run these dances, with no certainty of restriction being lifted by then it was considered too risky.

It must be remembered that our club still has a few outgoing expenses like insurances, trailer rego, etc which have to be paid even when we have no incoming money. At this stage we are still good financially but with all the uncertainty we must be cautious.

A few ideas of events to attend and outings were floated at the meeting and we will try to organize some outings to keep things interesting so stay tuned.

Stay happy and healthy

Cheers Bill


Santa in HotRod December 2021

Greetings Rockers,

Well, Xmas 2021 is upon us and 2022 is approaching fast. We can reflect on 2021, the year that was, or more correctly, the year that wasn’t! Of course, due to Covid, not a lot happened club wise. Lockdowns put a stop to almost all activities although a few of us managed to get the odd game of golf in while we were around Bendigo and a few other members managed to arrange the odd get together while us grey nomads were “sunning it up”. Many thanks to those who arranged and attended club activities during the recess period. Of course, us grey nomads weren’t exempt from restrictions and lockdowns while interstate, but “such is Covid life”.

Enough of the gloom and doom. We can now look forward to what we hope is a far better year in 2022. Bands have been locked in for our dances, starting with The Rocking Daddys on the 19th March. We then have Slapback Jack for our birthday in May and The Fender Benders to finish the year off in November. For those who were going to Camperdown in October, it has been rescheduled for the weekend of 26/27th February 2022. Also on the agenda is the Cobram dance on the long weekend in March. See inside the newsletter for full details.

Not a great deal more to tell for what has been a trying year for all, so just a few points of interest to note. I am taking a break from the President’s role for next year. Bill will be taking on the role for the next 12 months. I will regress to the position of “President in charge of vice”!

Alan and Ann Claydon have announced that they will be discontinuing their membership due to age and health concerns. They have been members for many years, and have contributed a great deal over that time. Many thanks from all of us for a stellar contribution and we wish them well in the future.

Also a big thank you and congratulations to our secretary Gary Colville for being awarded “Club Member of the Year”. The award was to be given at our birthday in May but unfortunately that was another victim of Covid. However, better late than never! Gary has, and continues, to work tirelessly for the club and his efforts cannot be understated. Of course, we fully recognise the assistance of wife Marg and their combined effort is appreciated by everyone!

That’s about it from me for this year. On behalf of Julie and myself I would like to wish all members a very merry Xmas and a safe, happy and healthy New Year.



juke15 November 2021

Greetings and welcome back to all Rockin’50’s members.

It’s been quite a while since our last meeting, and of course, any club activities. Welcome back too, to all our happy travellers who managed to escape at least a good part of our Victorian winter. However, we are back and as a result the committee have gotten together and at least started to plan a restart to our normal activities. Of course, when I say normal, we must understand that any activities will be as “normal” as any Covid restrictions of the time in question will allow.

I must thank all those who couldn’t escape the cold for any reason for being around and at least trying to plan some activities or get togethers for club members.

That being said, the committee recently did get together and discussed such things as social nights, dance classes, dances and bands, our upcoming Xmas break up and a few other “items of interest”. Please read the newsletter carefully and take note of the planned activities and feel free to ring a committee member for any clarification of such.

Also, please be aware that we are still under Covid rules and as such for any activities we will have to abide by any requirements put in place by any Government and /or Local authorities. Unfortunately, I think there will at least be some requirements in place for some time yet.

That’s about all for now. We look forward to catching up to all concerned in the near future and having a good old yak! I’m sure there are lots of things to talk about and it will be great to back into the swing of things.

Hope to see you all soon. Stay safe and keep well!



July 2021

Greetings Rockers All

Hope everyone is doing well. Covid has certainly controlled our activities of late and we don’t know if and when it’s going to improve. We can only hope that when the good weather returns, we will get back to a bit of normality.

It’s that time of year that some of us old grey nomads bid Victoria farewell and head to warmer climes. Unfortunately not even getting in the caravan and heading north is as easy as it used to be. Border passes, check points etc make life on the road just a little more difficult, something we may have to live with for a while yet.

Dance classes are obviously “off the agenda” for the time being and will probably not resume until the weather improves and we can all head back to the Bendigo Club and resume normal activities.

At our recent meeting, we discussed the possibility of those who are staying in Bendigo keeping the social aspect of the Rockin’ 50’s alive and well. Personally I think it’s a great idea. If members can get together for a social night (or afternoon) every now and again, it would help keep people informed and interested. It can be anything you desire, coffee, picture nights, even a walk in the park. Trish is happy to take note of any activities you may desire and possibly contact others. Read more in this newsletter!

Not much other news to tell so please keep safe and well and make the best of the current situation. Hopefully Julie and I will joining the exodus north (all depends on doctors reports, one down and two to go).

Cheers for now, Les.


jukebox1June 2021

Greetings Fellow Rockers

It’s June and winter is upon us. The weather is deteriorating and it’s about the time that us ageing grey nomads start migrating to the warmer parts of our great country.

But, ALAS, the dreaded Covid has done it again! Lockdowns seem to have an endless tenure in our great (albeit cold) state of Victoria and that means our plans are once again in disarray!

Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel our birthday dance for the time being and of course we’ve had to forego our June meeting and dance classes at least until restrictions (or the lack of) permit! It would be nice to at least finish the current set of dance classes before we recess for the colder months so we will keep members and our current learners posted on any new developments. The meetings are not a worry as we can fully update the members at future meetings on our return to normality.

Our dance will be ran at a later date, so we will keep you all updated on the proposed date etc. We have to take into account that some people who had hoped to attend our dance may be from areas that have Covid restrictions that are harsher than ours, so that may well affect the timing of any future plans.

Not a great deal else to say as things have been quiet as everyone is acutely aware, but I hope everyone is keeping well and finding plenty of things to keep you occupied during this awkward time. The odd phone call to friends, whether they are club members or not, or the occasional visit always helps to break the boredom. Stay well and keep safe and we will endeavour to catch up at our earliest permitted occasion.

Cheers for now, Les.