President’s Report

 juke15       May 2018

Wow I’m not sure where this year is going but it’s hard to believe it’s May already.

So what did we do in April, well first up a big thank you to all the club members who rocked up to Benitas Aged Care in Kangaroo Flat to entertain the residents. We managed to put on a show which lasted around 40 minutes even doing a change of outfits and using a few Australia day props. We had no response from management so we can only presume that they enjoyed the show, either way we had fun and had a good time doing it.

On April the 18th we farewelled our fellow club member and dear friend Doug Truscott. It was a fitting tribute with around 300 people there to pay their respects to a man who gave some much too so many. Doug leaves us with a lot of great memories of his 30 years in the Rockin 50’s some of which we have captured on videos and photos. There were lot of Rockin 50’s shirts in the crowd and Ruth tells me that Doug was wearing his Rock n Roll shirt and creepers on his journey to a better place. To Ruth and family our thoughts are with you.

The Bendigo club had Step n Back playing on April the 20th and a few of us attended to have a meal and a bit of fun. Next free night is Friday 18th May with Midnight Blues.

It’s now time to get ready for May 26th when we have the fabulous Itchy Fingers playing for our big birthday dance this time at Crook St Hall. Dom and the band have put on some great shows for us over the last 20 plus years and I’m sure that this will be another night to remember. It will be the usual set up 10am on the morning and members are asked to bring a plate of supper to share as we do for our birthday dances. We are still looking for donations or ideas for the raffle prizes so if you can help give us a call.

I was very disappointed to hear that there will be no more Shepparton Shakeout’s due mainly to the fact that it was poorly supported. No one can say that Arthur didn’t try he really did put on a good show with music and bands to cover all tastes. Rockers from all over Australia travelled to the show but it seems there was not enough interest from local Rock n Roll clubs which is a shame. Maybe he didn’t have enough line dances and waltzes.

When our birthday dance is done and dusted we will be able to relax around a big warm fire and enjoy good company and pizzas at our annual Bon fire night which we have planned for Saturday June 2nd at Oldhams in Junortoun so mark it in your calendar.

Dance lessons have been going OK but a few more learners would be good. Anne Williams has been teaching us a few new steps after the classes so don’t forget to roll up and have a bit of fun it is after all free.  Congratulations to our newest members Barry Enever and Kayla Hunt who were the winners of our Monthly raffle.

Our Phantom DJ (Les) has been a bit crook and will be out of action for a while, we wish him a speedy recovery.

Cheers Pres Bill


jukebox1April 2018

Our first dance for our 30th year is done and dusted. Thanks go to all the usual club members  that contribute their valuable time to put it all together and do all the jobs that make these events run as smooth as they do. Both Jump n Jive and Slap Back Jack put on a good show with Phantom DJ filling in the short breaks beautifully, thanks Les. All of the band members enjoyed the night and did a great all in jam session to end the show.   Financially the night was a big success which gives us a good base to work with to make sure all of our members get good value events throughout the year.

Dance lessons have progressed nicely and it was great to see good numbers doing the intermediate classes after joining us for the basics.  Our regular Wednesday night raffles have been going very well and our winners have enjoyed a meal voucher courtesy of the Bendigo Club, a nice bottle of wine and a wine glass all presented beautifully by Louise. Proceeds from this help to pay the weekly room hire at the club so keep up the good work and buy a ticket or two Wednesday nights.

The Bendigo Club’s Friday night live is on again on Friday April 20th with the band Step’n Back, so get some friends together and book in for a meal and a good night with this free band.

Rockin 50’s is putting on a show for the good folk at Benetas in Kangaroo Flat on Monday April 9th at 1.30pm, if you are available to help out with dancing etc. please contact either myself or Gary Colville. We don’t do a lot of these demos but they are a lot of fun and well accepted by the residents as well as a chance to give back to the community.

It’s not too early to start thinking of our 30th birthday dance on Saturday 26th of May with the fabulous Itchy Fingers. If you have any ideas on what you as members would like to do or see please make sure you talk to a committee member in plenty of time for us to act on your ideas or concerns and help to make this another great night. We also have flyers printed and it would be great if members could grab a few and put them up and hand them out where ever possible.

Cheers for now

Pres Bill


juke15 March 2018

We had a very good start to our dance classes for the year with a lot of happy learners on the dance floor at the Bendigo Club. We have also been running dance lessons in Maldon with 13 learners all having a good time. These people are hiring a bus to attend our upcoming dance so this is a big win all round. Thanks to Gary and Marg and all of the club members who assisted them over the 4 days.

Don’t forget that our club relies on dance classes and dances to generate the funds that keep us going with good value membership fees and events. We always have flyers printed so grab some and put them up on notice boards and hand them out wherever possible.

Our attention is now focused on our first dance in our 30th year which is on the 17th of March. This will be a ripper with two of our favourite bands together to keep you rocking all night. Both “Jump ‘n’ Jive” and “The Magic 8 Balls” have given us great dances over the years so together with The Phantom DJ there will be something for everyone. There will also be Rock ’n’ Roll clothing sales in the foyer, all of this for just $16 prepaid for members.

Members please we need Easter eggs to put together our usual unbelievable raffle prizes and also your assistance to set up the hall. So Easter eggs on Wednesday night dance classes so that they can be bundled up before the dance and all hands on deck Saturday morning at 10am to set up the hall, the more the merrier so we can all get home for a nanna nap before the big night.

There have been some great events so far this year Ballarat Beat was again very good. There was four days of Rock ‘n’ Roll with bands and Rockers attending from overseas and interstate. Most bands played on a stage in the street and with a large dance floor and plenty of clothing stores there was heaps of free entertainment.

Some of our members have travelled to Melbourne to see some brilliant stage shows like Sir Paul McCartney live and “Dream Lover” the Bobby Darren musical. There are also some good shows on at Bendigo theatres so get out and enjoy them while you can.

Cheers Bill


flag wave_australia   February 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to our 30th year of Rockin 50’s Rock n Roll.

We started 2018 at the Bendigo Club with around 40 members and friends enjoying a terrific night of Rock n Roll with the Cadillac Drifters. Common sense prevailed and the band was set up beside the dance floor and not on it, giving us dancers more space to do our thing. Thanks to the Bendigo Club for putting on a top night.

Next our attention turned to our annual Australia Day demo with the theme “Happy Days”. Thanks go to all the members who gave their time to put it all together and to work out all the skits, dance routines and signage that all help to make it the fun day that it always is. Special thanks to the members who rolled up the night before to get all the props and dance floor loaded onto trailers to be down at the lake by 6.30am on the day to put it all together. Thanks also to our non-member friends who helped us throughout the day. We managed three demos which all had good crowds watching before calling it a day around 1pm as it was getting far too hot. Again thanks to those members that packed up and then put all the gear back in the shipping container in near 40deg heat. All the reports from the audience were very positive. Comments taken on board from the first show made the next two spot on and it all seemed to flow nicely. The main thing is we had lots of fun putting it together and performing it on the day and that’s what it’s all about. Don’t forget to check out the photos on our web site

As we start to plan activities for the year we need your input. Anything from social events like a boating day or weekend while the weather is still warm, bowling/grass or ten pin, a day at a winery in the area, a car run to a place of interest or maybe you have something in mind that you would like to organise. Whatever your thoughts either social or Rock n Roll let your committee know so we can pencil it in. Please remember that you as members are the Rockin 50’s Rock n Roll Club and your input is what will keep this club strong. No input no club it’s pretty simple.

Our first monthly meeting for the year was well attended and we have started running lists for upcoming events. First up on 16th of February Ray has booked a table for a meal then dance the night away for free with The Magic Eight Balls at the Bendigo Club.

On the 3rd of March Jailhouse have the Rousers at Marong Hall. I would think numbers would be limited so get in quick if you want to join us for this.

There is a lot going on in the coming months with the Ballarat Beat on from the 8th to the 11th of Feb. They have a great line up of o/seas and Australian bands so check out the web page. Events of this quality take a lot of organising and money, so if you are really interested in Real Rock’n’ Roll please make an effort to support it so that events of this quality keep going. Both this and Shepparton Shake Out are right on our door step with Rockers travelling across Australia to attend but local support is low.

See you on a dance floor somewhere

Cheers Bill


Santa in HotRod December 2017

Welcome everyone to our last newsletter for 2017. I always look forward to our Christmas breakups and this year was another good one. Not only does it bring together a wonderful group of people but it gives us an opportunity to get together and chat without loud music or other distractions. It’s also a very good excuse to eat far too much great food. Thanks to Gordon for organizing our portable freezer.

This year we held our annual general meeting before the festivities with the hope that it would attract more of our 90 members. We were looking for more feedback on what activities the membership would like for our 30th year. Unfortunately not even great food and good company could get more than the usual crew to attend so the committee will take on board comments made and try hard to make everyone happy in 2018.

Those that attended the meeting will know that the Committee remains unchanged; this result got a cheer from all the members present which was great to receive, letting us all know that our efforts for the past years have been appreciated. Your committee members get on very well together and it’s a real pleasure to be part of it.

It’s not time to relax yet with a big gathering at the Bendigo Club to bring in the New Year. The Cadillac Drifters will put on a good show and I’m sure the only problem we will have will be finding space on the dance floor. If your name is on the list please make sure you pay the$35 at the Club reception or over the phone before the night.

Next we have to put together our Australia day show with rehearsals down for 10am Sunday 7th& 14th January at Louise Heads house 13 Shakespeare St Spring Gully. The theme is Happy Days. Make sure you get along and be part of this great event that has a big reputation to uphold. If you have a favourite song to dance to or a skit you have in mind let us know and we will try and work it into the show. It would be good to see some different members making an effort to get involved as it really is a lot of fun. As usual for those that wish we will get together at the National hotel that night to check out the movies taken on the day and to have a meal and a drink or two, this is always fun and a good way to unwind and see the results of our efforts.

Our club trailer is now very happy with a roof over its head to protect it from the elements. A big thank you to Tony for all his hard work, he not only obtained the materials for the structure but supplied a lot of tools to get it all up and looking good. Thanks also to Ken, Noel, Lloyd and Len who attended at short notice to do some lifting etc. This is another example of a great team effort that has saved the Rockin’ 50’s heaps and cost very little.

Well that’s it for 2017 which has been another good year of fun, friendship and good times. Big thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way to this success. Those that roll up on Wednesday nights, who teach some new steps, who partner learners, raise money for club funds, help out at club dances, donate prizes and their precious time and attend club functions, all the things that keep this great club ticking over.

Maree and I wish you all a very happy and above all safe festive season and we look forward to being with you to see in the New Year.




 jukebox1 November 2017

October was a great month of Rock n Roll and social outings in general, starting with the Jailhouse festival on the 13th&14th with Honky Tonk Rockers and Atomic High Tones, two good bands playing good danceable music.

Bendigo club had a well-attended free night on the 20th with Knock Knock Rattle keeping everyone up and dancing.

Sunday the 22nd was our annual Golf and Opp shop day at Marong and Inglewood. Nowadays it seems that more of our members prefer to eat and chat than doing physical activities. Only 5 members got the clubs out for a casual round of golf, and 9 set out to explore the wonders at Inglewood’s collectable’s shops.  For lunch 18 members and guests sat down to a wonderful meal at the Marong pub. Thanks to everyone that attended a fun social day.

Shepparton Shake Out held on the 3rd 4th and 5th of Nov was an amazing roll out of Rock n Roll talent from all over Australia and Tasmania, with two artists from America. This festival had something for everyone from dance lessons and demonstrations, classic cars, fashion parades, (congratulations to Wilf who took out best dressed male), stores selling 50’s clothes and memorabilia , all those hard to get CD’s and plenty of food and drinks. There was a jumping castle and rides for the kids with a drive in movie for the big kids in their cars featuring the movie Grease on the big blow up screen. The 15 bands and performers kept the 3 stages and dance floors Rockin’ all weekend with music to please all tastes. It was hard to pick a stand out act but the amazing jam session on the final day which was hosted by Deke Dickerson, guitar legend from the USA was amazing and featured all the interstate performers, with an incredible show by Victoria’s own Ross and the Wild Boys then the Tennessee Two who are part of The Cadillac Drifters band. All of these young boys brought the house down. The whole jam session went for around 2 hours. This fantastic festival is right here in your back yard, it attracts Rockers from all over Australia and it’s on again in November 2018 so if it’s not in your diary for at least one day then I don’t know what turns you on???.

The Jump Devils played at the Shep Shakeout and sounded great so make sure you get your tickets to see them at our November 18th Christmas dance, member’s tickets prepaid only $16. Again we are looking for goodies to make up our raffle hampers which are always fantastic and tickets sell really well, these need to be dropped off at the dance classes before the dance please.

Our first monthly Raffle has been won by Steve from our dance class. For his $1 ticket he gets a $25 meal voucher a bottle of wine and 2 nice wine glasses. Our next raffle has begun and will be drawn at the end of the Month.

Please note that due to the Crook St hall being booked for Elections on the 24th November 2018 we have changed our next year’s Christmas dance to Saturday the 1st of December 2018.

It has been decided that to receive more member input at our annual general meeting that it will be held before our Christmas breakup lunch at the Roy Bateson Tennis Centre Eaglehawk on December 3rd. Set up the hall 10.30am, meeting 11.00am, Lunch 12.00 midday on. Please make sure that your name is on the attendance list so we have numbers for catering.

If you would like to be on the committee for our 30th year then get your nominations in now, all positions will be declared vacant so why not have  go.

Cheers for now                                                                                                                   Pres Bill


 Rock'n 50's Web Site Disc Info 037October 2017

We kicked the month of September off with our bike ride around Junortoun and Strathfieldsaye, and whilst numbers were down for the ride there was a good roll up for lunch. The weather was good and it was very pleasant sitting around the Barby chatting in the sunshine. The hard luck story of the day goes to Anne Williams who got about 1k up the track and the battery went flat on her bike with 15ks to go she wisely turned back and met us again for lunch.

Our next outing was the Mandurang family festival where we recreated some of our favourite Australia day performances. We had a great roll up of members and put on a 25min show twice throughout the day. As it was the organisers first show there was a few lessons learnt and they weren’t helped a lot by the weather but in true Rockin’ 50’s style we had fun getting the uniforms and wigs out and putting on a great show. Thanks to all the members and friends who helped with dancing and the big job of setting up the floor and back drop and getting the whole thing up and running and to Louise for donating the lollypops that were handed out to us kids.

We are running a lot of lists for upcoming events starting with “Knock Knock Rattle” free at the Bendigo Club 20th October.  We have a table booked for the show and a meal if you wish.  Next up on Sunday 22nd is our Golf and Opp shop day. This is always a great day out with your choice of joining the Rockin’ 50’s hackers for a fun 9 or so holes at Royal Marong Golf course or going with the convoy to Inglewood to check out the Opp and collectable shops in the town. For lunch we are booked into the Marong Pub which always puts on a good feed and some live music. Last year we had around 30 for lunch so get your name on the list so we can make sure we have enough seats.

The Bendigo Club is hosting the Blues and Roots Rock n Roll night with 4 bands The Hi Boys, Don Morrison, Slap Back Jack and the Magic 8 Balls and Paulie Bignall on Friday the 10th November. This is a free night and is sure to be a full house, we have booked a table of 20 for Rockin 50’s so again get your name on the list early so we have enough seats especially if you’re joining us for a meal.

Maree has Tickets for our dance on the 18th November with the fabulous` Jump Devils’ This very danceable band has been getting great reviews in Melbourne and I’m sure will put on a good show for us. We are looking for members to help out on the door so please don’t leave it up to the usual few and get your name on the list if you haven’t contributed lately. We are also looking for food goodies to make up our great Christmas hampers for the raffle which can be dropped off at dance lessons.

Other lists are November 25th for Seymour’s dance with “Cadillac Drifters” and Bendigo Clubs New Year’s Eve with the “Cadillac Drifters”. We have 30 members down for New Year’s so if you’re joining us get your name on the list so we can extend our booking if needed as it will sell out.

As a result of some great work by Louise Head and the generosity of the Bendigo Club we have a new addition to our dance class Wednesday nights. The Club has donated several $25 meal vouchers and Louise donated bottles of wine and glasses and put them together beautifully to be raffled off for $1 per ticket, drawn at the end of the month. We will do one per month, these raffles will help cover any shortfalls between income from dance lessons and the room hire and are much appreciated.

Rockin 50’s have a table booked for the Jailhouse Festival on the 13th and 14th October and are looking forward to two great nights of Rock n Roll with nothing to do but dance the  night away and enjoy the entertainment.

Cheers for now                                                                                                                   Pres Bill


juke15 September 2017

Hello again to all of our members who have suffered through winter here in Bendigo. You must be very happy to see it end, even if right now it is still a bit chilly. Thanks to everyone who kept things ticking over while quite a few of us enjoyed the warmer weather and lots of free Rock n Roll in sunny Queensland.

Your committee has as usual come up with some great ways to keep fit and warm and all you have to do is join in.

First up we have our bike ride which weather permitting will leave from the Oldham’s in Junortoun at 10am on Sunday the 17th September and will wind its way mostly on bike paths around the area of Strathfieldsaye. We will have the BBQ set up for those that want to bring something to cook or just bring whatever you want to eat and drink. We will have tea and coffee available and if you don’t want to ride just join us for lunch and a chat.

On Friday the 29thof September (public holiday) we will be helping the good folk of Mandurang Valley to raise much needed funds by putting on a demo at their family festival on the oval. We plan to redo some of our past Australia day shows and have some good fun numbers picked out. There will be lots of activities happening on the day so we want to put on a good show. We will need all hands on deck to set up the dance floor and props. We plan to be at the oval at 10am to set up and the festival will kick off at 2pm and goes through till 9pm, we will finish around 5pm. There will be change rooms made available for us to change costumes etc.  I’m pleased to say we have good numbers down on the list but the more the merrier so let us know if you can help out and join us for a bit of fun.

On October 13th 14th and 15th Jailhouse will be running their festival with two good bands, Honky Tonk Rockers on the Friday night and Atomic Hi Tones on Saturday and Sunday. We will have a list running and it would be good to get some tables booked to have a fun night and to show our support here in our home town.

Rockin’ 50’s will be holding our annual Royal Marong Hackers golf or Inglewood Op and collectables shops day on 22nd of October. This is always a fun day which as usual will finish at the Marong Pub for lunch, find the list and get your names down.

Looking at the calendar there is heaps of dances and festivals in October and November all over Victoria so make sure you get out and join us to have some fun.

Keep Rockin’ and having fun

Pres Bill


jukebox1 June 2017

It is with much regret that I start this newsletter with the announcement of the passing of our much loved member Marli McKenzie.  Marli left us at 5.30am Saturday the 3rd of June. It was a big shock to see cancer take away such a vibrant happy person who since joining the Rockin’ 50s in 2010 contributed so much to the club. I have no doubt that Marli has left us for a better place and our heartfelt condolences go to Frank.

Oh what a night. Our 29th birthday party on the 6th May was a very successful event with nothing but positive feedback. The band “Jump n Jive” gave us a top night’s entertainment and Sammy was better than ever. The usual members turned up at 10am to set up the hall and with Tony and Caitlin’s great entrance backdrop, Kayla’s box of scary goodies and with some props from previous Australia days the scene was set. Thanks to those that made the effort to dress in the Halloween theme and to all that helped out with food serving, photo taking, cleaning up and all the other chores that have to be done for a great night. See photos on the Rockin’ 50’s Facebook, and Rockin’ 50’s Website.

Big congratulations to the very worthy winner of our club member of the year Anne Williams. Anne contributes to our club in so many ways and it’s good to be able to acknowledge this. Anne is presently out of action and we all hope she is back on the dance floor and at the Bendigo Club’s chocolate machine soon.

The committee has been busy organising coming social events and next up on Saturday the 24th of June we have a Bonfire and Pizza night. This was a lot of fun last year so weather permitting should be a good night again. Put your names on the list and see what’s on for details.

We have set dates for a Golf and lunch day at Marong, a Bike ride and BBQ morning and there is spots left for any activity that members would like us to organise.

We have made a booking for five caravan sites in the Lake Victoria caravan park for the “Shepparton Shake Out” on the weekend of the 4th November 2017. At the moment there are some powered sites left and a few cabins so if you are thinking of joining us for this fun weekend get in quick and contact the committee asap.

We have also set Sunday 3rd of December for our Christmas break up lunch at the Roy Bateson centre so mark that one on your calendar.

There are lists being set up for other club dances in coming months. It’s always more fun to attend these as a group and its great not having to do the work setting up etc. just dance and have fun. It’s also good to give back the support that these clubs have shown us.

Tuesday we put on a very enjoyable demo for the good folk at Bentleys Aged Care. Thanks to members Gary and Marg, Ruth, Jenny, Ray, Maree and I and organiser and participant Louise. It was fun to get the gear out and recreate some of our Australia day performances of the past, only on a smaller scale.

Keep Rockin’ and stay warm,

Pres Bill.