President’s Report

Santa in HotRod December 2018

Hi everyone and welcome to my last report as President for 2018 before I take on the role as Vice President along with Ray Kelly for next year. I have to say I was looking forward to a break from official duties but they say a change is as good as a break so we will see.

I take this opportunity to welcome Les back to the President’s chair for his 8th time which is a great effort considering all the things Les has on his plate at the moment.

To our other committee members Gary, Sue and Gordon who were all happy to serve our club for yet another year it’s been a job well done and thank you. I’m sure we will all work together to make it another good year in 2019.

We have a new ticket officer for next year and we thank Trish Mutimer for taking on the job. Maree has put in an outstanding 8 years straight in the job and is looking forward to a break from official duties, well done Maree and thank you.

Our Christmas dance with “The Shane Magro Combo” was definitely one of our best. We sold 167 tickets and received many favourable comments on the band, the atmosphere, and the well decorated hall. Our raffle sales were outstanding as usual, thanks to member donations and the great presentation by Gary, Marg and Anne. Gorgeous Gear also added to the night and reported good sales for their efforts.

The surprise on the night for Maree and I came when we were asked if we would accept our nomination into the Victorian Rock n Roll Dance Association hall of fame. Well of cause we would, what an honour to be recognised  for our efforts as founding members of this wonderful club that’s changed a lot of people’s lives over the last 30 years. Thank you very much to everyone involved in putting forward the nomination.

New Year’s Eve we have a choice; Bendigo Club with Slap Back Jack or RSL both running good bands. At this stage most members are going for Miss Kitty & the Memphis Trio at the RSL. I see on Facebook that this is your last chance to see Miss Kitty as it’s her last show with the band.

Australia Day Show is up and running with our last official practice this Wednesday night. This is our last Wednesday night for the year so come along and have a bit of fun and maybe put your name down to join us for dinner and a drink at the National hotel after the show at Lake Weeroona on the 26th of January. Hopefully we will have a video of the day to watch.

We had 47 members and guests at our AGM and Christmas break up lunch. It was a great day with lots of yummy food and wonderful people. Thanks to those that arrived at 10.30 am for the AGM giving us your thoughts for next year and thanking our committee for their efforts.

We hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year and we will see you all on the dance floor in 2019.

Cheers Bill


jukebox1November 2018

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re all out and about enjoying the warm weather we have been having lately.

We started our month off on the 6th October at the Bendigo RSL where around twenty members had a great night of free Rock n Roll by The Atomic Hi Tones. Cliff and the boys played great danceable music all night and as expected the only letdown was the small portable dance floor.

On October the 8th those that could went to the Capital to see a very good Bobby Darin tribute show. The man had a great voice but as it was a one man show there was no real band which was a bit disappointing.

On the 12th and 13th of October we joined Jailhouse Rockers for their festival with the Lincolns and Knock Knock Rattle. Both bands played great music with the local guys holding their own with the as usual very polished Lincolns.

On Sunday 14th October a group of us cruised out to the Marong pub to listen to Robyn and the Rancheros. What’s not to like about good food, a cold drink, free music and good company. Not having a dance floor wasn’t a big deal as most of us were danced out from the two nights before.

Next up 18th to the 21st was Camperdown Festival, Rock around the Clock. Six members attended and enjoyed twelve bands playing a variety of music over the four days. Most of the action could be seen free of charge in the main street Saturday and Sunday with a dance floor and stage where most of the bands played. There were free bands in two pubs, fashion, classic cars and heaps of stalls selling everything Rock n Roll along with top venues, entry $50. While reasonable numbers attended where were all the Central Vic Rockers??? Support these events folks or lose them.

We ended the month with our annual Marong Golf challenge and Inglewood collectables and Op shop cruise. Ten golfers took to the Royal Marong course and played eight plus holes with Colin Johnston top scoring, whilst ten took off to explore the shops. The weather was great and lunch at the Marong pub beer garden with band playing was a great finish to the day. A big thanks to all that attended.

Was anyone bored this October, I would think not, us Rockers know how to keep the good times going.

So what’s coming up this November?  Seymour Rockers have Fender Benders at Broadford on the 10th; we have members going over so try and join us for a fun night.

Along with social dancing Rockin’ 50’s will start to organise our legendary Australia day show at our  last four Wednesday nights at the club, so come along and be part of the fun and help to make it happen.

Our BIG CHRISTMAS DANCE will be Saturday the 1st December. Set up will be Friday night 7.30pm. Looking forward to hearing The Shane Magro Combo again they were brilliant at Camperdown. Please don’t forget donations for our Christmas dance raffle, bring along Wednesday nights if possible.

Last but not least our AGM and Christmas breakup lunch will be at the Roy Bateson Tennis centre Eaglehawk on the 9th December 2018. There are vacant committee positions so if you want to have your say on the future of the Rockin’ 50’s get your nomination in now.

Cheers Bill


 Rock'n 50's Web Site Disc Info 037October 2018

It gives me great pleasure to start this report by congratulating three of our members on reaching 30 years membership in the Rockin’ 50’s. Alan and Ann Claydon and Ruth Truscott all joined in October 1988 and have contributed greatly to the success of our club. Alan served as president 4 years, committee assist 2 years, newsletter editor 2 years and demo coordinator 3 years. Ann has been secretary 2 years, committee assist 1 year and newsletter editor 1 year and now both producing our dance tickets. Ruth has been newsletter editor 3 years and has played a starring role in many of our Australia day demos over the years. Well done to you all.

October is shaping up to be a very busy month with heaps of good entertainment on offer. Atomic Hi Tones will start the month with a free night at the Bendigo RSL. We have booked for 30 and I know a lot of others will attend so we can only hope that a decent dance floor will be made available.

The Jailhouse crew have their festival on the 12th to 14th with the Lincolns and Knock Knock Rattle which is a sell out and should be a great week end.

Sunday 14th is Robyn and the Rancheros free at the Marong Hotel, so far we have 10 booked for a 12 midday lunch and relax outside in the beer garden.

Thursday 18th October we will be at Camperdown for the Rock around the Clock festival with top bands Twang, Fender Benders, Shane Magro Combo, Rockin Tones, Rechords and 7 other bands from around Australia. The venues in Camperdown are real 50’s and with good dance floors inside and out and classic cars and markets it is sure to be a top 4 days for $50 each or $100 per family.

On Sunday 28th October what better way to finish the month than our annual 9 hole golf challenge at Royal Marong course or the alternate antiques and collectable run to Inglewood ending at the Marong Pub for a hearty lunch. We are running a list so get your name on it and have a bit of fun, meet 9.15am at the golf club.

A service was held on the 14th of September to farewell John Taylor.  John’s funeral was a true representation of his life with lots of family, friends, tow trucks, Ford cars and of course Rock n Roll. John joined Rockin’ 50’s in October 2004 and appeared in several Australia day demos dancing and displaying his beloved Ford cars. It was a life well lived but cut too short.

Don’t forget to come along Wednesday nights, check out the lists for coming events and put your names down if interested. Intermediate lessons commence on 10th October and males will be required to partner the learners please. If you know of anyone who wishes to learn, this is the last chance for 2018.

Cheers Bill


juke15  September 2018

Hi everyone, it was good to get back home and to see all of you lovely people again after our 2 months away. Thank you to all the members who braved the cold to turn up Wednesday nights to keep things ticking over while some of the committee hit the road in search of warmer places.

We found a lot of rock ‘n’ roll action in the clubs and pubs around Queensland and NSW as well as fulfilling one of our bucket list wishes by attending the annual Greazefest rockabilly festival in Brisbane. Over the years we have met a lot of Rockers from all over Australia and great festivals like Greazefest get them all in the one place. There were top musicians playing first class rockabilly rock n roll as well as heaps of classic cars and stores selling all things 50’s rock n roll, definitely one of the best run events in Australia.

One of the bands that had the crowd jumping on the dance floor was Victoria’s own Shane Magro Combo who we are happy to say is the band we have for our 1st of December Christmas dance. Tickets will be on sale soon for that so get in early and see our ticket officer Maree so you won’t miss out.

Camperdown rock around the clock festival is on again 18th to 21st Oct and looking at the band list it should be a good one with 12 bands featuring Twang QLD and Fuelers ACT. Ticket prices $50pp or $100 family for 4 days of top rock n roll. Have a look at the program on line @

Ballarat Beat is on the 7th to 10th Feb 2019 details to be announced. This is another good festival to write into your to do list. We have already lost good festivals like Shepparton because of lack of participation so make sure you support these if possible to keep the good times rolling.

The Jailhouse festival 14th to 16th October with the Lincolns and Knock Knock Rattle is sold out, Rockin’ 50’s have a table booked and payed for so looking forward to that.

For those that don’t want to travel there are also a few free events in town starting with The Magic Eight Balls at the Bendigo Club Friday night the 21st Sept. We have a table booked for Rockin’ 50’s with most having a meal on the night. The last time the 8 Balls played at the club was a great night so book early and don’t miss out. Next the RSL Bendigo has the Atomic Hi Tones on the 6th Oct where again it’s free and Rockin’ 50’s have a table booked and most are having a meal there.

We are also running a list for the 10th Nov Fender Benders at the Seymour dance in Broadford, we get good support from Seymour and it’s always a good dance. We can organise a bit of carpooling if required.

Thanks to vice president Ray and secretary Gary (whilst on the road) who put together our August newsletter when Maree and I were away.

Now for a grumble; this is feedback I get all the time and we know it’s true, we are a very tight circle of friends that get together on a Wednesday night to dance and have a chat which is great, but it’s very hard for new members to feel welcome if nobody includes them in the night. We have 85 members at the moment, where are they all you say? Well it’s anyone’s guess but one thing’s for sure if people aren’t made welcome they won’t be back and the whole club suffers. Most of what we do is aimed at getting new members who are enthusiastic and are looking for a good time. These are the people we hope will be future committee members etc which is something we lack at the moment. We are pretty good at attracting these people but history tells us we are not good at keeping them so please members try and turn this around by spending time with our new members and including them especially in the time that dance lessons are being run. If you have any thoughts on this or any other matter concerning your club you can contact me anytime within reason for a chat.

Cheers for now

President Bill


Rock'n 50's Web Site Disc Info 037   August 2018

It certainly has been very cold over the past couple of months. Some of our lucky members have been away enjoying the lovely sunshine and warmer weather up North, or enjoying other interesting holiday destinations.

While Bill, Maree, Gary & Marg have been away we have not been running our normal set of dance lessons and instead have been holding some very enjoyable social dancing every Wednesday night. I would very much like to thank Anne Williams for her great work in teaching us many new steps on these social nights.  Everyone attending has been thoroughly enjoying themselves, thank you very much Anne.

We had a great turn up of 22 members at the Bendigo Club dance on Friday night 20th July. The night featured “Who Was That Cat” and they had the dance floor full throughout the night. It was however disappointing that a number of people who had their names on the attendance list did not arrive. This was not only embarrassing for Rockin’ 50’s but also potentially prevented other members from attending. In future we will ask for contact phone numbers so that we can follow up if required.

We are a real great club and I would like to see all members supporting our weekly Wednesday nights and the Bendigo Club’s live band nights every 3rd Friday night.

Keep on dancing and see you all at some dances.

Vice President,  Ray Kelly


juke15  July 2018

Welcome to winter and boy hasn’t the chill set in, must be time for some of us to hitch up and head for the sun.

We must thank the Bendigo Club for giving us a fantastic free Friday night with the Magic Eight Balls. Darren, Dean and Pete sounded great and seem to have added a few more harmonies in their song list which is good. There weren’t too many empty seats in the lounge and it stayed that way till 11pm which was a good indicator of how well the band was playing. We must also thank the band for setting up off the dance floor and leaving more space for all of us dancers, well done guys.

On Tuesday 19th June eleven Rockin’ 50’s members put on another demo for the good folk at Bentleys aged care. When we arrived Louise had the lounge all set up and ready to go with lots of happy residence and staff waiting for us to kick off. The red car prop was set up and most of the show centred around it. We reproduced some of our Australia Day demo numbers with all the members in uniforms etc, I think it went over well with a total of 9 songs performed. Thanks to Bentleys we enjoyed afternoon tea and a chat with the good folk after the show.

Wednesday nights have been going well with all of our basic dance class people starting to look good on the dance floor. Thank you to the club members who made the effort to come along and help the learners without partners and to assist those that needed a bit of extra attention. We haven’t advertised any dance lessons for the next month or two but I believe intermediate classes are about to begin so check with the committee if interested and roll up Wednesday nights to help out if required.

Our month of entertainment finished up at the All Seasons with the Atomic Hi Tones. Cliff seems to have slowed down a bit which maybe suited some of our more senior members. It was a good night with a fair crowd and plenty of room on the dance floor.

Maree and I have been lucky enough to win the Monthly raffle and we weren’t even there to influence the draw. We are looking forward to getting stuck into the red wine etc. Don’t forget these great raffles create funds to help pay for the function room hire so make sure you grab a ticket on Wednesday nights.

To all our sickies I hope you are on the mend.

Cheers for now.

Pres Bill


jukebox1 June 2018

The cold is starting to creep in but we can’t complain too much after the ripper month of entertainment we have just had. The fun started on Friday 18th with free Midnight Blues band at the Bendigo club or Scotty Baker out at the Epsom Church raising funds for MND. On the 19th Jailhouse had The Magic 8 Balls at Crook St. I can’t really comment too much on these events as Maree and I were in Geelong for a very enjoyable family function.

The following weekend was the big dance celebrating 30 wonderful years since the formation of the Rockin 50’s Rock n Roll Club and what a great night it was. We were entertained by the one and only Itchy Figures Band who themselves have been around for 26 years. The guys were in top form and kept the dance floor moving all night with the help of the Phantom in the breaks.

Our awards started with the announcement of our club members of the year Louise Head and Anne Williams both very deserving winners who have put in a lot of effort over the past year to make sure that their fellow members all get a lot of entertainment and enjoyment out of their membership. It’s very rare that Louise and Anne are not at meetings and dance classes on Wednesday nights and always coming up with ways to better the Rockin 50’s.

Maree and I were very proud as founding members to receive our 30 year membership badges and we thank Gary for all his kind words. We have had a lot of great experiences and have made a lot of wonderful friends over those years with a lot more to come we hope. The awards were followed by the cutting of the birthday cake and then a great supper. The following break we had the Raffle which once again was a ripper thanks to a lot of work by Trish gathering all the prizes, Dustin who donated the great bird box and Gary, Marg and Anne who supplied more goodies and displayed them beautifully.  Thank you to all the members who contributed to the night, setting up, cleaning up, selling raffle tickets, manning the door, bringing all that yummy food, and all of the other tasks that need to be done to ensure a great night, well done everyone.

We finished off the month or should I say started June with a nice big Bonfire, a delivery of hot Pizzas and a group of 25 happy members at our place in the bush at Junortoun. The weather was kind and it was good to just sit around and chat with a drink or two.

And so it’s been a good month with only one big disappointment, even after putting out a call at the dance for male members to partner an expected turn up of 7 ladies without partners to our current dance classes we were well short. It was lucky that we had female members who helped out and got us out of trouble. Personally I enjoy meeting these people and helping them to learn the steps, it’s rewarding to see them having fun and looking good on the dance floor. Who knows they might join our club and be our next member of the year, it is also what our club does to raise the funds that pay for great free birthday dances for members so please help when you can.

We have several members at Cooly Rocks and we hope that they have a great time. We will be looking forward to hearing all about it when they return. It’s a bad time of the year for members getting crook with quite a few down with colds and flu. We also have members and friends with ailments that are a lot more serious and we wish them all a speedy recovery and hope to see them back in action soon.

Cheers for now

President Bill


 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