President’s Report

Santa in HotRod December 2019

Greetings Rockers,

Well, 2019 is as good as done and dusted. It’s been another great year for our club, with very successful dances, good dance classes and some great social events attended throughout the last 12 months.

During November, we completed our dance classes for the year and had a couple of social events, of which the most notable, of course, was our Xmas dance. Unfortunately Julie and I were not in attendance as we were attending a Family function in the buzzing city of Manangatang. However, by all reports it was a fantastic night with a great band and a fantastic attendance ably backed up by the Phantom DJ, who by all reports did a sterling job. Well done Bill!

On Sunday 8th December we held our annual Xmas breakup together with our December general meeting and our annual AGM. Our ever reliable Treasurer, Sue, provided us with the financial report for the month and the annual financial report, and all who were in  attendance would agree that as a club over the year we have performed fairly solidly which is testament to our committee and our membership.

It’s great to be a part of a club where we all get on so well and all remain good friends and enjoy each others company.

At this point I would like to thank all those who work so hard to keep this club what it is and I am in no doubt that there would be few clubs around that run as smooth as ours.

First to the committee.  Committee Assistant Gordon – always reliable. Ready and able to do whatever is asked of him and a valuable assistant to Sue. Well done Gordon!

Our valuable Treasurer Sue. – Over the last 12 months Sue has done a marvellous job keeping the books in order and managing our finances down to the last cent. Without a reliable and able Treasurer any club would be in tatters. Luckily we have Sue and we are in good shape financially. Well Done Sue.

Gary, our ever reliable and hard working Secretary. Gary has done a sterling job  – Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Website Editor and probably a heap more jobs that we don’t hear about – Well Done Gary.

Vice Presidents Ray and Bill. – Ray always does a great job setting up our music on Wednesday nights and always steps up to manage affairs when the Grey Nomads among us are “on leave “ during the winter months.

Bill, as we know, never seems to do any different and always has the club’s interests at heart. Well done to Ray and Bill for your continued contributions throughout the year!

Now to the Non Committee members who are also invaluable to our continued success. Trish, our Ticket Officer. What a great job she has done over the last 12 months. Its not an easy job but of course is vital to our continued success.

Well done Trish.

To the wives of the committee members, Maree, Marg and of course Julie. We wouldn’t function without your valuable support and without your efforts we would not be as efficient as we appear. To outline what you ladies do would take ages, but I am sure that you are aware of the efforts that you all put in and it does not go unnoticed. Very well done! (I know that if Julie didn’t give me a clip around the ears every once in a while I’d probably spend a lot of time in La La land!)

Finally to all other hard working members who give so much time and effort to the club –

Anne – The Lavender girl,

Louise – Our monthly raffle lady and Bendigo club liaison person,

Kayla O’Loughlin – our Facebook site controller,

Second Hand Rose – Preloved clothing sales at dance classes,

Ann & Alan Claydon – our dance ticket printers

Trevor Bryant – Our Official Auditor,

Many thanks to all of you, your efforts are invaluable to our continued success and many thanks from all club members.

To anyone who I may have missed, my apologies. All efforts are greatly appreciated.

Finally to ALL club members a big thank you for being part of this mighty club – well done to all.

Let’s keep on rockin’ in 2020!

Les

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juke15 November 2019

Greetings Rockers,

Another month gone and the year is slipping by very quickly.  It’s been a fairly full on month. The final set of intermediate dance classes for the year are under way and going well and we’ve had plenty of events attended and a few more to come.

On Sunday 20th October a good turn up of members enjoyed a bike ride around the back blocks of Junortoun and Strathfieldsaye. Starting off at Bill and Maree’s place, we traversed bike tracks that I didn’t even know existed. After a few pleasant kilometres, we arrived back at the Oldham abode and enjoyed a very pleasant light lunch with good friends. Definitely a must to do again. If you know of any tracks around that we may not have explored, let the committee know and we can possibly try a different route next time.

October 24th – 28th the Camperdown festival was in full swing and the music was really something, especially considering the amount of local talent on show.  The Pete Daffy Band, Devil Women from Mars, Tommy Collins and The Lucky Strikes just to name a few. Other bans included Robyn and The Rancheros, Kieron McDonald and the Westernairs, Rachel Brady and The Moonshine Special, Sheena and The Big Cats and heaps more. All in all a good mix of Rock and Roll and Rockabilly made for a great long weekend. The only downer was the weather!  Julie and I and Bill and Maree left in glorious sunshine on the Thursday, 29 degrees and clear skies. However, in typical Camperdown fashion the weather deteriorated once we got there and we were greeted by three days of rain and cold winds. Despite the weather, we had a great time apart from the girls missing out on the markets. Of course we met other members down there but it would be great to get a few more there next year.

After we returned to sunny Bendigo, I received an email thanking us for staying at the caravan park and asking for comments. I replied that the park was quite good but could use more concrete slabs. Also (in jest) I requested that next year they order better weather – maybe four days of sunshine and warm temperatures. I have not received a reply as yet! (true story).

Coming up in December is the Xmas breakup and the AGM. It would be nice to see new faces on the committee, even if it’s as “extra assistants” Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget, of course, our Xmas dance on November 30. It’s shaping up to be a beauty. See Trish for tickets. Also if you can make a donation to the raffles it would be greatly appreciated.

Keep On Rockin’

Les

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Rock'n 50's Web Site Disc Info 037October 2019

Greetings Rockers,

Hello again everyone.  It’s great to see some warm weather on the horizon.

As I write this, we have a few members enjoying well earned breaks and a few who have returned and are eagerly waiting for that warmer weather to arrive. Sue and Gordon have ventured up north and are slowing working their way back down again.  Gary and Marg have ventured into the ACT attending to family duties (looking after grandkids I think). I just hope it ain’t too cold up there.

Basic dance classes have started and we’ve had a great roll up. The first week was at the Bendigo Club as per usual, but the remainder of the class will be at our temporary venue, which is the Holy Trinity Hall at 14 Keck St Flora Hill. Tonight (Wed 2/10) will be week 3 so two more to go. With any sort of luck we should be back at our “home” for the start of the intermediate classes in a few weeks’ time.

As we approach the years end, there are plenty of events happening so we need to be on our toes. Besides the dances happening around the traps, we have a couple of in club activities planned.

We have a bike ride planned on 20 October, Starting at Bill & Maree’s place with a barby to top it off.

On 17th November our annual Marong Golf Classic / Inglewood Shopping Tour is on once again. Always a great day with a very enthusiastic crowd at the golf and plenty of exercise for the credit cards at Inglewood. As per usual, we have invited Tiger Woods and a few others but they have all declined and I’m afraid that their excuses are wearing a bit thin. “The course is too difficult” and “the competition is too tough” has all been heard before!! All jokes aside, it should be a great day with Robyn and the Rancheros playing at the pub after the game. So make a day of it and come along and display your golfing and/or shopping skills and enjoy a meal and some good music later.

See the info in this newsletter for all upcoming events.

Personally, I have made an unforgivable blunder. The Seymour club are having a dance on November 9 featuring the Straight 8’s. After putting Julie and my names on the list, I realised that I had previously accepted an invitation to attend my granddaughter’s ballet concert on the same night! Looks like Julie will be going alone! I can just see the headlines in the national newspapers the following Monday – “Rockin 50’s president caught at ballet function”!!!!! Oh, the shame!!!!!

Keep On Rockin’

Les.

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jukebox1September 2019

Greetings Rockers,

Well, it’s great to be back and it’s hard to believe it’s September already.

Also welcome back to ALL those who ventured into warmer climes for the winter. Julie and I found some beautiful beaches and some very nice coastal caravan parks. The weather was warm, however we did strike a bit of rain. Still, no complaints, we did miss most of the colder winter times at home!

Naturally our trip did involve a bit of R & R! That’s Rock and Roll as well as Rest and Recreation.

Cooly Rocks was the first festival on the agenda. It was good as usual. We caught up with a few associates, mostly local, and of course we saw some great bands. The one that caught most of my attention was Itchy Fingers. They now have a new line up and sounded really good. Very different to the Itchy we all know, but really good. They now consist of Drums, Bass, of course Dom on Lead guitar and vocals, and a Sax. I caught up with Dom in the street and he mentioned in a very subtle way that they hadn’t been to Bendigo for a while. I assured him that we would try to rectify the situation!

So, Cooly was great, but our second festival was even better. Greazefest at the Redlands Showgrounds in Brisbane was, in my opinion, FANTASTIC! Very well organised, a great assortment of bands, lots of good stalls (gotta keep the Julie’s of the world happy) heaps of cars, food, drinks and great weather. What else could you want?

Many thanks to all those who stayed behind and looked after the club while us “grey nomads” indulged ourselves. Without your effort things would not be the same. I am totally aware that it is very hard to get people to venture out during the cold weather, so by all accounts you have all done a great job.

Anyway, back to the future. There are quite a few events coming up so make sure you get your names on the list or make the appropriate bookings ASAP. Seymour Dance (Broadford Hall), Jailhouse Festival, Cobram festival (Long weekend in March), Camperdown just to name a few. And of course our own Xmas dance on November 30 featuring the Vincents – see Trish for tickets – should be a ripper!

Keep on Rockin”

Les.

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 juke15       May 2019

Well, the days are getting shorter and the nights colder, but the Rockin’ 50’s just keep rolling along. April was quite a busy month with a few great events happening to keep our rock and roll appetites satisfied.

We had a weekend “festival” at Horsham, a great night at the Bendigo Club with Slapback Jack and the Magic 8 Balls and Seymour’s 25th anniversary dance at the Broadford Town Hall. Also of course we had our own intermediate dance classes happening as well. So all in all, a busy (and very pleasant) month.

Quite a few of us made the trek up to Horsham for their weekend festival, and, while every trip away in the caravans with fellow club members is always very pleasant, I must admit to being a little disappointed. The bands certainly sounded promising (Ross and the Wild Boys on Friday night and The Lincolns on Saturday night) but a couple of unfortunate mishaps appeared, to me at least, to take the shine off what otherwise would have been a cracker weekend.

On Friday night Ross and The Wild Boys had trouble early with their equipment (it appeared to be a crook amplifier) and after connecting to another the sound didn’t appear right. Maybe the fact that they were using the hall speaker system didn’t help matters. I’m sure that with their own equipment they would have sounded great.

On Saturday night the Lincolns came out and sounded fantastic. They played for a total of only 1 hour and 20 mins with a couple of DJ breaks in between and after that (the prime part of the evening) the Horsham people had their special guest artist play for what seemed to me to be an eternity. Apparently the band did come back on for a short set after we left. Now, this is only my opinion, and I hope it’s taken as a bit of constructive criticism, but I think the material the guest artist played was probably the wrong mix for a rock and roll dance and I think he should have been used in a couple of breaks instead of the DJ. The Lincolns are too good a band to have sitting around in the prime part of the evening. The Horsham club is only a small one and they must still be congratulated for their organisation of the weekend festival. We thank them for their hospitality and overall we had a great weekend away with our caravanning friends.

On Friday 26th we went along to the Bendigo Club and danced the night away to Slapback Jack and the Magic 8 Balls and I think all who attended had a great night.

On Saturday 27th, quite a few members make the treacherous trip down to Broadford for the Seymour clubs 25th Anniversary dance. Unfortunately Julie and I couldn’t make it, but I hear that it was a great night. The Band (Jump’N’Jive) were by all reports, great! I hear that the supper was superb, which is pretty much the norm for the Seymour people and apparently the cost of entry was VERY reasonable. All in all, a great night had by all!

Our intermediate classes went off extremely well and our next set of basics have begun. I think we were all pleasantly surprised and to see such a huge turn up for the first week. Probably the biggest class we’ve had for quite a while. Many thanks to Gary and Marg for taking the first week of the advanced class while I was still out of action and thanks also to Bill and Maree for taking the current basic classes.

Coming up this month of course we have Bill and Maree’s induction to the VRRDA “Hall of Fame” on May 18th, and of course on May 25th our birthday dance at Marong. The theme is “Gatsby” so get your favourite 1920’s, 30’s gear on and come along and have some fun!

Keep On Rockin’

Les

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jukebox1April 2019

Greetings Rockers

Another month gone and winter is fast approaching.  Enjoy the warm weather while you can, because I think when the cold weather comes, it’ll come with a vengeance. The main event in the month just gone was, of course, our Easter dance, and what a rip snorter it was. If you missed it, you missed a beauty. The hall looked good as usual and the band was exceptional! The Fender Benders would have to be one of the best 3 piece bands I have seen. The sound was great, and the band as a whole were very professional. From A DJ’s point of view, they were excellent. Some bands are a bit lax and the DJ has to play more songs than he’s allowed for and that can be a little testing at times. However I was very happy to note that the band was back as soon as their 20min break was up and that makes things a lot easier for DJ’s. Especially hack ones like ours!!

Another great feature of the dance was without doubt the raffle. I would have to say that the Rockin’ 50’s do, without a doubt, have the best raffles. Now you may think I’m a bit biased, but I’m not. I’m VERY biased!!

Many thanks to ALL those who helped in any and every way with the raffle. Those who donated, sold tickets, bought tickets, organised the donations into the various prizes etc. A lot of unseen work goes into our raffles and those who put in the time and effort can be assured that their valuable contribution is very much appreciated. Many thanks also to our new ticket officer who in her first test, came through with flying colours. Presidential material in the making!  All in all, a fantastic effort by all concerned made for a great night!

Dance classes are progressing well, and as I write this we are heading into the 4th week of our intermediate classes.

Many thanks to Gary and Marg for taking the first week as I was temporarily indisposed. Hopefully good from here on. We still need club members to come along as we do get a lot of singles and it’s always nice to be able to supply partners. Not to mention that it’s a good social catch up as well!

Keep On Rockin’

Les

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juke15 March 2019

Greetings Rockers

Well, time waits for no-one and here we are in Autumn already. It’s been a long hot summer and we are well back into the swing of things.

Our first set of basic dance classes are well under way and the turn up has been quite good so far. Many thanks to Gary and Marg for doing the instructing and many thanks to Club members who have turned up each night.

We constantly need helpers for those who turn up without a partner so it is always appreciated when members help out in that regard.

Newer members who may have just recently done classes themselves often think they are not good enough to partner beginners, however it is a good way of getting a bit of a refresher and certainly helps hone your skills.

We fully understand that some people can’t help in that regard for a variety of reasons, but just turning up on the night and welcoming people or having a social chat makes everything so much better for our club. Keep up the good work.

The intermediate lessons will start right after the basics have finished and we may look at having a trivia night after they have finished. Of course that depends on members’ wishes and also on how many turn up on the night. Please let a committee member know if you are interested. It’s always good if we can plan some sort of activity on our “social” nights.

Julie and I were lucky enough to see the “Straight 8’s” on Friday 15th Feb (I think that was the date), courtesy of an invitation to a 60th birthday of a friend of Tracie And Darren’s. Very interesting night.  It was in a small pool hall somewhere in Melbourne. (Can’t remember exactly where). The hall itself was not the most acoustically perfect building but the band… well they still have it! All in all a great night. Many thanks to Darren and Tracie who also ferried us down and back!

Of course, coming up on the 23rd of this month is our first dance of the year, so get your tickets early. Remember, Trish is our ticket officer this year, so see her for your ticket.

It should be a great night with “Fender Benders” providing the entertainment.

As usual we will be setting up on the Saturday morning and many hands make light work (which is why it takes ten electricians to replace a light globe!) so if you can help to set up and/or pack up, it will be greatly appreciated.

Keep On Rockin,

Les.

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flag wave_australia   February 2019

Greetings Rockers

Firstly, Welcome back to all members. I trust everybody had a great Xmas/New Year break. Let’s hope that 2019 is a great year for all concerned and a great year for the Rockin’ 50’s.

The New Year started off with some members attending the Bendigo Club to see Slapback Jack & the Magic 8Balls, while others went to The RSL to see Miss Kitty & the Memphis Trio. I certainly hope everybody enjoyed their night wherever they were. As for Julie and I, we had our “normal” family get together at the beach. Unfortunately it was a bit of a flop. For the last few years we have been getting together at Apollo Bay and although it hasn’t been overly warm it was a good night with the entertainment on the beach and of course the odd drink or two. This New Year we decided we would try the other side of the bay and take the grandkids to the carnivals etc. It was a good theory but we soon found out that Rye council along with others along that side of the bay have an entertainment ban between Xmas and New Year. Can you believe it? Not even kids rides etc! Looks like Apollo Bay next year!

However, it’s back to normality now with our first general meeting done and dusted and dance lessons starting on Wednesday 6th February. By the time you read this, hopefully they will be in full swing. It’s timely that we ask members to come along and help out if possible as we are expecting a few singles to come along, especially if Australia Day was any indication.

As for our Australia Day, it was great. No major glitches and if reports from the public were any indication it was enjoyed by all.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL those who helped in any way to make the day a success. Whether you danced or not, helped set up and /or pack up, handed out brochures, filmed the demos, took photos or whatever, you helped make our day a success.

I must admit that I was a bit nervous on the day, especially before our first demo, however, after the first run through, I was a lot more confident and the day went off pretty well. I don’t want to single anybody out because everybody who helped in any way did a great job, but I would just like to make mention of our demo newcomers. I think for their first effort they did a magnificent job! And what about our swamp man? I can’t decide whether the mask was an improvement or not, but he certainly scared the living daylights out of one poor kid! – Well done Tony!

Keep On Rockin,

Les.

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