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I would like to present a little history of our Branch;

In June 2005, a group of eight Ulysses Club members met at an Alice Springs cafe for breakfast. We decided to start an informal local branch. Funnily enough discussions then began in earnest, on just how we would hold an AGM.

On the 1st of April 2007 it was unanimous to pursue making our gatherings formal, as a sanctioned branch. After placing notices in the local paper, on Sunday the 29th of April more than 30 older motorcyclists were present to encourage us.

During the 2007 Coffs Harbour AGM, in front of 500 or so members; I announced we had held a meeting and it was unanimous to seek branch status under the name of “Central Deserts”. This news was met with quite a roar of approval. NATCOM voted us to be a Branch on the 25th of August 2007.

The dream of hosting an AGM at the time was just that, a dream! How would a new branch with so few members be able to host such a big Event? But it would be great if we could. What a fantastic dream and goal! Each year we have celebrated our birthday. Each AGM our branch has increased its representation. Small in number but big in spirit, we felt we were ready to give back to this great Club.

The team that submitted our proposals worked hard; at the 2010 Albany AGM our bid to host the 2013 AGM Event was unsuccessful. Our proposal team had already decided that they would back it up, and they did. They got to work as soon as they could on a new proposal. In 2011 at the Newcastle AGM it was announced the 2014 AGM Event would be held in Alice Springs.

It had worked. Incredibly exciting, a dream and goal come true. Now our goal is to put it together. I’m sure our enthusiasm will shine through to all that attends. Indeed, each Ulysses Club AGM Event I’ve attended has been a great event not to be missed.

The Central Deserts branch looks forward to welcoming members from all over Australia and the world to Alice Springs; in the meantime it is my pleasure to welcome you to our 2014 AGM website. I trust it will serve to whet your appetite and inform where needed.

WELCOME ALL, to the Ulysses Club Inc. 2014 AGM Event in Alice Springs NT.

Grow Old Disgracefully.

Raymond Jones #29736
Branch President
Central Deserts Branch.
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