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									   CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc)                            NEWSLETTER                           AUGUST 2006 EDITION

              Club Virago Objectives                                 Club Committee and Contact Details

       To promote and encourage the ownership of               President: Robbie Watkins (Flame)
       Yamaha Virago and Yamaha XV cruiser                     Ph:0405 822 521 (m) 9391 3224 (w) 6278 1386(h)                        CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc)                                                AUGUST 2006 EDITION
       motorcycles.                                            Email.
                                                                                                                           FROM THE PRES’S DESK……
       To promote and encourage motorcycling and               Vice President: Peter Vandertodt (Vet)
       co-operate with kindred bodies in fostering                                                                         Welcome to another exciting year of Club Virago fun and fellowship.
                                                               Ph: 0417 981 006 (m)
       and maintaining motorcycling as a sport.
                                                                                                                           First and foremost our thanks to the outgoing and returning committee members. The Club has been very lucky
                                                               Secretary: Vicki Walker (Screamer)
       To organise and conduct social outings and                                                                          with the quality of the volunteers who have taken committee positions and given so much of themselves in the
                                                               Ph: 0400 199 458 (m)
       encourage good fellowship amongst club                                                                              past year. To Whiskers who has been a committee member for many years (the last two as President and also
       members.                                                                                                            Editor in 2006) a big thank you and I admit one of the most daunting aspects of taking on the Presidents
                                                                                                                           position was filling such big shoes. To Knuckles who stepped into unfamiliar territory at short notice when
       To maintain the prestige of the club and the            Treasurer: Harry Winter (Hunn)
                                                                                                                           Barron became too ill to continue as Secretary, a huge thanks to you for your hard work and doing an excellent
       sport of motorcycling.                                  Ph: 9537 1652 (h) 0417 980 569 (m)
                                                                                                                           job. To Bull, you brought a little something extra to your role as Sargent at Arms and a lot extra to our coffers
                                                                                                                           and it was all done with great humour and pizzazz. A big thank you to Rebel who has been our Raffle
                                                                                                                           Coordinator and Property Officer for two years and has done an outstanding job in both roles. The new officers
                                                               Tour Master: Les Watkins (Gizmo)
                                                                                                                           have certainly inherited a well organised and well set up portfolio from you. To those who returned for more of
                                                               Ph: 0402 460 542 (m) 6278 1386 (h)
                                                                                                                           the same – Hunn and Gizmo thanks for stepping up again and I know all in the Club appreciate and recognise
                                                                                                                           the hard work you put in and finally to Tarmac and Calamity who have also returned in their Liaison Roles our
                                                               Webmaster: Les Watkins (Gizmo)
                                                               Ph: 0402 460 542 (m) 6278 1386 (h)
                                                                                                                           Now a big welcome to our new faces, firstly Vet as Vice President. In fairness Vet has only taken one year off
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                                                                                                                           duties while he gallivanted around the east coast on his Harley and we welcome him back to the committee.
                                                                                                                           Joining him will be Gail (can’t beat them so join him huh?) as our new Property Officer, Screamer as our new
                                                               Editor: Chris Webber
                                                                                                                           Secretary, Knuckles as our Raffle Coordinator, Chris as our Editor and Brutus who returns to the Sargent at
                                                               Ph: 0411 469 163 (m) 9430 4312 (h)
                                                                                                                           Arms role (oh my aching wallet).
                                                                                                                           We have had our first committee meeting and begun planning for the next year with the Christmas Party and
                                                               Please direct all articles for “The Spark” to the Editor.
                                                                                                                           fund raising top of the agenda. Possibilities include a quiz night and fuel raffles. But more on that later…….
                                                               Deadline for all articles is the Committee meeting
                                                               (first Monday of each month).
                                                                                                                           Finally, just a friendly reminder that your annual fees are now due and must be paid as soon as possible to
                                                               Address all mail to: Club Virago WA (Inc),
                                                                                                                           Hunn. The Club is reliant on the fees and membership mailouts will only be extended to September 2006.
                                                                                         PO Box 564
                                                                                         Morley WA        6943
                                                                                                                           We’re all looking forward to another great year surrounded by great people and great adventures.

                                                                                                                           Happy riding and stay safe everyone.

The Editor and Club Virago WA (Inc) accepts no responsibility for any advertisement placed in the magazine. Furthermore,
     the views expressed in “The Spark” do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, the committee or its members.
                                                                                                                                        CLUB MEETING DATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Connie & Ian Present:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just Jive
       Return to:-                                                                                                            Aug 9th , Sept 13th Oct 11th, Nov 8th etc…..
  Club Virago WA (Inc)                                                                                                     Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each
       PO Box 564                                                                                             Stamp        month at the Swan Yacht Club Riverside Drive East
   Morley 6943 WA            ______________________________________________                                                Fremantle at 7:15 sharp.                                    Learn to ‘Social Jive’ in an atmosphere of fun, meet new
                                                                                                                                                                                         friends and burn off some calories at the same time!
                               _________________________________________________                                           Come early (6.00 pm) and join us in the best fully baked
                                                                                                                           dinner for $14.00.                                                  Dalkeith-Nedlands Bowling Club
                                                                                                                                                                                              Cnr Jutland Parade & Victoria Ave Dalkeith
                                                                                                                           The meeting room is upstairs but we ask you to
                                                                                                                           contribute $2.50 on entry for a bottomless cup of tea or
                                                                                                                           coffee, cake & biscuits. This helps pay for the clubroom.      Monday nights at 7:30pm (from 7th August)
                                                                                                                                                                                                         No partner required
                    The Spark is the official newsletter of Club Virago WA (Inc)                                                     You Are Very Welcome!!
                               PO BOX 564 MORLEY WA              6934                                                                                                                      Phone: Connie 0408 958 182 OR Ian 0419 908 175
               Website:    Email:
    CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc)                                   NEWSLETTER                            AUGUST 2006 EDITION                            CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc)                        NEWSLETTER              AUGUST 2006 EDITION

                 FORTHCOMING RIDES                                           RIDE MEETING TIME AND PLACE
 27th August: - Whiskers will lead this ‘mystery’ ride and the
                                                                     All rides start from the car park opposite McDonald’s Family
                                                                                                                                                                               PERSONAL PROFILE PAGE
 Vulcan Riders club may join us.
                                                                     Restaurant - Corner of Canning Hwy & Sleat Rd Applecross.
 24th September: TBA                                                 Assemble at 8:30. Departure is 9.00am sharp. Please fill you
                                                                     tank before arrival.                                                 ·     Name:              Robbie Watkins
 21st & 22nd Oct - Jacko will take us on a ride to Nannup. Details
 to follow.
                                                                     NB: Gizmo (Les Watkins) is our Tour Master. Should you have
                                                                     any favourite rides or places of interest that you would like to     ·     Club Name: FLAME
                                                                     suggest or, you would like to arrange a ride, please phone
                                                                     Gizmo on 6278 1366 or 0405 822 521
                                                                                                                                          ·     Age:               45
                         Old Men......
                                                                                MEMBERSHIP DEFINITIONS:                                   ·     Partner’s Name: Gizmo
   The old farmer had a large pond in the back,
   fixed up nicely with picnic tables, a barbecue                    FULL MEMBER – Owner and rider of a Yamaha cruiser
                                                                                                                                          ·     No of Children: 2 Teenagers
                                                                     motorcycle with unrestricted access to club facilities and
     pit, horseshoe courts, and some apple and                       benefits and voting rights at all Club meetings and includes free
                    peach trees.                                     access to special subsidised events.                                 ·     Current Bike:      Dragstar 650
                                                                     ASSOCIATE - One who does not participate in club rides &
 The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for                       wishes to maintain an active involvement in the club; or, one
                                                                                                                                          ·     Favourite Music:
 swimming when it was built. One evening, the                        who participates in Club rides but rides a cruising motorcycle
                                                                     other than a specified Yamaha Cruiser (please check if not
   old guy decided to go down to the pond and                        sure). Associates will be sent a copy of the monthly Club news       ·     Favourite beverage: Gin & Tonic, Wine
  look it over. He hadn't been there for a while.                    letter – ‘The Spark’ & are eligible in all subsidised club events.
  He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back                      PILLION – One who participates in Club activities primarily as a     ·     Favourite food:         Curry, chilli, cheese
                    some fruit.                                      pillion passenger. A Pillion may not necessarily be associated
                                                                     with the same machine. Also eligible in all subsidised events
                                                                                                                                          ·     My hobbies are:         Reading science fantasy
      As he neared the pond, he heard voices                         NB - Please ask for a copy of the Club’s Constitution for a
                                                                     complete breakdown of requirements, benefits and privileges.
   shouting and laughing with glee. As he came                                                                                            ·     Bikes I have owned:       Virago 250, Virago 535,
  closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women                                                                                                                            Dragstar 650
  skinny dipping in his pond. As he approached,                                      MEMBERSHIP FEES
  he made the women aware of his presence. At                         Please note that your memberhip fees for the next
                                                                                                                                          ·     My most interesting experience or best ride on a bike: While I was riding to a club ride my
                                                                                     year are NOW DUE!!
       once, they all went to the deep end.                                  Hunn is busily writing out receipts.                               battery collapsed, melting the fuel lines and setting the seat on fire!
                                                                      Spark Newletter will not be mailed out to those who
  One of the women shouted to him, "We're not                                  have not paid after this month.
    coming out until you leave." The old man
  frowned, "I did not come down here to watch
  you young ladies swim naked, or to make you                                          boys will be boys......                                                 Old Women......
           get out of the pond naked."
   Holding up the bucket, he said, "I'm here to                      A 7 year old and a 4 year old are upstairs in their                      Two elderly ladies are sitting on the front porch,
                feed the alligator."                                 bedroom. "You know what?" says the 7 year old,                           doing nothing.
                                                                     "I think it's about time we started swearing."
        Moral: Old men can still think fast!                         The 4 year old nods his head in approval.                                One lady turns and asks, "Do you still get
                                                                     "When we go downstairs for breakfast I'm                                 horny?"
                                                                     gonna swear first, then you swear after me, ok?"
                                                                     "Ok" the 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm.                              The other replies, "Oh sure I do."
Membership forms are available at club nights, monthly rides or      The mother walks into the kitchen and asks the
phoning The President OR Secretary (Details Page 8).                 7 year Old what he wants for breakfast. "Oh, shit                        The first old lady asks, "What do you do about
                                                                     mum, I guess I'll Have some Coco Pops"                                   it?"
This is the yearly fee to be a member of this very social and fun
club.                                                                WHACK!! He flew out of his chair, tumbled
     •    Associate Membership: $30                                  Across the kitchen floor, got up and ran upstairs                        The second old lady replies, "I suck on a
    •     Pillion Membership:       $30                              crying his eyes out.                                                     lifesaver."
    •     Full Membership: $30                                       She looked at the 4 year old and asked with a                                                                                  Thank You, Father & Mother Claus,
                                                                                                                                              After a few moments, the first old lady
NB: All members are eligible for subsidised events                   stern voice,"And What do YOU want for                                    asks ........                                          for giving us all a bag of lollies in
Send cheques or money order to:
                                                                     breakfast, young man? "I don't know," he                                                                                                   Green Hills!!
                                                                     Blubbers, "but it won't be f*****g Coco Pops"
        Club Virago    PO Box 564      Morley    WA    6943                                                                                                                                                What a beaut thought!
   CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc)              NEWSLETTER                 AUGUST 2006 EDITION           CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc)                               NEWSLETTER                                AUGUST 2006 EDITION

                                                                                                              Sergeant’s Mess                                                    Deals on Wheels

                                                                                             Fines for the month of August                               The following businesses have kindly offered Club
                                                                                                                                                         Virago member’s preferential pricing on the goods
                                                                                             After such a warm welcome back to the position of
                                                                                                                                                         and services they supply.
                                                                                             Sargeant of Arms during the lunch at Greeenhills I
                                                                                             believe I should just fine everybody. It's good to know     Members are encouraged to support                                      these
                                                                                             there are still the dobbers out there who are willing to    organizations at every opportunity.
                                                                                             put their mates in it.
                                                                                                                                                         Remember to present your current membership
                                                                                             Pete      (pommy) parking wrong side of carpark $1.00       card when requesting discounts.
                                                                                             U-E       indicator $1.00                                   Five Star Yamaha                (08) 9430-4090
                                                                                                                                                         54 Rockingham Road, Hamilton Hill.
                                                                                             Deezel    indicator (following the lead) $1.00
                                                                                                                                                         Causeway Yamaha                  (08) 9361-8244
                                                                                             Kim       indicator $1.00                                   115 Albany Highway, Victoria Park.
                                                                                             Hammer keys in ignition $1.00                               Highway Yamaha                                       (08) 9274-6744
                                                                                                                                                         31 Victoria Street, Midland.
                                                                                             GST       failing to tell Hammer
                                                                                                       (told every one else I was arriving) $1.00        Cully’s Motorcycle Centre      (08) 9344-4444
                                                                                                                                                         9/511 Wanneroo Road, Balcatta.
                                                                                             Gina      keys in the ignition $1.00
                                                                                                                                                         Total Motorcycle Accessories (08) 9472-3030
                                                                                             Teasie    failing to mark a corner $1.00                    1028 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park.
                                                                                             Capt      keys in the ignition $1.00

                                                                                             Vet food pilfering $1.00

                                                                                             It's good to be back                                                         Club Virago Wearhouse
                                                                                                                                                        Get noticed wearing the latest “new century”

                                                                                             (Aka Phillip Clegg)                                        fashionable club gear. Simply see the new Property
                                                                                                                                                        Officer at any club meeting to purchase the following.
                                                                                                                                                         Club car stickers (yellow) ...................... $1.00 Club

                             Ad   ve                                                                   birthday Corner……
                                                                                                                                                         Virago badge (round) ..............................$ 6.00 Club
                                                                                                                                                         Virago Caps (new stock) ........................$15.00
                                                                                                                                                         Club Virago T-Shirts (new style) .............$25.00
                                                                                            McInnes Susan                               August 2
                                                                                            Westbrook Shirley Bat Lady                 August 16         Club Virago “shaped, iron on” patch. .                         $ 5.00
                                                                                            Dick Bev Scratchy                          August 18         Club Virago windcheater .........................$25.00
                                                                                            Clegg    Philip    Brutus                  August 22
                                                                                            Browne Richard                          September 10         Individual “sew on” badge .........Two for $10.00
                                                                                            Beard Shez      Rebel                   September 19         Club Bandanna (grey and black)                         ..…$ 8.00
                                                                                            Dodimead Dave      Tarmac               September 20         Club square metal badge………………$ 8.00
                                                                                            Finnis Geoff Woody                      September 24

                TO LEASE                                                                    Ed: I hope I haven’t missed anyone here! Just               The Club Shirts look really great with their black and
                                                Cheap Rates!!!                              settling into the new job and it’s a bit hit and
                                                                                                                                                        gold collars and represent good buying at $25.00.
                                                                                                                                                        All stock is available from Gail
                                                                                                                                                        Phone Gail on 9309 6036 (h) OR 04231 05231 (m)
                                                                                            NB: Hope you noticed the name change -
                                                                                            Oldies indeed!! “Growing Old as Disgracefully as
                                                                                            Possible!!” - that’s better!
If you have anything to sell then please send your advertisement through to the Editor no                                                                If you have anything to sell then please send your advertisement through to the
                                                                                                                                                            Editor no later than by the end of the first week of the month addressed to:
later than by the end of the first week of the month addressed to:                                                                                            OR Phone 9430 4312
            OR Phone 9430 4312
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                                                                                              Ride Report 23 July, 2006
                                                           Well troops can you believe the absolutely abysmal riding weather we are experiencing this winter. But my
                                                           heart sang when I saw the rugged determined faces of those ready to brave the elements in our ride east to
                                                           Green Hills Hotel for lunch.

                                                           Gathering at usual rendezvous at the later hour of 09.30 for 10.00 departures we left McDonalds with about
                                                           15 riders and Whiskers in the support Mazda for quick ride to Caltex Midland to join riders taking advantage
                                                           of a second staging area for this ride. In all we left midland with 35 bikes and the Mazda.

                                                           The ride it self was uneventful - no flat tyres, no major equipment failures, as we wound our way up through
                                                           Mundaring, Sawyers valley and onto the lakes. Gizmo had obtained some stronger wattage radios, in the
                                                           hope of overcoming the communications gap between ride leader and TEC, there was some success but
                                                           there is still work required, Gizmo has it in his capable hands.

                                                           A quick regroup at the lakes and we’re off to York. The ride speed varied between 80 to 100 km/h the lower
                                                           speeds to bring the group together, but as we went through York to the turn off to Quairading I managed a
                                                           long look in the rear view mirror and was stunned with what I saw the pack at full stretch some kilometre to
                                                           kilometre and half back it was an awesome site. Gizmo, and other riders advise me that it was just as
                                                           impressive from the rear as we wound our way to Green Hill.

                                                           We arrived Green Hill at 12.30, where some thawing out was required (2o C. a bit cool in them thar hills) for
                                                           our Christmas in July lunch, Whiskers provision of music, and some liquid libations made for an excellent
                                                           afternoon get together, a three course lunch of soup, main and sweet was enjoyed by all.

                                                           Riders began departing around 2.30 for the ride home, and thus ending yet another excellent outing.

                                                           I would like to express my thanks to all of you who thanked me for organising this ride, but the credit rests
                 Christmas In July, 20                     with the committee without who’s support it would not be possible.

                                                           On a personal note I’m proud to be associated with club that takes it road responsibilities seriously and
                                                           demonstrates by action that motor cycle riding as a group can be safe and enjoyable past time.

                                                           Many thanks and safe riding. Regards,       Graham

                                                                                              Grandmas - gotta love em!!

                                                            Here's a quote from a government employee who witnessed a recent interaction between an elderly
                                                            woman and an antiwar protester in a train station in Sydney

                                                            There were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets on the evils of Australia. I
                                                            politely declined to take one. An elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a
                                                            young (20ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.
                                                            The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a
                                                            very soft voice said, "Lady, don't you care about the children of Iraq?"

                                                            The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my father died in France during World War II,
                                                            I lost my husband in Korea, and a son in Vietnam. All three died so you could have the right to
                                                            stand here and bad mouth our country. If you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your arse
                                                            and open it."

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