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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. Rwatkins@gosnells.wa.gov.au 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Email: email@example.com 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org the hard work you put in and finally to Tarmac and Calamity who have also returned in their Liaison Roles our thanks. 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 Email : email@example.com 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). E-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Flame 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 Here 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: www.clubvirago.org.au Email: email@example.com 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 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 Brutus Get noticed wearing the latest “new century” re!!! (Aka Phillip Clegg) fashionable club gear. Simply see the new Property Officer at any club meeting to purchase the following. He rtise 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 $10.00 WANTED Beard Shez Rebel September 19 Club Bandanna (grey and black) ..…$ 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 miss! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org OR Phone 9430 4312 email@example.com OR Phone 9430 4312 CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc) NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2006 EDITION CLUB VIRAGO WA (Inc) NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2006 EDITION 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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