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Day 2 Tuesday May 1 2018

The weather was a bit iffy today.  Overnight there had been a few showers of rain but fortunately the weather improved as the day progressed. 

Annual General Meeting

When the Mayor of the Richmond Valley Council officially opened our 19th Annual General Meeting at the Returned Servicemen’s Memorial Club he commented that he had never seen so many people at an AGM.  Perhaps the lucky name draw has something to do with the attendance?  There were 417 people in the room which comfortably accommodated everyone. 

The Mayor, Councillor Robert Mustow, who has been on the Council for 30 years, said that he was very proud of the fact that the State Government had chosen the Richmond Valley Council to host the latest NSW Regional initiative. Casino has the 4th largest saleyard in NSW.

Mayor Robert Mustow officially opening our AGM

In his report President Les Lawrenson thanked outgoing committee member Carol Brun for her contribution to the Club.  Last year’s Vice President Vickie Teague resigned shortly after the AGM and David Wilkinson willingly stepped up into the role.  Treasurer John Bromley has relinquished the position of Treasurer although he is staying on the committee to assist the Secretary.  Ros Bolton has been responsible for the finances of the club since this  beginning of this calendar year.  Les also reported that Cliff Hicks is compiling a history of the club.   Another new committee member Jan Loveday will also be assisting Mick Trinick with the publication of The Avanner.

From now on, the Member’s Directory will only be available online.  It will be more current because it will be updated bi-monthly. Online registration and online membership have also been well accepted.  The Facebook page managed by Carol Brun and Ros Bolton has been used by 280 members and the club’s membership remains steady at 1132 vans.  

Joan and Brendon Smith paid tribute to, and acknowledged the contributions of John Bromley, plus Jean and Ian Blencowe.  Due to illness, Jean and Ian were unable to attend the gathering in Denmark WA and consequently they both stood down from the committee in 2017. 

John has been Treasurer for 15 years and the Blencowes had been on the committee since the Club’s inception.  It was great to see that they were able to be with us this year. John and the Blencowes were presented with gifts as tokens of our appreciation.

Joan and Brendon Smith paying tribute to John Bromley

Malcolm Weir briefly chaired the meeting while nominations for the president’s position were accepted.  Since there was only one nomination Malcolm declared that Les had been re-elected unanimously for a period of 12 years - oops - 12 months.  Just a mere slip of the tongue from the Flying Gerroan.

State and Group Co-ordinators were thanked and 10 Year Attendance Certificates were presented to Ian and Margaret Bell (Vic), Wayne and Cherie Bodle (Vic), Lance and Nerolie Cubitt (Vic), Ray and Lorraine Davis (Vic), Don and Meredith East (Vic), Willy and Carol Hanson (NSW), Bev Lane (NSW), Ray and Val Mulhearn (NSW), Colin and Pat Perry (Qld), Jill Smith (Qld), Beverley Thomas (Qld) and John and Deidre Vanderveer (NSW).           

Ron Stootman (Web Manager) reported that there have been several important developmental changes.  50 Avans have been sold through the A’van website and 1 person per day is accessing a new membership form.

And then came the big news.  This could be the worst kept secret in the A’van Club.  Next year’s gathering in 2019, our Twentieth will be at Yarrawonga in Victoria.  It will be at the end of March in order to capitalise on daylight saving and the warmer weather.  Therefore, because of the earlier date, the next issue of The A’vanner which will not be published until late September will include a registration form for next year’s gathering along with more specific details of the dates.    

It is planned to hold the 2020 gathering in Alice Springs and 2021 may be in Queensland.  Tasmania is still on the agenda. 

A’vanners at the AGM


Food for the Chef’s Challenge has to be submitted by 1.00 pm on Friday. 

Cliff Hicks reminded people to check the website re details of the A’van Assist Scheme.   

Technical Talks

Unfortunately these presentations did not eventuate.  At this stage Purple Line Innovative Caravan Accessories may do a presentation on Friday afternoon at the same time as the Open Vans Segment.  

Happy Hour

Each group held their own Happy Hour at locations throughout the park and the day finished with a Campfire and Karaoke Evening presented by Gateway resident Hal Perkins

ACT and Region’s Happy Hour

The latest information concerning Mickey Mouse is that his agent who still remains nameless may actually have joined the Easts in Moree before they went to Lightning Ridge.  Don and Meredith are still not convinced that Mickey’s agent did not accompany them to Casino.  Obviously he (or she) wanted to be part of the fun.   

We’ve discovered yet another intruder in the park.  It would seem that we have a “Phantom Tap Turner-offer”.  We have our suspicions but just like the Easts we have to set our traps and patiently await a chance to snare the culprit.  


Captain Rous

The first European to reach the mouth of the waterway known as Richmond River was Captain Henry John Rous in 1828.  Rous identified the mouth of the river as he sailed along the coast from Sydney Town to Moreton Bay. On 26th August 1828 he entered the river and sailed about 32 kilometres upstream.  He subsequently named the river after his brother’s best friend Charles Gordon-Lennox 5th Duke of Richmond.

By the end of the 1840s, most of the Richmond Valley was occupied by huge pastoral holdings under government leases.  The town of Casino became the point of entry into the Richmond Valley for overland travellers.  It was in fact, the district’s front door.





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