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MARCH 2018 - NEWSLETTER
Well we’re off to a flying start, although a very wet one. Our first meet at Landsborough hosted by Pat Smith was a great success despite the appalling wet weather. Some folks, who were camped by the creek which runs at the back of the park, had to be evacuated due to the threat of flooding. Including those who had to be evacuated, 23 vans attended. Those who stayed were able to enjoy a pancake breakfast, hot cross buns for a morning tea, and two meals at the local taverns, Landsborough and Beerwah. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to welcome new members Peter and Helen Kemp before they were one of those who had to evacuate. We also welcomed Stuart Lade from Wide Bay. It was also an opportunity to show off our new club banner. We hope to be able to return to Landsborough Pines Caravan Park at a later date when the Sunshine Coast can live up to its name.
Some folks also attended the Wide Bay gathering at Bargara Beach before heading to Landsborough as it was a good opportunity to join the meets together for an extended getaway. The highlight of that meet would have to be the visit to Mon Repos to see the turtle hatching.
 
Next gathering on the calendar: 12 April 2018 – 11.30 a.m Lunch at Stafford Tavern, 51 Webster Road, Stafford.
R.S.V.P by 5th April by emailing Tina Vaughan-Williams ONLY at: tianavw@bigpond.com
Please do not email Judy or John Vaughan-Williams.
 
Then our next meet is at Pottsville North Holiday Park, 32 – 38 Tweed Coast Road, Pottsville from 23rd – 27th April. For those wishing to attend the Anzac Day service on Wednesday 25th, in Pottsville, it commences at 7.45am with a march from Coronation Avenue to the ANZAC Park Cenotaph (a short walk from the caravan park) for a commemorative service followed by breakfast at the Pottsville Beach Sports Club which is adjacent to our caravan park.
Cost $40 per night or take advantage of the mid week offer (Monday – Thursday) to stay 4 nights pay for 3, therefore 3 x $40 = $120 plus $40 for 5th night equates to $32 per night. Sorry the caravan park is not pet friendly.
Book with park (02) 6676 1221 or 1800 234 121 and confirm with host. Host: Bev Thomas 0408 788 514
 
Thereafter, it’s off to the AGM in Casino. You should have received your registration details from the club in February which was included in The A’vanner. Also included was your club membership renewal notice. Do not forget to renew your membership, even if you are not attending Casino. As reported in the August The A’vanner, the yearly subscription has been increased to $30 per year/per van (not per member). Please note that members should be financial to attend meetings. You may wish to check that you are listed in the AMD on the club website. This is updated bi-monthly.
For those not travelling further afield after the AGM, Graham Hale is hosting our next meet at Canungra Show Grounds, 68 Coburg Road, Canungra from 28th May to 3rd June. The caretaker at the showgrounds will not handle individual bookings. He just needs to know the numbers the week beforehand, so be sure to contact Graham on 0401 246 335 to confirm your booking. The venue is pet friendly and it’s a great area to explore as it’s close to Tamborine Mountain, O’Reilly’s, Binna Burra and forest drives and walks.
 
Pomona Showgrounds, Pavilion Street, Pomona is the next meet from 16th – 23rd July hosted by Carol Morris. Last year the pyjama party was a huge success and is planned again for this year with prizes for best and worst dressed PJ’s. A’vanners are asked to bring a hot meal to share on Friday night, dinner at the Bowls Club is planned for Saturday night. Brush up on your Trivia knowledge for the Trivia night. The venue is also pet friendly.
Please confirm with Carol on 0415 391 381 or email: carolalice15@bigpond.com.
 
A new meet to add to our calendar is at Reflections Holiday Park, 1 Brighton Street, East Ballina from 22nd – 29th October. When booking, don’t forget to ask for the A'van discounted price of $40 per night. Waterfront sites are also available at an extra cost. Cabins available, and like the park, some are pet friendly. The area offers surfing, hiking, fishing, boating and cycle paths. Book with park (02) 6686 2326 and confirm with host Afra Van Baarsen (02) 6683 4007
We still have the months of August and September with no planned meet; however, the Wide Bay group have a meet at Mundubbera if you are interested. Check the website for details.
To host a meet or morning tea, give me a call so I can have it published on the Club website as well as advise our group by email. Be sure to keep checking the club website for further updates of upcoming events in other areas.
The very large tarpaulin with poles and ropes which we have had for many years and was rarely used has been donated to the Seahorse Nippers Program conducted by the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club for special needs children and their families. There are 40 children enrolled, aged between 6 to 14 years. The number of participants depends solely on the number of volunteer lifesavers available, as they do this in addition to their regular beach patrols. The activities range from beach activities to shallow water activities and are designed to create confidence, enhance communication, stimulate social interaction and improve motor skills. They are designed in cooperation with professional disability carers, physicians, recreational instructors and family members. Several wheel chair bound children are able to participate in specially designed chairs that are safe in the water. We received a card from their Secretary expressing their thanks and appreciation.
 
On a general note, meeting registrations remains at $2 per person. Please register in the Camp Kitchen at Happy Hour and update your contact details if they have changed. This money is used for morning teas, breakfasts, sausage sizzles, activities and purchase of general games equipment. Published meeting dates are usually an indication as to when the host will be attending. Of course, you can stay longer, or come earlier than these dates if you wish.
Barbara Chapple is pleased to advise that she has been offered a lift to and from Casino. Many thanks to all who offered help, a great example of support a member can receive from our A’van Family.
If you wish to purchase a club shirt or other Qld A’vanners merchandise, Judy Vaughan-Williams looks after this stock. She will have these available at meetings or she may be contacted on (07) 3205 9226.
 
Long time members Ross and Oriel Evans have sold their A’van camper also Jocelyn May and hence have resigned from the club. We wish them well and hope our paths cross in our travels.
 
Happy A’vanning,
 
Bev
 

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