national meet at Bardine
trip book making
Geoff Lane showed one of
the ways to use all those pictures we take on our travels around the
country by demonstrating the ease of use of on-line software to design
and lay out coffee-table style photo books and prepare for printing. He
also showed a number of examples of books from recent travels
both in Australia and overseas.
Marvos demonstrated HitchMaster which is a pulley system without any
moving parts & can be used for pulling, lifting or as a tie down.
The best thing is about this system is there are no fancy knots to tie. The whole system is very
compact & allowing it to go in a tool pouch that fits on your belt.
camper trailer walkabout
Dave Cook once again
hosted another well attended camper trailer walkabout. Members give a brief talk
on what they like about their camper, points they don't like & modifications
they have done or they would like to do to make camping all that more
Friday afternoon saw
the closing ceremony. Kevin thanked everyone for their attendance & also the
Camp Cypress committee & staff for making our stay such an enjoyable experiance.
A especial thanks went out to the Baradine community for the warm welcome The
Baradine Hospital Auxilary president,
Elizabeth Lord was on hand to accept the generous donation of $3,304 from the
CamperTrailers Group & thanked everyone on behalf of the committee. The donation
will go towards the purchase of a special $15,000 bed for the emergency
department at the Baradine Multi Services Centre. Elizabeth said she was
overwhelmed by the generosity. Money was raised via the trivia night, auction &
Neil MacDonald, Chairman of the Camp
Cypress board thanked the CamperTrailers Group for choosing Baradine & in
particular Camp Cypress for the venue of their national meet. He also thanked
the people who had worked behind the scenes to make it all possible.
Rob thanked those who had presented of
workshops during the week & personally gave them a certificate of appreciation.
A special thanks to Margaret Pierce for the organising of the fruit & vegie
bags. Also a huge thanks to those who did all the cutting up & bagging.
Next it was time to draw the raffle
tickets. A big thanks once again to Alan & Amanda Haworth for donating the
wheelclamp as the major prize along with four locks & lanyards as the four
runner up prizes. Russell Street's drew the winning ticket while John Wilkinson,
Alan Randell, Gus Skinner & Greg Carthew were runners up. $577 was raised
for the Baradine Hospital Auxilary.
Spirit of the Group is awarded to a
person who is brought to the attention of the CamperTrailers Group co-owners for
a good hearted deed or his generosity in helping others during the week long
Doug McFarlane was the recipient this
year. Doug is a quite achiever & the help he gave to others over the week was
much appreciated. He was also the winner of the framed $100 note raffled by the
Baradine Hospital Auxilary & Doug donated the prize back to the auxilary. The perpetual trophy was given to Doug by Neil Morton the maker of the
Baradine Blunders is awarded
to the funniest or most embarrassing moment over the week. This years award goes
to David Keller. David was observed in Piliga on a busy Tuesday afternoon,
(four cars in the main street). Three CamperTrailers members vehicles pulled up
opposite the cafe in the dirt after a swim in the hot bore baths. After exiting
the cafe with ice creams & drinks there was a sudden cry of "I've lost my
keys". The roadside was searched for the missing keys, then the cafe. The cafe
owners joined the search. There was discussions of smashing windows which was
filed away as plan B. The dirt around the Pajero was searched & searched again,
this time with more frantic shuffling of feet. The cafe was searched again.
Perhaps the keys had been accidently picked up by a local buying takeaway?
Anyone seen which way the went? More searching the dirt. Discussions of did you
bring the spare keys? Suddenly a sharp eyed daughter cried out "Dad what's that
key tucked into your shorts?" Dad with the insight of sudden remembrance grabbed
the keys tucked into the waistband & with joy said "I don't usually tuck them
into my shorts & I'd forgotten". The ID of the observant member will remain
nameless. Thanks John Koole for letting us know of this funny incident.
Jason then announced
that we had been in consultation with the Wellington Council, The Wellington
Showground Trust & the Wellington Lions on the central NSW slopes & plains with
plans to told the next & 8th CamperTrailers national meet at the Wellington
Showground during the 2012 September/October school holidays.
With that Kevin
declared the 7th national meet closed & hoped to see everyone again next year.
See ya all next year.