Serving the Shepparton community since 1974

President’s Word 240221

Welcome back to the Overlander – with luck we have had our last Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, our Guest Speaker was unavailable, but no need to worry as Rotarian Don Collins, with a few minutes notice gave a great reminiscence of his time selling caravans. He sold his first camper trailer in 1977. Great for family
holidays and towing. These were superseded by 14-16 foot “Pop Top” trailers, with their zip up windows they provided excellent ventilation.
Then came full height caravans, needing an elevated roof for storage purposes. Older people favoured the caravans, especially now with all amenities included. Don loved his time selling caravans. However, he expressed concern with caravan travellers not abiding by correct safety regulations. This is complicated by the differing requirements between states. He offered free towing lessons but less than half took up his offer. In 1993 he won the Jayco Dealership of the Year. Many happy customers kept in touch, sending postcards from all over Australia. A fascinating presentation. Thanks Don.
Thanks to Hugo for co-ordinating 2 BBQ’s this week. Firstly the Bunning’s BBQ, in extreme heat on Saturday and then the Harmony Cricket BBQ on Tuesday. One cricketer wondered why we were all so old!! We continue with the next two Saturdays, one at Decca 27 Febru- ary and another Bunnings BBQ on March 6.
Llew not only turned 70 this week but also won the wine. Congratulations. Nigel managed to fine us all. Thursday, March 18 there is to be a memorial service for Annette and Robbie Orrman. More details to follow.
NEXT WEEK: Glen Doyle will entertain us with his guitar. He will have CC’s for sale to support the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

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