Members’ Update – 16 November 2020

Hello fellow AGMRC members,

Despite COVID-19 and all the craziness that has been 2020, the year has flown by and here we are looking at Christmas in about 6 weeks. It has been an unusual year for the Club as all our regular activities, like table sales, train shows/open days and even the Brisbane Model Train Show were cancelled due to the pandemic. We even held a Member’s Meeting for the first time as a ‘virtual meeting’ as members sampled the delights on Zoom.

With COVID-19 restrictions being further eased, we have two final Club events planned to bring us to the end of the year. The first event is our final Members Meeting for 2020 to be held at the Carindale PCYC on Saturday 21 November 2020 and the annual Christmas party to be held on 4 December 2020 at the Mt Gravatt Hotel. Details of these events are set out below.

To keep you informed about Club events and matters affecting the Club and members I have provided the following updates for your information:

Update on Yeronga Priority Development Area – Club’s New Premises

With the Queensland Government going to the election last week-end and being in caretaker mode for a numbers of weeks prior to that, there has not been much news on the development of the new Yeronga Community Centre and our new Club premises. The Vice President, Dennis Remmer has been keeping an eye on developments and has reported that there are some new hoardings along the fence line at the development site as the photos below show.

Yeronga Site

Dennis made the comment that he does not believe that the artist’s impression of the building on the banners reflect the actual final development as no plans have been distributed for comment and review by the proposed tenants. In any event, things are progressing, albeit more slowly than members would have liked. Dennis is continuing to monitor the developments and is expecting to attend meetings with the representatives from Yeronga Community Centre and Economic Development Queensland in the near future.

Running Sessions at Members Homes

David Austin kindly recommenced the running of trains at his place on Saturday 7th November. Running on the N gauge layout has not yet recommenced.

Final Members Meeting for 2020

The last Members Meeting for 2020 will take place next weekend on Saturday, 21st November at the PCYC Carindale at 1.00pm.

The Secretary, Barry Chiswell sent members the notice of this meeting on 7 November 2020 and attached copies of the Agenda, Minutes of the Meeting of 26 September 2020 and details of the proposed dates for Members Meetings next year. Please let Barry or I know if you did not receive this email and/or attachments.

2021 Club Calendar

The Treasurer, Daphne Huang has engaged a printer to produce the Club Calendar for next year. It is hoped that copies will be available for distribution to members at the Christmas party. Should you require extra copies for friends of family they will be available for purchase at the Christmas party. The cost for extra copies will be $10.00. This can be paid to Daphne on the night or by way of direct deposit, the details of which are set out below at the end of the details on the Christmas party. Please make sure that if you do make a direct deposit, that you reference that the payment is the calendar and include your surname.

2020 Christmas Function

The annual Christmas party has been organised for 4 December 2020. In keeping with a great precedent set by John Pollard last year, Dennis will be putting together another trivia game that will be played during the event. The Committee has also resolved to resurrect the annual members awards which have not been used since we lost out former Club House in 2017. The details of the Christmas function were sent to all members by email this week.

The Treasurer, Daphne Huang will be collecting monies from members at the Members Meeting next Saturday (21 November) and you will be able to deposit direct to the Club’s bank account which is preferred. The details of the account were provided in the most recent email to members. N.B. Please ensure that you reference that the payment is the Christmas party and include your surname.

Well, that’s about it for now. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Members’ Meeting next week and again at the Christmas event. Take care of yourselves, be safe and see you soon.

All the best.

John Bateman
President
All Gauge Model Railway Club Inc.

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