Chapter Nineteen

Southeast Australia

President Mark Hutchings

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Phone: 0407 819 340

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Secretary/Treasurer Glen Slocombe

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Phone: +61 409 955 936

Formed in 2014 after a hugely successful ‘Caterpillar’ Rally at Lake Goldsmith, Victoria, Chapter 19 has a shed at the Lake Goldsmith earthmoving arena which serves as a display centre for our members collections where the general public can come and enjoy the story of Caterpillar equipment. Our members also get special access to technical information, tooling and replica parts along with discounted ACMOC, Chapter and Caterpillar merchandise. You do not need to own a Caterpillar tractor to be a member, we have many members that just enjoy the history of earthmoving and the Caterpillar brand and the camaraderie of being in a Club like ACMOC. Chapter 19 also offers membership renewal services locally and is a NHMA member Club, offering public liability insurance Australia wide. We serve the States of Victoria & Tasmania, but also have members across all of Australia.

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What's Happening

GEELONG SHOW SUCCESS

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Despite the heat on Saturday 14 Jan, ACMOC joined local dealer William Adams who sponsored the Geelong Truck & Machinery Show this year, and it was a huge success. This was the first time we have been represented at the show and the dealer Managing Director Eddie Kontelj came down to say g'day. Local member Rohan Burns showed his 4J R2 for the first time in public, and he was a real star, organising food and drink for the Chapter members helping on the day, as well as bump in and bump out, all while doing his best to help upsell the Club to new members - in all 6 new members were signed! Thanks for taking the lead on this Rohan. Another local member John Guiney provided an air conditioned site hut with fridge for the weekend, while Brendan Cornfoot and Mark Hutchings, as always made sure we had tractors to display bringing 2 TON's, 6U D4 and 9G D7. Merchandise and replica part sales were also strong, thanks Sue Cornfoot for covering the store. All drivers in the tractor pull came to our tent to claim their Cat hat and stubbie holder donated by William Adams. It was certainly a great show, one we will add to the annual calendar. 

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FLOOD CLEAN UP AT SHED

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Thanks to everyone that came to Lake Goldsmith on Saturday to help clean up the shed after the floods, many hands make light work and the bulk of it was done in one day. 2 Ton final drives drain and refilled, all tractors checked, started and ran, cupboards, shelves and display cases all opened and cleaned, and our two fridges that did not survive were removed. In addition Richard got his generator dried out and running. With all the LGSPA excess materials now removed and the mezzaine in full use we have more room than ever and the shed looks neat and tidy!

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AGM 2022 & MEMBER HONOURS

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Thanks to those members that turned out for our 2022 AGM, and especially to Brendan & Sue for hosting and catering the meeting. Steve Jackel having served his two years as President has stepped down but remains on the committee, and Mark Hutchings accepted the nomination as President. He will serve a one year term, but is able to renominate in 2023. The rest of the office bearing positions remain unchanged, but we were very excitied to welcome Rob Fern to the committee for the first time, and Neil Clydsdale self nominated to return to the committee as well as all other committee members who renominated. We are very lucky as a volunteer organisation to have such an active and well representated committee!

This year also saw two new members honoured for their involvement and dedication to the Chapter and Club. Both Karen Jackel (postmously) and Steve Jackel were honoured with their names side by side on the new Chapter honour board to be placed in the Lake Goldsmith Shed. Steve very emotionaly thanked the Chapter for this honour on behalf of Karen and himself.

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ROB FERN HOSTS COMMITTEE MEETING

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On the 7th August, the committee were very lucky to have Rob Fern host us for a meeting, BBQ lunch and tour of his sheds and museum in Silvan. Over 50 tractors in the collection with a huge range of brands. Rob is a collector of EVERYTHING and we throughly enjoyed the tour and his hospitality - definately looking to host a general Chapter event there in the near future. Thanks very much for looking after us and showing us around Rob! It was also great to have our President Steve Jackel join us despite his current health concerns and thank you to Neil Clydsdale for making the long trip to give us an update on 2025 projects he is working on. 

  

 

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