As you may have anticipated, your Club Committee has been discussing how CCSA will respond to the rather dramatic developments of the last month or so. Please take the time to read our President’s letter (sent separately ), where we outline the immediate steps we are taking to ensure we all stay safe, whilst kindling the spirit of the Club and its members.
Given the current physical isolation requirements, we have cancelled the next two Club meetings and all planned events. There is no meeting next week at Burnside, but the minutes of the last meeting are attached – its fascinating to read the planning and discussions of just a month ago – we had NO IDEA of what was about to hit us.
However, just because we can’t meet in person, doesn’t mean we can’t support each other and continue our shared interest in Citroens by other means. To illustrate this, we will set up an interactive video link for 8.00 pm on the 8th of April (our usual meeting time) for those who want to meet virtually, swap a few stories, and ‘chew the fat’. Details will follow early next week, but all you will need is access to the internet by phone, tablet or computer.
Til next week, stay safe and make sure you wash your hands …… hopefully they will be good and dirty because you have taken the opportunity to work on the cars !!
Unless you have been living in complete isolation or
in a country where English is very much a second or non existent language, like
fellow members Craig and Gail have been doing whilst on holidays in South
America over the past month or so, you will realise and understand, that to
ensure the longevity and good health of all of us, we need to isolate our
selves as much as possible to avoid contracting COVID19.
From what began as reduced group size gatherings we
now have a situation where 2 is a crowd and 10 could result in heavy fines or
To ensure we comply with Government guidelines and
decrees and continue to enjoy good health, your committee has cancelled our
next two Club meetings ie Wednesday 8th April and Wednesday 13th May. We will
monitor Government requirements and update you on a monthly basis as to when
our next face to face meeting might be held.
Your Committee held its first virtual meeting last
night via “ZOOM” video conferencing and we will continue to manage Club affairs
in a similar manner until we can meet face to face as a committee.
The Presidents of the State Citroen Clubs held a
similar video conference last Saturday to discuss the likelihood of Cit-in 2020
being held in September as earlier proposed, the decision is pending till a
further meeting of Presidents is held on Sat 11th April, but the recommendation
to NSW Cit-in committee was that 2020 event should be cancelled. More
information will follow after the meeting on the 11th.
All Club Citroen SA events up till June have been
cancelled and events later than June are on the basis of To Be Advised whilst
we wait the progression on COVD19. Please refer to Le Auto Program/Calendar
page and our website http://clubcitroensa.com
for current information re events.
While we are “enjoying” our quiet time can I ask that
you all continue to make contact with each other and particularly older members
to ensure they are safe and well.
Our time should not be spent being bored, start on
that restoration you have been procrastinating about, prepare your car for our
next outing… you now have time!
Consider sharing via Matt on our Web site and to our
Editor of Le Auto, David, any good books you may have read, anecdotes, humour,
Citroen news, personal news, health or otherwise so that we can remain
connected during these isolated times.
I would like to invite you all to a virtual gathering
next Wednesday at 8 pm. You will receive an email from Colin Carati, our
secretary. This email will have a “link” attached. Click on the link and you
will be taken to a Club Citroen SA video conference.
Here we can hold an informal meeting of members and see how we are all getting
on in these very different times. We may even be able to hear from Craig and
Gail as they endure their isolation in a hotel in Sydney.
Remember , please wash you hands and as our very
famous French Inspector Clouseau says…PLEASE STAY AT HERM !!!!
The run started of at Burnside on a sunny but windy day and we left there and headed of to Uraildla to meet up with another few members. From there a nice trip to the winery where another couple of members where already tasting the wines. It was the first outing for Amanda who is in the process of getting her new Plum & Custard 2cv registered. Not only that Graham and Ruth Bettany were with his newly restored 2cv engine, although it seemed the blinkers had a small hiccup on the way. The menu was a choice of delicious Pizzas with a great drop of Wine straight from the winery. The venue was well patronized and the surrounding hills etc were picturesque. After the meal and some amusing conversations we made our way back to our various home locations.
For Andre’s birthday outing the club journeyed to the beautiful venue of John and Helen’s house on the top of a cliff. The day started with a meetup at Burnside then collect a few more at Crafers and a windy route through to Mannum. There were also a few members who had made there way as well. The welcoming and the morning tea was as usual fantastic.
After much chit chat we had our lunch there and after lunch the celebration of Andre’s birthday with a cake and a song.