Our first rally of the year is held in Feb/March/April... anywhere in Australia! Our second rally is held in Spring, Sept/Oct, and is traditionally held before, and near, the CMCA rally. We hold general meetings during both rallies, with the Annual General Meeting at our later rally.
A rally manager is appointed and he or she appoints the rally team who are in charge of organising an exciting program for us: entertainment, food, dance, music lessons, seminars just to name a few. But, if you prefer, you can just chill out, and do nothing .... just sit and watch the rally go on around you.
Our rallies are themed, so the ball night is a 'dress-up' (almost) costume party - so be prepared to bring your own zany outfits and see what others have created – the crazier the better - but it is all fun and laughter and that helps keep us young.
Bush camps are usually held between our two rallies, providing a more relaxed opportunity for Solos to get together. They usually run for 5-6 days in a bush setting with minimum facilities. Vehicles need to be self-contained with enough capacity to cover the period of the camp.
A Camp Manager is appointed to organise each camp, promote it to members and take registrations. They gather information about resources in the area, local attractions and tours, and put together a program of activities that people might want to join but if you're happy to just sit around the fire that's fine too.
A local festival, The Big Cohuna, with displays, markets, and social events, will run concurrently with our rally. Cohuna has everything you might need: supermarket, bakery, takeaway, cafe, tavern, op-shops, hospitals vets and doctors.
The usual, free Welcome Dinner will be provided, and the Melbourne Cup will be run on 2nd November, which is during our rally, so we will host a two course lunch at the Bowls Club which is just a few minutes walk away. There'll be 'Fashions in the Field' for Ladies and Gents with prizes, sweeps, and all the usual fun and games of Cup Day. So dust off the fascinators Ladies, and Gents, you'd better shine your shoes. Entertainment will be provided after the Cup has been run— just $30 for the whole day including the lunch. We will try to have tickets available online, well before we get to Cohuna.
Further details in the next Newsletter.
Northern Territory: March/April 2022 (Autumn)
Our Northern Territory event will be a bush camp rather than a rally
and it will be held at Gemtree Caravan Park, located 140km north-east
of Alice Springs on the sealed section of the Plenty Highway.
Negotiations are underway regarding fees for a 5 night stay as part of
our big 2022 trek up the Centre and to the West. There is a lot to do
and see at Gemtree, including fossicking for gemstones, a nature trail
and a history museum to name just a few. Visit their website to find
out more www.gemtree.com.au
Western Australia: August/September 2022 (Spring)
Our final, scheduled event is a roll-on from the NT rally and will take members to the wildflower area in the mid-west of WA. Margaret Cook has put her hand up to manage this rally and if the Wagin rally in WA some years ago is any measure, then this will be a cracker of an event once again. Margaret has three possible locations in mind and she will provide us with more information in the coming months.