Our first rally of the year is held in Feb/March/April... and could be anywhere in Australia. The 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 recruits 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'd rather, you can just chill out and do nothing .... just sit and watch the rally go on around you.
The rallies are themed, and 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 typically run for 5-6 days in a rural 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.
Cohuna Solos Rally: 1-8th November.
Our previous rally at Cohuna was really successful, and the citizens are only too happy to welcome us back.
The great little town of Cohuna is situated 274 kilometres north of Melbourne, on the Murray Valley Highway, and has a population of around 2,500. The rally site is within very easy walking distance of the shopping centre, but as usual, a smiley bus will be running. We will also enjoy access to the local bowling club, and the football club rooms, both of which are literally on the grounds.
First Timers are invited to arrive on the 30th of October— two days before the rally opens so that they can settle in before the rest of the members arrive on Monday, 1st November.
The Melbourne Cup will be run on the second day of the rally, Tuesday, and so that we can arrange a 'Cup Luncheon' (entertainment to follow) a registration form to attend the lunch will be given to you at the entry. To go to the lunch, you need to lodge the form and pay on either Monday afternoon, or first thing Tuesday morning. Last year it was a terrific day. Don’t miss out; get out your fascinators ladies, and gents- shine your shoes.
The theme of the rally is
Be sure to wear a flower in your hair . . .
Can you remember where you put your flares?
There will be Wetlander tours run for both lunch and evening, a 'Men’s Tour’ run by Gordon McFarlane, and a ladies' tour 'High Tea and Nursery'.
These tours were very popular at the last rally. As well as the Cup Lunch and the tours, there will be a wide variety of activities and entertainment including dance lessons, seminars, workshops, craft, cards, exercise, and pet parades.
Staging posts will be the same as the last time we visited, and we’ll let you know about them in plenty of time.
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