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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
RACT Annual Report 2011/12 3 2011/12 It is worth recording here that RACT membership grew at a higher pace this year than the average AAA membership. As I have reported, this was a challenging year to be in business, but the RACT grew its membership by .62%, while the national average – or AAA membership through the various clubs – grew at .45%. In fact some clubs on the mainland saw a slight drop in their membership levels, so the result achieved in Tasmania is all the more noteworthy. At the end of the financial year the AAA represented 7.034 million members of motoring clubs, representing 6.75 million cars on Australian roads. Although most of the interstate clubs are larger than the RACT, our own club is a major contributor in the forums that now exist to allow the clubs to share knowledge and ideas at levels ranging from management to the Boardroom. During the year the RACT contributed to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Now a year old, this landmark international event has seen the RACT highlighting the proper installation and use of child restraints as a simple and ef fective way of making travel safer for young children. Globally, about 1.3 million people die in road crashes each yea r, and up to 50 million people are injured. About ten million of these are children. Again this year, the RACT conducted 50-year member celebrations in each of the regions. These occasions are a matter of great pride to our club. Few Tasmanian organisations can point to a membership of such conspicuous loyalty and longevity. Each 50-year member is invited to attend a lunch where they are presented with plaques of appreciation by the RACT. I particularly enjoy these occasions and like to point out to recipients that they have remained members of the RACT through 12 prime ministers and 14 Tasmanian premiers. An indication that we’re living longer is also evident in these 50-year member events. In 2008 there were 92 recipients of 50-year member plaques. On our current membership numbers there will be in the next five years about 2810 members eligible for this award. The RACT was again this year, perhaps more than ever, deeply involved in supporting community undertakings. I attended many of these occasions such as Symphony Under the Stars, where I could reflect that the support of the RACT contributed to a tremendous event bringing much happiness to Tasmanians. Here are just some of our activities for the record. North West The RACT committed $5000 per year to provide a scholarship to a Wynyard university student to assist her study psychology at the Launceston campus of UTAS. The scholarship forms part of the University’s West North West bursary program. The RACT sponsored achievement awards at the Spreyton, East Devonport and Nixon Street Primary Schools. RACT sponsorship went to the Wynyard and Ulverstone Bowls Clubs and the East Ulverstone Football Club. Support came from the RACT for the Burnie City Eisteddfod, the Burnie Musical Society, and Hellyer College’s musical production, Sweet Charity. North The RACT supported many activities from Festivale to the Launceston Tornadoes basketball club. We gave support to the Old Scotch Football Club, and Ladies Golf Country Week. Launceston and Invermay Bowls Clubs were also supported by the RACT. The RACT took out signage at Aurora Stadium as a tangible way of supporting both this superb football stadium and AFL football in northern Tasmania. South The RACT supported the Theatre Royal and assisted in bringing AFL football to Blundstone Arena. The club supported Glenorchy Girl Guides, and donated a first aid kit to Kingston Childcare Centre and Kingborough Family Day Care. Carols by Candlelight at Clarence, the Rosny Bowls ladies day, the Seafarers’ Festival and the Royal Hobart Hospital research breakfast were all supported by the RACT. Other sponsorships around the south included the Huonville Masters’ Golf Day, a Seniors’ Expo at Kingston, the Glenorchy Fun Run and Aurora Disabilities. Many of the activities and initiatives I have listed here are comparatively small. But the RACT believes they are just as important to support as bigger events and activities, such as the Tasmanian Olympic Council, the Cancer Council of Tasmania, and Ronald McDonald House Finally, I wish to recognise the good and co-operative working relationship that exists between the Board of the RACT and the senior management. I also wish to acknowledge my fellow Directors and our many partners in Tasmania who assisted the RACT in delivering its services and products and contributed to a healthy bottom line at the end of the financial year. Stuart Slade Among the many 50-Year members honoured during the year was Kay Kidd, well-known former North West Coast businessman and a member of our North West Advisory Committee. October / November 2012 79
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