Well after 12 months we finally sat down at the Namaste Nepalese Restaurant for the Annual Dinner! With the COVID impact and sudden State lockdowns, it was great to be able to get nearly 50 Sprite Club members in one room!
The evening started with a range of drinks and an assortment of tasty entrees to sample. President Gordon Boyce welcomed all to the 49th Annual Dinner and outlined a few of the requirement for the evening. The conversations and social interactions were an important part of the evening, as many members had not seen each other for a number of months. And the traditional “Gary’s Quiz” kept many thinking throughout the event – Thanks Gary Brock!
As the meal was a Nepalese Banquet, the main meals soon arrived and there was a vast assortment of flavours and dishes to choose from. Chicken, Lamb and Prawns, supplemented with pumpkin, vegetables, mustard leaves, plus rice and naan bread made the meal a gastronomic event.
Due to the differing year and only two motorsport events at this stage, the Committee has withheld some trophies at this stage. These will be presented later in the year, probably at the December General meeting after the various motorsport competition has concluded.
The President took over the floor and presented a small gift to the newly engaged couple, Scott and Helen Stephenson. The answers to Gary’s Quiz were divulged and there was only a few points between the Stokes/Hallings and Edson/Dunk teams, with both taking home the choccies!
The Tony Bennetto “Spirit of Sprites” Award is presented in recognition and memory of Tony and his enthusiasm for Sprites, their enjoyment and continued use. Based on this criteria President Gordon presented this trophy to a deserving couple who have for a number of years, ensured that the Mid-Week Meanders allow Members to get out and enjoy their Sprites/Midgets/Associate vehicles as Tony would have intended. The deserving winners were Russell and Judy Schmarr.
Michael McClaren presented small gifts on behalf of the Club to Narelle – for allowing Gordon to preside over the Club for the past few years, and to Gordon for assisting in keeping the Sprite Club on an even course with all of the changes and challenges that are being enforced upon us.
After a few door prizes were presented, dessert followed and the conversations continued around the room. This was the progress of the rest of the evening till the last party -goers headed home late into the night!
Thanks must go to Michael McClaren for his organisation of the evening and support of the dinner drinks. Don Cardone made a small presentation to Michael in recognition of his work behind the scenes on these events.
Thanks to all members for support of the evening and look forward to the 50th Sprite Club Annual Dinner in 2022!