Catering ramps up again

Renmark Apex has once again been assisting the local schools with their fundraising efforts by providing members and the catering van to cook hot chips, donuts and fairy floss.  Congratulations to the organising committees at Renmark High School Spring Carnival and Renmark North Primary School Continental on your efforts.

Both nights were a success and we look forward to being involved again next year.

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Renmark Apex Club – Catering Van = Finished (Finally)

Well, since the Apex Club decided in May 2009 to re-build our old catering van, we have slowly chipped away at pulling the old van apart (the easy bit), and then building the new one (the hard part). The project was part funded with a grant of approximately $4,000 from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) and a $4,000 grant from the Renmark Paringa Council. Local businesses also assisted us with donations of certain items.

The total cost of the new Catering Van was approximately $15,000 (not including labour). We re-used the original chassis and axles of the old caravan, and built the new frame on top. The van has been a long time coming, and when it was delivered on Thursday night after having the stickers applied, the members were very impressed.

Its first event was Friday night, at the Renmark High School’s Spring Fair. We received a lot of good feedback about the van, but more importantly is was a pleasure to work in, and we could all stand up straight (first time in the van…) In 3 hours we cooked nearly 200 buckets of chips and nearly 700 donuts. Six members worked in the van in comfort, rotating through different jobs all night.

Its second outing was Sunday night, at the Leukaemia Foundations ‘Light the Night’ event in Renmark. In 3 hours we cooked over 80 buckets of chips and sold around 50 hotdogs.

Below are some photos of the new Catering Van.

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2012 Handover a success

 Instead of our usual Official Dinner and Handover, this year the incoming President (Barry Sullivan) decided to incorporate our Handover with a working bee. In the morning, most of the members arrived to cut firewood for about 4 hours for the PS Industry. The PS Industry needed additional firewood for its trip to Wentworth, along with 3 other Paddle Steamers (The PS Marion, The PS Oscar W and The PS Ruby).

The members cut approximatley 8 tonnes of firewood and stacked it next to the River for easy loading onto the Paddle Steamers.

After the woodcutting was finished, the group headed to a nearby picnic spot on some private land on the River Murray for lunch, where e were joined by wives and children. 

The weather was sensational, and Barry & Kev cooked an awesome lunch on the Barbie.Barry Sullivan was awarded Apexian of the Year for 2011 – 12 for good attendance at meetings, and regular service work, as well as his additional efforts to complete the catering van. Barry displayed great charachter thoughout the year and was a worthy winner. 

Below are some photos from the day.

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Apex Club of Renmark wins State Service Award for 2012

At the SA State Convention held at Mannum on the 19th of May, the South Australian State Apex Board awarded the Apex Club of Renmark the State Service Award for service to the local community.

The Apex club has been involved in a number of service events over the past 12 months, including ‘Shanure’, catering events, re-building the catering van and assisting the PS Industry with loading and chopping firewood.

President, Peter Keynes said “It is nice to be recognised at such a high level, for the effort that the volunteers of our club put into the community” It has been a long time since the Apex Club of Renmark has received a state award, and hopefully, the next one won’t the too far away.

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Renmark Apex Club Donates 5 Tonnes of Firewood to PS Industry

On the 29th of April, the Apex Club collected and donated 5 Tonnes of firewood from local a citrus farm, CostaExchange and donated it to the Friends of the P.S. Industry. The collection took around 10 x man hours to complete.

The firewood replaced wood that had been stolen from the volunteers of the PS Industry a few weeks earlier.

President, Peter Keynes said that “The Apex Club of Renmark has had a long association with the PS Industry, and that collecting and donating the firewood was a worthy excersise and would assist the PS Industry.”

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Apex Club of Renmark donates $2,800 trailer to Salvation Army

On the 19th of April 2012, The Apex Club of Renmark donated a brand new 8 x 5 trailer (with cage) to the Renmark branch of the Salvation Army.

Kevin Van Amstel form the Salvation Army was a guest speaker at a club meeting in 2011 and asked the club for a small donation to assist with the purchase of a trailer so he could better assist people in need in the Renmark community.

Instead of making a small donation, the members voted to purchase and donate a suitable trailer. President, Peter Keynes, said that the club thought that by donating a trailer, with the Apex name on it was a better than simply writing a cheque. The trailer will last for many years and is a community assett that carries our name, along with the Salvation Army.

Kevin Van Amstel said that the donation was overwhelming, and that is was terrific to receive such great support form a local service club. “The trailer will be used to collect food from the Riverland Food Bank as well as move furniture and large bulky items for Salvation Army clients.”

The donation was covered by the 2 x local newspapers, as well as WIN news.



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Renmark Apex Donates $285 to Renmark North Primary School

On the 18th of November 2011, the Apex Club of Renmark cooked hot chips and donuts for the thousands of people who attended the Renmark North Primary Schools annual continental. The chip cooker was falt out for nearly 3 hours, with 6 members kept busy all night cooking and serving. The event was a great welcome to the club for Kevin Van Amstel, and he learnt how to use the chip cooker under pressure.

Whilst the donuts didn’t pan out so well, the chips were a massive hit.

From the profit of the night, the Apex Club donated $285 to the School.

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Apex provides manpower for Christmas Carols

On Sunday 4th December, 4 x Apex members volunteered 22 x hours of their time to assist Dot Fforde and the Renmark church groups to setup and packup for the Renmark Christmas Carols. Around 1,000 people attended a fantastic night in perfect weather on the lawns of the Jarrett Memorial gardens.

Click here to watch the time lapse video of the setup & packup of the stage.

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Apex provides Santa for the Renmark Christmas Pageant

On Friday 2nd December the Apex Club of Renmark escorted Santa along the pageant route through Renmark. A huge crowd of approximately 6,000 – 7,000 came out in spectactular weather to see Santa and the rest of the pageant wind through town.  Santa passed out around $200 of lollies to the children on the night.

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$150 Donation to Renmark West Primary School

Following a successful catering event held on the 2nd of September cooking chips, the Renmark Apex Club  as donated 50% of the money raised from the night.

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