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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Annual Shoot Night a Success

On the 16th of May, the Apex Club held its Annual Small Bore Rifle Competition.

The night was attended by 10 x members and 1 x prospexian. Shane organised dinner (but didn’t cook it….) and Nigel had arranged the use of the Rifle Range and volunteers from the Rifle Club supplied the shooting sticks and some coaching.

Newest Member, Kevin Van Amstel took out the award for Top Gun with a score of 197, hitting the bullseye 9 times. One of the oldest members, James (Mozzie) Robertson took out the Shit Shot award, with a score of 188. Pete hit the bullseye 12 times, but also had the worst shot of the night, but hes not talking about that one….

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Renmark Apex give Loxton Apex a lesson in Cricket.

Recently, renmark and Loxton played out their annual interclub cricket match, with Renmark regaining the trophy for the 2nd year in a row.

Read the full report here

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