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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 72
December 2020

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Welcome to the December 2020 Newsletter,

So here it is.. Merry Christmas, in November.., especially if you believe all the retailers' advertising.

As usual the hype has started early and I swear I saw shops decorated for Xmas on the1st November. I mean, call me grumpy (many do) but seriously... ??!!

So as you might imagine, I was not at the Mall on Black Friday or any other day recently but I did go to see the Santa Parade in Orewa which, despite still not quite making it into December.., was actually great fun and the fireworks at the end of the evening did put me in a more festive mood.

So now I'm really looking forward to our Christmas dinner - last chance to get your ticket is next week, and the Hard Arse ride (6th December) in particular to name but two events coming up this month.

Just a heads-up for January - there may not be a newsletter and if there is it might be a bit "thin" due to yours truly planning to be away on holiday over the festive period... So keep an eye on our website and Facebook for details of runs and events.

Here's wishing you all a happy "winterval" whatever you faith or views on Xmas are. Most importantly take care out there on you bikes.

Simon Slater
Next Club Night
Thursday 3rd December
Hobsonville RSA

Please reply to the email from Vicky (our secretary) which you should have received already to confirm  numbers for catering.
Last chance to buy your Christmas Dinner tickets is at the club night on 3rd December!
It's all confirmed! North Harbour Ulysses Christmas Dinner will be at the North Shore Squash Club on the Saturday 12th Dec.

Starting at 6:30pm, dinner is served at 7pm and we will go with a Spotify playlist again this year for some dancing after.

Please contact Sonia on for more details.

Ronnie Run

Another hugely successful Ronnie Run this year, many thanks to Les Duffield for organising it so well yet again!

Twists and Turns

No Twists and Turns in December - too much else going on!

Watch the website or wait for the next newsletter for confirmation of the next session.

Contact John Heebink for more information:
Home: 09 8109160
Mobile:021 1285806

Click on the map below to view the location in Google Maps
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
Cyclespot Group, a major North Harbour Branch Sponsor donates vouchers every month for Social Evenings.
Pop into the Cyclespot branches to check out the range of bikes & accessories.

Become part of the Pro Rider Community
Visit your local motorcycle/scooter shop and ask about a Ride Forever voucher from Pro Rider, get one for a friend. Book via the Pro Rider website and have your say on our Facebook page!
The Pro Rider Riders Club is coming soon. Keep an eye on Facebook!
Check out ProRider Website for all available courses.
Use Promo Code ULYR4E when booking your course. This will get you a free course in the case of Ride Forever courses.
Barry's Bits
Talk to Barry Holland regarding rider training, alterntively visit the Riderskills or Prorider websites for course and booking information. 
If it is your birthday this month, don't forget to take a bottle of wine for the raffles on club night.
If you have any unwanted gifts, donate them for the raffle prizes.
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Wine and Beer Bottle Caps plus Crushed Aluminium Cans

Save your bottle tops from your wine and beer bottles and all aluminium drink cans (all cans crushed please) and bring along to each monthly meeting. These go to the recycle station and the funds collected get passed onto a Lions Club who collect as a fundraiser for Child Dialysis.  Get your local restaurant or bar on board and have them keep the bottle tops and cans for you. 

If you can separate the caps from the crushed cans into different bags or box that would be great as we get more for the aluminium.   However, we appreciate any caps and crushed cans that do arrive.
Out Cruising

Too many rides this month again to include them all, so here are just a couple to remind you of what you might be missing.

Keep an eye on the website or Facebook for details of all the upcoming rides.

4 November,  John Heebink

Bethells Beach/Swanson Railway Station

8 November,  Peter Webb

Waiomu Beach Cafe, 

19 November, Philip Burns

Waimauku - Puhoi

Click here to visit the Events Page on North Harbour Ulysses Website
Ulysses North Harbour
Runs and Event Calendar
Runs Coordinator
2023 National AGM & Rally
Last Year the North Harbour Branch committed to organising & running the 2023 National AGM & Rally. The Branch Committee asked me to be the AGM Coordinator & nominated Steve Crow as Committee Liaison person, now we need to start putting together a sub-committee of branch members to organise individual parts of this important event. 

From past experience we can expect between 350-400+ people attending many of them from other branches and requiring accommodation, I would like to be able to billet visitors with branch members so would need some-one to take on this responsibility as well as teeing up motels.

Also needed are; Assistant AGM Coordinator, Venue Liaison, Scribe, Treasurer, Sponsorship/Event Display Liaison, Transport Liaison person, Catering Liaison person, Gear Sales Person, Registration person, (would also need someone to help prepare the registration form to go on National Website) and finally some-one to look after entertainment. There may be other jobs created as time goes on.
I envisage these people being team leaders so they don’t carry the whole burden of their job by themselves and would also have a team member to continue in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Personally, I will be 80 by the AGM time and although I have no intention of taking my last ride before then, who knows??

If you think you have the skills and energy to be part of this exciting event please email me on or phone me.
Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M
National Vice President
(National Raffle Organiser)
2023 National AGM & Rally Coordinator.
027 289 1018
Don't forget....

Rider in Charge (RIC) would appreciate all participants of rides to be at the departure point 10 minutes early with a full tank of gas.  If the weather looks suspect then please phone the RIC or check out North Harbour Ulysses facebook page to see if the ride is postponed or cancelled. 

The Rider in Charge will be organizing the day.  Contact them for details.  All riders participating in a Ulysses Ride are expected to hold a current motorcycle license, wear suitable clothing and to have a registered and warranted road-worthy bike.

The organizers and/or the Ulysses Club are not responsible for participants safety and all participants participate at their own risk.

All participants are aware that they are traveling on open public roads and are responsible for their own safety and compliance with all Rules and Laws.

Please check your runs list as some rides or destinations may have changed from initial calendar entry.
Linda Bleasedale is our Welfare Officer so if you know of a Branch Member who is sick, injured or in need of help from the Branch please contact Linda on
Mobile 021 503 101
ASURE Accommodation Group
Welcome to ASURE Accommodation Group – a nationwide group of motels, motor inns, motor lodges and apartments strategically placed throughout New Zealand, offering you quality, affordable accommodation. 
10% discount is available to all Ulysses Club Members for bookings made online on using the promo code Ulysses  
In addition, all members are eligible to receive our ASURE Loyalty Programme – stay at three or more ASURE properties and receive $100 off your tenth night stay.
Completed loyalty cards must be redeemed direct with the ASURE property and cannot be redeemed online.
Terms & Conditions: Discount available on room only, excludes public holidays and special events and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
You will need to enter your Ulysses Club membership card number to complete your booking – see screenshots below, and you will need your card when you arrive at the accommodation.

Members Free Ads

Space here for Members advert.  Please include Your name and membership number.
Alex came to a branch meeting a while ago to introduce himself and his services -  he seems to be gaining a good reputation, see facebook for members comments.
Liberio "Libby" Riosa #9789
Proud Sponsors of the Ronnie Run
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Steve Brackenridge  
Ben Becker 
Steve Crow #9841
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