Coffs Coast Branch normally have scheduled rides every second Sunday, details in our Newsletter. Impromptu rides often occur after Saturday coffee and also on the non-scheduled Sundays - some of our retired members get together for Wednesday rides. We have members imbibing coffee at Gloria Jeans South (near Maccas) each Saturday morning. The third Friday evening of each month is 'drinks night' at Coffs Ex-Services Club.
In November 1985 an abortive attempt was made to form a branch by Ron Andrews.
In May 1986 he was more successful with 17 members invited to a meeting at Ebor and the National Secretary Pete Reynolds attended to officiate. At that time it was decided to form a group rather than the more formal branch structure. Our name at that stage was “NE NSW Group”.
The group at that time consisted of 23 members. The group covered the 065, 066 and 067 telephone areas. When we were formed the other branches were Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toowoomba. We were the first regional or country branch/group.
In March 1988 we hosted the National AGM at Valla Beach.
By 1989/90 our membership had grown to about 140 members and it was becoming difficult to keep in touch with members over such a wide area. Thus was born the “Coastal 065 Group” and the “New England and Northern Rivers Group” while we continued as “NE NSW Group”.
In that era monthly meetings were held at the Golden Dog, Glenreagh.
The committee in the early days consisted of:
- President - Ron Andrews
- Secretary/Treasurer – Keith Thomas
- Committee – John Creswick, Ray MacDonald and D. LeeLeong
At our branch AGM in July 1998 our name was officially changed to “Coffs Coast Branch” with Tony Lawler as President.
In May 2007 we hosted the biggest AGM to date - 6,000 attendees.
We have grown a little from those 23 in 1986 to now having 200 on our e-mail list alone plus many more hiding beyond cyberspace.