On 8th of June 2013 we celebrated the club's 40th Anniversary with a party for club members and invited guests, including past members, at the club rooms at Brendale.
RMCQ's 40th Birthday
Distinguished guests. Sponsers of RMCQ, Representatives of other local & regional clubs clubs, previous members of RMCQ.Current members, Ladies & Gentlemen, boys & girls.
On the 5th of June 1973, The Railway Modellers Club of Qld, became an entity in its own right, separating from The Southern Cross Model Railway Association. We have asked you here today to celebrate 40 years of our being a club,not only a club, but a home for those unfortunates infected with the disease of Railway Modelling.
I often think of our club as a Mens Shed on steroids. On any day at the club, you can learn carpentry, plumbing, electronics, computing, gardening and electrical work. On the artistic side, there's scenery making, miniature building making, track laying, ballasting, housekeeping i.e. sweeping, dishwashing (neither of which we are very good at).
Over the 40 years, we have developed from meetings in members homes, to our first permanent clubhouse at the Old Bald Hills Post Office in Ana Street, to the present clubrooms we occupy today.
I recall in 2002 accompanying the then President Stan Pullen to the Pine River Shire Council Chambers for a meet with Deputy Mayor Brian Galvin. We were desperate, and I mean desperate, to find a new location to establish a clubhouse. After being evicted from Ana Street, our layout was broken in two and installed in members garages, we'd had no joy with the Brisbane City Council and other shire councils. RMCQ was perilously close to breaking up. To our amazement Deputy Mayor Galvin offered us three sites to choose from, plus an $18,000 interest free loan, repayable over 10 years and a 10 year lease. We chose Buckley Park, a decision we have never regretted. During the establishment stages we had continuous support from the PRSC. Nothing was too hard and for this we are forever grateful,
After the PRSC, CSC and RSC amalgamated, the support has continued through Councillers Mick Gillam and Mike Charlton, who are with us today. Each year they make themselves available to officially open The Pine Rivers Model Train and Hobby Exhibition. Speaking of which, The Pine Rivers Model Train and Hobby Exhibition is now in its 5th year at the Strathpine Community Centre and seems to get better each year. It gives RMCQ the opportunity to showcase the hobby in the Pine Rivers Shire and is the major fundraiser for the club.
Other achievements worth mentioning are:
- The Semaphore Monthly Magazine, which has been published for over 21 years.
- Produced a 300 page Workshop Manual for our members to refer to, to assist them with different facets of this great hobby,
- Exhibiting our layouts, constructed by members at Brisbane, Toowoomba, The Gold Coast, Northern Rivers and Ipswich for over 30 years.
- Organized 2 Buy & Sell events twice a year for the last 9 years.
In closing I would like to thank our sponsers, The Community Gambling Benefit Fund and everyone who has been associated with RMCQ in creating a thriving active club over the last 40 years.
Here's to the next 40 years.