2015 Member Of The Year

11 December 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Bryan Shedden

The winners of our annual Member of the Year awards were presented last weekend, and the runners-up will be presented this weekend. As I am a resident of the Illawarra Chapter, I was delighted to see the efforts of the current Convenors Jan & Garry Gibson, rewarded with two Club MOTY awards going to the 'Gong.

Member of the Year

Congratulations to Phil Reid who is our 2015 Member of the Year. Phil was presented with his award at the Illawarra Christmas Party at Figgy Bowlo on Saturday 5 December. Phil also won the Illawarra Chapter Member of the Year in recognition of his participation in events organised by the Chapter. Phil and his wife Sandra were the Illawarra Chapter Convenors in 2014, and have continued their very active participation into 2015.

How do you win this award? It's all about getting involved with the Club activities by participation and helping. And boy oh boy, did Phil tick those boxes! Our MOTY records show that Phil participated in ...

  • 8 runs with Illawarra Chapter including the weekend trip to Canberra
  • 10 Illawarra Dinner Meetings
  • 9 mornings at Robertson for Chat at Chats (he also organised most of them)
  • 6 Club track days
  • 3 driver training days
  • 1 motorkhana
  • 3 Technical Events
  • 2 All Club events (Jinba Ittai Challenge and Red, White & Blue Run)

Phil is also the Regalia man for the Illawarra Chapter - a role that he does not receive any MOTY points for. It's wonderful to see this award going to a person who has done so much with and for the MX-5 Club of NSW. The award is also a welcome tonic in tough times as Sandra - who very nearly claimed the "runner-up MOTY" award - has been seriously ill and in hospital for the last few months. All our thoughts and best wishes to Sandra for a speedy recovery. Congratulations Phil!

Update 27 January 2016

MX-5 Club members, particularly those in the Illawarra Chapter, will be deeply saddened to learn that Sandra Reid passed away on 21 January after four months of illness. We extend our deepest condolences to Phil, their daughter Samantha and all extended family members.

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Runner-Up Member of the Year is Bob Judd. Another former Chapter Convenor - the Canberra Chapter - has been recognised for his participation and contribution in 2015. Bob participated in 8 Coffee & Lies, 10 day runs / social events, and the 4 day trip to Bright. More significantly, Bob organised and participated in the 9 DAY Great Gippsland Gallivant at the end of October - an amazing feat which earnt him almost two thirds of his MOTY points tally. The runner-up presentation occurred at the Canberra Chapter Christmas Function on 13 December 2015. Unfortunately I was unable to attend as I was competing at the club track day. Thank you to Tony & Iris McDonald for looking after the presentation. Congratulations Bob.

2015 Member of the Year Runner-Up

New Member of the Year

The 2015 New Member of the Year is Julie Farquhar. Julie and hubby Paul joined the Club in January 2015 and in only 10 months, she still earnt enough MOTY points to beat all other candidates. During the year, she participated in 7 runs (including two weekend trips), 9 Illawarra Chapter dinners, 3 Chat at Chats, assisted at the 25th Anniversary Day by organising the Wacky Races, and contributed a couple of wonderfully written Club Torque articles. Julie is also a bit of a whiz with the sewing machine and whipped up the fabulous Illawarra cheer squad bibs for the Jinba Ittai Challenge. Sadly, Julie has also been battling a serious illness in recent weeks and it was a big effort for her to attend the presentation and be recognised for her exemplary start with the MX-5 Club of NSW. Good luck with your treatment and recovery Julie, and hearty congratulations on your award!



Runner-Up New Member of the Year is Vicki Legge. Vicki and hubby Ray joined the Club in February 2014, and completed their first full year in 2015. Vicki has become a vital part of the RPM Chapter, and is always the first to share her photos of RPM runs on the Facebook Group. She participated in 10 runs/events, organised or assisted with several of them, and contributed to Club Torque. RPM Convenor Lesa Bunn presented Vicki with her trophy at the Chapter meet-up for the Australia Day Run. Well done!

Runner-Up NMOTY 2015 - Vikki Legge

2015 Member of The Year - Top 30

Member Chapter Points
Phillip Reid Illawarra 128
Bob Judd Canberra 116
Sandra Reid Illawarra 110
Ken Keeling (2013 Runner-Up MOTY) Canberra 110
Barry Luttrell Hunter 102
Norm Barker Canberra 90
Roz Barker Canberra 89
Josh Fitzgerald Hunter 82
Paul Byers Sydney 80
Lindsay Green Hunter 74
Bricet Kloren Canberra 74
Mark Underwood Illawarra 69
Wendy Parsonage Hunter 68
Hella Underwood Illawarra 66
Jean Cook RPM 64
Brendan Barr Illawarra 64
Jennifer Lee Canberra 62
Greg Cox Mid North Coast 62
Russ Maxwell Sydney 61
Matt Shepherdson Canberra 60
Bob Pimm Hunter 60
Mark Sando Illawarra 58
Gillian Fletcher RPM 58
Jenny Luttrell Hunter 58
Michael Dunning Canberra 58
Julie Farquhar Illawarra 57 *
Janet Wheeldon Illawarra 54
Vicki Legge RPM 54 *
Jonathon Fox Canberra 54
Phillip Donnelley Sydney 54
Rosemary Dunning Canberra 54

* eligible for NMOTY award

Committee members and their partners are ineligible for MOTY awards and are not included on the points table. Former recipients of the awards are also ineligible.