Serving The Blacktown Community Since 1961 - Club 333

Blacktown Apex Club History

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1962

The first changeover celebrate completion of a swimming pool and sand pit at Holy Family Orphanage, Marayong; sand pits at Blacktown Pre-School Kindergarten and Blacktown South Public School.

Assistance with clean up after Windsor floods and help with settlement of new migrants in the district.

1964

At the third Changeover Dinner on 8th August Gunther Geyer was the first member to retire from the club having achieved the magic age of 40.

Changeover held at Acacia Room, Seven Hills, cost 22/6($2.25) for a sumptuous 3 course meal!

Paul, the first child of Jan and Peter Garske arrived on the Tuesday before the Changeover Graham Kelly, at 23 years of age was the youngest of 23 members.

1965

(1)Club was instruments of the foundation of Blacktown meals on Wheels service and over subsequent years members and their wives participated in delivery of meals.
(2) The Apex Clock was installed above the pedestrian bridge at Blacktown Railway station.
(3) Membership reached 40

1967

(1) A committee was formed, on the suggestion of David Francis, to investigate possibility of providing services for people with disability in the Shire.
(2) Commenced selling Christmas trees obtained from State Forest at Oberon. This project continued for some years.

1968

(1) The Club agreed to work with Aid Retreated Persons NSW,Cumberland Branch, and raise funds to construct a Sheltered Workshop Needing more than the funds raised from Saturday morning Chocolate Wheels the committee was then charged with finding a way raise the required funds.
(2) Club commenced negotiations with the State Planning Authority to purchase one acre of land in Leabons Lane on which to build the Sheltered Workshop. Estimated total cost was $45,000 of which Commonwealth Government would contribute $30,000
(3) Club members spent several days assisting with the clean – up in Glenbrook after the disastrous Blue Mountains bushfires.

1969

(1) After returning from a trip to Dubbo, Les Windeyer suggested the Club open a Pick – A – Box (PAB) shop, base upon a successful venture run by the Dubbo Ambulance Auxiliary. The Club agreed to risk $500 as a seed funding for a 3 months trail. The shop opened in Piccadilly Arcade on Monday 15th September staffed by members on a roster, but quickly become so popular that we employed a pensioner to cover Monday to Friday, whilst members covered Saturdays.
(2) The Changeover Dinner acknowledge a record 1500 hours service completed by members in the previous year.
(3) Club participated in the “Walk around Australia” which raised over $120,000 for research into Autism.

1970

The PAB returned a profit of $10,227 on a turnover of $15,314 in the first 9 month trading period to 30th June 1970 and stock had risen to $2,000 from the initial $500

1971

At Changeover on 11th August club reported that it was confident the bureaucratic hurdles of State and Local Government would see construction of the Sheltered Workshop commence.

1972

(1) Peter Garske awarded Life Membership at the 11th Changeover Dinner – Peter and Jann’s house was severely damaged by fire on the night.
(2) Architect’s plans for Workshop and settlement for land purchase completed however the delays had caused cost of project to increase to $63,000 – requiring $21,000 from the Club. On 20th November, at its combined Christmas Dinner with St Marys Apex, the Club handed over the initial cheque for #13,987.50 to ARP Cumberland Branch to cover purchase of land connection of sewer.

1973

Saw official opening of the Sheltered Workshop and payment of a further $8,000 to ARP to complete the Club commitment. The Club held several meetings in the dining room over following months.

1974/5

Club along with other Sydney based Apexians manned relief centres at Sydney Airport; provided transport etc., for residents of Darwin evacuated after Cyclone Tracy.

Members manned the telephones at Chanel 9 Telethon which raised a then record $3m + to assist Darwin and its residents recover.

Members also assisted with transport and other activities arranged for children of Evacuees at a weeklong camp in Hawkesbury.

1976

Club committed to raise funds to purchase a Dialysis machine and $5000 was raised from sale of trees/shrubs and a traffic light appeal. The PAB has closed as opening of a new shopping centre, relocation of TAB and deterioraion of the Arcade saw passing traffic fall to the extent that the project became unviable.

1977

1) The first of many successful Blacktown Advocate – Apex Fun Runs was held on 5th June with over 1,000 runners turning out in wet weather. The event became an annual fund raising highlight with proceeds of the first year going towards the purchase of the Renal Dialysis Machine at Blacktown District Hospital. Whilst Apex has relinquished its role the Fun Run continue today under auspices of Blacktown city Council.
(2) August: Jim Harrison was awarded Life Membership
(3) On the 5th September the club hosted a Local Government pre election forum at Ashlar Gold Club attended by nine candidates and many citizens, John Aquilina, who became Mayor after the election and then went on to spend 29 years in State Parliament credits the function with giving him the impetus to continue in Politics.

1981

9th May Graham Kelly (see 1964) received Life Membership of the Apex Club of Parkes.

1982

Tony Knight and Bob Vincent both received Life Membership

1961 to 2013

  • Mowing lawns at Blacktown Hospital.
  • Pick a box shop.
  • Commence manning the gates at the Blacktown show.
  • Gambling night at Graiglea.
  • Fireworks night at Showground
  • Build a sand pit at Alpha street kindergarten.
  • Swimming pool at Polish children’s home at Marayong.
  • Town clock at the overhead walkway at Blacktown station.
  • Talking books for the Blind.
  • Inducted 12 new members in one night.
  • Donated vital equipment to Blacktown Hospital.
  • Conduct Miss Blacktown Showgirl.
  • Assisted with lawn laying at the Blind school at Parramatta.
  • Supported Bring out a Britain.
  • Chocolate wheels in the Main Street on Saturday mornings.
  • Cyclone Tracey, Airport Reception TV television.
  • The beginning of the Blacktown Advocate Apex Fun run.
  • First Fun Run put together in 6 weeks.
  • Car and van show with Fun run and markets.
  • MS fundraiser Gina Lollobrigida.
  • Walk around Australia for Autism.
  • Sheltered workshop Leabons Lane over.
  • $80,000 raised.
  • Mowing lawns for pensioners.
  • Wine bottling great days and nights does anyone remember thing?
  • Had the 30 Fijian Apexians visit.
  • Red Cross door Knock.
  • Gardening at workshop.
  • Foundation 41
  • Blacktown City Games. Still Manning the Gates at Blacktown Show.
  • The Hut is Born and left in trust to Blacktown Apex re name Testa Pavilion.
  • The Morris minor is born at the Show | The Morris died at the Show.
  • It’s a Knock Out. That’s the name of the game.
  • Australian Golf open holding quiet please signs.
  • Club celebrated 25 years with Ron Casey, Great Night.
  • Opening of Parramatta Stadium.
  • Blacktown Festival.
  • Blacktown Fun Run sadly had to hand over to council had no members.
  • Sheltered workshop clean up and gardening.
  • Held Disco’s at the Sheltered workshop.
  • Mrs Cantwells clean up garden and lawns whilst her son sat inside drinking beers.
  • Blacktown Hospital Garden.
  • First Games night held at Blacktown Showground money given to CANTEEN.
  • First trip to Magic Castle Holroyd Special School.
  • Eight more trips to Chalet to follow.
  • Infants Home Ashfield Xmas BBQ
  • The Hall for Children BBQ and Santa visit.
  • Blacktown Hospital Santa visit Xmas morning for 30 years.
  • BBQ for council.
  • Coin line for Flood appeal 80’s. FLOOD…………..APPEAL.
  • Red shield door knock and drivers.
  • Jamie Vincent received Young Apexians from Zone 9 1989.
  • Spring Horse show.
  • 2WS Bike awareness Day at K Mart
  • Built BBQ at Blacktown Show Grond.
  • Minnie Trots BBQ.
  • 1981/82 Club numbers down to 5 – look on N.B retain Charter grew to 25.
  • 1986 got Club of the year from Zone 9.
  • Cash a can Andy Mellowship worked very hard at that. Love you Andy.
  • Camping trip to Oberon. Ray can you help pack up no I have a sore leg.
  • Winter wonderland Fantastic Snow in Parramatta Park. Can someone please tell that Kebab man that he can’t move his van or Jamie’s going to go off.
  • Teddy bears picnic.
  • Salvation Army.
  • Relay for Life Chocolate wheel.
  • Blacktown Rotary Senior Christmas Party.
  • Still doing the Blacktown Show gates.
  • Blacktown held last Zone 9 convention with Baulkham Hills Apex.
  • 2nd Games night held for Blacktown Hospital.
  • Hut got broken into many times.
  • Club and members enjoyed 25 year dinner 600th, 700th, 800th, 900th, 1000th
  • Dinner much better music, great night had by all.
  • Relay for life Charity Dinner x 2.
  • Chalet working bees x 4 over $30,000 worth of goods and goods in kind donated.
  • Westpoint Xmas carols.
  • Westpoint collection for floods picking goods from the Community.
  • Play group carols BBQ.
  • Bunning Charity BBQ.
  • Donated money to schools for white bords.
  • Visit to Klang School.
  • Tuesday night Club fix up the flooring and donated boats.
  • Zone 9 reunion x 2 – Thanks to K Miller, K Wright and Nepean Valley Apex 40.
  • Club got IR and Service award from State Board 2010.
  • Jim Harrison, Gary Vincent, Andy Mellowship and Jamie Vincent all received 22 years awards from NB
  • Gary Vincent received 27 years award from NB.
  • Shalen received 2010 Young Apexians from state and National board.
  • Xmas party for migrant children of Blacktown.
  • Home hosting 2 teachers from Klang special School.
  • Helped many more groups on a small scale.
  • Still doing Blacktown Show Gates.
  • Apex Club of Blacktown celebrates 50 years of service and fellowship in 2011.
  • Awarded ‘Club of The Year’ 2012 & Carver Bowl International Relations Award – NSW Convention in Inverell
  • Awarded National Carver Bowl Award from Apex Australia – National Convention Melbourne
  • 2013 Jamie Vincent awarded 27 year service from Apex National Board