CMCA Bird Chapters
A Support network for Solo travellers
There are over 100 CMCA chapters, and to help identify those that are predominantly (but not exclusively) for members who travel alone, the use of bird names has been adopted as a standard. There are currently ten ‘bird’ chapters:
Secretary Marilyn Bromley 0417 317 217
SE Qld Kookaburras
President Carel de Boer 0412 783 389
Secretary Patricia Austin 0408 701 688 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Kevin Haynes 0409 398 881 email@example.com
Sue Edwards 0407 173 406 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Elaine Bowles 0408 724 624 email@example.com
Secretary Rosemary Robinson 0416 180 546 firstname.lastname@example.org
Based between Tweed and Grafton in north eastern NSW, the new chapter has monthly gatherings and other less formal events such as lunches and tag-a-longs. Many will also travel to the Solos Network rallies twice a year. Come along to our gatherings, meet more people in the area, share ideas and experiences and have fun.
Noelene Gibbs and
friends in motorhomes / campervans used to meet regularly in unofficial
gatherings. In September 2005, realising the benefits of CMCA, the group joined
the organization and became The Rainbow Lorikeets – the 76th
chapter. We are indebted to these enterprising members as it was the beginning
of a very successful group which has continued to expand. Averaging 45 vehicles
at each gathering there is much fun to be had with cards, board games and disc
bowls as regular events. Our gentlemen provide us with a sausage sizzle at each
meeting and usually we go to a club or pub for a meal on another night. Music,
dancing, ukuleles are also an integral part of chapter activities.
Our venues are often Showgrounds in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Bowls/Country Clubs, School grounds and always once each year back to Lake MacDonald where it all began. It is the members who ‘make a chapter’ and we are blessed with an amazing group from different backgrounds who are able to interact, support each other and most importantly ‘LAUGH MORE, LIVE LONGER’.
We try in summer months to be where there is a lake or dam and in winter, we try to have a hall for shelter and in spring to be north for the wildflowers. We are not strictly solos and do have couples as members. We permit dogs but with rules that they must be well controlled at all times and on a lead, must not attend morning tea or any collective dinner but can attend happy hour. We are fairly unstructured, try to have one activity per meet but leave members to their own devices to play board games, cards, read, knit, walk, swim etc.