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The SMC would like to advise members that we have been undertaking a review of our existing bank accounts to achieve some efficiencies and cost savings. We have reduced the number of bank accounts by combing some and closing out others that were not utilised on a regular basis. This rationalisation will reduce the workload for our treasurer and will also result in a cheaper cost for the audit process as less accounts will require auditing.

The major changes that affect members is that the Logbook and Membership accounts have been combined into a single account and the Merchandise account has been closed.  The impact for members is that if you have either of these accounts set up within your Internet banking or Banking App these will need to be changed.

All the VERA Forms that specify the bank account details for member services have now been updated and are available for download from the VERA website.

If you have any questions in regard to this change please contact our Treasurer, Kerrie Gabb. Contact details for Kerrie are on the website or you post a question here.

Our VERA Webmaster is currently updating the Results section of the website. The first item completed is the Hall of Fame section (located under the Members menu), which lists our life members and our Living Legend. Please check out the great job that Mark has done with this web page.

More updates will be forthcoming as he works through making sure we have the correct information available for display.

The SMC have decided that they would like to formally recognise the people who have volunteered at rides by expressing their thanks to these people via VERA's social media channels. As part of the paperwork emanating from a ride the SMC receives a register of volunteers for each ride. This will be used as the basis for identifying the people who have assisted in putting on a ride by donating their time and energy. In some instances a volunteer's name may not have made it onto the list so these people may not be identified - if you know of someone who is in this situation add their name in a post.
If our members would also like to express their thanks by adding a comment it would be appreciated. 
Lists have been received for the Lancefield and Murray River rides and thanks to the volunteers for these events will be posted separately.

On behalf of the SMC and the riders attending the Murray River ride we would to extend our warm thanks to the following volunteers:

The VERA SMC has received notification from the AERA Distance Registrar that 3 members have now achieved the 10,000km Rider Distance Award. Congratulations to Shannon Decker, Nikki Robinson and Wendy Riha on achieving this award. It reflects a lot of hard work - both on and off the track – a lot of dedication to our sport, support from partners and family and outstanding care and consideration for the horses ridden to achieve this distance. Awards will be presented to Shannon, Nikki and Wendy at the AGM/Presentations to be held at the start of next year.

On behalf of the SMC and the riders attending the Lancefield ride we would to extend our warm thanks to the following volunteers:

The VERA SMC is looking for people who are interested in nominating for the VERA State team to compete at the 2019 Tom Quilty event in Queensland.  Attached is the Tom Quilty Gold Cup State Team policy outlining the requirements for nominating and the responsibilities of being considered as a part of the team.  As yet, a determination has not been made as to how many Victorian teams that will be entered as this will be dependent upon the number of nominations received.