At Motorcycling Victoria’s Member Club Meeting at Broadford on Wednesday, March 2, long-serving volunteer Ron Matthews was unanimously voted in as Motorcycling Victoria’s latest Life Member.
Ron Matthews, who has been volunteering in motorcycle sport for close to 64 years, said the Life Membership was a huge honour. The Life Members that were present at the meeting were also delighted in Ron joining MV’s Life Membership Club.
“I’m absolutely rapt. When I started out volunteering in the 1950s I had no plans of ever becoming a Life Member but now that it’s happened I’m really surprised and honoured,” Ron said.
Ron, of Plenty in Victoria, has also been an invaluable MV Board member in the past, and started volunteering for the Preston Motorcycle Club when he was 15-years-old and helped dig ditches when they were building the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for weekends during a time in the 1950s.
“Volunteering has given me a worthwhile thing to do and it was great to be part of a club. I love the camaraderie of the sport. I’ve hardly met an unfriendly motorcyclist.
“It’s also great to see the sport become really inclusive with women and juniors,” Ron added. Ron said he’ll always continue to volunteer for as long as he’s needed.
“I’m putting back in what I got out of it, basically. A lot of people helped me and they never got paid so I just like to help and if they want my help, beauty!” Ron added.
MV’s Chief Executive Officer Wayne Holdsworth said MV was immensely proud and pleased to honour such a long-serving and passionate volunteer.
“Ron epitomises what volunteering in sport is all about and Motorcycling Victoria is thrilled that he is now a Life Member,” Wayne said.
“I congratulate Ron on an amazing achievement and his impact on the sport will be felt for a long time to come.”
Click here to view all of our Life Members on the Wall of Honour page of our website: https://www.motorcyclingvic.com.au/about-us/wall-of-honour/.