A Brief History…
When Stan Wiseman retired from the Supply Department in 1977, he arranged a luncheon with three other Holden retirees at the White Horse Inn Hotel in Hawthorn. He suggested the formation of a Retirees Club, and we are indebted to Stan for his idea, as the Club has grown to a membership of around 600 Holden Retirees in all States and overseas.
The GM Holden Retirees Club today…
Lunches are held quarterly on the first Thursday of March, June, September and December at the Mulgrave Country Club, Wheelers Hill, Victoria, and often include interstate and occasionally overseas members. Attendance for March, June and September averages about 120, whilst our Christmas luncheon attracts about 200 members. Guest Speakers are arranged for each luncheon including the incumbent Managing Director and other GM-Holden Directors, as well as other speakers who are of general interest to our members.
There are also groups who have regular meetings in other states. We can put interstate members in touch with these groups.
A newsletter is mailed to members prior to each lunch and this keeps those unable to attend informed of current news and activities of both GM Holden and the Club. The Retirees Club is enthusiastically supported by GM Holden Management with “People” magazine being mailed to members. Special publications are often distributed to members attending our lunches, door prizes are donated and new cars are brought for us to see.
The Retirees Club is administered by a volunteer Committee responsible for organising lunches, guest speakers and newsletters. Committee members are detailed below together with their direct email addresses.
You can see a biography of the Committee members by clicking here.
GM Holden Retirees are most welcome to join the Club and enjoy the company and friendship of former work colleagues at the lunches. Membership is $5.00 per year. This money covers guests’ lunches, appreciation gifts for speakers, occasional hire of resources, bank fees and correspondence (Holden pays for printing and mailing of the Newsletter, for which we are most grateful). The surplus is donated to organizations in fields appropriate to our mature age, such as cancer research.