At the AGM in Mornington, Dearnley Medal #60 was presented to Graham Moore #62762. This was the submission:
Graham Moore #62762 joined the Ulysses Club on 27 May 2013 and has held continuous membership since this date. During this period he has held a term as a Committee member on the Darling Downs Branch Committee.
Graham is a qualified automotive mechanic with a healthy interest in motorcycling since his teenage years. In his final professional employment appointment with Golden West Group Training located in Toowoomba Graham was responsible for the placement and management of hundreds of apprentices and trainees across a wide range of industries. It is this professional experience and personal interest in motorcycling which resulted in Graham offering his services as the National Adjudicator of the Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year Award. Graham was appointed to this role by letter on 10 March 2014 by then National Vice President/Public Liaison Jen Woods.
Graham launched into this role with a high degree of enthusiasm with the underlying principles of ensuring integrity, fairness and probity. Over arching this was Graham’s clear understanding that he was representing the Ulysses Club on a national and public level, of which he was both proud and honoured.
As National Adjudicator Graham set about systemising the nomination process, establishing industry contacts, establishing training contacts and implementing an assessment process that ensured transparency. Based on Graham’s experience and knowledge he developed a series of probing technical, skill and character criteria which would identify the best candidates at regional level who go on to compete for the national award. In selecting the national winner he continued with the competitive and practical assessments of the candidates ensuring the national winner was a worthy recipient of the award. While difficult to quantify Graham’s time commitment, his dedication to the task was unfettered and unselfish.
With Graham’s decision to step down from the National Adjudicator role at the 2018 AGM at Barmera, he can reflect on having awarded four national awards to winners at Albury/Wodonga, Launceston, Wauchope and Barmera who were the best of the best. In performing this role for a little over four continuous years, Graham has sought to enhance the standing of the Ulysses Club at a national level through his industry and training contacts. He has brought the apprentices, their employers, training providers and Ulysses members along on the journey of competition and success. He has utilised the local branches throughout Australia to provide representation at regional award ceremonies as well as the national award presentation at the local dealer of the sponsor. He has not overlooked the unsuccessful nominees by providing feedback on the results and encouraging employers and trainers to continue to participate and ensure the industry has a strong foundation of technically competent and skilful trade persons.
The Darling Downs Branch Committee proudly and unanimously supports the nomination of Graham for the Dearnley Medal. Additional testimony of Graham’s contribution to the Ulysses Club as a whole as the National Adjudicator for the Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year Award, can be obtained from current and past members of the National Committee.
The National Committee congratulates Graham and thank him for his service to the Ulysses Club.