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History

In the latter part of 1988, a small dedicated group of country music lovers banded together to lay the foundations of The Adelaide Country Music Club. As a result of those initial discussions, and with much research and groundwork, the club was formed and subsequently held its first meeting at the then West Torrens Football Clubrooms in the early part of February 1989. The club has continued to hold monthly shows ever since, and each February celebrates its birthday.

After a period of successful meetings here the decision was made to transfer to the Tubemakers Hall (now the SA Canine Assoc.) at Cromwell Rd., Kilburn. Many happy and memorable meetings were held at these premises over a number of years, and it was with a feeling of deep regret the decision was made to leave, very simply because the club outgrew the hall. And so in April 1996 the club moved to the Function Centre of the SA Greyhound Racing Authority at Angle Park, where it continued to hold its monthly meetings until the final one there in January 1999. Although it was a most luxurious venue it didn't really suit our purposes, so on the club's 10th birthday we held our first show at our current venue, The Slovenian Club, at 11 LaSalle St, Dudley Park.

Please also see the two page brief history document here handed out at our 25th Birthday Show on Feb 2 2014.

 

Operation

The club is managed by a committee of 12 members, properly elected in accordance with the club's Constitution and Rules, at an AGM which is usually held in July or August. The committee meets monthly and is divided into several sub-committees, e.g. attendance and membership, catering, etc.
 

Entertainment

Club shows feature a different band each month, and over a twelve months period members can expect to see several interstate acts, the cream of local talent and a good variety of 'walk-up' acts. Apart from the regular monthly shows the club also periodically hosts touring interstate artists.
 

Encouragement

Of special significance to the club is 'The Len and Lorraine Wakefield Memorial Fund'. The purpose of this fund is to assist younger talent with proven ability, to further their career in country music. The late Len Wakefield, together with his wife the late Lorraine was one of a band of pioneers of country music in this state, and was one of the group of members who initially formed this club. When Len lost his battle with cancer in July 1991 the A.C.M.C. established 'The Len Wakefield Memorial Fund' as a lasting tribute to Len's contribution to country music. Each year an awardee is selected in accordance with the objectives and Rules of the fund. The fund was renamed 'The Len and Lorraine Wakefield Memorial Fund' after Lorraine's death in late 2015.

Winners

1996 Derani Haynes
1997 Jodie Thomas
1998 Kimberly Rodgers
1999 Loni Manners
2000 Kym Wilson
2001 Ben Harris
2002 Leah Briggs
2003 Tiffney Stroh
2004 Sarah Griffin
2005 Nathaniel O'Brien
2006 Georgie Shortt
2007 Emily Zanker
2008 Gorgette Berry
2009 Breanna Kinlough
2011 Shayanne Johnson
2012 Brandon Kent and Amy Sherrah
2013 Ella Radbone and Sarah Cremer
2014 Jamie Slape and Andrew Hill
2015 Juliet Oliver
2016 Chloe Warrick
Len Wakefield

ADELAIDE COUNTRTY MUSIC CLUB
OFFICE BEARERS
Name Date From Date To
PRESIDENT
Glen Harrison
January 1989
August 1990
Bob Johnston
August 1990
May 1997
Don Worden
May 1997
August 2001
Rob Smith
August 2001
August 2003
John Turner
August 2003
August 2006
Dianne Smith
August 2006
August 2011
Russell Byrne August 2011 June 2015
Dean Beviss August 2015  
VICE PRESIDENT
Mike Quarmby
January 1989
March 1990
Des Rogers
March 1990
May 1994
Bill (Blue) Roberts
August 1994
August 1996
Don Worden
August 1996
August 1997
Fred Champion
December 1997
August 1998
Ian Holt
August 1998
August 1999
Adrian May 
October 1999
August 2002
Dianne Smith
August 2002
August 2006
Merv Jackson
August 2006
August 2008
Russell Byrne
August 2008
August 2011
Evonne Rayson August 2011 August 2012
Rob Smith August 2012 August 2015
Merv Jackson October 2015 February 2016
SECRETARY
Lloyd Starr
January 1989
May 1990
Christine Harrison
May 1990
August 1990
Ian Holt
August 1990
August 1996
Bryan Sparks
August 1996
August 2006
Rob Smith
August 2006
August 2009
Rob Sexton
August 2009
August 2011
Bryan Sparks August 2011 May 2014
Raelz E. Gebhardt August 2015  
TREASURER
Len Wakefield
January 1989
August 1990
Ron Whelan
August 1990
August 1991
Dean Beviss
August 1991
August 2000
Graham Silvy
April 2001
August 2008
Merv Jackson
August 2008
August 2014
Judy Fairhead August 2014  
ENTERTAIMENT
Lorraine Wakefield
January 1989
December 2015
Kevin Perry August 2016  
PUBLICITY
Rob Tilmouth
January 1989
August 1990
Helen Whelan
August 1990
August 1991
Helen Downer
March 1992
June 1993
Rosalie McDonald
November 1993
August 1995
Terry Davies
October 1996
August 1998
Roger Parker
August 1998
January 2006
Ian Fisk
February 2006
 

Thanks to Bob Johnston for looking through his collection of Country Calls and sending me (I Fisk) the early details above!

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