GEIRO – GEIST & EUROPEAN IMPORTED RV OWNERS
This CMCA Geiro Gatherers chapter has its roots in the original Geistowners which
was created in 2009 as a managed club, supporting the owners of Geist caravans
after the failure of the Geist importer in Australia. The first GG (Geist Gathering) was
held at Lindenow in South Eastern Victoria for a week during March of 2010. There
were 20 caravans and their very excited owners at this first GG.
During the following years, the group grew in numbers and met once a year to
socialise and garner knowledge from each other. In 2011 Eden, NSW was the
chosen site gathering, and in 2012 Tanunda, South Australia was the site. 2012
European caravan service agents were also present at the gatherings. At the 2013
GG in Yamba, after 5 years and 5 GGs it was decided that a new direction was
needed for the club.
The Geistowners members initially chose to have a club run by the owners of the
vans. GEIRO was a Queensland incorporated association under the auspices of the
Queensland Caravan. As the name GEIRO (Geist and Euro Imported Rv Owners)
suggests, it was decided to open the club to owners of all European vans, as they
have similar structures and use virtually the same spare parts which will benefit us all
in the future.
The inaugural AGM was held at our 2014 GG in Swan Hill, Victoria and GEIRO was
born. Forty-seven caravans, one mobile home and a total of ninety-seven owners
attended. Each year at the GEIRO Gathering the AGM was held and a Committee
elected at Coolum 2015. We also encourage an expression of interest from the
members as to where the following year’s GG will be held. These gatherings are to
be shared between the states. The club is a friendly group with the aim to have fun
with the utmost respect for each other and the public. Membership was open to all,
no matter the age, gender or state of physical ability. Assistance will be available
whenever needed at our gatherings. There are processes in place to look after
member’s health and safety issues when at gatherings, which helps to promote a
responsible fellowship between members. The club endeavours to support local
communities and charities at our gatherings. Pet friendly activities are included in all
gatherings so that our pets enjoy the relationships that are built between member
owners. Within the membership of the new club there are a vast number of people
who have a great amount of talent and knowledge that is yet to be tapped. We have
dealers around Australia who have worked on European RV’s for a great number of
years, some who attend the gatherings offering their expertise and support.
At the 2016 Canberra GEIRO Gathering, the members mandated a new direction.
The committee was given the task to migrate from a state base club to a national
organisation. A study of which organisation to migrate to was taken and a vote to
migrate to CMCA. GEIRO Inc has now morphed into Geiro Gatherers enjoying the
many benefits that a CMCA membership has to offer and reducing the arduous
compliance that incorporation requires.