Team Leader Stuart Ellis has 'been around a bit' and we're sure he has heard some unique excuses for people not attending a team meeting. This one from John Hinrich might be the best yet;
"I'm riding my Vespa up to Brisbane. I'm getting a few strange looks when I pull out and overtake cars and trucks on a scooter! But it's red so it does it easily.
Back in about 10 days."

We asked John for proof, of course, and have received this photo said to be a breakfast stop in Milton Qld.  John's definition of his trip is "Couch surfing Vespa ride 2017, Melbourne to Brisbane return."  
Editor;  In a 2nd photo John is smiling in front of a petrol bowser - the bowser reads $9.71, about 10% of a full tank for most of us.] 
Along with Justine's ink this could also be a world first for our club.