President’s Report – October 2017

i Oct 21st No Comments by

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It’s great to be back after 13 weeks away journeying up and back from Cape York – many thanks to the trip participants for helping us have a wonderful time.

Whilst we’ve been away the Committee has been busy and I thank Steve Pearson and all permanent and temporary Committee members for their efforts.     We welcome new members Bill Gommers (965) and Arif Wirawan (966) and look forward to their participation in Club events.

A reminder to book into the Willunga Caravan park 24- 26 November for our annual Xmas event.

SAPOL – Police have commenced an education program for drivers updating their knowledge when merging into traffic.

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/transit-police/managing-merging-on-traffic-thursday#.WeKYPztx270

THE FUTURE OF FOSSIL FUELLED VEHICLES  : During a recent 972 AM radio program sourced from the BBC it was claimed that up to 50,000 premature deaths in Great Britain annually can be linked to air pollution largely generated from fossil fuel powered vehicles (with diesel vehicles being the highest polluters).
If this is correct I wonder about the negative health effects from the over 1 billion fossil fuelled vehicles worldwide.    China has significant issues with air pollution and is planning to heavily curtail the production of fossil fuelled vehicles.    “Ford will market its first hybrid vehicle early next year and envisions 70% of all its cars available in China will have electric options by 2025”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/11/china-to-ban-production-of-petrol-and-diesel-cars-in-the-near-future

70% of World energy is fossil based and we apparently have about 10yrs to avoid another 1 degree in Global Warming where very significant negative effects on World food production will occur.
The radio program used this as an introduction to the necessity for Electric Vehicles ‘EV’s’.   It claimed Norway is leading the way by not charging VAT (GST) on EV’s.    In addition, EV’s also qualified for free city parking and free access to Toll roads and can legally use bus lanes.    Additional taxes are charged on new fossil fuelled vehicles in proportion to their level of emissions.

The average fossil fuel vehicle has a life of 15 years and with EV batteries only lasting 5 to 10 years there is a shortfall with the new technology.    The travel range of EV’s of between 200 to 300 km is also a major issue.   Perhaps the ‘sleeper’ in all of this is where the extra electrical power used by EV’s is sourced from.    When we would look to the ‘base load’ of our electricity system we find coal and gas at its source – with strong political pressure currently being applied to various Australian states to open up new Coal Seam Gas supplies.
In summary, challenges still lie in the need for further technological advances in battery design and the provision of base load electricity supplies, however in the meantime the human toll resulting from toxic air continues to climb.    The ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ may well be very close to home.    The world’s largest Lithium Ion battery system output of 100 MegaWatts is being built 200kms north of Adelaide at Jamestown.    This will enable our locally produced wind power (Hornsdale wind farm) to be stored and will also help avoid power outages due to ‘load shedding’, particularly over summer.    As I understand it, the new Battery will also provide ‘frequency stability’ to the Hornsdale wind farm and together they can stabilize other wind farms and keep them online when ‘base load’ supplies from interstate interconnectors are cut.

Cheers,
Des Leach
president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au
Ps. It’s the second mouse that gets the Cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acting President’s Report – September 2017

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Welcome to our new members for the month. 962 Iain and Juliette Campbell, 963 Gordon and Susan Frith and 964 Russell Morton.   Welcome to the Mitsubishi Club.   We hope you enjoy your time with us.

Our 26th September Social meeting will have guest speaker Adam from Halls Canvas goods who will provide an overview of the products available with some available for purchase on the night.   Then some discussion on the differences between canvas and the vinyl alternatives that are currently appearing as caravan annexes etc.    Should be an interesting talk.

The Mechanical Interest Group is back in action for the next few months with topics including Tyres, Oils and Electrical.   See details elsewhere in the magazine.

By the time you read this, the club will be back in the capable hands of Des with him and many members of the club returning from their Winter Trips.   We should have a good turnout at the September meeting.   Hope to see you there.


Steve Pearson – Acting President . . . during the winter.

president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

Acting President’s Report – August 2017

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Our 22nd August Social meeting will have a guest speaker from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Ross Curtis.    Ross will provide an overview of the services offered by RFDS followed by some specific advice for members travelling in remote areas.    What equipment should we be carrying e.g. Satellite Phones, HF radio, 1st aid kits (essential components) maybe even Defibrulation units?

Do you have skills or an interest in long distance communications particularly Satellite Phones?
It’s been a number of years since we purchased a pair of Sat. Phones and the world of technology has moved on.   We wish to form a small sub-committee to research and report on the best options for the Club in the future.   Please have a chat to a Committee member ‘yellow member badges’ or send an email to my address.

The Management Committee was recently approached by a club member to promote their business in Catchat.   The committee agreed that it was not in favour of filling Catchat with commercial advertising, however it is willing to consider club member requests to promote their products or services in the ‘Discounts’ section of Cat Chat in return for some benefit to club members by way of a discount or special entitlement to fellow club members.   If you have a product or service you feel meets this criteria please discuss with one of the committee members.

Steve Pearson – Acting President . . . during the winter.
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

Acting President’s Report – July 2017

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Many club members are currently away, travelling to warmer destinations while those of us remaining in Adelaide are finally getting a taste of winter.     Despite this, there is still plenty going on in the club.

Don’t forget the Breakfast Drive on Sunday 30th July, a great opportunity to get out for a drive in the morning, enjoy a cooked breakfast and a chat with fellow members, then perhaps plan your own day up in the hills.    Registrations of interest are a little slow at the time of writing, so plenty of space for those thinking about coming along.    See the flyer in the Trips pages this issue.

Peake is also coming up in September, with just 1 member nominated so far, it is time to think about getting out into the sand dunes for training or social driving. See the flyer elsewhere in the magazine.

Congratulations to David Snook – Member 922 who was awarded an OAM on the Queen’s Birthday for his services with the CFS and Lions.    A great achievement, well done David.

In the last issue of Catchat, we raised the ongoing cost of printing and distributing ‘hardcopy’ versions of our Cat Chat newsletter.    Did you know that each printed copy of Catchat costs the club about $2.00? And postage for a printed Catchat is a further $2.00?    While a large majority of club members are receiving full colour email copies of Catchat, we are currently printing around 20 copies per month, 3 of which are posted to club members, while the balance tend to be picked up at social meetings.    The committee has identified significant cost savings for the club if we can reduce our printing and postage costs.    If you are currently picking up a hardcopy Catchat at the social meeting, please consider if just the emailed copy is sufficient, thereby saving the club $2.00 per copy.    If you receive a posted copy of Catchat, would an electronic copy suffice?    We hope to receive feedback from club members, and will monitor if there is any reduction in reliance on the hardcopy Catchat in the future.

Do you have skills or an interest in long distance communications particularly Satellite Phones?
It’s been a number of years since we purchased a pair of IsatPhone Pro units and the world of technology has moved on.    We wish to form a small sub-committee to research and report on the best options for the Club in the future.    Please have a chat to a Committee member ‘yellow member badges’ or send an email to my address.

Have you been left frustrated observing the poor/dangerous behaviour of other motorists, here’s some advice from SAPOL :- https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/report-dangerousdriving

Steve Pearson – Acting President . . . during the winter.
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” George Carlin

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – June 2017

i Jun 22nd No Comments by

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Our 27th June Social meeting will have a guest speaker from St John Ambulance to discuss and demonstrate the use of a Defibrillator.    Henry Cowell will provide a demonstration of a defibrillator unit on a mannequin, followed by a question and answer session.

The Management Committee would like some feedback from members on a couple of items.

Firstly, some members are keen to receive a ‘hardcopy’ of our Cat Chat newsletter whilst most are happy with the electronic version.     When we researched other Mitsubishi clubs we discovered that Queensland charge an additional $50 per year for a hard copy of their magazine ‘Diamond Torque’. Should hardcopies be charged for separately or should the costs be absorbed into the overall renewal fees?

The second item relates to advertising in Cat Chat.
No Commercial advertising appears in Cat Chat, however the committee has been approached to see if members could advertise some of their services outside of 4WD activities.     Perhaps members could advertise in the ‘Discounts’ section of Cat Chat – what are your thoughts?     Please pass on your ideas to a Committee member ‘yellow member badges’ or send an email to my address.

Have you ever thought of advising that you want to be an organ donor via your driver’s license – https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/drivers-andlicences/drivers-licence/organ-donor-option

Reminder- Pedders at Keswick ph 82979022 are offering a free suspension/brake checks for Club members, normally $28.

Des Leach
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – May 2017

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In a week or so, it’ll be Winter – our low early morning temperatures being a very good reminder.

This means that many members will soon be packing their shorts, T shirts and thongs and heading north.   We wish them all a safe and relaxing journey and look forward to stories about places many of us haven’t yet visited.

This leaves some gaps in our various Committees, if you are asked to ‘lend a hand’, please do your best to help.

Our annual Polish Hill event was held over Easter and was very well attended with 24 vans over several days.   It’s great to have time to sit back drink some water (well it started as water plus some sugar, yeast and barley etc.) and have time to let topics of conversation flow.
Many thanks to Lance and Jill and their hard working band of helpers.

Congratulations to ‘Mitsi’ member, Derek Mikolaj recently appointed as the Training Officer for the Driver Training Unit within 4WDSA.   We look forward to hearing about future training strategies for those members who want more intensive instruction/assessment. http://www.4wdsa.asn.au/

Our 23rd May Social meeting will have a guest speaker from the Environmental Health Team within Unley Council.   Angela Sorger will be sharing important information on the storage and transporting of food.   Whether our trips are over a weekend or several weeks in the remote outback – if we become ill the remainder of the trip is very difficult – there’s not always a convenient tree to duck behind.

SAPOL has recently issued some information on the use of Quad bikes – these seem to be overrepresented in accidents resulting in severe injury and death.   https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/287371/Road-safetynewsletter-business-issue-18.pdf

The gas stove at the Sporting Car Club is still unavailable due to extensive repairs/replacement.
In the meantime we’ll keep heating pies and pizza in the oven – there may even be some soup.

Des Leach
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed- Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – March 2017

i Mar 26th No Comments by

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I thank all those working for the Club during the year- Elected, Appointed and general helpers – your
efforts are invaluable when creating the opportunities for all members to share in great camaraderie and fun.

I’m very pleased to welcome our newest members – Liesl Shipard with Ricky (958) and Charles Holland with Dee (959) – please make them feel welcome.

At the AGM during the 28th March 2017 Social meeting, all Committee positions will be called and
a nomination for Life membership will be voted on.

We do need some extra assistance to help Brian our Treasurer due to his work requirements and also in the Environment role for the next 9-12 months.

We’ll also enjoy some wine tasting and there’ll be a silent auction of a rubbish carrier for the rear of a vehicle.

Membership renewals have been due since January and should have been completed by the end of February with the annual fee of $80, BSB 035047 Account 255297 – please include your Mitsi number.

The Committee has authorized a series of new ‘shorter’ Club email addresses – they should start appearing in this CatChat.

Some news from SAPOL –

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/386438/Road-safety-safer-journeys-issue-5.pdf

– Bicycles with engines outlawed

– Five top distractions when driving

– Road signs and their meanings

– 10 tips if you break down

– Diabetics – Hypos when driving

A reminder of the upcoming Polish Hill event (12th to 19th April 2017) which focuses on meeting members, socialising and maybe some 4wd activity for those (like me) who can’t help themselves.

Des Leach – President

president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

ps.I was driving this morning when I pulled up next to an RAA van. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself – ‘that guy’s heading for a breakdown’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBER UPDATE : New Additions to Members Area . .

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  • Books & DVD’s available through the Club’s extensive Library resources are now listed in the Members Area (Library folder)
  • Details of the many people who have supported the Club in both Elected & Appointed capacities over the past 30 years, (as acknowledged at last years 30th Anniversary celebration) is also available (Club Management folder)

CHECK it Out ! . . .

Pocket Guide to First Aid and CPR

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A link to the FREE Australian Red Cross FIRST AID “app” FYI : http://www.redcross.org.au/first-aid-app.aspx  . . . putting valuable and Potentially life saving information at your finger tips – Check it Out !
MEMBERS : ALSO added to permanent list of Useful Links on the “Downloads” Page

President’s Report – January 2017

i Jan 22nd No Comments by

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Welcome to the first CatChat for 2017.

Lyn and I have just returned from the Club trip to the Victorian Alps, which tested our powers of concentration and car handling as we tackled fast flowing creek crossings and steep broken tracks. Many thanks to Lance and Jill Boagey for 20 years of leadership with these Alps trips.

We welcome new members Gregory and Lynette NORTH (955) and wish them well as they engage in the various Club activities.

The Club will conduct a Social meeting on the 24th January 2017 with a Chatfest in place of a guest speaker. Our 28th February Social meeting will have a guest speaker from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Volunteers are still required for the Caravan & Camping Show for half day shifts either AM or PM over the period Wed 15th to Sun 19th FEB 2017. Please email lance.boagey@bigpond.com if you can assist and if you have any queries please contact him on 0409 765 144.

If you have an interest in organising and promoting Environmental activities within the Club please contact Alan Pettigrew on 0417 262 000.

Our Mechanical Interest Group is looking for assistance.   Please contact Kevin Jolly 0419 419 255 if you could spare some time to help with ideas and organising speakers.

Every two years HEMA release a new version in their Navigator series and the new model the HEMA HX-1 has just appeared replacing the HN7.   Previously upgraded models have offered improved electronics and larger screens.   The HX-1 has a totally new platform and is a locked Android tablet and with a brighter screen; faster processing and a longer battery life than the HN7.   The HX-1 doesn’t use Oziexplorer mapping software www.oziexplorer.com/ requiring all maps to be sourced from the ‘HEMA Cloud’, similar to Apple and iTunes.   For those who like to source or create their own maps, this is a major change.  Here is a review you may find useful- https://www.mapworld.com.au/blogs/news/hx-1-vs-hn7-comparison-review

I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as is possible in an event filled 2017.

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au