President’s Report – October 2019

i Oct 14th No Comments by

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I thank Steve Pearson (acting as the Club president) and the various volunteers attending Committee meetings during my 15,000km trip to Cairns and Darwin during the winter period.

I’m very pleased to welcome new members; Barbara with Paul Barbara (1001), Maria with Danny Fassina (1002), Ilene with John Theil (1003), Dianne with James Cox (1004), Graham Hill (1005) and Sue with Brett Newman (1006).

It is the intention of the Management Committee to increase the use of our Web site in the distribution of information to Club members.   We’ve recently added a Privacy Policy and Statement of Commitment to Child Safety which can be viewed from the Overview heading at our home page http://mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au – thanks Mary.

A reminder to book into the Annual Mitsubishi 4WD Club Christmas Party to be held at the Mannum Riverside Caravan Park (Fri 6th and Sat 7th December 2019).    Read further  into Catchat for more details – thanks to Naomi and her team.

Our guest speaker for the Tuesday Sept 22nd Social meeting is Steve Johnson from VKS737 a voluntary organisation providing HF radio communications for ‘outback’ travellers who are in distress. https://vks737.radio/

The Club is experiencing a rotation of volunteers from our various Committees and activities.
Many of these retiring members have served several years and a rest is well deserved.     We are looking for volunteers to:

  • Expand the team at the greeting desk – Social meetings – ‘Mitsi mates’ for visitors
  • Expand the social meeting cooking team
  • Assist Lance coordinate Long Trips meetings
  • Expand our team with IT skill sets to advise in the innovative use of our IT resources
  • Mechanical Interest Group coordinator

A lack of volunteers in ‘key’ areas may result in payment for services, which will impact our membership fees.

A reminder to address any membership issues directly with Fiona rather than hubby Michael, who’s already over committed.

Cheers, Des Leach
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

PS : Something isn’t really lost till the woman of the house can’t find it. (Wangi Falls Café at Litchfield National Park NT)

 

Vice President’s Report – September 2019

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Hi everyone.   This month we welcome new members 1004 James and Dianne Cox, 1005 Graham Hill and 1006 Brett Newman.    Please make them all feel welcome when you meet them.

By the time you read this, we will have run our Peake Sand Dune weekend. I have been looking forward to it for a while now, it will be a welcome break from my little project, the ensuite renovation.    I hope the weather is kind to us as we have a good group registered to attend, with quite a few 1st timers.

As I write this, Club President Des and wife Lynette have arrived back in town after their winter trip. I am sure they will have some stories to tell when we see them next.

The club will be back in the capable hands of Des at the next social meeting.    Speaking of which, you will be glad to hear that sausages and pizza are back on offer at the social meeting from this month onward.    Arrive early and take advantage of this social occasion.    Just remember to BYO drinks.    Thanks Lee and Malcolm for arranging this.

That’s it from me for now.    Des will be back in charge from here.

Steve Pearson Vice President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President’s Report – August 2019

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Hi everyone.   This month we welcome new members 1002 Danny Fassina of North East Mitsubishi, 1003 John and Ilene Thiel and returning member 408 Jo Demmler/Nick Orr.    You might recall Danny visited our club at the May social meeting to display the latest Triton.    Don’t forget that the team at North East Mitsubishi (NEM) have offered the following discounts to members.     When purchasing a vehicle through North East Mitsubishi, they will receive:
– National Fleet Pricing
– No Dealer Delivery Fee
– Trade Price on all Accessories and any Monthly Incentives in place.
– North East Mitsubishi will also offer Trade Price on all Parts and Trade Price on Servicing.

Please make all of our new members feel welcome when you meet them.

We have had a relatively quiet winter period on the committee, sometimes struggling to gather a quorum for our meetings as many of our members have been travelling,  however we will soon return to business as usual as winter trips wind up.
Just a reminder that there are currently 3 vacant committee positions available.     If you have ever thought of getting involved in the running of the club, there has never been a better time to get involved.    Each vacant spot is a position without specific title, giving the committee and the interested member the opportunity to contribute in a way that interests them.     Please have a think about if you are able to contribute in some way, and talk to one of the committee.     You are welcome to come along to a committee meeting as a visitor to have a look at how we operate at any time.     We would love to get some new members with fresh ideas involved.

Next social meeting our guest speaker will be Alex of Carto graphics, discussing ‘Developments in Raster mapping and the importance of hardcopy maps’.     These talks are always popular with many questions and answers coming from the floor.

Finally, the Day and Short Trips are about to ramp up as the weather improves.     There are still vacancies for Peake for both Sand Driving Training and Social Driving.     If you have not been to Peake for a while, consider coming along to check out the changes, try out your vehicle or just come and sit around the campfire for a chat.

Steve Pearson Vice President

(President, Des Leach is current away on a trip up north)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President’s Report – July 2019

i Jul 19th No Comments by

Hi everyone.    This month we welcome member number 1001 Paul Barbara and Barbara Jardine. Please make them feel welcome when you meet them.

We continue to attract new members and the Promotions Sub Committee are being kept busy planning New Members Meetings to welcome all our new members.    If you are one of these, you will have received your invitation already.    We hope you can attend to help you make the most of your club membership.

I hope you are keeping warm during this cold time of the year.  If you are on a trip, I hope the weather is being kind to you and you have safe travels.    The weather did not stop us holding a successful, well attended June social meeting.    Tanya Ryan provided an interesting talk on Wills, Power of Attorney etc.    She gave us all something to think about.

Next social meeting our guest speaker will be Gary Light, President of the Mount Lofty Ranges 4WD Club who will talk to us about the OCTOBERFEST 4WD event to be held in the Flinders Ranges in October.    It should be an interesting talk, and worth the trip in, if you are considering attending this event.

There are plenty of trips on offer during the next few months.    Take the opportunity to attend one of these if you are able.  Just a reminder, make sure you express interest in attending as soon as you are able, to secure your spot and assist the trip leader with planning.    It is better to show interest early and pull out if circumstances change than miss out.

Steve Pearson Vice President

(President, Des Leach is current away on a trip up north)

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – June 2019

i Jun 12th No Comments by

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I thank Steve Pearson (acting as the Club president) and the various volunteers attending Committee meetings over the winter period.     For those travelling, we wish you a safe journey and look forward to hearing and reading (Cat Chat article) about your adventures.

On behalf of members I thank those on Club Committees for their hard work during a period of change and innovation and to Lance Boagey his band of helpers who represented our Club at the recent ‘Birdwood celebration of 4WD’ event.

I’m very pleased to welcome new members, Kathy with Chris Wyatt (999) and Jo with Greg Lamey (1000).   Lachlan with Leslie Peter (600) have rejoined the Club having returned to Adelaide after working in Saudi for over 10yrs.

Our guest speaker for the Tuesday June 25th Social meeting will be Solicitor Tanya Ryan who will discuss the latest in Wills and the various Powers of Attorney.

Following a display of the latest Triton model at the May Social meeting by Danny Fassina and his team, North East Mitsubishi (NEM) have offered the following discounts to members. When purchasing a vehicle through NEM. they will receive: – National Fleet Pricing; No Dealer Delivery Fee; Trade Price on all Accessories and any Monthly Incentives in place. NEM. will also offer Trade Price on all Parts and Trade Price on Servicing.

For those who travel across state borders, here is a copy of the March 2019 Australian Interstate Quarantine booklet. https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ Australian-Interstate-Quarantine-Travellers-guide-21.05.19.pdf

Are you interested in talks and walks related to the history of South Australia? https:// historyfestival.sa.gov.au/

For those looking for something different, I recommend a tour of the clipper ship City of Adelaide where your tour fee assists with the renovation of the vessel.    How did they transmit sunlight down into the first-class cabins? https://www.cityofadelaide.org.au/

Having developed an appetite, you could walk a short distance to ‘Pancakes at the Port’ for a lovely meal whilst overlooking the activities on the Port river. https://pancakesattheport.com.au/

Cheers,

Des Leach president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

PS : I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift him-self up by the handle. Winston Churchill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – May 2019

i May 11th No Comments by

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Please welcome new members, Peter Taylour (997) and Dorothy Cormack with Brian (998) as they join in with our Club activities.

The 28th May Social meeting will include Danny Fassina from North East Mitsubishi who will be discussing the new MR model Triton, which will be onstage.     Danny intends joining the Club and having demonstrator vehicles available to view, at our training days.    Members may be able to drive them with prior notice.
The Club is currently negotiating special purchasing, servicing and parts discounts for members – thanks to Michael Davis.

Not all Committee positions have been filled (Social Coordinator, Catchat editor and positions with no allocated duties).   Changes will need to be made to some of these activities if a shortage of help is experienced.

The Committee is currently reorganising our IT services and is keen to receive suggestions from members regarding the information and content they want from these services. Please send any suggestions to my email address (see below).

On Sunday 19th May a Celebration of 4 Wheel Driving will be conducted at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood.   Ten Mitsi club vehicles and their gear will be displayed – want to assist ? – contact me at the email address below !

Have you ever wondered what MY18 or MY19 on an advertised vehicle means?     This should help – http://nationalfleetfinance.com.au/my18-my17/

Information on the future of the Pajero varies depending on the source.    Here is some more to add to the mix :  https://www.msn.com/en-au/lifestyle/lifestyleauto/mitsubishi-continues-the-pajeros-death/ar-BBWogvm?ocid=spartandhp

Cheers,

Des Leach president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – April 2019

i Apr 21st No Comments by

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Our next Social meeting on 23rd April ’19 will include Steve Harding from the Farina Restoration Group, as our guest speaker.     Many of us would have visited this old town between Lyndhurst and Maree whilst transiting the Oodnadatta Track.     Steve will discuss Farina’s history; restoration progress and skill requirements for upcoming work. https://farinarestoration.com/

Please welcome new members, Anne with Neil Ellis (996) as they join in with our Club activities.

The 28th May Social meeting will include Danny Fassina from North East Mitsubishi who will be discussing the new MR model Triton, which will be onstage.     Danny intends joining the Club and having demonstrator vehicles available to view, at our training days.     Members may be able to drive them with prior notice.
The Club is currently negotiating special purchasing, servicing and parts discounts for members – thanks to Michael Davis.

Not all Committee positions have been filled (Social Coordinator, Catchat editor and positions with no allocated duties).     Changes will need to be made to some of these activities if a shortage of help is experienced.     The Committee is currently reorganising our IT services and is keen to receive suggestions from members regarding the information and content they want from these services. Please send any suggestions to my email address (see below).

A reminder of the upcoming Polish Hill event Wednesday 17th to Monday 29th April 2019 (Easter & Anzac Day Included).     There’s plenty of scope, so stay for the whole period or just a couple of days.

On Sunday 19th May a Celebration of 4 Wheel Driving will be conducted at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood.     Our Club will be represented – more information is available as you read further in Catchat.

Confused about weight abbreviations when towing eg. ATM GVM GTM GCM – this will site will help. https://jurgens.com.au/van-weights-explained.html

Cheers,

Des Leach president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

p.s. Be yourself – everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – March 2019

i Mar 21st No Comments by

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We welcome new members, Pete Gillman with Pauline (994) and David Hole with Margaret (995). Our 1000th member (unknown at this time) can expect to receive some special rewards currently being organised by the Committee.

The next Social meeting 26th March ’19 will include the Club AGM.    The current Management Committee have included a vote seeking changes to the Club constitution to enable greater flexibility for members to join the new Committee.

The nature of volunteering is such that the pressures of work and life throw up challenges which constantly use our valuable time.    Long time commitments on Committees are a ‘big ask’ and the proposed Constitutional changes will provide the flexibility to have a rotation of members helping to run the Club.    Not all Committee positions have nominations (Social Coordinator, Catchat editor and positions with no allocated duties).    If you can spare some time, your assistance would be appreciated.

The Committee is currently reorganising our IT services and is keen to receive suggestions from members regarding the information and content they want from these services.    Please send any suggestions to my email address (see below).

Many members (including some from the various Committees) are currently planning their escape away from the Winter cold into the warmth of northern Australia.   We wish them all a safe and enjoyable journey.    In the mean-time if you can assist with running the club in their absence, please contact a Committee member.

Here is a site to check Emergency road closures via SAPOL http://traffic.sa.gov.au

A reminder of the upcoming Polish Hill event Wednesday 17th to Monday 29th April 2019 (Easter & Anzac Day Included).    There’s plenty of scope, so stay for the whole period or just a couple of days. This event focuses on meeting members, socialising and maybe some 4wd activity for those (like me) who can’t help themselves.

Cheers,
Des Leach
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

p.s. “There are two ways to get enough.    One is to continue to accumulate more and more.    The other is to desire less.”    GK Chesterton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – February 2019

i Feb 21st No Comments by

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We welcome new members (984) Alex Hobin , (985) David Hyams with Amanda, (986) Gordon Young with Susan, (987) Vira Chawtur with Val, (988) Chrissie Stephens, (989) Chris Cornish with Jan, (990) Gordon Kuckhahn with Judy, (991) Alan Roberts, (992) John Elliott with Svetlana and (993) Jacob Simons.     Please make them welcome as they attend Club events.

Our 1000th member isn’t far away – I wonder who it will be?

Our February 26th guest speaker from SAPOL (eCrime) is unavailable.     We’ll organise a series of smaller presentations from members (any volunteers) and a Chatfest (talk amongst ourselves).

March 26th is the AGM and two positions (no allocated duties) remain vacant on the Management Committee.   These positions are very flexible and are designed for members who would prefer to undertake smaller projects and attend a limited number of meetings.

John O’Daly is taking some time away – any volunteers to assist with the Trips position?

A reminder that 2019 Club fees are due by the end of February.

Extensive work is ongoing behind the scenes to upgrade our Website and email systems . . . more details shortly.

Thinking of a winter trip through flooded Queensland ? – Here is a useful site detailing road closures : https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/conditions/roadworks/road-closures

I need to organise a schedule of Social meeting speakers for 2019 – if you have ideas please contact me.

The Mechanical Interest Group is also seeking suggestions for likely sites to visit.

Finally, special thanks to those members attending the Club booth at the Caravan and Camping show.     This is a great opportunity to stimulate interest in 4wding and to boost our membership.

Cheers,
Des Leach
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – January 2019

i Jan 17th No Comments by

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Welcome to the New Year and a multitude of trips and activities for 2019.

It’s great to be back following my procedure last October.   For six months (counting the Club trip to the Pilbara – Kimberley and Darwin),  Steve Pearson (Vice President) has been acting as President – many thanks to Steve and the Management committee generally.

We will conduct a Social meeting on the 22nd January 2019 with guest speaker Tim Bowen from Implox.  https://www.implox.com.au/index-old.html     Tim will be discussing and demonstrating our newly purchased defibrillator.

A reminder regarding the AGM on the 26th March – with the assistance of many we will make light work of the tasks ahead in 2019.

After many years as Social Coordinator, Naomi Jolly is having a rest.    Please contact a member of the Committee if you can assist with this role.

Volunteers are required for the annual Caravan & Camping Show for half day shifts either AM or PM over the period Wed 13th Feb to Sunday 17th Feb.    Please email John O’Daly at trips@mitsi4wdsa.org.au to offer assistance.

In the ever-changing world of communications, a development in 2018 will be of interest.    Telstra once had the reputation for best coverage for mobile phones in remote areas  – Optus is now challenging this with its Satellite Small Cell coverage strategy.   Optus is now offering mobile services in previously unserviced areas especially National Parks in northern Australia.  https://www.bit.com.au/news/optus-launches-small-cells-for-remote-mobilecoverage-435571

I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as is possible in an event-filled 2019.

Cheers,
Des Leach
president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au