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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Membership RENEWAL Due : January 1

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Renewal Form can be downloaded from Members Area “Download” page . . . EARLY payment will Greatly Assist your Hard Working Membership Officer and Treasurer !!           Thanks, and have a GREAT 2017 with the Club !

MEMBER UPDATE : Monthly Sunday Day Trips coming BACK in 2017 !

i Dec 18th No Comments by

John, our new Trips Coordinator has been busy planning the return of regular Club Day Trips / Social events for Members in 2017 . . . proposed to be held on the Last Sunday of Most months . . . for full details refer to Cat Chat Magazine in Members Section, to keep an eye on what’s coming up.

PS : If YOU have any suggestions for such events in the future . . . Contact John and support this initiative.

President’s Report – December 2016

i Dec 18th No Comments by

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Congratulations to Naomi and Kevin Jolly with Fiona and Michael Davis in organising the recent Club 30th Anniversary celebration at Nuriootpa, they and their their team worked tirelessly and the event ran smoothly including the arrival of Father Xmas (thanks Tom and Walter). Highlights included Michael’s historic videos and photos; merging of experienced with newer members; attendance of many original members and especially member No. 1 Alex Zimmermann with special thanks to those who donated raffle prizes particularly ARB .

Darrell Burr has been allocated number 954 and we look forward to his continuing participation and seemingly unlimited supply of spare parts on Club trips.

The Club will conduct a Social meeting on the 17th January 2017 with a Chatfest in place of a guest speaker.

Environment Officer Alan Pettigrew had indicated he will be retiring at the next AGM, after 5 years on the Management Committee (more about Alan shortly). If you have an interest in organising and promoting Environmental activities within the Club please contact Alan or myself.

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.

Volunteers are also 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.

I encourage members to attend upcoming weekend trips to interesting locations including. Deep Creek, Murray Mouth and a Mystery drive.

The Committee is considering posting hardcopies of Catchat to any member who requests it. We’re interested in feedback from members to gauge support for this idea and the best way it could be funded. Please direct your thoughts via my email or chat to Committee members (yellow membership badge).

With the summer holiday season approaching it is a good idea to remind ourselves about First Aid, in case any kind of accident or emergency arises. The Red Cross has created a first aid app, which is a free comprehensive pocket guide to first aid and CPR, and it gives you the most up to date First Aid information anytime, anywhere.

Download the Red Cross First Aid app, its free and it supports both apple and android tablets and phones. It can be downloaded from itunes or Google play. Once the app is downloaded on your device, it is able to be used ‘offline’ without phone reception or internet connection- (Thanks John O’Daly)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.gdpc.aus&hl=en

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/first-aid-by-australian-red/id696880972?mt=8

On behalf of the Committee I wish all Club members a Happy and Safe Xmas and New Year and look forward to many trips and adventures in 2017.

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – November 2016

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Lyn and I have recently enjoyed sharing the quarry at Morgan with members of the Nissan 4WD Club as part of Vehicle Familiarisation training – many thanks to Colin Price and his team of Trainers.    It’s marvelous to watch the reaction of members as they are often astounded at the capabilities of their vehicles.

We welcome new member Pedro Branco (953) and look forward to his participation in Club events.

The 22nd November Social meeting will include a demonstration of the updated Club Web site and how to logon to the Members Only area.

Special thanks to Naomi Jolly and her team who have worked tirelessly in organising our 30th anniversary celebrations at the Nuriootpa Valley Tourist Park (Fri 25th to Sun 27th November 2016).    It is now almost upon us and with around 100 past and current members attending – promises to be a memorable event.

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

Volunteers are also 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.

Nissan Renault has purchased a 34% and controlling interest in Mitsubishi Motors – here is an article discussing potential opportunities.

http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/mitsubishi-looking-forwardto-new-renault-nissan-era-46906

It seems highly likely that the Patrol and Pajero will be combined – hopefully the best of both vehicles will be engineered into their replacement.

We‘ve just returned from Stansbury on York Peninsula during which we received a battering from the rough weather as it headed toward Adelaide – thankfully no damage.

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polish Hill is on again for 2017 !

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Polish Hill : historically one of the main Social Events on the Club Calendar is being planned again for 2017  . . . this time over the Easter Break (April 12th to 19th)

 

Come and join fellow Members in the beautiful Clare Valley for a great Family Friendly Social and / or Driving weekend (Or BOTH !) . . . you can make it as Relaxed or Busy as you like, with plenty of options in the area . . . and maybe even a Bush Dance ?

For Full details refer to Cat Chat (Trip Notices) in the Members Section . . .

President’s Report – October 2016

i Oct 20th No Comments by

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Finally, we’re seeing and feeling the warmth of Spring following our record breaking Winter. It’ll be interesting to see the effect of all this rain on the outback roads and tracks.

We welcome new members Tony Fitzgerald; David Muspratt and Joanna; Mathew Carr; Derek Mikolaj and Helen and look forward to their participation in Club events.

Following the Special General Meeting at our last Social meeting, all items were approved. The late Bob Willson was made a Life Member. All changes to the Constitution relating to the removal of the role of Vice President were approved. We welcome Kevin Jolly and John O’Daly onto the Management Committee with John taking over the role of Trips Coordinator from Steve Pearson who will remain on the Committee.

Many thanks to Steve Pearson and also Bob Bolto who is retiring after many years working with the various sub-committees. Bob has had a long term commitment to the Club including the role of President and many other positions (elected and appointed) and we owe him a great debt.

These sub-committees form an integral part of the ‘engine room’ of the Club undertaking fundamental work which is integral to our functioning and I thank all of their members for their time and contribution. If members would like to assist the Club (behind the scenes) please contact me for a chat.

This link will take you to the latest Road Safety information from SAPOL and discusses:-

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/community-programs/road-safety-education

 Road Safety presentations for the 2015-16 Financial Year

 Motorcycle helmets – new ECE standard

 Requirements to keep left on roads and not tailgate other vehicles

 Robots on the Road?

 Pokémon searches.

We are hearing anecdotally that overloaded vehicles/vans are being detected in South Australia by mobile testing units resulting in these vehicles being towed and substantial fines issued. It’s important to be aware of the axle and overall weight limitations of our vehicles and to comply with manufacturer’s requirements to maintain our vehicle Insurance and most importantly safety for all road users.

A reminder to members to book into the Barossa Valley Tourist Park (Fri 25th to Sun 27th November 2016) for our 30th anniversary celebration. If you have contact with any past members please mention the event to them and they are very welcome to join us.

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – September 2016

i Sep 22nd No Comments by

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Lyn and I purchased our Pajero almost 5 years ago and I pondered at the time the remote and exotic locations where this vehicle would take us. I’ve not been disappointed and for us, this Club has provided most of those opportunities.

At the beginning of winter we headed off on the Club trip to the Kimberley and have returned to see the start of spring. On this trip we were treated to highlights every couple of days to the point where it was hard to keep up and we relied on our journal and photos to keep our head around what we had experienced.

Special thanks to our Management Committee members and trip leaders who volunteer their time and experience to ensure the Club runs smoothly and is able to offer training and trips to all parts of this wonderful country.

Vale – Bob Willson
The passing of our long serving Secretary came much quicker than expected and I was unfortunately away for his funeral. Thanks, to Kingsley Neumann for delivering part of the eulogy and to those members who attended the funeral and have supported Robyn. Bob will be long remembered for his energy and commitment to our Club, he reveled in Committee debates and his significant contribution to our trips will be sadly missed.

I look forward to the 30th anniversary celebrations -particularly chatting to members present and past. A reminder to members to book into the Barossa Valley Tourist Park from (Fri 25th to Sun 27th November 2016).  The park has now opened our reservation to the public and will fill quickly given that another event is running next to ours.

We welcome new members Neil Raymond and Mary; John Smith and Kathy and look forward to their participation in Club events.

For the latest from 4WDSA (part of your club fees help fund this organization) subscribe via this site:-http://asn.us4.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=330af0829e1c9a07504c6e4ed&id=a73d2d4a6a

A reminder of the formal notice of a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held as part of the Sept 27th Social Meeting. The ‘SGM’ agenda will include the 2017 budget approvals; changes to the Vice President’s role in the Constitution and a vote for a Life Membership of the Club. (This is in accordance with section F(4)b of the Club Constitution where a minimum of 21 days notice is to be provided to members.)

Whilst it’s great to be back home after a wonderful 10 week trip, my “to do” list keeps expanding and we do miss those days in the 30’s wearing just shorts and a T-shirt.

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – August 2016

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This month’s Guest Speaker at the Social Meeting will be Alan Whittaker from the Dept. of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure . . . who will discuss the legal implications of modifying 4WD’s.
NOTE: Hot Pizza, Sausage Sizzle, Steak Sandwiches and Soup are available from 6:30pm until meeting start…… Arrive early and enjoy the food and fellowship……..

 
A reminder of the formal notice of a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held as part of the Sept 27th Social meeting.  The ‘SGM’ agenda will include the 2017 budget approvals; changes to the Vice Presidents role in the Constitution and a vote for a Life Membership of the Club. (This is in accordance with Section F(4)b of our the Club Constitution where a minimum of 21 days notice is to be provided to members.)

 
Also a reminder to members to book into the Barossa Valley Tourist Park (Fri 25th to Sun 27th November 2016) for our 30th anniversary celebration.
The Club’s Website Home Page has now been updated to reflect this event and incorporates an invitation for to past members to also get involved . . . but in addition to that, If you have contact with any past members please mention the event to them and they are very welcome to join us.  They can register / obtain more information by emailing : 30year@mitsubishi4wdclub.org.au

Although mentioned in last month’s magazine, FYI . . . Mitsubishi have announced a recall of some models – Check this website to see if your vehicle is affected ?  https://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1088812

All going to plan we expect Des back next month ! . . . Steve Pearson and  Alan Pettigrew assisting  Des Leach

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Report – July 2016

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This month we welcome new members Hugh and Meg French to the club.   Please make them feel welcome at upcoming club events.

Our July Social meeting speaker from Cartographics will be Alex 83571777, who will focus on Raster maps and digital mapping.

A reminder of the formal notice of a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held as part of the Sept 27th Social meeting.   The ‘SGM’ agenda will include the 2017 budget approvals; changes to the Vice Presidents role in the Constitution and a vote for a Life Membership of the Club.
(This is in accordance with Section F(4)b of our the Club Constitution where a minimum of 21 days notice is to be provided to members.)

Also a  reminder to members to book into the Barossa Valley Tourist Park (Fri 25th to Sun 27th November 2016) for our 30th anniversary celebration.
NOTE : If you have contact with any past members please mention the event to them and that they are very welcome to join us !    For Full Details refer to notice in Cat Chat . . . OR contact the organising Sub Committee at  :  30year@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au

4WDSA has a number of channels for keeping members of affiliated clubs informed, but none of these are as direct as an email from them to you.   Please subscribe to receive regular and urgent news by email.   More details are on the following link:

http://asn.us4.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=330af0829e1c9a07504c6e4ed&id=a73d2d4a6a

Are you up to date with the specific requirements of your class of drivers license? This site will reveal all.

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/transport-travel-and-motoring/motoring/drivers-and-licences/driver-s-licence-classes
With Des currently soaking up the “warmth” of the Kimberleys . . . Steve Pearson and Alan Pettigrew assisting  . . .

Des Leach

president@mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au