President’s Report – May 2015

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It’s a month since the move to our new venue, with the first evening drawing a large audience of about 80 members and visitors. Special thanks to Rob Grinter from SAPOL who drew many questions and responses from the audience.
The Committee is keen to take full advantage of these new facilities and we’d like to use the gas hot plates to prepare food (BBQ) prior to the start of Social meetings. Please email your contact details to me if you’re happy to assist with food preparation and cooking. Once we’re familiar with the stoves etc. I’m keen to expand our offerings beyond the humble ‘snag and sauce’.
A number of members have suggested that our social evenings shouldn’t always involve a guest speaker and that they’d love to have a good ‘chin wag’. I’ll organise 3 to 4 ‘speaker free’ Social nights over the coming year. A theme similar to the ‘bush cooking’ session (we had at the end of last year) can also be included where experienced members can share their collective knowledge with the gathered group.
Our annual Polish Hill event highlighted the social aspects of our Club and we were blessed with exceptionally pleasant weather. I enjoyed wandering between individuals and groups having a good natter on whatever topic prevailed at the time. The trip to Peterborough (I grew up there) for some 4WDing was a highlight.
I’m currently organising a tour of the REDARC factory at Lonsdale for the Mechanical Awareness Group. If you’re interested in attending, please email me – it may be during the day, evening or both depending on numbers, and is likely to occur on or around Tuesday 16th June.
In August a small group of us are heading out to explore the scenic Hay River (see Trips, Outings and Social Events) if you would like to join us, please send an email to Tom or me.
Mitsubishi has just released the upgraded MY16 Triton claiming “more torque, exceptional fuel economy, outstanding manoeuvrability along with a more spacious, quiet and comfortable cabin”.
We look forward to feedback from those members who get to test drive this new Triton in 4WD mode.
Des Leach
Ps. Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.