President’s Report – May 2016

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It is on a sad note that I advise that Bob Willson has resigned as club secretary after 12 continuous years in the role. After a period of uncertainty and numerous tests, a diagnosis has been made and Bob has commenced chemotherapy. In the few years I’ve worked with Bob he’s always been direct and clear in striving to improve the Club – his perceptions and insights will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and Robin, as they tackle this latest challenge in their lives.

I recently welcomed Lee Nicolle to the committee and Lee has offered to take the Committee minutes – the remainder of the Secretarial duties have been distributed amongst Committee members.

The Committee now has two vacant positions and support from members in filling them would be greatly appreciated – please contact me if you are able to assist.

I thank those who responded to the April social meeting survey and those who volunteered will be contacted shortly.

We welcome new members Anne Duthie 942, Simon & Maureen Forrest 943 and David & Suzanne McCullough 944.

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.

For many members the cooler weather heralds the start of the “Grey Nomad” migration north. I wish them all an enjoyable and safe journey. David Attenborough may well find excellent material amongst this intrepid group however the close up photography of members having enthusiastically shed their ‘winter coats’ may prove problematic.

I’ve often pondered the advantages of fitting large rear mud flaps to the Paj but I hadn’t considered other consequences such as those suffered by Bob Hook on the Narcunda South trip. It appears that Bob caught a well secured mudflap under his tyre (whilst reversing) and as a result he rearranged/removed much of the supporting panel work on his Paj.  With the able assistance of Steve Powell the substantial repairs were completed in around nine hours.

The trip to Polish Hill was far less eventful and was blessed with lovely weather. The trip up to Peterborough and the Willangi 4WD circuit revealed numerous Western Greys, bird life and wonderful views.

Des Leach – President