MEETINGS / EVENTS / ACTIVITIES

Social Meetings

Held on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December : No meeting held) in the Reg Sparks Room, Sporting Car Club SA, 51 King William Road. Unley.

On street parking with some parking at the rear of the building.

Access to the Reg Sparks Room is via the rear car park left hand side of the buildings.

NOTE: Arrive from 6:00pm . . . Hot Pizza & Sausage Sizzle available from 6:30pm until meeting start  –  BYO your own drinks, Tea and coffee available. Be early and enjoy the food and fellowship !

At meetings there is usually a guest speaker whose presentation provides some interesting information on matters generally relating to 4WDs or similar topics. Sometimes the guest speaker gives way to a presentation by a member of a recent or forthcoming trip. The club provides a laptop and projector to facilitate powerpoint and similar presentations.

Following the meeting, tea, coffee and biscuits are available while allowing members and visitors to socialise.

Minimal formal business is conducted at Social Meetings, just updates and information on future events etc. Members are encouraged to participate in the various committees running the club and are welcome to attend committee meetings (refer committee meetings below).

Visitors are more than welcome to the Social Meeting evenings, please introduce yourself at the reception table on entry.

Long Trips Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) . . . The majority of Members attending enjoy a meal prior to meeting at 7:15pm, Drinks are available from 5:00pm and Meals can be ordered from 5:30pm.

All members are welcome to come to the Long Trips meal and meeting or just the meeting, bookings 1 week prior to the meeting are must.  Contact  Long trips Co-ordinators at longtrips@mitsi4wdsa.org.au to be added to our Long Trips reminder list for full details of all meetings.

The primary purpose of these meetings is to enable members to report on their past long trips using photographic and other forms of presentation. A secondary purpose is to enable experienced trip leaders to assist prospective trip leaders to plan their trips.

A ‘long trip’ is defined as one taking longer than five days and requires that your vehicle be set up appropriately.  (Refer to MEMBERS MANUAL in the MEMBERS AREA). Often these trips are a long way from civilisation and trip members need to know how to live independently for periods of up to three weeks.

The Club has a wealth of experience for travel in remote parts of the country including the Simpson Desert, Cape York, the Kimberly region, the Canning Stock Route, Len Beadell’s Bomb Roads and the Victorian Alps.

Not only are these meetings interesting and educational, but as they usually begin with a meal it enables relationships to be formed that often lead to members travelling together. These meetings are organised by a Long Trips Coordinator.

Mechanical Interest Group Meetings

For members who want to get the best out of their vehicles AND learn more about all aspects of the wider “4WD World” ! . . . as well as another Club opportunity to meet and socialise with like minded members

Meetings held on 3rd Tuesday of Most months and vary from Technical / General presentations to exclusive “On-Site” Visits  . . . REFER to Cat Chat Magazine in Members Area for full upcoming details, including Venue and Times.

NOTE : Members attending need to register prior to a given meeting / event.

Committee Meetings

Held on the first Tuesday of each month 

Members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings but are asked to provide prior notice to the President at president@mitsi4wdsa.org.au and/or Secretary at secretary@mitsi4wdsa.org.au

Minutes

Committee Meeting Minutes are available to Club Members upon request.

Social Functions

As only a limited number of members can attend each club trip, regular social functions offer members greater opportunities to meet and socialize with other members.

The Social Coordinator’s role is to develop a calendar of reasonably-priced events suitable and varied enough for all members to attend regardless of age.  Generally there is no limit to numbers.  In particular, new members can find social events a good way to ‘break the ice’ in meeting members and to find out what they enjoy about the club.  By getting to know each other better, new friendships can encourage more members to take a bigger interest in other club events.

Several social events are organised during the year with the aim of getting as many members together as possible, two of our more long standing events are:-

X-Mas Party

This is an annual event and has been organised as a weekend (generally at a caravan park) or a day in a city park.

Both involve a barbecue lunch free for children and a small fee for adults. Afterwards a visit by Father Christmas to hand out club presents to all members children or Grandchildren (max 2) under the age of 13 years. Details of how it works will be supplied on request or on registration for the event. If it is a weekend event evening happy hours will be organised.

Polish Hill River

Over the years the club has sole use of this venue and has organised events from a weekend up to a stay of many days at the facility 12 kilometres from Clare with a large hall/community kitchen, showers and toilets with powered sites suitable for caravans, campers, tents, rooftop campers and swags and it is next door to Pikes Winery, Brewery and Restaurant. Day trips are organised to local tourist venues and 4WD areas.

Annual Wine Tasting

An annual wine tasting and purchase is organised to coincide with a social meeting, not only do you get good wine for a good price but the club receives a commission for organising the event that goes to fund social events.

Social events are thus a vital part of our club’s repertoire of activities.  Details of these events are advertised in the Club Magazine and website.  Take advantage of these organised functions and widen your experience of the Club.
Members are encouraged to contact the Social Coordinator social@mitsi4wdsa.org.au with ideas for social events.

Club Magazine

Each month the Club publishes a magazine called “Cat Chat”.  Its name was selected from the meaning of ‘Pajero’ which relates to a type of South American Pampas cat, Leopardus Pajeros.

The nature of forthcoming meetings and activities, trip reports, items of general interest to members are printed in the Club Magazine and website in CLUB BENEFITS.

A calendar of events is listed each month and members can join in any event advertised as long as there is room and they satisfy the eligibility criteria.
It pays to be quick to nominate for some sought-after activities as numbers are often limited.

Details for contacting the Committee are published in the Club Magazine and Website Member Area.

Trip plans submitted for inclusion in the Magazine must be approved by the Committee prior to being sent to the Editor.    General articles can be e-mailed to the Editor at the address shown in the Magazine.

Club Website

In June 2013 a sub-committee of five was set up and tasked with the setting up of the club website, finally in July 2014 the site went live and a presentation given at the social meeting.

A fully redesigned Website site went live in April 2020 and a presentation given at the 2020 AGM.

The site can be accessed at https://mitsubishi4wdclubsa.org.au/

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