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February 2012

Peter Mynard and Damian Stock at work at Buchan campsite - New Year 2011/12

(ISSUE 378) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member www.subaru4wdvic.com.au GPO BOX 2456 Melbourne VIC. 3001


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INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF VICTORIA: The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 30 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities. The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each financial year, due after the yearly AGM. Fees for the 2010/2011 year are currently: Interstate: $90 (Seniors card - $85) � Single: $100 (Seniors card - $90) Joint/family: $105 - (Seniors card - $90) (All fees includes affiliation and Insurance: $40) A trip fee of $10 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.

GENERAL MEETINGS

COMMITTEE

South Camberwell Tennis Club 322 Burke Road Glen Iris (Melways 59 H6)

Last Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm sharp (except December)

Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm

Damian Stock (President) Peter Bellis (Secretary)

president@subaru4wdvic.com.au

Bob Marshall (Treasurer)

treasurer@subaru4wdvic.com.au

Jessica Walsh (Trip & Social)

events@subaru4wdvic.com.au

Martin Foot (Editor)

editor@subaru4wdvic.com. au

Andrew Jantke (Membership) vacant (Resources) vacant (Venue) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member) Dale Rebgetz (Ordinary Member)

mship@subaru4wdvic.com.au

secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au

resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au (diverted to president) venue@subaru4wdvic.com.au (diverted to president)

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the February magazine and another president’s report. When I write these reports I often look back on the previous report and sometimes look back at the report from twelve months earlier. One of these becomes a template for the current report. Most of the time this is OK but, as happened last month, sometimes not. Those of you with a keen eye will have noticed that I signed off with the same one I used in December. Apologies for this slight case of déjà vu. Since last month’s report there really hasn’t been too much happening on the club front. Just prior to the last meeting we had the long weekend that wasn’t, due to many of us having to work on the Friday following the Australia Day holiday. Apologies to those in the club who were looking forward to a long weekend trip, which we advertised as being TBA in the November magazine. While enjoying New Year’s Eve at Buchan we did come up with a plan for another trip down there for the long weekend but it just didn’t eventuate. We will try to plan things a little further ahead in the future but, despite our best efforts, sometimes a trip just will not happen. Maybe we don’t have the same resilience as an ex-club member I spoke to at the weekend. He packed up the wife and kids on the Wednesday evening, headed off to his favourite camp site and then left his family there to enjoy the long weekend while he came back to work for Friday and Saturday morning. He did not travel quite as far as Buchan but, even so, that was a pretty good effort for the couple of nights he got away from the rat race. I suppose that anything is possible if you really want it to happen. Last weekend I headed up to Wandin to check out what was on offer at the annual LROCV Field Day. I didn’t get up there until around midday and then spent about twenty minutes waiting to get into the site, even with about six entry gates open. I also had to park half way down the hill from the exhibition so there were plenty of visitors still in attendance. Obviously the adult ticket price of $16 did not scare too many away. As usual there was plenty on offer, although maybe not as much as in previous years. There were a few notable absences, including the Pajero club, but most of the larger vendors, as well as plenty of smaller ones, were well represented. The association had a marquee, shared with Parks Victoria and Affinity Insurance. A number of affiliated and independent clubs also had stands but I am not sure that they were overly busy. Coming up this week we have the Pajero Challenge and we will again be running the three quarter checkpoint. A couple of weeks ago the Pajero club Page: 4


PRESIDENT’S REPORT opened up the event to club members, to participate in two stages at a reduced rate. I toyed with the idea of entering my Hilux, or a mate’s one, and even expressed interest to the event organizers. It was only after a critical review that we realized each vehicle needed more preparation work than either of us had time to complete. Maybe, with twelve month’s notice, we will be better prepared for next year’s event. My navigator and I also realized that we had never seen a section of the challenge so we really had no idea if we could navigate the course using the cryptic clues the event is well known for. We are going to obtain a copy of this years notes and take the club on a run, following the notes. I already have at least one contender so watch out for this trip in a few weeks time. This month’s club meeting will be prefaced by a sausage sizzle BBQ from around 6.30PM. Come along and enjoy a light dinner but please let me know if you are coming so that I can cater accordingly. The club will cater the bread, sausages, sauce and soft drink so please BYO everything else. Hopefully the weather will be fine and warm, as it is at the moment, and we can have an enjoyable start to the meeting. Maybe we can get the meeting over quickly and then head up to Sofia’s for some pizza or maybe a nice dessert. At the March meeting we are hoping to have Mark Russell, from Fourby Fitouts, present on the dos and don’ts of in-vehicle storage systems. Mark has promised that this will be a very informative session so don’t miss it if you are thinking about organizing your vehicle for that next big trip. In a couple of months we will have a presentation on LED lighting and general in-vehicle power solutions. Please come along and welcome these presenters to our club. Last month’s general meeting again ran over time, thanks to a lengthy fines and fun. This did not deter a large group of members hanging around for an extended post-meeting chat. One vehicle that invoked much discussion was Les Scott’s new ride, a beautifully restored Brumby, complete with camouflage paint job. I am interested to see how well this goes in the bush, if Les is game to take it out, in case the nice new paint job gets scratched. Anyway that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there, on the road or in the bush, and I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events. Damian

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EDITOR’S REPORT No trip reports this month, but lots of events coming up, see Jessica’s T&S report. Also attached with this magazine is the 2012 Members’ Contact List (for use within the club only). === The option exists for members to receive their magazine electronically via a web link. They can also choose to discontinue hard copy if they wish. At present, I’m sending the link to all members who have registered their email addresses with Andrew. It you don’t want the email or the hard copy, let me know. Any member of the public can view an abridged version of the current magazine (without personal contact information) via the club’s website, www.subaru4wdvic.com.au === The magazine deadline for next edition is MARCH 13th, 2012. Send all copy to editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au Martin

VENUE REPORT

FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 28 February at 8pm. Venue: Camberwell South Tennis Club BBQ from 6:30pm in the park next to the Tennis Club. Meat, sauce soft drink and bread supplied. BYO everything else. Please RSVP to Damian if you’re coming, for catering purposes, email: president@subaru4wdvic.com.au

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT PAJERO CHALLENGE Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 February Contact: Peter Bellis, email: secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au Running ¾ rest point, between 1:30am and 5:30am Sunday morning. Location is within 2 hours of Melbourne with good road access. Good site with plenty of space for camping and competitors. A good night's fun.

BUNYIP / KURTH KILN PARK NIGHT DRIVE Gladysdale Day Drive Saturday 3 March (pm) – Sunday 4 March Trip Standard Medium Requirements: Torches and spare batteries Contact: T&S Coordinator, email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au This trip will start at the BP Service Station Outbound, Princes Hwy, Longwarry at 6pm. This is a chance to have something to eat and make sure the fuel tank is full. The trip will head off at 7pm and should finish about 11pm at Kurth Kiln. Jamie will be camping there that night, and if you wish to stay for Sunday's trip you will need to bring your camping gear. The Sunday trip will start about 930am with Ellis Track and others in the Gladysdale area. Note that this part of the trip is rated medium to difficult. This trip will also be weather dependant.

GRAMPIANS DRIVE Victorian Iconic 4WD trip Friday 30 March – Sunday 1 April Trip Standard Medium Contact: Jessica Walsh, email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au I would like to do the Grampians iconic 4wd trip.I have not had the opportunity to “pre-trip” this, but the track notes are very comprehensive. The grandeur of the Grampians also lends itself to making this a photographic trip. That is, for all the camera buffs who want to come along, anytime someone wants to stop for a photo, we will. We will meet at the Halls Gap caravan park on Friday evening, and make that our base for two nights. There is a western and eastern loop which we can do in a relaxed fashion on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Page: 7


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT MITSUBISHI MUSTER Tolmie (out of Mansfield) Friday 6 – Monday 9 April 2012 Pajero 4WD Club Victoria www.pajeroclub.com.au Contact: TBA The club has received an invitation to the Mitsubishi Muster to be held over Easter in and around Tolmie in the state's north east. The program is still being determined, but if 2011 was anything to go on, it will be a great event. Have a look at the Pajero Club's website for more details.

MUNGO LAKES WORLD HERITAGE AREA Saturday June 9 – Monday June 11 Trip Standard Easy Contact Jessica Walsh, email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au The Mungo Lakes area is just north of Mildura and has some of the earliest evidence of Aboriginal inhabitance in Australia. The area used to be a large inland lake, and thousands of years of water and wind action have left us with some amazing formations. The trip will meet at the Centro Shopping Centre on the corner of 15th St and Deakin Ave Mildura at 2pm on Saturday. We will then have a 1 ½ – 2 hour drive out to the campsite, where we will pitch tents and relax. On Sunday we will head around the loop track, past the visitor's centre and around The Walls Of China. This is part of the formation that has contributed to the park's world heritage status. Look closely enough and there are signs of early settlement. Depending on the weather we will head back out to The Walls for an amazing land based sunset, looking out across the dry lake bed. Monday will see a relaxed start and a return to Melbourne. Vehicles will need to be well prepared as we will be in an isolated area. All supplies including water are also needed as the only facilities are some long drop toilets at the campsite.

LATER IN THE YEAR Narbethong Wombat State Forest Possible snow trip with the Queensland Subaru Club Goldfields Heritage Area Page: 8


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT JESSICA'S JOTTINGS How many times have we got to a campsite to find something vital is missing? When you pack the car for your next getaway, do you have a list to go by? Or do you just pack what you think you needed on the last trip? When you get back from a trip, take the time to note what you used, what you didn't, and what you should have taken. Start building this into a pre-trip checklist to make the job of packing easier. As you plan your next trip, refer to it and amend it as necessary. It sure beats using a rock to bash in tent pegs! Happy travels, Jessica Walsh Trip and Social Co-ordinator

SUBARU NEWS

NEW SUBARU DIESEL ENGINE Subaru have announced a new MY12 diesel engine. Details from the Subaru website are as follows: The combined fuel economy has improved from 6.4 to 6.0 litres/100km Whilst the engine's power (108kW) will remain the same, the peak torque of 350Nm will be available from 1600-2400 rpm as opposed to 1800-2400 rpm on the outgoing model. The gearbox has been re-engineered slightly to improve gear changes. And no, there is no mention of an auto 'box. The full details are at http://subaru.com.au/news/subaru-torque-town-reviseddiesels-delight or just click on latest news on the bottom left of their home page. Jessica Walsh Page: 9


STANDARD TRIP EQUIPMENT & RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items of equipment on every trip: a) Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader b) Two Rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t); c) Rated “Snatch’em” Strap; d) Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design; e) AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio; f) Fire Extinguisher, accessible to the driver; g) Spare Tyre (full size); h) Jack and Wheel Brace, or equivalent; i) Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing); j) Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays; k) A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip) l) An Axe, Bow or Chain saw; m) A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible shovels are no good); n) Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the Trip); o) A Tool Kit; p) Personal First Aid Kit; q) The Vehicle Manual. Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any Club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All nonemergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.

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SUBARU NEWS USED CAR REVIEW: SUBARU FORESTER 2002-05 by David Morley, drive.com.au

February 10, 2012

2002-05 Subaru Forester. [This is an interesting review of the second series of Foresters. The article is available at: http://news.drive.com.au/drive/used-car-reviews/subaru-forester-20020520120209-1rjxv.html Ed.]

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CLUB CA Date

Event

2012 Sat 25 & Sun 26 FEB

MAR

Tues 28

Pajero Challenge (Club activity with the Pajero Club of Vic) General Meeting

Sat 3, Sun 4

Bunyip/Kurth Kiln/Gladysdale Trip

Tues 6

Committee Meeting

Sat 10 - Mon 12

LABOUR DAY WEEKEND

Tues 13

Magazine deadline for articles, reports, etc

Late March

Grampians Trip

Tues 27

General Meeting, plus presentation by Mar Russell from Fourby Fitouts who will have a vehicle for inspection at the meeting.

Fri 6 to Mon 9 April Mitsubishi Muster (Pajero Club activity; (Easter) invitation extended to S4WDCV) APRIL + Sat 9 - Mon 11 June (Queen’s Birthday)

Trip Standard

Sign

Mungo Lakes World Heritage Area

Vehicle Suitability

Easy Medium

All wheel drive and high range 4WD. Can be Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with d

Difficult Very Difficult

Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles wit Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual rang


ALENDAR Location

Standard Contact for further info.

t.b.a.

Peter Bellis (9801 4762)

CSTC

Damian Stock (0400 118 853)

BP Longwarry

Jamie Scott (0427 707 721)

TBA

Peter Bellis (9801 4762)

Cost

Martin Foot (9077 4250) TBA

TBA

rk CSTC a Tolmie (out of Mansfield)

Mildura

Jessica Walsh (0414 692 574) Damian Stock (0400 118 853)

various

Jessica Walsh (0414 692 574) or $25 vehicle pajeroclub.com.au plus $5 per person per night Jessica Walsh (0414 692 574)

low clearance with single range and road tyres. dual range and all terrain or road tyres.

th dual range and all terrain tyres. ge and tyres suitable for the terrain (eg. mud terrain tyres).


SECRETARY’S REPORT

SPECIAL RESOLUTION – CHANGES TO CLUB’S CONSTITUTION Changes to the club’s constitution must be approved by the members of the club by way of a special resolution at a meeting of the club. The requirements for the passing of a special resolution, as set out in section 29 of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (as amended) are as follows: at least 21 days notice is given to all members entitled to vote, specifying the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution at that meeting, at least 3⁄4 of the members at the meeting who are entitled to vote, vote in favour of the resolution, and the chairperson declares the resolution has been carried, unless a poll is demanded.

Proposed Special Resolutions: The following proposed special resolution will be put forward to the members for consideration and determination at the general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc to be held on Tuesday, 27th March 2012. I, Peter Gordon Bellis, propose that the following changes be made the constitution of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. In rule 6.a, replace the words “Annual General Meeting” with “general meeting held no earlier than three (3) months before such fees are due ”. In rule 10.d, delete sub-rule (e) – “to set the schedule of fees for the next financial year”. I, Peter Gordon Bellis, propose that the following changes be made to the by-laws of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. In by-law 14.b, replace the words “Annual General Meeting” with “general meeting held no earlier than three (3) months before such fees are due ”. Motions are moved by Peter Bellis. Motions are seconded by Damian Stock. Page: 16


SECRETARY’S REPORT Purpose of Proposed Special Resolutions The purpose of the resolution is to finish the process of decoupling the membership year from the financial year / annual general meeting so as to allow membership renewal to occur and be finalised by 30th June of each year when the annual affiliation and insurance fee is payable to 4WD Victoria. At the July 2011 general meeting, the membership passed a special resolution that changed the date of membership from the July AGM to 31st May. However, the constitution still states that the entrance and annual subscription, fees and levies are determined at the annual general meeting; some two months after membership fees are now due. Therefore, it is necessary to change the constitution and by-laws so that the entrance and annual subscription, fees and levies are set and determined before membership fees become due at the end of May. To this extent, it is proposed to amend the constitution and by-laws so that such entrance and annual subscription, fees and levies are determined at the May general meeting. Peter Bellis Secretary

RESOURCES Club Clothing prices: Polo - $30 Double-sided vest - $60 Long sleeved fleece top - $65 Storm jacket - $110 Cap $25 Please note that an order will be placed soon. If you want any items, contact Damian as soon as possible on mob; 0400 118 853 or email: president@subaru4wdvic.com.au Page: 17


FOR SALE The club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. Please note that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1998-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) the cash price of the vehicle and; (b) the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered. Contact the club editor to advertise in this space.

Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au. Subaru Vortex Turbo AWD, 1987, no reg, Engine number: 405782, VIN number: JFLAX7DROBH302317. One owner, 205,000 Km. It was a daily driver until a few weeks ago and would suit parts or restore. To get the car back on the road; tyres, brakes, screen, small rust bottom quarter panels, muffler. The car is on the Mornington Peninsula. Contact: Phill Bradley, pbradley300@netspace.net.au WANTED - L series bull bar. Bumper replacement type alloy bulbar to suit an L series Subaru (for adaption to fit Peugeot 505). Not sure if a Brumby bar would fit, are they the same width? Please contact Hank Verwoert, email: verwoert@netspace.net.au

Maintenance work at Buchan campsite, New Year 2011/12

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES A General Meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 31 January 2011 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:20pm. 1. Present Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Jan Aylott, Bev Davison, Jean Bellis, Peter Bellis, Lisa Jantke, Andrew Jantke, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard, Les Scott, Jamie Scott, Michael Hartsborne, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Glenys Howell, Brian Howell, Jessica Walsh, Adam Howley, Cynthia Rennolds, Enid Hewett, Damian Stock, Martin Foot, Dale Rebgetz, Rick Koster, Tom Boltadzija, David Wilson. 2. Apologies Paul Saleeba, Elaine Hyde, Devid Hewett, Damien Hough. 3. Visitors Gerrard (Forester ’09) 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1 The minutes of the November 2011 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Adam Howley and seconded by Jean Bellis. 5.2 There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In Magazines from various 4WD and other clubs/associations. VicRoads – trailer registration renewal 4WD Victoria: Invitation to participate in rebuilding of Fry’s Hut at Sheepyard Flat. Advertising material Pajero 4WD Club Pajero Challenge Lite Mitsubishi Muster at Easter time. 6.2 Out None.

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7. Reports 7.1 Resources: Nothing to report. 7.2 Editor Thank you for all the trip reports and photographs for this month’s magazine. The new membership cards were distributed with this month’s magazine. 7.3 Trip and Social See elsewhere in the magazine for dates and details. Subaru 4WD Club of Queensland is keen to do a joint high country trip with us. Bev will organise an “Iconic Walk of Melbourne City” for a “first Saturday/Sunday of the month” trip. First aid kits are with Adam and David. Pajero Challenge A “Challenge Lite” is on offer for those who want to “dip their toes in the water” for a navigation challenge. Need to do sections – section 1 plus one other. Cost is $170. Variety Club – having a 4WD muster on 20th to 22nd April 2012 at Lardner Park. 7.4 Venue See elsewhere in the magazine for dates and details. Next month – have a barbeque before the meeting at, say, 6:30pm. Need another club member to take on the supper supplies at the monthly meeting. Lisa offered to do so. 7.5 Membership. Nothing to report at the moment. Any feedback on the new membership cards are to be provided to Andrew. List of sponsors is in TrackWatch. 7.6 Treasurer Current bank account balance at the end of December 2011 is $1,357.97. Page: 20


CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7.7 Secretary Next committee meeting is at the home of Jessica in Sunbury at 7:30pm 7.8 President As per the newsletter. Oxfam Christmas tree delivery offers a good opportunity for the club to do community service. Many thanks to those who helped. Buchan campsite – offers the club a good camping facility. Subaru Docklands – waiting for a response to our presentation to them. 8. General Business 8.1 Driver training – Jessica has been accepted by the Driver Training Unit of 4WD Victoria. Will need to do several courses before she can be certified as a club instructor. Congratulations. 8.2 The new Outback comes with a new diesel engine that offers more torque at lower revs. 8.3 Adam recently went on a 4WD trip with a group from an internet forum. The trip highlighted the benefit of being a member of club, the support given to new members, and training opportunities. 8.4 The club has established a Facebook page as another means of promoting the club and aiding club communications (www.facebook.com/subaru4wdvic). 8.5 The club’s website update is close to being completed. 8.6 Peter Mynard came across a universal under-dash radio mounting box. Can acquire them for about $25 (Repco was going to charge $60). 8.7 Tom – did not have much success with the Chinese made constant velocity joints. There is a place in Melbourne that reconditions them but he said that rally teams, etc, tend to go to wreckers to get original Subaru CV joints. 9. Fines and Fun 9.1 Nametags Rick Koster, Peter Mynard, Michael Hartsborne, Dale Rebgetz. 9.2 Last to Meeting David Wilson Page: 21


CLUB MEETING MINUTES 9.3 Trips 9.3.1 Christmas Trip Jamie – camping on the wrong side of the river. Jamie – for chasing after Cynthia in his vehicle. David – for arriving before midnight but well after the 6pm meeting time. David – for putting his tent on top of the car to move it to the other side of the river. Cynthia – for attempting to go up a track at “100” kph. Cynthia – for tying the rear bar on the roof rack but then loosing it when Cynthia took off. David – for breaking a gear linkage into Wonnangatta. David – for having to offload his Dad and two sons when the car got into a precarious position on the way out from Wonnangatta. David – for being towed across the river to Eaglevale after his gearbox seized up in first gear. Cynthia – for spilling fuel from her jerry can. Adam and Jamie – had a bake-off on New Year’s eve. Bev – for whacking a crow with a pillow to get it off her car. 9.4 Other Damian – for “insulting” Martin about his computing skills. Gerrard – for leaving early. 9.5 Total fines collected - $7:30. 10. Meeting closed at 10:20pm and was followed by supper. 11. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 February 2012, commencing at 8pm.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on 7th February 2012 at the home of Jessica Walsh. Meeting commenced at 7.40PM. 1. Present Damian Stock, Andrew Jantke, Martin Foot, Jessica Walsh, Phil Milkins. 2. Apologies: Peter Bellis, Bob Marshall, Dale Rebgetz 3. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with 5 committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the November and December 2011 committee meetings were accepted without amendment. 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1 Club Website Working bee held with Dale and Michael to review new web site. New gallery capability needs a way of attaching names to photos. Should we move forward with the site? Martin cannot work on it until after April. Can we coerce someone to bring it up sooner? 4.2.2 MS-Publisher for Editor Damian has sourced a copy. To be supplied to Martin ASAP. 4.2.3 Club Magazine Distribution List No further additions expected. 4.2.4 Listing of Resources Damian, as stand-in resources officer, to contact David Wilson regarding an updated list of club resources. 4.2.5 Use of Social Media for Promoting the Club Created a Facebook page. Adam busily filling it with Land Rover Discovery photos. Achieving the desired result of raising the club’s visibility. 4.2.6 Subaru Docklands No response to email as yet. Damian will follow up.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 4.2.7 Club Brochure Has been distributed. Damian to distribute to Ben for comment. Committee also welcomed to come up with suggestions by next committee meeting. 4.2.8 Training For Docklands Jessica has received her traineeship for FWDV ETU. Will enable us to run this training after she has completed the traineeship. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In Variety Club Muster – incentive to get more club members involved. FWDV Delegate’s Brief Sheet FWDV regarding next association general meeting on February 25th. FWDV regarding pro-rata membership fee procedure. Email regarding 1983/4 MY wagon for sale. Call and email from Neil Brydson, our new FWDV board contact, replacing Prue Hassler. 5.2 Out Letter to FWDV giving apologies for next general meeting and questioning scheduling conflict with Pajero Challenge. 6. Reports 6.1 Resources David suggested that we could order individual club clothing items at no higher cost so we should go ahead with an order received from Jamie Scott. Martin to mention that an order is being put together in magazine. 6.2 Trip and Social Grampians photo trip, based on Iconic trails track notes, planned for March 31st and April 1st. Mitsubishi Muster - no takers as yet. Pajero Challenge – nothing to report as Peter absent from meeting. Page: 24


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Jamie Scott to run a night trip between Longwarry and Kurth Kiln, Gembrook, on March 3rd. Camping at Kurth Kiln. Mungo World Heritage area, Queen’s Birthday weekend. Peter Bellis to run a Grampians trip on the November Cup weekend. 6.3 Venue Lisa has taken on the supper supplies, from Peter and Jean. January meeting well attended and tried to challenge November’s fines and fun lengthy trip report. Also record for number of members attending after party in car park. February meeting Damian to follow up on Greg Smith of Smithy’s Outback Gear. March meeting Phil organising Mark from Forby Fitouts. Potential guest speakers ORS 4WD storage drawers LED lighting system. Hema, Spacial Vision or Meridian mapping. Peter to follow up. Andrew Cruddas regarding changed roadworthy conditions. 6.4 Membership No change in status since the general meeting. Potential member Jarred to be contacted. Andrew to contact Peter re modifications to constitution. Need to get copies out to all members ASAP. All cards distributed with magazine, except for one. Last membership card to be posted out to Gareth McGregor. Process needed to pay for, and order, a membership card for new members. Bob and Andrew to liaise. Andrew and Martin to issue new membership list to club this month with magazine. 6.5 Editor February magazine could be light due to lack of trip reports. May find an archive trip report. Page: 25


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 6.6 Treasurer: Absent. No report submitted. 6.7 Secretary: Absent. No report submitted. 6.8 President Feedback from members about lack of information on website and lack of communications about trips not happening. Martin to put sufficient information on the web site. Jessica to send out an email if an intended trip is not going to happen. Will not be attending the next FWDV general meeting due to conflict with the Pajero Challenge. 7. General Business Jessica has work conflicts not allowing her to attend ETU courses for the next few months. Would be good to have a second trainee. Constitution change to fix the fee setting date to be the April general meeting, prior to when FWDV fees come due. Peter to amend constitution items 6a,10d(e) and bylaw 14. Notice of motion required 20 days prior to vote therefore to be included in February meeting for a vote at the March meeting. Jessica to provide further input to constitution amendments. Phil has won a first aid kit through a magazine competition. Is offering the kit for the club to raffle. Accepted with thanks. To be a major raffle prize over a couple of meetings in the near future. Need perpetual diary to be updated. Peter to issue to committee for their input. Buddy system for new or potential members. Jessica has a “A Tourer’s Checklist” that could be modified to use as a reference for new members attending trips. Very vehicle oriented. Phil may have a more generic camping list for consideration. Jessica to assemble a more usable list for issuing by email to new members. Empty committee positions and those considering retiring at next AGM – succession planning should be happening now. To be discussed further at next committee meeting. Should joining fee be increased to incorporate club clothing purchase? What about cost of compulsory driver training, possibly around $50-60. Andrew to obtain clothing costs from Dave and canvas for orders Page: 26


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES from newest and current members. Question about vehicle rolling on driver education course at Werribee. Damian to ask FWDV due to impact on potential new member. 8. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th March, 2012 at 7:30pm at the home of Damian at Wantirna. 9. Meeting closed at 10.30pm.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR March 2012 Thursday 15th Proficiency Course (PC120317) Theory - Nth Balwyn Saturday 17th Proficiency Course (PC120317) Practical - Werribee Tuesday 20th Chainsaw Course (CS120324) Theory - Nth Balwyn Friday 23rd Map Reading and Into to GPS Course (MR120323) – Nth Balwyn Saturday 24th Chainsaw Course (CS120324) Practical - Tallarook ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------April 2012 Friday 13th Proficiency Course (PC120415) Theory - Nth Balwyn Sunday 15th Proficiency Course (PC120415) Practical - Werribee Sunday 15th On Road Towing Course (TO120415) - Altona Thursday 19th Intermediate 4WD Course (IN120421) Theory - Nth Balwyn Friday 20th GPS Course (GPS120420) – Nth Balwyn Saturday 21st Intermediate 4WD Course (IN120421) Practical – TBA Saturday 21st Winch Recovery Course (WR120421) Practical – TBA Friday 27th Proficiency Course (PC120428) Theory - Nth Balwyn Saturday 28th Proficiency Course (PC120428) Practical - Werribee FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: training@fwdvictoria.org.au Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis, email: secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply. Page: 27


Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria magazine, online version, February 2012  
Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria magazine, online version, February 2012  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria, online version, February 2012 edition

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