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March 2015

Meal and Movie Night (ISSUE 412) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC 3149

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB 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 year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2014/15 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2014 and are as follows: ● Interstate: $110 (Seniors card - $105) ● Single: $120 (Seniors card - $110) ● Joint/family: $140 - (Seniors card - $125). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $47) A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.


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

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

COMMITTEE Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm Stephen Whittaker (President) Jessica Walsh vice(Vice President) Peter Bellis (Secretary) Bob Marshall (Treasurer) Martin Foot (OM: Membership) Michael Hartshorne au (OM: Editor) Dale Rebgetz (OM: Resources) Jean Bellis (OM: Events Coordinator ) Jamie Scott (OM: Trips Coordinator) Dale Rebgetz (OM: Venue) Stephen Whittaker /, Damian Stock (OM) Venue Presentations

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the March Subaru 4WD Club magazine. I’m writing my report as the Spirit of Tasmania departs Melbourne and heads across Port Philip Bay for Devonport. Jessica’s Tassie Trek is on. Just over two years ago, Jessica, Michael H and I completed a circumnavigation of Tassie. Mostly a touring trip, we completed a circumnavigation exploring a little of the west coast. This time, we’re focusing just on the infamous west coast. Jessica & Sharon, Dale & Jan, Jamie, Bev & I will explore the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, head south towards Sandy Cape, tackle the challenging Climes Track and then visit Granville Harbour, Strahan and Queenstown, mostly via 4WD tracks. Should be a great trip. We’ll be back for the March meeting to relay stories, so be sure to come along to hear all about our adventure. This month has been busy for the club with a wide variety of trips and events occurring. Dale and Jan’s Meal and Movie Night was held at the Cameo Cinema (an outdoor cinema) in Belgrave. We all enjoyed a wonderful social evening with dinner at the Reel Café, next door to the cinema. The weather was kind to us and the evening was not too cool either, despite being at the foothill of the Dandenongs. Well done to Dale and Jan for organising a very enjoyable evening. Also occurring this month was Jamie’s Labor Day Long Weekend Trip down at his great place in Hazelwood South. By all accounts, there was plenty of mud, challenging sections and fun had. I visited just for the Sunday evening in time to hear everyone’s stories and enjoy the night around the campfire. Well done for organising a great weekend for all involved, Jamie. The other event this month (while the Tassie Trek goes ahead) is Graham & Kerry’s Toolangi Day Trip. I’m sure this turned out to be an excellent adventure for the day. There certainly were good numbers expected to attend, so it will be good to hear how the day went at the March General Meeting. From my perspective, it’s great to see new trip leaders stepping up and taking on the running of a trip. Just a brief update with regard to the Explore Australia Expo, I have had further discussions with the expo organisers and will have more information to share at the March General Meeting. Your assistance at this event would be greatly appreciated. So, if you could spare a day or a half day to talk with prospective members about how brilliant our club is and the types of activities we undertake, please talk with me directly. Talk with me at the meeting or send me an email.

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT I’d like to make special mention of Dale and his efforts in purchasing and installing a new, secure cabinet at our meeting room. Dale liaised with the SCTC management to request a small amount of space in the storage room on their premises. This acquisition will work perfectly for our club with pressure taken off committee members to bring in and take home equipment at each meeting. While I think Dale is quite likely the happiest of all members given the amount of stuff he was previously carting to the meeting each month, we are all very grateful, Dale, so thank you. Enjoy the March magazine – there’s plenty happening within the club. I’ll see you at the March General Meeting and out on the road – wherever we may be heading.

Stephen Whittaker President

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT Chocolates I hope you are managing to sell plenty of chocolates. Or enjoy them! If you have managed to get rid of them, please bring the chocolate money to the next meeting. There are also a few boxes left if you haven’t managed to quell that craving just yet. I will make sure they are at the next meeting so you can be tempted. Multiple memberships I am part of a 4WD Victoria sub-committee looking at how to manage those members who choose to join more than one affiliated club. This is in an effort to eliminate paying the affiliation fee more than once. Can you please let me know if you are in fact a member of more than one club? Or have chosen not to join another, due to the extra cost. I can’t say if there can be a way around paying duplicate fees, but at least it is worth investigating. Page: 5

VENUE REPORT FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 31st March at 8pm. Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. Door Prize: Come along to win a special door prize at this month’s meeting. Venue Coordinator

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT Driver Training Hopefully there will be a good turnout at the working bee later in April to help put the training areas together. Depending how the work goes, there might even be an opportunity to practice a little. Once the work has been done, we will be able to finalise some dates for the training course. Speaking of training, I will be taking the next step to become a Public instructor, from Club level. The training will occur over the next few months or so. This is part of the Association’s review of the ETU in an effort to get more instructors qualified at a higher level. Jessica Walsh, Vice President.

EDITOR’S REPORT The magazine deadline for next edition is Friday 17 April 2015. Send all copy to

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT Easter Trip - Mansfield Woods Point Road Trip Dates:- Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April Trip Leader:- Stephen Whittaker Trip Standard:- Easy to Difficult ( potentially Very Difficult) The Easter Long Weekend Trip will be based from a standing camp at one of the many camp sites along the Mansfield-Woods Point Road. This picturesque area located not too far from Melbourne has some very special places to visit and some excellent four wheel driving. There’s plenty to see and do across the weekend and how much you do is up to you! Choose an easy drive, a difficult drive, something in between, the lot… or… just sit by the river at camp and relax. There’ll be a little of everything for everyone. Possible day trips include Mt Terrible, Woods Point, The old slate mine, Granny’s Flat, Big River area, Enoch Point and Gaffney’s Creek. Working Bee at Woodside Date:- Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 April 2015 Location:- Damian and Angela Stock’s Farm, Woodside Trip Leaders:- Jessica Walsh, Damian Stock The purpose of this weekend is to be a Working Bee to set up some areas that we will be able to use for Driver Training. The aim will be to start work early Saturday afternoon to allow people to attend Anzac Day Services before they come. BYO all food and drinks. The BBQ will be available to use for Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast. Camping will be available on the property. Bring :- Shovels, crowbars, rakes and gardening gloves. Keppel’s Day Trip Trip Dates:- Sunday 24th May 2015 Trip Leader:- Rick Koster Trip Standard:- Easy to Medium Meeting Place:- Healesville at 9.30am Page: 7

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT Requirements:- full tank of fuel from Healesville, BYO Lunch etc. This trip will include a visit to Keppel’s Hut, Keppel’s Falls, Guy’s Hut and the Rubicon Power Station. 4WDVic 40th Anniversary Queens Birthday Weekend – Friday 5 June to Monday 8 June 2015 in Mansfield You will need to be quick to book as places are limited. See Flyer printed else where in this magazine. Ask Jean for a Registration Form. It would be great to see a group from the club attend. Midweek Mungo Meander Date: Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 July Standard: Easy if the weather is dry Trip Leader: Jessica Walsh Fees: Day entry per car $7, Camping per adult/child $5/$3 per night Vehicle limit: 10 cars I am off to Mungo for a few days at the end of July. Mungo National Park is located in NSW in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. This is a midweek trip to allow for those who work weekends to come along. Some information on the park is here: We will be staying in a Mildura caravan park on Tuesday night, to allow people to arrive at their own leisure. Mildura is 5-6 hours north of Melbourne. Wednesday will see us heading to Mungo, which is a further two hours north. There is an excellent camping area with toilets and shaded campsites (see fees, above). They have a great interpretive centre to spend the afternoon learning about some of Australia’s oldest inhabitants. From here there is a 70km loop track that passes much the park has to offer, which I plan to do on Thursday. A leisurely pack-up and then head home on Friday. A walk to watch the sunset on the Walls of China is also not to be missed, which we will do either or both nights depending on the weather. This is an isolated area, so please make sure you are self sufficient with Page: 8

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT water and food. Extra fuel won’t be necessary if you fill up in Mildura. Pack some warm clothes, as this is desert country and it can get very cold at night. (If the nights are clear, it is a star gazers paradise). TRIPS AND EVENTS to look forward to in 2015 Chirstmas in July – Saturday 18 July Trivia Night – 8 August Border track – 31 October to 3 November. OTHER TRIP AND SOCIAL EVENTS without set date yet. Driver Training

Night Run

High Country Huts

Mud Day Trip

Rubicon Snow Trip High Tea at Yarra Valley Lodge - Trip Leader: Jean Bellis - August/ September possibly Discover Melbourne Walk - Trip Leader Bev Davison Puffing Billy – Dinner and Murder Mystery Night OTHER POSSIBLE TRIP AND SOCIAL EVENTS Would you like to lead on of these trips? Possible locations include: Cathedral Range Strathbogies Brisbane Ranges Murray River Regional Park (NSW) and Barmah State Forest (Vic) Lake Thomson Round Trip or social events, such as: A Picnic at Hanging Rock Queenscliff Blues Train Mornington Peninsula food and wine trail

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Trips proposed for that Year


Disputed Border (The Full length of VIC/SA border) Friday 25 March to Sunday 3 April 2016 (Easter 25 - 28 March). Option for People to do just Easter as there are exit points on major roads. Kangaroo Island? Simpson Desert 11th Australian 4WD Gathering – 19-22 August


Central Australia Fraser Island


Cape York


Canning Stock Route


Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 model, $120.00 ONO Roof console to hold CB + lights and switches for Outback $100.00 Contact: David Wilson, Jessica’s Sale: 3x 225/60 R17 Yokohama Geolander G012 A/T-S tyres to suit the current Outback/Liberty. Two of them have been driven about 30,000km ($50 ea.) and the other is near new with about 4,000km of use ($100). Contact: Jessica Walsh, Wheels and tyres: 5 x 16 inch Subaru wheels, with used Geolander G900 tyres. Various states of wear. $25 each or $100 the lot (preferred). Contact: Martin Foot, Page: 10

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT This year Four Wheel Drive Victoria celebrates its 40th anniversary. To celebrate we are staging a weekend of celebration, fun and friendship. WHERE: Mansfield in the Victoria High Country. WHEN: Queen’s Birthday weekend Friday 5 - Monday 8 June 2015. Members are invited to arrive Friday night, or Saturday morning for registration. ACCOMMODATION: Limited camp sites are available at the Mansfield Showgrounds. Powered sites $25.00 per night; Unpowered sites $20.00 per night. Sites are rapidly going with numerous bookings received. Fire drums will be available. Book early to avoid disappointment. (There are also numerous other accommodation options in Mansfield & District) ACTIVITIES: Four wheel driving of all standards are organised for members to participate on the weekend. ANNIVERSARY DINNER: Saturday night a dinner will be held in the hall at the Showgrounds. Maximum seating is available for the first 200. Cost of dinner is $40 per adult, $20 per child under 12. A DJ will provide entertainment into the early hours! A communal BYO Happy Hour will precede the dinner. Sunday evening BYO Happy Hour will again be held at the Showgrounds. MONSTER RAFFLE: Over $7,000 of quality prizes available BOOKINGS: Are now being taken for camping and the dinner. BOOK EARLY. To book email: or phone Sandra on 03 52 661609. Bookings close May 15, 2015. Payment required for dinner and camping. Page: 11

TRIP REPORTS Meal and Movie Night, Belgrave, 27th February 2015 Like last year at the Cameo the weather was kind to us – not too hot, a little chilly, nice and dry – but with a threatening thunderstorm that fortunately never eventuated. The Reel Cafe is pleasantly located right beside the original Cameo Cinema, partially occupying part of the original cinema foyer. The main dining area occupies the original lane way beside the cinema; cosy but not too much so. The meals, as usual, for the cafe were up to their high standard and enjoyed by all 15 of us who could make it that early. The night was cooling as we collected our deck chairs and headphones and set ourselves up in front of the screen. As it was a cool night and we were expecting the cinema not to be too busy, but the movie was popular and so it was good to see plenty of patronage. Many of us wrapped ourselves in blankets and settled in to enjoy “The Second Best Marigold Hotel” starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench amongst some other notables. Jamie, and Charles and Paula could not make it in time for the dinner but nevertheless were there in time for the beginning of the movie. The movie was enjoyed by all and lived up to its predecessor in quality and entertainment.

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TRIP REPORTS An interesting and unusual experience was to periodically see, below the screen and through the bushes, the Belgrave train passing one way or the other. This is because the outdoor cinema backs up against the railway reserve. However all good things come to an end so after packing up our blankets and pillows and returning our chairs and headphones, we all said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. The cast: Jan and Dale Rebgetz Bev Davison Angela and Damian Stock Peter and Jean Bellis

Ruth and Bob Marshall Enid Hewett Stephen Whittaker Meredith and Michael Dale

MOVIE ONLY: Jamie Scott Charles and Paula Tam

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2015 MAR

Tues 31th

General Meeting

Fri 3 April - Mon 6th Easter Trip Tues 7th

Committee Meeting

APR Sat 25th - Sun 26th Working Bee at Woodside


Sun 24th May

Keppel’s Day Trip

Fri 5th June - Mon 8th

4WDVic 40th Anniversary

Sat 18th July

Christmas in July

Tue 28 - Fri 31 July Midweek Mungo Meander Sat 8th Aug

Trip Standard


Trivia Night

Vehicle Suitability

Easy Medium

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

Difficult Very Difficult

Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles with Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual range

ALENDAR Location

Standard Contact for further info.


Dale Rebgetz

Mansfield-Woods Point Road

Stephen Whittaker

Bob Marshall’s

Peter Bellis



Jessica Walsh Damian Stock


Rick Koster


See Trip & Social Report

The Bellis’s


Mungo TBA

Jean Bellis Jessica Walsh


Jean Bellis

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

h dual range and all terrain tyres. e and tyres suitable for the terrain (eg. mud terrain tyres).


Subaru Forester Diesel SUV pioneer Subaru has plugged a gap in the line-up of its popular Forester with an automatic diesel variant. The Japanese brand has also taken the knife to its best-selling model, slashing prices by up to $3500 as it aims to consolidate the Forester’s position in an increasingly crowded market. It has had a manual diesel variant for some time, but Subaru believes an auto diesel could add up to 200 sales a month, inching it closer to the secondplaced Toyota RAV4 in the sales race. The auto is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which differs from conventional autos in that it doesn’t actually shift gears. Unlike other CVT’s which can sound thrashy and feel sloppy, the Subaru version is one of the best available. It feels more like a conventional auto because it has seven “steps” that feel like gearshifts. If you’re light on the throttle it feels like a normal CVT, but if you apply more than 65 per cent throttle it will “shift” to another step. Engineers have also revised the 2.0-litre diesel, bringing it in line with strict Euro6 emissions regulations. VALUE All models add features and drop in price by up to $3500. That’s bad new if you’ve just bought a Forester, but enticing for prospective buyers. The base petrol manual 2.0i Forester is now $29,990 (down $2500) and the rangetopping turbo XT Premium is $47,990 (down $1500). Pay $33,490 for the diesel manual, the 2.0DL, with the CVT adding $2000. Opt for the 2.0DS model with leather and plenty of other goodies and the prices are $39,490 (down $3500) and $41,490 respectively. But - and this is a big issue - neither diesel is available with Subaru’s potentially lifesaving EyeSight setup, which uses cameras at the front of the car to detect obstacles and apply the brakes if it senses an imminent collision. The diesels also don’t get fuel-saving stopstart technology, which shuts off the engine when the car is stationary at traffic lights, for example. A sore point with Forester in the past - its cheap interior - is addressed with a premium look, more soft-feel surfaces, smoother operating and better looking switches and prettier fascia materials and instruments. Capping it all is an excellent seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with connections to apps such as Pandora radio. All Foresters now have one-touch blinkers, daytime running lights and alloy wheels, including a full-size spare. DRIVING We had a good crack at both grades of the CVT diesel on Tasmanian Croads including dirt and gravel - an environment perfectly suited to the engine and transmission. Paddle shifters enable sportier shifting but are superfluous because the engine has so much grunt low down - 350Nm at just 1600rpm. Page: 16

Subaru Forester Diesel Unlike most diesels, the engine spins freely, Subaru has also done a good job of minimising noise or vibration in the cabin. We didn’t worry about the transmission at all - because of it unobtrusive operation. This vehicle is a “push-and-go” proposition. Come to a hill, push the throttle a bit more, come to some corners, back off, then plant it on the run-out. Better yet is the ride quality. Foresters have always been strong in this area, and subtle tweaks mean the car is even better at isolating occupants from rough roads while keeping planted though corners. The Forester can be driven in pretty much any mode you choose from cruising on the freeway to tackling winding bitumen and scooting over corrugated gravel roads. The breaks and steering also inspire confidence, as do the five-start safety package and the full-timeall-wheel drive. But we don’t like the look of it much. When is Subaru going to bite the bullet and hire a talented designer - as Kia did a few years ago? The luggage area is a decent size, the seats are comfortable and the driving position has ample adjustment. VERDICT This is a car you could confidently buy now and still be driving in a decade after using it every day - it has that rock-solid reliable feel. The ride abets long days of touring and the economical engine should top 1000km on one tank. The diesel is a cracker - and the better with CVT. We’d have one in a blink as a practical, knockabout, reliable, Japanese-built car. Peter Barnwell

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RESOURCES We have plenty of resources to sell. We may have many, some or none of the following items so if you are interested in any of these then please come along to the club meeting and I will be very happy to sell them to you. Correct change will be much appreciated. $ Hat Oiled Skin size 55


Hat Safari size 59


Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14


Long sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size M


New Style Red Polo Shirts (M, L, XL, 2XL)


New Style Vest


New Style Jacket


Blue Polo Shirt


Large Sew on Badges


Small Sew on Badges


Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight


eFlare HZ510 Red with Base


CV Boot Clamps Large & Small


CV Joint Grease


Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]


MSP Engine Formulation (oil additive)


For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email:

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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 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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CLUB MEETING MINUTES The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm. 1. Present Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Dave Denver, Paul Saleeba, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard, Des Lehmann, Dale Rebgetz, Edith Fullalove, Peter Fullalove, Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Tim Folliard, Bev Davison, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Stephen Whittaker, Martin Foot, Damian Stock, Rick Koster, David Wilson. 2. Apologies Elaine Milkins, Phil Milkins, Graham Gill, Kerry Gill, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke. 3. Visitors Dennis Scambler (Mitsubishi Trident), Peter Divine. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1 The minutes of the January 2015 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Bob Marshall and seconded by Peter Mynard. 5.2 There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In ● 4WD Victoria – notice of general meeting, mapping course, and the “e-News”. 6.2 Out ● None. 7. Reports 7.1 Resources ● Storage cupboard – has been purchased and installed ready for use. 7.2 Editor ● Nothing to report.

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7.3 Trip and Social ● Details of future trips and social events elsewhere in the magazine. 7.4 Venue ● Details of future monthly meetings elsewhere in the magazine. ● Nothing to report. 7.5 Membership. ● As noted in the last committee meeting minutes, Lynette Mudford is now a member of the club. ● Have two membership applications awaiting approval by the committee. ● Membership list – was distributed with the last magazine. Can memberships please check their details and inform Martin of any necessary corrections or removals. 7.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $6,009.82. 7.7 Secretary ● Nothing to report. 7.8 Vice-President ● Chocolate fundraiser – boxes of chocolates are available to collection and sale. Sale price per box is $50. ● Driver training – have checked out a number of suitable locations around the Woodside area. A working bee will be required to do some setup work. 7.9 President ● The club has confirmed with 4WD-TV as to the club’s interest to have a stand at the up-coming 4WD show at the Melbourne showgrounds. ● Des Lehman was presented with his “life membership” nametag. 8. General Business 8.1 It is Edith’s birthday today. 8.2 Need some volunteers to help with tonight’s supper. 8.3 4WD signage erected at Licola – feedback from the locals is that it is a great success, with many people stopping to take a photograph of them. The club is always welcomed back at Licola. 8.4 Rick mentioned that when recently checking the radiator in his wife’s car, he took the radiator cap off and it came off in many pieces. Moral of the story – take of the radiator cap when checking the radiator. 9. Fines and Fun 9.1 Nametags Page: 21

CLUB MEETING MINUTES ● Bev Davidson. 9.2 Last to Meeting ● Rick Koster. 9.3 Trips 9.3.1 Otway Ranges ● Charles and Paula – turning up 5 minutes after departure time. ● Jean – turning an easy trip into a more difficult one due to a nice muddy track. ● Edith and Peter – for having the muddiest vehicle after the muddy track. ● Jess – for falling off her lilo at the campsite. ● Peter – for turning left instead of right. ● Michael H – for “flying” through the mud puddle. ● Michael H – for reversing up and going through the same puddle a second time. ● Stephen – for breaking the inner mount of his front left mudguard (required a zip tie). ● Peter – for turning left instead of right near the coalmine. ● Peter – for hitting the same pot hole that he did on the pretrip. ● Tim – for being stuck in a puddle, with his Landcruiser sitting on the diffs (required a serious snatch). ● Jamie – for not coming on the trip and missing out on all the mud and puddles. ● Peter F – for going through all the puddles. ● Peter and Edith – for detouring on the trip back to camp to go through more puddles. ● Peter B – for turning too far into Moggs track and so, Martin missed the turn. ● Martin – for being distracted and so, missing the turn into Moggs track. ● Michael H – for pulling out early on Sunday and so, missed out on all the dust for the weekend. ● Jean – the last creek crossing had no water in it. Total fines collected - $5.60. 10. The Lucky door prize was won by Damian Stock. 11. Photographic Competition ● The winners of the 2015 photographic competition are as follows: Page: 22

CLUB MEETING MINUTES Best Portrait – “Tadpole dreaming” – Jan Rebgetz Best Action – “Just getting Lisa excited” – Dale Rebgetz Best Close-up (nature) – “Resting” – Jan Rebgetz Best Funny – “Oops” – Dale Rebgetz Best Landscape – “High country hut” – Peter Mynard Best Recovery – “Jamie’s little mudhole” – Edith Fullalove Best Group – “Track watch” – Dale Rebgetz ● Certificates were presented to the winners of the various categories by the club president. ● Members were reminded to keep those cameras working in 2015. ● Many thanks to Katie for organising the competition and co-ordinating the photographs. 12. Meeting closed at 10:15pm. 13. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31th March 2015 commencing at 8pm.

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at the home of Stephen Whittaker starting at 7:35pm. 1. Present Stephen Whittaker, Damian Stock, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Bob Marshall, Jessica Walsh, Jamie Scott, Dale Rebgetz, Martin Foot. 2. Apologies Michael Hartshorne 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with nine committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the February 2015 meeting were accepted without amendment. Page: 23

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1 Bank account signatories 4.2.2 AGM report for 2014 – need to update the vice-president’s report and email to members in PDF format 4.2.3 4WD Victoria barbecue – Martin will fix after completing upcoming welding course. 4.2.4 4WD Victoria 40th anniversary celebrations – Jean has circulated information to members. 4.2.5 Trip leader training. 4.2.6 Explore Australia Expo – organiser has been contacted, volunteers sought, and Stephen is the trip leader. 4.2.7 Club shelter – see VP’s report. 4.2.8 First Aid Kit tags – done. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In ● Name tags. ● Advertising material – Cold Shock Dry Ice Cleaning. ● Magazine from various 4WD clubs. 5.2 Out ● Name tags have been sent to Daryl Lynch. ● Camberwell South Tennis Club – feedback about the cupboard has been positive. 6. Reports 6.1 Resources ● As per circulated report. 6.2 Trip and Social ● Details elsewhere in the magazine. ● As per submitted report. 6.3 Venue ● Details elsewhere in the magazine. ● As per submitted report. ● Dale and Stephen currently have the keys to the club’s cupboard. ● Edith has agreed to look after the supper stuff. 6.4 Membership ● Received a membership application for family/joint membership from Peter Devine. RESOLUTION

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● Have a number of outstanding membership enquiries. ● Discussion was had about visitors on club trips. It was agreed that the current policy of the trip leader assessing visitors and their vehicles prior to the trip remains in place. It would be up to the trip leader to contact visitors prior to a trip to get an understanding of the visitor’s 4wd experience and vehicle’s capability. ● Members’ email address – need to ensure that members keep their email addresses on the club’s register up to date. 6.5 Editor ● Nothing to report. 6.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $5,856.27. 6.7 Secretary ● Pleased to see that most committee members circulated their report prior to the meeting. 6.8 Vice-President ● As per submitted report. RESOLUTION

Committee resolved to permit the spending of up to $100 in regards to the establishment of the driver training course.

● Training course working bee will start Saturday lunchtime. ● 4WD Victoria’s finances are now in a much better state and the future is looking brighter. ● The Education Training Unit is being audited for its RTO registration. ● Parks Victoria is seeking feedback on their camping fees. ● Club 4WD driving course – need to charge a fee to cover 4WD handbook, recovery of cost of snatch strap, other incidental costs, etc. RESOLUTION

The committee resolved that the price of the four wheel driver driving course being run by the club for members of the club be in the vicinity of $50.


The committee resolved to negotiate an agreement with the Stock Superannuation Fund with regards to access to the farm property of the Fund.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 6.9 President ● Nothing to report. 7. Sub-Committee Reports 7.1 Communication ● Responding to mechanical queries regarding Subarus – the club needs to develop a policy regarding giving advice regarding mechanical modifications, etc, to Subarus. ● The club’s website needs to be updated in terms of content. It is currently a “work in progress”. 7.2 Community Involvement ● Nothing to report. 7.3 Constitution Review ● Nothing to report. 8. Committee Succession Planning ● Indication was sought from committee members as to what their intentions are regarding to being on the committee after the next AGm. 9. General Business ● Chair of committee meetings – should it remain with the host of the meeting or should it swap to someone else – eg. club president or the person who has come the furthers distance? It was agreed that the chairing of the committee meeting revert to the club president. ● Multiple Club memberships – a working group is looking at the issue of 4WD club members belonging to multiple clubs having to pay multiple 4WD Victoria affiliation fees. ● 4WD Track Classification Training Course – no-one from the club attended the recent course (even though three were registered to attend) due to the late notice of the course location. ● Old club website – an old website created by Chris Redden is still accessible/discoverable via Google. Jean will contact Robyn, his wife. ● Photographic competition – the number of entries were a bit limited this year. Does the club pursue with the competition? Should there be a first and second prize for each category? Should it be restricted to only the past 12 months? To be discussed further at the next committee meeting. 10. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th April 2015 at 7:30pm at the home of Bob Marshall. 11. Meeting closed at 10:40pm. Page: 26

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria March 2015 magazine  
Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria March 2015 magazine  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc., online edition for March 2015