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Volume 1, Issue 1

October

9th September 2012

This is the new look SubaNews Letter Trips this month:

Monsildale

14th

AGM

24th

Belthorpe

28th

Welcome finally to the first edition of the new look online SubaNews letter. Being in hard copy form for 33 years it’s time for a change. After many months of being in limbo this

first edition is now out. The Club member who has done all the hard set up work is Jan K. He has spent many hours doing the production of this SubaNews letter. So to

keep things rolling along in the future, we will still need your input of trip reports, photos and feedback. Hope you enjoy reading this first edition.

President’s Report This month we have the AGM. If you would like more of a say in the running of the Club, please nominate for a committee position. It can be a rewarding experience. Thank you to the current committee's work during the past year. After the AGM, Cherie Vernschuren is doing a desert, so don't miss it just $2 a serve. Since the last mag a lot activities have been held. A big thank you to everyone who helped out at the Club's 33rd birthday and detailing weekend in June. With many hands helping out it was a great success. Another big thank you to Bill Greenwood who was able to get a large new vinyl Club banner made for a great price, while he was working in Manila. The size is just right to hang from a standard instant shade frame. Club membership is now due. The new fees are city $60.00, country $55.00 you can pay online, cheque or by cash. The Club’s bank details are -- Bank of Queensland, BSB 124 009, Account number 91117282. To keep the new look Suba News letter running smoothly it is very important to keep the trip reports, your favourite camp site, your car’s profile, photos, or anything of interest coming into subanews@hotmail.com. Getting this info makes the Editors job so much easier. Always check on the What’s On section on www.subaclub.com and the email updates for the latest info. Remember don’t just stay at home, get out and about on Club Trips and meetings, to meet new friends and to enjoy driving in our great outdoors. Finally always remember to drive safely.


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Reflections on my First Year in the Club The end of the financial year marks the expiry of the club membership. All club members will ask themselves do I renew or not? Like most people when you pay for something naturally you want to get value for money, so the question arises “What’s in it for me”? Before I answered this, I stopped, and allowed myself some time of reflection. Thinking of the past year, took me to the beginning of my first year of being a club member. For years I had been searching for a pursuit, a social activity, a group that I felt comfortable within. I was

looking for a place that would welcome me for who I was. No pretences. Nothing seemed to suit. My wife attempted to encourage me to take up golf (even paying for a 6 lessons). That didn’t work when I wasn’t Greg Norman after those lessons. After owning 3 Subarus and thoroughly enjoying driving all of them, I thought that if that if there was a club full of like-minded “Subie fans” this might be worthy of pursuing. I did not know where to start. I saw the website on a number plate surround, looked it up on the net, found meetings details and a phone contact

don’t want to be involved with. No judgement or negative connotations The activities my children and I have associated when I have chosen not participated in: to participate. What I didn’t expect was that when I signed up, I signed my family up as well. The family friendly environment was the bonus I had not counted on. I joined the club for myself. Some may say that was selfish. I was meant to be. However, my children now ask me when they are going on the next camping trip. This is from kids who before me joining the club had not been camping outside the back yard.

As well as my family activities, I also enjoyed camping at Imbil and day trips at Jimna and the Club Birthday weekend.

What an introduction or should I say induction. As yet I am still being selective of what trips are appropriate for the Tribeca. I have been a passenger at other times. The beauty of the club and its supportive approach means that this is ok. I am not forced into situations I

the Tribeca for its first and quite successful introduction to beach driving. Under the expert tutorage of Club President Dave Martin it was also my first experience of beach driving.

 The Mt Tamborine / Gold Coast Hinterland road trip organised by Mary, 

Ballina Beach was where I took

techniques Darlington Park where the kids had an absolute ball swimming the Albert River and I had a go at driving some of the way up Duck Creek Rd.

number. I rang it. Got the details of the next meeting and I was set. The first meeting I attended also was the AGM. I met lots of people. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed. I joined the following meeting. It was so easy I don’t know why I hadn’t done it earlier.

All of these memories have reaffirmed I had made the right choice by becoming a member. Yes, I will be renewing my membership. What is in store for us in the next 12 months? Hopefully there will be more opportunities to enjoy and add to the dynamics of our family life that did not exist 18 months ago. So if anyone asks why should I be a

Glendon 4WD Park Training Weekend at Warwick where I learnt about reading terrain and recovery

member? Just simply answer them with - Why Not! Remember you only get out of something what you put into it… Phillip White SC644


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Up and Coming Trips Monsildale Creek

Belthorpe Forest 28th October

14th October

For a bit of a twist we will run this trip in the reverse starting from Lindville onto Monsildale, Jimna and Booloumba Creek. There are 16 creek crossings (not deep) in all and some good tracks to get the car dirty.

Drive Belthorpe area with some new tracks we haven't been on yet, With hill climbs very steep and possible deep ruts the rating is medium/hard so lifted cars only. If you don't want your car to have bush pin striping (lantana scratches) it's not the trip for you. All cars must be lifted

Meet 8:30am BP Morayfield

Meet 8:30 am BP Morayfield

Christmas Party at Ballina Beach 24th-25th November Back at South Ballina Beach Seebreeze Caravan Park again. Bring your Christmas lights to decorate your tent. The club will supply dinner for a $10 charge per person 12 yo and under free. This includes food and soft drinks.

Don’t forget to bring your money for the ever popular raffles and a item to the value of $10 for the hamper it’s always a great prize. No need to book just turn up just 2 hours from Brisbane.

Drive the beach , sit back and relax, or go fishing (Permit needed).

Mick & Luke Crossing Washpool Creek


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Reminder Just a timely reminder about trips, always let the Trip Leader know you are coming on a trip, by writing your name in the trip book at the meetings or by phone. If there are any last minute changes the Trip Leader will be able to inform you.

Top Support for Charity A big thank you to all the Club members who kindly donated to the Club's raffle for Sunshine Coast member Owen Johnson's ride in the 2 day 200km Rio Tinto Ride To Conquer Cancer held in August. Total funds came to $370 after Graeme and Della Dyble added another $100 just days before the event. The Club's raffle was drawn at the August meeting and the winners were Grant and Debbie Thomas. The grand prize is a voucher of their choice to the valve of $175. This grand prize was a combined effort with the Club putting in $50, Cherie and Luke Verschuren $50, David Martin $50 and Big John McKenna $25. The ride was a great success attracting over 1500 riders who managed raise about $5 million.

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Club Membership Our membership officer Big John Mckenna is on a mission. He has asked everyone when they are paying their fees that they fill out a new membership form with all their latest details. Go to membership application in www.subaclub.com. If you don't you will have Big John to deal with.

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