25 March 2020 - 4WD QLD release statement in regards to Covid 19. Click here to read statement.
It is with great sadness that I announce that due to the ongoing concern with Covid 19 the committee has decided to postpone and/ or cancel ALL Moreton Districts Off Road Club trips/ events for the foreseeable future. This is after the Australian Government advised that all non essential travel be cancelled. The committee will continue to monitor the situation until things are back to normal.
The committee wishes all members and friends of the club all the best in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Due to the ever changing situation surrounding Covid - 19, myself and the committee have made the decision to not proceed with the monthly general meetings at this time. This is in response to the current recommendations of the federal government and health officials that people practice responsible social distancing when in public places. This is a decision that has been made with you the members at the fore front. As members of the Club we consider you friends and family and your health, safety and well being is paramount to us during this time. This will be reviewed each month and in accordance with any government directives and recommendations. The committee will continue to operate as usual and will continue with committee meeting held via electronic means.
At this stage already arranged trips will continue if members still wish to attend. This could also change at short notice dependant on recommendations or directives from the federal government, and we will continue to keep you updated by email, Facebook and the website. If you have any concerns or questions about upcoming trips please contact the trip leader.
These are definitely new and uncertain times, but I know as a Club we will band together to make sure everyone remains in good health and good spirits, and the Club will remain intact and ready to hit the tracks again once it is safe to do so. We want to reassure you the Club will continue to remain open and active during this time and are here to support our members.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or any of the committee members who are here to listen and support you. Please stay safe and well and look after yourselves and each other.
Welcome to the March edition of MDORC Talk. Well the weather has certainly put a dampener on things, but we needed the rain. I am fortunate that I took the chance and went out to Sundown National Park on the Australia Day long weekend. As I think about it, after all the rain it would have been a different trip. Although it would have been good to see water in the creek crossings that we did.
As I have mentioned on several occasions the committee has been working through the changes in the constitution. Last month we emailed the draft document out to everyone that has supplied an email address to the club for them to read and submit any changes they felt were needed and/ or ask any questions. The points raised in this process were taken to the last committee meeting for discussion. The committee has agreed to all the changes made to the constitution. They have worked very hard and shown great dedication to the club during this process.
Where to from here.
At the completion of the next general Meeting (April) we will have a Special General meeting to vote on the changes. Only financial members have the right to vote on this matter. If the resolution is passed, we then send it off to the Dept of Fair Trading for approval.
So, in line with that, I hereby give notice that a Special general Meeting will be conducted on the 1st April 2020 after the completion of the normal General meeting, roughly about 8.30pm. The meeting will be held at the North Services Leagues Club on ANZAC Ave, Kallangur.
During the next week the new constitution along with a Proxy voting form will be emailed out to everyone that has supplied the club with an email address. Proxy forms are only used for those that cannot make to the meeting. If you can't make to the meeting please complete the Proxy form and email it back to the President for collation at the meeting. Forms will also be available at the March general meeting. If you are attending the Special General meeting a show of hands vote will be conducted.
Onto other matters, the club is going to hold a Trip Leaders info night in the coming weeks. This is to give members of the club that are not quite sure on what is involved in being a Trip Leader what to do. If you are interested, please let the Trip Coordinator know or put your name down on the trip sheet at the meeting. If you can organise a family holiday you have the skills to be a trip leader. Remember no trip leaders, no trips.
Keep your ears open for news about the Fraser Island Clean Up that is fast approaching. They are usually pretty good trips and cheaper than normal with discounted ferry and camping fees.
Lastly, myself and the club do not have any issues with members organising trip/ events with other clubs/ organisations. I feel that it is better that the committee is approached first informing us of the intention, rather than after the plans have already been made.
Get dirty and have fun. From the bush to the shore.
To all members of the MDORC family welcome to 2020 and Happy New Year to you all. I hope that during this year we can build on what we did in 2019. I also hope that you all had a great time celebrating the festive/ holiday season with family and friends.
At the last general meeting I informed the club that I was going to work on the constitution to allow us to make some changes to it that will bring it up to what we the club are currently doing. I presented the committee with the first draft at our first Committee Meeting for 2020. There was some good discussion about it with some very positive outcomes. I plan on making those changes and re-present it to the Committee at the February meeting. Once the Committee is happy with the draft it will be presented to the club for discussion, hopefully at the February general meeting.
The main changes are:
We will also be holding a trip leaders info session shortly. This is designed to inform those members that have not led a trip before what is involved. It is not as scary as you may think. If you can plan a family holiday/ trip you can lead a trip for the club.
Looking forward to seeing you all out on the tracks.
My last Presidents Report!
I have been honoured to be the steering wheel and chair person of the meetings for over the past two years with the support from members and committee. I believe as a whole the committee that I work with has put grounding and structure back into the club for future years I have enjoyed my time and I have personally developed skills that I previously did not have.
I’d liked to take my opportunity to thank the whole membership of Morton Districts Off-Road Club past and present and wish the club the best with the new leadership of a new committee.
A safe family four-wheel-drive environment is what this club stands for fun laughter and enjoying our off-road experiences and social events. And for the last time from me, “Keep The Shiny Side Up!”
Hi all happy EFY Tax time and the AGM is ahead of us like to welcome everybody interested in joining the committee to run the club into 2019 there are still some positions to be filled so please do not hesitate to make sure you have filled out the nomination forms and get them back to the Secretary in time.
Just a few social trips this month and a trip to Double Island Cooloola . The Christmas party committee is hard work organising and being ready for promoting the event open invitation to all members to please come and enjoy and celebrate another year with club There will be camping overnight so for those who like to drink and Camp can do so. In a safe environment.
And also like to take this opportunity thanking the whole committee for everybody for their support over the last two and half years and wish them all the best in the future . Keep the shiny side up!
Tiny Grimstone President
Well it was a quiet night around the fire at Simon and Emily’s. Only a few members attended the casual camp oven cook off and I must say the menu was delicious !!! The fire was red hot and so was the food. Shane and Tracey made some yummy damper for everyone to try, followed by some lamb roast and vegetables and even made an apple crumble for dessert. Simon and Emily put on a beautiful roast beef with vegetables. My chicken curry and rice was also delicious but I cheated a little and prepped it at home and finished it off in the camp oven. Ben and Laura joined us for a few drinks and departed early before the banquet came out. A few more drinks and some laughs around the fire ended a little bit earlier than we expected as the weather was a little brisk and bit too cold to stay any longer. All in all a great night again with the MDORC family.
Ladies day is a chance for all the ladies to take control, have a great social day, hone their skills and experience. They also get a chance to see any willing men to strut their stuff in a Tootoo.
Meet up point was McDonalds at the Sundowner Hotel for an 0830 departure, after some formalities and Tootoo fitting (also time for Leighanne to thaw out after driving topless on a 11-degree morning even Blankie didn’t help much), we were on our way to the air down point before heading onto the beach.
We started our journey leaving Woorim and heading north along the beach to Fort Bribie, we had the luxury of great weather for the drive, very little wind if any, you could even stand up paddle board in surf.
We arrived at the fort for morning tea, we had an assortment of scones and cakes, also some coffee to warm up. Some went for a walk into the water, some went sight seeing around the gun batteries at the fort and Michael even got a chance to let the drone loose.
Trip After morning tea, we headed of for the toilets before taking the inland track to have lunch.
Just as we were about to turn into the inland track there was a bit of a traffic line up due to two people getting stuck, so Marcel was of to the rescue only to find that of them was stuck for the fourth time and another that thought 40psi and high range was the right way to go driving on the beach. After Marcel gave his speech and got them free we could finally head off.
The inland track was a very scenic drive and very firm, not difficult to drive on at all after we arrived at White patch we all aired up and headed to lunch at Col Fischer Park and to our surprise the calm side of Bribie island was not actually calm at all with a westerly blowing at what felt like 30knotts if not more and white caps as far as the eye could see.
After some hit and miss cooking at lunch and a short gathering we all started to break off and make our way home. Thanks to Ellen and Leighanne I think we all had a great day.
Saturday morning seven 4wds left the Cabo Roadhouse and headed for Tewantin, bound for adventure and full of excitement. A good run with highway traffic had us boarding the Noosa North Shore Ferry by 9 am. Aired down & hit the beach. The colours in the sand were amazing and definitely something to see. With the tide quickly coming in on us we successfully maneuvered our way to the end of the beach for lunch, a chat and a few laughs. Afterwards we headed for King Boars Road, the scenic way of course. This drive was definitely longer than anticipated but well worth it and gave way to beautiful scenery and many different driving surfaces, sand, gravel, rock, dirt. By 3:30 we had finished our drive and we headed to camp for more chatter, a few refreshments & dinner. After dinner Eddie & Laurraine headed home and we settled in for a night of fun. Sunday morning was a relaxed started to the day where we farewell Trent, Josh & Joe and drove towards the lighthouse at Double Island Point. We enjoyed amazing views and were spoilt with watching dolphins frolicking in the surf & a whale. Our trip ended with lunch together at a local pub.
Congratulations to Matt & David (but mostly Matt) for running their first ever trip with the club and thanks to everyone else who helped out during the weekend to make it a success
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