We had a very good trip with Helen out towards the Lockyer valley and surrounds. This was basically a touring trip but it turned a bit hairy for one of us. See the trip report later in this issue. We also have a very good report from the Land cruiser Mountain Park trip in January.
The committee decided to replace the Gazebo top as the current one is no longer UV proof and has a number of pin holes in it. Fortunately our Property Officer, Tiny, has managed to get hold of a commercial version which should last longer than the normal domestic version that we previously had.
Club membership is growing but unfortunately we have just lost a new member. Neil Heston, who only joined recently, has decided to retire to Coffs harbour and by the time you read this he will be in his new residence down in New South Wales. Neil hasn’t resigned from the club and there is talk of maybe organising a trip down his way. That’s the way with clubs, the membership ebbs and flows but there always seems to be a nucleus of members who stay.
The first weekend in March we have a publicity event at the Explore Australia Expo at Manly Boat Harbour and Evan and Aleisha are still looking for members to assist with manning the stand. The committee have also agreed to spend a little more money on promotional material for this and future events.
One issue that was raised at 4WD QLD Presidents Meeting, was the number of new SUVs being produced and their owners looking to join 4WD clubs. As most of you will be aware, these are not necessarily full 4WD vehicles and do not have the requisite recovery points. When chatting to the president of the Land Rover Club, he mentioned that they were getting a fair number looking to join but the SUV owners were limited on the type of trip they could do due to this lack of proper recovery points. I suspect it will also become more of an issue for us as a club in the future and is something we will need to discuss.