Chairman's Letter


21 September 2020

What a month it has been since my last letter! After the fantastic Camp Over Weekend, things seemed to be going south rapidly with the sad state of the Club’s finances followed by the news that our staff had to vacate their accommodation.

That all changed within a couple of hours of Noel starting a pledge competition on the Club’s WhatsApp Group. What a fantastic and generous bunch of people the Club has! Within a couple of hours members had pledged over R 60 000. So far, we have collected R 58 500 with a couple of members still having to make good on their pledges. This bodes very well for the future of the Club. Kudos to Noel for his initiative.

After much debate and various discussions, it was decided to purchase a wooden Wendy house and place it just behind the brick ablution block near the sand axle-twister obstacle. The staff will then be able to use that ablution block which is seldom used as most campers prefer to camp down below and use the rustic one. In time we will build them their own ablution and wash-up facility. The budget for this project is R 32 500. The balance of the pledged money will go to much-needed club funds.

The maintenance sub-committee consisting of Karl, Dave Nixon, Dave Bostwick (with his new hip), Doug Timm, John Runciman and Bill Burks also came to the party in getting the area leveled and ready to receive the concrete slab on which they will place the Wendy house. These guys really need a big THANK YOU from us, not only for this rush job of getting the Wendy house ready, but also for their commitment to coming to Base 4 every Thursday to look after the property for the Club. As the saying goes “many hands make light work”, so if there is any member who can spare a few hours on a Thursday, please join them.

The other good news is that our “wheeler dealer marketing guru” Noel, also managed to purchase five second-hand wooden table and bench combos for the Club at a very good price. He painted and fixed them up and they were delivered in time for Open Day Weekend. We have a few members who previously offered to sponsor benches, so we should be covered here as well. A very BIG THANK YOU TO NOEL AND THE SPONSORS.

Dave McMurdie had a very successful second Day Outing to Leeuwenkloof 4x4 Adventure Trail near Harties Dam. This was attended by 14 vehicles! After driving the trail most stayed behind to braai and chat. These Day Outings are very popular and his next is to The Rhino and Lion Park - see his promo. There is also an extended outing to Marakele this coming long weekend.

Open Weekend was another big success and the camp site under the trees was full. A number of new members joined us camping, which is an excellent way to get to know their fellow members. Kit’s idea really has taken off so this will become a permanent fixture. As most members gravitate down to their campsites after the morning goings on in the Club house with only a few braaing near the pool, the bar sales have dropped a bit. From next Open Weekend we will run a satellite bar from the Lapa, so please happy campers, support your club and quench your thirst from the Lapa Pub.

The Kitchen Brigade have again started serving breakfast buns before the mornings meeting and talks. Here’s another worthy cause where “many hands make light work”, so any volunteers will be welcome. If enough volunteer, a roster could be drawn up so that the same members don’t have to do it each Open Weekend.

Geoff had planned a competition for after the meeting. However, it was decided during the committee meeting that his competition was such a brilliant idea, that it could be expanded and if we promoted it properly, we could make it into a “mini jamboree”, as Covid put paid to our previous major fund-raising event. With apologies to those members who came to the last Open Weekend especially for the competition, please be patient and you won’t be disappointed! It is the plan to hold this competition over the November Open Day Weekend – 14th November, with prizes to be won. Dave Bell also plans a drive out on the Sunday. Please diarise this weekend.

I’m also happy to say that the Club’s finances have improved slightly with the pledges and some new members joining. Only a few existing members heeded my call to pay their membership fees, which was the only low note this past month. We currently have 139 active members of whom eight are lifetime members. There are still a number of existing members out there receiving this letter who have yet to pay.


As we are always trying to promote the Club and increase the membership numbers, from the 1st October we will be running a special for new members signing up. If you can get your friends to join and pay now, their membership will be valid for 2021. In other words, new members pay R 1 500 and they get three months free membership.

So, although things are looking a lot brighter, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure the continued long-term survival of the Club and Base 4. I’m also requesting members to become more active in the Club affairs. There are numerous ways to become more involved, from volunteering to serving on the committee or one of the sub-committees to just generally helping out and giving moral support by just being there. I’ve already mentioned a few ways to help. Also, Dave McMurdie is looking for volunteers to help on the Outings Portfolio. The Marketing, Social Media and Events Port Folios could also benefit from some help. Remember the more you put into the Club, the more benefit you will derive from being a member of the FWDCSA and its very own unique home - Base 4.



Peter Hutchison
Four Wheel Drive Club SA
Cell: 082 825 1893


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