Chairman's Newsletter

 

31 July 2019

We are indeed very fortunate, here we are in the middle of winter with mid-day temperatures in the early to mid 20’s. Although the mornings are chilly and the evenings cold enough to light a fire, we really are blessed with mild winters up here on the Highveld. Anyone want to move to the Cape?

Open day was well attended and there was quite a large crowd that stayed for the braai afterwards. The Committee is pleased with the progress we are making in enticing the members to return and enjoy what The FWDCSA and Base 4 have to offer. We all need to keep this momentum going as in doing so the survival of our Club and its facilities will be assured.

The morning breakfast is proving very popular thanks to the Breakfast Team. Time will tell how long this will be kept going as this team is dependent on volunteers. Linda, Roy and Wendy will be away for the next open day and Lesley, Louise and Anne are going need some help, so anyone willing to assist, please bring your apron and stick your nose into the kitchen.

We were all entertained by John with the help of James for the visuals on their month-long trip around Zambia. John has agreed to join the Outings sub-committee, so we can look forward to some exciting trips next year.

Kees then gave us a brief history on the founding of the club, building of the clubhouse and in particular Austin Friend. Austin was one of the early driving forces behind the start of the FWDCSA and in particular the construction of the clubhouse. I for one did not know that the bar and meeting hall was named “The Austin Friend Hall”. I think we need a plaque to commemorate this. Kees presented some of Austin’s old camping stuff to the club thanks to his daughter-in-law. The Club needs a “History Corner” for when all “The Old Timers” are gone, and the story of the club needs to be told. 

Our lucky draw made R 850 for the club. Thanks to Kees, I won the other half of the “Pot”. I’m willing to go to the Zondo Commission to testify that there was no “Pot Capture”. So please buy a ticket on Sunday, remember the more tickets sold the bigger “The Pot”!

Due to time constraints, the fun obstacle challenge was cancelled. We will again run this challenge at the next open day.

Base 4 is very dry and brown with the effects of winter at present. We are scheduling a member’s work party for Saturday the 7th September to help prepare grounds for summer as well as prepare some of the obstacles for the Jamboree in November. So please diarise this. This is your opportunity to put something back into the club as well as to show your appreciation to Dave Nixon, Karl and their helpers who look after Base 4 for the rest of the year.

Open Day is the next day so we can camp over and have a braai on Saturday evening and make a weekend of it. A reminder closer to the time will be sent out.
On Saturday, 27th July, 12 of us in 7 vehicles met at Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria to have some fun. It was good see Henriette again, almost fully recovered after her mishap on the Bundu Trail weekend. Once all the fees had been paid, we set off on the trail. At first, we all wondered if the pot holes constituted the 4x4 trail? This however soon changed when we drove through some seriously rutted dongas which now in the dry conditions presented some serious axel twisters. In the rainy season these obstacles could prove a real challenge! Groenkloof 4x4 trail offers a variety of obstacles from the water and mud holes to rocky climbs. All in all, we had a very entertaining drive. This was followed by a very sociable braai under some shady trees with good facilities. The consensus of all was that this trail should be done again – perhaps in the wet? 

The next Open Day is on Sunday 11th August. All those members who have not been to an open day recently, do yourselves a favour and come along and experience the new spirit in the club. Remember the more you put into the club, the more you will get out of it.

Linda and I will not be at Open Day as we will be away taking a group of members to Zinave in Mozambique.

Regards,

Peter

Peter Hutchison
Chairman
Four Wheel Drive Club SA
Email: chairman@fwdcsa.co.za
Cell: 082 825 1893
 
 
 

 

Regards,

Peter

Peter Hutchison
Chairman
Four Wheel Drive Club SA
Email: chairman@fwdcsa.co.za
Cell: 082 825 1893

 

     

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