Here are some key things that are happening in your club at the moment:
1. Muster and our 25 Year Celebrations:
It is MUSTER WEEK and the Muster Team has been working overtime to get everything ready for you. There are plenty of events for young and old. Including an Easter egg hunt, trips to Narbeview Animal Wildlife Shelter and various easy, medium and difficult trips to suit all skill levels. A wonderful spit roast dinner will be provided on Saturday night and we will be joined by representatives from Jeep Australia and Four Wheel Drive Victoria. We will be drawing the Monster raffle on the night so if you haven't already purchased tickets sign into our web site and you can purchase tickets through the MJOC shop. The generous ladies from the Alexandra Show Committee will be cooking up breakfast for us on Saturday and Sunday morning. And if would like a relaxing Sunday after getting up early for the Easter Egg hunt why not drop into the Alexandra Easter Fair in Rotary Park.
2. Photo Competition:
A reminder that we are ready to launch the new virtual membership card and Mobile app. We need to set up the art work for both and would like your input. As previously advised we have launched a competition to select the two images and there will be a prize for the winners.
The Membership Card will be credit card size so we will require a landscape photo for this. The photo for the mobile app should be in portrait. Each file should be 1012px x 638px and you can use full colour right up to the edge. Ideally the pictures should include different types of Jeep's and should reflect the things that we love doing as a club. Please forward your photos to email@example.com and if you are not the photographer please ensure that you/we have permission to use the image. Submissions to the competition will close on Saturday 23rd April 2022. This will give you the opportunity to include photos from the Muster. We will then load the photos onto the system and provide all members with an opportunity to vote on their favourites. Voting will close on Wednesday 25th May and the winners will be announced at the Members Meeting on Tuesday 31st May 2022.
3. 4WDV Update:
3.1 Toolangi Training Facility:
Many of you will be aware that 4WDV has managed to secure a 10 year lease for a peppercorn rent at the old Castella Quarry in Toolangi. They have taken possession of the property and are in the process of preparing it to become a 4WD training facility which will be available for all member clubs to use. There is a significant amount of site remediation required which could take up to a year to complete.
3.2 HQ Property Acquisition:
4WDV has sought the Clubs input on their intention to move out of rented premises and to purchase a warehouse type facility. The intention is that the property would:
- become the Head Quarters for the Victoria Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs;
- become a 4WD Training Centre;
- provide meeting facilities for groups of 10 to 100 people;
- have storage facilties;
- include a kitchen and facilities for social activities.
The initial financial analysis of the proposal is very positive. Based on input from member clubs the association is currently updating their business case and will present this to member clubs prior to any final decision.
4. ARMA Update:
As discussed at the previous Members meeting the Committee is currently reviewing whether our association with ARMA provides sufficient benefit to warrant the annual membership fee of approx $2,000. If you have a strong view on this matter, either way, please let me or another member of your Committee know so that your views are taken into account. The next payment to ARMA is due in June so we would like to make a decision by May and to advise ARMA accordingly.
5. Website Updates:
In addition to his other significant tasks Ian (Fletch) has been beavering away adding functionality and content to the website. This includes:
5.1 Classified Advertising:
Free to members $50 for non members you can advertise anything Jeep, 4X4, Club. Camping, Parts, Accessories etc. Or post a Wanted advert for that thing you need. You can access this module from your Member Profile. Your advert will be submitted for approval and then go live until sold;
5.2 MJOC Business Directory:
Free to members wishing to promote their business to members. Once again access this module from your profile.
5.3 Trip Reports Pages:
Check out the trip reports page on the Events TAB. We will add future reports from trips and activities so they can be viewed at anytime. Facebook posts get lost and forgotten so make sure your Trip Report is kept on the website for all to see anytime. If you would like to send in a brief trip report please email it to Ian Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org some photos. We will have a Trip report Page for all the stuff at the Muster so please keep this in mind and send in some Muster stuff too. This page is also viewable by the public which will let potential new members see some of our activities.
5.4 Jeep Jamboree Victoria Page
Has been added to events page adding a bit more historical records of these important events the club has run in the past. Check it out on the Events TAB;
5.5 Members Interest Group:
Members Interest Groups has been re-added so that members with special interest can interact. Have an idea for a Interest group let us know;
Pig Pink Donations Fund has been added so that members who don't have cash on the spot can still contribute for misdemeanours and other stuff. Just go to the About Tab on the website and make your donation online. You can also support the Narbieview Wildlife Refuge through the Donations Page also;
5.7 Auto Wait List Notices:
If you are listed on atrip wait list you will now automatically be sent an email notification when a vacancy occurs. You will then need to follow the instructions on the email and complete your registration;
5.8 News Pages:
Check out the News Pages as new information and News items are listed regularly;
5.9 Tips or Tricks:
Have a Tip or Trick about your Jeep that you would like to share? Check out our Vehicle FAQ’s page for all sorts of Tips and Trick that are being added all the time. Send us yours so it can be added to the page too.
5. Our Next Members Meeting:
Our next Members Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 26th April. This will be held at our normal location, Monash Halls at 21A Electra Avenue in Ashwood and also via Zoom . The Zoom invitation will be sent out closer to the event. The meeting will include a review of the Muster, trips reports for events held over the past month and updates from your Committee. With the easing of COVID restrictions we are now permitted to return to our preferred format with up to 100 people in the hall with free pizza and soft drinks available from 7:00pm. We will also be reintroducing the pink pig, door prizes and in the near future guest speakers. If you are able to come and join us it would be great to see you again.
Finally if you have any suggestions for trips, events etc please do not hesitate to let me or anyone on the Committee know. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Muster over Easter.