40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

One hun­dred past and present mem­bers gath­ered at Zum­steins to cel­e­brate Wim­mera Four Wheel Drive Club’s 40th an­niver­sary.

Fes­tiv­i­ties oc­curred in a bush set­ting at the Cooinda Bur­rong Scout Camp.

A va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion types were used – dor­mi­tory style for some, tents, swags and slide-ons, with car­a­vans be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with the older mem­bers.

Wim­mera Four Wheel Drive Club is one of the old­est clubs in Vic­to­ria.

Four Wheel Drive Vic­to­ria’s Wayne Hevey, who at­tended with his wife Diane, was guest speaker.

Mr Hevey pre­sented the club’s pres­i­dent Johnno John­son with a plaque con­grat­u­lat­ing Wim­mera Four Wheel Drive Club on reach­ing its 40th an­niver­sary mile­stone.

Two mem­bers were pre­sented with life mem­ber­ships, with 12 re­ceiv­ing long-stand­ing mem­ber­ship badges.

The club started from a small ad­ver­tise­ment put in the pa­per by Hart­ley Stevens.

Mr Stevens said at the event he had no idea the club would grow so much and in­volve so many fam­i­lies. He said he was happy to see new mem­bers at­tend­ing to learn about ve­hi­cle and camp­ing equip­ment choices and pick up tips from older mem­bers.

The club has sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to when it started, in­clud­ing day trips to Lit­tle Desert, Grampians and Pyre­nees, fam­ily days, camp oven cook-outs, train­ing days and week­ends away.

There has been an in­crease in ex­tended tour­ing trips through­out the out­back, cater­ing for groups of mem­bers with more re­tire­ment or hol­i­day time.

Sand driv­ing train­ing and trips around Beach­port and Robe in South Aus­tralia have re­mained a pop­u­lar yearly cal­en­dar in­clu­sion right from the club’s in­cep­tion.

An an­niver­sary din­ner on the Satur­day night was a fundraiser for the La­harum Foot­ball Net­ball Club and was well re­ceived.

Wim­mera Four Wheel Drive Club mem­bers pro­vided a hearty break­fast on the Sun­day morn­ing and later in the day many mem­bers and vis­i­tors en­joyed a pleas­ant drive through the Grampians.

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