President's Report - May 2010

Greetings All,

This week I completed a Senior First Aid Course which is a requirement of my job if I want to undertake fieldwork in remote places like New Guinea, where I plan to go for two weeks in July. The first aid course, is a two day intensive course, with one day refresher every 2 or 3 years. It's easy to forget what you learn, because it's not something you use every day, or even every month, so regular updates are essential. However, we should all be prepared for a range of medical situations, whether they are bumps and bruises or life-threatening emergency situations. A first aid kit in the car is a sound investment, so if you don't have one, particularly if you are going on a trip, I strongly advise that you purchase one, along with a first aid book. If you do have one, check any items with useby dates and replace with new ones if necessary. You may need to save a life one day!

Another handy item in the car is a pump for inflating tyres. I recently bought a small air-compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter. It cost about $30 and it worked once! Basically it's a piece of rubbish, and I will now buy an old fashioned, but reliable foot pump.

Although it's still about 10 months away, as I announced in last month's RoaR, the club has begun planning for the Peugeot Easter Pageant which will be held in Canberra in 2011. A subcommittee comprising myself, Peter Rees, Colin Handley and John Bower has been formed and will meet regularly over the coming months to ensure a successful event. As in 2006, when the pageant was last held in Canberra, we are negotiating to base the event at Eagle Hawk Holiday Park just over the border on the Federal Highway. If you would like to join the subcommittee, or simply have a good idea for pageant activities, please let me know.

Meanwhile, don't forget the annual Battle of Waterloo which will see French cars do battle with British cars on Sunday 20 June on Patrick White Lawns next to the National Library. As usual there will be hot drinks, hot food and (hopefully) a hot French battalion, led by Napoleon, to defeat the enemy. There will also be prizes for best cars, as well as a raffle, and this year we will be presenting the inaugural BOW Trophy (a suitably mounted cannon) to the winning side.

Our next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 25 May at 8 pm at the Canberra Services Club in Manuka, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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