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Waimea Tramping Club 40th Anniversary – 25-28 October 2013

posted Dec 24, 2013, 2:41 PM by Robert Wopereis

The week leading up to Labour weekend started with good publicity from the Tasman Leader newspaper article and photo about the Club’s 40th Anniversary.


Friday night’s social at the Fish & Game Rooms was a real good chance for reminiscing for about 30 people. The club provided very nice drinks and nibbles, thanks to Jo for this. On the big screen TV was a slideshow of photos from the club’s photo album from the start of the club in 1973 and this was of much interest and entertainment. Thanks to Robert for scanning the photos. As well as this, a few members brought their own photo albums showing some early club trips. 


A small competition was organised with the Nelson-Marlborough hut poster on the wall. The challenge was for those interested to write down all the huts on the poster that they had visited - not that anyone is a serious hut-bagger. Later on the totals were added up and the winner announced. The totals were: Robert W. 93, Keith S. 72, Merrick 65, Bob D. 63, Rob M. 60, Chris 52, Jo 43, Maria 39, Graham 28 and Hilary 17.


Saturday’s lunch at the Brightwater Motor Inn was the best attended event, with 36 people in total. This included Pat Bulley, the first ever club President. The photo slideshow was also running on a laptop, especially for those people who had not been at Friday’s social.


Sunday’s dinner was at the Suburban Club in Tahunanui with 31 people enjoying the A La Carté meal. Then we finished off with the President’s speech by Maria and the cake cutting by the club’s two longest serving club members of 38 years – Alan Hart and Donald Younger. Thanks to Pauline for baking and icing the cake.


Probably all people attending would have received spot prizes given out at each of the three socials and four tramps, making good value from the $10 registration fee. Some welcome comments were made by participants of how much they enjoyed the weekend of events and about the good organisation. We look forward to future anniversaries. Thanks to organisers Maria, Katie, Jo, Graham, Pauline, Robert and Geoff.