Annual Meeting and Club Night May 2019

43rd Annual Meeting 13 May 2019

In his Annual Report President John Chetwin spoke about the diverse range of activities the Club had enjoyed over the past year. Things like nordic ski-ing, mountain biking, track maintenance, School bush-craft education and of course, single and multi-day tramps.
He also spoke about the need for the Club to be more flexible in arranging activities and trips that meet the expectations of Club Members.
Robbie Verhoef was elected the new Club President, and most other office bearers remaining the same as last year. There were some changes in the committee.
In the General Meting following there was more discussion about flexible planning and the change to Trip Planning meetings to be during the Monthly Club Night. Trap baiting in the Herbert Forest is to be extended from 2 to 3 weekly intervals. There is now a Facebook page for the Tramping Club.
Trip reports over the last month were the biennial Herbert Forest Guided Walks day where 50 guests were guided around the 3 bush tracks in the forest. Then the Otago Peninsula day walk where 16 members walked around the Macandrew Bay, Larnach Castle, Sandymount, Portobello area.
Coming trips are to Deep Stream with a walk up the gorge and over a saddle back to Fisherman’s Bend and a winter overnighter to Big Hut near Middlemarch. This NOTMC website has more details in “What’s On”.
The Wednesday Walkers had walks to Ashlands Road – Trotters Gorge, a Ngapara Farm walk, Otematata Walkway to Benmore Peninsula, Tapui 3 Peaks and 2 Tunnels, and a new one on Roseneath Station above the Aviemore Dam.
The event of the night was a talk and photos of 8 members “Old Ghost Road” Trip. This was a 4 day tramp from Murchison, climbing over the Lyell Saddle, crossing an unstable slip, staying in a hut built on top of a bluff, sidling steep faces on a narrow track above the bush-line, descending 300 steps and dodging mountain bikers determined to do the whole 85k trip in one day!