In 1993, long term NSTC member Dora Couwenberg was tramping with the club in the Waitakeres when she slipped and fell over a cliff.
By shear luck, Carl Dickinson of the South Auckland tramping club Toi-Toi Trekkers saw Dora go over the edge and went after her. Carl found Dora seriously injured and face down in a creek. Carl pulled Dora from the water and ended up flying with her by helicopter to hospital. Dora made a full recovery and still tramps with the club most Sundays.
Dora and Carl met each other by chance for the first time since the accident when their paths crossed on a track in the Waitakeres at the end of January.
There is often a spate of new people coming tramping in the summer months – please do as you have always done and make them welcome.
Dorothy Downing passed away in December. Long-time members of the club will remember her. She was a founding member as she was present at the “set up meeting” when the club was formed, and the family were on the Rangitoto trip, which was the first club trip.
The family were very active as they went most Sundays, weekend trips and also Xmas trips.
Les Murray- abbreviated.
Dedicated to Ian G Morris(Sorry Ian, Helen told me about this poem which came to light on the Sikkim trip- we all thought of you. Shorts at Everest, shorts all Auckland winter - Legend!)
To go home and wear shorts forever
in the enormous paddocks, in that warm climate,
adding a sweater when winter soaks the grass,
to camp out along the river bends
for good, wearing shorts, with a pocketknife,
a fishing line and matches,
or there where the hills are all down, below the plain,
to sit around in shorts at evening
on the plank verandah
Now that everyone who yearned to wear long pants
has essentially achieved them,
long pants, which have themselves been underwear
repeatedly, and underground more than once,
it is time perhaps to cherish the culture of shorts,
A warm welcome to new members –: Gemma Haliwell and Geoff Fisher.
Who is the leading the stakes at the moment? Ian G. has been collecting data --------and the person is--------------Imogen. Well done, Imogen.
A warm welcome to new members Dot Woollacott, Gail Woollacott and Edith Chan.