Newsletter 44

RUAPEHU MOUNTAIN CLUBS ASSOCIATION (INC.)

Address: 130c Cook St, PALMERSTON NORTH
Secretary Treasurer: John Todd
Phone 06 356 1561
E-mail:
April 2004
To Member Clubs and Councillors
Newsletter 44

Change of  Secretary Treasurer

As you will be aware, John Rockell has retired from the position after a sterling 10 years of service. I now have the task of  continuing  to maintain the high standard of service he provided. I look forward to the challenge. I have no intent of making changes at present although it may be that over time my own style may evolve.Your comments and criticisms are always welcome.

Please note the contact adresses above. Of note is the email address, a change from previous advice, my hotmail inbox previously used tended to become overloaded. I trust Clear.net will not have same problem.  Sorry I do not have fax nor answerphone service at this time but I can usually be contacted by phone around dinnertime or early morning although for most occasions I trust that email is most convenient.

For those who don’t know me,  I shall give you a little of my background.  Raised in Christchurch I remain a “one eyed Cantabrian” and continue to follow the red and blacks. My rise to fame was as a rep in the under 7 stone grade and helping “Fergie McCormick” train for the All Blacks, ( I kicked the ball back to hin when he was practicing his goal kicking). Trained at Lincoln, worked in  State Advances, Rural Bank and National Bank in rural finance for over 30 years retiring last month.

Was a onetime member of  Christchurch Tramping Club, Canterbury Mountaineering Club and NZAC,  I have been a member of  Manawatu Tramping Club for past 20 years.  Was an RMCA councillor for 6 years but stood down 4 year ago.  Current interests include my outdoor fitness centre (a 130 acre forestry block near Linton with pruning yet to be completed), tramping, kayaking, philately, gardening and a few other things whenever there is time and I hope to get back to a bit more skiing.

Election of Executive

The bi annual election of officers is due this year.  As per the rules we require a president and 6 councillors. The president must have served as a councillor for no less than 2 years. Executive members must be financial members of a club which is a financial member of RMCA. Nominations will be called for prior to 1 June with nominations closing  15th July. Further details to follow.

Sewage Scheme

Progress is positive and indications are that costs are generally in line with expectations. The majority of lodges should be connected for the coming season. Advice thids week is that trenches  are being backfilled and the Bruce Rd is being resealed this week. Clubs on Salt ridge are now connected  and will feed into the buffer tank which has capacity for several months. The  MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) has now been finalised and is expected to be signed by our president on behalf of RMCA this week A finalised copy will be circulated to member clubs once signed.

Gone Fishing

Well perhaps not but our president Bill Crystall will be away from 21st April to 10th June. For anything urgent please contact myself or any other Councillor.

John Todd
Secretary Treasurer