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Newsletter - December 2001

A happy new year to all and exciting shellings in 2002!

LAST WORD. Written by Gladys Goulstone.
Mayhill, Pauline Constance. Pauline was killed in a car accident at Blenheim on the 21st of December 2001. Although a member of our club for many years she lived south of Auckland and was unable to attend meetings. Pauline was an expert on New Zealand land snails. Her knowledge and expertise will be sadly missed.
Over the years Pauline's husband Keith and I spent a lot of time waiting for Pauline and my husband Jim to emerge from some patch of bush where they had been searching for the same elusive little snail.
Our sincere sympathy to her husband Keith and sons Roger and Peter.

Twenty-one members were present at the A.G.M. Joan and Richard Willan were created life members, with sincere thanks and the good wishes of all.
The out-going President, Glenys Stace, presented a full and candid report on the health of the Club and our activities in 2001 and made an impassioned plea for members to join the committee. (A summary of her report is available: ph 415-9930 or email A decision was made by the meeting forthwith to spread the workload of the committee and the following members were elected:

President Doug Snook 299-6476
Immediate Past President Glenys Stace 415-9930
Vice Presidents Fiona Thompson 828-4855
  Bruce Hazelwood 525-0065
  Patricia Langford 473-0147
Secretary and Website Peter Poortman 817-5697
General Treasurer Neville Hudson 360-0378
Membership Sect-Treas Rosa Tyson 620-4523
Newsletter Rosa Tyson 620-4523
Librarian Gladys Goulstone 275-5609
Committee Glen Carter 849-2634
  Betty Headford 09-420-5223
  Margaret Morley 576-8323
  Heather Smith 524-5068
  Nancy Smith 521-3405
  Rae Sneddon 479-7831

Our new President, Doug Snook, extends special thanks to the members of the out-going committee, for work well done and to the new committee for their willingness to be involved in the business of the club in 2002.

Jenny and Tony Enderby presented a superb lecture of their work, mainly at the Poor Knights Islands, illustrated with magnificent slides of underwater subjects.

The evening concluded with our Christmas supper and many thanks to Joan Coles for her cake. Each member received a delightful shell gift.

An Exhortation Fron The President
The future and well being of our shell club depends on us! I will play my part and with your support and participation our club will be the richer. Although it is a difficult thing to please all members all of the time, I believe that we will continue to enjoy fascinating and informative meetings in 2002 and beyond. Therefore, on behalf of the committee I extend a cordial invitation to all members to send us suggestions and requests for how best we can target specific interests of shell collectors in our choice of speakers and in our activities programme for 2002.

Tuesday 12 February 7:30pm. Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Entry by the Administration door between 7:15 and 7:30pm. We regret that there can be no late admittance due to security regulations.
1. Holiday finds or recent collection additions. Please bring a selection of shells for discussion and specimens for identification.
2. Doug Snook will report on the 4th National Shell Show held in Wellington in late January 2002.

Committee Meeting
Sunday Feb 17th - 2pm at Doug's home: 16 Donzella Place, Conifer Grove, Takanini.

Expedition to Great Barrier Island: Thursday 28th February - Monday 4th March 2002.
This adventure-sail-shelling is our first club trip for the year. We sail from Gulf Harbour to Great Barrier Island on the 40ft charter yacht Waimarama with excellent accomodation and meals ashore at Orama Lodge at Karaka Bay near Port Fitzroy. For the details of the shelling programme please contact Glenys Stace.
The costs of the trip are:
- Boat charter only is $334 pp. based on 12 people for 5 days. (The full charter is $4000; the cost is subject to a pro rata basis if numbers are less than 12.)
- Accomodation and meals at Orama Lodge is $140 pp. in total. BYO bed linen, or the lodge can provide this for $5 per day extra. (for hardy sea dogs, six berths are available on the yacht free of charge but all food will be provided ashore at the Lodge at $20 pp. per day.)
- Tea and coffee will be provided on the yacht. BYO lunch for the trip out to Great Barrier Island - the evening meal will be served on arrival at Orama.
- Alternatives: Orama Lodge arranges reduced air-fares (from Auckland Airport) for their guests, $139 pp. return. For members who do not like yachting, a land based party option could also be organised from Orama Lodge, as a DYO mini-bus is available at $120 per day.
- Bookings: please contact Rosa Tyson, ph 620-4523.

Tony and Jenny Enderby, P.O. Box 139 Leigh, require articles for the next Poirieria issue. All queries: ph 09-422-6127 or email

Subscriptions are due
Please send $20 to Rosa Tyson, 16 Kain Street, Mt. Eden.

Seasons greetings to everyone.

Rosa Tyson: Ph (09) 620-4523
Email: Peter Poortman: Ph (09) 817 5697
Website: Conchology Section website


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