As i sit here writing this current Newsletter i am surprised to see 10 months have past since i wrote the last Newsletter. Time flys.
Over the summer period Borland Lodge has had a increase in patronage with three out of five months being record months. It is great to see new Schools and other user groups using the fantastic facilities and environment that Borland Lodge has to offer.
There have been groups caving, climbing, abseiling, biking the 16Km down the hill, orienteering, cooking, kayaking on pond , river or lake, using the burma trail, trapping possums, using our low ropes course, shooting air rifles, playing robin hood with archery, playing volley ball, camping out, setting stoat traps, roasting marsh mellows at the fire pit, having the occasional rugby or cricket match, walking the numerous trails near the lodge, using the local pool, rafting the river, constructing bivy's, completing team building activities and more.
There are plenty of smiles and of course the occasional tear but that is what personal growth is all about.
While this has all been happening there has been plenty going on in the background. New Trustees have come on board as past Trustees have said there goodbyes.
The current Trustees are as follows
President David O'Brien
Vice President Anne McCracken
Secretary Rodger Miller
Treasurer Erin Criglington
Stephen Canny, John McHugh, Darryl Kensington, Gary Tong, Jeff Black, Wayne Green , Don Carter, Kerry Archer
Secondary Schools Representitive John Baird
Primary Schools Representitive Wendy Ryan
Community Board Representitive and Trustee Gray Robertson
Lions Representative and Trustee Grant Hubber
It is a healthy sign to have new Trustees coming on Board. They provide new perspectives, fresh ideas and of course a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
Here are some milestones from the past 10 months
-We replaced the linoleum in Ryan's Cottage
-We purchased a Carpet Cleaner
-Covered chairs were donated for the Kershaw Block
-Soil was delivered and spread to level the grounds
-The Takitimu Center Showers had new linings installed
-Calder Stewert replaced the internal flashings on the Eco Block
- A Bath was installed in Managers house
- Replacement sheets have been purchased
-Membership cards have been produced
The list goes on
Update on a couple of the Projects we are working on
- The proposed stoat trapping network is at the moment awaiting a rethink by the Department of Conservation
-We are now looking into the possibility of installing Photo Electric Cells on the Takitimu Center roof instead of the solar panels we were previously investigating.
Come see Borland Lodge for yourself
Ask for a free guided tour