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Silver Jubilee year:
March was a very busy time for members and interested amateur radio operators while we highlighted our 25 years since formation with a special Silver Jubilee Award. 148 applications were processed for the certificate featuring the Pohutu Geyser. Celia Reed ZL1ALK compiled the 25 pages of historical notes and photographs that appeared in the March Bulletin. The NZART Break-In for June was the "WARO special" with 10 pages of member contributions collated by Marilyn Thorp ZL2BOA.
Silver coasters donated as 'prizes' for the Thelma Souper Memorial contest placegetters were a surprise memento for the 5 recipients, with the 6th coaster being presented to Vicki Shaw ZL1OC as a token of appreciation for all her years as the Contest Manager.
NZART Conference and our AGM in Wanganui was an opportunity for reminiscing by all concerned - Retiring President Jeanne Gilchrist ZL2BOD in her Annual report related to the various area get-togethers where birthday cakes had been enjoyed; the range of souvenir teaspoons, charms, 25th banners, etc which were available; and the healthy financial state with a membership of 120 Transmitting, 30 Associate and 61 DX members. With such interest in DX sponsored members the decision was made to create a new position of Sponsorship Secretary to deal with the necessary formalities and Pearl Neilson ZL2QY was appointed to that position. The new Century Award with a certificate featuring the Pohutu Geyser became operative on June 1st.
Members responded to several civil emergencies during the year and became actively involved with AREC during the Bay of Plenty earthquake and the floods in Southland and Canterbury.
Honorary Life Membership was conferred on two Founder members Celia Reed ZL1ALK and Vicki Shaw ZL1OC for their continued service to WARO since 1962, before President elect Celia ZL1ALK launched WARO into their next period of activity.
Members and friends totalling 76 attended a celebration lunch which was the first real social occasion in the history of WARO. The 2 new Honorary Life Members were given the privilege of cutting a special Anniversary cake. Following several congratulatory speeches and receiving of gifts from Dr David Wardlaw VK3ADW President of the Wireless Institute of Australia Vicki Shaw ZL1OC was honoured as the first WARO Amateur of the Year in recognition of her contributions to Amateur Radio during 1986-87 and presented with the Myrtle Earland Memorial Rose Bowl.
ALARAMEET in Adelaide:
Several members travelled to attend this activity with Collin Shaw ZL1CS as the "official" photographer for WARO.
New DX members:
Welcome to -
Mary 5W1FM who wrote a most interesting article for the Bulletin on her life in Western Samoa,
Mary Hiromi Wilkinson JG1KOQ a 10 year old sponsored into WARO by Associate member Noelle Godfrey.