This is the first post from the Kapiti Golden Group. We had a good May meeting and luncheon at the Kapiti Club.
Our lunch was Lamb cutlets, with vegetables and salad, which was prepared by the chef Kerry and very well presented. Just about everyone was pleased with the lunch and relaxed afterwards with a tea or coffee and a selection of biscuits. Jenny Livingstone and Gwen Morrison were in charge of the after lunch refreshments.
Congratulations to all our members who celebrate a birthday this month, they are, Pam Christie, Phil Wilkinson, Norma Hooker, Gillian Mautz, Anne Sherry, Dora Reipen, Lucy Garofolo, Marjorie McGregor, Valerie Wayman, Frances Dockerty, Bett Taylor and Raffaele Mvollo.
Thanks to all our members who purchased raffle tickets, and well done to all our winners. Raffles are an important event for the group, the income generated from the sale of tickets helps subsidize our bus trips and other activities. One such activity was the visit to us of the group from Wanganui, and thanks to all the members who joined the Wanagnui people at the Kapiti Club. They all enjoyed a wonderful lunch and afternoon tea, it was a really lovely day for all concerned. Thanks to all our members who contributed to this event. One aside from this occasion, during the afternoon a pack of cards was requested, and one was found behind the bar. Unfortunately during the game it was discovered there were some cards missing. The card game continued with some jovial moments along the way. At our May luncheon Joy Ellis donated a new pack of cards to the Golden Group for future use, Thanks Joy.
Our next bus trip is on 9th May, visiting Government House in the morning and then lunch at the Roxy restaurant. We will then go on to Parliament for a guided tour. The cost of this trip is $30 pp and does include the lunch at the Roxy, and the bus. Dennis from Peka Peka Coach Tours will be taking us, as usual for all our trips. All tickets have been sold for this trip, so keep your ears open for the next announcement about forthcoming trips from Nancy, who organizes all our trips.
Our speaker at this luncheon was Richard Benge, he is the Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa. One of his tasks in this role is to make sure disabled people have easy access to all areas of the arts, museums, theaters, art galleries etc. He was very pleased that our venue at the Kapiti Club has good wheelchair access, and as such does not impede disabled people from becoming members of our group and attending our meetings. Richards other role is Deputy Chair of the Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust, and spoke to us about their upcoming and very important 70th Anniversary of the landing of U.S. Marines in New Zealand during WW 2, when they were stationed in camps around the Kapiti area. There will be a ceremony to remember the U.S. men who fought in the war. It will be held on Memorial Day, Sunday 27th May at Queen Elizabeth Park, on the Kapiti Coast. There will be a special memorial for the Marines who died here at the beach in a landing craft exercise that went horribly wrong. There is just one living survivor of that accident and he is travelling from the United States in remembrance of his comrades who died, and to unveil a plaque containing all their names. For more info please visit
President Lorraine announced our Annual Event for this year. A trip to New Plymouth, staying at the Flamingo Motels from 29th October to 2nd November. The Motel has a swimming pool, an indoor spa pool and beautiful grounds. Places of interest we will be visiting include, Hikurange Gardens, Richmond Heritage Cottage, Puke Ariki Museum, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Santa’s Choice Total Christmas Shop and the Tawa Glen Cafe gift shop and garden center. The cost is $600 for this wonderful trip, this covers all travel expenses.
Last Years trip was to the South Island, Nelson and surrounding places, we all had a great time. We were very grateful for some funding for the bus and ferry costs for that trip from Pub Charity, which was an amazing thing to happen for our group.
Take a quick look at just a few pics of last years Annual Event: