A day for lilies and pearls

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Ac­cord­ing to long-held tra­di­tion, a 30th an­niver­sary should be cel­e­brated with lilies and pearls, and they were top of the list when Cliff and Naomi Horncy be­gan plan­ning the fes­tiv­i­ties mark­ing 30 years since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Far North branch of the New Zealand Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Karikari Com­mu­nity Hall was be­decked with the flow­ers and gems, and the theme con­tin­ued with the dainty lapel pins given to mem­bers when they ar­rived.

Mean­while, be­fore the cel­e­bra­tory ball and din­ner, spe­cial mem­ber­ship awards were pre­sented to some of the Far North stal­warts, in­clud­ing lo­cals Derek and Bar­bara Gib­son (15 years’ mem­ber­ship), Brian and Au­drey Mulc­ahy (25 years), and found­ing mem­bers David and Sue Green.

David also had an­other claim to fame, in that he was present at the very first AGM of the NZMCA in 1956, even if he had only just be­come more than a twin­kle in his fa­ther’s eye, and was still in the “de­vel­op­ment” stage.

His par­ents were mem­bers No 14, and he grew up with many happy child­hood mem­o­ries of hol­i­days “on the road.”

There was an­other sur­prise when Cliff and Naomi Horncy were awarded life mem­ber­ship. The cou­ple were clearly as­ton­ished as Far North area vice-chair­man Michael Bain and na­tional board mem­ber Sharon King pre­sented them with flow­ers, badges and other gifts.

The cou­ple, de­scribed as the salt of the Earth, had been val­ued stal­warts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for many years.

Cliff thanked ev­ery­one for the ac­knowl­edg­ment, say­ing he and Naomi had had no inkling of the hon­our that had been be­stowed upon them, and that they had en­joyed all that they had done.

The an­niver­sary cake, made by Naomi and dis­play­ing icons rep­re­sent­ing the two Far North NZMCA parks, was cut by David and Sue Green, and en­joyed by all.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Award re­cip­i­ents at the 30th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for the Far North branch of the NZ Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion.

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