a long standing member of AOC, passed away last month. Raewyn made an
enormous contribution to club life including roles as our Treasurer and
equipment officer. A few members attended a memorial service for Raewyn
in December. This was a fitting celebration of her life and
contribution to yachting, conservation and orienteering.
knowledge was vast. Orienteering is a complex sport - we ask people if
we can use their land, we ask that members build things for us, we ask
if members can fix things and we ask for advice. Everything is done
with precision and the highest levels of accuracy. All this work,
voluntary of course, was the true domain for Raewyn.
orienteering controls built by Raewyn and John are the best there's
ever been. Others have fallen but the Bennett's controls stood. Raewyn
also procured our big purchase of high tech equipment and managed
exchange rate dealings and freight forwarders as well as the finances
in her role as Treasurer. If you needed a "bloke" with a 4WD Raewyn
would be the first to put her hand up. The steep sandy tracks in
Woodhill Forest were no problem to her. Towing a fully loaded caravan
with equipment - no problem.
was instrumental in organising the 24 hour Rogaine AOC hosted a few
years ago. This was a huge logistical challenge for the club but Raewyn
without even a blink was up for the whole 24 hours organising and
delivering logistics to the most remote parts of the Port Waikato area.
also understood what was required to manage first aid and safety
issues. Without her our club may have breached the required standards
volunteering was enormously inspiring and energising. We have lost a
great member but the amazing legacy that Raewyn has left for the club
will be visible for many years ahead. The club sends it‚€™s deepest
sympathies to John, Jono and Alex and the wider family.