7 June 2021
The new lodge bookings system is up and running and open for business! Logon details were sent to all paid up members on Friday. If you have paid your subscription invoice but haven't received any details, please check your Junk, Spam, or Promotional folders - I've received a couple of reports of email from the new system going into these folders. If you still can't find your details, please contact me asap. Remember – if you haven't paid your subs, you can't make bookings!
We have a long list of members who are waiting for a locker or ski rack to become available. If you currently have access to a locker or ski rack and have not yet paid your subs, you need to do so now to secure it for the 2021 season.
We sadly acknowledge the recent passing of one of Christiania's Life Members, Fred Houtman. Our thanks for fellow Life Member, Norm Agnew, for the following tribute:
Vale Fred (Frederik) Houtman
29.12.1934 – 02.05.2021
Christie club members family and friends mourn the passing of an ever enthusiastic foundation member, life member and past president.
Fred emigrated with his family to NZ from Holland when he was eighteen and soon took up a cadetship at the then State Hydro Department in Hamilton as an electrical draughting cadet.
His studies led him to become an electrical engineer and he moved on to work for a large electrical contracting firm Morgan Jenkins Electrical. His next move was to the Waikato Hospital where he stayed until retirement. He could not stay away though and spent many years on public information help desks at the hospital.
Fred was very active in the building of both Iwakau and Tukino lodges earning the nickname of 'Hotman' for his electrical prowess. Fred served and assisted in most committee roles over the years culminating in a term as President. Fred skied as he lived, correctly, precisely, considerately with feet together. Knees bent and back straight. He was often used as an example to children learning to ski - "Watch Mr Houtman. That's how you do it".
Fred was also involved for many years with the Hamilton Operatic Society in many productions as stagehand or Maître D' in front of the house. A rare true gentleman.
Fred is survived by his wife Diana, sons Geoff and Matt, daughter Susie and six grandchildren.