Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 16. August 2, 1939
Preluded by a delightfully informal and totally unofficial cocktail hour at the Grand Hotel at which Bob Anderson acted as host, the annual dinner of the Haeremai Club held recently proved itself to be a star event in the club's history.
Mr. Stewart Wilson, president of the club, presided. Mr. Ron Corkill represented the Students' Association. A large attendance of members, a select body of visitors, and representatives of kindred clubs at the other Colleges, foregathered to do honour to a function now well established in the annual routine of club activities.
The toast of His Majesty the King was proposed by Mr. Chairman; Mr Roy Johnston proposed the toast of the College and the Professorial Board: the Executive of the V.U.C.S.A, was proposed by Mr. Lloyd Stutchberry and replied to by Mr. Ron Corkill, Mr. Corkill expressed appreciation of the continued development of the club and complimented the club executive on the excellence of the function.' "Kindred Societies" was proposed by Mr. Roy Te Punga and replied to by Mr. H. L. Thomas, who brought with him Lie greetings and felicitations of the other fraternities who, he stated, "were closely United with the Haeremai Club in the spirit of their interest." Mr. J. Speedy, in company with the entire assemblage, fervently honoured the toast "To Ourselves."
Supreme event of the evening was the presentation to the club of a valuable silver flagon by Messrs. George Culliford and Roy Johnston. In his oration to the meeting, Mr. Culliford stated that both he himself and his fellow-donor had been deeply moved by the excellent progress the club had been evidencing since its re-inception, and desiring that some tangible evidence of this progress be retained in the properties of the club, they had decided to present a silver flagon on which should be engraved each year the name of the club president. That the flagon be kept in sacred trust by the club and that a verse from the pen of Omar Khayyam, the guide of the donors' philosophy, be engraved on the flagon for the enlightenment of all future members, were the wishes expressed by Mr. Culliford. Mr. Culliford concluded one of the most moving speeches ever presented at a Haeremai function with apt excerpts from the "Rubaiyat."
Mr. Wilson accepted the flagon on behalf of the Club, expressed his deep gratitude of the action of the donors, and initiated the flagon. It was decided by the meeting that the flagon be engraved the "Culliford-Johnston Presidents' Flagon," and that it be used by each president at all ceremonial functions.
The formalities of the evening dispensed with, the gathering retired to the smoke-room, where reminiscences of other days provided enjoyable entertainment.
The function was one of the most enjoyable "Salient" has attended, and evidenced the great value in college life of good social fellowship.—S.K.H.