The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1928
Before coming to the more prosaic task of noting down our activities for the last six months, we feel that we must take this opportunity of recording in Spike the loss that the club has experienced through the fact that two more of our best trampers have felt the call of the Old World, and have sailed abroad in pursuit of ventures new. Of the qualities of Miss Elsie Holmes as a tramper and good friend, one can only speak in superlatives—and very inadequate superlatives at that. Her enthusiasm, persistence and work on behalf of the club during past years have been very real factors in its continued success; while only those who have had the good fortune to tramp with her, will realize what a gap in our ranks her departure has left. We have bidden farewell, also, to Miss Kathleen Makay, another of our enthusiastic trampers and lovers of nature. Here again the club loses one of its good trampers, and we, one of our good friends. Such is the way of life.
To offset these losses, we are glad to welcome to the ranks of the tramping fraternity several new members. Tramps, too, both week-end and Sunday, during the term, have been well attended, and although the older members are dropping out, one by one, it is a source of satisfaction to know that there are new members coming on who will carry on in a worthy fashion the activities and traditions of the club. Finally, we beg leave to congratulate Dr. J. S. Yeates who has been one of the club's strongest supporters during the past years, upon his appointment to the Chair of Agricultural Botany at Massey Agricultural College.