Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 21, No. 8. 2nd July, 1958
Mr. Wilson, on behalf of the Extrav. Committee, presented a framed photograph of this year's cast to the Executive. Mr. Marchant, in receiving it on behalf of the Union, stated that it was symbolic of the happy relations between the Executive and Extrav.
The meeting concluded with tributes being paid to retiring members of the Executive.
Mr. Marchant expressed his sorrow that some of the Executive were not restanding, but he could quite understand their motivation and on behalf of the Union thanked those who had devoted their time and energy to the work of the Union. In particular he paid tribute to the retiring Women's Vice-President, Miss Anna Duncan, who has devoted much of her time to student affairs both in the capacity of a member of the Women's Committee and as Women's Vice-President (since the retirement of Mrs. Moxwell at the start of the year).
Mr. Wilson spoke on behalf of the Executive as to the sorrow that they felt at the retirement of Mr. Marchant from the Executive. He described the retiring President as "A person who has done a terrific amount of good for the Association in his capacity of Secretary and later as President of the Association. He stated that Mr. Marchant had been "firm, reasonable, able and at times 'completely unreasonable' and has been of great benefit to all Executive members."
Mr. Marchant, in replying, said that it was hard for him to realise that his days with the Student administration were at an end after five years of it. He singled out three things that had impressed him in his association with the present Exec. Firstly, the loyalty of the Executive which he found very encouraging in his work as President. Secondly, the fabulous energy and considerable ability of Mr. Wilson, the Men's Vice-President, and thirdly, the devotion to student affairs of the secretary, Mr. Shaw. Mr. Shaw, he stated, had rendered more support than "the rest of the Executive put together."
In his reflections on Executive life generally, Mr. Marchant admitted that he had tended to devote his energy to the erection of the Student Union Building, and was now content to leave knowing that tenders for the building had been called, the majority of the money was available and support had been obtained. He was additionally grateful for the work of the secretary who had been responsible for the progress in other aspects of University life.
The evening concluded with supper as usual.