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The following page can be found under the ‘His- t o r y ’ h e a d e r o n t h e C l u b ’s w e b s i t e : http://alpineclub.org.nz/history/memoriam-obitu aries

FMC newsletter

The March newsletter to clubs


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or download as a pdf file from: www.fmc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/club- newsletter-1003.pdf

Phil Glasson

Federated Mountain Clubs Youth Forum, Auckland, 1 May 2010

The FMC Executive is keen to raise the Federa- tion’s profile with the youth and young adult demographic (broadly, anyone under the age of 30 years). It is also keen to promote tramping as an enjoyable outdoor experience to persons in this age group, and to explore ways of assisting clubs in attracting younger members. To ac- complish these objectives, the Executive in- tends to hold a Youth Workshop in Auckland on Saturday 1 May 2010 at the Airport Gateway Hotel, 206 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland commencing at 9.30 am. For those that are in- terested, a day bushwalk in the Waitakere Ranges would be held on Sunday 2nd May to allow for further discussion/interaction in a less formal setting.

We are keen to seek input from representatives of all clubs (not just those associated with a uni-


versity, though they are very welcome too), as we would like to receive a broad range of opin- ions and ideas. It would be preferable if the club’s representative is under 30 years old. The intention of the workshop is to calibrate our thinking with that of the targeted younger demographic which in turn will help the FMC Executive to develop policy and strategy that continues to be relevant both to clubs and the next generation of trampers/mountaineers.

Topics and ideas that we are keen to explore (but are not necessarily limited to) include the following:

Raising the profile of FMC/Devising strate- gies to lobby on behalf of young New Zea- landers: Advertising – Useful (yes/no)? If yes, what media/forms? – How should it be targeted/ directed? How do we back up any profile with practical services (and what services would be helpful)? How do we create better feedback mechanisms between this demographic and FMC (e.g. website resources)? How about film festivals/video competitions, sponsoring envi- ronmental debates in a similar manner to the Youth United Nations?

Understanding youth approaches to moun- tain safety/Raising awareness of available resources:

How accessible are Club or Mountain Safety Council training courses to students/young adults? How can they be promoted better? Could training scholarships, group discounts be offered? Can FMC improve ways in which it could direct inquirers to local clubs and courses?


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