On 17 April 1964, when the following editorial was published, Kundiawa was a small highlands outpost of perhaps 150 people; one-third of whom were expatriates. While it had very few indigenous members, the Chimbu Club – operated entirely on voluntary labour – was one of less than a handful of multi-racial social clubs in either Territory. Anyway, the Chimbu Club was in trouble - KJ
EDITORIAL – THE CHIMBU CLUB DILEMMA
OUR Club is sorely in debt – this is more than just incidental knowledge to the many active members of the Club, whether they use it as a place for Friday evening’s entertainment, or whether they fulfil the proper purpose of any club – that of social intercourse.
Our Club should not be in debt, each week shows a tidy turnover in the financial field of up to £160. With wise spending in the past our financial position would be unassailable.
However post mortems are not desirable, and we have a dedicated and vigorous Club committee conducting these at their many meetings. They are the oens bearing the weigh of the Club’s troubles, it seems exclusively.
The fact to be stressed is thst as much responsibility rests on the shoulders of the ordinary member as on any committee member, and there are many ways in which ordinary members can help:
1) By paying Club membership fees promptly;
2) By supporting social functions organised by the Club;
3) By affiliating any social or sporting bodies formed in Kundiawa with the Club;
4) By making use of the Club as a medium for social gatherings other than organised functions. For example, that afternoon drink with friends or a barecused Sunday dinner;
5) By acceding to any reasonable demand for your services made by the Club committee.
Finally, remember that it is your Club, and on you will stand or fall.
Footnote - The Chimbu Club survived and went on to greater days. The photo is of the Kundiawa airstrip and adjacent Malaria School in December 1963 - KJ