Members of forestry’s oldest social organisation, the International Order of Hoo-Hoo Club, gathered at the Putaruru Timber Museum recently to celebrate the opening of a special meeting centre.


The idea to dedicate one room to Hoo-Hoo was raised by Museum trustees during the course of their refurbishing the new Conference centre.


The opening of the Hoo-Hoo-Room at the museum coincided with the organisation’s annual convention being held in New Zealand for only the third time in 32+years, and Rotorua was the selected regional venue. This year’s event drew Hoo-Hoo Club members from Australia, the USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, as well as New Zealand.


The museum is currently undergoing a $1.5 million upgrade and the Hoo-Hoo Room is in its refurbished Sycamore Conference and Function Centre, named after late industry stalwarts Cam and Ron Sycamore, whose family continues to support the museum.


South Waikato Mayor, Jenny Shattock, joined Jack Miller, the US-based head of Hoo-Hoo International – whose quirky title is ‘Snark of the Universe’ and who prefers to be known as ‘Boston Jack’ – to perform a ribbon-cutting ceremonial exercise to formally open the Hoo-Hoo room, which houses a range of Hoo-Hoo artefacts and memorabilia from both local and overseas clubs to preserve them for future generations...


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