The annual meeting of tho msxnbers of the Ashburton Horticultural Society was held in Mr. Anstee’s private hotel on Tuesday, at which a fair average number attended, and Mr. H. C. Jacobsen presided. The Secretary read the first annual report of the Committee for the year, in which the history of the Society, which is only a few months old, was traced. It stated that 89 members were on the books, only a few of whom had neglected to pay their subscriptions. The Committee congratulated the Society on the very successful show that had been held, the exhibits at which were both numerous and good, as was testified to by the report of the judges. Delays had taken place in connection with the show, but these were inseparable from the fii’st show of any Society where experience was limited, but the experience gained would be of vast benefit to the Committee in time to come. The Committee hoped a stop taken for the establishment of monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, for the reading of papers on horticultural subjects, would be looked upon as one in the right direction. The Committee thought the Society’s thanks wore due to the local press for the assistance afforded to the Society ; to the exhibitors whose aid so materially contributed to the success of the show ; to Mr. Anstee for the free use he had given of a room ; and also to the judges. The Committee further thanked the subscribers who had so promptly paid their subscriptions, the unpaid sums amounting in the total to only L 7 17s. 6d.—two of these being subscribers of one guinea, and the remainder of 10s. fid. each- The liberality of the prize-takers who had refunded their prize money was acknowledged, which conduct had very substantially inci’eased the balance at the Society’s credit in the bank. The report was adopted, as also the balance-sheet, which showed an income from all sources—including L 47 ss. of subscriptions, and Lll IGs. Cd. taken at the door on show day—of LG4 9s. Gd. ; against L4l 17s. lOd. of expenditureleaving a balance on the right side of L 23 lis. Bd. The office bearers for the year were then elected as follows ; President, E. G, Wright, Esq., M.F.R.; Vice-Presidents, John Grlgg, A. Saunders, W, C, Walker,' Esqs., and Dr. Trevor ; Treasurer, Mr. A, H. Slxury ; Hon. Sec*retary, Mr. S. E. Poyntz. The foregoing were re-elected- The members of Committee were then elected as under ; Messrs, Randall, Bloomfield, Anstee, G. T, Smith, Davison, Stephenson, J. Sealy, T. Sealey, Jacobson, Mayo, Simmonds, and Collins. Mr. John Orr was elected auditor for the members, a second auditor to be elected by the Committee. The thanks of the Society were unanimously accorded to the retiring Committee for their labors during the time they had been in office. After a very lengthened discussion as to the propriety of holding a spring show, it was resolved that it be a recommendation to the Committee that the next show be held about the middle of Februaxy next. After votes of thanks had been passed to Mr. Anstee for his kindness in finding a free room for the Society’s meetings in his hotel, and another vote to the Chairman, th.e meeting adjourned.
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