The annual meeting of the members of the Horticultural Society was held last night at Messrs Jacobson and Evton’s office. There was a good attendance. The Annual Report was read as follows :
Your Committee have much pleasure in being able again to meet you with a credit balance to your account. Despite the depression which during the past year has pressed heavily on all classes, your Society finds itself in quite as good, if not a little better, position than when they met you last year. Monthly meetings have been held during the year, at which members have read some valuable papers on different subjects connected with horticulture. The attendance of members at these meetings have not been as good as your Committee would have liked to have seen, considering the subjects which have been discussed. Nevertheless, the Committee aie satisfied that a great impetus has been given to horticulture in the district, and they would earnestly invite amateurs in particular to put forward their best energies in this direction. As you are aware the annual show was held in the Town Hall on March sth, and wasagreat success, the takings at the door far exceeding the same at last year’s show, and when it is remembered that members had this year two extra tickets each, your Committee feel justified in assuming that” the Society’s shows are popular, and therefore productive of much good. Your Committee cannot refrain from mentioning the great interest and assistance they received from the local nurserymen and your worthy President, in coming forward with such grand and numerous exhibits. Your warmest thanks are likewise due to Messrs Jacobson and Eyton for their liberality in placing their office at yqur disposal as a meeting room. The position of the Society, as will be seen from the balance sheet, is satisfactory ; there being a credit of L2O 6s 6d, for your Committee can reasonably take credit for a further sum of L 4 14s 6d, being promised subscriptions yet unpaid, but which are all available on demand. The accounts have been duly audited and certified to. There will be a motion laid before you to alter the date of the yearly subscriptions to January Ist in each year. This would be more convenient than the present date. Your Committee, in rendering the affairs of the Society into your hands, hope that their successsors will still further be able to improve the same. The Balance Sheet, as read, showed the receipts from subscriptions, entrance fees, and special prizes, and takings at the door, and including the balance from last year, to be LBS 2s 3d, and the expenditure L 64 15s 9d, which leaves a credit balance of L2O Gs 6d to be carried forward to next year. The following resolutions were carried : incoming committee to advertise the monthly meetings once a month in each paper at a limited cost.”—“ That it be a recommendation to the committee to fix the date of next Show for the first Saturday in March.” The following officers were elected for the ensuing year—viz., E. G. Wright, President; Messrs H. Friedlander, John Giigg, Dr Trevor, and E, G. Crisp, Vicepresidents ; H. 0. Jacobson, Treasurer ; S. E. Poyntz, Secretary. The following gentlemen were elected by ballot to act as managing committee—viz., Messrs J. T. Smith, Charlton, Mayo, J. Sealy, T. Sealy, Collins, Simmonds, Randall, Stephenson, Harrison, Broomfield, and Davison. The usual votes of thanks were duly passed and the meeting adjourned.
A meeting of the new committee was then held, at which it was resolved that the recommendation of the general meeting re. advertising be adopted. The consideration of the recommendation re date of show was postponed till next meeting. Mr J. Sealy promised at the next monthly meeting to read a paper on “ planting. ”
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HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881
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