At tbo ordinary meeting of tbe Loyal _ Asbburton Lodge |<n Friday evening, I _ the Oomi-ltteo appointed to enquire into _ Ibe finanoial position of the Lodge, plaoed ( before the meeting ths following report. "We have the honor to lay before you a « statement of the financial position of your l Lodge, carefully taken from the Registrar of Friendly Societies report, and balaooe sheet of tbe Lodge, Owing to the Ashbutton district, being so reoently formed, , no cffiolal statistics regarding it appear in , ihe resent valuations, but taking tbe , Start fa Canterbury distriot to which: tbe Lodges in this distriot formerly belonged ' we find that tbe Waterton Lodge had a surplus of 2s 7d per member, the remainder of the Lodges showing very small ■ deficiencies. In 1887, the following table taken from tbe Registrar's valuation report erill show the respective positions of the various Lodges :— • ".£• oo** g *" g ■ © OJ>o> m SA wt en • ■> « o ■ ■ m •or-* .-. .-. o . - £,_$ *ac«_»cooo »__ o ■ *** ™D «A(Oi-lAt. *e_ —i -j -I . a§ l a .eooan eg ■<»-*so cs co fe ° •■* dg^ 1 cuocjeowco ! g» • I c* o *» ■•* co pi cieocoeoc. t- I " •2* '.oo Notwithstanding the small deficiencies the amount'' of contributions are based on a sole to amply ensure all the benefits promised The " Friendly Societies' report, 1882," states " a fairly satisfactory aoale of contributions and reiefits is established by tbe rules of the newly registered dlatrlot of tbe M.UJ 0.0.F., Jthhj diilr.ot. A. Nw otlw tllittlcti of
I the-same great order hive equally satis- > t factory scales cf contributions and bene- -. fi-a." We ara p'eaaeS to report that yoar district it wo king on exaotly the same ' scale. The snail deficiency In the Ashburton Lcdgn is explained by the hall not having paid a reasonable amount of interest fcr tb. first few years, a state of affairs whloh w ■ ar j pleased to notice is remedying Itself. We fee' thoroughly now satisfied tbat if the lodge was valued at ; the present t'm-> It w sold show a eubs'an- j ilaLaurplns, a: d wo code; ae the remarks} made by Mr A G. Wiggins, Actuary, lnf his val notion jeport of the lodge, 1887, '' that a troaporors fa' nre Is before your I lodge."
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