South Rakaia Working Men's Money Club.
The above Club celebrated their half ; yearly meeting night on Tuesday, July 1,. at Howell's Railway Hotel. An excellent supper was provided, and, although the Clerk «f the Weather was in one of his most inclement moods still few of the members, except those residing at a most unreasonable distance, absented themselves. Mr Thos. Whitta, the President, who always takes a most lively interest in the Club, and has been a subscriber from ifcs initiation, could hardly be expected to drive from Lauriston (some 14 or 15 miles.) In his absence, therefore, Mr W. Kemble explained that the officers and Committee had deem«d it advisable to meet in this social manner to celebrate what was in reality the Club's second birthday. Two years ago a few of them had assembled and formed the present Club. From that day to this they had been slowly but surely progressing. As there had not been time to prepare the report and balance-sheet, he would not attempt ( to place any figures before them ; but, from his own knowledge, and from what the Secretary had informed him, he could assure them that the affairs of the Club were in a healthy and prosperous state, and the Committee would be able to declare a dividend fully up to the expectations of the most sanguine amongst them. Songs and recitations were given by several of the members, and the usual toasts were given, that of "the ladies," proposed by Mr A. J. Howell, and responded to by Mr Liddy, being specially noticeable for the eloquent and feeling terms in which both of these gentlemen .spoke of the fair sex. In proposing " Kindred Societies " Mr Breach said he wished specially to mention the Sydenham Money C lub, On whose lines the Rakaia Club was formed. The former and present Secretary of the Sydenham Club, Messrs Brunt and Barry, had always shown the greatest kindness and courtesy in any matter in which they could assist the Rakaia Club. The toast was enthusiastically received. Mr W. Kemble, in responding, stated that when he read a copy of the rules of the Sydenham Money Club, he was convinced that such an institution was good for working men. Combination and unity meant strength, and he advised all present to stick to the Club, and they could not fail to find the advantage of it. The meeting terminated at a reasonable hour, all present'having spent a most enjoyable evening.
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South Rakaia Working Men's Money Club., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
South Rakaia Working Men's Money Club. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
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