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i The annual sessions of the Grand Orange Lodge of New Zealand opened in the Orange Hall, Ashburton, on Saturday, the Rt. Worshipful, the Grand Master, Bro. J. A. Hay, of Dunedin, presiding. A large number of delegates were in attendance, the lodges in all parts of the Dominion being well represented. The Lodge was opened in tlie usual way, the Grand Chaplain, Bro. the Rev. G. Knowles Smith conducting the devotional exercises and reading Isaiah 62, after which the qualifications of an Orangeman were recited and the Grand' Lodge was raised and the business proceeded with.

Following roll call and the reading of the correspondence and district reports, etc., the Grand Master delivered his address on the work of the year.

The Grand Secretary's report stated that lodges had been opened during the year at Geraldine, Devonport, Onehunga, Wellington, Dunedin (2), Milton and Gore, the first four being male and the last four female, lodges; The appeals for financial assistance .< had been well responded to, a sum of £'496 6s 6d being contributed and disbursed during the year on this account. The membership had suffered somewhat, the death roll in consequence of the epidemic being much heavier this year/ many of the best workers in the Order having ceased from their labours on earth to take their recompense _at the hands of the Supreme..-'Grand Master. The membership of the Order hat?, notwithstanding these losses, consider'^ ably increased.

The Grand Treasurer's report showed the finances to be in a very healthy condition, with satisfactory balances in the several accounts.

All the reports were adopted and ordered to be printed.

At the opening of the afternoon session a deputation from the Church of Christ Conference, consisting of the Rev. ,W. Franklyn and Mr Charles Watt, waited upon the Lodge to tender brotherly greetings and congratulations, the Rev. Mr Liddle responding on behalf of the members, the greetings and response being of a very cordial character.

The remainder of Saturday's session was filled .in with committee work, Policy, Finance, and Public Purposes Committees being set up for that purpose. .... • -.;

Divine service was held in the Theatre Royal on . Sunday afternoon. The visiting delegates and local . brethren paraded at the Orange Hall and marched to the Theatre via Cass, Kermode , and East Streets, headed by the Bth South Canterbury Regimental Band, tlie Ashburton ""County Pipe Band also taking part in the procession. The Rev. Bro. 11. J. Liddell, Tfniaru, presided at the services. The scripture lesson was read by Rev. Bro. C. S. Matthews, and the sermon was preached by Rev. Bro. G. Knowles Smith, Grand Chaplain. Bro. Q. W. Leadley, chaplain L.O.L. No. 23,, also took part in the service.. The benediction was pronounced-by the Rev. Howard Elliott.

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GRAND LODGE SESSIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919

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GRAND LODGE SESSIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919

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