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A final meeting of the Rakaia Red Cross Society was held in St. Mark's j sthoolrbom on Thursday., 'There, was ' a very fair attendance considering the unsuitable weather. . It.was agreed to forward the balance of the cash iii hand to the Christchurch centre, but the money got by work at the Flower Show was to be set apart for the soldiers' room at the V.MX.A. 1,11 -Christchurch. It was reported, that a few more garments and pair's' of socks remained to be nuished and would then be forwarded. A balance of 141bs of wool remained, and some of this was sold to members. The table-cloth with donors' names worked on it, which was., begun at the time of the Paddy's Market, was 'ordered to be sent, when finished, to the soldiers' ward at the Christchiirch Hospital. It was stated that a list of Red .Cross workers, somewhat incomplete, had been sent, in, but when the question of members securing R«d Cross badges and certificates at a cost of half-a-crown per. member again came up for discussion, the opinion was expressed that no. worker wanted a badge; that what had been done hud been for the boys, and not for hope of reward. It was suggested that the money could be put to better use. Similar opinions were expressed as regards work done at schools.

The question of the future custody of the Society records was discussed and though not definitely decided, some members expressed the opinion that the books and papers should be handed to the Christchurch Centre.; After the business afternoon tea" was handed round. "As this was the final meeting oi: the Society some members expressed regret that the gatherings' would, now cease, though of ■.course' glad that the cause'of their activities' had now come to an end. :

Though not mentioned at the meeting, it has been unofficially discussed among members that a social gathering should be held to terminate the work, and this 'may probably eventuate.

With reference to the question of the disappearance of fantails, which; has been under discussion "lately, it is stated that in many of the bluegum plantations round Rakaia, in which they used to abound, they have not been .seen for quite a Jong time. How-, ever, Mrs Blackley, of "Riverina," states that last week three were seen near her residence, one coming into the washhouse. Due wax-eye also made his appearance. The £2-00 odd that was raised by means of a carnival in the Rakaia Domain, have been handed over to the proper authorities. Half has been paid to the Rakaia Red Cross Society, and -half to the Ghristehurch branch of the Lady Liverpool Society. An application has been made to have this later sum handed back to the Rakaia Soldiers' Entertainment Committee, to be spent for the benefit of returned men, but so far it has not come to. hand. In any case it will not be available either for the soldiers' memorial oi" for the purchase of medals.

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RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9595, 26 April 1919

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RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9595, 26 April 1919

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