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The annual meeting of the Lyttelton Pistriot Lodge I 0.0 F , M.U., was held on Thursday at the Oddfellows' Hull, Akaroa; present—Prov. G.M , \Y\ T. Foster; Dep. PGM. Thoraaa Lawrence; Prov. C. S,, J. L. Carrell; the following deputies, Ciiy of Norwich, PPOM's Toomey, Brice, Taylor and P.O. Caraon; Good Intent, P.KG M.'s Bruce and Leeie; flend of Friendship, PPG M. Birris; Hand and Heart, P.P G M. Pettigrew ; Perseverance, P.G. F. LeComte; Wairewa, P.G.s M'Queen and H. J. French; District Warden, P.O. J. Staples; P.P.G.M 'b L. A. Graham and Stewart, and a large attendance of lodge mrrnburs.

The Prov. G.M. expressed the district's loyalty and eympaihy with Ihe King and his advisTß in the present war, and appreciation of the loyalty shown by all sections of (be Empire, and the spirit shown by the M.U., who have cent so many to the front, Twelve members of the District joined the Main Expeditionary Force and a large number had joined the reinforcements. Provieirn has been made by all lodges for the payment of those members' contributions, ar,d the Government had promised to take over part of benefits assured, Hβ regretted that the lodge had lost one member, Bro. Wi E. Knowles, of the City of Norwich Lodge, who while serving on H.M.3. Philomel lost bis .life in acton. The speaker expressed his sympathy with the widow and family, Duriog the year the district bad lost come of their oldest and valued members, P.P.G.M 's Sowden, lat senior trustee of the district; P.P G M. Whitfield, and B. Bailey, trustee of the Loyal Good Intent. Sick and funeral funds stood at £20.187, an increase cf £953. Interest secured amounted to £1054, an Increase of £41. The sick benefits paid totalled £807, a decrease of £38 Membership showed 540, a decrease of 7. Hβ returned bis hearty tbanks for the loyal co operation of members during his term of office.

Tbe election of officers resulted in the Dep. Prov G.M., Thoma3 Lawrence, being elected as Prov. G M ; P, G. Carson as Dep. Prov. G M ; P.P.G.M. Brice as junior audi. tor (>e«'leateri), and PPG.M's Brioe and Leete as book esamii e-s for 1916 17,

A circular was received from CS. of the order, asking for full particulars of those members serving in the forces at the front, so that they might receive every care and attention if rtquired. It was refolved to send every lodge a copy of the circular. The revised district rules were submitted after a complete revision by a special com.mittee appointed, and finally, after some amendments, were adopted. It was resolved that the usual permit should be grpoted to Bay lodges to pay sick pay upon eiok visitors' certificates.

It was decided that the meeting in March, 1916, should be hold at Duvauehelle's Bay. Greetings by telegram were received from Prov. G.M. South Canterbury district in response to one 'rom the district, congralolat,ing tne Loyal Timaru Lodge upon the attain, merit of its jubilee.

The officers were installed and invested by P.P G.M.s Graham and Stewart

It was reiolved tbat the retiring GMshould be present with the P.P.G M.'s jewel and password, add thai his name should be inscribed on the merit board. Prov. GM, Lawrence p esenled P.P.G.M. Foster with the jewel and be suitably responded, A Past Grand's Lodge was held at the close oi the meeting, and tbe Purple Degree was oonferred upon PG's Haylock, H R Newton, R H Stewart and fi J French.

At the lunch adjournment tbe Good Intent Lodge provided Dinner at Bruce Hotel for the visitors, and at the close of the session refreshments were provided in tho ball, and the usual loyal tsasta and seutiments hon oured. Twenty-nine members sat down to dinner at the Bruce Hotel, Dep. Prov G.M T Lawrenoe presiding

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ODDFELLOWSHIP., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3406, 16 March 1915

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ODDFELLOWSHIP. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3406, 16 March 1915

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