BANKS PENINSULA WAR FUNDS APPEAL.
MEETING OF AKAROA BRANCH.
A meeting of tbe Akaroa Branch was held on Tuesday evening. There was a fair attendanoe, Mr G. Arm strong in tbe chair
Mr Oakley, representing tbe Christ phureh Tram "Employees Concert Party, offered to hold a-concert in Akaroa for any patriotic purpose. Mr L J Vangioni moved that Mr Oakley's offer of a visit by the Obristchureh Tramway Troupe be ao cepted with thanks, and they be asked to come down on March 20th if possible, the concert to be for patrio tic purposes.
Seconded by Rev. Hayward and carried
Mr Thomas, hon sec, read the balance sheet of the Akaroa Branch of tbe Peninsula War Funds Appeal, showing a balance to credit of £1671 5s Bd.
Mr Vangioni moved the adoption of tbe balance sheet.
Seconded by Rev Hay ward and carried.
Accounts amounting to £9 15s 7d were passed for payment. Mr Armstrong moved a very bearty vote of thanks to Mr Thomas for bis work as secretary for the Akaroa Branoh of tbe Peninsula War Funds Appeal He said that Mr Thomas never spared himself, and it was>, thanks to bis efforts, that everything went through without a birch. Tbe motion was seconded by Mr Hall and otrrjed by aoolamation. In returning thanks, Mr Thomas said be had only done what he could, and it was the other membets of the committee who had. done the bulk of the work.
Mr O'Callagban said the seoretary of the Christohuroh committee had asked him to send a list of subscribers of £10 and over, but as they bad all been previously advertised he did not forward the list. Also, many had given stook and not money.
Some discussion ensued as to whether the whole of the money raised went to the Peninsula Queen, Mesßrs Armstrong and Leete Baying they thought all tbe money raised was to be put on tbe Queen in tbe Christcburoh Gontest.
The question of the deadlock at tbe crowning of the Queen.on January 18th was raised. Rev Hayward moved that the Akaroa Committee request the secretary of the Peninsula Wat Fu'ids Appeal central committee to publish a plain statement which led to the deadlock in connection with the queen contest at Little River, v Seconded by Mr Hall and carried. Rev. J W Hayward said they oould not close tbe meeting without putting on record their profund admiration at the way the Mayor bad worked during the last few months on behalf of the Patriotic Fund. He spared himself in no way, and was to them all a splendid example both in the way he worked and in tbe way he gave. He moved a very hearty vote of thanks to the Mayor. . Seoonded by Mr Leete, and carried by acclamation. The Mayor thanked them all, and said he was proud of the way Akaroa had given. It was not only the wealthy people, but those of moderate means who bad given nobly. He al luded to a few selfish farmers in the district with plenty of money who gave a few paltry pounds. He was thankful that that spirit was not com m on in this'district. He announced that a recruiting meeting would be held in. the Oddfellows' Hall next Wednesday, February 16.
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BANKS PENINSULA WAR FUNDS APPEAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3521, 11 February 1916