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ANNUAL MEETING OF LYTTELTON DISTRICT. The annual meting , of the Lyttelton District 1.0.0, F., M.U., was held at the Town Hall, Duvauchelle's Buy, on Thursday aFternoon ; present—Prov, G.M. Brother T. Lawrence, D.P.G.M, Brother W. G. Carson, Prov. Brother John L. Carrell, and the following delegates :—-City oi' Norwich, P.P.GM./s Brothers Brice, Foster and Lister, and P G. Scott; Good Intent.P.P.G.M. Leele and P.G. Haylock ; Hand of Friendship, P.P.G.M. Harris; Hand and Heart, P.P.G.M. Pettigrew ; Perseverance, P.P.G.M. Lc Comte; Wairewa, P.G.s M'Queen and 11. J. French ; and District Warden P.G. T. E, Mackenzie. There was also n good attendance of members from all lodges. Congratulatory telegrams were I received from P.P.G.M. 's jthers Griffiths (Wellington) and

J. R. Morton and L. A. Graham. The P.G.M., in his opening- address, spoke feelingly upon the losses sustained by the lodges during- the war, and a vote of sympathy was accorded, to the relatives of those fallen. In his address the P.G.M. stated that the District had responded nobly to the call to arms Thirty-eight had already left for the front and a number were m camp, ready to leave. Three deaths had occurred since the war had started, Brothers Knowles, Birdling and Armstrong, and a large number of members had been either wounded or invalided Financially the district was in a good position, but it had gone back numerically, having twentythree members less than last year. This was accounted for by a heavy mortality, and to the fact that very few members had joined, which must be expected until the present crisis was passed. He spoke favourably of the position of lodges which he had visited, but trusted there would be a better attendance on the next visit of District officers. , The P.G.M. was accorded a hearty vote of thanks, and it was resolved that his address should be printed in the usual reports to lodges. The election of officers was held for 1916-17. The D.P.G.M. Brother Carson, was elected as P G.M., and P.G. Brother M' Queen as D.P.G.M. P.P.G.M. Brother J. P. Eames was elected as junior auditor. Itwas resolved that the usual I privileges should be granted to lodges oh the Peninsula to pay sick pay on sick visitors' certificates. ? It was decided that the next meeting, inMarch, 1917, should be held at Little River. I It was resolved that the new scale of deputees , fees as revised by the District officers, should be ! adopted. It was decided that the District officers with the sanction of the lodges, should take action at once, with a view of striking a levy upon the whole district, for the purpose of paying the contributions of members at the front, such contributions to be retrospective, dating back to the commencement of the war. Correspondence with reference to the National Provident Fund and its relation to Friendly Societies was read, and it was resolved that the District's sympathy and assistance should be given to cooperate with the other districts. The Prov. G.M. mentioned that P.P.G.M. Brother E. W. Harris who was present as a delegate, had on that,day attained his sixty-second year of membership in ,the order, and tendered him hearty congratulations. The installation, of officers was conducted by P.P.GM..'s Brothers Pettigrew and Foster, who installed Brother Carson as P.G.M., and Brother M'Queen as D.P.G.M. it was resolved that P.P.G.M. Brother Lawrence should be presented with the P.P.G.M.'s jewel and pass-word, and should have his name inserted on the Merit, J Board. The jewel was presented j by P.G.M. Brother Carson, whoj spoke in feeling terms of Brother: Lawrence's ability during his' term of office. i ■On resuming buskiess after lunch the Past Grands Lodge was held, and the purple degree was conferred upon P.G. Brother P. Scott. At the conclusion of the session a smoke concert was held in the Town Hall and was attended by a large number of members. The usual loyal and 1 patriotic toasts were given, the ■ procedure for lodges during the » war being a special feature. The ! health of the veteran deputy P. > r P.G.M_. Brother Harris was drunk r and the toast was responded to ~- by the brother. i ,__,,,., '_ _ , _,

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ODDFELLOWSHIP., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3527, 14 March 1916

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ODDFELLOWSHIP. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3527, 14 March 1916

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