ANNUAL MEETING IN WELLINGTON. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WELLINGTON, Saturday. The Grand Council of New Zealand of the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australasia concluded yesterday in the V.M.C.A. Rooms a most successful twodays' session, forming the twentyeighth annual meeting of the society. W.G.M. Bro. H. H. Seabrook presided, and there were present representatives from the Thames, Auckland, Mount Eden, Napier, Hastings, Wellington, Christchurch, Oamaru South Dunedin, Dunedin. and Green Island. Th» financial report for the past year indicated a satisfactory advance on previous records, both in the Grand Council and subordinate lodge funds. The ■ funeral fund account has been drawn on to the amount of £375, to which wns added £240 from a special fund, making a total disbursement for funeral donations of £615. At the present time the funeral funds, invested in freehold security, amount to £7058, and they hnve yielded in interest £338 18/1. This fund has been increased from other sources by £351 17/9, making a total income for the year of £690 15/10. which brings the credit balance up to £7188 0/6. The subordinate lodges have paid in sick allowance* £1133 0/7, and at the same time increased their funds by £309 2/6. The lodges have secured £354 17/5 from invested funds, which shows more careful investment by the officers. Tho lodges now Rave to their credit £ 849S 18/5, which, added to the credit balance of the other funds under the Grand Council, gives the society in, this I)ominion a total credit balance of £16,292 l!)/8. The society's operations are restricted to the Australian States and New Zealand, and it has a membership of 23,250. with accumulated funds amounting to £217,234 7/0. A large amount of business was transacted during the session, including various amendments to the rules. The question of amalgamating the sick funds was considered, with the result that the principle was confirmed, and a representative committee from all lodgeß was set up to frame rules governing the amalgamation. These rules will be placed before the next session of the Orand Council, to be held at Chrißtchurch in 1011. With regard to tho society's special fund to augment the usual funeral donation by £20. it was decided to permit of this amount being paid to the friends of a deceased member, -without the usual condition that 12 months must have passed since his initiation. There will be no time restriction so far as this fund is concerned. Fraternal greetings and best wishes for a successful session were received from the Wellington district, New Zealand Banner, T.0.0.F., M.IT., and a suitable reply was ordered to be sent. The election of officers resulted as foll owa ._j. Stevens, w!G.M.; H. H. Seabrook, P.W.G.M.; J. Middleton, D.G-M.; J. M. Tregaskis, G.S.; S. G. Burns, G.T.; C. Arnold. Chaplain; W. H. Frith, R. Hill, and P. Kobert, P.M.'s Exec. C's.; J. C. Badeley and J. Allen, auditors; E. Dutton. W. J. May, and L. L. Bailey, G. Trustees.
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