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i 10FG00D OTIPfcARS. j ■ • An important event to Good 1 Templars is-the sitting in-Auckland or the Grand. Lodge of New Zealand It is now some 16 years since the biennial session' of the Grand "Lodge was-held in -Auckland. Already several representatives .-and' Grand Lodge officers .have arrived; oth-| ers are arriving by Main Trnnk train on Friday, and the' great bulk of .the .visi-! tors, numbering some 60 odd members. will be here on Saturday morning. Rep-, resentatives from- almost every Lodge in. New Zealand, are expected- to be-pre-' sent, and the Grand Lodge reception' committee has ( arranged Sft :series : . of meetings ' for- entertaining the. .visitors.: : Saturday afternoon-at 2.30 o'clock, two double-decker cars will leave Pdttrstreet corner for a trip around the city.and suburbs, and thence to Cornwall Park. At 5.30 the visitors are'' ed at afternoon tea. at,Buchanan's, Kar-ahgahape-road' arid at 7.30 an open air meeting will be-held.'at the Grey statue until 8.30, when the Visitors are asked't'o adjourn to the Pride of Auckland Lodge room "close* by," to be entertained/ by them. The ? Grand Lodge locative, will visit themiorficially*.-. On .Sunday, afternoon the Grand Lodge as- a body are; visiting the Auckland brotherhood meeting" in'the new East-street Hall, when Bro. D. C. Cameron;, Grande Chief l.Teni-' plar, Bro. El H. Taylor, M.P./'past Grand Chief Templar, and Brs.-Bey.-Jis. Wilson,- S.D.,i-will address tlie meeting; In the evaning visitors and-members attend Divine service at Pitt-strefet;Methodist Church, Rev> Scotter - preaching-'the • sermon. At 10 a.m. on Easter Monday a picnic has been arranged to Lake-Taka-puna, returning-at 4 p.m. At C:ls the Hon. Geo. Powlds, Minister for Education, will' "welcome ;< the) -Visitors to Auckland, and at 6.30 a wdcoihe '"dinner will be given at Buchanan's rooms, followed by a, public, meeting: .'.The.--B.ey. Knowles Kenrpton-and Bro. C. H. Poole, M.P. (Special Deputy of the Grand Chief Templar) will speak...and the—-Grand Chief Templar, Bro. D. C. Cameron, of Dunedin, will reply. On Tuesday.morning the Grand Lodge session opens and will continue for several days,-Thursday evening being set apart for a' juvenile Tally in the Foresters' Hall.

Since the formation of the District Lodge some four';yeafs\Ago, the. Order has made considerable progress, there being a net increase of over 200 members and four Lodges. While_.a lot of the energy shown Wayj be due- to the(district officers, yet the spleri3id banner presented for competition-by Hon. Geo,. Fowlds has conduced,.greatly, towards gaining this 'ThW-Pride :■ of Auckland Lodge, now, the largest in the Dominion, has won the banner three quarters in succession. r The New Zealand membership is now-Jihoui JflßK),3and the last returns of the International. Supreme Lodge showed a---membership for the world of 639.255 and the • number of Lodge, was 12,441... , ~

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INTERNATIONAL ORDER., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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INTERNATIONAL ORDER. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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