PONSONBY LITERARY SOCIETY.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The annual general meeting of the Ponsonby Literary and Debating Society took place last night in the lecture hall of the Ley? Institute. Mr J. Gittos, president, was in , the chair, and there was a good attendance of members and prospective members. The seventh annual ' report stated that the Society last session had 34 members, as compared with 30 in the preceding year. The number of meetings held was .21* and the average attendance of members 17.5. The work of the session had been of a very high order, the standard being higher than in the previous s<*ssion. A feature of the work was the Society's magazine, for the excellence of whioh praise was due to the editor, Mr G. Bullen. Thanks were due to the Rev. Monckton, M.A., and to Mr R. Watkins, for delivering lectures; to Mr T. W. Leys for donating prizes, which were won by Messrs G. Bullen and L. Phillips; and to the ladies and gentlemen who assisted the Society at its concert. If the Society was to make its influence felt to any extent it -was indispensable tiha-t the membership should be increased. The balance-sheet showed receipts £7 6/10, expenditure_ £6 17/, leaving a credit balance of 3/10. The report and balance-sheet were adopted without discussion. The Presi- . dent said he was glad to see such a good attendance that night. The last session liad been a good one and he i hoped the next session would be more successful still. (Appaluse.) Great vigour had been displayed during the previous year. They should endeavour to secure a larger membership, and from what he had been able to gather, he understood that they would ihave no difficulty in doing that. (Hear, hear!)The following officers were elected to office during the ensuing year:—-Pat-ron, Mr T. W. Leys; President. Mr J. Gittos; Vice-presidents, Messrs W. MoMath, Whitmarsh and Murray; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr E. D. Good; Editor, Mr G. Bullen: Aesistant-editor, Mr Phillips; Auditor, Mr*tT. H. Gregor; Committee, Messrs G. Bullen, W. Rcw, D. Docra, J. Stebbing. It was resolved that the session start next Wednesday, the inaugural address to be delivered by Mr Macaulay CaldweH. Mr T. W. Leys, president of the Leys Institute, said it was gratifying to him to sec the Society starting , upon its new session so well, and if the committee of the Institute could lielp them in any way, they would be glad to do so, because in that Society they recognised one of the most valuable of the bodies affiliated to the Institute. (Applause.) He thought they should endeavour to increase their membership. He understood that steps were being taken to bring about a, union of literary societies in Auckland, and that Society need not fear the competition of any other society of a similar nature. He should be glad to offer two prizes again this ' year as he had done before. (Applause.) The usual vote of thanks to the Tetiring executive closed the meeting.
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