The/fourth annnal meeting of the Christchurch Chrysanthemum Society was held last night at the roams of the Canterbury A. and P. Association. The President, Dr. Irving, occupied the chair, and there was a fairly large attendance. The Chairman referred with pleasure to the success of the last show, which had exceeded its predecessors in the beauty of toe flowers, the number of exhibits, and the financial result. If the Society continned as it had began there would be ho need,for ifc to amalgamate with any other Society. He then handed the Cup and medals to the successful competitors.
The balance-sheet showed the receipts to have been £201 03:2 d, of which £27 6s 2d •was brought forward from previous year. The expenditure was £142 3s lid, leaving a credit balance of £68 16s 3d.
The annual-report stated that the splendid exhibition on May sth and 6th bore striking testimony to the successful work carried oh by the Society. The number of exhibitors (51) was the largest that had competed at a chrysanthemum show in Christchurch. Several Committees had on behalf of their Clubs sent favourable replies to the proposal to amalgamate the various Chrysanthemum Clubs in New Zealand. A better system of selection must ~be adopted to obtain the object aimed,at by the holding of inter-Club competitions. The thanks of the Club were due to the. President (Dr. Irving) for hi 9 continued interest and the use of his library for Committee meetings, and also to the donors of special prizes. The balance-sheet and report were unanimously adopted. In addition to those mentioned in the report votes of thanks were accorded to the ladies and lady,judges, the judges, the exhibitors of blooms and plants for exhibition only, the newspapers (especially the Weekly Press for ita illustrations),' the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the retiring Committee. ,
The election of officers resulted as under: —President, Dr. Irving; Vice-Presidents, l>r. Levinge, sßev. Dγ:- Erwrn, Mrs Chaa. Clark, Mr C. Carmichael, Miss Blythe and MrsE. C' J. Stevens;, Treasurer, Sir W. Pickles; Mr W. • -Jones ; Committee, Messrs N. L. l>. Smith, S. Anstev, A. Cant, G. W. Bishop, A.. Ross and C. Kiver (junr.); Auditor, Mr R.-E. M. Evans.
The new Committee was instructed to obtain a trophy to be called " the President's trophy," to be wdn three times jbefore becoin ing the absolute property of any exhibitor; and also to provide half the cost of the shield for the Inter-Club contest.
I After disposing of some other business the proceedings were closed.
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CHRYSANTHEMUM SOCIETY., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897
CHRYSANTHEMUM SOCIETY. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897
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