MEETING OF CHRISTCHURCH LADIES. CANTERBURY BRANCH FORMED
A representative gathering of ladies was held at Mr A. E. G. Rhodes's resioence, Te Kcraha, Merivale, yesler-
day afternoon, for the purpose of iorm-
ing a Canterbury branch of the Victoria League,, in the interests of wh-c-h organisation Miss Talbot, organising
secretary, recently toured the Dominion. There was an attendance of
about fifty, and Mrs A. K. G. Rhodes, amid applause, was unanimously voicd to the chair. Mrs Rhodes said that no doubt most of tho ladies present had had the pleasure of hearing Miss Talbot, who had set before them the splendid work being done by the Victoria League. Miss Talbot had shown them how very necessary it was that a branch of the League should be established in Canterbury, and she (Mrs Rhodes) felt sure that those present would agree with her in saying that Mrs Carey Hill was tho lady who was most able to undertake the work connected with tho League. Many people had the idea that the chief"-object of the League was the entertaning of visitors, but this- was not the case, for very valuable and necessary work was being done by it. In conclusion, Mrs Rhodes said she would call upon Mrs Carey Hill to explain the objects of tho League. (Applause.) 3lrs Carey Hill said tliat those who had followed the speeches given by Miss Talbot during her recent visit to NewZealand must have noticed that she was persuaded that Canterbury did not mean to be the only large centre in tho Dominion without a branch of the League, and that her suggestion that Canterbury should join with Dunedin was merely a sly dig, calculated to waken tho people of the province to further the aims of tho League in the district. Since Miss Talbot's visit, she
had been steadily adding to the members of the proposed branch, especially approaching thoso about to visit England, in order that they might bo able
to reap some of the many and undoubted advantages gained from membership of tho League. The number of members had reached ninety, so that it was advisable that a branch should be properly constituted. Miss Talbot had given a nnmber of .suggestions as to
the. practical work that might be undertaken by a committee in Canterbury. Regarded from the sentimental aspect, the aim of the League, which had been named in memory of the late Queen Victoria, was to promote mutual understanding, help and intercourse among all citizens of the British Empire, and to strengthen the ties of personal friendship between the English at Home and those beyond the seas., Every ono joining the League could do some practical work. One of its objects was to assist schools in the district whioh desired to correspond with similar schools l in Great Britain, or other parte of the Empire, exchanging letters, picture postcards, natural history and botanical, specimens, and to make known the fact that the head office in London could supply information in regard to cadetships in the Royal Navy and commissions in the British Army. Other directions in which practical work could be done were as follow:— If satisfied with their credentials, to supply Canterbury people of all classes about to visit Great Britain with let-
terra of introduction from the committee to the head office in London, which, provided special facilities for students; on letters of introduction .being received on behalf of people coming to Canterbury, either, as visitors or settlers, to offer them such personal and friendly welcome and advice as they might desire; to ascertain, through matrons:of hospitals and homes' if ..any visitors were ill and alone, and to visit them: to helo in obtaining a supply of good English books, magazines, and news-, papers for the country schools and settlors in the backblocks, and to- arrange for the distribution of Engl_Jh .newspapers sent out* by the League. One of the chief objects of the League '■' waf to enable visitors to England to visit private places of * historic interest," to. give them introductions to people, and to advise them as to tho best means, of travelling. Fof those who had friend- and required no help in any -of these directions. Miss Talbot had given a message from the London office that the members,* in Great Britain desired to meet all visitors, to make their personal acquaintance, and obtain their help in gaining, a fuller understanding of the different' methods and uoints of view of New Zealand. ' : -.-..". Mrs Hill then'proposed .•—•'That a branch of the League be formed in Canterbury., to be called the, Victoria League"of Canterbury, New Zenland." \
This motion" was seconded and. carried unanimously. \ . Mrs Hill then read the constitution of the branch, which was as follows:-----*Q) X The (Canterbury branch of the Victoria League sliall consist of those mon, . women and children who desire to promote- mutual understanding, help and social intercourse between all citizens of the . British Empire, and to strengthen the ties of personal friendship between the English at Home" and the English be-' -yond the seas. (2) The- management '■, shall consist of a president, vice-presi-dents, treasurer, ac«retarv and a Managing Committee. (3) The treasurer shall receive all moneys, and payments 6hall be made by cheque signed by the treasurer and secretary (4) " The Managing Committee shall' meet not more than four times a year." (5) This constitution may bo altered or amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting, notice of. such to bo .given at the last •preceding meeting. Subscriptions:— s For members, 2s (id per annum; for ' aßsociates (boys and girls), Is .per an- . anm.
The following officers were elected: —President, Mm A. E. G. Rhodes: vjco-prcsidents, Mrs E. Elworfchy and Mrs Julius; honorary secretary, Mrs W. Carey Hill; hon. treasurer, Mr A. E.G. Rhodes; Management Committee, Mesdames H. Aoland, B'hint, Appleby, Chilton, Cunnington, Cross, J. Hall, ;W. Recce, Stevenson, Stringer, Waymouth, Wanklyn. and Misses Gibson, Th-rston and Bulkm.
Hearty votes of thanks were accorded Mrs A. E. G. Rhodes and Mrs Carev Hill for the great interest they hail taken in the formation of a'Canterburv branch.
At the close-of the meeting a number of additional members were enrolled.
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VICTORIA LEAGUE, Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 13725, 5 May 1910
VICTORIA LEAGUE Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 13725, 5 May 1910
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