DUNEDIN ROWLING CLUB.
The annual meeting of the Danediu Rowling, Lawn Tennis, and Fives Club was held at the Grand Hotel last evening. There was a large attendance of members, and the chair was taken by Mr A. Mowat (president). The Trkasurf.r (Mr M. S : nclair) read the annual balance-sheet, which showed that the club's liabilities had during the past season been reduced by L 157 7s 6d, and now stand L 199 lis lid. He said he had to acknowledge the invaluable services rendered to him by the secretary (Mr Crump) in the matter of keeping the accounts, that gentleman having practically done all the work.
The Chairman read the annual report, giving the results of the season's play in private games, inter-club matches, and tournament matches, and said that the members of the club might fairly congratulate themselves on their doings, and that they should be specially proud of their "volunteer" team at the Dunedin tournament, and of the team that represented the club at the Melbourne tournament. With regard to the New Zealand tournament, he thought that a week's play right off was too much like hard work, and that instead of holding a tournament annually, it should come off only every three or five years. As to rink matches, again he would suggest that the game should be of twenty-one up at each rink instead of twenty-one heads. The inter-club matches resulted in the club winning thirteen out of fifteen, the points by which the victories were secured being 311 in favor of the club, while the two defeats showed only twelve points against the club. The lawn tennis department had also prospered, although some members had been lost through tho want of accommodation provided for the playing of the game. Of the ten tennis matches, five were won and five lost. The fives court division had also done well. He concluded by thanking all his fellow officers for the support and courtesy they had shown him during the season, and also those gentlemen who bad given prizes for competition or assisted towards the welfare of the club by contributions in money or by labor rendered. On the motion of Mr T. Callenjjkr, seconded by Mr W. Wright, the report and balance-sheet were adopted, with a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman and treasurer for their services.
Several motions, of which notice had been given, were dealt with, the first being one by the Chairman, as follows :—" That the entrance fee of 10s fid be done away, or failing that that it be reduced." The mover said that the annual subscription of a guinea and a half was quite heavy enough without persons who wished to join being taxed with the extra half-guinea. Mr J. H. Morrison seconded the motion, which was carried vein. con.
A discussion took place as to the privileges that should bo accorded to honorary members (subscribing LI Is per annum), and it was ultimately resolved by a considerable majority that such members should be allowed to play on the green, but not in any matches or competitions for prizes, nor to exercise a vote in any of the club's proceedings. A communication was received from Mr J. Orummond presenting to the club twenty-five debentures formerly owned by his late brother, Mr D. Drummond, an old member of the club, and asking that in consideration thereof, Mr James Thomson and Mr Charles Stewart bo elected lifemembers of tho club.
It was resolved nem. con. that the donation be accepted with thanks, and that Messrs Thomson and Stuart be elected lifemembers as suggested. Several proposed modifications in the rules of play were discussed and dealt with in various ways. It was resolved that a winner of the "Championship Bowls" for the first time take the usual pair of bowls as the trophy, but that if he prove successful on a future occasion he may select as a trophy any article that he pleases of the same value (L 3 3i) as the bowls. The prizes Avon by members during the season were presented by the chairman to the various winners.
Mr M. MiiNDEKSHAiiREsr then, on behalf of the members of the Club, presented the chairman with au artistically illuminated and handsomely framed testimonial, couched in the following terms : To Mr Andrew Mouat,
I'rcaident, 1888-80, D.B.L.T. atfl F. Club. At a meeting heM on the 15th inst. it was unanimously reeolvid that wo could not permit you to retire from the onerous position of president without acknowledging, on behalf of our club, the valuable tei vices you havo cheerfully rendered it in many ways during your connection with its affairs, and moie especially during your term of oilice a* president. We feel that it is owing to your cordiality to the members and devotion to the club members generally that its euccess during your term of ofike has bjen so pronounced. As membrrs we all regret your vacating tho position so honorably held bp you during the pist year, and while desiring to place on record our dae appreciation of your many kindnesses, wo would ask your acceptance of the souvenir as an expression of the esteem in which you are held by one and all. We sincerely hope that you may long be sparod to look up:m tho testimonial, and recall to memory many happy associations with our club.
On behalf of the Committee and members of the D.H.L.T. and F. Club, Max Mendershausen (vice-president), Mark Sinclair (lion, treas ), William Wright, James Edgar, Alexander Frasor, T. Fergus", Thomas G. Young, W. Angus, J. Mollkon, and T. Moodie (members of committee), Frank Crump (hon. sec).
Punodin, June 17,1889. The Chairman acknowledged the gift in suitable terms, remarking that he bad set his heart on making the Club a success ; and, as long as he remained a member—which he intended to be all his life—he would continue to work hard for its advancement. The Chairman next handed to the secretary (Mr F. Crump) a purse of sovereigns subscribed by members of the club in recognition of his services.
The presentation was acknowledged by Mr Crump with hearty thanks. The election of office-bearers resulted as follows:—President, Mr M. Mendershausen; vice-president, Mr J.Ross; treasurer, Mr T. Moodie; secretary, Mr P. C Corliss; Tennis Committee, Alessrs A. James and G. Mareden ; Bowling Committee (in place of four retiriug members), Messrs J. Edgar, T. G. Young, J. Hislop, and F. Siedeberg. The present Match Committee were unanimously re-elected as follows :—Messrs D, Russell, W. Forrester, and R. Wilson. A letter was received from Mr C. Nettleton, of Victoria, stating that it is intended by Mr R. K. Montgomery, of Melbourne, to arrange for a team of bowlers, consisting of twenty players, to pay a visit to New Zealand in December next for the purpose of playing friendly matches with such New Zealand clubs as would be pleased to meet them. Mr Montgomery had during a recent visit to Dunedin had an interview with Mr Mowat in connection with the proposal, and had asked the writer to apply to the club for certain information as to dates, the route to be taken, etc. The matter was referred to the incoming committeo. The proceedings, which lasted till near midnight, concluded with tho passing of votes of thanks to the office-bearers, to Host Watson for the use of his room, and to the Press.
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