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The half-yearly Purple Lecture and Past Officers’ Degree meeting of the Otago District, M.C.T.0.0.P., was held at the lodge room of the Loyal Valley Lodge, North-east Valley, on Wednesday evening last, and was presided overby Prov. G.M. Bro. John Wood, assisted by Deputy Prov. G.M. Bro. P. [Miller and Prov. G.M. Bro. P. Black. The meeting was attended in a most satisfactory manner, there being about sixty past officers of the society present, eighteen of whom came for the purpose of receiving the degrees attached to the offices they have served. The various degrees were conferred by the Prov. G.M. and assistants with the uu il formalit es. At the concluaicn of the degree meeting the Prov. G.M. submitted for the consideration and advice of the Purple Lodge a circular from the Wellington district, asking the cc-operation and assistance of the society in the matter of obtaining an amendment of the Friendly Societies Act, 1882, in the direction of exempting the halls and offices of friendly societies from local or general taxation. A letter sent by the district officers in acknowledgement of the circular was read and approved by the meeting. A discussion ensued in reference to the question dealt with in the circular, in the course of which the proposal of the Wellington friendly societies was, without exception, condemned by the various speakers, and afterwards the following resolution, proposed by P.P.G.M Bro. A. Sligo, and seconded by P.G. Bro. W. H. Munro, was carried unanimously—viz,, “ While thanking the Wellington friendly societies for bringing this matter under our notice, we desire to say that our opinion is that, while the provision made by members of friendly societies does undoubtedly benefit not only those who make such provision but the whole community in the saving of charitable aid expenditure and otherwise, and it may therefore be properly held that societies have a fair claim for exemption from direct contribution to the general revenue of the country, this meeting is not aware that societies are called on to contribute directly to general revenue at present. But we fail to see that buildings, etc., of friendly societies should be exempt from local or municipal rates, believing that such exemption would neither be fair nor honest to the fellow ratepayers of members, and would moreover tend to lower the status of societies.”

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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES., Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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