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DUNEDIN CYCLING CLUB.

The annual meeting of the Dunedin Cycling Club was held on Saturday night, Mr S. Myers (vice-president) presiding. About twenty-five members were present. The balance-sheet showed that the receipts for last year, including balance from the previous year of L 5 6s 7d, amounted to L 136 16s lOd, and the expenditure to Lll4 19s lid, leaving a balance this year of L2ll6slld. Mr E. H. Burn, in moving the adoption of the balance-sheet, said that the membership of the club now stood at fifty-eight, or double what it was last year. The sum of L 46 had been given in prizes. Mr W. E. Bastings seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. The annual report read by the secretary (Mr J. Stone) was as follows:

Your Committee have much pleasure in presenting their annual report and balance-sheet for the year ended July 31, 1889, anil in so doing have to congratulate the members of the club upon the very satisfactory year juat psst The balance-sheet shows a credit balance of L2l 16s lid, ox an increase during the year of Ll6 10s 4d, and LI 10s in hand. Members subscriptions amount to L 26, representing fifty-one aotive and four honorary members' subscriptions. Besides these there are thres complimentary members. The item payment to Cyclists' Alliance includes the previous years subscription. The race meeting statement is shown in detail, and is included in tho balancesheet. Your Committee tuggest that part of the balance, say LlO, be invested in Dunedia Amateur Ground Company's shares. The membership shows a satisfactory increase, being now double that of last year, and this increased membership has given an impetus to cycling both on the track and on the road. Tho opening meet on Saturday, October (i, was attended by thirty riders, and the usual parade was made through the town. Tho club runs, which have been much moio numerous tiis year than last, have been well attcudtd. and many members havo made private touts of (in some instances) greater extent than ever previously. Amongst these tours, that of two members of the club to V aikaia, Tapanui, Lawrence, etc., extending over a week at Easter, was the longest. At the fame time tan of the members rode through to Oamaiu, while one reached Burke's Pass, two Clinton, tfvo Lawrence, and others travelled shoittr distances. Besides these mentioned, numerous shorter tours have been made during the season, and members take advantage of every available occasion to utilise their machines. In connection with the touring, your Committee arranged a tariff for members of tho club with several hotels on the different road*, which tariff has worked on the whole satiahciori'y, and b*s done much to encourage tourin?. The hotels which ha.ve adopted tho tariff are—White House, Henley (A. M'Kegg); Terminup, Outram (M'Kay); Vannini's, Mosgicl (Vam.ini) i Lake, Waihola (Bastings); White Horse, Milton (Bastings); Commercial, Lawrence (Johnson); Criterion, Balclutha (Blackley); Saratoga, Blu: - akin (Colehan); and Railway, Waikouaiti. The road race to Outram Btiiige and back, -which has now become an annual institution, was run on December 15, and brought out seven riders —viz., W. Crow, Bcratch; A, J. George, smin; L. G. Reeves, lomin; J. Stone, jun., 27mln; E. H. Keid, 30min; Y. Mitchell. 30min; and R. Frasor, 35rain. A veiy stiff head wind waß blowing on the outward journey, making the riding very hard work for all, and the time was very slow—lh 50min. The winner was Mitchell, who rode the distance in 3k 22min, Reid being second in 3h 27rain. The beßt time was made by A. J. George (deputycaptain), who rode the whole distance in 8h Bmin, thus beating last year's time by Cmin. The race meeting on Febiuary 16 was well attended, and, in spite of the threatening weather, proved a success in every respact. Canterbury was represented by Messrs I/angdown and Wilson at thi3 meeting, and Langdown carried off the Five-mile Cyclists' Alliance Championship. A noteworthy fact this year has been the introduction of the rear-driver safety, which has proved guited to our roads, and has induced a number of new men to ride, and has also been a factor in the increased membership of the club. The thankß of the club are due to tho donors of prizes; to Major Goring and Messrs A. WedderBpoon, John Bdmond, jun., S. M. Park, F. Hyaraa, and David Duncan, who kindly asristed at the race meeting; and to Mr W. Melville for the many and varied ways in which he has assisted the club, and for tho use of the c'ub room. The club also owes thanks to the Press for the interest taken in and the publicity given t) club matter?. In conclusion, your Committee have to report that the new Ground Company is about to bo iloated, and there are prospects of a suitable cyclirg track being ready for the coming season. Your Committee regret that so few members have applied for shares, and would point out that unless cyclists show practically that they want a track their claims in this matter are liable to be overlooked. Your Committee suggest that the incoming Committee take into consideration the question of long dictanco read rides during the earning season, the immediate fixing of the date of annual race meeting, the pushing forward of the matter of the truck, and the advisability of increased club room accommodation. In handing over the rein 3 of office, your Committee wish to thank the members of tho club for the 1 <y.d way in which they have been supported throughout the season, and congratulate the club on tho good feeling existing amongst members, the progress which has been made in the past, and the bright prospects for the incoming season.

The report was adopted. Two honorary members and fourteen working members were elected. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:—President, Mr James Allan, M.H.R. ; vice-presidents—Major Goring, Dr Brown, Messrs S- Myers, and J. 11. Chapman; captain, Mr K. H. Burn (reelected); deputy-captain, Mr W. Crow; secretary, Mr J. Stone (re-elected); treasurer, Mr E. H. Reid (re-elected); committee—Messrs G. Crow, H. K. Hooper, W. E. Bastings, and A. G. Melville ; auditors—Messrs Howlison and Richardson; bugler, Mr A. J. George. Mr E. H. Burn said that in the report it would be noticed there were several recommendations to the incoming committee, the principal one, in his opinion, being that of a new track. It was wanted very badly. There were good men in the club—men who could race, but they did not get the chance to train themselves. He would point out that at present there were 750 of the new Ground Company's shares applied for and only fifty more wore wauted before the company was floated. Another matter was that of a club room. The Otago Rugby Football Union had a room, but through want of support it was proposed to give it up in October, and the question was—could that room be carried on as an athletic club room ? If it could be carried on as such it would be very convenient, and the burden of expense would be divided among cricketers, athletic men, rowers, and others. In reply to Mr W. Crow, Mr Burn said that the club had already taken sixty-one shares in the Ground Company. They should take at least 100 shares to show that they took an interest in the affairs of the company, and if they did so they were almost certain to get the track. The Chairman intimated his willingness to take five shares. Others present stated (hat they were ready to take up a few shares

each, and in a short space of time the SECKiiTABY was able to announce that the number applied for by the club was not far Bhortof 100.

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DUNEDIN CYCLING CLUB., Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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DUNEDIN CYCLING CLUB. Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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