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The annual meeting of the Otago Beekeepers’ Association was held in the Chamber of Commerce last night. Mr S. Brent (vice-president) occupied the chair, and there were sixteen members present. The following report was submitted to the meeting Your Committee, in presenting their second annual report, hive cause to congratulate you on the increasing success of your Association, as evinced by the number of members on your roll of membership, which now stands at fiftytwo, and that in spite of the difficulties placed in the way of circulating the journals by the postal authorities the interest in them is well maintained. During the year three copies ef each of the ‘British Bee Journal,’ ‘The Australasian Bee Journal,’ and ‘ Gleanings in Bee Culture,’ have been circulated at regular intervals, but your Committee regrets that the promptness in passing the papers along has not been such as they had a right to expect, aud that the action of the postal authorities iu refusing to allow a fist of members to be inserted in each journal has precluded them from being able to trace the offending members, and they most earnestly impress upon all the imperative necessity of passing along the papers without delay. Mr A. H. Ryan, M.H.H., kindly interviewed the Postmaster-General with tho object of getting permission to reinsert our fist of members in the journals, who has promised that the disability shall be removed; but pressure of Parliamentary business has prevented him up to the present giving effect to the same. On New Year’s Day your Association gave a manipulating exhibition at the West Taieri Caledonian Society’s sports at Outram, by invitation of that society, which was attended by Messrs Brent, Brickell, D’Oyley, and Brown, and as a small charge was made for admission the sum of 12s was added to the funds of your Association. An exhibit of honey, etc., under the auspices of your Association, was made at the autumn show of the Dunedin Horticultural Society, at which one prize was given by that society and several by yours, and, considering it was your first appearance in public, was an undoubted success. Your Committee has also arranged a schedule of prizes to bo given for exhibits of honey, etc , in six different classes, at the next autumn show of tho same society, and as it will take place in the Exhibition building they paitioularly ask jou to make as imposing a show as lies in your power. During the year the first Caraiolan queen that has ever reached New Zealand alive was landed in safety and successfully introduced. The balance-sheet of the Association showed a credit balance of LI 10a Id, and LI 5s due for subscriptions. The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, urged upon members not to forget in the future to post the journals as regularly as they could. He also stated that during the year Mr Hopkins, the proprietor and editor of the * Australasian Bee Journal,’ had visited Dunedin, and had attended one of the meetings of tho Association. He came to the meeting with the object of bringing before the Association the advisability of affiliating with the New Zealand Beekeepers’ Association. The matter was discussed for some time, and the conclusion was come to that the time was not yet ripe for such a step being taken as had been suggested. Mr Smith seconded the adoption of the report, and ia doing so, referred to the desirability of various subjects in connection with beekeeping being discussed at the meetings of members in order to make the Association mors popular. Mr Brickell suggested that the secretary or vice-president should from time to time receive subjects for discussion from members.

The report was then adopted. The following office-bearers were elected for the ensuing year:—President, Bishop Nevill; vice-president, Mr S. Brent; treasurer, Mr R E. D’Oyley ; secretary, Mr R. Young; committee—Messrs Skey, Morris, Smith, M'Cracken, Cameron, Jenkins, Dick* son, Briokell, Morland, and Jones,

The matter of the affiliation of the society to the New Zealand Beekeepers’ Association again came up for discussion, and the meeting, after a great deal of discussion, decided that no good would be gained by joining, but that the two societies working separately upon any matter appertaining to apiculture generally would be quite as effectual ; and the secretary of this society was instructed to write the New Zealand Beekeepers’ Association asking them to submit any such subjects to this Association, this Association adopting the same plan of working.

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THE OTAGO BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION., Issue 7999, 30 August 1889

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