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The half-yearly meeting of the United Otago District, A.0.F., was held at Oamaru on Friday. The following were present:— D.C.R., Bro. A. S.Adams (chair); D.S.C.R., Bro. J. Robertson; D.S., Bro. W. W. Woodlands; D.T., Bro. J. Macfie; D.8., Bro. R. Ingram ; and delegates representing the undermentioned courts: Court Pride of Dunedin—P.D.C.R. Bro. J, Wilson, P.D.C.R. Bro. J. Haig, and P.C.R, Bro, A. Watson; Court Enterprise—P.D C.R. Bro. A. Melville, P.C.R. Bro. E. Turubull, and C.R. Bro. C. H. Oaten ; Court Pride of the Leith P.C.R s Bro?. J. Mitchell, G. Glover, and W. Perry; Court Pride of Oamaru—P.C.R. Secretary Bro. W. Cairns and C.R. Bro. J. 0. Duff; Court Star of Tuapeka—Bro. F. Murray; Court St. Andrew P.D.C.R. Bro. C. Williams, P.C.R. Bro. W. NichoJ, and Secretary Bro. R. Jefferson.

Correspondence which had not been dealt with by the District Executive was read as follows : From Registrar of Friendly Societies, calling attention to two courts—viz,, Courts Bruce and Star of the Dunstan—which had not sent in their returns for the year ending 188S; also to Courts Robin Hood, Star of Tuapeka, and Star of the Dunstan for neglect in complying with the requestor the registrar re queriea in connection with the annual returns, etc,—Referred to the District Executive with power to act in accordance witb law, A circular letter was read from the Executive Council of the High Court in England notifying that the permanent secretary, Bro. S. Shawcross, and the assistant secretary, Bro. E. B. Shawcross, had tendered their resignations to the Executive Council of the Order. Bro. S. Shawcross has occupied the position of permanent secretary of the Ancient Order of Foresters for forty-six years, and his son, Bro. B. Shawcross, assistant secretary for thirty years, with credit to themselves and the good of the Order, and the sole reason for resigning was purely on account of having no fixed place of residence, as they have to shift from town to town as the representatives of the Order decide from time to time at tbe annual meeting. The Nelson district wrote stating that they were in favor of making some recognition of the services of the late P.S. and assistant P.S. of the Order, and that the whole of the colony should take the matter up, and not each individual district. It was resolved that the D.E. communicate with the various courts of this district with the view of getting up a testimonial to Bro. Shawcross from the United Otago District, seeing that the districts of Auckland and Canterbury have already decided what steps they would take in the matter, and to write to the Nelson district to that effect.

The delegates decided to hold the next annual meeting at the District Chambers, in Dunedin, in February, 1890. It was resolved that a meeting of the various friendly societies in and around Dunedin be called together for the purpose of taking into consideration the desirability of holding a friendly societies' demonstration in connection with the opening of the Exhibition.

Bro. H. Youngman, P.D.C.R., was reelected to the position of auditor for the next eighteen months. It was resolved that the Executive take the necessary steps to carry out the anniversary of the district by a demonstration, to tako place on the 9bh November at the Friendly Societies' Gardens, Sawyers Bay, the proceeds being for the benefit of the district relief fund.

The following brethren were proposed for office for the ensuing term :—D.C.R., Bros. J. Robertson, P.C.R,, and W. G. Geddes, P.C.R.; D.S.C.R., Bros. R. Ingram, P.C.R., and G. Mitchell, P.C.R.; D.T., Bro. Macfie; D.S., Bro. W. Woodlands; D.8., Bros. Glover, P.C.R., Cronk, P.C.R., and Morgan, P.C.R. It was considered advisable that the members of the Commission appointed to inquire into Friendly Societies in New Zealand should be independent men and not belonging to any sooiety, and the district were empowered to write to the Colonial Secretary to that effect,

The question of revised rules was referred to a speeial meeting to be held at the District Chambers, Dunedin, on the second Tuesday in December next.—' North Otago Times.' ' * ■ '

A new lodge of the A.1.0.0.F. was Opened at Maheno on Thursday night by G. S. Reid and G. T. Alexander, assisted by the officers of Alfred Lodge, Oainaru. The new lodge numbers twenty-two members, and the following were installed as officers:—Bro. D. Cossgrove, N.G.; Bro. D. M. Fea, V.G.; Bro. Andrews, secretary; Bro. Ledingham, treasurer; Bros,

J. Clarke and J. M'Leod, supporters to N. 6.; Broß. F. Townsley and R, Burns, supporters to V.G.; Bro. W. J. Williams, R.S.S.; Bro, W. Muidrew, L.S S. ; Bro. P. Still, 1.0. ; Bro. P. Flyim, 0.G.; Bro. S. Shackieton, Wardeu.

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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES., Issue 8001, 2 September 1889

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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. Issue 8001, 2 September 1889

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