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The annual meeting was held in Philp a Hotel on Saturday night. Mr H. S, Dick occupied the chair. The annual report, which was adopted without discussion, contained the following clauses: — Tho membership is now thirty-three ; twelve new members have been elected, and six gentle men have ceased to be members of the club during the year. The hank account shows a debit balance of LB9 3s 3d. At tho beginning of the season the overdraft stood at LlO6 14s 10J, and at tho end of March, when rowing was practically over, it had been reduced to L 25 10a, and as the increase since then is to a large extent repre sented by the purchase of new boats, the clufc is to be congratulated on the improved financial position. Your Committee trust that, with an increased membership, the dose of next season will see the club wita a credit balance at their bankers. Races.--Owing to the unfavorable weather during tho early part of the season very little rowing could bo done, and the Match Committer decided to send no representatives to the Pori Chalmers regatta on Boxing Day. At the Dunedin Regatta the senior crew (Messrs Dick, Park, Matheson, and Butterworth) gained a xon(3 prize, but the juniors were unable to secure e place. Through a variety of accidents the inter-club races with the Port Chalmers Rowing Club fell through, but your Committee hope these races will be initiated during the approaching season. The Invercargill Club treated youi representatives in a very cavalier fashion. When a crew had got into condition for the race, the Invercargill Club wired in reply to om telegram that they could not get up a crew tc meet us. Though only two club races were rowed during the season—viz, the Walter Fours and Ravensbourne Challenge Cups both races resulted in very close finishes, and a marked improvement was noticeable in tho rowing ol several of the younger members. Your Committee would urge upon members the necessity for increased enthusiasm and energy, more especially in view of the Exhibition regatta in February, at which a number o) valued prizes are available for competition by the club. With the sanction of the club, your Committee during the season dispensed with the services of Joseph Potter as caretaker, and appointed John M'Lennan at the same salary, but with a stipulation that no boats be let for hire from the club shed, M'Lennan has thoroughly overhauled the boats and oars, and tho property is now in first-class order. Fourteen new members were proposed and elected, including Mr Provo, who was elected as an honorary member. Mr J. B. Watson’s resignation was accepted. Messrs Sievwright and James forwarded a donation of L2 2s on behalf of Mr Frankiss, and stated that his connection with the club would now cease. The following office-bearers were elected for the ensuing year:—President, Mr L. O. Beal; vice-presidents—Mr H. Mackenzie, Mr J. Allen, M.H.R., and Dr Roberta (the two latter being elected subject to their consent being obtained); captain, H. S. Dick j deputy-captain, F. P. Ivens ; secretary, F. W. Mitchell; treasurer, S. B. Gibson; committee—Bramble, Butterworth, Galloway, Hyams, Park, Trythall. Mr Hyams offered to present to the club a trophy as a memento, as he feared this would be his last season as a rowing member.

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OTAGO ROWING CLUB., Evening Star, Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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OTAGO ROWING CLUB. Evening Star, Issue 8007, 9 September 1889