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In continuation of the report (on our fourth page) of the half-yearly gathering of the M.1f.j1.0.0.F., we learn from the ‘ North Otago Times ’ that the meeting was attended by G.M. Bro. Wood (in the chair), D.P.G.M. Bro. Miller, P.C.S. Bro. Black, Treasurer P.P.O.M. Bro. Robin, Delegates : Hand and Heart —P.G, Bro. Allan, P.G. Bro. Hopcraft, P.G. Bro. J, G. PatterHOD, P- G. Brc. A. M. Paterson, P.G. Bro. Clarke, Bro. E. S. Douglas; Dunedin Lodge —P.P.G. M. Bro. Deacon, P.P.G.M. Bro. Harrop, and P.S. Bro. Wilson; Oamaru— P.G. Bro. Gledhill; Tuapeka Pioneer— P.S. Bro. Love, P.G. Bro. Thompson; Prince Alfred—P.G. Bro. Valentine and P.G Bro. Russell; Tapanui—N.G. Bro. M'Pherson and P.G. Bro, Kay; Lake Wakatipu—P.P.G.M. Bro. Geddes; Palmerston P.S. Bro. Gow; Cromwell— P.P.G.M. Bro. Sligo; Band of Friendship—P.G. Bro. Southgate; Mosgiel— P.P.G.M, Bro. Smellie ; Caversham—P.G. Bro, Lake and P.G. Bro. Milne ; tyler, P.G. Bro, Manley, P.P.G.M. Bto. Farrop, in a speech of some length, moved the adoption of the report, and drew attention to the report of the Registrar of Friendly Societies, which stated that “on the Ist January, 1888, the total membership of registered friendly societies in the colony was 24,928, with funds to the amount of L 983.515 9a 2d. as compared with a membership of 21,079, and funds of the value ef L.334,675 12s 6d on the Ist January, 1887—thus showing an increase for the year 1887 of 3,249 in point of membership, and L 48.839 10s 8d in point of funds. The position of our own Order is shown aa having 9,995 members on the Ist of January, 1888, with funds of the value ef L 213.603 7s 6d, as against a membership of 9.620, and funds amounting to L 206.025 Cs 5d on the Ist January, 1887 ; being an increase in membership for the year 1837 of 375, and an increase of funds to the amount of L 12.638 Is 3d.”—P.P.G.M. Bro. Sligo seconded. —P.C.S. Black pointed out that the position of the Oamaru Lodge had materially improved since the balance made in December, 1879, when it showed a deficiency of L 376, yet in 1884 they showed a surplus of L 232. Bro. Sligo spoke against endeavoring to have friendly societies’ lodges exempted from paying local taxation, and moved—- “ That this meeting confirm and approve the action of the district officers and the

resolution of the Purple Lodge in respect to the proposed exemption of the property of ' -friendly societies from local rates, this meeting holding that such exemption would be neither just nor desirable.” Carried unanimously. Bro. Sligo pointed out the objectionableness of appointing a commission to inquire into the working of friendly societies. If the rate of payments were raised it would exclude working men whom the societies were designed to benefit. He moved—“ That this meeting agrees with the remarks of the district officers respecting the non-desir-ability of appointing a commission to inquire into the affairs of friendly societies at the present time. The attention recently directed to friendly societies bears testimony to the value of the Registrar’s reports, and in the opinion of this meeting it will be well to allow time for further accumulation of the authoritative information contained in these reports, and for the stimulation of societies desirous of availing themselves of snch information. This meeting is farther of opinion that were the Registrar authorised to issue and circulate brief abstracts of the progress of societies, numerically and financially; of the attention given to the investment of funds, as shown by results; of the compliance, or non-compliance,, of societies with the law, especially as to the strictly legal use of benefit funds; and of the results of valuations, that more good would be effected than is likely to be attained by the labors of a commission at the present time. This meeting desires to express its conviction that any commission appointed to inquire into the working of friendly societies should embrace members of such societies, and cannot understand on what possible grounds a contrary opinion can be maintained.”—Carried. The following nominations were also received For D.P.G.M.—Bros. Chapman, Milne, Lake, J. G. Paterson, Clarke, and Wilson; for auditor—Bros. Ibbotson, Milne, Fulton, Brown, J. G. Paterson, and Clarke.

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ODDFELLOW SHIP., Issue 8019, 23 September 1889

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ODDFELLOW SHIP. Issue 8019, 23 September 1889

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