The Council of the society met at the Government Buildings at 3.30 this afternoon ; present —Messrs J. P. Maitland (presiding), R. Chisholm, A. C. Begg, G, M. Marshall, W, Carlton, W, Cunningham Smith, G. P. Clifford, D. Russell, and J. Wilkie (secretary), Mr Clifford complained that he had only that morning received notice of this after noon’s meeting. He had actually gone down to the rail way station with the intention of going into the country when the notice was brought down to him. The rule which provided for monthly meetings was being disregarded,
Mr Wilkie explained that he had rot sent the notices out till last night, because there was some doubt as to whether certain members would not be going out of town to-day. If there were to be monthly meetings he must at once resign the position of secretary, as he could not sacrifice the necessary time.
Mr Clifford thought that if there was a rule directing that meetings should be held at least once a month, that rule should not be systematically broken. If Mr Wilkie could not give the necessary time to the office, let the Council appoint a paid secretary. He was not desiring to censure Mr Wilkie, but was merely contending for a matter of principle. Mr Begg said that it was quite right that the rules provided for monthly meetings, but if there was no business to transact the secretary should be allowed a certain amount of discretion as to whether it was necessary to call the Council together. The Chairman was also of opinion that if there wag nothing to do but to pass accounts it would be idle to call members together at least ouce a month. Mr Clifford said that he could find plenty of business to occupy the attention of members besides the matter of accounts. When lie was a member of the Council on a former occasion only four meetings were held during the whole year. When he found himself unable to attend the meetings he resigned. Other members of the Council, who could not now devote the necessary time, ought to take similar action.
Mr Chisholm thought it was absurd to talk about holding monthly meetings, and suggested that a special meeting of the society should be convened for the purpose of altering rule 7. Those gentlemen who bad nothing to do could attend the Council meetings and waste an hour or two; but members in business objected to being called together when there was no business to transact.
Mr Clifford indignantly denied the suggestion that there was no business to be done. The real fact was that the society had ceased to be an acclimatisation society, and had become a pisciculture society, There were plenty of subjects that might be brought forward, and he had some for consideration. Besides, more regular meetings were necessary in the interests of the society. Members seemed to bo apathetic as to its working. Mr Chisholm, to put the matter in order, moved—“ That a special meeting of the society be convened in order to alter rule 7." He would propose that in place of meetings being held at least once a month, it should be provided that meetings be held monthly, or as often as should be deemed necessary by the secretary or president. Mr Clifford : I shall certainly oppose that.
Mr Carlton could not support an alteration in the rules, while fully appreciating what Mr Wilkie said about monthly meetings occupying an enormous amount of the secretary’s time. He was of opinion that when Mr Wilkie assumed the office it was understood that he would be voted a small bonus, so that he might be enabled to have the assistance of a junior clerk. At this stage Mr Chisholm obtained leave to withdraw his motion on the understanding that he would bring the matter before a special meeting of the society to be convened next month.
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ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY., Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY. Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
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