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The twenty-seventh annual meeting of the Caledonian Society of Otago was held in Wain's Hotel last evening, and was very largely attended, there being about 150 members present. Mr John Barron (president) took the chair.

ANNUAL REPORT. The report of the directors, whicli was taken as read, was as follows : Your directors have pleasure in submitting the twenty-seventh annual report and balancesheet of the operations of the society. The profit and loss account shows a credit balance of L 143 16a lid. A further increase of 180 has taken place in the membership, making a total of 41i. Our thanks are due to members for their valuable and successful efforts to increase the membership of the society. The grounds continue to bs kept in capital order, the sum of LI 20 14a lid having been expended in maintenance during the past year, exclusive of the caretaker's salary. A new asphalt tennis court has been laid down, the caretaker's cottage removed to a more convenient site, and the space in front of the grand stand re-asphalted. The new bowling green will be ready for play at the commencement of the season. The vacant allotments in Cameron street are being filled in, and a further portion of the society's ground has been leased at a fair rental. The Anderson Bay road fence still continues to be let for advertising purposes. The Caledonian Bowling Club have again taken the bowling green and lawn tennis courts, and your directors trust the club may have a successful season. Ihe Games and Grounds Committee have recently held a number of meetings, and devoted a great deal of time and attention to the preparation of the programme for the next annual gathering, with the view of making it as attractive as possible. The result of the labors of the Committee will be submitted for the consideration of the directors immediately after the annual meeting, when your executive will be glad of any suggestions likely to further the end in view. We have pleasure in reporting that already a considerable number of special prizes have been offered for competition, acd desire to take this opportunity of tendering our thanks therefore. We note with exceeding regret the loss sustained by the society in the death of two of its directors since the laßt annual meeting. We refer to Mr D. M. Stuart and Mr John Barr (" Craigielea "), whose death has just been announced. Mr Stuait was removed in early manhood, while Mr Barr has passed away at an advanced age. Kindly recollections of both will long dwell in the mindß of many officers and members of the Caledonian Society, and reminiscences of Mr Barr's appearances at the meetings of the society in bygone days will often be recalled by those who were assosiated with him. In accordance with rule VI,, ten directors who are lowest on the attendance roll retire; five also retire by ballot, all of which are eligible for re-election. Your directors trust that the new directorate will use their best endeavors to promote the future welfare and prosperity of the society. John Barron, President, DuneJin, Ist October, 1889. In moving the adoption of the report, the President thought the society might be fairly congratulated on the position it occupied and on its prospects. There was reason to hope for better times, and no doubt the society would share in the increased prosperity of the community. An effort had been made here to begin a new state of things by holding an exhibition which would be of benefit to the colony, and which he believed had excited astonishment throughout the Australian colonies in consequence of the extent and character of the undertaking. He ■wished to thank Vice-presidents Owen and M'Donald, the treasurer (Mr Sligo), the secretary (Mr Clegg), and also the members of the Committee and the directors generally, for they had all given him generous support and assistance during his year of office.

Mr A. Sligo seconded the motion. The year just closed had not been so successful as the previous one, but that was not from any lack of effort on the part of the directors and office-bearers of the society, but because the society's grounds had not let bo well. The balance-sheet showed a credit balance of L 143 16s 3d, and there had been expended upon permanent improvements on the ground L 99 93; the improvements that were not of a permanent character being charged as maintenance. Doubtful debts to the extent of L 26 123 2d had been written off, and owing to a change that had been made, an additional month's interest, amounting to L 32 10s had been paid. Although the grounds had not let so favorably during .the past year, still it was becoming more and more recognised that the Caledonian Grounds were the grounds upon which to hold sports and amusements of all descriptions, if it was desired that such should be remunerative.

The report and balance-sheet were unani mously adopted,


The President announced that the next business was the election of seventeen new directors in the place of five ballotted out, ten retired (being the lowest on the attendance roll), one dead, and one resigned.

On the motion of the Vice-President (Mr W. Owen) Mr J. Barron was unanimously elected a director, it being explained that this was the ordinary mode of treating the retiring president. There were still seventeen directors to be elected.

Thirty-three nominations were received, and upon a ballot being taken the following were declared elected : Messrs W. J. Moore, D. A. M'Nicoll, A. Lees, A. Burt, G. Dowse, W. Wilson, F. Meenan, G. M'Lean, J. Gunn, J. H. Chapman, J. Robin, W. A. Sim, T. Short, H. Calder, S. Myers, W. Kenning, and J. L. Gillies. Messrs M'Nicoll and Moore were unanimously re-elected auditors. AMENDMENT OP RULES. On the motion of Mr Sligo, seconded by Mr Swan, it was resolved—" That the provision for nomination at the general meeting in rule 9 be eliminated, and that the following be added to rule 9: ' Nomination of directors.—With the report and balancesheet for the year there shall be sent to each member of the. society a list of the ten directors whose names are lowest on the attendance roll, and of the five directors retiring by ballot in accordance with rule 6. That members of the society be and are hereby empowered to send to the secretary written or printed nominations for the office of director to the number of fifteen or any lesser number of names. The time for receiving such nominations to be not later than 6 p.m. on the Monday preceding the annual general meeting. That the secretary make a list of all nominations so received and issue the same to the members on or before the Wednesday preceding the annual general meeting; and that such list shall be the list of candidates for the directorship. All candidates so nominated must signify their assent, either verbally or in writing, to the secretary prior to the annual general meeting, or at the meeting. The names of all candidates not so assenting to be struck from the list previous to the commencement of the ballot." The mover explained that this would simplify the method of election.

SPECIAL PRIZES. Mr J. Ogo suggested that a special effort should be made to show well in the eyes cf visitors during the Exhibition year. That could only be done by members and others coming forward liberally to subscribe special prizes for the annual gathering. A number of gentlemen had already done this, and he urged others to do the same in time for their special prizes to appear on the printed programme.

ELECTION OF OtTICEIiS. A meeting of the directors was then held fur the election of officers.

Mr S. M'DoiNALD proposed and Mr J. Wain seconded the nomination of Mr William Owen as president. Mr W. J. Mooke proposed and Mr J. Weddee.spoon* seconded the nomination of Mr Alexander Sligo. On a vote being taken Mr Sligo was declared duly elected, the voting being: Mr Sligo, 20 ; Mr Owen, 13; informal, 1. Mr William Owen was nominated for the position of vice-president, but declined to stand. The followiug officers were then elected : —Vice-presideats, Messrs AV. Dawson and S. M'Donald ; treasurer, Mr William Swan ; secretary, Mr John Clegg (reappointed). The President returned thanks lor his election, explained that had not pressure been brought to bear upon him he would not have opposed one who had such claims as Mr Owen, and said that he depended upon the co-operation of all the directors, without whose help he was sure that the expectations that had b.t :i formed of him could not be realised. Mr Dawson also returned thanks for election. Mr W. Owen was unanimously elected a director.

Votes of thanks having been passed to the retiring president and vice-presidents, the proceedings closed.

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CALEDONIAN SOCIETY OF OTAGO., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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CALEDONIAN SOCIETY OF OTAGO. Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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