FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' GALA.
The adjourned meeting of the Friendly Societies' Gala Committee last evening was attended by the following delegates:—J. Robertson, A.0.F.; A. H. Shelton, U.A.0.D.; G. Scott, U.A.0.D.; W. Woodland, A.0.F.; W. M'Curdy, P.A.; A. Campbell, U.A.0.D.; T. Mant, M.U.1.0.0.F.; J. Brown, P. A.; J. Mulligan, P. A.; J. D. Bates, A.0.F.; A. Carpenter, P.A. ; W. E. Barry, M.U.1.0.0.F.; C. Oaten, A.O.F. ; J. Boordman, U.A.O.D. ; N. Murray, A.0.F.; G. Mitchell, A.0.F.; J. Haigh, A.O.F.
The sub-committee brought up the following report :
Your Committeo have met the Commissioners on two occasions, and have to report as follows:—We were very kindly received, and every willingness was expressed to assist in promoting the proposed gala. It was considered that March would be the most suitable month to hold the gala, and the proportion of the gross receipts payable to the societies from the gate money for expenses, etc., wa3 arranged, subject to approval of the delegates, at one-third. If desired a spec'al concert could be arranged upon the same terms. Before the date can be fixed, it will bo necessary to see the secretary of tho Exhibition Company, to prevent clashing with any other arrangements of the Commissioners. Should the delegates agree to these terms, your Committeo would recommend (Ist) that tho secretary write asking to the Railway Commissioners upon what terms they will convey our members to Dunedin upon the occasion, and it would be advisable to write to the Union Company also; (2nd) that the secretary communicate at once with all courts and lodges of the various orders in New Zealand informing them of our intentions and asking for their assistance and co-operation, and stating at the same timo that an soon as replies were to hend from the railway and Union Companies that the secretary will send a special circular to all courts audlodges statiugterms, etc., etc. Should the delegates desire a display of fireworks in the evening of the gala day, or an art union in connection with the affair, it can be arranged. Your Committee would urge the delegates to go Into the affair heartily and create as much enthusiasm as possiblo, and thus make the friendly societies' gala day a memorable one in connection with the great Exhibitor..
The report was adopted. Messrs W. Woodland (chairman), G, Mitchell(A.O.P.),A.H.Shelton(U.A.O.D.), G. Davie (M.U.1.0.0.F.), and W. M'Curdy (P.A.F.S.) were appointed a sub-committee to carry out the delegates' instructions and Committee's report.
The secretary was directed to write to the societies not invited, asking them to appoint a delegate to attend the Conference, and when this is done to nominate one of their number to the sub-committee ; also, that it be an instruction to the sub-committee that they arrange the date as early as possiblo in March.
The meeting then adjourned for three weeks.
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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' GALA., Evening Star, Issue 8051, 30 October 1889