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D.A B.C., Issue 10424, 20 September 1897
The following is the sixth annual report of the Dunedin Amateur Boating Club, to be presented at the annual meeting to be held on Monday next:— In submitting the sixth annual report the Committee have to congratulate the members on the .continued prosperity and advancement of the club. As. will he seen from the balance-sheet attached, the club's financial position is a most enviable one—liabilities nil, and a substantial sum to its credit. This desirable state of affairs has been attained through the medium of the art union promoted by the club, to which liberal support was accorded by tfce public generally, i Besides being in such a good financial condition, the club also occupies a'highly satisfactory position in the regatta records for the season, our representatives having performed with credit, 'and placed the club ut the head of the list" as'regards the number of victories gained. Tie-club,-as usual, liberally supported the various regattas,Tno less than twenty-six.crews wearing themaroon-and-white hoops having competed. Besides local fixtures, the club's representatives also visited Canterbury. Thanks are again due to Messrs Binnie, Stohr, Foster, and Hunter for coaching and takingtan interest in the crews' training. . The boathouse is at present undergoing a thorough renovation, and should shortly be in splendid order. Special attention has been given to lining, painting,- and decorating the social hall, which, when finished, should undoubtedly be one of the prettiest and best-appointed halls in the City. Other parts of the building have been attended, to. A full new Bet of larger and more commodious lockers are being erected, and the members' comfort is secured by these being placed on the warmer side of the dressing room, which has also received the Committee's attention in other, respects. Necessary repairs are also being done to the staging. The contract for painting the exterior of the building is nearly completed, and shows every evidence of good work being rendered by the contractors. The club have to heartily thank Mr C. F. Greenslade for his kiud donation towards stairway from verandah to staging. We have again to express our satisfac* tion with the unceasing icare taken by'Mr H. Bowie, the club's efficient caretaker, in the discharge of his duties. Nine club races, besides other competitions, were held, and afforded keen contests. The Committee this season, with satisfactory results, instituted aggregate prizes for most points secured in club and regatta races. These prizes created considerable interest, the final score being a tie for first place, Messrs J. Williams and J. Isaacs dividing the honor, Ecoring 29 points; Mr J. M'Grath coming next with -a point less. The Committee have to thank Sir T. Ritchie for a prize for a dingey race. The Committee have had the club's plant thoroughly overhauled-cleauisg, painting, and varnishing everything necessary—the whole being now in first-class order and almost as good as new. They also have to report having ordered from Norton (Wellington) two now convertible pair-oar and double-sculling boats and two clinker scullers, and irom Melbourne a racing clinker outrigger—four for regatta work. These boats, together with a large supply of oars and sculls, may be shortly expected, and when to hand the club may be considered fully equipped for all local requirements. With a view to being further represented in championship events Clasper (of London) has been communicated with, and prices asked for a best-and-best convertible doublesculling pair and racing four. The running and swimming events amongst the members again attracted large fields, and were as successful as ever. These competitions are worthy of every encouragement, being of assistance in training and adding to the interest in the club's doings. Mr J. M. Nicdson generously presented the trophy for the novice swimming race, an event which should always receive special' attention of any aquatic club. The rescue competitions, besides proving instructive aud useful, were also highly appreciated. As members are aware, the club suffer a severe loss in the death of their esteemed president, Dr Jeffcoat, whose place will indeed be hard to fill. To show their respect for the memory of one who took so'great an interest in, and did so much for, the club, the Committee have decided to erect a permanent memorial in the boathouseIt is also with regret we have to record the continued illness of Mr H. S. Fish, one of our vicepresidents, whose recovery we all earnestly hope for. Mr W. L. Hooper, who has been secretary since the club s inception in 1891, contemplates resigning the position owing to pressure of business. The thanks of the club are due to Messrs L Hamannaudß. W. M'Villy for their sen-ices as delegates to the Association in Wellington. The club has now plant sufficient to accommodate double ,it 3 present member?hip; members are therefore earnestly requested to do all iu their power to induce their friends to join. The club may certainly congratulate itself on this year's balance-sheet. At the beginning of the season the total indebtedness stood at £334, with assets amounting to £1,237. The happy position is now attained of having no debts of any description and our assets have increased to £I,OOO. Considering the club is only completing the sixth' year of its existence, this position is iudeed wonderful, and, we vcuture to affirm, without parallel.
The Social Hall Sub-committee's report is also attached, aud reads: The Hall Sub-committee have to report on the operations for the year as follows:—During the summer months several ladies' days were held, with the greatest success and give every evidence of growing in popularity. We are under a debt of gratitude to MiGeorge Robertson for his kindness in undertaking the musical direction at these functions, and also to the ladies aud gentlemen whose assistance greatly added to the successful result. During the winter mouths the weekly socials have again been most successful, the capacity of the club's hall being often taxed to its utmost. The bi-weekly gymnastic class has also been well patronised, n big membership attending regularly. Mr J. C. Smith his again proved a most efficient instructor.
A lengthy number of card matches and tournaments took place throughout the season, aud were all very successful In the fourteen card matches played,against other .clubs only three reverses were met with. Mr A. Hunter ably controlled all arrangements. The Hall Committee desire it known that the advantages of the gymnasium and attendance at the socials is not confined to club members only, any outsider desirous of attendine being always made welcome. Owing to the hall undergoing repairs, the club's annual smoke concert aud presentation of prizes has been postponed till the building is completed, it being then decided to hold the same to celebrate the openin-*
D.A B.C., Issue 10424, 20 September 1897
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