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The half-yearly meeting of theD.G.L. of Druid?, Otago and Southland, was held in ZeaUndia Chambers this morning, under the presidency of'P.S- Bro. W. Wardrop, who was. appointed acting D G P. t . while P.A. Ero. Hopkins (Palnurston)'was~ appointed acting- D.V.P. Jibe following- representatives .were present P.A. Bro. W. 0. Evans;Otago; P.S. Bro. W. Wardrop, Enterprise; P.A. Bro. J. Hudson, sen,, Royal Oak; P.D.P. Bro. H. Humphreys, Acorn ; P.A. Bro. J. W. A. Roberts, Linden j P. A. Bro. D. Larnach, West Harbor; P.DtP. Bro. G. Menzies, . Endeavor) P-A. Bro; Q. Wright, Good'lhtent; P.A.J Bro. William Hopkins, 1 Bose of Palmerston ; P.A. -Bro. J. Knight,. Gore. Apologies for non-attendance- were received from the District Grand President (Bro. A. Morrison) on account of his attendance in Parliament, and from. the.District!Grand Vice-president (Bro. B. Osborne), who Vvat acting as delegate to the Boot Trade Conferenoe. The Executive presented the following report.

The Executive officers desire to congratulate you upon the condition of the District Grand Lodge.. During'the first six months of its existence it was natural to expect that many difficulties would arise before getting into smooth - working order. The change of system resulting from the adoption of a graduated scale of contributions and the new division of funds created a great deal of extra work for the secretaries of the various lodges, and considerableostfreepondence for the Executive, but owing to the spirit in - which all have worked together the new laws and the new District Grand Lodge have been successfully brought into operation. The. new scales will, in the early future, considerably augment -the-funds of the Order and add greatly to its financial stability. During the half-year ended August, 18S7, sixty pew members have been initiated, three joined by clearance, and thirty-eight have made themselves financial, while during the same period thirty members have been returned as unfinaPcial, seven left by clearance, and two have died; the number of members financial, as on August 31, 1897, being 678. An increase of flxty-six members during the half-year must be verygrati* fylngto the representatives.’ ’• ' ■ ■ . The funds of the ten lodges farming the District «ra°n Lodge of Otago and Southland-amouht to £6:429 os 2d at the end of May quarter, the sidk anu funeral funds being credited with £6,083 17s lid, and the incidental funds with £345 7s 3d; the total worth of the Otago and Southland District Grand Lodge being £6,515 12s lOd. The receipts of the District Grand Lodge for the halfyear amount to £l3l 13s Id, and the expenditure to £45 5s sd, leaving a credit balance of £B6 7s Bd. The outstanding liabilities for salaries, etc., are under £lO. - .

For the first three years all death claims against the District Grand Lodge will be paid by the Grand Lodge of Victoria, and at the end of that time'.the credit balance will be handed over. During the same period the lodge dues will accumulate and will amount, at present membership, to not less than £660.' . At the first meeting of . the Executive it wafl decided to form and appoint district presidents) and the lodges were notified accordingly* By an oversight the Grand Lodge Board of Directors .had appointed a district president in' No. SO district, and other lodges took exception on the ■ground of insufficient notice to candidates, end upon consideration the Executive determine!! to ask the retiring D.P.s to continue in office until the half-yearly meeting was held. Your Executive now recommend- the formation of four districts, as follows:—No. 1: Otago No; 1, Linden No. 5, West Harbor No. 6. No. 2; Royal Oak, No. 3, Good Intent No. 8. No. J: A'corn No. 4, Gore No. 10. No. 4; Endeavor No, 7, R9se of Palmerston No. 9. That, the present district presidents hold office until ■ December, when, under the new rules; nominations Will be made by the lodges in the newly-formed dis ; tricts.

The necessity of obtaining a code of laws for registration purposes came pressingly upon the Executive, and, having obtained much information from the laws of various Orders, they finally decided that those of the Canterbury District Grand Lodge were very suitable, when combined with the improved lawsof the Grand Lodgeof Victoria, for Otago and Southland. A Laws Revision Committee was set up, consisting of^he-Executive and one delegate from each of tho town lodges, and five meetings were held. The laws were carefully gone through and discussed, with the result that, generally speaking, the Canterbury-lawS have been recommended, with the exCeptioil of thd financial laws, which have been altered to closely embody the financial laws of the Grand Lodge of Victoria. The hearty thanks of the District Grand Lodge have been Justly earned by P.D.P. Bro. B. Harneiss, P.S. Bro. B. C. Lowry, P.S. Bro. - W. Wardrop, P.A. Bro. D. Larnach, P.S. Bro. T. Sunderland, and P.D.G.S. Bro. A. C. Birt for their labors on the Revision Committee. The draft laws will come before you at this meeting. Official visits have been paid by the Executive to the Enterprise, Linden, Otago, West Harbor, Royal Oak, and Good Intent Lodges, and our energetic District Grand President (Bro. A. Mor* risoii) attended the Gore, Acorn (Invercargill) and Endeavor (Oamaru) Lodges, and also-Roso of Palmerston Lodge. These visits were productive of much enthusiasm*and goodwill, and the Executive desire to thank the lodges for their hearty reception of tho D.G. President. It is gratifying to inform you that the Grand Secretary (Bro. J. J. Brennan) has attended to our requirements with pleasant promptness. Your Executive conclude their report with hearty thanks to the Canterbury D.G. Lodge for thoir supply of law books for use of the Commit* tee, and to D.6.5. H. D. Rayner for valuable information supplied. Signed on behalf of the Executive, r W. O. Evans, Acting.B.G.P. A. H. Shelton, D.G.S, The report was unanimously adopted. The balance-sheet showed that the total receipts from tho ten lodges had been t On funeral account, £BO 11s 6d ; oh incidental account, £47 19s 3d j and for goods £3 2s sd, making a total of £l3l 18i Id, while the expenditure had been { On funeral claims, £2O; incidentals, £25 5s Sd, leaving a ba’acce in hand of £B6 7s Bd. During the greater part of the day the re> preaentatives were , engaged in considering the draft rules, which, in'the .main, were adopted as recommended by the Revision Committee.

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DRUIDISM., Issue 10428, 24 September 1897

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DRUIDISM. Issue 10428, 24 September 1897

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