The half-yearly meeting of the District Committee of the M.U.1.0.0.F., Otogo District, was held at Lawrence this after-noon.-when the following report was presented :
The half-yearly meeting of our society is the fourth occasion on which it has been held at Lawrence, the annual meeting in March, 1592, being the last date of meeting there. The delegates present at the previous meetings have pleasant recollections of the kindly reception accorded them by our brethren of the Loyal luapeka Pioneer Lodge, and we feel assured that in again meeting them to confer as to the best means of advancing our Order the kindly relations of the past will be maintained and strengthened. The numerical progress of the district for the half-year ended 30th June, 1597, is as follows : A umber of members Ist January, 1597, 2,251; number admitted-duringthe half-year-by initiation 97, by clearance G-a total of 103, making the aggregate membership 2,354 ; less left—by arrears 47, by clearance 3, by death 9-total, 59; total remaining, 2,295. From the above it will be seen that the net' increase for the period under review is forty-four, as compared with an increase of fifteen for the corresponding period of last year. Your officers record this with satisfaction, and trust at the end of the financial year to congratulate the members on increased activity. The financial operations for the half-year are summarised as follows:
RECEIPTS. £ s . J, To value of lodge funds, 31st December, 1596 71,547 10 3 „ entrance fees, sick and funeral funds 64 IS 0 „ contributions, sick and funeral . ful >ds 1,716 1 1 „ funeral claims from district ... 170 0 0 „ interest and rent, sick and funeral funds 1,592 2 10 „ sundry receipts, sick and funeral funds 20 16 0 „ contributions and levies management funds ... ... ... 1,714 7 n ~ interest and rents, management funds ... ... ... 92 11 0 „ sundry receipts, management • . funds 382 9 5 „ increase in value of other funds 792 0 8 £75,092 17 2 EXPENDITURE. £ B. d. By sick benefits ... ... ... 1200 16 9 „ funeral claims... ... ." 'iso 0 0 „ district funeral levies ... ... 219 13 7 „ sundry payments, sick and fune- ™) fund 1,104 9 5 „ medical attendance and medicine 1,203 12 2 „ salaries and allowances 300 13 11 „ sundry payments, management. funds C 45 7 1 Value of lodge funds, June 30, 1597 73,238 4 3
£7S 092 17 2 Adding to this the available funds of the central body, we get a grand total of £74,237 6s 9d as the total value of the district as at 30th June, being an increase for the six months of .£1,683 2s. The amounts due by lodges were nearly all paid in after the balance.
The death record during the term was eight members and eight members' wives. The total sick benefits paid was £1,200 16s 9d. as compared with ±1,321 <s 4d for the corresponding period last year- ,no J eaverageper member paid for sickness was 10s bd, as compared with lis lOd last corresponding half-year. The amounts ranged from BAd in the Outram Lodge to £1 10s 4Vd in the Roxburgh Lodge. In the district officers' report to the last annual meeting your Executive expressed regret that the question of medical reciprocity appeared to have received small consideration by the various lodges, but this time it is satisfactory to be able to report that replies have been received from all lodges, and only in one case has the medical officer definitely declined to agree to the proposition, so that members may now enjoy the benefit of a change of air within our own district for a short time without losing the advantage of medical attendance.
On inquiry it has been found that the officers of mne of the lodges in our district are guaranteed by the T\e\v Zealand Mutual Fidelity Guarantee Association, and your district officers have arranged for the officers of the other lodges to be guaranteed by the Victoria Insurance Company at a satisfactory rate.
i .. A V n . t £ r ,?. st . lnß and h »ndy book of reference entitled Official Hand Book of the City and Suburban Lodges of the Otago District' has been issued by the city and suburban lodges, your officers sanctioning the same. The book will no doubt be highb/ appreciated by all Oddfellows throughout the Otago district. Your officers sincerely trust that its aims and objects may be attained, and that its usefulness may extend throughout the whole district. It might be mentioned that any lodge wishing to avail itself of the handbooks privileges may do so on complying with the necessary conditions. Any information relative to this matter may be obtained by communicating with the secretary of the handbook. Your Executive find than some misconception exists among certain lodges regarding the issuing of subscription lists, and desire to draw the attention of the lodges to rule 36. A circular has been received from the 'Wellington Friendly Societies' Vigilance Committee asking if there is any similar committee in this district, and if not, whether this district would take the initiative and form such an association and act in conjunction with the other friendly societies. The chief object of such a committee being formed is that delegates from the different associations could meet at some central place and discuss matters relative to thegeneral government of friendly societies. Your officers resolved to place the circular relating to the same before you A new branch called the "United Brothers Lodge" was opened at Cambrian (Central Otago) on September 2by the Prov. G.M. and Prov C S These brothers were ably assisted by several members of the Loyal Naseby Lodge, and to them and the brethren of the Loyal Naseby Lodge generally the best thanks of the district are due for the very great interest they have taken in the formation of the lodge. There were initiated thirtytwo benefit and four honorary members, and about ten more candidates (who were unable to be present at the opening ceremony) are to be made on the next lodge night. Judging by the interest taken in the opening ceremonv, it is safe to conclude that the Loyal United Brothers Lodge will have a prosperous career. Pursuant to a resolution passed at the last annual meetincr, your officers have prepared a statement of the probable cost of a meeting held m Lawrence and one in Dunedin. The cost of a meeting in Lawrence would be £ll9 5s 8d for fifty-four delegates, £73 for allowances, and £46 5s 8d for rail, coach, and steamer fares, and would require a levy of about Is per member. For a meeting held in Dunedin the cost would be £B4 Is lOd, £4l 10s for allowances, and £37 lis lOil for fares, equal to a levy of 9d per member. This estimate is based on the following conditions, and refers to the expenses of delegates only:—First class rail, coach, and steamer fares, and 10s per day for the shortest time necessary for a delegate to be away from home. C. E. Brundell, Prov. G.M. J. H. F. Hamel, Prov. D.G.M. .T. A. Hopciuit, Prov. C.S. Jas. Robin, Prov. Treasurer, E. S. Clarke, P.P.G.M.
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ODDFELLOWSHIP., Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897
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