OTAGO LAWN TENNIS CLUB.
The annual meeting of the Otago Lawn Tennis Club was held on Saturday afternoon in the club's pavilion. Mr A. A. Finch (vice-president) occupied the chair, and there were about thirty present. The annual report was read as follows : Your Committee, in presenting their report and balance : sheet. for last season, are glad to be at Is to draw your attention to the fact that for the nrst time in the history of the club the liquid assets exceed the liabilities. This is chiefly due i j, llDeraliI IDeralit y °i Mr James Allen, the club's landlord, who generously remitted £135 of overdue rent on condition that the club put the pavilion in thorough repair. This was done at a cost of £43 14s. A further sum of £lO 17a 6d wjs expended in topdiessingthe asphalt courts, which are now in first-class order. In order to provide the necessary funds, in the nrst place an entertainment was got up; which, however, owing to .he apathy of the members, only resulted in a net gain of £l3 15s 6d. Your Committee, nevertheless, beg to heartily thank those who gave so much time and went to s8 much, trouble in getting it up, more especially those ladies and gentlemen who were not members of the club.
In order that the club should be able to avail itself of Mr Allen's generous offer a special general meeting was duly called. This meeting was well attended, and it was unanimously resolved that a levy of 20s for men and 10s for ladies should be made. This was accordingly done. The call was promptly responded to by nearly all the members, only two or three absolutely refusing to p u y ' i., e net resu l ts of the club's efforts are that the whole of the arrears of rent, amounting to £135, have been wiped out, the pavilion has been put in thorough repair, thcasphalt courts have been put in first-class enter, and, last but not least, Mr Allen has generously consented to accept a lesser rental for the ensuing year if we are unable to pay the full amount.
It now behoves the members individually to second the efforts that have been made, aud to •follow up the advantages ga'ned during the past season by introducing new members, both honorary aud playine. Referring to the game itself, it is satisfactory to .note that the play all round has considerably improved, especially in the case'of the younger members, the double play of the club in particular being stronger than it has been for years, mainly owing to the improvement in the volleying game. The annual interprovincial match Canterbury v. Otago was played on the club's courts and resulted in a substantial win for Otago, whose team consisted largely of club members. The Otago lawn tennis tournament was, as usual, held on the club's courts. The Singles Championship was again won by one of your members (Mr A. Boirows), and Messrs Hogg and Fisher annexed the Doubles Championship. The club played several interclub matches, and were successful in winning them all. The result of the clubs annual tournament was as follows • —Ladies' Singles Championship of Club, Miss S. Graham ; Ladies' DoubltsHandicap, MisseilKempthorne and M'Lean; Ladies' Handicap Singles Miss Kempthorne ; Combined Doubles Handicap, Mr Hislop and Miss Macdonald; Gentlemen's Singles Championship of Club, Mr Ward; Gentlemen's Doubles Handicap, Messrs Landells and Moodie.
In conclusion, your Committee have to regret the loss of some prominent members, notably Messrs Hogg and Sleigh, but as against this the ranks of the club have been materially strengthened by the accession of several excellent players, both ladies and gentlemen.
The Chairman moved the adoption of the report.
Mr MonkiMAU, in seconding the motion, stated that although Mr Allen, the. landlord, had generously offered to take £6O as rent if the club ; were not in a position to pay more, he -thought members should morally hold themielves responsible for the larger sum—(applause)—as the ground was undoubtedly worth more.' ■
Mr'Gi'UA- endorsed Mr Monkman's remarks. But few landlord* acted towards their tenants as Mr Allen had done. It was only Within the:past few years that any adequate attempt had .been mado to grapple wi h/the financial difficulties of ihi club. ; If was" only since Mr Finch had been elected as chairman that the Committee had' attempted' to face the mutter. The levy that had been made upon members hal been' a bone of contention in the club generally, but he did not think the true facts of the sase had been properly grasped. The oondition of the club last year could not have been much worse. A b ick rent of £135 was owing, the pavilion was in, an absolutely unsafe condition, and the asphalt courts were not playable. Mr AILn was waited upon and was informed that it tf-as a moral impossibility for the club to liquidate the entire debt, and he promised to remit the amount if tho pavilion were repaired and the asphalt court put in order. The cost of this latter work was £42 odd, and it was hoped to raise the amonnt by a concert.. Members, however, failed to render assistance, and the amount was not realised. A general. meeting was then held, and it was decided to make a levy. This was the only course left open, as it would have been impossible to pay for the work out of subscriptions. In fact, tho latter had not in the past come in satisfactorily at all. Some time ago he was astonished to, find that £64 of subscriptions was owiag, and of that a considerable sum was doubifu', while more was very bad. He hoped that the Committee would enforce the rule that those who did not pay their subscriptions within three months would be compelled to res'ga their membership. Mr Harraway paid he wished to make some remarks regarding the statement of Mr Gully having reference to those who overlooked their moral obligation by not paying the levy. If Mr Gully had to pay out of his pocket £lO or £l2 a year in- the interests of oycling, he would not be so ready to find fault with those who declined to pay the levy. The main reason why the club had gone to the wall was the way in which new members had been treated in the past. The report was then adopted. The followiug office-bearers were elected : —President, Mr James Allen; vice-presi-dent, Mr A. A. Finch ; secretary and treasurer, Mr R. P. Ward ; committee—Messrs W. T. Monkman, A. MeDlove, N. Fisher, Turton, Branson,, Ulrich, Shand, Fenton, Borrows, and D. Maclean ; auditor, Mr E. M. Chettle ; Ladies' Tea Committee—Misses Maclean, Shand, Macdonald, Ramsay, Haggitt, and Kempthorne.
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OTAGO LAWN TENNIS CLUB., Evening Star, Issue 10453, 25 October 1897