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ANNUAL MEETING. Mr R. S. Menzies (president) presided at the- annual meeting of the Dunedin Fanciers’ Club, held last evening. There was a good attendance of members. The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, said that the past year had not been without its worries for the coin-’ in it tee and the members generally, hut fortunately they had been able to finish with a credit balance. Such balance was really more than appeared on the statement, as the committee had adopted the sound principle of writing down the assets by £29 5s 7d. The difficulty in regard to the show was becoming more apparent each year, and the time had perhaps , arrived when different methods should" be adopted. .The building previously used was really inadequate fer the purpose, and it might be necessary to alter the dates to some time after the Winter Show, when the use of the Brydone Hall might he obtained. The gate takings were decreasing, and he thought that holding the show concurrent with the Winter Show did not now make -much difference. The thanks of the club were due, said Mr Menzies, to the committee, and to one or two members who were not committeemen, for the vast amount, cf work done during show time; indeed, their efforts in fitting up-the building.had saved the club money which made the difference between a credit and a debit balance. Altogether, the year had been much pleasanter and more profitable than the previous one, and so long as they had men of jho stamp of their present committee the club would prosper. Speaking of the governing bodies to which the club was affiliated', Mr Menzies said that the South Island Poultry Association were most alive, the club’s connection with the New Zealand Kennel Club not being beneficial in any way. It behoved the dog men of Dunedin to try to inoculate the Kennel Clul with a little cf the enthusiasm which They undoubtedly possessed. The Kennel 01 ub had a good bank balance, and there was no reason why this should not be spent in forwarding the interests of such clubs as the Fanciers’ Club and thp kennel clubs of other centres.

Mr T. Leedham moved the adoption of the annual report, which was carried. Mr C. A. Hutton, hon. treasurer, read the balance-sheet, and explained several items to members seeking information. Mr Hutton said that the falling off in membership, door takings, etc., could be explained by the introduction of an art union, these tickets being bought in preference to members’ and* ordinary admission tickets. During the coining year the receipts from these sources should be increased by 50 per cent. It was agreed to contribute £6 10s towards the rental and upkeep of a, club room, to be used by members of the various specialist clubs, and M,eesrs B. S. Menzies and W. C. Hendry wort appointed as delegates to a meeting to draw up regulations for the conduct of the club room.

The following office-beam'!) wore elec-tod: — Patrons — Sir George- M'Lean, Messrs S. S Myers, S. Solomon, and C. K. Statham. M.l*. ; vico-patrons—Messrs It. Acton Adams, J. A. Joluidtone, Alex. Begg, W. F. Edmond, W.I). Stewart. M. Webster, G. It. Ritchie, Crosby Morris, Lieutenant-colonel Stewart, and His Worship the Mayor; president, Mr R. S. Menzies; vice-presidents—Messrs B. Ellis, W. Esqiiilant, R. Conn, and W. J. Omand ; auditor, Mr G. M. M"Leau: lion, veterinary surgeons— Messrs W. I). Snowball, W, G. Blair, and G. Edwards; Iron, solicitor, Mr W. Downie Stewart ; lion, treasurer, .Mr A. Hutton; committee—Messrs E. Morris, R. J. Brown, T. Brown, J. Munio, W. C. Hendrv, J. Day, W. Mnnro, S. Deveraux. L. A.‘Russell,' W. J. S. Tattersfield. C. Kei-r, W. Cole, W. T. Hill, G. C. Nicolson, R. L. Mai tin, and F. Guinness.

The uani« of Mr P. S. Omand was added to the list of life members. ’Hie secretary was voted a bonus of £lO 10s.

Mr W. J. i iS. Tatt-ersfiekl was appointed delegate to the annual meeting of the South Island Poultry. Pigeon, and Canary Association next month.

It was decided to apply for the usual show dates in June, Mr White, remarking that these could be altered if the committee decided to hold the show later, lie reminded members that before they had adopted the Winter .Show dates' the dub was £3OO in debt, and £2OO of Ibis was wiped off the first year of the altered rules.

On the motion of Mr Munro, it. was resolved that it he a recommendation to the incoming committee to appoint Mr S. Deveraux as judge in the dog section at the next show. In connection with this matter the chairman and Mr Hutton .mentioned that a movement was or, foot to engage as judge Mr Sam Crabtree, of Manchester, one of the best all-round dog judges in England, and owner of the champion bulldog White Martinis. Mr Crabtree’s fee would be 200 guineas for the trip, and it was proposed to arrange with two Australian centres to come in with the Dunedin club, and thus bring the expense down to £7O for cacti centre. Of the Dunedin club’s share (which was only double the amount paid for a judge last year) some £SG had already been gua i anted d by local fanciers, and the New Zealand Kennel Club have been asked to assist. The general impression was. however, that on account of the war and other considerations it would he better to postpone the engagement of Mr Crabtree until 1916. Whichever year it eventuated it would be a big thing for the club.

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DUNEDIN FANCIERS’ CLUB, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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DUNEDIN FANCIERS’ CLUB Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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