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CONVALESCENT FUND

ANNUAL MEETING.

The twenty-sevonth annual meeting of the- Victoria Jubilee Convalescent Fund was held in tha Town Hall to-day, Miss Williams presiding over a good attendance of members

The following report was submitted : Another year has sped, and during its rapid flight many events have ooeurred to mark, its passage—events which in their world-wide significance arid horror have in some measure affected all local organisations. The terrible war now devastating so many European countries cannot fail to make itself felt in this furthermost portion of 'the British Empire, and we can but earnestly pray that/ ere long it may be brought to a close, and that peace may once again reign throughout the earth. Last July our admirable and trustworthy matron. Mrs Morrison, was suddenly seized with severe illness, and, to the grief of ail who knew hor, passed away after a short time of suffering. For many years she exercised control of the Home at Palmerston, where numbers of patients benefited by her kindness and good nursing. Her loss to the fund is incalculable. The rare tact so constantly displayed made her invaluable to the committee, who relied upon her judgment when dealing with all difficult cases. No other suitable home being available at tne time, it wao resolved tiiat until more permanent arrangements could bo made patients who are eligible for assistance under the fund be granted financial help, provided they tind board and lodging for themselves. Tin's plan has proved fairly satisfactory, and so far tho usefulness of the fund has boon but little impaired. During the year wo have been deprived of the valuable services of several members of committee, who at various times have left Dunedin temporarily—namely, Mesdarnes J. M. Ritchie, George Roberts, and Miss Williams (president). All are, however, on leave of absence, and still retain connection with the fund. The Piev. F. G. Gumming ha 3 more than once accommodated our patients at his convalescent home at Waikouaiti when difficulty has been ex perieneed in placing them, for which courtesy the committee arc deeply grateful. As the sum allocated to the fund this yea.r by tho Hospital Saturday Association" fell considerably short of that received in previous years, wo would once attain appeal to the public for help in our philanthropic work either by donation or yearly subscription. The following extract from a letter written shortly before Mrs Morrison's death speaks eloquently in the fund's behalf:—"'Having returned to Dunedin after spending "X most enjoyable month in Palmerston, 1 should like to send you a few lines thanking you for the trip, which I could not have taken had it not been for the kindness of the society. Mrs Morrison di-.l all in-her power to make mo fool at home, and I met with the greatest kindness from all in the. house. The weather was good, enabling me to spend the greater part of oac-h dsy out of doors, and { feel very much benefited by the change." The thanks of the committee are tendered to the Mayor for the -continued use of the room iu the Toivn Hall, where the monthly meeting.! are held, als-.o to Mr Israel for auditing the accounts.. The balance-sheet showed that the vereipts totalled £175, this sum balance, in bank £39, subscriptions £57. proportion of Hospital Saturday's collee. tiou £3l. The expanse's in connection with convalescents were .9113. There was acredit balance in the National Bunk of £3l and the Post Office Savings Bank of £23. The total n'fcij. were set down r.t

£1.055, and there v/..re no liabilities. The report ar.d fj-iareia] statement were adopted on the motion o? Mrs Colquhotr.i, seconded bv Mrs ]'■'.. C. Ravnold;.

The- following office-bearers were elected :—President, Mrs C. W. Rattray : vice-president, Mrs T'i. C. Haggitt ; committee—Mesdames A. C. Tsegg.Ad.arn. G Pal four, Colquhotiu, G. Fenwiek, O'Xeil!, K. Ramsay. F. 0. Reynolds, J. M. Ritchie, G. Roberts, Theomiu, and Miss Williams; hon. treasurer, Ross ; hon. secretary, Mrs A. Johnston Brown.

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CONVALESCENT FUND, Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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CONVALESCENT FUND Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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