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| Mr J. L. Salmoiid .presided over the thirteenth, annual meeting of the Ounedin Competitions Society, held in the Empire Buildings laet night. * •In proposing the adoption of the report (already published) and balance-sheet (which showed the expenditure during the year to be £1,299 and the receipts £1,055), the Chairman explained that the heavy additional expenditure they had now to meet was due to the largely-increased number of competitors, and to tho fact that ©very innovation and improvement meant additional expense. Unfortunately they had not increased their revenue very materially by charging inore for those extra advantages. Tho committee had often considered tho question of membership, " and many of them thought that as they had now twice as many days they should charge more to their members. " (Hear, hear.) That would be- quite a. legitimate thing to do, but they were anxious not to put their members to additional expense as long as they could .see their way to come through the year's work without losing money. Undoubtedly the consensus of opinion among members was that they were giving far too much for the sum of one guinea. They had tried to make the society more attractive by bringing hero another judge. Unfortunately this had been tho very worst year in which to try the innovation, and it had meant the dropping of possibly another £ICO. Still they had proved that it was a. groat advantage to competitor*, and he had no doubt that the extra instruction they got from these judges was .1 very great help to them. All the competition societies in Australia were helped by tho council of the city in which the competitions were held. He thought they might quite reasonably again go to the Dunedin Council and ask for a subscription. The council received great advantage f.-om the society, as had often been pointed out. Mr •>. Solomon, K.C., in seconding the motion, said he thought the whole of tho citizens of Dunedin recognised that this society had been an advantage to the community. The society existed largely by the good-will of the public of Duncciiii, whom it was " up to " to stand by and support (he committee at the present juncture. Mr J. \V. -Smith drew attention to the fact that many well-known platform speakers had .graduated in the society, and that on any concert programme about Dunedin the namss of the best singers would al?o be those who had graduated from the -oeiety. ".Mr H. l'\ Moss mentioned the tact that in the last awards by Trinity College the highest honors had been taken by Frank Bennett, a lac! who had been for many years past in that society. They had had various judges—the most capable in Australia—and every year they expressed their surprise and pleasure at the wonderful proficiency and high standard of competitors in the pianoforte section. The competitors and the musical profession were under a considerable debt to the society. The' musical societies) ought to rally round and give them some support, but tb?y always held aloof. In referring to this year's loss by the competitions., consequent on the war, Mr F. Calvert pointed out that it was because they were supposed to be in such a flourishing condition some two or three years ago that the- City Council had decided to discontinue their donation. The society might well go and ask for that assistance to do reinstated. The motion for the adoption of the report and balance-sheet was then agreed to. The Following addition to the society's rules was made on the motion of Mr Solomon—"The committee shall have power to elect as an honorary life member any committeeman who has served not less than five years on the committee and has filled the office of vice-president for one year, such person to be an ex-officio member of committee."' The ritirini members of committee— Messrs J- A/ Park. J. \V. Smith, and J. H. "Walker—were re-elected. Mr W. T. Mcnkman was re-elected auditor at the same remuneration as before. ' A hearty vote of thanks was accorded i Mr Salmond tor the manner in which he had conducted the society's business during the past year. At a. subsequent meeting of tho committee of tho society Mr F. Calvert was appointed vice-president for ,the ensuing year. Mr W. Thomson was re-elected > honorary treasurer, and was accorded a I very hearty vote of thanks for his servives. Mr C. G. White was appointed to fill the vacanry on the committee. j .Ri.i'crc:i<-.' was made to the fact that I three competitors—Albert, "Lena, and Wil- ' lie G'ddes—-had refunded the prize money won by them as a donation towards tho . £SO which tho society are giving -to tlu f Belgian fund.

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COMPETITIONS SOCIETY, Evening Star, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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COMPETITIONS SOCIETY Evening Star, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914