The fortnightlv meeting ot ( our. IA tie .John. A.0.F.. was held last evening iUrn. Thurston m the cvcmv. El- I, A-K. Bro. V.Thon presented RA’.R. L'-o A. H F'T-leir with a gold-monntcd wiuchgmmi. la recognition of the satisfactory in which the brother had oisc'iargcd hiduties while in the chair. Ihe tea- ot ‘•The Visitors ’’ was iv-pomicd to p.r.rt, Brc. Taylc.r (fonvt M.mnen*'. Amongst the correspondence wa- an appeal from the North Holland Did I n't. Amstt'rdam. on bpbnit of I* ’ i,|n ,m suffering through the war. The <|umqueunium valuation report was rcaa t.u secretary, and general salislai tmu expressed at the splendid po-ilma held p me court. The following is a summary o the report; The membership increased from 106 to ,154. and tlm average ago mom 51.1,3 to 52.06. The mTnv- experienced bv ingles was 247 weeks, vesting -A>o. whilst* the amount expected by tlm bndccmploved in tlm valuation v.a. -w.l weeks. costing £533. The therefore. favorable to the extent ot -Oof. In previous .■pujupicnmnui it I,lVl,1 4 ah Ic to the extent ot £25. In the eve “I females the sickness co-t was a-again-l £2B expected by the N.Z.F >. male tti.le. There were no deaths, as ilgain-t three expc'-ted by tile tald.es. In the |>icvimis period then- was one mm-th :l ' again-l an expectation of two !he mean rate of interest credited to the -me ;| iui funeral fund was 4.97 per cent. l-or t.ic purpose of the valuation the lutmay inter-est-earning power of the .-mk and funeral fund has been taken im 4 per emit. the remit is a surplus of £4o.>. a--gigaim-t -Act at the previous valuation. This re-ult l-exclu-ive of any shave to vshh hj the court might- ho entitled in result of tlm di-triet funeral fund surplus. The imrea-e in the surplus is due principally to the -living from favorable sicknc--. the interest earned over 4 per cent., and the readjustment of the benefits and contributions of the lenia'e members. The interest returns are \ei \ satisfactory, and give evidence of good management, and if the investments continue to he as well looked ait“r (lie result of future valuation* will be pipuiUv favorable.
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LODGE MEETING, Evening Star, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915