THEIR ANNUAL MEETING. The 30th annual meeting of the New Zealand Commercial Travellers and Warehousemen's Association was held in the club rooms. Bowling street, on Saturday night. Mr F. W. Mitchell (president) occupied the. chair, and there i\ as a fair attendance of members. Ihe secretary (Mr James Brown) said they had received the usual congratulations from the United Executive of Australasia, and also from the- Executive of the New Zealand Association. They wree to the one eil'ect, conveying cordial greetings for the coming year. The President, in moving the annual report, said he thought it litting to refer to the situation created by the diabolical war now raging. fie felt sure that ho was not exaggerating when he said that we were now at the most momentous and critical period of modern history. What might be the outcome of the stupendous struggle no one could say, but to every man and woman of British birth there was a call to sacrifice, and only by service could the nation be preserved. It behoved all to do everything in their power to assist. Their members had not been backward in responding to the call for men, money, and equipment. Both from the staff and from their members recruits had been forthcoming, and he felt sure there would be no backwardness when a further call was made. It was gratifying that the association continued their successful career. All the various funds bad improved in condition, and the cash balance had again been increased. Ho would point out, however, that all Mich improvements mu*t be maintained if the association's career of usefulness was to continue. The lease of their premises now expired in little more than a year, and for some time it had been felt" that, with an increasing membership, further was required. But in view of the risk of National Prohibition being carried the executive, till now, had contented themselves with acquiring a suitable* site for new premises, awaiting the result of the Local Option issue. Prohibition not being carried, the now committee would be in a. position to attack the question of new premises. There was a strong feeling among members that a large residential club -ought to be erected, but he thought that matter called for consideration and caution. it was almost certain that it' an undertaking of that nature was entered upon the association's income would be reduced, and expenses of all kinds would be developed. The experience of some of their neighbors was an indication of what might happen, and it hail to be borne, in mind that no comparison could be made brtween them and the ventures of their Australian brethren in such a direction. The difference in population and other circumstances made a. comparison nest door to impossible. The benefits arising from the association to members must be a first charge upon the. assets, which were now in a splendid condition. Ho saw no reason why this state of affairs should not bo maintained, but care must be taken that it was not prejudicially affected by an expenditure in building which might prove unremunorative. The year just closed marked the severance of their association as an afliliI ated body from the United Association of j Australasia. To most of them this v.-as a, ) matter for deep regret. The friendships ! formed and tlie benefits obtained by affiliaj lion with such a powerful organisation would surely live in their memories, and from them an incentive would bo gained to reach similar high ideals and attainments. Following upon this great change it -was to bo noted that the unity of the whole of the New Zealand associations was now an accomplished fact. To a strong executive, acting unitedly, much was possible, and he looked forward to a long career of usefulness. Already there had been fostered that strong fraternal feeling which was a great factor in the success of the institutions, and, while no materia] improvements had vet been effected, good results were looked for. One of the greatest problems for travellers was in connection with increased railway facilities, and this had been taken in hand by the united body. The result of representations made to the General Manager of Bail ways was being awaited with much interest. As the next annual meeting was to be held here in February, members would be able to judge by personal experience, of the tirst year's work. Before passing from the subject, he must acknowledge, the very handsome manner in which the. Australasian united body had met a young offshoot. The liberal terms that had been arranged for them in connection with 'The Traveller' had meant a great help to their finances, and every member should do his best to help forward what was the recognised organ of all travellers. The accident insurance, scheme of the united body offered most liberal terms to members, and j deserved all the support that could he accorded it. He would like to refer briefly to the share taken by travellers in all movements for the public benefit. The patriotic fund he bad already mentioned, and he was sure they were all ready and willing to do more in that direction. To the Hospital members had, not for the first time, been of substantia) assistance, and the action of their colleagues in Christchurch was a stirring example of the desire of all '" brothers of the road " to help any cause that deserved and needed assistance. (Applause.) Mr D. M'Pherson seconded the motion, and mentioned that tho conference of the New Zealand associations would lie held in Dunedin on the 10th of next month. The motion was carried without discussion. The following office-bearer-* were elected for the ensuing year:—President. Mr F. W. Mitchell (rc-electedl ; vice-presidents— Messrs F. Peako. T. C. M. Ballinshaw, J. C. Hcnton, F. Bennett, F. A. Be Carle, and <L T. Gil lan ; committee—Messrs S. T. Mirams. J. IJ. Glover, ft, Harper, 11. J. Kihoy, H. H. Cole, P. B. Boyd, and P. Graham; lion, treasurer, Mr dames Todd ire-elected) ; auditor, Mr J. F. Peake (reelected). The President said that members had more or less contributed to the Belgian and other patriotic funds, but' he was satisfied they had to do a great deal more before the war was .-ettled and its after-effects were made good. At present there was no immediate demand for rnonoy, except for the Belgian fund, but there was no doubt before the. war was over a very large sum of money would be required. He would move— ,c That a box bo placed in the club, and that members be asked to contribute a weekly sum with a minimum of Is, the money collected to be distributed between the Belgian and local relief funds." Mr Do Carle seconded the motion, which was carried. The Secretary moved-—" On the retirement of our association from the United Commercial Travellers' Association of Australasia this meeting desire to acknowledge their great indebtedness to that body for substantial assistance and advice extended during tho years of our affiliation." The motion was carried by acclamation. Votes of thanks were accorded tho president, the committee, and the staff.
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COMMERCIAL TRAVELLERS, Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915