SOUTHLAND DISTRICT, 1.0.0. F., M.U.
The annual meeting of the ’Southland District was held in the lOddfellowsi’ Hall, Gore, on Wednesday afternoon, when the following officers were present :—Prov. G.M. Bro. J. Walker (presiding) ; Deputy P.G.M. Bro. A. M. Dawson ; I.P.P.G.M. Bro. J. Smaill ; District Treasurer, Bro. T. Findlay ; Prov. Corresponding Secretary, Bro. M. Mair ; and delegates from the following lodges :
Hearts of Oak—Sisters J. Ball and F. Stead.
Shamrock, Rose and Thistle —Bros A. Ball, J. H. Smith, P. Brass, G, W. Anderson, and T. A. Clark. St George—Bros. A. Hope, ,T Stead, A. Todd, G. A. Reid, and D S. Thompson. Winton—-Bros. F.A. Cole, J. Campbell, and H. L. Gallien.
Gore—Bros. G. Frobarth, F. Shave, and F. Young. Lumsden —Bros. J. Payne, A. McAlister, and D. Fraser. Awarua —Bros. G. McKenzie, J. 'Jenkin, and J. G. Valentine. Riversdale—Bro, W, Rambaum. Star of the West—Bro. W. Merrielees. Mataura—Bro. J. Wilson. Star of Nightcaps—Bro. J- W. Tinker. CHAIRMAN S ADDRESS. The following address was delivered by the chairman : Worthy Deputy-Grand Master, District Officers, Sisters and Brothers, — Once more we are here assembled at our Annual Distinct Meeting to meet together and legislate for the benefit of our great Order in general and the Southland District in particular. Six months ago it was agreed that the annual meeting should be hold in Gore, is seven years since the District Meeting met here, and it is very gratifying to me to have the privilege of presiding over this meeting, as it is years ago, and in this town that I first attended as a deputy representing my lodge. Those of you who were present on that occasion must be forcibly impressed with the great strides Gore has made since that time. I look upon it as a model town of its size—indeed, many of the larger cities in New Zealand have not got the comforts and conveniences which Gore possesses. In regard to the United Gore Lodge, the same enterprise and spirit which has been displayed by the public men and citizens is reflected in the Gore Lodge. I look upon it as one of the healthiest, as I am certain it is the best.worked Lodges in the District. On behalf of that Lodge I give you all a hearty welcome to Gore. I trust you will enjoy yourselves, as I am certain there will be no pains spared on the Lodge’s part to make for comfort in your short sojourn here.
In regard to the advancement of the Unity as a whole,, we are still making steady although, perhaps, slow progress onwards. Our numbers now stand at 1,023.414, and our funds are now £12,000,000.
As regards the progress of the District, our numbers stand at 1496, or a nett increase of 44 for the year. Our funds stand at £22,219 4s Id, or a nett increase of £1240 13s 4d. iWe have paid sick pay to the amount of £1477 0s Sd. Twelve members had died and four members’ wives. The Management Fund is in a very satisfactory state, as all the Dodges, with one exception, have a fairly good credit balance. The business paper you have before you. There are no burning questions to consider, but as this is the last occasion on which I shall address you as your Grand Master, I wish to thank all the Dodges of the District, and also the members individually for the uniform kindness I have received at your hands while visiting your lodges along with my colleagues. I trust that the business will be got through expeditioxisly, and that no one will work for himself, but all for the good of our Distinct and our beloved Unity, always bearing in mind our glorious motto —“Amiciti Amor et Veritas.” On the motion of Bro. Hope, seconded by Bro. Brass, the chairman iwas thanked for his address, and it was ordered to be printed in the official report of the proceedings. MINUTER OF DISTRICT officers. The minutes of meetings hold by 'the District officers during the last six months were read, and confirmed on the motion of P.P.G.M. Bro. ►smith, seconded by Bro. Brass.
CONDOLENCE. P.P.G.M. Bro. Stead, in a feeling speech, moved that a letter of sympathy be sent to Bro. A. Ball and family in connection with the death of their son William, wno was drowned in the New River Estuary, .and in doing so stated that the late Mr Ball was a member of the Order, and was one of the delegates of the Shamrock, Rose, and Thistle Lodge at the last District Meeting. P.P.G.M. Bro. A. Todd seconded the motion, which was carried silently, the members standing. DISTRICT BALANCE SHEET This was taken as read, and adopted on the motion of P.P.G.M. Bro. Smith. EXAMINING COMMITTEE. Bro. Smith moved and Bro. Hope seconded that the Committee be con. tinued in office. —Carried. DOCTORS AND SOCIETIES. A circular was read from the Exocutive appointed by the last conferference of friendly societies held at Wellington re medical examinations. In it a conference was suggested between the Societies and the Medical Association, to be held in March. The Chairman said irl some parts of the North, particularly in Nelson and Motueka, friction had arisen between the Societies and the Association. The meeting could discuss the question of appointing a delegate. Bro. Young said the Association met in Dunedin early in this month, when it was stated that the conference had fallen through owing to the failore of the Executive of the Friendly Societies’ conference- to appoint a delegate. Bro. Stead moved that the meeting agree to send a delegate to any conference that may be held by a properly constituted friendly societies’ medical association. Bro. Ball seconded the amendment. The matter would have to be dealt with sooner or later, and it would be a good thing for the societies to have an official body to deal with. Bro. Smith supported the motion, but said the Invercargill Societies were not affected, as they had a medical association there. One doctor who had resigned from friendly society work, and asked to he reinstated.
Bro. Mair thought that when they were getting on so well it was not worth while to interfere. Ho noticed that one lodge in Auckland had declined to recognise the Medical Association set up in Wellington as the outcome of the Conference of Friendly Societies. Bros. Beid and Fraser supported the motion.
The Chairman explained that the Wellington conference declined to have an executive for all the friendly societies, but it was left to the Wellington lodges to try and settle the disputes in Nelson and Motueka disti ids It was not a matter of fixing the fees, but a new doctor was intro-, duccd, and all the others put their heads together and tried to boycott him. Some members would like to bo in a position to force the Medical Association to go before a judge of the Arbitration Court and settle disputes in that way. The Executive in Wellington might be going beyond what they wore legally appointed to do, but they were actuated by the best of motives, and had the good wishes of all concerned.
Bro. Todd supported the motion. Bro. Cole said that the Invercaigill lodges were in a very happy position, but in the country, and especially in Win ton, there had been trouble with the medical officers, who were evidently in communication with a central association.
Bro. Young said that the N.Z. branch of the British Medical, Association only numbered some 300 out of about 600 practitioners in the colony. Young doctors liked to get society work, for the standing it gave them, and they wore not finely to kill the proverbial goose. Bro. Ball, in reply, said it was true they had no trouble with the doctors in Invercargill, who were all gentlemen. But there was no trouble with the butchers in Southland till the strike in the North, and then they - struck in sympathy. It would only be courteous to meet the Association in conference if they asked for it.
The motion was then put and carried unanimouslv.
It was 1 further resolved, on the motion of Bro, Frobarth, seconded by Bro. Stead, that should the necessity arise, the appointment of a delegate be left in the hands of the Executive. HADF-YEARDY MEETINGS.
At the instance of the Shamrock, Rose, and Thistle' Dodge, Bro. Ball moved to the effect that the halfyearly meetings of the District be
abolished. He held that the work done did not justify the outlay.
Bro. Anderson seconded the motion, and urged that the saving effected would assist the Management Funds. Bro. Fraser said that he had been instructed by his lodge to vote for the motion, although personally he thought the cost of half-yearly meetings was money well spent. Bro. Frobarth opposed the motion, holding that half-yearly meetings stimulated' interest in the Order amongst the members. If it was a matter of expense, let them abolish the payment of 10s a day, and pay only actual expenses. He was sure the majority of delegates would be glad to attend on those conditions. Bros . Gallien and Reid spbkjc against the motion. Bro. Main gave the following particulars of cost of district meetings— Winton (Sept.) £27 18s 6d ; Riversdale (Sept.) £46 5s 8d ; Bluff (Mar.) £3B 7s 6d ; Nightcaps (Sept.)£sl
11s 6d : Invercargill (March) £24 15s 6d ; Lumsden (Sept.) £4l 17s; Invercargill (March) £25 12s (3d : Orepuki (Sept.) £SO 11s 6d ; Gore, £4l odd.
Bro. Smith thought they were the only society in New Zealand that held halt-yearly meetings. The money could be put to better use in the management and relief funds. As to the good done to members through the meetings, very few members outside the delegates attended them.
Bros. Tinker and Payne supported the motion.
Bro. Stead said that if the meetings were of an educative character, then the money was well spent. He would be guided largely by the views of the country members. Bro. Bambaum said the holding of the meetings at Biversdale had teen a great benefit to his lodge. Bro. Todd said that when they had yearly meetings before the District officers were expected to pay more visits to the country lodges ; this entailed more expense, and objection was made on that score.
On a show of hands being taken it was announced that ten had voted for the motion and twelve against it. Bro. Smith called for a division, holding that a mistake had been inadvertently made, and on a recount it was -found that the numbers were equal—l 4 for and 14 against.
The chairman gave his casting vote against the motion, and declared it lost.
STATUS OF FEMALE LODGES. Sister Ball, on boh alt of the Hearts of Oak Lodge, moved to the effect that the Home authorities be asked to grant members of female lodges the right to visit male lodges on ordinary meeting nights. Sister Ball pointed' out that they were in the uncomfortable position of having no lodges to visit. They had been admitted to the Unity, and thought they should have equal rights. They could take degrees and attend District Meetings, and why should they not be aide to visit the male lodges and members of the latter visit the female lodges-.
Bro. Stead thought it was absurd that they should have to write all the way to Manchester for leave — they should have power to act in such a matter on the spot. Bro. Ball said the position showed the absurdity of the general rules. They allowed male and female lodges to be formed, but debarred female lodges from visiting male lodges.
Bro. Valentine said that what 'they really wanted was to ask the Annual Movable Committee to alter the rules.
After further discussion Sister Ball withdrew her motion in favour of the following resolution tattled hy Tiro. Smith ;—That this meeting is in favour of the members of female lodges visiting male lodges, and that a committee be appointed to draw up a statement in support, of the same to the Board of Directors, and that they be asked to take steps to give effect to the request. Bro. .Tonkin asked if a lodge could be forced to admit females to their meetings ? The chairman said that if the rules were altered to give ladies' that right it would only be an act of courtesy to admit them.
Bro. McKenzie : The Awarua Lodge is dead' against it. (Laughter). The motion was then put, and carried, only Bros. Jenkin, Valentine, and McKenzie, representing the Awarua Lodge, voting against it. A Committee consisting of tho chairman and Bros. Smith and Brass, and Sisters Stead and Miller and the jST.G . of the Hearts of Oak Lodge was appointed to draw up a statement for transmission to the Board of Directors.
LODGE BALANCE SHEETS. The report of the Committee was to the effect that the balances of all the lodges appeared, to be correct, although some minor details had been neglected such as omitting the year when the balance begins and ends. The lodges were to be congratulated on their financial and numerical progress. The Winton Lodge Lodge showed a further deficiency in the management fund. Bro. Frobarth said that the Gore Lodge only received copies of five balance-sheets, and he understood j that every lodge was required to supply copies. Bro. Mair said that each lodge should supply a copy to all the other lodges. The report was then adopted, Bro. Campbell stating tnat the Winton Lodge would deal with the deficiency in the management fund at an early date. LEVIES. These wore fixed at 2s bd for sick and funeral and Is 3d for management. SALARIES. These were fixed as before. NEXT MEETING. Bro. Frobarth moved and Bro. Wilson seconded that the next meeting be held at Invercargill. Bro. Campbell proposed as an amendment, Bro. Thompson seconding, that the meeting be held at Winton. The amendment was carried. COMPLIMENTARY. Bro. Smaill was presented with a handsomely framed photo of himself in recognition of his services when Grand Master of the District. Bro. Walker, in making the presentation, said that other grand masters might have been more clever or more brilliant, but none had been more enthusiastic or more whole-hearted than Bro. Smaill. (Applause). Bro. Smaill acknowledged the gift in suitable terms. On the motion of Bro. Todd, Bro Walker was recommended for the P.P.G.M. degree ; that his name be placed on the Merit Board, and that he receive the usual presentation. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The only nominations received for the position of Grand Master were those of Deputy-Grand Master Dawson (Orcpuki) and P.G. Ball (Invercargill). Bro. Ball said he could not allow himself to be put up against their worthy deputy chairman, and withdrew. Bro. Dawson was then elected by the unanimous vote of the meeting. For the office of Deputy-Grand Master four nominations were received. In the case of a fifth, the member was unable to attend, and failed to notify in writing that he consented. A ballot resulted in the election of Bro. Reid of the St. George Lodge, Invercargill. Bro. T. W. Walker was re-elected auditor ; Bro. J. Stead, Examining Officer ; and Bro. T. Findlay, District Treasurer. INSTALLATION. Bros. Dawson and Reid were then installed in their respective offices, P.P.G.M. Findlay acting as Installing Master, and P.P.G.M.'s Latham and Bust as Conductors. In returning thanks Bro. Dawson said that he might not be able to initiate any movement for the advancement of the Order during his term, but he would at least do his best to maintain the kindly spirit that pervaded their ranks, and spare no pains to gain new members. (Applause). Bro. Reid also thanked the members on behalf of himself and lodge. He would endeavour to merit a still further share of their confidence. (Applause) . On (he motion of Bro. Stead the installing officer and conductors were thanked for their services. MINUTES. The minutes were read and confirmed, and the business closed at 8.25 p.m. SOCIAL. The officers and delegates wore afterwards entertained by the Gore Lodge at a social at Patterson's, and voted their hosts —and with ample reason —“jolly good fellows.’’
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Oddfellowship., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907
Oddfellowship. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907
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