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In spite of the boisterous weather the 17th anniversary social of Court Southern Star, A.0.F., was successfully carried out on Wednesday night, and kept going till some time in the small hours of the morning. Though the crush was not so great as last year the social was none the less enjoyable. As usual the ladies were responsible for a good deal of success, the following comprising the committee k —Mesclames Cockroft, MeQuarrie, Moody, Keats, Mat hies on. Misses A. Cooper, M. Valentine, E. Valentine, N. Crozier, and E. Parker. A number of visitors were present from Invercargill. His Worship the Mayor (Mr G. A. Whealler) kindly undertook to present the certificates and emblems due to members, and took the occasion, on behalf of the local society, to extend a welcome to the numerous visitors present. Mr Whealler, in his remarks, pointed out the many -advantages to be gained by joining a Friendly Society, and advised all present who had not already done so to join some society ; at the same time stating that the Foresters had recently reduced the initiation fee to 5s at all ages, which brought membership within the reach of all. The first presentation was a handsomely framed P.C.R.’s certificate to Bro. Jas. Walker, who had completed, his term of office in 1892. Bro. H. Bigwood was then called to receive a similar P.C.R.’s certificate, his term having expired in 1906. Then, on behalf of the Female Court, Sis. Cockroft was presented with a P.C.R.'s certificate, she. having completed her term of office in December, 1906. Sis. Cockroft was also complimented on being the first President, of the recently formed Juvenile Foresters for girls, which is a new departure in Friendly Society work.There is a prize presented every year of a handsomely-framed emblem to the member introducing the most new members for the year. Last year, the coveted prize was won by Bro. A. .1. Lister, and he was again successful this year, his record for the two years being 38 new members, which was considered highly satisfactory, and Bro. luster was complimciited on all sides. Among the visitors I noticed K.G. Bro. D. McKenzie, representing the Loyal Awarua Lodge, M.U., 1.0.0. F. and C.R. Bro. C. Patton in charge of the Invercargill visitors. Songs were contributed during the evening .by Sis. Valentine and Bros. Brooks and McGregor, Miss B. White kindly acting as accompanist. The duties of M.C. were entrusted to Bro. Con. Forbes, and, needless to say, were successfully carried out, Bro. O. Cockroft also assisting. The necessary eatables were supplied by Bro.- T. W. Parry, and the music by Bros. Grant and Big-wood (violins) and Delaney (piano).’. Bros. A. Gilson and J. King were guardians of the door, and Bro. 0. Lindquist, looked after the liquid refreshment. The social being so enjoyable the committee have suggested holding another shortly and inviting a 4ew friends. *

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FORESTERS., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 11, 29 June 1907

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FORESTERS. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 11, 29 June 1907