The Acorn Lodge, No. 4, was established on 21st November, 1881, twenty-six years ago in November.’ For the first two years the Lodge had a precarious existence, the secretary and treasurer nearly closing it by mismanagement, the former absconding,, when the late Mr H. King-sland and the present secretary, took office, the former as treasurer. The funds were equally divided between the management and sick and funeral funds. 'Since that event the Lodge has progressed, members having confidence in their officers. The numerical strength would not be over 60 members at that time. The Order in New Zealand seceded from the Victorian G. Lodge as District G. Lodges, and the Acorn Lodge fell in with the Otago and Southland District G. Lodge in 1896. Since the alteration the Lodge has increased by leaps and bounds, the number of financial members now standing a t 247, with accumulated funds of £2,423 4s 3d. The Benefits of the DrtSds to members have been altered by the new constitution, and are as follows : At the death of a member, in addition to the £2O from the funeral fund, a levy of 6d paid from the incidental fund, yielding £SO, so that £7O is paid to the asignees of a late Brother. This seems to work well, and the Lodge is adding to its numbers in a remarkable manner. Last year 43 new members were initiated, and this year, up to the 3rd July, 1907, 26 haw been added. The payments of the members contributions, etc., are well maintained, very few allowing themselves to run unfinancial after a quarterly meeting, and the disbursements in sick pay will vie with other lodges in town. For the last half year £54 6s 8d was the amount paid, and a gain to this fund of £133 on the half year's transactions was the result. The aim of the Order is Unity, Peace, and Concord, and the Acorn Lodge is w.ell to the fore in maintaining these principles.
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Druids., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907
Druids. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907
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