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Friendly Societies

THE MANCHESTER UNITY .ODDFELLOWS. During 1906 the membership showed an increase of 3,325.. The lodges in the United Kingdom admitted 34,492 adult members, and the increase in the colonial and foreign districts numbered 3,580. The society lost by death 9,584 members, and by secession 26,508, leaving a net increase of 1,980 adults. The juvenile branches admitted 15,412 members, lost by death 328, and transferred 7,172 to the adult lodges. The total number of juvenile members is 115,587. The aggregate membership of the society now stands at 1,026,509, of which 870,249 are adults, male members, and 5,993 females. THE FORESTERS. The membership at December 31st last was ;—Male adidt benefit members, 722,285 ; female adult benefit members, 10,239 bon. members, 21,216 ; widows, 26,321 ; juvenile members 136,981 ; making a total membership of 917,185, a net Increase of 2,528. The juvenile Foresters Societies admitted 17.428 new members, 6,078 members were transferred to adult courts, 514 died, and 10,839 left through non-payment of conU-ibutions. During- the year 31, 115 persons were initiated asi adult members, 9300 members died, 27,007 left through non-payment and other causes, and 5,727 members' wives and widows died. The funds of the Gilder, which now amount to £8,635,•654, show the substantial increase of £307,100. Seventy-seven courts'have 2,039 members contributing for oldage pensions. FEATURES OF THE REPORTS. HOW THE .TUVFNILES HELP THE ADULT LODGES, THE QUESTION OF SECESSIONS. The most gratifying feature of the numerical returns is the great number of members the adult branches have received by transfer from the juvenile sections. This department will be more and more the recruiting ground of the future. Those in official positions are fully alive to this fact, and greater zeal and energy will be shown in giving attention to these ‘ ‘nurse i’,v seel ions.’ ’ A disquieting feature of the returns is the great number of secessions. It would appear that the most urgent question of the day for those interested in the welfare of friendly societies is how to prevent these lapses, and the time has arrived for a searching inquiry to be made in this direction, and efforts put forth, if possible, (o stop this leakage, which is common to every sociJety. It is frequently stated that “lapses, like the poor, are always with us.’’ One notable cause, however, for these leakages is the uncertainty of employment, and frequently one bears that members have lapsed through this cause.

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Friendly Societies, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

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Friendly Societies Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907