The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
[provisional arrangements for affiliated constituent parts]
|1.||Local Sections shall consist of not less than twenty enrolled members.|
|2.||Applications from any Local Section wishing to be affiliated and enrolled with the "Victorian Branch of the League, must be accompanied by :—
|3.||On receipt of this necessary information, a notice of the enrolment as a Local Section of the Victorian Branch of the Imperial Federation League will be forwarded, provided it appears that the Section is in harmony with the objects and general constitution of the League.|
|4.||Counterfoil books containing certificates of individual membership have been provided, in order to facilitate the entry of the names of all members upon the central register. Such books or sample sheets can be had on application. Their use will be found convenient to Sections, and the general adoption of a uniform system would greatly assist the conduct of the business of the League.|
|5.||Sections will be entitled to receive copies of all ordinary publications of the League.|
|6.||Individual members may be supplied with all publications of the Branch League on special terms, on application to the Secretary.|
|7.||The Executive Committee hopes to be furnished with all published reports of meetings and other proceedings of Sections; or any publications issued by Sections, or contributed by individual members, with a view to giving them as wide a circulation as possible throughout the Empire.|
|8.||It is extremely important that Sections should furnish the Executive Committee with all facts and information of such a nature as may tend to enlighten public opinion here and in the mother country, on all matters of Imperial importance.|
|9.||By the aid of the organisation of the League information can thus be readily obtained and diffused throughout the Empire, and by such means the precise nature of the "common interests" it is necessary to maintain, and the "common rights" it is essential to defend, by the united action of all parts of the Empire, will be better understood, while the necessity for some form of Imperial Federation will become more generally appreciated.|
|10.||It is most desirable by all and every means to encourage the formation of sound public opinion on so important a question. This may be done, for example, by organising public meetings, by lectures and by discussions in parliament and in the press, &c. &c. The Executive Committee will, on application, be happy to assist page 28 as far as possible any efforts in these directions made by Sections. When the League is fully organised, and sufficient funds, properly available for the purpose, are at the disposal of the Executive Committee, arrangements will be made for public meetings when and where desirable, and for securing the services of properly qualified persons to deliver lectures when required.|
|11.||The annual registration fees of members will be payable on the 1st of January in each year.|
Annual registration fees paid before the 1st of January, 1886, will be considered as paid for the whole year 1886.
N.B.—It is to be observed by all members of the League, and by all sympathisers with the movement, that the "annual registration fee" has been fixed at the small sum of one shilling, so as to admit of all classes of the community joining the League. The Victorian Branch of the Imperial Federation League, therefore, relies on voluntary aid, and considering the heavy expenditure which will have to be incurred in carrying out the objects of the League, the Executive Committee will thankfully receive contributions from the Sections as well as from private individuals.
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