The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29
Advices were received and read of election of Representatives as follows:—page 4
On the Roll being called, those whose names are marked with an asterisk (*) were present.
The G. L. was informed that the Standing Committee had, on the 7th instant, issued a circular to each Lodge outside Dunedin, on the subject of Lodge Representatives, of which the following is a copy :—
7th September, 1877.Secretary Lodge.
Dear Sir and Brother,—
It is the experience of the G .L. Executive that many of our Lodges are practically disfranchised, owing to the inconvenience and cost of sending any of their own members as representatives to the Grand Lodge.
We believe it would tend to mitigate this disadvantage if it were more generally known that Lodges may elect P.Gs. of other Lodges (provided that such P.Gs. are not already elected representatives).
We recommend that greater use be made of this privilege. There are always a number of P.Gs. who attend the G.L. Session in Dunedin who would be glad to take charge of any business entrusted to them, if they might thereby have the position of representatives conferred upon them. By this means any Lodge may secure a voice in the G.L. without inconvenience and expense. At this late period of the year you may not have the means of acting upon the suggestion now made in time for the forthcoming session of the G.L.; but if you so desire, the G.L. Executive will do their best to see that you are represented by at least one P.G. The session begins Monday, 17th inst.
John Boyd, G. Sec.
Resolved—"That the action of the S. C. be approved."
Naseby Lodge.—Application to have a Representative appointed.
Resolved—"That Bro. Kirk be a Representative for Naseby Lodge."
Resolved—"That Bro. M'Gaw be a Representative for Alfred Lodge."
The following Lodges were not represented :—Wanganui, Marton, Rangitikei, Alexandrovna, Winchester, Point, Geraldine.page 5
The M.W.G.M. having called the Lodge to order, Bro. Wheeler asked the blessing of God on the deliberations of the Grand Lodge.
Proclamation was then made of the opening of the 15th Annual Session of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of New Zealand.
The G. L. Degree was conferred upon Bros. Meffin, White, M'Kenzie, Haigh, Lindsay, Tracey.
The G.M. then delivered the following annual report:—