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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36


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The Balance Sheet and Auditors' Report were received and adopted.

Note.—The figures on the margin refer to the Propositions, &c., as they were numbered on the Business Paper.

3. P.G. Bro. Wm. Stronach was elected Auditor in place of P.G. Bro. Fish, who declined to be a candidate on this occasion.

4. Appointment of place and time for next District and Purple Lectures.

Proposed—That the place be the Oddfellows' Hall, Dunedin.

Amendment proposed—That the Lectures be held in the town of Oamaru. The amendment was declared carried.

A further amendment was proposed —That the Lectures be held at the Lodge room of the Loyal Dunedin Lodge, Dunedin. The amendment was lost.

Resolved—That the Lectures be held in town of Oamaru.

Resolved—That the time be in the month of January, 1878, the precise date to be fixed by the District Officers, after consultation with the Loyal Oamaru Lodge.

5. The following Brothers were appointed a District Arbitration Committee:—P.P.G.M Robin, P.P.G.M. Grow-den, P.P.G.M. Sherwin, P.P.G.M. Geddes, P.P,G.M. Anderson, P.G.M. Hopcraft, P.D.P.G.M. Leslie, D.P.G.M. Coverlid, P.G. Woodland, P.G. Fish, P.O. Harrop, P.G. Stronach, P.G. Black, P.G. Guthrie. P.G. Faithful, P.G. Smith, and the District Officers to be elected this evening.

6. The permission given by the District Officers to Palmerston Lodge to change place and time of meetings, was confirmed by the Committee.

In respect to the questions from Palmerston Lodge it was agreed, that the District has no power to interfere authoratively, but the Committee approved of the views embodied in the letter of the District Officers to the Lodge, i.e., That a Lodge Surgeon should scarcely refuse to pass a candidate for membership, because said candidate chanced to have a sick child, although the Surgeon might refuse to attend such page 11 child as a Lodge patient during the continuance of the existing illness. That a Lodge might accept a Member with a medical certificate other than the Lodge Surgeon's, but do not think Lodge Officer could be compelled to attend such member or family as Lodge patients.

7. From Dunedin Lodge—That the resolution passed by the last Annual District Meeting, in reference to the extra charge on Clearance Members be rescinded. On being put to the vote, the Proposition was declared lost.

8. See Proposition No. 4.

9. Resolved—That P.G.M. Hopcraft's name be placed on the Merit Board, and that he receive a certificate to enable him to receive the degree of P.P.G.M.

10. Resolved—That the Funeral Fund Levy be at the rate of 1s. 6d. per member for the half-year, and that the Incidental Levy be at the rate of 6d per member.

Motion made—That this District Committee vote the sum of £5 to the Benevolent Institution. It was objected that the Lodges had received no notice of the proposed vote, and the motion was negatived.