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-+- INDEPENDENT UlDE OF ODD- FELLOWS. HALF-YEARLY MEETING AT ABERYSTWYTH The half-yearly Committee of the delegates appointed to represent the several lodges of the Abervstwvt1 district wai3 held at the Town Hall on Thursday morning. There were present-John Rees, grand master; J C Ivory, deputy grand master; r; P Vyn ne, district treasurer Dct DavieR, Prov CS; .1"(11\ Richards and D Philip Joties, audi- tors; P.G.'s Will Jones, St David's; D W Richards, Rheidul; Enoch Edwards, Temple of Love; Dd Jones, Earl of Lisburue; Thomas Owen, Druid; P.P.G.M. W D Jones, Cambrian P.G.'s Klias Jenkins, St John's; Dd Ellis, St Padarn's; P G. and P.S. Rhys Lewis, Llynlleoedd; P.P.G.M. Ed Jones, Dovev; P.G. and P.O. R H Jones, Gogerddan and P.G. Rd James, Iologoch Lodge. Bro E Li, Bell, Dovey Lodge, was appointed inside guardian P.G. Rhys Lewis and P.P.G.M. Ed Jones, right and left hand supporters of the Grand Master; and P.G.'s Ed Jenkins and W W Richards, right and left hand supporters of the Deputy Grand Master.— The Grand Master, delivering his address, said Looking back over the half-year that had passed, they had found that death had caused sad havoc in their midst, thirteen brothers and seven female members having uied, and this could not but affect their finances. In face of this strain upon their fil!:wee8, l18 hoped that aillnem\¡,r" would do their duty, exercise pi iseverance, and nlak,, O<H.critiee, and double their exertions ITI connection with all the lodges, especially in endeavouring to induce young members to join tlwir honourable and müst beneficial Order (applause). One matter to be considered was the resolution passed by the Board of Directors calling attention to the large number of brethren who had been called out to join the Reserve Forces in South Africa, and recommending each lodge and district to take steps to keep those brethren ill compliance from their benevolent 01' management funds. He (tile Grand Master) sympathised entirely with the spirit and broad principle contained in that resolution. He was glad to see that that brotherly love had such a brg-e place iu the minds of the Board, alld he hoped that the district would not be wanting in the same spirit (hear, hear).—Brother Davies, C.S said at the last meeting it was decided not to contribute to the testimonial being raised to Brother Tom Hughes, the Grand Master of the Unity. As he was almost the only Welshman who had sustained such a high position, he (Mr Davies) took the liberty of writing to the secretaries of the different lodges for voluntary contributions towards the testimonial, and altogether he received £2 2s (hear, hear, and applause). A pound was the sum it was proposed at the last meeting to contribute. He had received a letter thanking the Aberystwyth district for their handsome contribu- tion.—A somewhat warm debate took place as to whether it was advisable to send a delegate to the A.M.C.—On a division, the proposition to send a delegate was carried by nine votes to three.—In regard to the resolution of the Board of Directors re- specting the reservists who were'called out and were members of lodges, Brother William Jones proposed that each lodge should look after the members, if any, called out from that lodge.—Brother W D Jones seconded the proposition, suggestng that if the management fund of any lodge was insufficient the neces-ary amount should be made up by a collection —Brother Edward Jones supported the propositi and it was carried unanimously.—The election of officers then took place. D.G.M. Charles J Ivory was appointed to the office of grand master, P.G. and P.S. Edward Evans, Temple of Love Lodge, was appointed deputy grand master and P.G. Thomas Griffiths district auditor. Bros E P Wynne and George Thursby were appointed relieving officer and examiner re- spectively. The twelve arbitrators were re- appointed with the exception of Bro Edwd Evans, in whose place Mr Enoch Edwards was appointed. The auditors' report was read, from which it ap- peared that the number ot" members entitled to benefit was 1,871, and the number owing less than twelve months' contribution 1,870. Bro Dd Davies, C.S., was appointed a. delegate to the annual meeting of the A.M.C.—The delegates afterwards attended a dinner provided at the Talbot Hotel by ¡'1 I' and Mrs J ones, and over w hieh Councillor it Peake presided. An excellent dinner was pro- vided.—In giving the toast of the "Queen and the rest of the Royal Family," the Chairman said that all their sympathies at the present moment turned to the aged Queen and the rest of the Royal family. If it were not for the Queen and her Royal family England would not be the country it was at the present time. They were all Radicals and Cun. servatives, but when it came to the point they were all united (cheers). — The toast was loyally drunk and the company sang God save the Queen."—Mr Wynne said he had received a telegram from Councillor T E Salmon who was detained in Cardiff. A letter was received from Councillor R J Jones who had been called away, also Mr Tom Griffiths, district trustee, was away in the country, Bro Hugh Hughes, trustee of the Padarn Lodge, was unable to be present as was also Bro John Morgan, J.P., timber merchant.— The Chairman then gave the toast of the Man- chester Unity of Oddfellows." 113 was told that the past year had been one of the most successful to the benefit societies in the whole of the kingdom (hear, hear). He found that at the present time the balance ir. hand of the Oddfellows amounted to £10,000,000 (cheers). In addition to that there was an increase of 10,000 members (hear, hear). But it was not the money that they regarded as the chief thing, but the unity, the good feeling of man to man, the pledge to help, to succour, and help for- ward the brothers in need of existence. He coupled wich the toast the name of Mr E P Wynne, treasurer.—Mr Wynne briefly acknowledged the toast.— Song, Mr James, Penrhyncoch; song, Tommy Atkins," Mr Cooke (excise officer).—The Chairman then gave the toast of Aberystwyt h and District Lodges." During the preceding year the lodges had increased their- fund" by £ 100 and the membership by 50 (hear, hear). For a small com- munity like Aberystwyth that was as great an advancement as that which was made in larger centres. He was very pleased to be amongst them that day. He had been a member of the Odd- fellows Society some years ago, and he could assure them that no man in the country appreciated and had more sympathy with the friendly society move- ment (hear, hear). He coupled with the toast the names of Mr Ivory, G.M., Mr E Evans, P.G.M., and Mr David levies, C.S.—Songs, Mr James, Talybont, and Mr D Philip Jones, Machynlleth.—In reply to the toast, Mr Ivory, G.M., thanked thorn for appointing him Grand Master for the year. He was afraid they had a lot of disagreeable work to perform duriug the next year, and they would have to buckle to. This would include the revision of the scale. It was a well known fact that there was scarcely a friendly society in the country which was in a solvent con- dition. The majority had been shown to be insol- vent. They thought that the actuaries had overload- ed the tables. But they must remember that in addition to the fact that interest had gone down very much, they must remember that the members were getting old, and therefore a larger percentage were liable to come on the funds of the lodges. The funds were increasing, and the number of members was also increasing, but notwithstanding this the actuaries declared that they were insolvent. Therefore it would be the duty of the delegates to persuade the lodges to revise the scale.—Brother Evans, vice-chairman, also responded and expressed the belief that the district lodges ought to unite in subscribing to keep up the payments of the men who were members of the lodges, and who were called away to the front.-W David Davies, C.S., thanked the delegates for having appointed him their representative to the A.M.C. As Brother Evans had said, the position of the sick and funeral funds of the district was rather backward, but the expense of attending the A.M.C. did not come oat of this fund but out of the management fund, and most of the lodges were in a good position as regards this district. He felt they ought to be supported better by the trades- men both of town and country for it was well known that the Friendly Societies relieved the poor rate to a large extent. As to the state of the lodges in the district it was true that the younger lodges were far better off than the older lodges, but this was not the fault of those who had the older lodges under their control at the present time so much as it was due to the careless- ness and the profligate way in which their fore- fathers dealt with the funds of the lodges (hear, hear). No district in Wales would compare financi- ally with theirs (applause). He desired to point out that other lodges better off than their's were able to obtain grants of £ 25, zC30, and £ 50 towards the funds, and whilst they paid X4 per year towards the relief fund they got nothing in return. He therefore urged upon the delegates the real need of having a representative at the A.M.C. who could be heard and their application for relief properly treated (hear, hear). Wales had been greatly honoured by the appointment of Mr Tom Hnghes, of Llanelly, as Grand Master. He had only to mention that Mr Hughes reached that position after three years on the Board of Directors and they ought to be proud of it (applause). In that district there were twelve lodges having 1,900 members—(hear, hear)—but in the vjpw of the actuaries they were insolvent. He did not believe in the Board of Directors retaining all the spare cash in their hands for investment and felt that if the local lodges were allowed to invest tb" money they would be able to do so with much advantage. As to old age pensions he was afraid that the present war had thrown it back further than ever. He entirely agreed with Mr Evans that the district as a whole ought to support those lodges who were called upon to contribute towards the support of the Reservists called to the front (hear, hear).- Bro E P Wynne, J.P., gave the health of Bro John Rees, P.G.M. He thought that the occasion should not be allowed te pass by without doing something in support of the Reservists and he suggested that they should make a collection in aid of the Widows and Orphans Daily Telegraph Fund (hear, bear).- A collection was made by the Chairman and 33s was subscribed to which Mr Wynne added his 10s expenses allowed for the day.—Song, That is what an Englishman is made of" the Chairman.— Bro Rees having responded Mr Enoch Edwards gave a recitation.—The toast of the Host and Hostess" was given by the Chairman and res- ponded to by Mr Jones. The Chairman then gave the toast of the Press" which was acknowledged by Mr J D Spenoer (our representative).—Bro Ivory gave the toast of the "Chairman" which was cordially received'and the proceedings closed with the singing of the National Anthem.

















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