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TWENTIETH CENTURY CLUB, BARRY. THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT. Ladies,—I regret exceedingly that the claims of a very old friendship make it impossible for me to be with you to-day. I hope that my steady attendance in the past will earn for me forgive- ness. I am glad to think I can be spared all the more easily because you will have so much that is beautiful to see, and so much that is interesting to hear. Looking back over our first session I find there are many things to rejoice over,-the number of our members, the attendance and interest shown at our monthly meetings, etc. To me it is of special interest that our club has already been a centre where we have met some at any rate that we should not otherwise have met. I cannot speak too warmly of the ready and vigorous help that I have received from many of the members, and I think the variety of members that we have been able to attract and the spirit of our meetings, are full of hope for the future. Men have constantly opportunities of meeting other men who do not live exactly the same kind of lives, but we women are largely debarred from this, unless a club or some public services give us the opportunity. I should like to state, at this our final business meeting, that my conviction that Barry needs such a club as ours is far deeper now that when we started it. The intense life centered round each church and chapel, which is such a hopeful sign for the future of Barry, has its dangers and drawbacks unless it is vitally connected with the larger life of the town. In a young town like ours reforms are relatively easy, but we are also liable to some dangers that are not found in older towns. I want to congratulate the club on the fact that several of its members are beginning to speak in public and are beginning to appeal to the public through our newspapers. I would congratulate them also on the share they took in the distribution of prizes in our Council schools. I am glad that in Miss Meredith and your president our Club is represented on the Education Committee of Barry and Glamorgan. I think we have all to congratulate ourselves on our meeting in Dinam Hall, and on having opened our doors to men at our last monthly meeting. One of the important events during the past year is the Clac, (-Hi Health, which has been started by Miss Ric?. The initial difficulties of such a elass are enormous, and require great energy and patience and much tact. I think Miss Rice is to be congratulated on having made a good start. I am exceedingly glad that we have formed links with the Women's Guild of Co-operators, and as a teacher myself, I rejoice that several teachers have joined our ranks. It it inevitable I suppose at the start that a good deal of the work should fall on a few members, but if our club is to be a great and permanent success, every individual member must contribute much energy, time, thought, and initiative. All members are not yet enrolled in sections, and it is of course difficult at first to start enough sections and to keep them vigorous. It is to be hoped that our sectional work will develop con- siderably in the future. The intellectual value of the club must obviously largely depend on the sections. May I strongly recommend that every member should at once join a section for next autumn, and during the summer months try and get at least three new members for the club. If we all did this we should ensure an excellent start for next ) section. We shall meet once more this session to hear our Indian fellow subject, and it would be very desirable that not later than that meeting all pre- sent members shall be enrolled in some section or other. I should suggest as possible new sacjecl-s— music, architecture, the art of public speaking, the history of art, the philanthropic schemes oi Barry. 1 If the last section was started, we should probably find some overlapping which could be avoided, and some gaps to be filled, no doubt. The Executive Committee: have already h&u under discission a possible programme for next, session, and as our friends increase, we shall no doubt find it increasingly easy :o obtain interest- ing lectures. The following are some of the subjects which have been proposed :—The history of Llantwit Major, the history of Cardiff Castle, S. David, Kipling, an Elocution Lecture, Social Reform, Musical Evening, etc. Finally let me thank the members of the Club for the many acts of kindness which t hey have shown me during the past session. I relinquish my position as President with my heart fall of hope for the future. There is much didSeult- and important work for us women of Barry. We shall do it all the better because of our co-opera- tion in our Club. May our Oiub flourish greatly, and be a permanent good to Barry, and may we, its first members, do gallant- work in it for many years to come. An important new departure ie going to be made in the Twentieth Century Club. We shall have for the future two kinds of niembei?— members, paying 2s 6d per annum, who mast join a section, and to whom will be given the entire management of the Club and honorary members, paying 313 6d per annum, who will have the right to attend all the monthly meetings, at least eight of which will take place every session. Both classes of members will for the future have the right of introducing visitors to any of the monthly meetings, on payment of sixpence for each visitor. E. P. HUGHES, President.


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