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On Tuesday night last, the general monthly meeting of the members of the Golden Grove Mutual Relief Society was held in the lodge, presided over by the President, Mr. Thomas Simon. There was a large gathering of members.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the assistant Secretary, Brother J. B. Hobbs, and adopted.
Mr. Clarrie Hughes was received as a member of the Society. Mr. D.T.A. Jones, Vice-President reading the order of reception. The President addressed the candidate encouragingly. The Secretary, Mr. J. A. Trotman, and the expenditure account read the quarterly accounts received for the quarter by Mr. Jones. The adoption of the accounts was moved by Brother Alexander Simon, seconded by Sister Florence James, and carried.
Brother J. B. Hobbs, said that he had noticed in “The Daily Chronicle” of Tuesday, the 11th. instant, a report of the meeting of the Executive Committee held a week before. He thought that such a report should not be published before it was brought before the general meeting of members.
The President said that the Vice- President is a member of the Committee, also a Press representative. He agreed with Brother Hobbs. Brother Jones said that while he is a member of the Committee, he also attended the meetings as a reporter. He should be asked not to report the meetings.
Brother Simon said that no representative of the Press should report anything in connection with the Committee meetings. Only the general public meetings should be reported.
The President thanked the members who had attended the meetings regularly. He was very glad to meet them for the New Year and wished them all prosperity. During the year ended they had only one death. Next October would be the Society’s Anniversary. It was 31 years since it was established.
The Post Office Savings Bank Book read by Brother Jones shows a sum of $345.73 on deposit. Brother J. B. Hobbs said that the Society is now over 30 years, a fact which was creditable to them. He urged all to support it well.
The President thanked the office bearers for the good work done by them during the past year.
Brothers Thomas Simon and D. T. A. Jones were re-elected President and Vice-President, respectively; J. A. Trotman and J. B. Hobbs, Secretary, and Assistant Secretary, respectively; Richard Charles, Treasurer; Nathaniel Hughes, Marshal and Sick Inspector. Sister Hobbs was elected female Sick Visitor but declined the appointment, and Sister Florence James was appointed. The Working Committee was re-elected en bloc. The Returning Officer Brother Alexander Simon congratulated the officers who were re-elected and the President addressed the members on their responsibilities. Sister Florence James, Brothers Trotman and Jones thanked the members for re-electing them.
The singing of the National Anthem terminated the meeting at 10.40p.m.
The following is the annual report read by the Secretary:
Mr. President, and fellow members, this meeting is convened, as all are aware, for the special purpose of electing officers for the management of this Society for the year 1919, and to lay before it statistical and other information for the year ended 31st December, 1918.
The year 1918, as in the three preceding ones, was one during which many hopes and fears were entertained, not only by the local community, but also by the world at large-hopes that hostilities would cease and this bring about lasting and perfect peace among the nations and a revival of all which characterized man’s material welfare as in the pre-war days. We sometimes thought that it was probable that the shells of the Germans might throw us down some day or another, but god, the only true and perfect Calculator, decided otherwise. Peace has been achieved in some measure. Let us hope, therefore, that after the deliberations of the representatives from different countries now sitting at the Peace Conference in France, Perfect Peace will be restored.
Not long after the Armistice celebrations, that dreadful disease, Spanish Influenza which, if report is true, claimed many more victims than the war in all its horrors, visited the world over. During all these calamitous times this Society has maintained its reputation in every respect for which it was established thirty years ago. When we consider that our existence as a Society has not been in any way in the red during the war and the influenza epidemic, it is our bounden duty to lift our hearts and all that is within us in praise to our Creator.
The number on roll on 1st. January was 35 males and 58 females, a total of 93, and on the 31st. December a total of 94, comprising 33 males and 61 females. For violation of rule 25 “M” several names were struck off the roll. Had it not been so the roll would have revealed more than 94?
There was only one death in the person of Mrs. Lydia David.
The amount received for admission and weekly subscription was $162.18, added to which is $ 7.32 brought forward from 1917, totaling $169.41.
The Relief paid by the sick was $119.68, and under miscellaneous $38.04, leaving a balance of $11.69 carried forward to 1919.
In the month of August stock was taken by the President and Messers. J. A. Trotman, Charles H. McLean, and D. T. A. Jones. It disclosed that the promissory notes due, over due and not yet due amounted to $116.11 plus $21.63 to be recovered by execution, plus $34.56 on hand, totaling $172.30.
No deposit was made in the Bank during the year. The interest however, is $9.96. Hence we now have to our credit in the Post Office Savings Bank $345.73.
The balance on hand on the 31st December 1918, is $22.18.
Lodge Hire………………………………………..$22.18
Balance by weekly subscription…………………….$11.69
P. O. Savings Bank ……………………………….$345.73
Lodge Hire…………………………………………..$22.18
Loan Fund………………………………………….$172.30
Public meetings were poorly attended. Few fell through for want of quorums. Committee meetings were regularly kept.
In conclusion, we do hope that unity will continue among us so that much prosperity will be ours to enjoy during 1919

Source:- “East Coast News” -The Daily Chronicle, Tuesday, February 18, 1919 : Page 9.


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