Through the years...

History - 1978

Written on January 31, 2017

With the respective rule change coming into effect, the positions of North and South Island Vice Presidents were replaced with a single Vice President.

It was with regret that the death of one of the Federation's Vice Patrons, Miss Eva Moore, was noted. Miss Moore took a keen interest in the Federation's activities over many years and made a considerable impact as a director with wide experience and considerable ability.

The President's Annual Report noted that the operatic movement was increasing in activity with many more societies offering theatre restaurant style of entertainment and also providing classes of membership for junior members.

A remit at the AGM reflected a common concern that high royalty charges were reducing the selection of shows that societies could afford to stage and those societies who build equipment for shows were losing out on a financial return from their hireage.

The April issue of Spotlight contained an article submitted by Jim McKenzie replying to comments made by Mr David Gascoigne who spoke at the AGM on behalf of the QE11 Arts Council. He told of proposals to set up yet another organisation for opera to replace those that had failed in the past. Mr McKenzie said "he seemed to have overlooked the fact that the Federation with its productions of light opera, musical comedy and even occasionally opera is flourishing and making a far greater contribution to the performing arts than any other organisation in this country. It also provides avenues for professionals and semi-professionals not otherwise available to them .... With the fall off both with the quantity and quality of imported entertainment, without us there would be little left".

With continuing additions from member societies the Federation's library numbered 5,000 books.

Movements had increased from 350 in 1977 to 1,500 in 1978.

The Capital Assistance Fund at this stage stood at $23,565.

A $12,625 grant was received from the Council for Recreation and Sport including $3,000 for Spotlight.

In recognition largely for his "services to the operatic movement", Mr Jim McKenzie was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

Executive - 1978

Patron Sir Arthur Harper, KCVO, CBE, JP
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Stanley Campbell, Donald Thompson MBE
President Jim McKenzie (Hamilton)
Immediate Past President Jack McSkimming (Palmerston North)
Vice President Jim Fenton (Invercargill - Zone Five)
Executive - Zone One Sandra Sewell (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Nola Speir (Tauranga)
Executive - Zone Three Brian Jackson (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Betty Dallas (Greymouth)
Hon Secretary Ella Duddridge
Hon Treasurer Frank Terry
Member Societies 93
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