Through the years...

History - 1979

Written on January 31, 2017

The Federation extended congratulations to the Founder President and current Treasurer, Fran Kterry on his MBE awarded in the New Year's Honours List.

The AGM meeting in Rotorua was a major move in the efforts to hold meetings in centres other than Wellington, to make it easier for some delegates to attend and also take the Federation into the field.

It was estimated that within the 93 member societies there were approximately 15,000 individual members representing a sizeable sector of the performing arts.

During the year the death occurred of a former President of the Federation, Mr Jack McSkimming of Palmerston North.

The CAF benefitted from the increased levy of two cents to five cents and continued to provide very worthwhile assistance to capital projects.

A turnover of 1,985 volumes emphasized the importance of the library facilities to societies.

At the AGM, Mr Stanley Campbell made an impassioned plea for the Fedeation to launch a "Save Spotlight Campaign". Subscriptions were doubled and Mr Murray Mitchell from JC Williamson Theatres offered the use of His Majesty's Theatre in Auckland and the Royal Theatre in Christchurch free of charge to stage shows to raise funds for the magazine.

The proposed Auckland season of Jesus Christ Superstar was cancelled because of problems with the budget. Following its season of Jesus Christ Superstar the Palmerston North Operatic Society took their entire show to Christchurch. Unfortunately without the support of that area, patronage was poor and the project resulted in a loss to the Federation of over $7,000.

This catastrophic result was fully discussed at the AGM the following year and all societies were levied an additional 50% of their annual subscription to offset the loss.

11 years after the Federation floated the concept of a NZ musical, the Methven Choral Society produced "Man in the Street" written by Mr John Densem of Christchurch.

Executive - 1979

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