Through the years...

History - 1998

Written on February 1, 2017

The 38th Conference was held in Wellington at the James Cook Hotel on Saturday April 4, and opened by His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Hadie Boys GNZM, GCMG. Well attended seminars were held throughout the weekend.

Spotlight has undergone considerable change. After 17 year's of editorship, Linda Thompson handed over to Bronnie Neal (Palmerston North) who immediately instituted changes in layout and composition. The new printers are Wills Bookbinders (Palmerston North). In spite of the complete revamp, the circulation numbers are still causing concern.

The Capital Assistance Fund's income has been affected by the major drop in interest rates together with a drop in the amount of contributions. Loans totalled 26 with some societies servicing more than one, while six loans were paid off during the year, and one new loan approved.

The Library stock continues to increase with donations from societies together with those from Warner Chappell, David Spicer Productions and Dominie Pty Inc. Further binding has been undertaken and the catalogue updated.

The Public Liability Insurance Scheme continues to benefit societies, just as the Federation benefits from the commission on sales.

The fifth Residential Training School was again held at St Peter's School (Cambridge) with the same trio of tutors as in 1996. Twenty participants attended. No funding for the project was forthcoming from Creative New Zealand and the cost to Federation, although considered worthwhile, was considerable.

The Internet site continues with a "What's on Where" page and availability of advertising space.

Five Merit Awards were announced at Conference and presented at various local functions during the year. The Programme and Poster competitions continue to be well supported but it was particularly pleasing to note the largest number of entries yet for the Showbill competition.

Four Executive meetings were held throughout the year, two at Conference time, another in Wellington in May and another in Christchurch at the end of August. Only one Standing Committee Meeting was held in Hamilton in February.

Executive - 1998

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Jim McKenzie OBE, Frank Terry MBE, Ella Duddridge, Jim Fenton
President John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Immediate Past President Nola Speir, QSM (Tauranga)
Vice President Kevin Murphy (New Plymouth)
Executive - Zone One John Antony (North Shore)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott, QSM (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Tony Flannagan (Greymouth)
Executive - Zone Five Gordon Bain (Invercargill)
Administrator Shona Spencer
Membership: Society: 79; Corporate: 16; Education: 60; Associate: 4
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