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Meetings And Funds

The first Quarterly Meeting of the Association after the amalgamation was held in 37 Castle Street on Monday 4th June 1923. In the absence of the president (Mr W J Campbell) who was on a three month holiday in America, the chair was occupied by Dr Elder, Vice-President. The business was of a routine nature, new members were enrolled, “relief” cases were dealt with, and arrangement made for the Picnic which was held at Roslin on the 9th of July that year.

From then onwards the Association continued its customary activities.  Annual Gatherings, whist drives and dances, picnics and children’s parties were held. Complimentary dinners and social evening where presentations were made to retiring Office-bearers were also held.  At business meetings sympathetic reference was made to the death of members, new members were enrolled and assistance given to necessitous cases in Edinburgh and the home County.  Donations were also made to philanthropic objects and members of committee were appointed as Visitors to Hospitals in Edinburgh where natives of the home County were patients and as Delegates to attend the Annual Gatherings of Kindred Associations.  The Educational interests of Caithness also received attention, bursaries being awarded to successful students belonging to the County.

The Annual General Meeting of the Association held in Dowell’s Rooms, 18 George Street, on Monday 6th April 1931, saw the inauguration of “The Acquisition of Premises Fund”. At that meeting Miss E S MacKay, Solicitor, submitted a motion which, summarised, read as follows:-

“The Association may, by a majority of members present at each Annual General Meeting, direct that the whole or part of the total surplus of Income over Expenditure of the ‘Social and Benevolent Funds’, for the year ending the previous Monday in March be set aside and invested as a separate Fund, earmarked ‘The Acquisition of Premises Fund’.

Miss MacKay in submitting her motion gave details indicating how a fund of this nature could be raised and said there was a “crying need” for such premises in Edinburgh where so many young people sojourned for Educational and other purposes. The then Treasurer, Mr Mowat, moved that the motion submitted be rejected. After discussion Miss MacKay’s motion was put to the meeting and carried by an overwhelming majority. Mr John Munro, M.A., then suggested that a sub-committee be appointed to consider ways and means for the advancement of the object and that was agreed to. In accordance with that suggestion it is of interest to record that at a committee meeting held on 4th May 1931, the following - the first - sub-committee was elected: The President Mr William Leith, ex-officio, Miss E S MacKay, Miss Cormack, Messers W J Campbell, James Oliver and Norman MacKenzie, the Treasurer and Secretary. Miss MacKay at that meeting intimated that she had already received three donations of £5 each for the Acquisition of Premises Fund, and the Secretary was instructed to convey the thanks of the Association to the generous Donors. At a subsequent committee meeting the sub-committee received further powers, and Miss E S MacKay was appointed Secretary, an office which was previously held, as already stated, by the Secretary of the Association.

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