Excerpt from Transactions, Vol. 22
Since its inception, the Society has held semi-annual meetings, and for many years these meetings have extended over a day and a half.
With the smaller number of members this time was found sufficient, until recently, to transact all the necessary business of the Society, including the reading of new papers and the discussion of those presented at the previous meeting. But with the recent increase in membership, and with the introduction of the Question Box, a day and a half is too short a time for the orderly transaction of our business.
This was impressed upon all of us very markedly at our meeting last October, because we then had to discuss two sets of papers, owing to the overlapping of the old and the new systems. It seemed impracticable to extend the duration of our meetings; therefore, some plan. Of transacting the business of the Society within the time at its disposal had to be devised. I sought advice from the Council, and one kind, practical member suggested that if, at the annual meeting in May, the President availed himself of the Option of making a few remarks, instead of delivering an ad dress, the problem might be solved. It was good advice, and I shall follow it today and limit my remarks to a statement regarding our Society and some of its activities.
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