Kunveno: 24a de marto 1928/Meeting 24 March 1928

Mar. 24 in Friends’ Meeting House, Cardiff

Chairman: Miss A W Wallis

(1)       Minutes of last meeting (at Bridgend) were read by the Hon. Sec. and adopted.

(2)       Officers elected for 1928:

  • President: S-ro Lewis Evans
  • Vice Pres: Miss Wallis (Cardiff), Mr H Jones (Swansea) Mr White (Bridgend)
  • Hon. Sec. & Treasurer: T E A Southern
  • Bulletin Sec: Mr Oswald Jones (Whitely)

(3)       A report of the committee revising the Welsh key was presented by Miss Morgan (Cefn Coed).  The committee was appointed by the meeting at Bridgend.  Mr Goldsmith (London) explained that the key would not be financed by the BEA [British Esperanto Association] but that they would help the SW&MEF [South Wales & Monmouthshire Esperanto Federation] to appeal for funds to publish it.  After some discussion, Miss Morgan was desired to ask the committee to continue the work of revision.

(4)       Next meeting: Mrs Vaughan was asked to kindly arrange for it at Penarth in June (date to suit local amikoj) and this she consented to do.

(5)       Subscription: After considerable discussion a decision was reached that a higher subscription was desirable to increase the income which was insufficient for the needs of the Federation.  It was suggested that two grades be created – member and associate – paying 2/6[i] and 1/- each respectively, but the matter was left open for further discussion.

(6)       Delegate Councillor to the BEA.  At the request of Mr Southern, Mr Goldsmith explained that is was possible and desirable that an appointment should be made as allowed by the rules of the BEA.  It was thereupon proposed and carried unanimously that Mr Southern be asked to act in that capacity, paying all his own travelling and other expenses, to which he agreed, undertaking to furnish the Bulletin Sec. with  brief report after each Council meeting.

(7)       Invitation to BEA to hold 1929 Congress in Cardiff[ii]. This was further discussed and Mr Goldsmith explained that the principal work would be secretarial during a few weeks immediately prior to the Congress, the work of arranging lodgings, publicity etc being easily shared by 3 or 4 helpers. It was felt that a committee could easily be formed if a secretary was available and Miss Wallis then offered to act, which was gratefully accepted.  The Hon. Sec. was therefore instructed to send a formal invitation to the BEA. Mr Goldsmith further stated that the financial risk would be slight as funds could speedily be got from early subscriptions. The Hon. Treas. reported a balance of 4/-[iii] already in hand for this purpose.

(8)       Spesmiloj: Mr Southern drew attention to a scheme for an international bank based on this system but Mr Goldsmith said that it had lapsed due to the difficulty of unstable post-war currencies.  The Swiss Frank [sic], he said, was generally used as the common medium of exchange and was found quite suitable.

(9)       Thanks were gratefully tendered to the retiring officers for their services and to Mr Goldsmith for coming specially from London to cheer us with his presence and help with his sound experience and advice.

(10)   Attention was drawn to this, the first anniversary of the Federation, which was founded in March 1927 at Newport, and high hopes for the future seemed justified from the progress reported.

(11)   A public meeting was to be held in the evening at which it was stated that Prof J J Findlay[iv] (Manchester) would speak on “Esperanto and its place in National Education” with Dr D G Taylor in the Chair.  Admission free – collection.

(12)   The use of the hall was granted free of charge, the Hon. Sec. explained, and a vote of thanks to the Cardiff Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends was passed unanimously.

(13)   The meeting adjourned to tea at 4.30pm at the New Court Cafe, Queen Street, where a good tea was served for 1/- each.  The Hon. Sec. apologised for the necessity to cancel the proposed communal tea (free) referred to in the Bulletin owing to the difficulty of making adequate arrangements.

(14)   Messrs Chas Kirshott, Castle Street, kindly lent a gramophone for Prof Findlay’s demonstration and the Hon. Sec. expressed the thanks of the meeting to the manageress.


[i] 2/6 (two shillings and sixpence) is 12 1/2p in today’s money.  It is estimated as the equivalent of around £24 today.

[ii] This did not, in the end, happen, as the 1929 congress was held in Canterbury. Maybe as we go through the archives we’ll discover why.

[iii] 4 shillings = 20p. Equivalent to around £38 in comparison with today.

[iv] Professor J J Findlay was Professor of Education at the University of Manchester

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