North Otago gifts last of club funds

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Members of the North Otago Club unanimously voted to wind up the club last Friday and have given their residual funds to St John North Otago.

President, Peter Garvan, said while the institution had been going for 108 years he accepted the decision and said the former club building was a wonderful asset for ex-members and the wider community.

In June 2013 members approved the sale of the building, which is sited on the corner of Itchen and Tees Streets, Oamaru. At the time it was rated earthquake-prone at 24.3 percent of the building code and as part of the sale process it was strengthened to 85 percent.

Mr Garvan said the Amicus Statue on top of the building has been included in the Heritage Register in the Waitaki District Plan.

During Friday’s meeting club members were delighted to see the snooker room still included much of the club’s memorabilia and photos, he said, and that the honours boards remained in the building also.

The sale of the club building involved members obtaining vacant possession of the downstairs premises from Annie’s Victorian Teas. Mr Garvan said the leasee voluntarily surrended her lease and was paid her asking price of $100,000 (plus GST).