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Roland Michener, CC (Governor-General of Canada)
J. O. Blick
Street, Winnipeg 2 *MONTREAL (A) President: Wesley H. Bradley, Qc; Chairman: Earle T. Moore; Secretary:
Mrs Alice Wilson, Royal Commonwealth Society, 1621 Sherbrooke
Street West, Montreal 109 Nova SCOTIA: (A) Chairman: Rear-Admiral W. M. Landymore, OBE, CD; Hon. Sec.:
Ian Spencer, P.O. Box 53, Halifax OTTAWA: (A) Chairman: G. H. Bowler, CBE
Hon. Sec: Murray Inch, Apt. 303, 470 Cambridge Street, Ottawa 1 TORONTO: (A) Chairman: E. Montague Larkin
Hon. Sec.: Miss Marion M. Farrow, P.O. Box 691, Adelaide Street P.O.,
Toronto 1 BRITISH COLUMBIA President: Brain B. Gattie, MBE; Chairman: Brigadier C. Arnold. MAINLAND: (A) Edwards, OBE, MBIM
Hon. Sec.: Mrs C. L. Hunt, The Royal Commonwealth Society, 808
Dominion Bank Building, 207 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver 3, B.C. VANCOUVER Hon. President: Lt. Col. H. S. Thuillier, dso; Chairman: Lt. Col. ISLAND: (A) W, Rae, DSO, VD
Hon. Sec.: Mrs W. W. Tang, The Royal Commonwealth Society,
Box 1448, Victoria, B.C.
NEWFOUNDLAND: Noel H. A. Goodridge, St. John's
O. N. D. Phillips, MBE, Belize
GRENADA: Capt. J. W. C. Treeby, ED
CHANNEL ISLANDS GUERNSEY: President: N. A. Stafford Allen
Hon. Sec.: W. B. Adams, Les Randiaux, St. Peter in the Wood, Guernsey JERSEY:
President: Sir Percy McNeice, CMG, OBE
MALTA: Hon. Mabel Strickland, OBE
SWEDEN: Mrs S. Hurtig, Stockholm
NEW ZEALAND * AUCKLAND President: J. L. Reid; Chairman: H. V. Steele
Secretary: Miss Tory Johnson, Royal Commonwealth Society, Towd
Hall, Queen Street, Auckland *CANTERBURY: (A) President: K. H. Bartlett; Hon. Sec.: Miss Cynthia Wood, Royal
Commonwealth Society, P.O. Box 184, Christchurch OTAGO: (A) President: Maurice Joel, LLB; Hon. Sec.: Mrs R. O. Talbot, 24 Grendon
Street, Dunedin *WELLINGTON (A) President: G. Philip Proctor, cbe; Chairman: Andrew D. McGregor,
Hon. Sec.: Mrs Elizabeth Anderson, 'Wakefield House', 90 The Terrace
(P.O. Box 3253), Wellington
*Branches which have buildings, premises or offices.
(A) Branches with autonomous status.
BRITISH SOLOMON IS.: T. Russell, OBE, Honiara
ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
39 Victoria Street, London S.W.1 (01-799 5348)
Telegrams: Besblind, London S.W.1
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
Chairman: Sir Peter Runge
The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, under its previous name of British Empire Society for the Blind, was set up as an independent corporation in January 1950, following the report of a joint Committee of the former Colonial Office and the National Institute for the Blind entitled “Blindness in British African and Middle East Territories'. Its objects are to stimulate official and voluntary action and to take the lead in a movement 'to promote the welfare, education and employment of the blind, and to prevent blindness'. In the current year the Society is funding 114 projects in 34 countries. The Society is under the direction of a Council to which three members are appointed by British Government Departments.
Since the Society's inception, local organisations for the blind have been established in 33 countries, Regional Officers have been stationed in Africa, Asia and the West Indies. Medical projects, utilising mobile clinics, have been established in many countries where, in 1968, 267,000 eye patients were treated and 14,399 sight-saving operations were performed. Other activities in which the Society has assisted have been the establishment of some 117 schools and training centres, registration of the blind, Braille production, and training in welfare work amongst the blind. It is also working with Governments and organisations in various territories in the prevention of blindness, in the experimental development of new types of training for blind farmers, peasant cultivators and village craftsmen, and in projects of 'open' education whereby blind children are educated in ordinary primary schools.
It has established a Commonwealth Scholarship Fund to assist those wishing to obtain special qualifications in ophthalmology, to help defray the cost of training blind welfare workers and to provide financial assistance in other deserving cases, e.g. to meet the cost of attendance at a useful international conference or to finance a publication or investigation.
THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Chatham House, 10 St. James's Square, London S.W.1
Presidents: Rt Hon. The Earl of Avon, KG, MC; Rt Hon. Philip Noel-Baker, MP
Chairman of Council: Sir Duncan Oppenheim
Hon. Treasurer: David Rae Smith, MC
Director: Rt Hon. Kenneth Younger
The Institute is an unofficial non-partisan organisation founded in 1920 for the the advancement of the sciences of international politics, economics and jurisprudence; the provision of information by Libraries, publications and in other ways; and the encouragement of similar activities within the Commonwealth. The Institute received a Royal Charter under its present title in 1926. It is supported by business and individual subscriptions, grants from Foundations and to a limited extent, by Endowments.
The Institute promotes research in all aspects of international affairs and publishes a wide range of books, pamphlets and ihree Journals. These are International Affairs, a quarterly containing articles and book reviews; a monthly, The World Today, containing more topical articles and comment; and Report on World Affairs, a quarterly factual summary of events throughout the world.
The Institute maintains an extensive international Library and Press Archives. It organises a large programme of private meetings, discussions and study groups on current problems for the benefit of its membership which numbers approximately 3,000.
Membership is limited to British and Commonwealth citizens but most of the facilities are available to the guests of members and to visiting scholars of all nationalities.
ROYAL OVER-SEAS LEAGUE
(Incorporated by Royal Charter) World Headquarters: Over-Seas House, Park Place, St. James's Street,
London S.W.1 (HYDe Park 5051)
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO
President: Sir Angus Gillan, KBE, CMG
Secretary: Miss J. Bond
Principal United Kingdom Branches-London, Edinburgh and Belfast (resi
dential accommodation available).
Principal League Branches Overseas-Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth,
Sydney, Hobart, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Singapore,
Malta. The Royal Over-Seas League was founded in 1910 by Sir Evelyn Wrench to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of the Commonwealth and to maintain its traditions by individual service. Membership is open to all British subjects and Commonwealth citizens.
The League sponsors or supports various Commonwealth projects, maintains a special interest in looking after Commonwealth music students in London, is keenly interested in migration and publishes a quarterly journal Overseas.
At World Headquarters first-class residential club facilities and bedroom accommodation for 100 members are available. In addition, accommodation for some 40 members is available at the Beresford House Annexe, 1 St. James's Place, a short distance from World Headquarters. This accommodation can be obtained for a longer period than is normally possible at Over-Seas House. A travel and theatre bureau is provided for members, and a comprehensive programme of social and cultural activities is arranged for the benefit of members and their friends.
THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR INDIA, PAKISTAN
Patron: H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Deputy President: The Rt Hon. the Earl of Inchcape
Chairman of Council: Sir Harry Greenfield, csI, CIE
Hon. Secretary: B. Fane-Saunders, CBE
Hon. Treasurer: K. F. L. Harris
The Royal Society for India, Pakistan and Ceylon was formed on 1st May 1966, by the amalgamation of the East India Association and the Royal India Pakistan and Ceylon Society.
The objects of the Society are: to advance the study of the arts, languages, literature, history, religions, antiquities, usages, institutions, customs and manners of India, Pakistan, Ceylon and neighbouring countries; to promote the study and investigation of questions and matters concerning these countries and to make more accessible to the general public a knowledge of all problems and conditions affecting these countries; and to hold meetings and lectures, read papers, hold discussions, produce, publish and circulate any periodicals and literature that may be deemed advisable.
The Society publishes quarterly the Asian Review, available to non-members at ten shillings per copy.
ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Her Majesty The Queen
President: (To be appointed)
Lieut.-Col. Sir Thomas Moore, Bt, CBE
Control is by a Council with 43 Members,
Vice-Chairman of the Council: H. E. Bywater
Office Bearers appointed by the Council:
A. G. B. Scott
Major R. F. Seager
Lieut.-Col. D. I. C. Tennant
The R.S.P.C.A. was founded in 1824. It became 'Royal' in 1840, when Her Majesty Queen Victoria graciously permitted the use of this title.
The R.S.P.C.A. seeks to promote kindness to animals by education (among children and adults), by surveillance at cattle markets, docks and railway sidings, by working for improvements in legislation and in regulations for the transport and general handling of animals, and by the establishing of clinics where needy people's animals receive free veterinary treatment, and of kennels where accommodation is offered for unwanted animals, thousands of which the Society places annually in good homes.
An important way of promoting kindness is the encouragement of those abroad working for animal welfare. Encouragement takes the form of advice and of supplying literature and the means of relieving animal suffering. Outside England and Wales, the R.S.P.C.A. has branches in many Commonwealth countries; these branches, like those in England and Wales, are autonomous. Outside the Commonwealth, the Society has affiliations in almost every country in the world.
ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
Chairman of Council: Sir James Taylor
Secretary: G. E. Mercer Secretary, Commonwealth Section Committee: J. S. Skidmore The Royal Society of Arts, which was founded in 1754 ‘for the encouragement of arts, manufactures and commerce', is one of the oldest learned societies in Britain, and has a unique function as an unspecialised and independent organisation.
The Society's activities are multifarious, and include the arranging of authoritative lectures on the wide range of subjects covered by 'arts, manufactures and commerce', the offer of substantial bursaries to students of industrial design,