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ANNUAL SECRETARY’S REPORT—RFPA 

Society Members and Friends of the Ref. Free Publishing Asso. 

Dear Brethren, 

In the past year the Board has labored harmoniously in executing the task of publishing the Standard Bearerunder the able leadership of our president, Richard Teitsma.

In reviewing the minutes of the Ref. Free Publ. Assoc. Board meetings of the past year we find that the item of most importance was the investigation of printing cost of the Standard Bearer by a committee appointed. This matter came up when Wobbema Printers informed us of the necessity of increasing the price again this year by approximately $100.00 per issue. The committee appointed to this task proceeded to contact other printers and seek ways of keeping the cost down. 

After carefully comparing and considering the type of work the other printers could and would do, and knowing from experience the careful work and other considerations which Wobbema Printers has given us, it was decided to continue with Wobbema Printing Co. However, by doing our own contracting and mailing we could keep the subscription price as is. 

This move, to do our own contracting and mailing, meant that we should look for someone who could spend time at Wobbema Printing Co. to take care of addressing the Standard Bearer, sorting them for mailing, and delivering them to the Post Office. Gerrit Pipe graciously consented to give of his time and energy to this work. Mr. Pipe is given a small remuneration per issue for expenses. The RFPA Board is very grateful to Mr. Pipe for this dedicated work which he is doing on our behalf.

We also express appreciation to our Business Manager, Henry Vander Wal for the excellent job he is doing for us. Through the dedicated efforts of these two men the publishing of the Standard Bearer was possible in this past year. A hearty thanks to both of them. 

We are also pleased to report that our financial standing is much improved at this time. We note that in March of 1969 our balance on hand was approximately $800.00 and now, as of August, 1970 our balance is $4,400.00. Because of the increase of our funds the Membership, Information, and Education Committee is seeking feasible ways of promoting further distribution of the Standard Bearer

The retiring Board members are Richard Teitsma, George DeVries, and Henry Velthouse. Our thanks to them also for their faithful labors. 

We are grateful that the Lord gives us this privilege of being instrumental in witnessing to the truth of His Word. We seek His guidance for our editorial staff for the coming year. 

G. Bol, Sec’y 

Postscript: 

1. Elected at the Annual Meeting on Sept. 24 were the brethren John Bos, John Kalsbeek, and Fred Hanko. 

2. Statistics received from our Business Manager show a net increase in regular paid subscriptions of 23 during the past year.

ANNUAL TREASURER’S REPORT, RFPA (Sept. 1, ’69-Sept. 1, ’70)

Balance on hand, September 1, 1969—$2,026.88

Receipts:

Subscriptions—$6,871.90

Memberships—$94.00

Gifts—$6,738.07

Advertising—$230.00

Bound Volumes—$487.00 

Receipts for the year—$14,420.97

Total Receipts—$16,447.85

Disbursements

Wobbema Printing Co.—$7,144.69

Photo Composition Co.—$3,055.00

National Correction Color Serv.—$614.00

Postage—$348.98

Holland Bookbinding Co.—$350.40

H. VanderWal, transportation expense—$75.60

G. Pipe, transportation expense—$65.00

Miscellaneous—$58.33

Total Disbursements—$11,712.00

Balance on hand, Sept. 1, 1970—$4,735.85

Gifts

Protestant Reformed Churches:

Doon—$90.87

Edgerton—$81.91

First—$1,168.05

Forbes—$41.15

Holland—$191.80

Hope—$1,077.25

Hudsonville—$341.90

Hull—$198.82

Kalamazoo—$51.50

Loveland—$45.92

Lynden—$51.00

Oaklawn—$9.33

Randolph—$95.52

Redlands—$177.56

Southeast—$565.85

South Holland—$591.15

Southwest—$116.02

Societies:

Hope Sr., Mr. & Mrs.—$25.00

First Ladies Aid—$75.00

Eastern Ladies League—$83.00

First Jr., Mr. & Mrs.—$39.50

Hudsonville Men’s Society—$38.05

South Holland Ladies Society—$25.00

First Men’s Society—$40.00

First Priscilla Society—$60.00

Hope Ladies Aid—$25.00

Refreshments—Annual

Association Meeting—$9.42

Total Gifts:

Churches—$4,895.60

Societies—$419.97

Individuals—$1,422.50

—G. Bouwkamp, Treasurer