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The Advertising Section, for whose work the funds were raised, has been in active operation since January 1, 1921, the American Electric Railway Association advancing funds for the payment of bills until such time as we were able to discharge the obligations ourselves. The headquarters of the Advertising Section are in the Association offices, and under a special arrangement the Association meets our current obligations and we liquidate them once each month.
The efforts of the Advertising Section have been highly successful. It has obtained the publication of a large amount of educational information in the daily newspapers and periodicals for the electric railway industry; has prepared and distributed a large amount of printed advertising material dealing with electric railway situations of national interest and rendered personal services in special cases to many individual companies. Service is given to all electric railway companies by the Advertising Section regardless of whether they are members of the Association or not.
The Committee on Publicity of the Association reports monthly on the joint activities of itself and the Advertising Section to the Executive Committee of the Association, and in their formal report submitted to you at this Convention show in considerable detail the activities which are carried on for the Committee of One Hundred.
In conclusion, your Committee feels that its work of education and information has been very successful and has been extremely valuable in creating a greater feeling of confidence on the part of the public in the electric railway situation, and that the work which has been so successfully carried on should be continued. The Committee has every confidence that the necessary funds will be provided as in the past when necessity requires.
Your Committee desires to urge that every organization and management in the industry, members and non-members, all make the fullest possible utilization of our service irrespective of whether or not contributions have been made to the Committee's funds.
Guy E. TRIPP, Chairman,
Committee of One Hundred.
PRESIDENT TODD :- Is there any discussion of the report of the Committee of One Hundred ? If not, we will proceed to the report of the Committee on Cooperation with State and Sectional Associations, Mr. W. H. Sawyer, President, East St. Louis and Suburban Railway Company, East St. Louis, Illinois, Chairman.
Mr. Sawyer presented the report.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION WITH
STATE AND SECTIONAL ASSOCIATIONS To the American Electric Railway Association:
GENTLEMEN: The Committee on Cooperation with State and Sectional Associations is, as the name indicates, a committee on cooperation serving as a connecting cooperating link between each of the different state and sectional associations and between these associations and the American Electric Railway Association.
This committee is a new committee and has no defined functions other than to cooperate to the greatest extent practicable.
Each member and each association has been requested to furnish each and every other member and association with copies of all letters, data and information sent out to its own membership, the thought being that in this way each association could be posted and informed as to the functioning of each other association. The plan, if strictly followed out, will be very helpful and will make this committee a most important one.
I have been somewhat disappointed that up to the present there has not been the cooperation between the different associations that should be. We have not been able to reap the full benefit from the possibilities of this committee, due to the fact that a number of the state and sectional associations have not considered that what they were doing was important enough to keep others advised. I hope that next year the personnel of this committee will be such that they will keep each and every member of the committee advised and each and every association advised of every detail of their activities. This will be true cooperation and the results will be helpful to every association involved.
In addition to advising each other as to association details, one of the functions naturally falling to this committee should be to keep the parent association advised of such legislative and regulatory proposals as are of national interest. The parent association can then cooperate and can also assist with data and information as to what has been done elsewhere along the same lines.
For a new committee we have made a good start, but much remains to be done. I would recommend that before the committee is appointed for next year that each state and sectional association be communicated with and the representative named who is willing to and appreciates the necessity of cooperation for mutual benefit. Of our present membership I desire to particularly commend the cooperative activities of W. V. Hill of the California Electric Railway Association and R. V. Prather of the Illinois Electric Railways Association, also Harry Reid and L. E. Earlywine of the Central Electric Association.
J. P. PULLIAM,
W. H. SAWYER, Chairman,
W. H. SAWYER: There will be a meeting of this Committee at 2 o'clock at the Drake Hotel today, and all members of that Committee who desire to be reappointed for next year's work should be present, and those who do not desire re-appointment are also invited to be present.
PRESIDENT TODD :- Gentlemen, you have heard the report of the Committee on Cooperation with State and Sectional Associations. Is there any discussion on the report? If not, we will take up the report of the Committee on Company Section and Individual Membership, Mr. Martin Schreiber, Manager Southern Division and Chief Engineer, Public Service Railway Company, Camden, N. J., Chairman.
MARTIN SCHREIBER : Mr. President, and gentlemen, we have a written report, but I do not think it is necessary to read it. I will just say this that we have a new section this year, the Atlantic Coast Railway Company Section, and we have had some increase in individual membership, but few increases that were not due to the influence of Company Sections. We are very sanguine that we are going to get good results in increasing our individual membership through the section work and
we believe that next year we will have a better showing than we have had in some time.
We have now a gentleman at the head of AERA, Mr. Colton, who has had practical experience in a section, is much interested in the work and I am sure will be a great help to us, and because of the interest aroused in this work since we have been here at the Convention, we believe that next year we will have a better showing than we have had in some time.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COMPANY SECTION AND
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP To the American Electric Railway Association:
GENTLEMEN : It may surprise some members of the Association that the greatest single group in our organization is the Company Section group. On September 15, 1922, there were 1,625 men enrolled in seven sections, this group comprising nearly twice as many individuals as are enrolled in the Accountants, American, Claims, Engineering and Transportation and Traffic Associations combined. This total does not include the members of another section that has been organized but which as yet has not notified us of its membership.
Unfortunately there are many companies whose officers are well aware of the good that can be wrought through company sections but who have not gone ahead and helped to organize them. To such companies we earnestly recommend an intensive study of the accomplishments of the various Company Sections, feeling sure that once they gain full realization of the good that the Company Section can do for them, as well as for the individuals who make them up, they will promptly and gladly set about establishing Company Sections on their own properties.
The purposes of a Company Section are the development first of all of the spirit of co-operation between the members, and as the membership should include the highest officials of the companies and be open to the humblest employes, this means the development of company loyalty, personal loyalty, and greater efficiency; second, broadening of the members' knowledge of their business, to the end that all may understand and keep in mind the interdependence of all departments, and that individuals may become better fitted for the work they are doing and be prepared for the promotion that inevitably comes to those who are ambitious; third, to afford the electric railway officials and employes an opportunity, when they see fit, to put before the public matters that are of the gravest importance to the public and the companies; fourth, to give everybody a chance to have a little fun through the introduction of entertainment into the programs. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy — and that is just as true of the hard-working boys in the electric railway industry as it is of boys anywhere else.
More might be said of the purposes and aims of the Company Section movement, but those which are stated above seem to us to be the fundamental ones.
There is much encouragement in what is being done at present, although in the opinion of the committee there should be more than ten times as many Company Sections as now exist. At present the status of the Company Sections is as follows:
Members No. 2. Newark, N. J.
318 No. 6. Chicago, Ill.
262 No 7. Connecticut
325 No. 10. Hampton, Va.
82 No. II. Toledo
170 No. 12. Providence, R. I.
185 No. 13. Camden, N. J..
To this should be added the section recently organized by the Atlantic Coast Electric Railway Company employes at Asbury Park, New Jersey, which will have twenty-five or thirty members at the beginning.
So that the Association may have an understanding of the work the various sections are doing, we will briefly review reports of activities that have been received from them.
Company Section No. 12 of Providence, Rhode Island, reports that the last year has been a profitable one for its members. Meetings were held monthly; in March there was a banquet and in May an annual outing was held. The average attendance at the meetings was seventy and the Secretary reports that the section has adopted the policy of having talks on company activities at every meeting and including in the meetings discussion of topics that are of general interest. There has been a healthy growth of membership during the year and this section appears to be thriving.
From the Secretary of Company Section No. 6 of Chicago comes the information that ten meetings were held during the year with an average attendance of 114. The meetings consisted of “instructive talks, some illustrated by either slides or motion pictures, and first class entertainment." Secretary Bird writes : “ Our Christmas meeting was especially enjoyed as this meeting was the one to which the entire families of the members were invited.” Much talent has been found among the members of the section and the meetings have been very helpful to the members in the employ of the company.
Company Section No. 7, New Haven, also is thriving. The average attendance at its meetings during the last year was 249. Secre