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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 15 (July 1961)

One hundred local alumni associations,   pp. 19-20

Page 19

                      One Hundred
Local Alumni Associations
      have been characterized by Dr. J.
Martin Klotsche, provost of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as "out-
posts of understanding." These Wiscon-
sin outposts have grown to mean more
and more to promoting the understand-
ing and success of the University.
   The first identifiable sentiment for es-
tablishing alumni clubs at Wisconsin
came in 1885 when Robert M. LaFol-
lette '79 introduced a resolution at the
annual alumni meeting. Sen. LaFollette
recommended that "a committee of three
alumni be appointed in every county in
the state in which three or more alumni
reside, whose business it shall be to
guard the interests of the University in
that vicinity, and to act as a link between
the graduates in general and the Alumni
Association . . ."
  Although a few of the larger cities
in Wisconsin and the country had local
associations, nothing really significant
along the lines suggested in 1885 was
accomplished until 1908. At that time,
an editorial entitled "Getting Together"
appeared in the Wisconsin Alumni Mag-
azine and unfolded the spirit behind the
formation of Wisconsin Alumni Clubs:
  "No body of men and women, of the size
  of Wisconsin alumni can accomplish much
  except by concerted action; and concerted
  action is impossible without a working
  organization. There is no better time than
  the present to effect such organization."
  "An effort will be made by alumni during
  the present summer months to organize
  active local associations in the larger cit-
  ies of the state ... "
  "Here then is an opportunity for those
  alumni who are interested in their Alma
  Mater and their Alumni Association to
  throw the weight of their personalities and
  influence into a movement which, if suc-
  cessful, will mark a new epoch in the his-
  tory of both."
  The movement far exceeded the ex-
pectations of those who planned it. Cur-
rently, there are 100 Wisconsin Alumni
Clubs in existence. They nearly circle
the globe, stretching from New York,
through Hawaii, the Philippines, and
One of the most important functions of a Wisconsin Alumni Club is to hold
an annual Preview meeting. Just such a meeting is pic-
tured here as University of Wisconsin students meet with local high school
students in the home of a Wisconsin alumnus.
Wisconsin Alumnus, July, 1961

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