Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-second annual convention November 15, 16, 1933 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sammis, J. L.
Financial report of the secretary, pp. 20-26 PDF (1.6 MB)
FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION 21 of some emergency, just as you keep some money in the bank for old age or for some time when a depression arises and you can't make any money and you have got to have some reserve. There is no particu- lar profit in running a convention. The membership fees have been kept down as low as possible just to keep even. The charges made for the booth exhibitors have been kept as low as possible. The prices for advertising in the convention book have been made as low as pos- sible, just to pay the bills and keep up this association from year to year. The same condition exists this year. The auditing committee found last night that we entered this year with something over $1,000, about the same as in the past, but I don't want to talk too much about the past. This association was organized at Madison at the dairy school forty years ago. Ever since that time the dairy department of the university has done all it could to promote your work in a quiet way. They never passed any resolutions, they never handed in any money or a check or a donation, nothing of that sort, but they did what is still more effective. They have permitted the teaching force, the employees of the dairy department of the university through all these years to help in any way possible. The employees have been in- structed, been advised, been urged to help the association in any way they could, going to the meetings to take part, judge the cheese, do this and that, whatever is necessary, and say nothing about it and doing it on the time paid for by the university and by the state. So that we have received in these past years a great deal of help from the State of Wisconsin. The Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Dairy and Food Department through all these years have permitted their em- ployees to take part and help in any way and to come down here and judge cheese. This is nothing new, it is what has always happened. This year, we have three men whose time is paid for by the state judg- ing cheese here, spending approximately a week's time more or less, with nothing said to you about it. Their salary is paid by the state. That is a donation to the association. The commercial firms downstairs in the booths pay more for their booths than the cost of erection of those booths. Every year they give you from $500 to $1,000 over and above the cost down there which goes into your treasury. The state legislature for many years has donated $600 cash to this association to help you print the annual report Now as Mr. Horn said a few minutes ago, a lot of these things are apt to come to an end. The last legislature, for instance, repealed the act which gave this association $600 a year, and at the last moment the governor vetoed the bill to repeal that act. The result is that for the present biennium the association still gets the $600. So you see we pretty nearly lost it last time, and you see what the temper and feeling of the legislature is about it. They wonder why it is that a forty-year old institution is so much of an infant that it still has got to be fed, shall I say bottle fed, has still got to be helped along at the
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