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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)

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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
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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