Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-third annual convention November 14, 15, 1934 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Slater, E. K.
1934 quality improvement plan of butter makers' associations, pp. 30-37 PDF (1.9 MB)
FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONVENTION No wonder the committee members become confused. No wonder the cheese maker becomes a political football. No wonder he doesn't get what he deserves. He has only himself to blame. That isn't the way other groups get what they want. They don't flock to hearings and committee meetings with no program. In fact, most of them stay at home and send a committee to speak for them. They have a program all worked out and they know what they want. Do they get it? Look up the records. Do cheese makers get what they want? Again, look up the records. They do not, as a rule. I have had considerable experience around state legislatures and even around Congress. I know how the machinery operates. I am drawing on that experience when I suggest to you that you stop chas- ing to Madison with your individual remedies. Save your gasoline and spend your savings to support and promote your trade associations. Talk over your problems with your brother members and agree on a definite program. Then adopt it in the form of a resolution and put it in the hands of a committee who will present it to the proper officials. I understand that you have already made some progress along this line. As I see it you need to go a step further. You have, I believe, 29 county groups. There is the danger of lack of agreement by groups- the same as by individuals. My suggestion is that you devise a plan to get committees representing these groups together and let them agree on a state-wide program. Send a committee to Madison, repre- senting all the cheese makers of the state, with a definite program for law enactment and you will get what you want. I don't care whether the committee consists of one man or a dozen men, so long as the committee actually represents the expressed opin- ion of the men in the industry. In addition to getting concrete results you can, by cooperative ef- fort, gain the satisfaction that comes only through working with others for the common good. We get in life what we put into life, and life, in all its fullness is not made up of lone efforts. In order So gain it you must work with others. You draw from this bigger life in pro- portion to what you contribute. This is the law of compensation and is as unchangeable as the laws which govern the movements of planets. We get out of an organiza- tion what we put into it, not alone in money, but in other ways. In- ertness or neglect of duty never pays a dividend. The amount we contribute in money to society or to an organization will do little or nothing for us unless we identify ourselves personally and become ac- tive, useful members. History is replete with great achievements through organization. We all know by experience that organized effort is necessary if we are to make real progress in building this industry. One of the greatest shortcomings of the human race is selfishness. That is the reason so many members of the average association-even members who pay their dues regularly and promptly-hold back and do little or nothing else beyond paying dues. 33
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