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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Cranefield, F.
Report of secretary,   pp. 77-86 PDF (2.1 MB)

Page 81

A resolution paesed by the Executive Committee last winter
requires every local Society to enroll its entire membership in
order to be entitled to a delegate. The following societies have
complied with this rule: Barron, Bayfield, Gays Mills, Lake
Geneva, Madison, Manitowoc, Oshkkosh, Poysippi, Algoma.
A few of the locals are active and worthy of the name of
auxiliary societies, the others are merely social organizations or
else meet but once a year in order to maintain their name.
Of the first class the Lake Geneva Society is an example
This society holds regular monthly meetings which are well
attended, and an annual exhibition. In point of interest and
amount of work done the Lake Geneva Society easily leads and
this is because gardening is the sole and only occupation and
interest of the members.
Other societies which exert an influence on their respective
communities are Bayfield, Manitowoc and Oshlosh.
In order that a local society should be a success there must
be back of it a strong "dollars and cents" interest, enough
people in that particular locality who can see some material
benefit to be derived from membership and attendance. Either
this or else there must be at least one person in the community
who will give of his time and energy early and late to main-
tain life and interest in the organization, for we have not as
yet advanced to that point found in the older communities of
the eastern states and European countries where asthetie horti-
culture, pure art, has followers sufficient to attract and hold
together a local art or improvement association.
Nat infrequently has the Secretary bee reminded that he
was lax in his duty respecting local societies, that therein lay
in a large measure the strength of the State Society. ARl this
is admittedly true where these locals have enough local inter-
est behind them to survive when once organized but to expend
good money and no little time and energy in bringing to life
a local soeiety to see it die within a year is but cold comfort.
The Summer Meeting was held in La Crosse, Aug. 25th.
6-H. S.

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