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)
32 WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS' ASSOCIATION We will learn how to work together better than we have in the past. We will make each man's problems the problems of our group and solve them by mass action instead of doing it alone. I sometimes wonder whether you men engaged in the production end of the cheese business really appreciate your strength-really realize what you might do for yourselves and for your industry if you would just pull together as you might. I have been delighted to note the founding of your county groups. Co-operation-working together-enjoys its fullest measure of suc- cess in small groups. It thrives best when neighbor meets neighbor. I have enjoyed watching the members of these group associations grow in understanding of what it is all about. I have not been priv- ileged to be present at their meetings, but I have carefully watched the reports of those meetings. Members are learning to do things together. They are becoming more friendly with one another and are learning each other's prob- lems. As they eat and drink together they learn to think and act together. Don't worry about the few who will not join with you. They will eventually come in if you keep inviting them. I suspect that right here is a weak point. You forget to invite that neighboring cheese maker to go with you to your meetings. You depend on your secretary to invite him. Don't do that. Call him on the telephone a couple of days ahead of the meeting, or go over and call on him and urge him to be there. Oh, sure, he may have taken a patron away from you, or he may monkey with the test occasionally, or he may have said something about you that you didn't like, but ask him anyway. It's all the more necessary to get him in with you in your group activities. The chances are that when you get him in you will find that he is a pretty decent sort of a chap. You can probably have him as a friend afterwards instead of a stranger that you can't trust. Wouldn't you rather operate your cheese factory with friends in your neighboring factories? Of course, you would. I wish that I might say something that would cause you men to feel your strength and to use it. You are merely tasting the results of group action, you are not enjoying them as you might. You don't ac- complish what other groups in the dairy industry accomplish. I am in position to observe what other groups are doing and I want to tell you frankly, yet kindly, that you have a long way to go in order to catch up with the others. You men in the cheese industry have travelled alone so long that you don't know how to do team work. You seem to have been afraid all these years to step out all together and demand things in the name of your great industry. You haven't trusted your next door cheese maker enough to ask him to join you in demanding your rights. I have observed these things by meeting you in your factories, in your conventions, at public hearings and before legislative committees. I have seen a legislative committee room filled with cheese makers each with his personal opinion and with no program whatever.
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