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Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-fourth annual convention November 13, 14, 1935 assembled in the City of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
(1936)

Kopitzke, L. E.
Response,   pp. 14-15 PDF (453.2 KB)


Schaetzel, Mr.
Report of auditing committee,   pp. 15-16 PDF (400.1 KB)


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FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL CONVENTION
welcomed us to his city. I do not know of any other city which i8
more conveniently located for holding our convention than Fond du
Lac and I believe we are going to have a record attendance.
The only thing which I regret is that a majority of the cheese
makers usually stay at home. I am positive that if seventy-five per
cent would attend and voice their opinions things would be different.
In the past year, I have come in contact with a great many makers
who are rather disgusted with conditions and you can not blame them
for they are Justified in feeling that way.
Just place yourself In a cheese maker's shoes who has his life sav-
ings invested in a cheese factory and machinery. Then imagine a
professional organizer (who has practically nothing invested) coming
into his territory and trying to mislead his patrons. The sad part of it
is that this could not be accomplished by making statements that are
true. It seems to be immaterial to some, however, whether statements
they make are true or false just so they can persuade the producer to
sign on the dotted line.
Have had the pleasure of hearing several prominent speakers recently
among whom were some of our state officials. Some of them contend
that if we want to prosper in the dairy industry we must have a real
co-operative system such as they have in Denmark. Let us consider
this for a moment. Did not our forefathers from Denmark as well as
other, foreign countries come here mainly because they wanted to be
more independent?
I believe most of us were quite welt satisfied with the way things
were run in this grand old state of ours before we ever heard of certain
co-operatives and would be better oIf if they -never had entered the
picture.
After all, I wonder just how much better situated the producers over
in Denmark are than those who are living right here in our state.
Government reports indicate that up to some time in May we had
imported approximately twenty-six million pounds of butter most of
which was shipped from Denmark and New Zealand. After deducting
about fourteen cents per pound for shipping charges with butter prices
ranging from twenty-four to twenty-six cents per pound, there could
not have been much left for the producer.
The fact is friends, most co-operatives do not benefit the producer
so much, but create jobs for those who either can not or do not want
to invest any money in a business.
THE PRESIDENT: We will uext have the report of the auditing com-
mittee. I would like to ask you, can you folks in the back of the room
hear?
REPORT OF AUDITING COMMITTEE
By M1. SC   IM
Mr. President, fellow members, ladies and gentlemen: The auditing
committee has audited the books of the secretary as to the receipts
and disbursements and we found them true and correct and signed
the report as such. I haven't the exact balance with me, it is $258.60 in
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