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
Kopitzke, L. E.
Response, pp. 14-15 PDF (453.2 KB)
Report of auditing committee, pp. 15-16 PDF (400.1 KB)
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 15
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