National Geographic : 1900 Oct
ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT would accommodate the Board of Managers and committees of the Society, and also permit of small scientific meetings of the Fellows of the Society. The Memorial Building, if erected, will place us in a much better position to receive the International Congress of Geog raphers, which has been invited to assemble here under our auspices. Everything seems favorable to the establishment of the Society upon a permanent basis, and it only remains for you to take the necessary steps to convert the Society into a really national organ ization with national representation. In conclusion, allow me to recapitulate in brief the most important parts of my recommendations: RECOMMENDATIONS SUMMARIZED Policy: Let the guiding policy be National Expansion, with the ob ject of having in the near future national representation, with voting power not limited to residents of Washington, D. C. (Adopted by the Board.) RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ACTION 1. Arrangements should be made whereby one of the editorial staff should be enabled to devote his whole time to the interests of the Magazine and the growth of the Society. (This has been carried into effect by the Board.) 2. Active membership ticket to admit only one person to lectures; members to have the privilege of purchasing an additional season ticket for lectures for three dollars. (This has been adopted by the Board with the exception that the additional season ticket is to be two dollars instead of three.) 3. Committee on Lectures to be appointed to arrange for lecture courses in other cities than Washington; season tickets for these outside lectures to be sold to the public, and corresponding members of the Society to have the privilege of purchasing them at reduced rates. (The Board has appointed the following committee to con sider and report: Marcus Baker, F. H. Newell, W. B. Powell.) RECOMMENDATIONS NOT REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ACTION 1. Lower the membership fee for active members and remove the privilege of attending lecture-courses without special charge. Con vert corresponding into active members with uniform membership fee for all, whether resident or non-resident, within the District, and do not limit the voting power to residents of the District of Columbia.