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good-will from the casting manufacturers of the United Kingdom and France coupled with the hope that the bond of friendship cemented by the war, would never be broken. Your president was the guest of the Rover Co., Ltd., and the Daimler Co., Ltd., at a complimentary dinner in his honor at Coventry on April 30. Following the dinner he addressed a meeting of the members of the Coventry branch of the British Foundrymen's association. On Saturday, May 3, your president was the guest of the British Foundrymen's association and the Sheffield branch of this organization at a dinner at Sheffield, which was presided over by T. H. Firth, president of the national association. It was attended by the members of the council and prominent foundrymen and steel manufacturers of the Sheffield district. On Monday, May 5, your president was tendered a reception and dinner at Birmingham by the kindredi Metallurgical associations of this great metal-working district. On this occasion it also was his privilege to deliver an address before the members of these societies at the Birmingham University.
Your president also had the privilege and honor to attend the first reception and dinner of the French Foundrymen's association since the beginning of the war in 1914. All meetings of this organization were postponed until after the enemy was vanquished and the gathering at Paris on May 24, was in the nature of a peace celebration coupled with the resumption of the normal functioning of this organization. On behalf of the American Foundrymen's association your president extended hearty invitations to the casting producers of the United Kingdom and France to attend this great convention and exhibit.
We have a large number of these visitors with us today, and we extend to them a hearty welcome. By their journey oversea they are helping to build a bridge of friendship, which forever should tie together the Allies of the Great War. Le: us reciprocate in kind. This is the occasion for us to demonstrate to them our love and good-will and let it be so expressed that it will form the piers of that bridge of friendship that more than by any other means will give assurance for the peace of the world.
During the year your association established a home of its own in commodious offices in the city of Chicago. With a secretary and a competent organization that can devote all of its time and energy to association affairs, its accelerated growth and increased usefulness and influence is assured. While the membership has increased at a normal average rate during the year, the enrollment is representative of not more than 25 per cent of those entitled to affiliation with this society. It is fortunate that the foundrymen who constitute this minority so bravely accept the burden of the foundry trade of the North American continent to foster these great meetings and exhibitions. Let us hope that the overwhelming majority not now affiliated some day will see the light and will assume its share of the great responsibility of promoting the progress and advancement of the foundry industry of America.
For the success of this meeting and the wonderful display of labor-saving equipment in the Commercial Museum we are deeply indebted to our untiring secretary and his corps of assistants. Throughout the year he has lightened the duties of my office in every possible way and to him and to the directors, committee members and others who have given so freely of their time and energy for the growth of this association, I wish to express my warm appreciation and hearty thanks. Never was man privileged to work with a better, more earnest or congenial crowd.
Before closing I wish to recall to you the great loss which our organization sustained in the death of Major Jos. T. Speer, on Jan. 5, this year. Since his affiliation with us many years ago, no task was too great and no duty too trivial, which he did not perform cheerfully and well in our behalf. His ability and devotion were recognized by his election to the presidency for two terms in 1912 and 1913, and since that time he served as a member of our board of directors until failing health caused him to decline re-election. Appropriate resolutions already have been adopted by the board of directors and I suggest that we rise and pay silent tribute to his memory.
Annual Report of the Board
To the Members of the American Foundrymen's Association,
Two meetings of the Board of Directors of the American Foundrymen's Association, Inc., were held during the fiscal year, one at Milwaukee, Oct. 9, 1918, and the other at Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 7, 1919.
At the Milwaukee meeting the board organized and elected officers. They also passed an amendment to the Bylaws increasing active member dues from $10 to $12, and associate member dues from $5 to $6. At this meeting it was decided to postpone the transfer of the properties and business affairs to the newly elected Secretary-Treasurer until the next meeting of the Board of Directors.
At the Philadelphia meeting, Feb. 7, 1919, the first order of business was the appointment of a committee by President Backert, consisting of Messrs. Howell, Pero and Minich, to draft suitable resolutions on the death of former president, Major Joseph T. Speer, who died at his home in Pittsburgh, Jan. 5, 1919. These resolutions, presented later in the day, werc acopted by a rising vote and ordered spread upon the records, and are contained in full in the minutes of that meeting
A special committee was also appointed by the President to draft a telegram to be sent by the Board of Directors to former President Major R. A. Bull, who had on the day previous returned from service in France.
The report of the 1918 Committee on Exhibits was received and it was decided to set aside the sum of $5000 out of the earnings of the Department of Exhibits for the year 1918, as a reserve fund, to transfer $1000 from the Department of Exhibits to the Technical Department, and to pay to the Institute of Metals Division of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, the sum of $250, from the funds of the Department of Exhibits.
On April 7, 1919, Mr. H. E. Diller tendered his resignation as a director of the association, and in doing so stated that he considered his election as due to his position with the General Electric Co., and now that he was no longer with that company, but with one which was already represented on the Board of Directors, he desired to tender his resignation. This was reluctantly accepted by President Backert, who, to fill the vacancy, appointed Lieut. S. Griswold Flagg III, who had resigned as vice president and director of the association during 1917, having been commissioned as naval constructor, with rank of lieutenant, senior grade, U. S. N. R. F.
One meeting of the 1918 Exhibition Committee was held at Philadelphia, Feb. 7, 1919. At this time the report of C. E. Hoyt, exhibition manager in charge of the Milwaukee exhibit, was received.
One meeting of the 1919 Exhibition Committee was held during the fiscal year, at Cleveland, May 13, 1919, at which time preparations were made for the exhibit to be held in Philadelphia the week of Sept. 29.
The reports of the various meetings of the Board of Directors, Exhibit Committee meetings, etc., are appended hereto.
C. E. Hoyt, Secretary-Treasurer.
Minutes of Meetings of Board of Directors
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDRYMEN's AssociATION, INC., HELD AT THE MILWAUKEE AUDITORIUM, MILWAUKEE, MONDAY, Oct. 7, 1918.
Pursuant to a call for the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the American Foundrymen's Association, Inc., issued by President B. D. Fuller, a meeting of the board was held at the Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, 1918. However, in the absence of a quorum, President Fuller adjourned the meeting to the evening of the seventh, at the Milwaukee Athletic club.
BENJ. D. FULLER, President.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDRYMEN'S ASSOCIATION, INC., HELD AT MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB, MILWAUKEE, MONDAY EVENING, Oct. 7, 1918.
The adjourned meeting of the Board of Directors of the American Foundrymen's Association called for noon, Monday, Oct. 7. was held at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Monday Evening, Oct. 7, 1918.
The following were in attendance:
C. E. Hoyt discussed the work of the War Service Committee at Washington, which subsequently will take the form of a written report and which will be included in the bound volumes of the Transactions.
B. D. Fuller, President, who is a member of the Committee on Iron and Steel Scrap of the American Iron and Steel Institute, alsó reported briefly on the year's activities.
The Secretary, A. O. Backert, presented letters received from E. N. Hurley, president of the United States Shipping Board, recommending the appointment of a committee on merchant marine and this was unanimously favored by all of the directors present. It was suggested that the appointment of such committees by the association be considered and recommendations urging the drafting of resolutions by the separate bodies also were made. It also was the concensus of opinion that a resolution be
to the President of the United States, by the conventions, demanding