AFTER SOME 30 years a member of the Academy and 6 years on the Executive Board, I come to this occasion very much aware of the great honor given me. Those before me have given us their concepts and philosophy of pediatrics and of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and what it has done. I am very humble in my comments about things as they appear to me.
In the lives of all of us there is always something to be done—unfinished business. There is unfinished business for the American Academy of Pediatrics too. The last 10 years seem to have increased the number of factors and items of this unfinished business. There is so much to be done for the welfare of children! It is encouraging, though sometimes confusing, that so many groups are interested in the welfare of children besides pediatricians.
It is good that the Fellows of the Academy takes part in the activities of these other organizations, for many of these lack pediatric guidance. The Academy's official liaison representatives to these groups are appreciated and we give them our thanks for their unselfish and outstanding efforts. It is evident that this phase of the work in child care will increase, and pediatricians must have an increasing role in the work of these organizations which are interested in various aspects of child health and welfare. The National Council of Organizations for Children and Youth now numbers 596 organizations as members.
The recent White House Conference on Children and Youth was a huge affair! It was quite evident that there was a vast amount of knowledge unusued though known to one group but not realized or suspected to be available by others.
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