In this 42nd annual report of the President, I wish to emphasize that Academy Fellows can take satisfaction in the recognition given to their Academy and also can take pride in being pediatricians. I wish to indicate also that we are not complacent but appreciate the serious challenges which confront us as pediatricians and as an Academy.
The credit given the Academy is partly for what you as pediatricians have accomplished. It is also testimony to the effectiveness of our central organization, our committees, sections, and staff. Many Fellows, an amazing number, have volunteered their services to the AAP and to society to give us this status and prestige.
The AAP strives to be the advocate for children and to serve society, that children may realize their optimum potential for growth, productivity, and happiness. There are now 15,000 Academy Fellows in North and South America working to achieve this goal.
Size alone means little although figures are dramatic. To increase your appreciation of the Academy, I wish to illustrate the scope of some of our activities with a few figures.
The Central Office is involved in implementing the decisions and policies established by the AAP Executive Board. This requires communication. This year in particular we wanted to keep the membership informed through an expanded communication program. Reflecting the increase in information distributed by the Academy to our membership has been the utilization of more than 1¼ million address labels. Our mail postage amounted to $70,000, an equivalent of $4.70 per member.
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