UPON ASSUMING this office one year ago I stated that the founders and officers of the Academy who had served before me had set the purpose of the voyage of the Good Ship American Academy of pediatrics; the Executive Board of the Academy continually reviews our problems and charts our course, the Executive Director and Central Office staff arrange the cargo, but you, the stockholders, must work the cargo if our voyage is to be successful.
Our 1963-64 voyage is completed. I have brought the good ship back to the home port and she is again ready to sail under Captain Harry Towsley.
I am happy to tell you that you have worked the cargo well in every port of call. Our committees have been dedicated and active as their reports show. This next year the committee reports will be published in a special booklet as heretofore. I urge every one of you to read these reports so you may better understand what you are getting from your membership.
The Executive Board has not wavered one bit from the original purpose of our voyage, though I am sure there are some among us who would have them do so. The Board, your Officers, and even the Academy itself cannot be all things to all people, but we have tried hard to please as many as possible. I can assure you that every effort is made to comply with the wishes of the majority and to carry out the original precepts that made us the largest and most influential organization interested in children in all the world.
- Copyright © 1964 by the American Academy of Pediatrics