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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 1906-1907
The annual meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order in Children's Hall of the Auditorium Building, Los Angeles, California, at 11:00 A. M., July 8, 1907, by President Nathan C. Schaeffer. The following Directors responded to roll-call:
Jasper N. Wilkinson, Kansas; Irwin Shepard, Minnesota; J. M. Greenwood, Missouri; W. T. Harris, District of Columbia; Eliphalet Oram Lyte, Pennsylvania; Charles H. Keyes, Connecticut; L. D. Harvey, Wisconsin; Miss Clem Hampton, Florida; W. H. Bartholomew, Kentucky; L. E. Wolfe, Texas; George B. Cook, Arkansas; John D. Benedict, Indian Territory; Wells L. Griswold, Ohio; T. A. Mott, Indiana; George L. Towne, Nebraska; Oscar J. Craig, Montana; J. E. Stubbs, Nevada; Edward T. Mathes, Washington; A. H. Chamberlain, California; Nathan C. Schaeffer, Pennsylvania.
Present, twenty directors.
The reading of the minutes of the last meeting, held July 6, 1905, was, on motion, dispensed with, and the minutes were approved as printed in the volume of Proceedings of the Asbury Park meeting.
The Secretary announced the formal resignation of certain directors. On motion, the following directors were elected to fill the vacancies:
E. E. Balcomb, of Oklahoma, to succeed Richard V. Temming, resigned.
I. C. McNeill, of Tennessee, to succeed Eugene F. Turner, resigned.
John R. Kirk, of Missouri, to succeed W. J. Hawkins, resigned.
Total number of directors present at this meeting, thirty-two.
The Twenty-first Annual Report of the Board of Trustees for the year July 1, 1906, to June 30, 1907, was presented and printed copies of the same were distributed to the directors. On motion of Director J. M. Greenwood, the reading of the report was dispensed with and the report was approved and ordered printed in the annual volume of Proceedings.
The reports of the Treasurer, J. N.Wilkinson, of Emporia, Kan., for the years 1905-06 and 1906-07 were presented. The report for the first of the two years was adopted as printed in the anniversary volume. The report for 1906-07 was read in full and on motion was referred to the Board of Trustees for audit and approval.
The report of Secretary, Irwin Shepard, embodying a review of the reports of the Secretary from 1893 to 1907 was next presented and printed copies of the same were passed to the directors. On motion, the reading of the report was dispensed with and the report was approved as printed in the anniversary volume.
Secretary Shepard then made a brief statement with regard to railroad rates to the effect that certain questions remained unsettled between the Association and the railroads of the Trans-Continental Association regarding the expense of validation of the tickets or return of National Educational Association members at Los Angeles. Since the question was a complicated one the Secretary advised that it be referred to a committee for
negotiation and settlement. On motion of Director L. D. Harvey, of Wisconsin, the entire question of validation and other expenses was referred to the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees with power to act.
The Secretary then called attention to the action of the Board of Directors at its meeting July 4, 1905, receiving the petition of Louis C. Monin, dean of the Armour Institute of Technology, and others, for the organization of a new department of the National Educational Association to be known as the Department of Technical Education. This petition was referred to the Executive Committee of the Association with power to act. The Secretary reported that the Executive Committee at its meeting in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 28, 1906, voted to approve the petition and to authorize the establishment of the Department of Technical Education. On motion the action of the Executive Committee
was approved by the Board of Directors.
In the absence of the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nicholas Murray Butler, of New York, J. M. Greenwood, of Missouri, secretary of the Board, read the following special report of the Trustees:
To the Board of Directors of the National Educational Association.
Gentlemen: The Board of Trustees respectfully report that pursuant to a resolution adopted at the annual business meeting of the Association, held on July 6, 1905, the Board made application to Congress for a special act in the form approved by the Association at said meeting, to incorporate an association to be known as the "National Education Association of the United States" to succeed and continue the National Educational Association.
The Board further report that said act was passed by both houses of Congress with some technical amendments, not affecting the substance, and was approved by the President and became a law on June 30, 1906. The act provides that it shall take effect when the charter thereby granted is accepted and when by-laws are adopted by the members of the present Association.
The Board is of the opinion that the new charter, a copy of which is attached, offers the Association great advantages in assuring to it perpetuity of existence and a national character, in safeguarding its funds and generally by increasing its powers and influence, and therefore unanimously recommends that the charter be accepted and that by-laws be adopted in accordance with the provisions of this act.
NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, Chairman,
On motion of Director John R. Kirk, of Missouri, the report was accepted and the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That the Board of Directors accept the report of the Board of Trustees and unanimously approve the recommendations therein contained;
Resolved, That the Board of Directors recommend the adoption by the Association of the following resolutions:
1. Resolved, That the National Educational Association hereby accepts the charter granted by an act of Congresss entitled "An Act to incorporate the National Education Association of the United States," passed June 30, 1906, and that the President and Secretary of this meeting be authorized and directed to execute and file with the recorder of deeds of the District of Columbia a verified certificate showing the acceptance by the Association of the charter granted by said act.
2. Resolved, That the proposed by-laws of which notice was given at the annual meeting of the Association held on July 6, 1905, which are printed in full in the journal of said meeting, be and the same are hereby adopted to take effect immediately.
3. Resolved, That the Association adopt as its corporate seal a circle containing the title "National Education Association of the United States," and the dates "1857-1907." 4. Resolved, That the Association do now proceed to elect officers, and to organize under the Charter granted by the Act of Congress.
The Chairman stated as the next order of business the election of three trustees to fill vacancies as follows:
One Trustee to succeed Nicholas Murray Butler, for the term to expire 1910.
One Trustee to succeed N. C. Dougherty, resigned, for the term to expire 1908.
July 11, 1907.
On motion, Nicholas Murray Butler, of New York, was unanimously elected to succeed himself for the term to expire July, 1910.
The names of C. G. Pearse, of Wisconsin, and E. G. Cooley, of Illinois, were put in nomination to succeed N. C. Dougherty, resigned. An election by ballot was ordered. Charles H. Keyes, of Connecticut, and A. H. Chamberlain, of California, acted as tellers. The ballot resulted in C. G. Pearse receiving fifteen votes and E. G. Cooley fourteen.
The Chairman announced the election of C. G. Pearse as trustee to succeed N. C. Dougherty, resigned, for the term to expire 1908.
H. B. Brown, of Indiana, was on motion elected to succeed Albert G. Lane, deceased, for a term of three days to expire Thursday, July 11, 1907.
The following communication was read by the secretary:
Los Angeles, Cal., July 8, 1907
To Irwin Shepard, Secretary, National Educational Association,
Dear Sir: I have the honor to submit, herewith, a petition signed by twenty-eight prominent educators, who are active members of the National Educational Association, asking the privilege of organizing a department of the National Educational Association to be known as the Department of Rural and Agricultural Education, and to request that you will present this petition to the Board of Trustees of the National Educational Association for action during the present convention of the Association.
To the Board of Trustees of the National Educational Association:
In view of the widespread and active interest in the improvement of rural schools and in the development and extension of instruction in agriculture and the allied subjects of nature-study and school-gardening in the colleges and public schools of this country, and in view of the fact that there is now no national organization of teachers for the discussion of rational methods of instruction in these subjects, the undersigned active members of the National Educational Association respectfully request permission to form a Department of Rural and Agricultural Education co-ordinate with the other regularly constituted departments of this Association.
JOHN L. ALGER, principal, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, Vt.
E. BENJ. ANDREWS, chancellor, State University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
L. H. BAILEY, director, College of Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.
KENYON L. BUTTERFIELD, president, Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst,
W. T. CARRINGTON, state superintendent of public schools, Jefferson City, Mo.
H. B. FRISSELL, principal of Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton,
FRANK H. HALL, secretary, Illinois Farmers Institute, Aurora, Ill.
L. D. HARVEY, superintendent of schools, Menomonie, Wis.
J. Y. JOYNER, state superintendent of public instruction, Raleigh, N. C.
O. J. KERN, superintendent of schools, Winnebago Co., Rockford, Ill.
WILLIAM R. LAZENBY, professor of horticultural forestry, Ohio State University, Columbus, O.
THOS. C. MILLER, state superintendent of schools, Charleston, West Va.
J. L. SNYDER, president, State Agricultural College, Lansing, Mich.
W. J. STEVENS, principal, Eugene Field School, St. Louis, Mo.
A. B. STORMS, president, Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa.
GEO. H. WHITCHER, Superintendent of schools, Berlin, N. H.
On motion, the petition was received and authority was granted to the petitioners to organize a new department of the National Educational Association to be known as The Department of Rural and Agricultural Education.
The Secretary presented a communication from Reuben Post Halleck, chairman of the Committee of Seventeen on Professional Preparation of High-School Teachers. This communication transmitted to the Board of Directors the report of the Committee with the request that it be printed and that appropriation be made for certain expenses which had already been incurred by the Committee. On motion, the communication and accompanying report was referred to the Department of Secondary Education for recommendation to the new Board of Directors.
A communication was received from Director James H. Canfield, of New York, submitting a petition for the appointment of a committee of investigation of the relations of the home to the school and of home economics. On motion of A. H. Chamberlain the petition was referred to the Committee on Investigations and Appropriations of the National Council.
There being no further business the Board of Directors adjourned subject to the call of the President if it should be found necessary to hold another meeting of the Board.
IRWIN SHEPARD, Secretary.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NEW BOARD OF
DIRECTORS FOR 1907-1908
The meeting of the new Board of Directors of the National Education Association for the year 1907-8 was called to order by President E. G. Cooley, at 4:30 P. M., July 12, 1907, in Children's Hall, Temple Auditorium, Los Angeles, Cal.
The following Directors responded to the call of the roll:
E. G. Cooley, Illinois; Nathan C. Schaeffer, Pennsylvania; Arthur H. Chamberlain, California; Irwin Shepard, Minnesota; J. M. Green, New Jersey; J. M. Greenwood, Missouri; Eliphalet Oram Lyte, Pennsylvania; George B. Cook, Arkansas; James A. Barr, California; Charles E. Chadsey, Colorado; Charles H. Keyes, Connecticut; Miss Clem Hampton, Florida; S. Belle Chamberlain, Idaho; Thomas A. Mott, Indiana; John D. Benedict, Indian Territory; John MacDonald, Kansas; W. H. Bartholomew, Kentucky; David MacKenzie, Michigan; S. L. Heeter, Minnesota; John R. Kirk, Missouri; Oscar J. Craig, Montana; George L. Towne, Nebraska; W. H. Decker, New Mexico; N. C. MacDonald, North Dakota; Henry G. Williams, Ohio; E. E. Balcomb, Oklahoma; John Morrow, Pennsylvania; D. B. Johnson, South Carolina; I. C. McNeill, Tennessee; Cree T. Work, Texas; William Allison, Utah; Charles P. Cary, Wisconsin, Estelle Reel, Wyoming.
Directors present, thirty-three.
PRESIDENT COOLEY: The first order of business is a communication from the Department of Secondary Education, concerning the report of the Committee on the Professional Preparation of Teachers which was referred to that department by the Board of Directors at its meeting July 8, with request that it be reported back to this Board at this time with recommendations.
The secretary read the communication as follows:
To the Board of Directors of the National Educational Association:
The Departments of Secondary Education of Normal Schools, and of Higher Education have had under consideration the report of the committee appointed by the Secondary Department at its meeting in Asbury Park, July, 1905, on the Preparation of Teachers for Secondary Schools and said departments jointly recommend that the report be approved and ordered printed by the Board of Directors, both in the volume of Proceedings of this meeting, and also in pamphlet form convenient for distribution. Also that an appropriation of $30 be made to reimburse the committee for clerical expenses in preparing the report. (Signed) EUGENE W. LYTTLE,
President, Department of Secondary Education. DIRECTOR BARTHOLOMEW, of Kentucky: I move that the recommendation be concurred in, that the report be printed as recommended. The motion was carried, and it was so ordered.
Secretary Shepard reported that the following resolutions and request for an appropriation had been referred to this Board by the Active Members of the Association as follows:
Extract from minutes of meeting of active members held July 10, inst.
W. O. Thompson, of Ohio, offered the following resolution and moved its adoption: WHEREAS, The National Association of State Universities in session November, 1906, took action looking toward the establishment of a graduate university owned and controlled by the federal government, and appointed a permanent committee to aid the cause and to present the matter to the National Educational Association, and to urge the naming of a committee instructed to co-operate in securing a national university, therefore be it Resolved, That we, the active members of the National Educational Association,