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There are many plans to be considered whereby the growth and welfare of the Association of American Cemetery Superintendents might be adopted. I make mention of several plans as they impress my mind:
First. Let each member of our Association use his influence so far as possible to prevail upon some cemetery superintendent in his locality to attend our annual conventions, and thus become acquainted with our methods of working and see that the general information to be obtained, would be of great value to them in their fields of labor.
Second. That there be a more friendly interest shown to our members who have in charge small cemeteries, as they are of the class who need encouragement from those who are more fortunate in caring for large and prominent cemeteries, and in which position they are well remunerated. Such are looked up to and a few kindly words to them from our older members would tend to encourage them to renewed exertions to improve and beautify their ground. Nothing yields the writer greater pleasure than to meet our brother co-workers at our meetings with a cordial greeting, ready to give any information so far as his knowledge extends in the way of cemetery work and improvements.
Third. Good results could be obtained were there more correspondence made between superintendents and it is greatly to be deplored how little of this has ever been carried out and is still going on. We are well aware that the average cemetery superintendent is a very busy man, and in consequence has not much time to spare in the way of correspondence, yet there are not many who would be unable to send out a few letters each year.
Fourth. We make mention of the inability of some of our members who are deprived from attending our conventions, in that their meager salaries forbids them using the needed amount of money requisite to defray their expenses. These cases apply more particularly to cemeteries owned and conducted by municipal authorities, and whilst some of them are conducted in a first class manner, the great majority of them are far removed from what they should be. Some of our most valued members represent cemeteries of this class. We have formerly written to such parties and in several cases they have sent their superintendents to attend our convention. I have two of these cases in my memory. Whilst I am not prepared to make any suggestions, yet I think this subject should be considered at the meetings of this annual convention.
Finally. A strong factor for our growth and influence lies in the coming up manfully to the support of our official paper, the PARK AND CEMETERY, not only by subscribing for said paper, but also by sending in our contributions for the publishing of information appertaining to cemetery work.
To our minds herein lies the vital influence needed to accelerate our growth and future strength. We welcome the PARK AND CEMETERY as it reaches us monthly, and whilst the general information is varied and instructive, yet we read with special pleasure any information given by our well known members treating of work under way, and improvements to be earned out in their respective fields of labor. This not only brings them afresh to our memory, but gives us new ideas and seems to strengthen the bonds of union with our fellow co-laborers.
From the publication:
AACS - Proceedings of the 9th Annual Convention
September 18, 19 and 20, 1895