This section is from the "Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909.
The report of the committee on location for the next convention was the signal for general discussion. The report was read by C. F. Townsend of Des Moines, la., in the absence of Chairman George Sperry of the committee. The report recommended unanimously Milwaukee, Wis., for the next gathering. This city was recommended in competition with Niagara Falls, Atlantic City, N. J., and Richmond, Va.
Secretary Harris read communications from other cities, asking for the convention. They were from Mobile, Ala., Saratoga Springs, Cedar Point, Ohio, New Orleans, La., Atlantic City, N. J., Milwaukee, Wis.
Mr. Parkinson of Boston advocated Milwaukee. The swish of fashionable skirts and the swash of the waves at Atlantic City, he held, would not be conducive to close study of photography.
It was moved that a single ballot be cast for Milwaukee. This was carried without a dissenting vote. Cheers greeted the selection.
The report of the committee on nominations, of which Mr. Phillips was chairman, was presented. It recommended the following men for office: President, A. T. Proctor, Huntington, W. Va.; first vice president, George W. Harris, Washington, D. C.; second vice president, Benj. Larrimer, Marion, Ind.; secretary, J. H. C. Evanoff, Salem, Mass.
This ticket met with hearty favor, the men named being elected by a single ballot in each instance.
With a few changes of minor importance the new constitution and by-laws of the Photographers Association of America were adopted at the special meeting in the afternoon at the Seneca, at which President Barrows presided. The new constitution is expected to bring every state organization into the national body organized as the American Congress of Photography. The congress is really a body within a body. It will do the work and the P. A. of A., will give its stamp to what the congress does, thereby exerting a strong influence for the passage of laws at Washington and in the state legislatures, and obtaining conditions that will make for the betterment of the profession.
B. Frank Puffer of New York spoke in support of the constitution. Mr. Puffer said:
"This constitution and by-laws as submitted in no way prevents the P. A. of A., from having a duplicate of this convention next year, and as this is the greatest convention in the history of the P. A. of A., what more can be said? The old constitution has been outgrown. It is faulty in its construction and impossible to be lived up to. The one great step in advance to be gained under the new constitution is that it authorizes the P. A. of A., to call together the American Congress of Photography next year as a constitutional act, whereas this year it was called together with the consent of the executive board of the P. A. of A.
"The first step in the amalgamation of the P. A. of A., and the various state societies can now be consistently made and there is no dictation from the P. A. of A., to the state societies in any way. Next year the state societies will be invited to send delegates and affiliate with the P. A. of A., and through the American Congress of Photography, and this invitation can be declined or accepted, at the discretion of each individual state society, which will be determined by a majority vote at their next annual meeting."
"This association will do everything for the states," said Mr. Hammer, following Mr. Puffer. "The states may bring subjects before the executive board of the P. A. of A., for approval. New policies, questions of copyright, a new standard of weights and measures, anything of good, of material interest, will be considered. We can make something practical but of our conventions instead of using them for the entertainment of delegates."
A motion involving the dissolution of the committee on constitution and by-laws and carrying a vote of thanks to the committee for its work and to President Barrows for the idea of a congress was carried with loud applause. Adjournment was taken to allow delegates an opportunity to attend the roastfest at Moerlbach Park, given by the Defender Photo Supply and Seneca Camera Companies.
The constitution and by-laws as amended and adopted are given herewith in full:
The official title of this association is: The Photographers' Association of America, and jurisdiction thereunto belonging.
The objects and purposes of the Society shall be the betterment of the profession, the creating, fostering and maintaining of cordial relations between the members of the State organizations and the Photographers Association of America, and to oppose any injustice or infringement of the rights of photographers.
Sec. 1. The officers, the official titles:
First Vice President.
Second Vice President.
And these shall constitute the Executive Board, who shall hold office for one year from the first day of January, or until their successors be elected. The Treasurer shall be elected to serve for three years.
The membership of the Association shall (1) active, (2) associate, (3) honorary, (4) life, and (5) a Congress of Photography.
Sec. 1. Every active member of this association shall be either an active member of a regular organized State Association in good standing, owner or manager of a studio, or such photographers, owners or part owners as may pay the initiation fee and annual dues called for under Article IV, Sec. 1.
Sec. 2. Associate members shall include employees, manufacturers, dealers and their representatives, and shall enjoy all the privileges of the Association, excepting that of voting and speaking on the floor of the convention during executive sessions.