This section is from the "Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1910" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1910.
The size of a convention and convention display does not necessarily determine its success as a convention.
A convention with a fairly large attendance and an equally large spirit of indifference is not as much of a success as a convention of much smaller attendance, pervaded throughout with a genial good-fellowship and active interest in the aims and purpose of the meeting.
Granting these things, which have been felt more or less by every association at some stage of its career, what is the remedy? It lies with the photographers who, as individuals, make up the attendance. Every photographer, when he leaves his studio for a convention, should do so with a good-natural determination to get his money's worth or know the reason why.
The convention program may not be properly arranged to hold the interest of the attending photographers - possibly the right attractions have not been provided, but here again, each individual photographer is as much to blame as those who staged the show.
Many officers find themselves deserted after being elected, and during their term of office, in making preparations for the next meeting, find it practically impossible to discover what is wanted most at the convention to come. Thus left to themselves, they do the best they can under the circumstances, only to find that they have missed the mark.
If photographers as individuals would use their privilege of expressing themselves on the floor of the meeting as to what they think should be provided for the convention of the following year, or if they would reply
to inquiries made by the officers as to their opinion of what should be done, it would tend to make every convention a success.
It is safe to say from observation, that what every association wants most is educational work - practical demonstrations by practical photographers. Wherever such a program has been carried out, sustained interest has prevailed from the morning of the first day until adjournment; but then, this isn't the point we wish to make.
The thing to do is to get together. If you don't like the way things are going, talk it over with another photographer and exchange views; then if you both decide on something, the chances are, it is good and might be brought up at a meeting or given as a suggestion to the incoming board.
Wear a smile and keep your right hand ready to shake with the other fellow when you meet him. Act as though the convention is a good one and as though the next one is going to be better still, and the chances are it will be. Melt the frost by turning on the sunshine, for, after all, that is what makes some conventions more of a success than others, and this same sunshine is what is going to bring you and the other fellow out to next year's meet.