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We present below the full text of the annual reports of the secretary and of the treasurer of the Harvard Co-operative Society for the first year of its existence.
SECRETARY'S REPORT.MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE HARVARD CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY: Gentlemen - I have the honor to make the first annual report of the secretary of the society.
The first general meeting of the Harvard Co-operative Society was held in Holden Chapel, Tuesday, February 28th, 1882. The attendance was large. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Bolles of the Law School, and Mr. Quincy, '80, was elected chairman of the meeting, and Mr. A. Curtis, '84, secretary.
The constitution prepared before the meeting for the consideration of those who were interested in the formation of such a society as this, received at the hands of this meeting several important changes, and is, with some other changes made by the board of directors, the present constitution of the society.
It was thought best not to start the society until a large number of men should signify their approbation. It was therefore voted to make this number five hundred, but it was finally changed to four hundred. It was also voted that a board of directors be provisionally elected, and, when once the necessary number of names be found, the board should remain the officers of the society.
The following board with its officers were then elected to act provisionally:
President. Frank Bolles, L. S.
Treasurer. H. G. Chapman, Jr.
Director from the Faculty, Prof. C. R. Lanman.
Director from the Divinity School, T. C. Williams.
Director from the Episcopal Theological School, J. W. Suter.
Director from the Senior Class, H. E. Warner.
Director from the Junior Class, H. M. Lloyd.
Director from the Sophomore Class, H. Webster.
Director from the Freshman Class, E. A. Sartelle.
The first regular meeting of the board was, held March 16, 1882, when the first change was made by the board in the articles of the constitution. For, in consideration of the fact, as pointed out by President Eliot, that the Episcopal Theological School is not officially connected with the university, and that a business connection between the two might lay the society open to taxation, it was
Voted, To exclude the members of the Episcopal Theological School from the privileges of the society, and to abolish the office of director from this school. The number of the directors thus became ten instead of eleven.
The second change was that, "The word 'secretary' be inserted in Article II. after the word 'president,' and that the necessary changes be made throughout the article, and that the word 'secretary' be also inserted after the words 'president' and 'treasurer' in Articles III. and XIII., and wherever they occur." Thus the office of secretary was created by the board.
The third change was in Article VIII., in regard to membership. It was voted by the board "That the words 'persons not members of the society' be changed so as to read 'persons connected with the university, but not members of the society.'"
The fourth change was the following amendment to Article I.: "But freshmen may join the society for the first half of the academic year on the payment of one dollar ($1.00), and seniors may join the society for the last half of the academic year on the payment of one dollar ($1.00)."
The board appointed A. A. Waterman, '85, the first assistant superintendent of the society. Afterwards he was appointed superintendent for the remainder of the year, and J. P. Miner, '85, assistant superintendent. Mr. Waterman has been re-appointed for one year and a half.
There have been handed in from time to time the resignations of directors from the board, which vacancies the board, in accordance with its duty, has filled.
I think it would be well to read here Article XIII. of the constitution, which is in itself explanatory:
These articles may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the directors and treasurer, approved by the president, or by a three-quarters vote without his approval; but any such amendment shall not be binding after the next annual meeting, unless ratified by a vote of the society at that meeting. Notice of such proposed change must be published in full in the college papers, at least two weeks before the amendment is voted.
Therefore elections of the following named officers have this evening to be voted on for ratification by the members of the society.
C. E. Rand, director from the Law School.
C. H. Atkinson, director from the Sophomore Class.
T. H. Cabot, director from the Freshman Class.
The vacancy in the office of director from the Divinity School, caused by the recent resignation, has not yet been filled.
CHARLES HAYDEN KIP, Secretary.TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 1883.
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