Western men in all departments of the University are urged to attend the meeting called tonight to effect the permanent organization of a western club. Enough western men have already signified their intention to join the club to insure its success, but this is not enough. If a western club is to be organized every western man in the University should be a member of it and should have a hand in its organization.
The purpose of the proposed club has been only indefinitely stated and probably will not be definitely known until after the constitution is adopted tonight. There are two or three things, however, which such a club can appropriately undertake to do. Such a club should certainly hold a meeting at the beginning of each year to welcome new men entering the University from the west; it might have a standing committee whose business should be to watch out for western men needing advice or such help as the experience of old men can give to new; it might possibly undertake to devise means of extending Harvard's influence in the West and of correcting false notions which exist there about the University. The last, however, would be exceedingly delicate work, and perhaps had best be left to experienced heads. But the point which we desire to make must be clear, - the club should be organized for business strictly. It should undertake to do nothing which the many other clubs of the University are already doing. For instance, on a purely social basis the club has no excuse for coming into existence. There are already as many social clubs here as men have time to support. But if a western club has any distinct work which it can do, and we have already indicated that it has, then it should be organized for the distinct purpose of doing that work and nothing else.
We hope that the western men in the University will come together tonight in this spirit, and organize a club which will have such a well defined work to do that the question of its permanence and usefulness will be at once settled.