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The work of the Social Service Committee has gone along as usual this year, with the exception of one innovation which has proved a very effective change. This change involves the use of six assistant Social Service Secretaries, who have divided up the supervision of the various settlement houses, seeing that our representatives there are keeping up with their work. These Secretaries also held office hours during the fall in the Phillips Brooks House, Signing up men for the work. These Secretaries also held office hours during the fall in the Phillips Brooks House, signing up men for the work. This system has proved the most effective for checking up of any used heretofore, and I heartily recommend its continuation in the future.
Notables Attend Fall Conference
The Fall Conference was held on October 7, 1925. Directly before it, there was a dinner to which the speakers and all the Assistant Social Service Secretaries were invited. N. S. Howe '26 presided at the Conference, and introduced the following speakers; Mr. Robert Kelso '04, Mr. Thomas Bridges, Mr. George Ludlam '25, and Mr. C. G. Lundell '27, the Social Service Secretary.
The Fall Clothing Collection was held on November 9, 1925, and was very capably handled by H. M. Hart '26. The Spring Clothing Collection will be held on April 12, 1926, under the direction of J. L. Prescott '27. During the fall collection 523 articles of clothing were collected, in addition to which there was one ton of magazines and three hundred and twenty books. The clothing collected at this time was distributed to the Cambridge Welfare Union, the Industrial Aid Society, and the Salvation Army.
Eight entertainments are gratis
Eight free entertainments have been given during the year. Special thanks should be given to R. B. Schneider '27 for his valuable help.
Under the supervision of the Welfare Committee the Thanksgiving Dinners were distributed as usual and were tremendously appreciated by the recipients. Also at Christmas time the Cambridge Welfare Union gave to us to individual wants of twenty-five boys. These articles were purchased and the boys came to the Phillips Brooks House to receive their present and enjoy the tree.
On February 25, a second Social Service Conference was held, at which Mr. E. D. Smith '13 and Mr. G. P. Ludlam '25 spoke. The feeling at this meeting was that those interested in the work should come together more often during the year.
230 men participate
There were 230 men actively engaged in Social Service Work during the year. This is I am happy to say, an increase over those engaged last year.
In closing I want to thank the following Assistant Secretaries for all the work they have done: E. C. Aswell '26, L. B. R. Barker '26, D. C. Gates '26, F. Q. Brown '27, F. V. Field '27. I also want to thank C. G. T. Lundell '27 for his untiring efforts to make this year's work successful. To those who have shared in Social Service work, there will come the realization that they have not only helped others but have helped them selves by doing so, and I am sure that none who have participated in the work will ever regret it. Respectfully submitted. N. S. Howe '26, Chairman.
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