CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ALTOONA, PA.
HISTORY OF REORGANIZATION, PLATFORM,
ACTIVITIES OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS,
FINANCIAL STATEMENT, CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS,
WHO'S WHO DIRECTORY OF MEMBERSHIP
FOR THE YEAR ENDING OCTOBER 31, 1914
"CREEPING INTO THE LIVES-OF MEN
EVERYWHERE IS THE THOUGHT THAT
CO-OPERATION IS BETTER THAN COMPETITION.
WE NEED EACH OTHER."
THE ALTOONA TIMES
THE COMMERCE BUILDING, ELEVENTH AVENUE AND FIFTEENTH STREET, WILL BE THE HOME OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UPON ITS COMPLETION IN DECEMBER. THIS HANDSOME AND MODERN PROPERTY REPRESENTS AN INVESTMENT OF $150,000. THE CHAMBER'S OFFICES WILL BE ON THE THIRD FLOOR WITH AN ASSEMBLY ROOM CAPABLE OF SEATING 600 ON THE SECOND FLOOR.
Individual Member List.
Judge Thos. J, Baldrige, Hollidaysburg.
T. M. McCarthy.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL HEADINGS.
Bar Iron Manufacturers.
Altoona Iron Company.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
W. C. WESTFALL, President
H. J. SEADS, Corporation Secretary and National Councillor
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
C. F. ANDERSON, Treasurer GEO. H. MOSSER, Manager
H. K. MCCAULEY, First Vice President
BERTRAM LEOPOLD, Second Vice President
DR. W. F. BECK' Third Vice President
W E. RUSSELL, Fourth Vice President
E. B. GREEN E. Fifth Vice president
W. L. NICHOLSON. Sixth Vice President
CHARLES E. MALOY, Seventh Vice President
OLIVER ROTHERT, Eighth Vice President
H. SLUTZKER JOHN LLOYD, JR. ALBERT PERRY
ELWOOD S. RAUGH H. W. TURNER
N. E. ROHER D. M. SELL
How the Chamber is Operated
The Chamber operates under seven standing Bureaus and a Ways and Means Committee or Council. A Director---Vice President is General Chairman of each Bureau. There are a number of committees under each Bureau. The Ways and Means Committee or Council, composed of classified lines of business or profession, represents the entire membership. There are thirty-four sections or subdivisions in the Ways and Means Group---three representatives from each---who meet at weekly luncheon and act as a clearing house for the organization. They originate ideas which are worked out by the Standing Bureaus and referred to the Board of Directors for final approval. In addition, special committees have been found advantageous.
The various Bureaus and Committees, with their respective Chairmen, follow:
At the close of my term as presiding officer of the Chamber of Commerce, I desire to thank the membership, the officers, directors and committeemen for the efficient co-operation they have given in carrying out the provisions of the platform to which our organization is pledged. Many things have been accomplished which do not readily lend themselves to enumeration in the reports included in our first Year Book.
The fiscal year just ended is one chiefly characterized by organization, preparing the ground and sowing the seed. While we have realized some tangible benefits, the real harvest is to come.
It should he remembered that while the reorganization dates from Nov. 1, 1913, the amended Constitution and Bylaws could not be adopted until Dec. 2, and that it required several additional months to form the Bureaus and get the Committees under them to work. The record of the year therefore should be measured from Feb. 1, 1914, a record of nine months.
As a working body the Chamber is by no means perfected, but we believe it has won the confidence of the public and steadily is growing in effectiveness and influence. It is the duty of the membership to keep building on the foundation so well laid, and still greater achievements will result from a united endeavor.
W. C. WESTFALL, President.
To the Membership:
At the close of the first fiscal year we wish to call your attention to some of the important things done whereby the Altoona Chamber of Commerce was transformed from a moribund to a real community uplift organization.
The Merchants' Association and Chamber of Commerce of Altoona in the early fall of 1913 was in great need of rejuvenation. It had a small membership and lacked the interest and finances to serve the needs of a rapidly growing city like Altoona, with its thickly settled environs.
It became necessary to reorganize and to that end the directors---Dr. W. F. Beck, C. F. Anderson, H. Slutzker, D. M. Sell, J. E. Shute, the late A. W. Beckman and W. C. Westfall---employed Town Development Company of New York City to conduct a campaign for new members and by resolution provided that the annual dues should be increased from $5 to $25 and memberships signed on a three-year basis.
The campaign was conducted Oct. 13, 14, 15, 1913. Many of the best men of Altoona and Juniata participated in it and at the close 452 applications for membership on the new basis had been obtained. These were presented to the directors and the applicants duly elected. The campaign terminated Nov. 1, when George H. Mosser of St. Louis, Mo., a commercial executive with years of successful experience in western cities, was elected acting manager. He had assisted in conducting the membership campaign and installed the bureau system under which the Chamber has since operated. After three months' trial, Mr. Mosser was elected for a year by the new board of 15 directors, who had been chosen at the first meeting of the entire membership of the reorganized Chamber Dec. 2, 1913, when the revised Constitution and By-Laws were adopted. Later, by amendment, the directorate was increased to 18 and Juniata given representation.
During the reorganization, the Merchants' Association part of the body was dropped, along with its work of credits and collections, and the name was changed to the Chamber of Commerce of Altoona. A platform was adopted which pledged the new body to three years of carefully defined activities dealing with the greater needs of the Altoona Industrial and Trade Zone.
For the first time, Altoona as metropolis of a surrounding territory of 150 square miles and more than 100,000 population began systematic efforts to win the co-operation of the residents of that territory. As a result of the past year's work there is a better feeling towards Altoona and its people which will better promote mutual interests and prove of the most substantial benefit.
Another important feature which alone would justify the Chamber's existence, we think, is the better community spirit that it has promoted not only between the business, professional and working men, but among the business men themselves. For many years our city was afflicted with factions and petty jealousies that prevented it from developing according to its best possibilities. The luncheons and community meetings fostered by the Chamber have proven the most effective factors in gaining a better understanding and awakening a stronger desire for higher citizenship. This phase of the Chamber's work particularly was necessary during the first year---a year of propaganda---before the fruits of organization could be realized.
Great care was exercised in choice of committees under the respective Bureaus. Many pressing problems constantly arise and every effort was made to obtain the service on committees only of interested members who could be relied upon to carry out the duties to which they were assigned. Our committees the past year have included nearly 250 workers. As a result, with few exceptions, committee meetings have been well attended and the work at hand was promptly dispatched. During the coming year there should be even more efficiency as the timber has been tested and many new men developed. There is also greater knowledge of the operations of a Chamber of Commerce which will help eliminate waste of time and effort in committee sessions. Our directors feel that whatever the Chamber has accomplished in the past year mainly is due to the earnest and self sacrificing men who served on our committees.
Following a visit in July of Edward F. Trefz, Field Secretary, our Chamber was made a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. The latter is composed of nearly 600 of the largest commercial organizations in the country. A committee on Legislation to investigate or originate national, state, county and city legislation was created and its chairman was appointed as our National Councillor in the National Chamber. This committee's findings were passed upon by your directors and by referendum vote the Altoona Chamber represented the business and professional interests of the Altoona zone in a number of important measures acted upon by our Congress at Washington.
The Chamber has been operated along economical lines and its finances carefully conserved. This was necessary the past year because of the cost of reorganization and the widening of its scope of work. In addition to the Blair County Farm Bureau which is housed by the Chamber and whose Farm Agent shares the use of its office equipment and stenographic force, the Chamber's affairs are conducted by the Manager and two assistants, one of whom specializes on membership matters. Marked attention is paid to the expenses of each bureau and particularly to such items as payroll, rent, telephone, supplies, postage, printing, traveling expenses, subscriptions, entertainment, advertising and miscellaneous. Bills are approved by your directors and paid at the end of each month. The books and accounts for the past fiscal year were audited by a committee consisting of John Cree, John F. Kauffman and Homer F. Hanson.
The Chamber shortly will have a permanent home in the new $150,000 Commerce Building where a suite of offices has been designed for its particular needs. The manager has been authorized to close a lease for the same.
This report is supplemental to the ones made by the officers and various department heads which show the Chamber's real work. We wish to emphasize the importance that lies in the continued interest of our members in the organization and their devotion to the affairs it takes up. The Chamber has been efficient during its first year. It has lived up to its pledges. All that remains is to keep right on along the same lines and at every opportunity enlarge its sphere of community usefulness.
In conclusion, it is fitting that your directors acknowledge with thanks the co-operation of the city and county officials, the Altoona and East Side Sunshine Societies, the Salvation Army, the Board of Education, public and parochial school authorities, the churches and the various civic and trade organizations. It is this spirit of co-operation and harmony which augurs so well for a co-ordination of energies to make Altoona the city we earnestly want it to be.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
The Chamber's Platform
The program of activities to which the Chamber of Commerce pledged itself for three years and on which its reorganization was based last fall is herewith given. The reports of bureaus will indicate how closely the Chamber has hewn to the lines laid down.
l. To promote closer relations between business men and the workingmen.
2. To advertise the advantages of the Altoona Industrial and Trade Zone at home and abroad.
3. To foster buying at home by proper merchandising methods and an intelligent appeal to our citizens.
4. To discourage unfair competition.
5. To promote a higher sense of citizenship and closer inquiry into methods of administration of municipal and other public officers.
6. To eliminate unprofitable advertising, wasteful contributions and charity imposture and to promote the cause of intelligent charity.
7. To work for more products of Blair County farms and better market conditions through the Blair County Farm Bureau and the Chamber's Agricultural Bureau.
8. To promote an equitable system of property assessments.
9. Through a social survey to solve present horsing, health and sanitary conditions; to provide more moderate-price homes for rental.
10. To work for a City Plan and provide for Altoona's future development along every line of modern city building.
11. To complete an industrial survey; to encourage existing and prospective industries.
12. To encourage educational progress along vocational lines; and facilities for public recreations.
13. To promote the appointment of a City Planning Commission that outlying territory may be developed properly in view of future annexation.
14. To promote the most modern methods of cleaning the streets, sanitation, garbage disposal, fire prevention and public safety.
15. To investigate present traffic needs from the shipper's standpoint.
Tax reforms and a new financial policy for the city, a City Planning Commission, food and housing problems, more parks
and playgrounds municipal garbage and ash collection, better sanitation and fire prevention are among the more important
features of the platform to be concentrated on our second year.
In addition to reorganizing the Chamber, establishing the Bureaus and helping form the committees under them, this office has conducted the affairs of the organization under the supervision of the officers and directors, and published the Altoonagram, our monthly bulletin.
The Board of Directors of the old Chamber had seven members. It held five meetings from Oct. 31 to Dec. 1, 1913, carrying out the plans for reorganization with a total attendance of 26; average attendance 5 1-6. From Dec. 8, when the new Board went in, to Oct. 31, 1914, the end of the fiscal year, 15 meetings, (11 regular and 4 special) were held with total attendance of 180, average attendance 12.
Four meetings of the membership were held during the year with total attendance of 710; average attendance 177 ˝.
Other meetings under respective departments:
In forming Ways and Means Committee, 34 meetings; total attendance, 415; average attendance, 12 1-5.
Ways and Means Committee, 23 meetings; total attendance, 1,634; average attendance, 71.
General Bureau (membership and finance), 31 meetings; total attendance, 343; average attendance, 11.
Civic Bureau, 21 meetings; total attendance, 131; average attendance, 6 ˝..
Trade and Commerce Bureau, 19 meetings; total attendance, 672; average attendance, 36 ˝. This includes the four friendship-making runs.
Publicity and Conventions Bureau, 9 meetings; total attendance, 54; average attendance, 6.
Agricultural Bureau, 7 meetings; total attendance, 56; average attendance, 8.
Transportation and Traffic Bureau, 1 meeting; total attendance, 5; average attendance, 5.
Industrial Bureau, 5 meetings; total attendance, 25; average attendance, 5.
Legislative Committee, 2 meetings; total attendance, 12; average attendance, 6.
Sections of Ways and Means Committee, 14 meetings; total attendance, 85; average attendance, 6.
Special Committees, 8 meetings; total attendance, 52; average attendance, 6 ˝.
Total number of meetings, 198; total attendance 4,420.
Average length of meeting, one hour. Total number of individual hours devoted to Chamber work in these meetings at lowest estimate, 4,420. (The above does not include time spent by chairmen in conference with the Manager's office and in working out details outside of committees, nor the hours spent by General Bureau workers in seeking new and awakening interest among present members).
The correspondence of this office necessarily has been heavy in obtaining data from other cities to guide committees in making surveys and carrying out their work, also in helping our members along commercial and industrial lines. The Chamber conducts an information bureau which performs a worth-while service and its usefulness and scope are proving daily as its possibilities become better known.
Suggestions for making the Chamber more efficient are desired. Let us have them verbally or in writing. The past year has been one of responsibility and varied demands, but one of pleasure personally, because of the splendid support accorded us by the Chamber and the public.
GEO. H. MOSSER, Manager.
This Bureau has had many activities because it was confronted by a number of pressing problems.
Through the Educational Committee a survey of the public schools was made and replies were received from 52 employers of labor relative to the efficiency of boys and girls when they leave school. This survey is being extended to cover all phases of our public school work. Particular interest is taken in the vocational training and night school departments. The latter has a present enrollment of nearly 2,000 pupils. Aided by High School boys---members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce---two Clean Up and Paint Up Campaigns were conducted in which more than 25,000 persons participated. School patrons meetings in each ward were addressed on matters relating to civic uplift and talks were made to 12,000 school children. The Junior Chamber department is serving a great community need and it will have a number of important campaigns to conduct during the coming year.
The Bureau sent a delegation to Harrisburg to help organize the State Housing Association and is working for better housing conditions. It is working for a City Planning Commission and a uniform system of garbage and refuse disposal, both of which have the Chamber's endorsement.
It has established a system of investigation and endorsement of charitable organizations and has succeeded in eliminating more than 60 percent of imposture and useless solicitation. Members in good standing are furnished placards to be hung in their business offices which protect them from solicitors for fraudulent and worthless agencies. This feature alone has saved members thousands of dollars in the past year. Plans are being considered for the formation of an Associated Charities such as is in successful operation in other cities.
This bureau is working with the City Commissioners to keep the streets and sidewalks clean, for better sprinkling methods, straightening of crooked streets and opening of new ones. It has asked the City Commissioners for more comprehensive traffic regulation and not only is assisting in the enforcement of the city ordinance but the state law relating to outdoor advertising.
It instituted a wide movement for playgrounds in school yards and vacant lots and during the year five such playgrounds were established. This work is in its infancy, but wider efforts will be made the coming year and with greater hope of success, as the Board of Education is planning to cooperate in this feature.
H. K. McCAULEY, General Chairman.
Trade and Commerce Bureau
Under auspices of the Wholesalers and Jobbers Group, friendship-making motor runs were made to Tyrone, Hollidaysburg Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Williamsburg, Philipsburg, Osceola Mills, Patton, Carrolltown, Spangler and Hastings which proved a valuable factor in promoting closer relations with Altoona as a trade center. Four runs were made during the summer months---minimum attendance 105, maximum 400. Delegations of business men from a number of these cities visited us and in turn were entertained.
"Dollar Days" in August and the Style Show and Trade Exposition in September directed by the Retailers Group, proved not only business getters, but effective educational campaigns in teaching shoppers of the Altoona zone to buy at home. They will become regular trading events in season.
In connection with the above features publicity campaigns were conducted in the newspapers to extend the influence of Altoona as a merchandising center, which now extends from Cresson to Huntingdon and includes all of Blair and parts of Cambria, Center and Bedford counties. Addresses were made to women's clubs and fraternal organizations. The Bureau is planning to greatly extend the scope of its operations.
A publicity crusade for fire prevention was made during Clean Up and Paint Up Week. Fifteen committees called on business men, urging greater cleanliness and sanitation in the commercial districts and an organized effort to abate fire risks. A special committee, after digesting data and figures from a score of cities, completed a survey and recommended the gradual motorization of our paid fire department. The National Board of Fire Underwriters has endorsed the activity of the Chamber in its efforts to gain more security from loss of life and property by fire.
The Chamber has inaugurated a campaign for a more equitable system of assessments. Through the Taxation Committee, one public demonstration of the Somers System was given and a series of educational articles on the subject, prepared by members of the committee, were printed in the newspapers. The inquiry has developed general dissatisfaction with methods now in vogue and need of a new financial policy for the city.
B. LEOPOLD, General Chairman.
The crying need of food in the Altoona Industrial Zone with a population exceeding 100,000 means that no Bureau of the Chamber has a more difficult problem to solve than this. Through the old Chamber, the Blair County Farm Bureau was established nearly two years ago. It's County Farm Agent, who devotes his whole time to the work, receives his salary from the Federal Government and State College. This Bureau of the Chamber led the crusade lasting five months whereby $50 a month was allowed by the County Commissioners towards defraying the County Agent's expenses. The Chamber furnishes office room, light, heat, telephone and stenographic service to the Farm Bureau and our members are among the heaviest contributors to its financial support. The Farm Bureau is one of the most efficient in the state and it has co-operating committees among the farmers in every township of the county.
The Marketing Committee completed a comprehensive survey of food sources and marketing methods, revealing astounding facts which bore directly on industrial expansion. Plans are being enforced or worked out for increased and more varied yields of Blair County farms, better methods of transportation, grading, distribution and marketing. The Chamber sponsored the 1913 Corn and Fruit Show, which proved such a success, and is co-operating with the Farm Bureau to make the 1914 show this month an even greater success.
Through the Agricultural Bureau a campaign for intensified farming and more hard roads is being conducted and several government experts during the past year have addressed our membership on agricultural subjects. Closer social and commercial relations are being fostered between the business men and farmers of the Altoona Zone.
DR. W. F. BECK, General Chairman.
Publicity and Conventions Bureau
Splendid publicity has been given the Altoona Zone through the efforts of this Bureau, not only at home, but abroad. Stories relating to Altoona have been printed in the Christian Science Monitor, New York World, World's Work, The American City, Town Development, Pennsylvania Merchant, Pittsburgh Dispatch, Toronto Saturday Night, Philadelphia Public ledger, various state dailies, trade and educational journals.
The Altoonagram, a monthly bulletin, keeps the Chamber's plans and operations before the membership. Among other publicity features due directly to this Bureau or to its co-operation are:
A twelve-page folder, "Altoona, Heart of Pennsylvania"; an Altoona emblem for use on letterheads; Altoona City Flag; postcard albums with 24 scenes of interest; moving picture films of civic, commercial and industrial views throughout the zone.
The Altoona newspapers have been unusually generous in their support of the Chamber and its work. They have devoted in news, editorial and advertising columns more than 10,000 inches of reading matter during the reorganization campaign and since the Chamber began its real operations. That the general public is appreciating the value of the organization as a community builder is due more to the earnest support of our daily newspapers than any other single factor.
The Conventions Committee made a survey showing the capacity of hotels and rooming houses with rates of entertainment and assisted local committees in handling two large conventions---International Sunshine Society and the Pittsburgh District of the North American Gymnastic Union.
W. E. RUSSELL, General Chairman.
The past year was one ill fitted for bringing new industries into the Altoona Industrial Zone. The general depression tight money markets, tariff and currency legislation brought about conditions which influenced this Bureau towards conservative action. More than a dozen different prospects were investigated by the committees under the Bureau and fully a hundred more by the Manager's office which were turned down before reaching the committees.
Nearly all these prospects sought concessions---moving expenses free sites, buildings to be erected, exemption from taxes or the sale of stock. Most of these prospects had records of frequent removals, and were without good banking credit or little real capital. They were not endorsed as desirable, the Bureau holding that it is better to "lose the factory, than let the factory lose," and by encouraging present industries, removing undesirable conditions and making Altoona a better residential city, manufacturers will seek to locate here without the lure of bonus or special concession and be satisfied with co-operation in consonance with sound banking and manufacturing methods.
With our general advantages, high class labor and central location, the Bureau feels that when the industrial expansion of Pennsylvania is renewed, the Altoona Zone will be better prepared than ever to obtain its share because of the policy of "Preparation and Publicity" followed during the past year.
E. B. GREENE, General Chairman.
Traffic and Transportation
Owing to the death of A. W. Beckman, former chairman, the activities of this Bureau have been somewhat limited. On its recommendation, however, the Chamber took a stand as unequivocally favoring the 5 percent increase in freight rates asked by the railroads east of the Mississippi river. It petitioned the Inter-state Commerce Commission to grant such increase.
The railroads' side of the case was presented to Chamber members and the Altoona Railroad Club in an able address at the High School Auditorium in September by Mr. Ivy L. Lee, chief executive assistant to President Samuel Rea of the Pennsylvania system.
This Bureau addressed an open letter to local shippers advising them to co-operate with the Pennsylvania and avert a possible car shortage.
A number of complaints relating to express carriers were taken up for members and relief obtained.
W. L. NICHOLSON, General Chairman.
(Membership and Finance).
During October, 1913, was conducted a reorganization membership campaign in which more than 100 of the most prominent men in the city participated. The old Chamber had 175 members, many of whom failed to pay dues of $5 a year. At the close of the campaign there were 452 memberships, signed for three years, with dues of $25 a year. The 36 members of this Bureau, which was formed after the close of the campaign, served so effective--- that the total number of memberships it obtained was 67, all in good standing. The membership committee, save in the sultry months, meets every Tuesday noon at luncheon.
One of the unavoidable penalties of the intensified campaign is that quite a number of applications were signed by persons who were not properly acquainted with Chamber of Commerce work, and assumed obligations in a moment of enthusiasm. Some of these later were transformed into live assets and this Bureau not only is actively engaged in gaining new members, but arousing inactive members to a keener realization of their responsibilities to our city and the Chamber.
During the year the total number of applications obtained and accepted for membership was 552. By reason of removals from the city, failures, deaths and kindred causes, the names of 36 persons and firms were stricken from the rolls.
Names of membership prospects are kept on cards properly indexed and filed with the "history" of each prospect. Only the more desirable kind of persons are solicited for membership and thus the standard of the organization is being raised. A special employee makes collections of dues and keeps the financial records according to a modern system which accounts for the appropriations and disbursements of every department. All bills are paid by voucher checks which are approved by the Board of Directors.
During the coming year many of our larger corporations and firms have planned to increase the number of plural memberships they carry and the campaign to extend the Chamber's influence and income will be conducted mainly with that object in view. Our workers are meeting with greater success since the prevalent growth of sentiment that the Chamber, as now constituted and conducted, is making good and serving real community needs.
CHAS. L. MALOY, General Chairman.
Ways and Means Committee
From Jan. 11 to Feb. 12 was devoted to forming the 34 sections or sub-divisions of the Ways and Means Committee, instructing the members in the work and in selecting three representatives in the "Committee of 102." These representatives also were delegated to act as chairman, first and second vice-chairmen of their respective sections. During the formation of the Committee, 34 preliminary meetings were held, with total attendance of 415, an average attendance of 12 1-5 per section.
Perhaps no branch of the Chamber exerted a more profound influence for good than the Ways and Means Committee through its luncheon-meetings. They brought together the business and professional men. Social contact resulted in the elimination of old differences and the promotion of a better feeling which effected better conditions among men in like professions or mercantile pursuits. Open forums and talks by special speakers proved effective means towards developing concentrated action for civic improvements, better social and economic conditions.
A number of the sub-divisions of this committee met during the year and worked out problems relating to their varied lines of business. More stress will be made on this feature the coming year.
The schedule follows:
Feb. 12--- Logan House---Organization Dinner and Open forum---Members of Committees, Chamber officers and directors were guests of chairman.
Feb. 19---Schmitt House---Open Forum,
Feb. 26---Schmitt House---"Community Efficiency"---A. G. Blood of the Emerson School of Efficiency, New York.
March 5---Schmitt House---"Better Methods of Food Distribution"---A. B. Ross, Bedford County, Assistant U. S. Agriculturist
March 12---Schmitt house---"Somers System of Realty Valuation°--W. Pollock, Cleveland, O.
March 19---Open Forum.
March 26---Schmitt House---Visitors from Johnstown Chamber of Commerce
April 2---Schmitt House---"Vocational Education in Our Public Schools from the Viewpoint of a Business Man"---Dr. J. C. Nugent.
April 9---Schmitt House---"Public Safety"---S. B. Hare; "Need of Completely Motorizing the Fire Department" Geo. W. Kuebler, Commissioner of Public Safety.
April 16---Schmitt House---"Concrete Roads and Pavements"---K. H. Talbot Pittsburgh, Pa.
April 23---Schmitt House--"Fire Prevention"---W. L. Nicholson.
April 29---Schmitt House---"Functions of the Elementary School and the High School"---Dr. Nathan C. Schaffer, State Supt. of Public Instruction.
May 7---Schmitt House---"Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign" reports of fourteen High School Boy Leaders,
May 21---Schmitt House---Membership Forum.
May 28---Schmitt House---"The Business Man as a Civic Factor"--- Edward F. Trefz, Field Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, U. S. of America.
June 25---Schmitt House---"Altoona's Needs and How Best They May Be Served"---Thomas C. Hare, City Solicitor.
July 30---Schmitt House--"City Planning"---Prof. Albert H. Cowell, Department of Floriculture, State College.
Aug. 28---Schmitt House---"Northern Cambria" Day---33 guests from Northern Cambria Business Men's Association.
Oct. 1---Schmitt House--"Building Communities," or "Viewed from the Road"---"Bob" S. Seeds, Birmingham, Pa., Resolution adopted endorsing appointment of a City Planning Commission
Oct. 8---Schmitt House---"Work of Blair County Farm Bureau," R. Bruce Dunlap, County Agent; "County Roads and Bridges," R, F. Bankert, County Commissioner.
Oct. 15---Schmitt House---"Work of National Bureau of Standards---Burton McCollum, Electrical Engineer, U. S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D. C.
Oct. 22---Schmitt House--Open Forum; endorsement of an ordinance to increase the tax on peddlers, etc.
Oct. 29---Schmitt House---"Blair County Roads"---Hon. E. M. Bigelow, State Highway Commissioner, Harrisburg.
Sub-committee has been appointed to provide live programs for this department during the coming year.
OLIVER ROTHERT, General Chairman.
Real Estate Exchange
Under the auspices of the Real Estate Section, in October was formed the Real Estate Exchange of Altoona, which includes
the members of the Chamber engaged in the real estate business. The Exchange operates along the same lines as realty
boards in leading cities. It's chief aims are to promote the best interests of the Altoona zone and to standardize the practice
of realty transactions among its members. The officers of the Exchange are: Dr. E. M. S. McKee, President; C. H. Morgan,
Vice-President, F. Woods Beckman, Secretary-Treasurer.
Junior Chamber of Commerce
Last spring was formed a Junior Chamber composed of High School boys, who worked so effectively during the Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign. They will attempt a serious program the coming year under the Senior Chambers' direction. The members of the Executive Board of the Juniors are: Robert McMurtrie Chairman; Mitchell McCartney, Vice Chairman; Chilton Jacobs, Secretary-Treasurer; Stanley A. Winters, Geo. P. Gable and Herbert Kline. Every class in the High School is represented on the Executive Board.
Constitution and By-Laws
Section l. This organization shall be known as the "Altoona Chamber of Commerce," of Altoona. Pennsylvania, and vicinity.
Section 1. The objects and purposes for which this organization is formed are to advance the civic, commercial and industrial interest, of Altoona, Pa., and vicinity and further a more united and friendly intercourse among its members.
Section 1. Any individual, firm or corporation interested in the general advancement of the city of Altoona is eligible to membership.
Section 2. Each application for membership must be signed by the applicant and recommended by two members of the Chamber. Election to membership shall be by majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Membership Committee.
Section 3. The membership dues shall be $25.00 per annum, payable in advance.
Section 4. Individuals, firms or corporations subscribing for more than one membership may designate a representative for each membership so subscribed and such representative shall be entitled to exercise all the rights of membership in the organization.
Section 5. Persons who have performed some signal service far the city of Altoona or otherwise become entitled to honorary recognition may, by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, be elected to honorary membership; provided, however, that not more than one person shall be elected to such membership in any one year. Honorary members shall be entitled to all the privileges of the organization and shall be exempt from the payment of dues.
Section l. The work of this Chamber shall be organized and conducted under bureaus to be known as follows:
(a) The Civic Bureau; (b) Trade and Commerce Bureau; (c) Agricultural Bureau; (d) Publicity and Conventions Bureau; (e) Industrial Bureau; (f) Transportation and Traffic .Bureau; (g) General Bureau.
And such other bureaus to be designated by the Board of Directors as may be found desirable.
Section 2. Necessary arrangements for the separate conduct of these bureaus under proper supervision shall be made and continued by the Board of Directors as hereinafter provided.
Section 1. The authority and general policy of this Chamber shall be vested in a Board of eighteen Directors to be elected by the Membership.
Section 2. At the annual meeting in November, 1913, there shall be elected eighteen Directors---six to serve to November 1914, six to serve to November 1915, six to serve to November 1916, and thereby electing each year six men to serve three years.
Section 3. At all subsequent annual Meetings there shall be elected six Directors to serve three years to fill the vacancies created by those whose terms have expired.
Section 4. In the month of October of each year, there shall be appointed a nominating committee of five members, two of whom shall be named by the Board of Directors from the membership thereof, and three of whom shall be named by the Ways and Means Committee from the members at large outside of the Board of Directors. It shall be the duty of this nominating committee to prepare and present to the Manager, at least twenty days prior to the annual meeting, a ticket containing the names of ten candidates for election as directors. Notice of the nomination shall be sent to each member by the Manager at least two weeks prior to the annual election. Any ten members may, by a written statement signed by them and filed with the Manager and posted in the Chamber of Commerce rooms at least one week prior to the annual election in November, nominate a ticket of Directors to the number of vacancies to be filled provided no candidate's name shall appear on more than one ticket. Any member shall have the privilege of nominating a member for director at the annual meeting, provided he shall have in writing the member's consent. No member shall be nominated who is in arrears. The six candidates receiving the largest number of votes at the annual meeting will be declared elected as members of the Board, for the ensuing three years. In case of a tie vote, the Board of Directors shall decide by lot.
Section 5. Vacancies occurring among the Officers and Directors shall be filled by the Board of Directors.
Section 1. The receipts from membership dues and other sources, when the disposition thereof is not specifically designated, shall constitute the general fund of the Chamber, from which all fixed charges for the maintenance of the Chamber of Commerce and other expenses regularly incurred by the Chamber in the prosecution of its work shall be paid.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall have the power to create for the use of any department of the Chamber a special fund, which shall be voluntarily subscribed, and collected in a manner to be prescribed by the Board of Directors. Any special fund thus created shall be used exclusively in the bureau for which it was created, for carrying on work not included in the fixed charges of the Chamber.
Section 3. The Board of Directors may, at its discretion, transfer money from the general fund to the special fund, when it is evident that such transfer will not impair the general fund. Any balance remaining after the work for which it was collected is finally completed may be transferred to the general fund, unless otherwise provided when the fund was created.
Section 4. The Board of Directors shall secure such employees as they shall deem necessary and fix their compensation and shall have entire charge of the receipts, expenditures, and general disposition of the funds of the Chamber.
Section 1. The annual meeting of the members of the Chamber will be held on the second Tuesday in November of each year, at such hour and place as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors for the purpose of receiving reports of officers, electing Directors, and transacting such other business as may be presented. Twenty members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 2. Special meetings of the Chamber may be called at any time by the President, and shall be called upon the written request of twenty-five or more members and twenty members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. Order of business; call to order; roll call of officers; reading of minutes of previous meetings; reading of communications; report of treasurer; report of manager; reports of committees; unfinished business; new business; election of officers; good and welfare of the organization.
Section 1. This Constitution may be amended at any regular or special meeting of this Chamber by a two-thirds majority of
all votes present, provided notice of such proposed amendment is mailed to every member of the Chamber at least one week
prior to such meeting.
Section 1. The Board of Directors of this Chamber shall organize no later than thirty days after election by electing a President, a First Vice President, a Second Vice-President, a Third Vice President, a Fourth Vice President, a Fifth Vice-President, a Sixth Vice-President, a Seventh Vice-President, an Eighth Vice President, a Treasurer and a Secretary of the corporation. The directors shall be authorized to employ a Manager, to prescribe his duties and fix his salary.
Section 1. The President shall appoint no less than four members for the Committee of Management for each of the following bureaus. The members of each Committee of Management shall be recommended to the President for appointment by the Vice-President of each bureau, who is the Chairman of that bureau.
Educational, parks and playgrounds, sanitation, public utilities, charities and correction, streets and sidewalks, legislation.
TRADE AND COMMERCE.
Trade extension, fir, insurance and fire prevention, taxation.
Farm bureau, good roads, county fair.
PUBLICITY AND CONVENTIONS BUREAU.
Advertising, conventions, entertainments.
Present industries, new industries, employment.
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC BUREAU.
Rates and regulations, classification and rules, claim adjustment, interstate commerce, express service.
Membership and finance.
WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.
In addition thereto, there shall be a Ways and Means Committee to be composed of not more than three members from each Division which is classified as to business, profession or trade, represented in the membership of the Chamber. The Ways and Means Committee shall determine its number of sub-divisions and the kinds of business, professions or trades to be included in each and elect its own chairman who must, however, be a member of the board of Directors.
Each sub-division shall elect its own representatives from the membership and report same at the first meeting of the Ways and Means Committee following the annual election. The Ways and Means Committee may consider all questions that may have a bearing on the usefulness and work of the Chamber, making such suggestions and recommendations to the Board of Directors as it may, by vote, approve. It may appoint such standing and special committees as it may deem advisable.
To increase the membership of the Chamber, the Ways and Means Committee shall, at all times, aid in this important function of the Chamber's work. It shall meet once a week and all meetings shall be open to members of the Chamber, but while they may attend, will have no vote nor voice in the proceedings, unless upon invitation of the Chairman of the Committee.
The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall designate the sub-divisions and name the members of the Ways and Means Committee to serve until the first regular meeting of the Ways and Means Committee following the annual election in November, or until their successors shall have been elected. In the event the members of the Chamber belonging in any particular sub-division shall fail to name members of the Ways and Means Committee from such sub-division within 30 days following the annual election in November, the President shall name from such delinquent sub-divisions constituted members of the Ways and Means Committee. Twenty members of the Ways and Means Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. The President has the power to appoint from the Directors or the Membership, special committees from time to time as conditions may arise requiring their need.
Section 4. A majority of the members of any committee of the Chamber shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business with the exception of the Ways and Means Committee as above provided.
Section 5. All committees shall report their proceedings at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors and such reports, whenever practical, shall be submitted in writing and filed with the Manager.
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall meet regularly on the first Monday of every month and may hold special meetings at the call of the President or upon the written request of three or more members. Eight members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. Absence of a Director or Committeeman from three consecutive meetings, unless excused, may be cause for removal, in which event his successor may be elected by the Board of Directors as to a Director and appointed by the President as to a Committeeman.
Section 2. All committees shall meet at the call of their respective chairmen.
Section 3. The order of business of Directors meetings shall be as follows:
Roll call, reading of minutes, communications, report of treasurer, bills against the chamber, reports of officers, reports of standing committees, reports of special committees, report of manager, miscellaneous business.
Section 4. The fiscal year of the Chamber shall end at the close of business, October 31st, of each year.
Duties of Officers.
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chamber, and of the Board of Directors, and shall perform such other duties as are by right the prerogative of the presiding officer.
Section 2. The respective Vice-Presidents shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform all duties of that office in turn as to their rank.
1. The First Vice-President shall have general charge of work in the Civic Bureau.
2. The Second Vice-President shall have general charge of work in the Trade and Commerce Bureau.
4. The Fourth Vice-President shall have general charge of work in the Publicity and Conventions Bureau.
5. The Fifth Vice-President shall have charge of work in the Industrial Bureau.
6. The Sixth Vice-President shall have general charge of work in the Traffic and Transportation Bureau.
7. The Seventh Vice-President shall have general charge of work in the General Bureau.
8. The Eighth Vice-President shall be chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Section 3. The Secretary of the corporation shall keep a record of all meetings of the corporation and the Board of Directors. He shall be in charge of the corporate seal.
Section 4. The Manager shall be in general charge of the office and work of the Chamber and shall be responsible for the general welfare of the Chamber, performing all duties usually assigned to a Manager. His duties shall include attendance upon regular and special meetings of the Chamber, the Board of Directors, and of the committees. The Manager shall issue calls for meetings, collect and keep record of all monies of the Charter, and turn all funds received by him over to the Treasurer.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall receive and have custody of all funds of the Chamber, depositing the same in a bank or banks to be selected by the Board of Directors. He shall pay all vouchers which have been approved by the Board of Directors, and which bear the signature of the President and the Manager.
Section 6. A statement to October 31st of each year shall be prepared by the Manager and the Treasurer to be presented at the ensuing annual meeting of the Chamber; and such statement shall show general and several funds; receipts from all sources during the year, of amounts remaining in the hands of the Treasurer at close of business on the 31st day of October to the Chamber; amounts due the Chamber from all sources remaining uncollected; and such other items of detail as may be necessary to show a complete, detailed statement of the financial condition of the Chamber.
Section 7. Upon receipt of the dues for membership of any individual firm or corporation, a certificate of membership executed in proper form, bearing the signature of the President and Manager, shall be issued to the same for the year for which the dues are paid.
Section 8. Bonds for the faithful performance of duty shall be required of the Treasurer, also such other employers of the Chamber as may be deemed desirable by the board, at the expense of the Chamber. The amounts of said bonds shall be determined by the Board and the President shall be custodian of said bonds.
Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended at any special or any annual meeting of the Chamber.