|PAUL F. CADMAN, Chairman
ALEXANDER G. ACHESON
EDWIN H. ADRIANCE
SIDNEY T. ALLEN
A. PIATT ANDREW
G. HINMAN BARRETT
EDWARD LYMAN BILL
THOMAS S. BOSWORTN
LOUIS G. CALDWELL
ROGER F. CLAPP
C. E. FRAZER CLARK
MAYO A. DARLING
F. TRUBEE DAVISON
LUKE C. DOYLE
JEFFERSON B. FLETCHER
JOSEPH R. GREENWOOD
L. GORDON HAMERSLEY
ALEXANDER I. HENDERSON
|A. MUSGRAVE HYDE
JAMES H, LEWIS
PHILIP C. LEWIS
ALBERT E. MACDOUGALL
VALENTINE E. MACY, JR.
AUSTIN B. MASON
JOHN C. B. MOORE
BASIL K. NEFTEL.
JAMES W. D. SEYMOUR
HENRY D. SLEEPER
WALTER K. VARNEY
WILLIAM H. WALLACE, JR.
RICHARD W. WESTWOOD
JOHN B. WHITTON
|BULLETIN No. 12||
Since last August the officers and members of the Executive Committee of the Central Association of the American Field Service have been working on a plan to increase the endowment of the American Field Service Fellowships. This issue of the Bulletin marks the formal opening of a campaign for this purpose.
Elsewhere in this edition appear the telegrams and letters relative to the splendid gift which Mr. Clemenceau has made to the Field Service Fellowship fund. It was a rare piece of good fortune that made this donation coincident with the beginning of our undertaking,---not only have the Fellowships received publicity from coast to coast, but they have attracted the interest of many people who otherwise would never know of their existence. Furthermore, the spirit in which the "Grand Old Man of France" gave us his support must be an inspiration to all of us upon whom the responsibility of this campaign rests.
The big issues in this undertaking are clear:
By the establishment of the American Field Service Fellowships we have chosen a means to found a permanent memorial to the men whose names have become sacred by their place on the Roll of Honor, and happily this very means serves to effect the purpose of the Association, which is, in the terms of the constitution, "to promote and maintain understanding and fraternal feeling between France and the United States."
Never since the day of our enlistment have we had such a unique opportunity to put our feelings into action. This is not the time to rehearse the sentiments that called us to volunteer service in France. It is rather the time to demonstrate the power of the conviction that lies close to the heart of every man who had any part in the war-time activity of the American Field Service.
The officers and trustees of the Fellowship fund, who are all more than occupied by the weight of business, and by large shares in the world's work, have willingly offered not only their time and energy, but their financial support to further our effort. They look to us as an organization, and as individuals, to demonstrate by personal work and by personal giving, our faith in our own foundation.
The success of the plan herewith offered is in our hands. This is a call to every member and every non-member of the American Field Service Association to crystallize and to make tangible his desire to perpetuate Franco-American accord. People with large means who are disposed to contribute at this time are asking what we have done, and will make their donations accordingly. By so doing they have practically challenged our sincerity. Don't put down this Bulletin until we have read every word in it. Let the signature of the enclosed pledges he the first symbol of our will to work.
PAUL F. CADMAN.
(1) For each Field Service man to make a personal contribution in accordance with his ability which shall be a fixed percentage of the total sum of $600,000 which is the goal of this campaign;
(2) For each Field Service man to endeavor to raise, by personal solicitation or by any one of the means suggested below, a certain sum which shall be a fixed percentage of the $600,000 total:
(3) For each of the eight branches of the Association to undertake to raise a sum which shall be a fixed percentage of the $600,000 total. It is understood that individual pledges and the receipts from individual solicitations can be credited to the branch total, in cases where the donor or solicitor is a member of a given branch. It is also understood that where a Section wishes to establish a Fellowship in memory of one of its men, such action would be in complete accord with the spirit of the campaign.
The following suggestions may be made effective by individuals, sections or branches. There is no desire to limit activity, and any other plans or devices should be made known to the central office at 522 Fifth Avenue, New York, so that they can be contributed to the whole Association.
(1) To solicit funds among the friends and hosts of M. Clemenceau, in order to secure the thirty thousand dollars necessary to supplement his generous gift, thereby creating two GEORGES CLEMENCEAU FELLOWSHIPS.
(2) To attempt to interest the families and friends of those Service men who gave their lives for France, in the establishment of memorial fellowships.
(3) To seek fellowships in memory of any man, French or American, whose life has been devoted to Franco-American ideals.
(4) To conduct social activities of all kinds in the various centers where there are enough Field Service men and friends of France to assure their success. Benefit concerts, operas, theatricals, dances, art exhibitions, flower festivals, fetes of any kind are in order, and will bring large returns where they are properly organized and backed by spirit and enthusiasm.
(5) The central office is now arranging a continental tour of distinguished French musicians, audiences for which concerts will be assured by all the friends of France, and particularly by Field Service men,---and the profits from which will come to the Fellowship fund. A careful estimate of such a tour makes it possible to foresee a good margin of profit from these concerts, provided the musicians play to full houses. Definite information about this tour will be found on page 16, together with the responsibility devolving upon the Field Service for its success.
(1) The original endowment provided by the American Field Service Association is sufficient to maintain twelve annual fellowships. This amount has been supplemented by annual gifts and pledges by the officers, trustees, and friends of the American Field Service Fellowships for French Universities, so that during the past four years sixty-one Fellows have been sent to France, twenty-nine of whom have had their Fellowships renewed for an additional year. Thus eighty annual Fellowships have been awarded in the period stated.
(2) The American Field Service Association has declared its purpose to establish as soon as possible one hundred and twenty-seven permanent annual Fellowships, one for each Field Service man who gave his life for Franco-American ideals.
(3) The goal of the present campaign is to raise, before June 1, 1923, six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000), the income from which will enable us to establish at once twenty-five annual Fellowships, which, with the twelve indicated above, will make a total of thirty-seven.
M. Clemenceau's generous gift of $20,000 heads the list and stands as one-thirtieth of the $600,000 total which we propose to raise in this campaign. Two officers of the American Field Service Fellowships for French Universities have promised to give one-sixtieth of all we raise up to $600,000. If we reach the maximum their donations will amount to $10,000 each. A number of other persons who are disposed to give large sums are waiting for the men of the Field Service Association to show their good faith, not by giving above their means, but by at least making a real contribution. The pledge blank on the opposite page, which is detachable, is the first effort which you are asked to make.
If twenty-five hundred Field Service men would donate one-sixty-thousandth each, we would have enough to found a Fellowship. Many of our men can give a great deal more, and have already promised to do so. If three men would give one-eightieth, a Fellowship could be founded; if twenty-five would give one-six-hundredth, a Fellowship could be founded; if fifty could give one-twelve-hundredth, a Fellowship could be founded. The possibilities are unlimited.
Our endowment is tax-exempt; contributions can be deducted from income tax returns within the usual limits of 15 per cent.
John B. Whitton, T. M. U. 133, who has served both as President of the Far Western Branch and Vice-President of the National Association, has accepted the Chairmanship of the Fellowship campaign on the Pacific Coast. These extracts from his letter have brought such encouragement to the Central Committee that they are offered to the Association at large.
"* * * The task at first seemed so tremendous, particularly as my work at present is out of all proportion to the usual working day. However, I can not refuse anything which you would ask of me, nor do I want to lose such an unusual opportunity to work for a great cause. * * * So count on me for everything which I have to give. I shall start the ball rolling tonight.
"Of course we shall call on those who evinced their love for France by giving in the early days of the war, either for the Field Service or other pro-French war activities. We should get the rosters of such givers---there were many other such organizations besides the Field Service. We can interest the families of the men who fell, and perhaps the small towns from which they came in this state.
* * * Of course, we will have to emphasize that this proposed endowment will materially aid us in a material way, because people will not give if it is made out to be charity alone.
"You speak of dances or fetes. We can put a fete over in San Francisco which will be a hummer. Dick McLaren got all San Francisco's four hundred out to the Nivelle dinner, and we can do it again, only better---possibly a fancy dress French ball.
"I have received the Memorial Volume. Thank you for it. Were anyone's faith to weaken for a moment, a few minutes spent in reading from that book would restore it. One envies them their glorious death, and asks God for a chance to die with faith such as theirs, in a cause as noble as that for which they fought. I am sure you still feel as we did in 1917, that the cause we were a small part of was one of the greatest of all time; and despite what has happened since the armistice, I feel that that cause will some day triumph.
We will organize a drive in each of the colleges, in fact, the university is of course the natural unit to arouse to this fellowship idea; it is in the interests of higher learning, will aid student graduates of these universities to study in their chosen fields in perhaps the best schools in the world, and is in commemoration of men who left to die in a great cause, out of their college course.
"We must rally the universities, and particularly the French departments. We must get signed statements from the Presidents of the universities.
"The opportunities are vast, but we must lay careful, well-thought out plans and proceed along definite lines. We must fix a definite sum as our goal. We must summon all our faith and enthusiasm, but must be careful not to go off half-cocked. It seems to me that our most important task is to thrill our committee with a faith which will last through all opposition and will surmount anti-French criticism. This is one reason why I want to be armed with a mass of letters from men in authority scholastically, and from the fellows themselves. Let us be fully prepared in every way * * *
"Let me again assure you of my wish to serve, and of my loyalty and faith."
At this time when the Field Service is bending every effort toward a very definite object for which it needs the support of every member it is important to make clear exactly what is the Association. Some men to whom the social side has little appeal, including many whose records were of the finest and whose interest the Association is most anxious to gain, have formed the entirely erroneous opinion that it exists solely for the purpose of drinking red wine and talking over old times which is something they simply are not interested in doing. This latter is an understandable point of view and account of it is specifically taken in the constitution of the Association which provides for two classes of membership. By the payment of annual dues of $3 a man may become a member of the Central Association and receive the Bulletin. He will be privileged and invited to take part in all the activities of the Association one of whose purposes is, in the words of its Constitution "To promote and maintain understanding and fraternal feeling between France and the United States."
The present plan for increasing the Fellowship Fund is typical of the broad, worth while work the Association intends to and will accomplish. The social side of the organization which means a great deal to other members is provided for by the various Branches to which a man may belong on the payment of additional annual dues of S2. These branches hold frequent dinners at which the maintenance of Field Service friendships and the recollection of those great days is the primary object. The section spirit is fostered but not to the exclusion of the Field Service spirit without which there could have been no sections.
We face a great task and a great opportunity. The Field Service Association today, as formerly, stands for and works for the old ideals. Let there be no misunderstanding on that point. And let every man honestly tell himself that in keeping aloof from the Association he is denying the spirit that gave him one of the greatest experiences of his life.
It is perfectly true that many of us are disposed to give much more than our means will allow. Here is the opportunity for us to endeavor to reach friends of the Field Service and of France who would be willing to contribute to this fund, which is so distinctly a Franco-American undertaking. If one thousand Field Service men would agree to raise among their friends the small sum of $100 each, we would have $100,000, which would be one-sixth of our total; if another thousand would agree to raise $40 each, we would have one-fifteenth of our total; if ten would make the sacrifice of time and effort to raise $1,00 each, we would have one-sixtieth. Here again the possibilities are unlimited. This is a call to you to make your utmost endeavor. It is understood that in signing the detachable blank on the opposite page, you are not pledging yourself to the amount indicated, but that you are demonstrating your willingness to attempt to raise that amount. No obligation will be incurred, but we want a statement of your will to work. Such a statement can be capitalized by those who are trying to reach large contributions.
Report your progress to the Central Office at 522 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
A pamphlet about the Fellowship plan is now in course of preparation and will be sent to you in the near future.
Information of any kind concerning the Fellowship will he quickly forwarded from the Central Office on request.
To every Field Service man the Rue Franklin brings to mind not only that great American who was our first Ambassador in France, but also,---and perhaps more vividly because the days of our own ambassadorship in France were so vivid as to temporarily obliterate completed history,---that great Frenchman whose home we so often passed. How incredible would it have appeared to us then could we have known that but a few years later, Georges Clemenceau, no longer Premier, would come to America as an unofficial spokesman for his country, and that his visit would bring to us, as a peace-time organization, the distinction of his endorsement, together with material aid for the furtherance of our purpose to commemorate those of our members who were not to survive the war! Yet that is what has happened,---and in this way.
On the day when M. Clemenceau, in the following out of his American itinerary, arrived in Boston, James H. Lewis, as Secretary of the American Field Service Association, sent to him a letter offering, on behalf of our entire membership, "warm welcome, high success, and safe return to our beloved France." In this letter Mr. Lewis incorporated the resolution which was unanimously passed at the Second Annual Reunion of the Field Service, held in New York City, in April, 1921, and which was on that occasion presented to Ambassador Jusserand. The resolution reads:
"WHEREAS, the members of the American Field Service, who served with the French Armies in the years before American participation, possess a deep and abiding feeling of friendship for France, and are in complete sympathy with her effort to secure protection from the danger of unrighteous invasion, and
WHEREAS, the aforesaid men are desirous of doing more than merely expressing kindly feeling and good wishes, and desire to express their feelings by acts rather than by words,
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the following members of the American Field Service, met in reunion in New York this 30th day of April, 1921, do hereby solemnly pledge themselves, individually and collectively,
To hold themselves ready to offer their services to France, in case her territory should ever again be subject to German aggression, to the limit of their ability in all ways compatible with their American citizenship;
AND THEN, and in the meantime, to do all in their power to perpetuate the ancestral friendship of France and their country."
From M. Clemenceau was received the following warm response:
Deeply touched by the sentiments expressed in your letter of the 24th, I wish to thank and congratulate you upon your noble stand toward my country. It deserves your sympathy and your aid, for notwithstanding the attacks directed at her, she is not only glorious, but magnanimous, and her aim has never been "militaristic," for she does not believe in the enslavement of people, but in their liberation.
Expand that truth around you, for she needs the help in her moments of stress of all true Americans who, like your great Franklin, believe that they have two countries, "their own and France."
I shake the hand of each one of you, dear comrades.
Coincident with the "Tiger's" arrival in this country, Robert A. Donaldson, S. S. U. 70, had telegraphed from California the suggestion that inasmuch as the proceeds of the tour were to be used in some way for the promotion of understanding between France and America, an effort be made to secure these proceeds for our Fellowship endowment. Acting upon this suggestion, Colonel Andrew, at Washington, put the matter before M. Clemenceau, and explained to him our hope in regard to the Field Service Memorial Fellowships. Although very many Franco-American organizations had requested for the carrying on of their work the funds resulting from his American lectures, M. Clemenceau decided to make us his sole beneficiary, and gave the reason for this decision in the following telegram sent from Philadelphia a day or two later:
"In memory of my student years in America I hope you will permit me to contribute the proceeds of my lectures to your fund for sending American boys to France and bringing our students here."
Colonel Andrew sent the following immediate telegraphic response:
"Your gift to the American Field Service Fellowships for French Universities in memory of your student years in America will revive among countless American youths memories of their great days in France. It will help to perpetuate that ancestral friendship between the youth of France and America which began when our country began, and which we intend shall continue always."
And at New York, upon M. Clemenceau's departure, a committee of the Field Service Association, with Jerome Preston, as Chairman, Thomas S. Bosworth, and Dominic Rich, visited him at the boat to deliver personally, in these words, our thanks for his gift:
"We, the members of the American Field Service Association, desire to express our keenest appreciation of your generous gift to the American Field Service Fellowship fund, and to assure you of our determined efforts always, both individually and collectively, to further the ideals for which it was conceived.
"As a student you first came to know America; as students in time of war we learned to love France; may the students of the future, by the interchange of sympathy and understanding, continue to strengthen the ties which have always bound the two nations.
"We salute you, M. Clemenceau, as the staunch defender of French rights, in which we believe so strongly, and assure you of our undying affection for you and your great nation."
Mr. Walter K. Varney, S. S. U. 14, who is the Executive Secretary of the Franco-American Musical Society, has agreed to arrange a concert tour starring a number of distinguished French musicians. Through his organization he will be able to place under contract these well-known artists, who are in sympathy with our undertaking. Two of the artists with whom he is negotiating were at the front during the entire war, and were at different times transported to hospitals in Field Service ambulances. Because of their appreciation of the American Field Service, they are willing to make sacrifices in order to assist.
Careful consideration has been given to this project by those who are familiar with the musical taste of the American audience, as well as with the organization required for such an undertaking. It is proposed to cover fifty-two American cities from coast to coast. If every Field Service man in those cities will consider it his personal obligation to secure publicity, to enlist the social co-operation of all who are known as friends of France, and all other lovers of good music, this tour will bring us a substantial profit.
The initial concert will be given in February, at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Walter Varney will start at once on a booking tour, returning to New York late in March to accompany the artists, who will begin their concerts early in April. He asks the assurance of the following definite assistance:
First---That a luncheon be arranged where Field Service men and all others interested, will meet him when he comes to a given town on his preliminary booking tour. Definite dates can he arranged by telegram.
Second---A group of Field Service men must undertake to enlist the interest of all social forces in the community in question.
Third---A Field Service man must guarantee publicity. Information of all kinds as to the artists and the concert can be secured from Varney.
Fourth---Varney should know as soon as he arrives in each town the number of theatres available, the seating capacity, and the rental charges; also, the number of newspapers, their editors, and any influential approach to the press.
Fifth---A properly qualified representative of the Field Service must agree to present to the audience on the night of the concert an appeal for their interest in this Fellowship campaign.
Volunteer to do this work for your town, and we will call on you as soon as the definite schedule is fixed.
Any one, or all of these tasks may be yours. Will you indicate on the detachable blank which appears below your will to support this concert tour? It is understood that the net proceeds of the concert in any given town may be considered as a part of the pledge made by any branch or section to the endowment fund. If you will take time to consider the expense and labor that are required for this particular task, you will surely not fail the Association in this part of the effort, which is so peculiarly the duty of all.