In August 1934, Hundreds of delegates from around the nation assembled in the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago for an important meeting. Around a large table in the hotel’s Silver Room, the delegates meticulously planned the future of their organization. What were their goals and objectives? they asked. Toward what should they aim? By the end of the discussion they had reached a conclusion: in the year ahead lay growth. “Plans for increased activities and further development make the coming year look like a big one,” read the official postconfer-ence report. As they left the convention, the delegates vowed to work diligently in the months ahead and to meet again the following August.1
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