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The Association of Collegiate Alumnae
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN SAN FRANCISCO AND
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 28.-SEPTEMBER 8, 1908
COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION
MARY Ross POTTER, CHAIRMAN AND EDITOR,
ETHEL PUFFER HOWES,
NEW YORK, N. Y
SARAH WHITTELSEY WALDEN,
NEW HAVEN, CONN
Madame President, Members of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae,
The California Branch of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae extends a most cordial welcome to you all, representatives of our state and our city, the faculties of our universities, the officers of college organizations, our fellow club women, our many personal friends, and more particularly those delegates from all parts of the United States in whose honor we have gathered here tonight.
Two years ago we had this welcome ready for you, but the eighteenth of April brought us many disappointments and put off our anticipated pleasure until the present time. You are doubly welcome now, not alone because this is two welcomes rolled into one, but because your generous and spontaneous assistance in our great trial emphasizes to us the important fact that we, here, are a part of a great and noble organization extending from ocean to ocean.
It is a pleasure to acknowledge on this occasion our appreciation
of the kindness of the Chicago Branch, who, at the eleventh hour, entertained the national meeting, which we had been forced to abandon. This Association was started in 1882 by a few pioneer college
Its aim is practical educational work. It has advanced educational standards by determining "what, for the purpose of the Association, constituted a college."
The brilliant work of these women has been largely instrumental in opening to women universities originally established for men. The first American woman to receive the Ph. D. degree from Vale was one of them. The first woman admitted to a German university was another. Woman are filling our universities with such ever increasing numbers that the problem confronts them of an occupation after graduation.
May this first meeting of the National Association on this coast bring a greater unity, a more real appreciation of the work of the Association and of our part in it, and an inspiration to meet the varied needs of the modern college woman.
MARY L. CHENEY
University of California
A little less than a year ago the members of this organization gathered in Boston to celebrate on the Atlantic coast, where it was born, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. It was pecularily fitting that that celebration should be planned and carried out by the Boston Branch, the parent stock from which the thirty-six other branches of the Association have sprung. It is equally fitting that the next meeting of the Association should be held on the shores of the Pacific. The circumstance illustrates the truly national character of the Association, which is intended to unite the college women of the entire country for investigation and practical educational work.
In welcoming our guests to California we must confess that we can offer them no such intellectual treat as Boston provided. It would be folly to attempt to match that city's entertainment of