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Title: Midland Druggist
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Midland Druggist. N.A.R.D. Notes. Chicago, Sept. 27, 1902 The annual N.A.R.D. convention and at Cleveland and whose deliberations were concluded on Thursday, goes into history as the most enthusiastic, harmonious and successful national meeting thus far held. The business of the association was taken aggressively in hand by the delegates and expedited in a thoroughly business-like manner, the outcome being most gratifying, foreshadowing results during the coming year surpassing those of the exceptionally successful year just closed. The work of the Cleveland convention again emphasizes the fact that the retail druggists of the country have an organization of which they may well be proud and one that compares favorably with any similar trade organization in the world. The paramount question before the convention embodied the matter of properly financing the N.A.R.D. The annual dues were wisely advanced from 50 cents per member to $2.00 per member of all the local affiliated associations. The annual dues are yet comparatively small, but the more liberal contribution of the members to the support of the national work through this channel will provide four times the revenue available last year, and will thus enable the executive committee to do very much more thorough and extended work than has hitherto been possible. This increase in cash will enable us among other things to send an organizer out form the organization department at Chicago to visit each important local association at least once a year, to inspire enthusiasm, collect dues, and perform such other work as can best be done for the locals by an outsider. It will also permit the national association to keep men in the large cities permanently, thus keeping a close supervision over the work at the “storm centres of the trade” where the price-cutting evil received its chief impetus and sustenance’s. Recognizing that the burdens of the state associations should be lightened as much as possible, it was decided that hereafter their per capita dues would be 25 cents, instead of 50 cents as heretofore. The new and smaller dues are to apply to the total paying membership of such associations, no deductions to be made for those who are members of affiliated associations. In the past deductions of the character named have been attempted, but because of the absence of known means to satisfactorily determine how many members of the state associations were also members of the local associations and what deductions should be made, it was thought best to dispose of the matter in another way. This new plan greatly simplifies matters by providing a straight assessment on the total membership, thus eliminating deductions of every kind. The inadequacy of the N.A.R.D’s financial support last year, due to the extremely small annual dues, and the large amount of efficient work accomplished by the executive committee, created a deficit. Recognizing the imperative necessity of meeting this deficit, as well as of providing funds for carrying forward the work now pressing until such time as the 1902-3 dues are coming in and made available, an appeal for contributions was read to the convention. The response was liberal, and by means of it the immediate needs of the association have been properly cared for. Several manufacturers, realizing that the N.A.R.D. propaganda was of almost as much importance to their branch of the trade as to the retail section, subscribed amounts ranging from $25.00 to $1,000. Following this expression of good feeling, Mr. H.L. Kramer, of the Sterling Remedy Company came forward with a proposition to be one of ten manufacturers to give $1,000 each to the cause. Seven others have so far responded and the two necessary to meet the condition stipulated by Mr. Kramer are expected to be found shortly. However, should these conditional subscriptions fail, Mr. Kramer announces that he stands ready to guarantee the N.A.R.D. $5000 under the terms of the offer made the association by him two years ago to give the association a commission on the sale of every $10 order of the S. R. Co.’s goods. The following table of cash collected and pledges received, Mr. Kramer advancing $1000 on his account will be of interest: Cash. From Delegates………. $765.00 H.L. Kramer…………….. 1,000.00 Unconditional Pledges. Horlick Food Co………. $1,000.00 Scott & Bowne……….. 200.00 W.J. Breitenbach Co… 200.00 Dr. Shoop Family Med. Co. 200.00 Chamberlain Medicine Co. 100.00 Dr. Miles Medical Co….. 100.00 Paris Medicine Co………. 100.00 Welch Grape Juice Co…. 100.00 Minneapolis R. D. Assn… 50.00 F.S. Nagle, Wilkes Barr, Pa. 30.00 W.H. Heegard Co……… 25.00 Pledges from Delegates `60.00 ____________ 2,165.00 ----------- $3,930.00 Conditional Pledges. Park, Davis & Co……. $1,000.00 Peruna Drug Mfg. Co. 1,000.00 Dr. Kilmore & Co…….. 1,000.00 Brent Good (Carter Med. Co.) 1,000.00 National Cash Register Co. 1,000.00 Charles H. Fletcher Co. 1,000.00 _____________ $6,000.00 ------------ $9,930.00 The conditional pledges represent the amount subscribed upon condition that ten $1,000 contributions are received. The pledge made by the Horlick Food Co. was first made as a conditional pledge, but was afterwards changed to an unconditional one. An itemized account of all cash received will be given out in a few days. Probably the most satisfactory aspect of the convention’s work was the harmony and good feeling that prevailed throughout the entire session. The earnestness displayed by the delegates was most marked. Almost every delegate came to the convention with fear and trembling in his heart; but it was recognized by all that a repetition of the scenes that attended the work of the Buffalo meeting last year would do much towards disrupting the NA.R.D., if not indeed accomplishing that dire end, and as a consequence the deliberations were characterized by moderation of statement, diplomacy and earnestness that was most creditable to the retail druggists of the country as men of self-discipline, tact and true wisdom. Regarding the plan of campaigning against the price-cutting evil it may be said that the tripartite plan was re-indorsed and retained. It was conceded by the plan’s most ardent supporters, however, that it had not proven all that could be desired and that it should be strengthened wherever possible. A special committee was appointed to consider all supplemental plans submitted by delegates, and there were no less than five and after holding several sessions in which the subject matter was gone into thoroughly, this committee recommended that the executive committee endeavor to put into effect in connection with the tripartite plan a direct contract system similar to the one so ably and earnestly advocated by the Ohio Valley Druggists Association. This system includes the serial numbering of all packages of goods by the manufacturer, who together with his agents, the wholesaler and the retailer are required to keep a correct record by number of the sale or disposition of each package. The executive committee will set about considering ways and means of securing the adoption of the supplemented plan among proprietors and jobbers, and will report the progress of this work from time to time in these notes. The campaign waged in the newspapers against substitution was unsparingly condemned by the convention. At the same time the association went on record in unequivocal terms as an advocate of all reasonable, fair and just means for the eradication of the substitution evil. The buying club movement had warm advocates in the convention, and the delegates voted to instruct the executive committee to investigate all buying clubs formed by retail druggists and to use its most endeavors to have those doing a legitimate wholesale business placed on the recognized jobbing list. Mr. F. E. Holiday, retiring member of the executive committee was given a vote of thanks for the efficient and faithful services rendered the N.A.R.D. during the past three years. He declined a nomination for re-election, believing that by devoting his entire attention to his position as assistant to the chairman of the Proprietary Goods Committee of the N.A.R.D. he can best sub serve the interest of both associations. The Cleveland meeting was an epoch-making event in the history of the N.A.R.D. and 1902-3 is destined to see great things accomplished. Let every retailer get his shoulder to the wheel and push.

Date: 9/27/1902
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Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
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