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ATLANTA BALTIMORE BIRMINGHAM BOSTON BUFFALO CHARLOTTE CHICAGO CINCINNATI CLEVELAND DALLAS DENVER DETROIT JACKSONVILLE KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES MINNEAPOLIS NEWARK NEW ORLEANS NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA PITTSBURGH PORTLAND HASKINS & SELLS PROVIDENCE SAINT LOUIS SALT LAKE CITY SAN DIEGO CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS SAN FRANCISCO SEATTLE TULSA WATERTOWN BULLETIN BERLIN LONDON MANILA PARIS SHANGHAI EXECUTIVE OFFICES 16 BROAD STREET. NEW YORK HAVANA MEXICO CITY MONTREAL VOL. XII NEW YORK, OCTOBER, 1929 No. 7 Keeping Pace With the Times T H E month of September this year has been a month of meetings. What with the meetings of the two national societies, the additional touch of importance given by the International Congress, with the firm meeting coming in the fourth week, September has been a month long to be remembered. Whether or not meetings are of value, they are a part of the modern system of Babbittry. They are a part of the game; somewhat typically American, perhaps, at least in the way they have been developed of late years. As an excuse for golf, meetings are perfect institutions. One well-known organization holds its annual gatherings at a resort where the only attraction is a golf course. The members play golf during the day and slumber during the reading of papers in the evening. But what medium offers greater opportunity for close communion than golf? Where can one get a better insight into the unalloyed character of a friend, or, of an adversary, than on a golf course? Where is there a better test of patience, poise, and perspicacity? Perhaps the meetings which have just been held, did not contribute an iota to the sum total of knowledge related to accountancy and the dependent subject. Perhaps all the essays that were read were not worth the time consumed in their preparation, and the paper on which they were written. Perhaps the money cost involved in the getting together of such large numbers of persons was wasted. Perhaps the spending of huge sums for entertaining was gross extravagance, and the meetings served but an excuse for a good time. But granting all of the foregoing, which is far from fact, meetings of the kind, such as have just taken place, would still be justified. Kindred souls have been brought together. Persons interested in the same cause and subjects have had an opportunity to exchange views, face to face. Friendships have been formed; many have been renewed. Outlooks have been broadened. Enthusiasm for the job back home has been quickened. Energy has been stimulated, and "a good time was had by all." The habit of annual meetings is a good habit. Various associations find them inspiring and beneficial in the respective strivings. The annual meetings of accountants are a great cohesive factor in knitting the profession into a firmer body, with greater power for good in making the work of the professional accountant an effective instrument in business service.
Keeping pace with the times
Haskins & Sells Bulletin, Vol. 12, no. 07 (1929 October), p. 53
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Libraries. Accounting Collection|
|Identifier||HS Bulletin 12-p53|