|The Aeronautic Society of New York|
But he hopes that at any rate he has said enough to show that in itts first eighteen
months the Aeronautic Society has done more than enough to justify its existence---that,
despite the difficulties with which it has had to contend, it has done something to help
aviation along in America, and has given some aid to inventors beyond mere talk.
The members here wish to make some note of how much the Society owes to its first
and present President, Mr. Lee S. Burridge. He is, they know, the last who would wish any-
thing said on that subject. It is enough to say that he has never turned his back on
any difficulty, and has ever been the first to reach out the helping hand---the hand that is not
empty. Few men in America to-day have spent more money disinterestedly to advance
the Art of aeronautics than has the President of the Aeronautic Society, and certainly none
have spent it more willingly. If America had only a dozen men ready to assist the Art
in the same degree that Mr. Burridge has done during his tenure of office, the Art of
aviation in the United States would have made far greater progress, and these men would
have ably supplemented the work of Messrs. Wilbur and Orville Wright, Prof. Samuel P.
Langley, Hiram S. Maxim, Octave Chanute, Charles M. Manly, Glenn H. Curtiss, A. M.
Herring, Prof J. J. Montgomery, and many other Americans who have placed this country
indisputably at the forefront of the Art of Flying.
The members also wish to express a word of hearty appreciation to their fellow member,
Mr. Ernest La Rue Jones, Editor of "Aeronautics," for his conscientious efforts to place
before the public the aims and accomplishments of the Aeronautic Society in the columns
of his valuable magazine.
The Directors also wish to thank the members for their unanimous and generous
support on those occasions when it has been found necessary to ask for assistance. Those
occasions have been made as rare as possible, and have always been for some absolutely
necessary purpose; but it has been very inspiring to see the readiness with which contribu-
tions have been made. The Directors would, in conclusion, say that they think there can
have been few societies, such as the Aeronautic Society, which after a few months of exist-
ence finds itself with a membership totalling 350, and which is able to hold
such largely attended meetings as this Society does. There can be no question but
that its past and its present bespeak a brilliant future for the Aeronautic Society, and
that its work and its influence will continue to set an encouraging example to all similar
bodies. With the opening of the New Year the Society purposes to greatly enlarge its scope
and its efforts, and it is resolved that nothing shall be wanting on its part in the way of
energy and enthusiasim to keep it in the position if now holds in the lead of all the
aeronautical societies in the country by the sheer desert of it actual accomlishments. To
this end it asks the assistance of all its present members, and, with the same disinterested
view, will welcome into its ranks all who are either doing things or are interested.
NOTE.--For further information regarding the Aeronautic Society, applications for
membership, etc., address the secretary, at the Society's headquarters, 1909 Broadway, corner
of 68th Street, New York, or address P. O. Box 28, Station D., New York.