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Ohio Society of New York
November 29, 1886

The committee, by way of suggestion or recommendation, beg to say that in order to maintain the requisite membership a sustained interest in the monthly meetings and in the general purposes and objects of the Society must be manifested by the present members. First: There ought to be a greater attendance, a more frequent dropping in of the members to the rooms of the Society afternoons and evenings. It might be well for the Society or governing committee to designate some special evening each week as Ohio Society night, when it shall be understood that as many of the members as can possibly do so will visit the rooms.

No more attractive feature could possibly be added to the Society rooms than to fill them comfortably full with the cultivated, able and attractive men who constitute its membership. "All place a temple; all season summer" where such men do congregate.

Then again, while the papers read at our monthly meetings are most interesting and instuctive, are filled and weighty with great truths and historic facts, yet may they not be just a little depressing, from their very ponderosity? Might it not be well to lighten a little the great load of historic facts, of robust reasoning and massive wisdom shoved on to the average intellect on these occasions, by a little music -- a sprightly duet or a stirring glee song? I doubt not we have the talent. Our committee on history, literature and art might brighten the sombre tints of the evening by a choice recitation or reading.

Why can we not have the presence of ladies at our monthly meetings or semi-monthly meetings? Their presence would certainly bring into our rooms Matthew Arnold's vision of 'Sweetness and light.'

It has also been suggested that by concerted arrangement members of the Society, or a large number, might meet once a week and dine together at Morelli's or some such place, after the manner of the Twilight Club. The dinner would be good and moderate in price -- not more than a dollar each, without wine -- and would tend more to build up the fraternity of feeling, the good comradeship and personal attachments among members, which are the best foundations for Society existence.

It might be well also, during the winter, for the Society to invite some of our many eminent non-resident members to come here and give a public lecture or lectures on some burning question of the hour. The expenses could be met by voluntary subscription, and the lectures being of a high standard, and given under the auspices of the Ohio Society, would give us a place in the literary and intellectual life of our city and time. These suggestions are thrown out for the thoughtful consideration of the Society. To continue to live as a Society we must be very much alive, and show that we are worthy to live.

Henry L. Burnett, Chairman Governing Committee


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