in the state, who in turn had selected other local chairmen in a great
many localities, adding that the organization work was being rushed to
completion when the merger of the seven welfare agencies was effected.
After studying the various elements necessary to computing quotas,
such as total assessed valuation, total income taxes and total population in
each county and the ratio these bore to the state total of each item, quotas
for every county in the state were fixed, said Mr. Ela. He asserted that
the new quotas, which would have to be made by reason of the new
merger could be arrived at by taking those figures and making the proper
computation of the added percentage. This was subsequently done.
One of the most salient features of the meeting was marked when Mr.
Ela, as the head of the original Army Y. M. C. A. campaign in Wisconsin,
tendered that entire organization to the United War Work Campaign. He
asserted that the merged campaign marked the termination of the activi-
ties of the Y. M. C. A. organization and all of the work of the past months,
entailing everything that had been accomplished by the Army Y. M. C. A.
in perfecting the field organization and accompanying details, were now
at the complete disposal of the new organization.
Tentative plans for a state-wide conference of representative men and
women from Wisconsin to be held at Milwaukee, September 26th, were dis-
cussed. It was decided that invitations should be sent to lists of men and
women to be furnished by each of the seven cooperating agencies and this
plan was faithfully executed. A motion by Mr. Martin prompted this
With more than two thousand men and women in attendance the state-
wide conference of the United War Work Campaign, held in Milwaukee
September 26th, was historical in significance and epochal in results. The
day was opened with a morning conference of district and county chairmen
at the Hotel Pfister, at which State Chairman Ela presided. At the morn-
ing meeting specific plans for the prospective campaign were outlined; the
county quotas which are shown elsewhere-and the state quota were en-
dorsed and formally accepted; leaders of the campaign were heard in brief
addresses, which were most pertinent to the plans of the campaign, while
the good fellowship and enthusiasm created by the personal contact of the
actual workers proved material factors in the ultimate success of the big
drive. Many of those present declared that the morning meeting was the
most successful conference of its kind in the annals of the state. The
following program was presented at the morning session:
Prayer ---------------------------- Rabbi Charles E. Levi, Milwaukee
Statement -------------------------Emerson Ela, Madison
The Campaign Plan --------------   F. J. Vea, Stoughton
Publicity------------------------- Lee C. H. Orbach, Madison
Speakers' Bureau ------------------M. S. Dudgeon, Madison
The Woman in the Campaign ------- Miss Clara S. Roe, Madison
Finances --------------------------H. F. Lindsay, Milwaukee
Remarks --------------------------Louis C. Bradshaw, Racine
Closing Words ---------------------Chairman Ela
The afternoon session, which was held in the Plankinton hall of the
Auditorium at 1:30 P. M., was marked by an attendance of fully two
thousand. Chief Justice Winslow, as chairman of the general committee,
officiated as the presiding officer. Dr. John R. Mott of New York City,