The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 216
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Inflation is a serious problem for all of us. It has been particularly
hard on the Association these last five years. Costs to your Association
have increased much more rapidly than has the income from dues. In
1966, for example, income from dues totalled $12,861, while the print-
ing cost of the Quarterly, only one of the Association's activities,
amounted to $7,991. For the fiscal year ending August 31, income from
dues came to $27,274, but the printing cost for the journal totalled
$24,081. Other costs have risen in a similar fashion.
In 1962 the executive council increased the dues from $5 to $7.50;
in 1972 dues were raised to $1o. Paper and printing costs have spiralled
dramatically in the past five years. To meet the continually rising costs
of operations the executive council now finds it necessary to increase
the dues to $15 per annum. This is a large increase, but hopefully dues
will not have to be raised again for a number of years.
Your dues not only pay for the publishing costs of the Quarterly, but
they help to fund other activities of the Association: the junior his-
torian program, the Webb Society, educational activities of our or-
ganization, and the annual meeting. The University of Texas is provid-
ing your Association office space, utilities, and close to $85,000 for
salaries. We could not operate effectively without both your member-
ship dues and the University's assistance.
We sincerely hope that you will continue to support your Association,
that you will read the Quarterly and find it interesting and enlighten-
ing, and that you will realize that your membership contributes toward
the preservation of our Texas heritage. Remember, also, that your
membership is tax deductible.
After an absence of two years the Association will hold its annual
meeting in Austin, March 2-4, 1978, at the Driskill and Stephen F.
Austin hotels. The program committee, chaired by executive council
member Archie P. McDonald, has put together an excellent group of
sessions. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to be with us.
The auction of Texana, always a highlight of the annual meeting,
will be held Friday afternoon, March 3, 1978. The Association's first
auction was held April 20, 1939, after the dinner address. It netted
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