The Richmond Convention

The Richmond Convention

It may seem a little premature to look so far ahead, but when the necessity for the fire chief of the city or town to attend the convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers at Richmond on October 23 to 26 is considered, it is not a day too soon to begin to think of ways and means of sending him.

It is the plain duty of the municipality, both to itself, its citizens and to its fire department, to give the chief the benefit of this means of fire fighting education. The personal contact with other chiefs will be of great help to him. There will be gathered at Richmond chiefs from every section of the country, whose problems in fire fighting and fire prevention are as diverse as their cities are far apart, among whom will be found, the most able and competent fire fighters in the world. Such an opportunity—occurring only once a year—cannot be safely passed over, as it will assist the head of the fire department to keep up with the latest and most approved methods. To be efficient he must be up-tothe-minute in all matters connected with his department and one means to do this is to rub elbows and swap experiences with others in his line.

So, cities and towns should start now preparing to send the chief to Richmond. Even better, they should consider the plan of sending also the fire commissioners, to whom such a convention would be an eye-opener. The latter plan has been adopted in many instances and has been found of great benefit to all concerned.

Send the Chief!

The Richmond Convention

0

The Richmond Convention

An elaborate program of great interest has been prepared for the thirty-seventh annual convention of the American Water Works Association which opens in the city of Richmond, Va., on Monday, May 7 and continues to and including Friday, May 9. Convention committees have been announced and they include: Local Commitee of Arrangements—E. E. Davis, chairman; William Lawton, Jr.; Charles E. Bolling, Charles Burkert, Richard Messer, O. E. Parish, W. T. Dabney, George C. Ruskell, J. T. Palmatary, Christian H. Clarke, John J. Mitchell, John E. Rose, Felix Keegan and Fred Powell. Ladies’ Reception Committee—Mrs. Christian H. Clarke, chairman; Mrs. Felix Keegan, Mrs. S. D. Elliott, Mrs. Charles Burkert, Mrs. VV. T. Dabney, Mrs. O. E. Parish, Mrs. Richard Messer, Mrs. Geo. C. Ruskell, Mrs. J. T. Palmatary and Mrs. Fred Powell. Water Works Manufacturers’ Association Entertainment Committee—D. B. McCarthy, chairman; D. F. O’Brien, W. C. Sherwood, Clinton Inglee, A. W. Koiner and A. T.Smith. Ladies’ Committee—Mrs. R. E. Milligan, of New York, chairman; Mrs. H. M. Lofton, of Chattanooga, Ten.; Mrs. A. W. Koiner, of Richmond, Va.; Mrs. L. E. Strothman, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Mrs. J. W. Neave, of Salisbury, N. C.; Mrs. D. B. McCarthy, of New York, N. Y.; Mrs. P. A. Peterson, of Atlanta. oa. The entertainment features have been well provided for, so as to assure a notably pleasant occasion for the delegates and the lady visitors. The entertainment features arranged include a reception in the auditorium of the Jefferson (the room in which the meetings arc held) on the evening of Tuesday. There will be music, dancing and refreshments provided by the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association. For the ladies there will be in the morning a shopping and sight-seeing trip, personally accompanied by Ladies’ Local Reception Committee of Richmond. The return to the hotels will be in time for lunch. In the afternoon there will be an automobile trip for the ladies to points of historical interest. The start will be from the Jefferson and the return in time for dinner. This trip is arranged by the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association. At two o’clock on the afternoon of Wednesday the members, ladies and guests will, as guests of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Asociation, take cars to the Richmond Country Club, where the golf committee has arranged for a series of golf contests with valuable and attractive prizes. Club lunch will be served. The afternoon will be spent in Southern country club features and the return to Richmond will be made at the convenience of members. On Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock there will be a card party for the ladies and their guests in the salon of The Jefferson. Attractive prizes, provided by the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association will be awarded. At one o’clock on the afternon of Friday there will be entertainment by the city of Richmond. A special train will leave the Main Street Station at one o’clock for the Richmond settling basins, thence to the Richmond pumping station, where lunch will be served, followed by dancing and picnic features. Return to the city can be made by trolley at the convenience of members.