Delivered by President William Bradford Hubbell, 1938.
For over a quarter of a century, the New York Young Republican Club has followed a three-fold plan of action: First, after educating ourselves in the current problems of government we have voiced in the councils of the Party and placed before the public those political and social views which are characteristic of a group of independent young Republicans. Second, through campaign work of our own and by encouraging activity by our members in regular Party organizations, we have acted as a vigorous working force in political campaigns. Third, qualified members of the Club have been encouraged to enter public service with a view to giving practical effect to those ideals of intelligence and integrity for which the Club stands.
These purposes have developed with the passing years into strong traditions. They have been carried forward by a succession of Club administrations of which we, today, have every reason to be proud. Just as the election and appointment of so many of our members to important positions in the 1937 Municipal campaign marked the recognition of the Club’s influence in City affairs, so the liberal, constructive speech of acceptance by Thomas E. Dewey, former Chairman of our Board, as the Republican candidate for Governor this year, illustrates graphically the emergence of Young Republican ideals in the field of State affairs.
With growing influence comes added responsibilities. Not only must we strain every effort to consolidate the gains already made, but if we are to move forward as a militant force our influence must be constantly strengthened and carried on into new fields. This means strict vigilance in preserving our independence and bringing in a constant stream of new, vigorous men. Rightfully proud of its past, the enthusiasm and loyalty of its members justify the Club in looking ahead with confidence to the future.