of Affiliates and Committees of The World Calendar Association,
International, presented at the Ninth Annual Meeting 16
January 1956, reflect the world-wide interest in
and need for calendar reform. Published highlights (JCR Vol.
25, Dec. 1955 - Jan. 1956) for the UNITED STATES:
report of the United States Affiliate covers the activities
of The World Calendar Association, Incorporated, and the International
Headquarters, which were directed through publications, lectures,
the press, exhibits, studies, conferences and resolutions.
the 19th Session (Second Part) of the United Nations Economic
and Social Council, 16 May 1955, the item on World Calendar
Reform was postponed for consideration until the spring of
1956, in order to allow the governments more time to express
their views. The motion for postponement was made by India,
and was adopted by 10 votes to 6, with 1 abstention. Countries
supporting India were Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Dominican
Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, U.S.S.R., Venezuela, and
Yugoslavia. It was opposed by Australia, China, Netherlands,
Pakistan, United Kingdom and United States. France abstained.
It is anticipated that this spring ECOSOC will establish a
study committee to determine the best calendar for world usage--The
The World Calendar before the United Nations for decision,
Miss Achelis in March became convinced that her work through
the voluntary Incorporated and International World Calendar
Association was accomplished, and the Advisory Committees
of the Incorporated Association as well as the Affiliates
and associated Committees of the International Association
were duly notified of her decision. Therefore the Incorporated
Association has withdrawn from the International Association
and will be dissolved the end of April. This December 1955-January
1956 will be the last issue of the quarterly Journal of
Calendar Reform which has had a circulation ranging between
18,000 and 23,000 copies and has proved to be a valuable source
of information. In early November, the Editor, Dr. Clarence
R. Decker, left the Association due to the increasing demands
of his other activities.
the year the headquarters of the Association has been occupied
with the preparation and distribution of material for schools,
colleges, conventions and special groups of various kinds.
Releases were sent to and articles were published in various
house organs, magazines, and press. Radio and TV programs
have presented broadcasts, notable among these being Arthur
Godfrey, Bing Crosby, Ted Malone and Dean Cameron. Miss Achelis
was interviewed by Mike and Buff Wallace of CBS and and also
by Alma Dettinger over WQXR. Edward Rosenheim, Jr., on the
Chicago Roundtable interviewed Dr. Richard Parker, Professor
Quincy Wright and Dr. Decker.
and discussions were given before various clubs, societies
and other groups. Speakers included Mr. Edward F. Flynn of
St. Paul, the Reverend John R. T. Hedeman of Baltimore, Mr.
Jacob E. McColly of Pennsylvania, and Miss Achelis herself
spoke on several occasions, notably at the New York City Control
of the Controllers Institute.
new endorsements and several re-endorsements were given in
1955. They include the National Retail Dry Goods Association,
United States Junior Chamber of Commerce and a number of local
and state Jaycees, also various Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions
Clubs across the country, as well as business and professional
World Calendar Exhibit,on view for a year and a half at the
Hayden Planetarium-Museum of Natural History, New York--and
seen by an estimated over-a-million visitors--was transferred
to the Fels Planetarium of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia.
Time and the Calendar, a book by Elisabeth Achelis, was
published the 22nd of January 1955 in New York by Hermitage
House. Through the cooperation of the British Section, this
book in a new jacket is being circulated in England, and the
French and Japanese Affiliates have had it translated and
published in their own countries. Favorable reviews, letters
and the continuous demand for this book evidence the very
real interest shown in the new calendar--The World Calendar.
(Because of the closing of Hermitage House, Of Time and
the Calendar has been transferred to Thomas Nelson &
the 21st day of October 1955, the 25th anniversary of The
World Calendar association, Incorporated, as t luncheon at
the Hotel Plaza, the Staff presented Miss Achelis with an
appreciative testimonial, as shown below:
your vision and leadership as Founder and President of The
World Calendar Association, Incorporated, and International;
for your unselfish and tireless efforts in gaining international
recognition of the broad and profound significance of calendar
for your inspired and courageous support of The World Calendar,
winning for it among the hundreds of plans presented, first
place in the League of Nations and the United Nations;
for your unique foresight of The World Calendar, not only
as a better calendar but through Worldsday as the enduring
symbol of a better world--a world of peace, good will, and
constructive endeavor; and
Appreciation for the opportunity to share in the great "Cause"
and assurances of affectionate devotion. Signed: Harriet
A. Lillie, Linda deF. Halsted, Alice B. Connolly. Phyllis
Block, Herman Ludel, Clarence R. Decker.
visitors form abroad to headquarters office this year included,
Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of Great Britain;
Mr. R. W. Parsons, Principal of South Australian School of
Mines and Industries, and Chairman of the South Australian
State Committee for The World Calendar; the Reverend Conrad
M. Morin, O.F.M., and Monsignor Amato P. Frutoz of Montreal
and Rome; Mr. James Avery Joyce of London, Honorary Secretary
of the British Section; Mr. A. J. Hills of Ottawa, Chairman
of the Canadian Affiliate; and Dr.Bhola Panth of India.
progress towards international agreement on calendar reform
was reported at the Eighth Annual Meeting 14 January
1955 of The World Calendar Association, International,
held in the International Building, New York City, . Published
highlights (JCR Vol. 24, March 1955) for the UNITED
World Calendar Association was deeply grieved at the sudden
death 20 May 1954 of Charles D. Morris, Public Relations Counsel
to the Association and editor of its publication, the
Journal of Calendar Reform. It was through his advice
and efforts that the Journal was founded in 1931
to supply information and make available historical records
of the movement for an improved calendar. With his wise counsel
and brilliant editorial talent, Mr. Morris made a long-time
lasting contribution to the cause.
July 1954, Dr. Clarence R. Decker, a long-time friend of Mr.
Morris, was invited to succeed him as consultant to The World
Calendar Association, and editor of the Journal of Calendar
Reform. Dr. Decker had been an interested advocate of
The World Calendar for some time and had appeared with Miss
Achelis and Rajeswar Dayal (Permanent Delegate of India to
the U.N.) on a radio program prepared by the United Nations,
24 March 1954, in regard to The World Calendar. Dr. Decker
brings to the Association his wide experience as former President
of the University of Kansas City and Assistant Director of
the Mutual Security Administration for the Far East. He is
extended an appreciative welcome.
have been several changes on the Advisory committee. In the
United States, Dr. Clara B. Burdette, founder of many national
women's organizations, died in January of 1954, in San Marino,
California. She successfully urged endorsement of The World
Calendar by the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
the Membership of the Advisory Committee, valued friends have
been lost. . . .
and educational activities have been unusually extensive and
continuous throughout the year. The monographs and pamphlets
listed on the inside back cover of this Journal have
been in heavy demand. The new pamphlet, "The World Calendar--Questions
and Answers," has been distributed widely and has received
much favorable response. This and other literature have been
sent in quantity to schools, colleges and universities, including
institutes and workshops, throughout the country.
communication media have been especially generous. Many network
as well as local radio-TV programs have presented impressive
broadcasts about The World Calendar and newspapers, magazines
and trade papers have given it wide publicity in stories and
editorials, all of which is an encouraging indication that
the public is increasingly aware of the urgency of reform.
Of special importance in this connection was the article in
18 December issue of the Saturday Review, entitled
"Let's End Our Calendar Chaos," by Lucy Donnell.
This article was condensed in the January 1955 Reader's Digest
and published in the following international editions of that
magazine: (January) Denmark, English Canada, Italy, Sweden'
(February) Australia, Finland, Great Britain, Norway; (March)
France, Japan, Portugal, Spain. Affiliates should call the
article to the attention of as many persons as possible.
and discussions before various groups have been sponsored
by the Association. When the President's schedule permitted
she has been happy to accept speaking engagements. Mr. Edward
F/ Flynn of Saint Paul, Minnesota,a lecturer on The World
Calendar, has addressed Rotary, Kiwanis and many other groups
across the United States. Mr. Allan F. Ames, Pensacola, Florida,
Dr. John R. T. Hedeman, Baltimore, Maryland, and Mr. Jacob
E. McColly, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have also been in demand
new endorsements and several re-endorsements of The World
Calendar have been given in 1954. These have been announced
in the Journal of Calendar Reform.
Time and the Calendar, a new book by Elisabeth Achelis, will
be published by Hermitage House on 22 January 1955, a week
after the annual meeting. Appreciative credit is given the
entire staff of the Association -- for their wholehearted
cooperation in making this publication possible.
progress toward the international enactment of calendar reform
was reported at the Seventh Annual Meeting 15 January
1954 of The World Calendar
Association, International, held in the International Building,
New York City. Published highlights (JCR Vol. 24, April
1954) for the UNITED STATES:
most important event of the year, from the viewpoint of international
progress towards the goal of calendar reform, occurred on
6 April, when the United Nations officially registered The
World Calendar association, International, as one of the non-governmental
organizations affiliated with its Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC). This formal recognition marked a new and significant
step in the international pathway leading to decisive action
for an improved calendar.
one of the carefully selected non-governmental organizations
known as NGO's, the Association now enjoys consultative status
with the U.N. and becomes a recognized part of the U.N. operation.
Under the U.N. Charter and Statues, this consultative status
is arranged "for the purpose of enabling the Council
to secure expert information and advice from groups having
special competence in their field, and on the other hand to
enable organizations which represent important elements of
public opinion to express themselves."
6 April The world Calendar Association, International has
had representatives at three NGO conventions, one in Geneva
and two in New York City. It has also attended various allied
meetings and has been in continuous contact with the U.N.
secretariat and with delegates of member nations not only
in New York and Geneva, but also in London, Paris, Stockholm,
Copenhagen, Rome, etc. Its international liaison officer,
James Avery Joyce, come from London to New York for the autumn
sessions of the General Assembly. He also attended U.N. meetings
in Switzerland and Denmark, and at the year-end was preparing
to go to India for important conferences with the U.N. delegations
from that county. Another member of the British Section, Sir
Harold Spencer Jones (British Astronomer Royal and head of
Greenwich Observatory), was in New York City at the time of
the General assembly sessions, and was the guest of the India
delegation at a luncheon where calendar reform matters were
discussed with delegates from England, Russia and the United
Ali, a Ph.D. from Cornell University and since his graduation
a professor of agriculture at Osmania University (Hyderabad,
India) was in the United States most of the year on grants
from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. As the leading Moslem
authority in India on calendrical matters, he has for some
time been engaged in an international study of the problem
of introducing effectively The World Calendar in the realm
of the Crescent. A summary of his views, published in the
Journal of Calendar Reform in June (Vol.
23, pages 63-68), was submitted
for criticism to important scholars in Moslem countries, Egypt,
Iran, Iraq, Turkey, etc., with a surprisingly favorable response.
during his stay in America, he attended important conventions
of Arab scholars at Princeton and Chicago; on his return tip
to Hyderabad, he made stops in Rome, Istanbul, Beirut, Baghdad,
Tehran and Delhi for conferences with calendar groups in those
cities. During the early part of 1954 he will make similar
visits to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Moslem
pleasant feature of the year's work was the completion of
The World Calendar Exhibit at the Hayden Planetarium in New
York City. The Exhibit was formally opened on 4 December with
an address by Sir Harold spencer Jones, the British Astronomer
Royal, who made a quick round trip by air from London for
this purpose, and incidentally achieved something of a world's
record by appearing on eight radio and television programs
in a period of only about forty-eight hours. At a dinner preceding
his lecture, a dozen prominent American scientists met to
honor him and to discuss calendar reform. Astronomers, of
course, have always been in the forefront of calendar matters,
since the days of Babylonia, Phoenicia and Egypt.
the year the headquarters staff of the Association has been
occupied with preparation of material to assist the new committees
in India and Australia in their work. The excellent progress
made by both committees has been an important feature of the
year 1953. At the same time close contact has been kept with
the affiliates in Central and South America where in many
cases the situation is that expressed by the Uruguayan affiliate:
"Our government has declared in favor of calendar reform;
our official representatives are fully informed and ready
to give full cooperation; thus we are in the position of standing
by, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up."
have been a few changes in the membership of the U.S. Advisory
committee. We have lost three important members in the deaths
of Gano Dunn, eminent industrialist and engineer; Dr; Robert
Millikan, famous physicist who was a Nobel Prize winner in
1923, and John J. O'Neill, Science Editor of the New York
Herald-Tribune. in their places we have added Paul Talbot
Babson, head of the United Business Service of Boston; Dr.
Wagner Schlesinger, director of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago,
and Q. Forrest Walker, economist for R. H. Macy & Company,
New York City.
activities in New York have included four issues of the Journal
of Calendar Reform, two editions of our basic pamphlet,
Improve the Calendar, and a dozen other pamphlets--including
the first two issues of a series designed to document U.N.
material in bulk was supplied during the year to schools,
colleges, conventions and special groups of various kinds.
Individual requests for information have been larger than
usual. Service to press, radio and television has continued
to be an important activity. Material for speakers has been
distributed and the roster of speakers available for addresses
before forums and clubs has been active. Mr. Edward F. Flynn
of St. Pau heads the list of speakers, as usual, in the number
of addresses made. Other speakers have included Allan P. Ames
of Pensacola, Reverend John R. T. Hedeman of Baltimore, Commander
William A. Mason of California and Jacob E. McColly of Pennsylvania.
Miss Achelis has spoken on several occasions, notably at the
American Museum of Natural History in New York City and at
the Astronomical Society in New Haven. In Philadelphia the
Fels Planetarium gave five lectures daily throughout the month
of September on the subject "The Calendar, Man's Measure
The World Calendar Association