Minutes of CO-OP meeting to discuss by-laws, 1942 Sep 19
"Nance, Afton Dill "
Japanese Americans-- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Typed Minutes of CO-OP meeting to discuss by-laws, 1942 Sep 19.
CO-OP MEETING TO DISCUSS BY-LAWS Mess Hall #32 September 19, 1942 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mr. Hiroshi Neeno, President
of the Board of Directors of the Manzanar Co-operative Enterprises, Inc., took charge of the meeting. Mr. David Itami acted
as interpreter. Mr. George Shinno, Executive Secretary, called the roll by blocks. At that time, there were 43 absent and
60 present. Later, more members wandered into the meeting scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. The minutes of the last Congress
meeting were then read and accepted as read. Following that, summaries of the Board of Director’s meetings held on August
25, August 29, September 1, September 5, September 11, and September 14 were read. This was then translated into Japanese
by Mr. Itami. At this point, I took a short nap to refresh myself for the ordeal which was sure to follow. After my
‘leventy-six winks, I awoke to find to my horror that the translation was still going on. As I prepared to go back to the
drowsy lethargic state of being half-awake, Mr. Itami concluded. Then, Mr. Neeno announced that after the Constitution for
the Co-op was ap roved and after the Board of Directors was elected, the Constitution was signed by the Board and submitted
to the State of California. On September 5 it was approved by the State. Mr. Neeno then read the By-laws section by section
and passed by the Delegates in respective order with a few exceptions. Whenever so demanded, the sections were also read
in Japanese. Questions and discussions followed the reading of the sections. All this dragged on and finally, we waded through
the whole nine pages of the By-laws. However, discussion was not completed; therefore, it was decided to extend the meeting
Monday evening at a time and place to be decided later. In the course of the reading of the By-laws, discussions arose
as to how membership certificates should be distributed. Four methods were presented by the Board of Directors through the
Financial Committee. 1. Memberships to heads of families (3663 in all) would be $5.32 value per certificate. 2. Membership
to all workers (5102 workers in all) with certificates with $3.92 each. 3. Membership to all residents sixteen years and
over (5662 in all) with certificates worth $3.53 each. 4. Memberships to all residents over the age of sixteen and notes
to all residents between the ages of three and sixteen (9,300 in all). Each note would be worth $2.15. Method number
three was chosen to be most equitable. As soon as the meeting was closed (not adjourned) everyone made a bee-line for
the mess hall nearest the meeting place. General opinion – Thank goodness, that’s over!!
Japanese American National Museum
1942 September 19
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