A few days ago I was asked to put in writing my impressions of our recent Young People’s Convention, and I am now complying with that request, in spite of the fact that I arrived in time to be present only for the Thursday evening and Friday sessions. Hence I can give impressions of only a part of the convention. Furthermore, I took no notes on the proceedings of the convention, and therefore only my most outstanding impressions will be found in print,—only the impressions that still live on.
The excellent work of Oak Lawn’s committee was very much in evidence. Even during the convention, committee members were seen rushing hither and thither, putting the finishing touches on their work and trying their utmost to make the plans run smoothly. Certainly, everyone present last August must realize the tremendous amount of work which the committee and the whole Oak Lawn Society had to do; and everyone must agree that they left the field as victors.
What impressed me most of all at the 1941 convention was the well-balanced program. Evidently great pains were taken to obtain the proper proportion of pleasure and business—or perhaps I should say pleasure and more pleasure, for every minute was pleasant. What I mean is this: Friday morning we started the day with a tour of Chicago. In the afternoon attention was given to business and lectures; and the whole convention was topped off by that delicious banquet and the not-too-heavy evening program. For a balanced program, the 1941 convention can’t be beat.
Another favorable impression was given me by the wholehearted cooperation of our ministers. Intense interest on the part of our leaders, as shown actively by the lecturers and advisors, certainly is an incentive for us young people. It gives us confidence. In this department a blue ribbon should go to Rev. C. Hanko, whose hard work and leadership at Oak Lawn were very much responsible for the success of our 1941 convention.
In conclusion, let me appeal to our young people not to hold back. Every society needs one hundred per cent support in its church, and the Federation must have the active support of every society, which includes also the West. We are interdependent! The 1941 convention is history, but by God’s grace we’ll go full speed ahead to the next port, Roosevelt Park!