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October 1, 1982

AMA Auxiliary Activities 1981-1982: Report of the President

JAMA. 1982;248(13):1604-1605. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330130052026

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The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the American Medical Association Auxiliary in June 1982 marked another milestone for the organization. It reminded us of the events that fashioned this nationwide network of physicians' spouses—an organization unique in myriad volunteer accomplishments, in ability to change and grow as circumstances demand, in grass roots involvement to meet all manner of community needs, in democratic structure that permits every member a voice.

The 1982 Annual Meeting marked the beginning of another decade of Auxiliary history in which the purposes of the organization continue to live through the work of our members.

When I took office as president of the AMA Auxiliary in June 1981, my concern was for unity of the federation. For many years we fragmented ourselves by considering the AMA Auxiliary as three separate organizations—county, state, and national. We are not separate; we are one federation. And unity is vital