It is the privilege as well as the duty of the President, at the termination of his year in office, to present an accounting of the current state of the Association. At the same time he is given an opportunity to reflect upon the past and to appraise future hopesand plans.
This Association represented, in its beginnings more than ten years ago, the fulfillment of a dream of a small group of men who realized that diabetes was becoming an ever more urgent national health problem. By the end of its first decade, the Association's usefulness has become obvious to all. Everywhere one finds a growing awareness of the increasing number of known diabetics in our population and of the fact that there are still other hundreds of thousand of unknown diabetics awaiting diagnosis. This makes our Association a constantly more essential part of the nation's drive for good health and against disease.