Inaugural Address of President L. B. Marks
My first word to the members of the Illuminating Engineering Society is on one of thanks. I am deeply appreciative of the honor you have conferred on me in electing me to the office of President during this, the first year of the Society's existence, and I shall earnestly endeavor to do my full share in the work that we have set out to accomplish.
The movement to bring about the formation of this Society was started only a few months ago, and the opinion of those who attended the meetings preliminary to organization was practically unanimous that the time was ripe for the formation of a separate society devoted to the advancement of the science and art of illumination. The interest taken in the cause from the start has been most keen, and the fact that in the course of a month over 150 members have been enrolled and that applications for membership are coming in daily unsolicited from various parts of the country, is evidence that there is a demand, I might even say a thirst, for the information which it is believed the Society will be the means of disseminating.