Based on the Feb. 2, 1939 report to the Annual Meeting regarding the new proposed permanent structure for the United Jewish Welfare Fund, a Board of Directors was created as the most senior part of the new organization with “final authority for managing the affairs of the Welfare Fund” [Fonds 67, Series 3, File 1, attached report]. Officers of this Board consisted of; a President, one or more (and up to 5) Vice-Presidents, an Honorary Secretary, and an Honorary Treasurer. These 8 were augmented by; 4 representatives of the permanent campaign organization, 17 representatives of the 4 functional divisions of recipient agencies (Personal Service and Relief, Jewish Education, Civic-Protection, and Non-local Agencies), and a further 16 representatives of the community at large.
The President was to be the “leading figure in the functioning of the Welfare Fund”, with responsibility for dealing with pressing issues between meetings of the Executive Committee and for arranging meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Vice-Presidents (not more than 5) were to assist the President with decision-making and one was to substitute as Chair at meetings when the President could not attend.
The Board of Directors had the authority to establish all standing and/or special committees. In 1939, 3 standing committees were established; the Executive Committee, The Budget and Admissions Committee, and the Committee on Interpretation (community education and publicity). The inclusion of up to three Board members within each standing committee was mandatory, with the Chair of the Executive Committee always being an ex-officio member of the Board.
Board of Directors meetings were originally scheduled to occur every six weeks, or if called by the President. Executive Committee meetings were scheduled every two weeks. Division Committees were to meet once a month, but not in July and August. In reality, meeting frequency for the Board and its standing committees varied greatly over the years as wars and social and economic changes created various crises requiring more rapid responses.
Scope and Content
Series consists of one sub-series 3-1, of meeting minutes of the Board of Directors of the UJWF. Records are arranged chronologically.
Previously described and cited as RG1-8.
Access restriction note: Records documenting the meeting minutes and activities of this Board are CLOSED until they are more than ten years old.