WITH BEST WISHES
The Christmas-New Year season scarcely requires a
letter of recommendation. Almost everyone seems to approve it and
apparently, with many centuries of tradition to uphold it, the annual
observance of this period, wherein friendly sentiments and good will
prevail, is here to stay.
I am happy to acknowledge, officially and personally,
the inevitable recurrence of Yuletide, because it is a moment when the
more urgent demands of regional business rightfully may give way before
those pleasant tasks which are associated so closely with a happy
Among other satisfying things which this New Year's
Eve will bring to us is the climax of a year which, I sincerely believe,
has been abundantly fruitful in physical accomplishment and in
cooperative progress throughout our Region One. As was reasonable to
expect, not all our endeavors were crowned with complete success, but
the small percentage of partial failures gives to 1939 a record which is
not only gratifying in retrospect, but also prophetically en couraging
as a foreview of 1940.
The growing esprit de corps evidenced by all
employees, whether Regular, CCC or ERA, technician, clerk or laborer, in
carrying forward the varied duties required for the advancement of a
work program extending into the large number of states and park areas
embraced by our regional lines, has made possible the surmounting of
numerous difficulties which must arise necessarily out of the complexity
of responsibilities that devolve upon the Service.
I am grateful for the opportunity afforded by a page
in this closing issue of the third volume of The Regional Review
to express my appreciation of the conscientious labors and the
whole-hearted loyalty of the regional staff, both field and office,
throughout the year; and I wish also to make plain that, in view of the
demonstration of 1939, I shall feel no uneasiness respecting the success
of our program in 1940. I repeat now what I have sought to say as often
and to as many employees as circumstances permitted: that I am always
ready personally as well as officially, to offer my own services in any
case where they may be helpful in the solution of office or field
And, finally, I cannot close this brief message
without giving expression to a sincere wish which, however ancient it
may be, still seems somehow never to become too trite for repetition.
That wish is that every worker of the region may find in the Christmas
of 1939 the merriest of all possible merry seasons, and in each of the
366 days of 1940 a maximum of happiness, health and prosperity.