International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace
MINUTES OF DECISIONS OF THE OFFICERS
PLACE AND DATE.
On May 16th, 17th and 18th the office of Miss Rosa Manus, Plantage Parklaan 15, Amsterdam, the Officers of the Committee met.
Jane Addams, Chairman; Aletta Jacobs, Vice Chairman; Chrystal Macmillan, Secretary; and Rosa Manus, Assistant Secretary. There were also present Rosika Schwimmer, Emily Balch, Mrs Vattier Kraane, Mrs. Ramondt-Hirschmann and Mrs. [van Biema-Hymans].
ADDITIONAL OFFICERS OF THE COMMITTEE.
It was pointed out that of the four officers already on the Committee, three belong to neutral countries and that one side only of the belligerents was represented. It was proposed that it would be advisable to appoint to the board a woman who belonged to the other belligerent side. Rosika Schwimmer was appointed Second Vice Chairman. It was considered that she had done so much towards determining the decisions of the Congress that it would be specially advantageous to have her on the board, to help to carry them out.
It was decided that Dr. Jacobs should find a Dutch Woman, who would be willing to act as Treasurer of the Committee.
It was decided that the Committee should take an office in Amsterdam to be its headquarters.
It was further decided that Dr. Jacobs should appoint a thoroughly capable paid secretary to take charge of the office.
It was estimated that the expenses of the office for a year would be about [£500.00]. It was further considered necessary to aim at raising [£1000.00] towards the expenses of the Conference of Women to be called at the same time and in the same place as the Conference which will frame the terms of the peace settlement after the war.
It was decided at once to appeal for a sum of [£1500.00].
The Secretary reported that she proposed in the report to insert the [most?] important items in English, French and German, the other items [missing words] language only. [page 2]
It was considered that 1400 would be necessary for the members of the Congress; 500 for those who had sent greetings etc.; 50 for the Governments; about 300 for the Press, particularly the International Peace, Legal or Economic Papers; 100 for different societies. Miss Addams said she thought that the Women's Peace Party of the United States would take 500.
This was a total of 2850, leaving 1150 for sale to the general public.
THE DUTCH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES.
On May 16th in addition to Dr. Jacobs and Rosa Manus the following members of the Dutch Executive Committee and arrangements attended the meetings: Mrs. van [Biema-Hymans], Mrs. Ramondt and Mrs. Vattier Kraane. They reported from their Committee that they held a final meeting to wind up the business of the Congress and wished to hand over all the material to the I.C.W.P.P., which should bring out the Report. They also handed over the balance of the money in the Treasurer's hands.
The I.C.W.P.P. thanked the Dutch Committee for the splendid work and for the balance which would enable them to bring out the Report and pay the expenses of the Envoys.
MRS. VATTIER KRAANE.
Mrs. Vattier Kraane, Treasurer of the International Congress of Women very kindly agreed to carry on the work of treasurer till a treasurer of the Committee should be found.
The meeting then adjourned.
A copy of these minutes when confirmed will be sent to every officer and to Miss Hobhouse.
The above minutes have been confirmed.
August 18th 1915.
(s.) ROSIKA SCHWIMMER.