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A n Address by
M o n r o e Kimbrel, President
Federal Reserve B a n k of Atlanta
at the
Joint Civic Clubs Annual Kick-off Luncheon
of the
United F u n d of Augusta-North Augusta, Inc.
September 30, 1970 - 12:30 p. m.
Augusta T o w n House

T h ank you for inviting m e to c o m e here for the Augusta North Augusta United F u n d Campaign.

A n y person would be honored

and challenged by an invitation to speak to this group.

Fo r the honor,

I a m grateful; by the challenge, I a m humbled.
T he Augusta-North Augusta metropolitan area has m a d e
e n o r m o u s strides in recent years.

Its educational, cultural and

social gains have been the subject of repeated compliments.

These

achievements are the products of your leadership.
Loo k around you, ladies and gentlemen.

Y o u are the people

w h o have brought this area to its present place; you are the key to
the success of present programs; and you are the foundation of future
development here.
Indeed, just as you have had it in your p o w e r to m a k e or break
the business life of this area, you n o w have it in your p o w e r

to m a k e

or break this United F u n d Campaign.
It is thus in every A m e r i c a n community.

Early in A m e r i c a n

history, local communities recognized the plight of their fellow
citizens--those w h o w e r e the victims of the accidents of birth and




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the accidents of life--and took pains to help them.
T h r ough the years, the c o m m u n i t y leaders have handed d o w n
this responsibility to each succeeding generation, a responsibility
that n o w c o m e s to you.

Th e task this year especially is not an easy

one, but no worthwhile task is ever easy.
N o w , in 1970, there s e e m s to be no easy path w e can follow to
avoid the baffling problems on every hand, created by swiftly changing
conditions.
In part, as a result of m o r e and m o r e sophisticated systems
being designed and m o r e and m o r e exotic machinery being built in
this spectacular century, w e often find ourselves insulated f r o m
personal involvement in these problems.

A n d w h e n w e attempt to

solve the difficulties without personal comm i t m e n t , insulation leads
to isolation.
But w e cannot and do not live in isolation; w e live in an inter­
dependent world.

A c o m m o n p l a c e fact is that leaping progress in

communications systems and travel m o d e s is shrinking our world-and rapidly.

At times, scientific discoveries and innovations almost

o v e r w h e l m us.
Instant communication with any part of the world n o w is a
matter of technique, and even extra-terrestrial travel has b e c o m e
m e r e l y an extension of our mastery of the physical world.




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T h e h u m a n condition remains, and man, in his a w e s o m e
mastery, still is a m y s tery to himself.

Unique, not susceptible to

his systems, not amenable to synthesis, he is as vulnerable to pain
as ever, as receptive to joy as always.
M a n prevails.

A n d yet, the small voice of a child pleading

for help; the painful longing in feeble old eyes; the quiet desperation
in the hearts of the hu m b l e d proud--these prevail also.
W e look around and see h o w m u c h w e don't know.

W e really

don't k n o w what goes on in the minds of others--our wives, our sons,
daughters, or brothers.

W h o can say he k n ows his neighbor?

O n e day, our young people take up m o c k a r m s and m a r c h
in the streets, or, worse, they take synthetic refuge in drugs or
promiscuity, or in s o m e fabricated nonsense system.

W h a t for?

Wise m e n and concerned parents are sitting up nights pondering the
a n s w e r to that question.
W e are disheartened by the demonstrations and violence.
W e are disturbed about the increase in crime, and deplore the b r eak­
d o w n in family and personal stability.

W e are apprehensive over the

development in our society of bitterness and divisiveness between the
races, between the rich and the poor, between the suburbanite and
the inner-city dweller.




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S o m e of our young, and s o m e not so young, are taking us
to task.

T h e y find fault with us.

Their protests and accusations

s e e m to fill the air; accusing fingers point in all directions.

We

live in a time of revolution, our streets s w a r m i n g with hostile
forces, disrupting our cities and colleges.
Is the responsibility ours?

A r e w e indeed culpable?

m u c h direct action have w e avoided?
exhibited?

How

H o w m u c h hypocrisy have w e

Indeed, h o w m u c h shuttling up and d o w n back stairs

does show?
T h ank God, there is something w e can do.
f r o m which no m a n need shrink.

W e have a cause

H e r e is an opportunity for everyone

to b e c o m e involved personally.
N o w , negation is easy; affirmation is difficult.
of negation will help one small child.
comfort one helpless older person.

But no a m o u n t

N o acrimonious debate will
N o sophisticated cynicism will

ever replace simple h u m a n compassion.

Negation is not the answer.

That M a n of Gallilee left us m a n y m e s s a g e s in his S e r m o n on
the Mount.

O n e of t h e m is particularly applicable to the purpose of

this gathering:




F o r I w a s hungred, and ye gave m e meat; I w a s thirsty,
and ye gave m e drink; I w a s a stranger, and ye took m e in.

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Naked, and ye clothed m e.

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I w a s sick and ye visited me.

I w a s in prison and ye c a m e unto me.
T h e n shall the righteous a n swer h i m saying, Lord,
w h e n sa w w e thee? . . . A n d the King shall answer. . .
Verily, I say unto you:

Inasm u c h as ye have done it

unto one of the least of these m y brethren, ye have done
it unto me.

Y o u and I k n o w that, for all our sleek twentieth century
facades, w e remain old-fashioned people.

W e feel pain, require

warmth, need friends, a nd w e know, too, that the old problems
remain.

W e k n o w that compassion, fairness, honesty and justice

are basic to h u m a n happiness and fulfillment.
W e k n o w w e m u s t involve ourselves with others because w e
live in a world of others; w e o w e our very existence to interdependence.
T h ank God, w e can still volunteer for a cause such as this.
Volunteer--what a good sound that w o r d has.

A volunteer does not

"have to, " is not " m a d e to, " is not "supposed to, " is not even told
he "ought to. " H e wants to.
Isn't this, after all, h o w d r e a m s c o m e true?
Of course, things get done in this world by m e n of conviction.
In an effort like this, the faint of heart, the undecided, w o n ’ d o - ­
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won't m a k e the real push that it takes.

This C a m p a i g n has to have

m e n of conviction to succeed, because it is a volunteer effort.
as such, it could fail.

And

Without the leadership of m e n and w o m e n such

as you, it could fail.
W h a t price failure?

A n d w h o pays?

for a m o m e n t at the rules of the game.

M a y b e w e ought to look

Obviously, one campaign is

better than 29 campaigns, or one for each agency.

Of course, it is

better.
But visualize the plight of the agencies.

T h e y have agreed,

a m o n g other things, that they will not solicit this c o m m u n i t y for
operating funds separately.

If the goal is not met, it is not academic:

it is not m e r e l y the first time in 13 years; it is not m e rely the failure
of individual volunteers to m e e t established goals; it is not just a
regretable situation.
T h e agencies are left out in the cold.

T h e y m u s t cut off

services, there is no alternative.
T h e agencies lose.

People lose.

The helpless b e c o m e

public charges, the hopeless wither away, the sick agonize.
m u s t not happen.

This

W e have this m u c h and m o r e at stake.

All of this depends upon the spirit and determination of the
A m e r i c a n volunteer, the backbone of your C a m p a i g n and a p h e n o m e n o n




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unmatched in the rest of the world.

N o w h e r e else is an undertaking

such as this C a m p a i g n done in this way, on this scale.
T h e role of a participant is infinitely m o r e rewarding than
the role of the spectator, for it is in the doing that w e b e c o m e involved.
It is the doing that requires a personal c ommitment.

It is in the doing

that lies the example.
Say what w e will.
of homily.

Preach what w e will.

Print all m a n n e r

W h a t w e do remains; what w e do is evidence--example is

manifest.
Y o u and I k n o w that problems usually contain the solutions
within themselves.

Y o u and I k n o w that historically problems are

solved by m e n and w o m e n w h o w o r k on solutions.
in an imperfect world.

W e k n o w w e live

W e k n o w that truth lives in the hearts of men.

W e seek prevention, not punishment.

W e k n o w that answers

are found not in talking about problems, but by working on the problems
themselves.
So, thank you again for m a k i n g time in your busy schedules
for the Augusta-North Augusta United Fund.
your leadership, is vital.

With your leadership, w e can predict

confidently the success of your Campaign.




Your help, especially