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IT has often been said that wise men do not prophesy; but much of the progress of the world is due to rash men who do things which wise men consider foolish. Ewart S. Andrews
THIS Branch was formed as the result of a preliminary meeting convened by Captain E. M. Leest, on February llth, 1926, at Plymouth. Eight members of the Institution attended, and welcomed Mr. H.J. Deane, then Vice-president of the Institution, who explained the objects and the work undertaken by branches.
SOME ten years ago-November 22nd, 1924-Mr. W.R. Parsonage (Member) called a meeting at the Technical College, Wednesbury, of members located in the Midlands, to consider the desirability of forming a branch of the Institution for the Midland Counties. It was decided to petition the Council for permission to form a branch, and a small Committee consisting of Messrs. Carrington, Collins, Cotterell, Lawton, and Telford-with Mr. Parsonage as Hon. Secretary-was formed to make the necessary arrangements. Mr. J.C. Telford was elected first Chairman, and Mr. E.L. Cotterell was subsequently elected Vice-chairman, sharing with Mr. Telford the duty of Chairman for nearly three years.