VOLUME 24, Number 3
FEW MEN pursue their daily work so avidly that
encircles their every activity. Such a one is Al Whil
more, who for twenty-four years has directed his rest
less, driving energy to the welfare of Florida Citru
Production Credit Association and the citrus industi
IT WAS 1942 when Al came to the Association a
general manager and secretary-treasurer -- the darke
days of World War II. We were in retreat on a doze
fronts, and at home there were shortages of everythir
except confusion. The little credit cooperative thi
was Florida Citrus Production Credit Association we
just eight years old then; it was lending a million do
lars a year, had four employees, and the average loE
was less than $4,000.
AL SAW early that the Association would
prosper only as the citrus industry prospered,
and he set himself to the task of furthering
that prosperity. Through every agency avail-
able, he pushed citrus and the Association
forward. Where there was no agency to do
what was needed, he joined with other leaders
to create one.
TODAY, the list of those agencies inwhich
his voice is heard and respected is like a roll
call of progress in the citrus industry -- Bud-
wood Certification Program, Florida Citrus
Research Foundation, Florida Agricultural Tax
Council, University of Florida's Extension
Service, Florida Agricultural Council, Citrus
Experiment Stations, Florida Council of Far-
mer Cooperatives, the D-A-R-E program.
NOR were his activities limited by State
lines. He carried his campaign for citrus and
cooperation to national levels the U. S. De-
partment of Agriculture, American Institute
of Cooperation, the National Council of Farmer
Cooperatives. Congressmen and Senators and
cabinet officers came to know him and to listen
with interest when he spoke.
AL'S PLANS prospered. Citrus grew from
a minor farming activity to an agri-industrial
giant. Al helped to lead it there -- through
freezes and price collapses, through boom and
bust and normalcy. Always, he pushed citrus
and the Association upward, his eyes on to-
morrow far more than today.
NOW, Al is stepping down to well-earned
retirement. The Association he leaves behind
has twenty-six million dollars in outstanding
loans, twenty-three employees, and the aver-
age loan is nearly $40,000. This is his monu-
ment, the achievement of a man who was never
satisfied. The long-ago dream of 1942 has
been realized; Florida Citrus Production Credit
Association stands firmly on a three-tiered
base -- citrus, credit, and cooperation. Al
Whitmore built it that way.
194 2 ... joined Florida Citrus Production
Credit Association as general manager
and Secretary-Treasurer ...........
1 94 3 -44 ... pushed war bond sales thru
Association; reward for each million
dollars sold a bomber named for the
citrus industry ...................
1944 ... elected secretary of the Florida
Council of Farmer Cooperatives, serv-
ing almost continuously since......
1 9 4 6 ... oined forces with Agricultural Ex-
tension Service to publish Official
Programs of annual Citrus Seminars -
a continuing service...............
1 94 7 ... began attending Annual Youth Con-
ferences of American Institute of Co-
operation at land grant colleges.....
1951 ... worked to establish crop insurance
program for citrus ................
1 9 5 3 ... State Honorary Farmer Degree con-
ferred by Florida Association of Future
Farmers of America................
1 9 54 ... helped to activate resolutions at
Camp McQuarrie leading to Certified
Budwood program and Nematode Eradi-
1954...promoted establishment of USDA
Horticultural Station at Ortando, ser-
ving on Building Committee.........
1 9 5 8... Chairman of Building Committee
for Orange County Agricultural Center
1 9 5 9... instrumental in organization of the
Florida Citrus Research Foundation --
elected its first president and still
serving in that capacity............
1 9 6 1 ... elected Trustee of American Insti-
tute of Cooperation; serves as Finance
Chairman for Florida...............
1 9 6 1 ... elected president of Florida Coun-
cil of Farmer Cooperatives for 2 years
1 96 1 ... moved Association's home office
to new quarters at 824 N. Highland..
1 96 3... presented "Man of
award by Florida County
PHO'V cY TE.
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raise $ :,.l1 ...i r .. :lul j
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to pro '-,., I- .i, '.l.* le i .
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manager .1I Ir.. Fl-r..rjl Cltl Pro-
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WE CAN HANDLE IT
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VOLUME 20, No. 4 AUGUST, 1962
THE INSTITUTE SALUTES!
'ultl landi Ci.) f1
A .Gi iUST law S
29ilh Ar~j_~ ~til.1,L ~ %~ii~; TIU'G'
IN THE ,:-,ALA ;JATIo t E n POr ': _
"--"-- He Works For Better Citrus " O
m iiisb ^AL WHITMORE
: 2 0 Years of Dynamic Service
to the Citrus Industry
Pv with OUGH
The twenty three employees of your Associ-
ation are a good cross-section of proud par-
ents and grandparents. In this issue of the
Orange Blossoms, we are happy to recognize
What's Up i with some of our own young
Marcia Moreland, daughter of Sebring Branch
Office Manager Harold L. Moreland, Jr. (and
Gloria) recently was awarded the Tampa Tri-
bune Trophy at the Regional XD-B Science
Fair held at Dade City. Her exhibit entitled
Bio-Microclimatology gave a microbiologi-
cal study of the effect of climate on bacteria.
The entry went on to the State Science Fair
t+ D A t,-.
Newatetter to Members and FLiends oA
FloAida Cita.u Ptoduction C4edit Assn.
A N D
f06icial Prog4am o60 Fout Annual
* * CitAus Seminat ,
tgA cf EDITOR........ ElLen Haynie
With help od the Staff
P.O. Box 2111--ORLANDO FLORIDA 32802
Letter FROM the Editor:
This is the i-Lst O4ange Blossoms
in some 6-ity editi-ons -nce youth
editor began assembling this pub-
Lication (eithene Cit4us Seminar
at DaJ. CU ............ PAogtam ot NewAnetteA) that AL
May 5th is a red letter day for Geraldine h Lohitmote hasn't looked ovet my
(Mrs. Joseph) Wilson, the girl who "holds u' houlder- -giving a nod hete oa a
down the fort" at our Winter Haven Branch l\ i suggested change theAe' to better
office. Her daughter Ann-Marie graduates the tesultts .
from Nursing ScQ ersburg Junior It has been like this in aLL the
College that day. training has \ avenues o0 the Association's a6-
been carried out ir s tjals in the 6air s. His continual search or.
Winter Haven-Taaea .... new and bett-e ways to accomplish
-""' h\is goats, which he pursued with
Toni Bentler, daughter of ,S. Kay Norman almost tetentlesz energy, touched
bookkeeper in-the'Orl de(jice, hasfound the work of every member of hls
staff. tHe set a pattern that witl
her high school senior 18rY' be filled with e pttn
-r ijb I .not soon be 4otgotten.
honors. President of the National Honor So- -
ciety of Colonial High School, Toni is reci- I believe I speak 6ot AL's entire
pientof the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award stag in saying that we wish him
at Colonial. She has also been awarded a Godped n wteve venu the
future holds fotr him. To AL Whit-
scholarship by Florida PresbyterianCollege mote, they witL be ADVENTURES!
at St. Petersburg, where she plans to con-
tinue her studies, majoring in mathematics. And to Tom CampbeLL who is taking
Part of a youth group under scrutiny was
Dicki Brooks. Her mother, Mrs. John Brooks,
undertook to study the social inter-relations
of a group of 11 teenagers as a term paper
for a course in education which she has been
taking. Results should be helpful to those
of us who can't quite understand our teen-
agers, as Mrs. Brooks received special re-
commendations for the work, including sug-
gestions to publish the material .......
Geraldine Wilson (Winter Haven) is proudly
wearing a Boy Scout Eagle Pin earned by her
son, Mark Wilson..........
They're right out in front -- these youth of
ours. Congratulations to each one of them!
oVVe/L -ti.Le aCL-t.ve diLectC-LUon oJ ALthe
Association,the staf6 pledges its
support so that coopetativeLy we
can continue to build,to maintain
a Source o6 Dependable Credit 4o0
Citrus G4owers o0 Flotida........
...TECHNICOLOR, no less --
Like our new Spring Bonnet? The spring
issue of our Orange Blossoms Newsletter
seems an appropriate time to burst out in
color. We hope the green and orange
masthead will make your day seem brighter
and bring Spring into your mail each time
the NEWSLETTER crosses your desk.