The Academy had rules, and the officers were pretty serious about enforcing them. Two letters from the 1930s show just how serious:
TLS dated Nov. 9, 1933, from C. Ulysses Moore to A.G. Bettman, secretary:
Dear Dr. Bettman: Last year when I asked for an extension of time on my Academy dues I expected the Depression to be over by now. Balancing my budget demands that I now resign from the Academy. "If and When" I am able to pay my present delinquency I shall consider re-instatement.Sadly for Dr. Moore, he didn't quite understand the by-laws on dues payment. Penciled on the bottom of the page is the notation: "Not accepted by council because in arrears with dues. H.J.S." Once you accepted admission into the Academy, you were not allowed to resign until your dues were fully paid.
TLS dated Oct. 25, 1934, from A.G. Bettman to his successor as secretary, Harry J. Sears:
I would suggest that those who have lost their membership be written to that effect and asked to return their membership certificates, and in event that this is not done that a messenger be sent for them.Perhaps physicians were flaunting their Academy membership certificates on office walls, or flashing their cards at the Union Club. In either case, the Academy wasn't going to stand for it.