That a work kit of positive suggestions be developed by the Council (with the help of outside experts) and sent to local communities.
That a systematic public relations program be presented to the people of the U.S. regarding the program of the Council and the President's Advisory Committee. "Here a caution is imposed. You can't deliver to people what you haven't got." With the edge of an edge in its tone, the citizens group recommended that "the Council develop and issue a clear statement regarding its aims and purposes, the scope of its activities and the resources it has available."
That representative young people themselves be added to the President's Advisory Committee.
That an executive committee be created, from the membership of the President's fitness advisers, so that his advisers can act more than once a year. Wadsworth turned to Interior Secretary Seaton: "Here you will recognize our candor, Mr. Secretary. It is suggested that, to the limit possible, members of the Council [the Cabinet officers] come in and have a working part in the future sessions of the President's Advisory Committee, sitting arm in arm with us, looking at the problems as we look at them.... This is perhaps a pious hope, but I think that when you consider the sacrifice made by all in attendance here you will appreciate the spirit in which this suggestion is offered."
As if recognizing that it is almost impossible to discuss government programs, President's Councils and President's Advisory Committees without bogging down into business-and-government English, Chairman Wadsworth did his best to say what he, as one American, wants for his own children (he and his wife have seven): "What I want for my children I want for all other children and youth in America—a decent home in a decently arranged and stable neighborhood; the opportunity to acquire that kind of liberal education which will best equip them for the responsibilities of citizenship and enlighten their ultimate vocational practice; the protection of soundly conceived and well-administered community services, including those activities designed to promote healthy physical growth and development and the acquisition of modest skill in the constructive arts of leisure....
"This is a great deal to hope for. Yet it is within our grasp as we measure our knowledge and consider our resources."
His advisers described President Eisenhower's interest in fitness as the source of the drive's inspiration. They added: "We hope that the President will be able to lend his voice and his assistance as we attempt to go forward."
Before they adjourned, the advisers made a strong bid for quick action. They asked Secretary Seaton and Shane MacCarthy to publish their advice and present it to the President within 30 days. Seaton and MacCarthy have done so, and the document entitled Fitness of American Youth is the excellent result.
And in 30 days more, the advising citizens said, they would like to have the reaction of the President and his Council to their advice. Thus, in 30 more days, the Citizens Advisory Committee will know how truly effective a citizen group can be.