Thank you, Bill [Reeves], for your generous introduction. I also thank all members of the Society for the confidence you placed in me, and to those for whom I had the pleasure to work with, for your collaboration. The addresses of several of my predecessors dealt with the issues of our Society and specialty. Bill Reeves in 1972 drew attention to the fact that our war against infectious diseases can be lost. Karl Johnson assessed the Society's recent past, and its needs for the future. Phil Russell stressed that excellence in research was not enough and that the development of practical applications and political involvement were necessary to implement the results of research. Franz von Lichtenberg analyzed the diverse demographics of our Society. Bill Scherer considered the dwindling supply of medical research scientists and suggested remedies; and Joe Cook discussed the challenge of tropical infectious disease problems in the developing world and in this country and whether we were able to meet it.