The Value of One Member

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Ten little members
standing in a line.
One disliked the president
Then there were nine.

Nine ambitious members
offered to work late.
One forgot her promise;
then there were eight.

Eight creative members
had ideas good as heaven.
One lost enthusiasm,
then there were seven.

Seven loyal members
got into a fix
They quarreled over programs,
and then there were six.

Six members remained
with spirit and drive.
One moved away,
then there were five

Five steadfast members
wished there were more.
One became indifferent,
then there were four.

Four cheerful members
who never disagree—
Till one complained of meetings,
then there were three.

Three eager members!
What do they do?
One got discouraged
then there were two.

Two lonely members
so our rhyme is nearly done
One joined the bridge club,
then there was one.

One faithful member
was feeling rather blue.
Met with a neighbor,
then there were two.

Two earnest members,
each enrolled one more.
Doubling their number,
then there were four.

Four determined members
just couldn't wait,
Till each won another,
and then there were eight!

Eight excited members
signed up 8 more.
In another six verses,
there'll be a thousand twenty four!!!