ABSTRACT: As a profession, FL teachers characteristically seem to be dissatisfied with the present in spite of recent advances. While some professions are organized so as to preserve the status quo, we are typically ambitious and idealistic, and we must be organized for maximum professional progress. The concept of a state FL organization is one of the cornerstones of our profession, historically and functionally. The AAT's, national associations, and regional associations and conferences have different roles. Future strength, growth, and effectiveness in the state organizations must rest on their working for improvement in FL programs in the schools, working to upgrade standards for teacher preparation and certification, cooperating to establish in-service programs for teachers and supervisors, and working to improve articulation between school and college FL programs. They must assume responsibility for gathering statistics, concern themselves with public relations for the profession, and set up legislative committees ready to act when (as in California, Texas, and New York) school FL curricula come up for legislative action. State FL organizations must establish an effective working relationship with state education departments (possibly through a state FL advisory committee). They must find ways to locate and involve talented individuals. Finally, to create a unified profession, the allegiance of college and university FL teachers must be enlisted on the state level in the interest of common goals.