Service clubs, backbone of America

Dear Editor,
The pace of life has increased over the years. For most people
in the work force, it takes two incomes to keep a household at the
standard we all would like to maintain.
Dear Editor,

The pace of life has increased over the years. For most people in the work force, it takes two incomes to keep a household at the standard we all would like to maintain. When they get home from work each day, do the household items, get dinner and relax a little, it’s time for bed. Not much time for anything else. I know this as well as anyone. But, we all can find a little time for recreation.

It seems that we have forgotten what being involved in the community can bring to people. How helping others while really enjoying the involvement in some organization can become an important part of our social and recreational pastime. There are several fraternal or service clubs in most every community. I won’t mention any names, but I will tell you about what one of them is about.

This organization is a group of American citizens who believe in God. Members may be Christian, Jewish, Muslim or whatever.The cardinal principles are charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. Charity is the cornerstone of everything we do. There is a program where we provide in-home physical, occupational or speech therapy to disabled children who otherwise would not have this service.

School nurses refer children to us for eye tests and glasses when the family is unable to afford them. Thousands of pre-school vision screening tests are provided at no cost to the families. Help is often given to “special need” children referred to us by the schools. We honor and support our veterans with special barbecues at the VA hospitals, lap robes for those who are disabled in-patients, packages of sundry items they may need, and outings for many of those who are able to leave the hospital.

There are youth activities such as scouting, basketball “Hoop Shoot” contest, “Soccer Shootout” contest, and support of other youth sports. Until about two years ago, this organization nationally gave more in college scholarships than any organization other than the U.S. government (still rank in the top 20). There are dinners, dances, parties, RV groups, card games and many more activities for fun and to raise money to support our activities. We promote Americanism throughout the community and in schools. There is a “Drug Awareness” program that tries to keep children away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. We are active in the Garlic Festival for fun and as a major fundraiser for our other charitable projects. We are even involved in the “Adopt-A-Highway” program to keep our highways clean.

All of this and more for a small annual dues fee with few restrictions other than to be of good moral character, be an American citizen and believe in God.

This organization, like most of the service clubs and fraternal lodges, serves its community and sometimes becomes the social center of the members’ lives.

I am sure that most of these organizations are great. Why not ask a member about one of these groups. See if you can be invited to visit or call any of these groups for more information.

As I said before, no names, but the group I belong to has been called the Best People On Earth.

Donald E. Dill, Gilroy

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