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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 7, 1969 Qui Vive? by The Sentry Boys' Clubs The national observance of Boys' Club Week will begin on Sunday, March 16, and end on Saturday, March 22. Just as the mighty oak grows from a tiny acorn, so it can be said that the Boys' Club work has grown from a very humble beginning in Hartford, Conn., in 1860, to the gigantic system of about 700 active clubs in this nation alone. Many of the Boys' Clubs now serve girls as well as boys in activities which are suited to them, such as swimming, basketball, tennis and kindred sports. Boys take part in these and other sports, such as wrestling and boxing. In addition to the athletic activities the clubs sponsor cultural and trade school programs. These programs include instruction in speech, dramatics, dancing and such manual skills as printing, wood burning and mechanics. Many a skilled workman or entertainer received his first taste for his chosen profession in some Boys' Club. The Little Rock Boys' Club is observing its 54th anniversary this year. It began its activities on September 1, 1915 in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, then located at 424 Scott street. Its original membership was seven. As of 1964, it has expanded to reach the figure 5,000. Many of Little Rock's business, professional and civic leaders, past and present, received their initial training under the direction of the Boys' Club officials. The purpose of the Boys' ClubsofAmerica is the development of boys in a social, educational, athletic manner with special emphasis upon character training. The Boys' Club is open to all boys from 6 to 18 years of age, and while it encourages the under-privileged to seek its advantages, it is open to all boys. It strives tohelp them make the most of themselves and many a boy has gone on from Boys' Club participation to become world famous in some sport or other activity. The membership fees are moderate enough to be within the reach of all. Boys are even permitted to work their membership fees out by performing certainduties around the club. This teaches them not to be parasites, but responsible members of society. The Little Rock Boys' Club officials were indeed fortunate in that in 197,0, they acquired the services of J. W. Billy Mitchell, first as an athletic director and later as the supervisor of all the Boys' Club activities. Billy after participating in high school and college athletics, took special field instruction at Columbia (N.Y.)University. His success through almost 50 years in Boys' Club work is a sufficient testimonial to Billy's excellent qualifications for his chosen field. Under his direction the Boys' Club activities have expanded from the Club at 8th and Scott Sts., to Lamar Porter Field and to a 27-acre plot at Oak Forest. Billy is an example of a man, who is not only dedicated to his work far beyond the hours called for by his contract, but he has time to help in many civic activities. He is very active in the service of his Church, St. Andrews Cathedral. His good influence has helped to build this community. This nation needs more such men and women. Red Cross During the month of March, the people of this nation are called upon to answer the Red Cross roll call. In its account of the Red Cross Organization, the World Book says: "This activity stems from the spirit manifested in the Catholic Church in medieval times, when friars and nuns pledged themselves to the sick and not infrequently extended their ministrations to the battlefields." This fact is too often omitted in historical accounts of the origin of the Red Cross. There are some people so ignorant of history that they use the term "medieval" to stigmatize anything. Even the renowned Florence Nightingale received her original inspiration from watching nuns care for the wounded on the battlefields of the Crimean War. She con- ceived the idea of founding a secular group to do similar work. She was largely responsible for elevating the secular nursing profession to the honorable position it occupies today. Over a century ago, Henry Dunant, a young Swiss traveler happened to arrive at the Italian village of Bolferino, the day after the French and Austrian troops had met in battle. He was horrified at the sight of almost 40,000 soldiers who had fallen dead or wounded on the field. He organized local doctors, helpers from the surrounding territory and even chance travelers to care for the wounded. His solicitude for the suffering was in large measure responsible for what is now the International Red Cross. It was organized in 1863 at Geneva. In honor of Dunant, the Swiss flag, in reverse, a red cross on a white field, became the symbol of the Red Cross. The purpose of this organization is to prevent deaths and to relieve human suffering, wherever it exists. It strives to arouse the people of all nations to their responsibility to their unfortunate fellowmen everywhere. The Red Cross is prepared for any kind of emergency in time of peace or war. It maintains at all times trained personnel with all the necessary equipment to go into action at a moment's notice wherever disaster strikes and help is needed. On such occa- sions, the people as a rule must have shelter, food, clothing, nursing care and medical attention. They need first aid and hospitalization. There may be need of blood plasma, also to save lives. All such equipment and provisions as well as the personnel to administer them must be kept on hand at all times, ready to be dispatched to the area where the emergency exists. Needless to say, it requires a large amount of money to provide all these supplies and the expert personnel to direct the operations in the various fields of activity. The money must come from the people who contribute when they answer the Red Cross roll call. Besides the necessities for disasters and wars, the Red Cross finances many other useful activities, such as first aid lessons, classes in swimming and life saving, etc. Amencan Interest Evident Vocation Is Adventure I Cardinal Tells Teenagers Chicago ('NC) -- In spite of a drastic decline in vocations to the Sisterhood, there is still some evidence that youth is "turned on" by religion. "It is true that fewer are pre- senting themselves to convents," said John Cardinal Cody to more than 2,800 teens who attended the Midwest Vocation Congress here. "A vocation is an adventure, h vocation is a challenge, because it demands so much of the one who would aspire to become a Religious. But it is a sacrifice that makes people great," the car- dinal asserted. A number of girls attending the conference appear to be willing to make the sacrifice, but many plan to walt until they have comple- ted some college or professional training. "Waiting won't affect your voca- tion if you really have one," said Anne Haley, a student at Trinity High School, River Forest, HI. "College or nursing school is good preparation because you have time to grow up a little." The teens had some surprisingly conservative views on the subject of renewal. "I don't like the modern habits. Maybe it's sothey can get closer to the kids but it doesn't affect me that way," Miss Haley said. "I don't like them either," said Linda Krollo of Lourdes High School, Chicago. "They don't seem like nuns anymore and I don't feel any closer to them." "Sisters seem to have a dif- ferent type of dedication now," observed Melinda Kern of Regina Dominican High School, WllmeRe, Ill. The big thing is social work now. It's all 'go live in apartments and be one of the people.' But there are still many people who can really dedicate their lives to God. There is so much power in prayer. But sometimes the in- dividual contact with Christ is lost with all the emphasis on com- munity," she added. "The Sisters complain that girls never enter the convent but they never have tours of convents or movies on the religious life," said Marybeth Ward, also of Re- gina. "They think if they men- tion vocations they'll turn us off." Sister Mary of Our Lady of the Angels, president of the Sister Vocation Association, the group which sponsored the congress, ad- mired the "young people are frightened away by the thought and word vocation, even though deep in their hearts they're really interested." Introducing F Arkansas Seminarians George Murdaugh George Murdaugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Murdaugh of Box 301, Bryant, Arkansas, is a sophomore, majoring in humanities, at Holy Trinity Seminary of the University of Dallas, Texas. He is preparing for ordination to the Holy Priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock. George was born in Little Rock July 26, 1949. He attended Bryant Elementary School, Notre Dame Junior High School in Benton, and Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock. During his senior year at Catholic High, he won a place on the All-Region football team and was awarded the annual citation for sportsmanship. George enjoys hunting, crafts and dramatics. In recent summer vacation periods, he has done construction work in Grand Prairie, Texas, and has worked for Curtis Mathis in Little Rock. He also has worked as an umpire for amateur baseball games. He has seven sisters and one brother--Sister Mary Angel, Kath- leen, Anita, Patty, Nancy, Diane, Judy and Danny. From the Managing Editor's Anyone who is 50- years-old or older quakes at the thought of what would have hap- pened to him in his high school or college days, if he had behaved the way t legiate rabble are acg In the first place, he v/0 been summarlly dismiS his school and it would I$ virtually impossible for gain admission to any other Then, he would have t0J father. (Talk about a fatS than death). If he were under 21, be placed under the strtctions in his pers0 He would have to go even if digging ditches only employment he cot (And that was about the 0z readily available). , ] He would be requirea room and board to hiSP Even the slightest dlS or disobedience would a tightening of restricti0 his personal life. If he were still in turned out to be authorities would commit reform school for the of his minority. If he had reached his and refused to obey t rules laid down by hiS! he would be turned out ors to shift for himself. In those days, there boys and girls and bad  girls. The good ones g become responsible ! The bad ones got what ing to them. It's a sad commentS] day's world when there over the fact that one president -- The Rev.  Hesburgh of Notre Dame down rules for handling rlgibles.  Such action should l i sal. Oldest U.S. Seminary CIos! l! Baltimore (NC) oldest Catholic Mary's on Paca founded in 1791 -- will l# The "agonizing deciSl made with "great reluct cording to its rector, William J. Lee, S.S. only afterayearof con involving the Sulpicia which staffs the semina| Baltimore archdiocese, side experts. St. Mary's, Paca provided first and philosophy courses for tlons of seminarians throughout the country Sulplcians also operate St: school of theology in nea land Park, and this pr og be continued. tS, Father Lee said the, SP significance of the PareSiS campus and the involVe:: seminarians in social serW, grams in its inner city 8,|'ffi hood were factors in v'  keep the seminary ope, tl#] But money problemS, ,; creasing number of vo other considerations o:"' the desire to stay at P "",i,