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Emessay Notes March 2010

National Camping Travelers, Inc. (NCT)       

         National Camping Travelers, Inc. (NCT) was founded in 1966 in Gettysburg, PA, by the late brother Myron Fox and twenty-one other Masonic families with the idea that a Camping Club for Master Masons and their families would be an added opportunity for fraternal fun and fellowship. Brother Fox’s idea has since spread to most of the continental United States and Canada. The only requirement to join NCT is you must be a Master Mason in good standing in a lodge of which its Grand Lodge is recognized by the other Grand Lodges of the United States of America, Canadian Provinces and Mexico.

         The Chapters schedule a Monthly Campout, weather permitting, for their part of the country, and dinner meetings or “camp-ins” when the weather is not favorable for camping. During the winter months, the sunbelt Chapters are very active. Many of our members are “Snowbirds” and go South and West where the climates are warmer to participate in campouts. When Spring blossoms, most of our campers pull out their RV’s and hit the roads again.

         For more information please go to www.gonct.org

Mad River Lodge Thinks Out-Of-The-Box For Education

         Mad River Lodge #161, West Liberty, Ohio has recently changed its college scholarship program to a financial aid program that assists juvenile offenders at the Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) to earn their GED.

         “Our $500 scholarship was able to buy about a semester’s worth of books for one student,” explained Larry Lance, secretary of Mad River Lodge. “However, with that same amount, we are now able to sponsor 12 ½ students in the GED program. It just might be that this could be the deciding factor that helps these young people turn their lives around. Wouldn’t that be awesome!”

         COYC is a secure, 38-bed district juvenile detention facility located in Marysville, Ohio. The Correctional Treatment Unit (CTU) is a 90-day program for chronic juvenile offenders. Residents are required to attend year-round educational classes.

         COYC instituted a General Educational Development (GED) Testing component into its school program in October 2003. Juveniles sentenced to the CTU can prepare for and take the GED test during their stay.

(Source: The Beacon – Jan/Feb 2010)

Avery Brundage

            There have only been eight Presidents of the International Olympic Committee, the first one beginning in 1894 through the present president of the games. One of those presidents was a noted Freemason – Bro. Avery Brundage who was a member of North Shore Lodge #937, Chicago Illinois. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Chicago and Medina Shrine Temple, Chicago.

            Born on September 28, 1887 in Detroit, Michigan, Bro. Avery was elected fifth President of the International Olympic Committee at its meeting in Helsinki, Finland in 1952. No one could have been better prepared for this most responsible position as head of the worldwide Olympic Movement. For twenty years he had been working closely, first with President Count Baillet-Latour, and afterwards with President Edstrom. Prior to those activities he had occupied a prominent position in amateur sports for more than 20 years, first as competitor and later as administrator. He had traveled widely in Europe, Africa, North and South America, and the Orient, and was thoroughly familiar with the problems of amateur sports and the Olympic Movement in nearly all countries.

            His athletic career began in 1905 when as a high school athlete he was heralded as “the find of the season”. At the University of Illinois he was intercollegiate discus champion, member of the basketball team, and winner of a special medal for athletic achievement. After graduation from the university in 1909, he entered all-around athletics and for 10 years, until 1918, when he won his last national championship, he was one of the leading all-around athletes of the world. As a member of the 1912 United States Olympic team he competed in the Games of the 5th Olympiad at Stockholm, Sweden. Three times he was All-Around Amateur Champion of America. The all-around championship is probably the most difficult test of speed, stamina, strength, agility and endurance combined, ever devised. It should be noted that while Mr. Brundage was making this enviable record as a competitor he, as an engineer, was also engaged in establishing his own successful construction business.

            After retiring from all-around competition he became interested in the administrative side of amateur sport. In 1928 he was elected President of the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, an office to which he was re-elected for seven terms. In 1929 he was chosen President of the United States Olympic Association and Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee. Six times he was unanimously re-elected for a four year term by the one hundred and twenty organizations regulating amateur sport in the United States, which compose this Association. In Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1940 he was unanimously elected first President of the Committee Deportive Panamericano by the delegates from the countries of the Western Hemisphere at a congress called to organize Pan American Games. For twenty or more years he served as Vice-President of the Congress and on the council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the powerful organization which controls track and field athletics. He has also taken an active part as officer and director in several other International Federations.

            When Mr. Brundage became a member of the International Olympic Committee he was elected to the Executive Board and in 1946 he was also known throughout the world as the apostle of amateurism and one of the leading exponents in the world of fair play and good sportsmanship and was the author of numerous articles on amateur sports. He died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on 7 May 1975.

            Condensed from a “Masonic Did U Know” issued by Bro. Dwight Seals – Thank you

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason – Mar/Apr 2010)

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