Adopt an orphan
| : | -1 FOSTER PARENTS: Members of The Mammies and Pappies Foster Parent Plan club of Bridgman school read letter from their foster child, Yuk Mei, of Hon# Kong, China. From left, front are Elizabeth Roth, Debbie Pendergrass, John Swart, Miss Leanna Burandt, club sponsor; Gayle Crocker and Pat Stelter; (back row) Phil Morgensen, Sue Meredith, Martha Wente, Kay Anderson. (Marie Mikel photo) Bridgman Answer Critics Youths Ninth Graders Raise Funds For Foster Child By MARIE MIKEL Bridgman Correspondent BRIDGMAN—Socrates in 400 B.C. said “The youth of today are going to the dogs!” Many present day critics of youth agree with him. But “The Mammies and The Pappies Foster Parent Plan Club,” a group of ninth grade boys and girls at Bridgman high school are proof that this is not true. for the Si.25 monthly dues in various ways: baby-sitting, outside jobs, allowances and personal sacrifice. One youngster said ‘“Once a month I give my lunch money for my dues. I ^ast sPr*nS as eighth graders they organized “The Mammies and The Pappies Faster Parent Plan club” and financially adopted a destitute child. Cheung Yuk Mei, a 7-year-old Chinese girl in Hong Kong through guess y0U better not say that the Foster Parents Plan, Inc. though, mv mother doesn’t Although this adoption is j know!” financial and not legal, its truly 1 personal with the “Mammies and The Pappies.” They pay $15 each month to support their child. Members earn their money — Burr about Mama sys- JOHN THOMAS Interest in forming this club was generated when eighth grade history teacher Smith showed a film Foster Parent Plan, Inc. They organized “The mies and Pappies” in tematic manner. Their constitution states their objectives: “This club is organized to support a foster child, who i* now Cheung Yuk Mei , on a yearly basis to be decided each year. The club shall do all things for the foster child which are required by the Foster Parent’s Plan Inc., 352 Park Avenue South, New York. N. Y. 10010. The club shall show its anxiety to help others who are in need by putting its full suppport behind thifs project.” Membership is limited to the graduating class of 1971. At present they have 13 active members and two honorary members, who originally joined at the time the club was formed, but since have moved away. These honorary members also continue to pay dues. COLOMA son of Mr. THREE YEARS Members of the club said that they hope to continue to support Yuk Mei for the next three years or until they graduate. The $15 sent to the Foster Parents Plan Organization goes to help Yuk Mei’s parents, who I moved to Hong Kong in flight from Communist China. There. is little free schooling in Hong Kong and the money helps Yuk Mei with her education and also her two brothers and two sisters. It provides a monthly 1 cash grant, dental, medical and eye care, encouragement and guidance by social workers. This money also provides for an exchange letter a month, John Thomas, original and translation, be- and Mrs. Andy tween “The Mammies and Pap- Colonia Youth Is Eagle Scout Thomas Follows Family Tradition : Thomas, received the Eagle pies” and their charge scout award in recent cere- The “Mammies and Pappies” monies conducted by Troop <’>4 sent Yuk Mei a doll and candy at the Congregational church in for Christmas. They said she Coloma. Was delighted with the gifts, but The presentation was madej again and again expressed the by Clifford A. Klapp. Scout j desire to meet her foster executive of the Southwestern parents. She wants them to Michigan Council. come and visit her. With In receiving the award John amazement the Bridgman stu- followed a tamily tradition. His (jents described the size of Yuk 1 father and an older brother, Mei’s home, a 9-foot cubicle, Jeif, are both recipients of the where all seven members of her ■ award, the highest rank in family live, eat and sleep. i “Among the awards presented ¡„¡*7”* ilk/ «»“proud parents" ¡n court of honor ceremonies : tell how well “their chilrl," Yuk were mne-year-pins presented to Mei ;s fj0;ng ¡n schooi Scoutmaster Kenneth Tibbs and ’ g ! to James Baker, an Eagle scout * member of the troop. LEARN HISTORY Members of this club are CHEUNG YUK MEI learning the history of China in a very personal way. They also have the opportunity to develop altruistic feelings, devotion to the interests of others, and generosity. The Foster Parents Plan program has been working since 1937 and has graduated nearly 90,000 foster children. Some of them are professionals, others are factory workers. All are eternally grateful for the support of generous Americans who saved them from sickness, abject poverty, and ignorance and gave them health, education and hope. Currently Foster Parents Plan is operating in Greece, Hong Kong, Korea, the Phillip pines, Viet Nam. Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. A child may be chosen according to county, sex and age and PLAN will try hard to meet the specifications. Foster Parents Plan is a non- secta rian, non-profit, non propaganda, independent, government-approved organization. Adoptions and contributions are tax deductible. For information write to Foster Parents Plan. Inc. 352 Park Avenue South. New York, New York 10010. NEAR LAWTON Rash Of Vandalism LAWTON—Van Buren county sheriff’s deputies and Lawton Police Chief Richard Irons are investigating vandalism Wednesday night which included the breaking of 13 windows, one a large double pane valued at $250, at four homes in Porter township. Authorities said beer bottles had been thrown from an auto, breaking seven windows at the Owen Bray farm, the large window at the Harley Mohney farm, four windows at the John Frasier home and one window at the Kathryn Turner home. Also, a grain wagon was reported overturned at the Robert Syreet- er farm. Comptroller Leaving Hospital Not Connected With Firing By JIM DONAHUE South Haven Bureau SOUTH HAVEN — Irving R. Rarick said yesterday he will be leaving his post as South Haven Community hospital’s comptroller, effective March 1 . But Rarick said his resign* tion is in no way connected with the firing of administrator W. Carroll Odom by the hospital board on Wednesday. Rarick, who joined the hospital administrative staff when the comptroller’s job was created by Odom last October, said he turned in his resignation last week prior to Odom’s dismissal. He said he had accepted a new position as assistant administrator of Hozer hospital and 1 clinic at Gallipolis, Ohio. His appointment to the comptroller's job was loudly protested by board member Ivan Stein during the Oct. 16 meeting. Stein said he felt the job was not necessary when the hospital already had an assistant administrator to do the same work. Rarick came to South Haven hospital from a position with Du- Wel Metal Products Co. in Bangor. Meanwhile, n o new statements were issued yesterday by the hospital board, or Odom, in regard to his unexpected dismissal. The board said that no more statements will be made until after the regular meeting set for Feb. 19.^ Van Strien Will Seek Re ■ Election Mayor Of Gobles; Thompson Quitting GOBLES — Mayor Martin Van Strien announced at last night’s city commission meeting that he will seek another term as a city commissioner in the April 1 election. Commissioner Forrest Thompson said he would not run again. Their terms expire this year. Two commissioners will be elected for three-year terms in the spring election. Mrs. Marian Van Strien. the city clerk, said petitions with at least 20 signatures of registered voters must be filed with her by 4 p.m. on March 9 in order to nominate candidates. The mayor is elected from among the commissioners. Commissioners last night appointed Henry Warner. Mrs. Paul Weston, Mrs. Pearl Richards. Mrs. Earl Newcomb and Mrs. Alfred Healy as inspectors for the special 23rd district state senator election on Feb. 19. Permission was given the Leisure Hour Garden club to landscape and otherwise im- j prove the city park in the center of town. Mrs. Marshall : Healy, club president, in a letter to the commission asked permission for the club to do the work as its spring project. T h e commission approved 1 bills totaling $2,429.38.