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April 1964 THE OBSIDIAN Page 3
WESTERN OUTDOOR QUARTERLY
The winter issue has a picture of our Mike McCloskey and a full column telling that he was born in Eugene in 1934 and grew up here getting well acquainted with the Oregon Cascades. Quoting from the FWOC "Mike was active in the Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout with the silver palm. He joined the FWOC affiliate in Eugene, (Obsidians) in his mid-teens.
He won a scholarship to Harvard in 1952, majored in American Government and graduated magna cum laude. He then served two years as an artillery officer in the army, and on completion of his military service he enrolled in the law school at the U. of Oregon from which he earned an LL.B. degree in 1961.
Immediately after graduation, he went to work as the Federation's representative on conservation affairs. He has served on our resolutions committee for four years and was its chairman in 1962. In that year, he also was a candidate for state representative in Oregon."
Mike will be having an article in each issue of the Quarterly from now on. This issue he has a three column article.
You read about it first in the Obsidian Bulletin. Some time later you read about it in the R-G. Then still later you saw it mentioned in the Life Magazine. What? Well about losing the Redwoods, or a good big part of them by the California State Highway Commission being so determined to put a super highway right thru the middle of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. This park consisting of 5000 acres was mostly conserved by cash donations from people all over the state of California and quite a sum was raised from donations all over the United States. This is not much of an incentive for people to contribute to future conservation drives in California nor any where else.
Many Obsidians will remember her as Bernice Lehrman. Bernice is the proud mother of a girl born March 27th. She answers to the name of Cynthia Ann. Bernice used to be an Obsidians but moved to Salem and became a member of the Chemeketans.
Served a term in the hospital with a case of rheumatic fever. Not liking the bill of fare at the hospital as well as the one at home she got moved home as soon as she possibly could,
JIM SIMS says he will be making his way homeward sometime during the month of May.
To construct porch and build bookcases is not coming along like it should. It was figured that we would not start construction until we had a minimum of $250.00 in the kitty. Up to date we have less than $200.00 and some of the donations have run as high as $20.00 with some tens and quite a few $5. Maybe it is because we started this campaign too close to income tax time but if we had waited until that was over we would find ourselves up against property tax time. If there are any members who wish to contribute mail your check to: Dorothy Towlerton, 2531 Chula Vista Blvd.
OBSIDIAN ENDOWMENT FUND
It has recently come to the attention of the Editor that two men and their wives, all members, have set aside in their wills a percentage sum of what they may leave after their deaths, to an endowment fund to the Obsidian Club. This endowment fund of course, could not be touched, only the income from it could be used. In the event of the demise of the legatee, one person has incorporated in his will that the percentage of the fund that is his will be given over to conservation work.
Our club is one of the very few of the smaller clubs that has what we have and no indebtedness. It would seem that it would be very nice if we did have an endowment fund, of say, $20,000. We have a lot of everything in this community except outdoor clubs and in this field we have only one except for a small representative of the Sierra Club, and our club represents not only ourselves, but everyone else in outdoor preservation and conservation, and it would seem nice to have a fund to help carry on this work. A fund this size could give the club money to enlarge the building. To better the grounds. To maintain upkeep and a lot of other things. Think not of what I would get out of doing this but of what it would do for people not yet born. We, today, are getting benefits from our organization due to contributions and time and energy and other sacrifices made by people in years long gone, some of whom have been dead for years. Give this some thot and if you feel that it has merit then put it in your will.
Heard from again and she writes from Brownsville, Texas and wishes all the Obsidians a real good season. Says she will soon be on her way to Minnesota, but hopes to get around this way before the summer is over.
FOLDING DOORS ARE IN BY GENE SEBRING.
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