A Club For Children

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Editor:

Once upon a time, a group of citizens got together in a small mountain community to form a club for children. Their goal was to provide a recreational outlet, foster friendship and have fun.

Activities included hiking, rock climbing, fishing and an occasional caravan down the hill to a minor league baseball game. Parents were always invited and most times came along. We even had a formal name and designed a logo. We raised funds by recycling anything that was recyclable with a local recycler, (who was a member of our group) and the slogan, “Just Give it to the Kids!” T-shirts were made and distributed to all the children.

Then one day a flatlander appeared from down the hill and said, “We have a problem.” He told us we had a great program and was impressed, however, our name and logo infringed on a national organization. You see, we called ourselves the Mountain Communities Boys and Girls Club and our logo ... you guessed it, was identical to theirs. I’m proud to say that the club based in Crestline, California still exists and is an official Boys and Girls Club!

Fast forward 15 years to Payson; a similar group of citizens got together in a small mountain community to form a club for children. While initially not successful, times do change and Frontier Elementary School sits abandoned and waiting for new life. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. What do you think, Payson? Let’s talk!

John G. Wakelin

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