OUR HERO Thomas Paine
Professor Dick K. far left and Bro. Joe D. far right
Bro. Jim H. , Scribe Joe Todd in middle and Bro. Charlie L.
The Commonsense Club is a group, supposedly, of men mature in years and experience. Some of them are retired from their calling and some are very actively engaged, but all have a vital interest in the community affairs.
We are not permitted to divulge the proceedings of the meetings of the club, but we may report the sentiments expressed in the address that is always provided for the final item on the program.
The personnel of the membership ranges all the way from Bro. Joe D. who is a sort of genius, with meager education but a wealth of gumption, sound sense and philosophy, to the pedantic book worm and theorist Professor Dick K.
Believing these terse talks to the club to be sensible, as a usual thing, and practiced, it is our purpose, from time to time, to present them to the readers of this blog. So we make our bow by setting forth the voluntary remarks of Bro. Joe D. at the close of the first meeting of the club when its organization was completed:
“ Brothers of the Commonsense Club—We are now a constituted club. I congratulate you on being charter members. There are clubs a plenty in these days, but none to many of the right sort.
Each member is an American, regardless of race or color, a resident of this community, with a live interest in its affairs. We are all of the common people which comprises the majority. So we launch this club believing that it will fill a long felt need and we confidently expect to reap a rich fruitage from its activities. And while our meetings shall be helpful and educational and inspiring, we mean to make them interesting, entertaining and enthusiastic. Let us be good members, which means good neighbors, good citizens and respectable high class men. Let this club be the mountain peak, in our thoughts and aspirations, from which to increase our faith and courage that we need to carry on.”
REPORTED BY THE SCRIBE: JOE TODD 4/14/2009