The 2nd Biennial National Seckatary Hawkins Club MeetingJune 15, 2013 at the Behringer / Crawford Museum, Covington, KY
Those of you who were able to come to the last National Meeting 2 years ago will remember the fun we had. This year is planned to be bigger and better with all new subjects to explore. Several speakers on various subjects that we read about in the books. A good time to ask questions.
You will be pleased and amazed at the wonderful exhibits at the museum. It will be great if everyone joins the museum too – a great cause, and really cheap.
New Club book project printings will be available for purchase – 7 titles including the new Stormie the Dog Stealer, The Gray Ghost, The Red Runners, The Rejiments I and II, and the new, highly prized comic book collections. We are trying to find some of the past titles for club members who missed out when printed 2 years ago and up to now. Several other Seckatary collectible items will be available for a limited time - we found 2 sets of statue bookends.
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In the beginning....
Welcome to the Seckatary Hawkins Club webpages. We are here for you!
My grandfather, Robert Franc Schulkers, wrote children's mystery-adventure novels in the 1920's and 1930's. These wholesome, good-clean-fun adventures for boys (and girls too) centered around their small-town Kentucky riverbank clubhouse were read and loved by millions of boys and girls in the early 1900’s. The stories were designed to inspire values of Family; Citizenship; Christian Ethics and Morality - while gradually building strong attributes of Self-Confidence; a Can-Do attitude; and a strength of a Fair and Square character that also helps defeat bullying. These stories silently related good things that youngsters should aspire to in a way they could understand encapsulated within a believable and exciting adventure. Children were shown a world where they too could succeed as well as anyone if they used good judgement and acted Fair & Square. The message that any boy or girl has an equal chance to excel and to do good, wholesome things if they have faith in themselves and never give up, is woven into each story. Indeed, an unlikely main hero of the stories is a really fat boy with a cowlick! As the Fair & Square Clubs spread throughout America into the 1930's, millions of Fair & Square Club members celebrated those good attributes and the adventure stories much in the same way kids follow and respect high adventure / super-hero movies and video games of today. Grandpa published his stories in serial fashion, weekly in newspaper stories, comics, and club news pages all over the country from 1918 until about 1949. National NBC radio shows were broadcast nationwide. Seckatary Hawkins Adventure stories started radio "plays" in 1922 and is known as the very first children's stories broadcast over radio. Robert F. Schulkers published 11 books of these serialized stories by 1932. Very rare original first editions became quite expensive and hard to find in any condition; so the club has embarked upon a volunteer club project to get club members all the book titles at affordable prices.
Club Members reinstated the F&S Club via the internet in 1998 with the inauguration of Seckatary Hawkins Web Site as a not-for-profit enterprise. There is a small, active core group, although many, many others have signed up just to be occasionally active members. Those active members utilize the Club Group email list-service to share info about the stories and the author, tell their own related stories, and answer and ask questions related to Seckatary Hawkins. It is free to join the Club, No dues are ever asked to be paid nor anything required that club members ever need to spend money on. There are big Club Meetings in Covington, KY, every 2 years or so; but nothing you are obliged to attend regularly except online as you feel like participating. Many just read the emails when they get time. You are invited to become a member too. Why not fill in the short form on the website today and have your children, nieces and nephews join up with you? It is a good cause that you will feel good about.
With the added attention to controlling bullying these days, it may be of interest to know that this very popular children’s adventure series always emphasizes helping those less fortunate. Seckatary Hawkins is a likeable and smart young boy who projects a very good example for children of today – especially those who may be ridiculed or bullied for being slightly different. Stories that develop around similar bullying situations may just provide the reader with workable solutions for current situations of his / her own. It would be a good thing if more children would read stories such as these that silently convey strong messages of confidence and character building ideas while honestly entertaining the reader.
The hero himself is a prime target for bullying and teasing since he is a fat boy. But his stick-to-it-iveness and “winner never quits” attitude of fair play for all allows him to illustrate how every child, no matter fat or skinny, rich or poor, smart or not, pretty or not, in with the in-crowd or not, can excel and get things done the fair and square way.
These stories also show the benefits of camaraderie with like-minded boys and girls who will band together to get things done the right way. Allegiances and friendship growing techniques are gradually ingrained as these stories progress.
One of our most respected contemporary authors – Harper Lee – used Seckatary Hawkins’ teachings and principles to illustrate the theme and moral lesson of her own novel – To Kill A Mockingbird - with one result of helping her story to win a Pulitzer Prize. Seck never won a Pulitzer, but I bet he would have had come closer had he still been publishing in 1960 when TKAM got the loving attention of the world for expressing identical principles. Without Seckatary Hawkins in Harper Lee’s life, would she have been the same person? Would she have been able to conceptualize as well the lesson and moral she wanted to convey to the world of readers without using Stoner’s Boy and the Gray Ghost examples?
Allow yourself or your child, or any child you love, the pleasant opportunity to identify with a Seckatary Hawkins story and see what happens. You will be glad you did.
A SPECIAL NOTE ON INTERNET SECURITY:
For younger FAIR & SQUARE CLUB members and your parents to check out –
Here is a link to a wonderful new website called LMK, the newest interactive Web site for teens from the Girl Scouts of America and Windows.
Created with help from teens and from industry experts, LMK will provide you with the know-how to safely navigate your online life and even help your parents to understand it.
~A Quitter never wins and a Winner never quits~
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