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My father passed away in 1985, but the values he instilled in me still with me.  In the late 1960's, he held the position of Exalted Ruler at the Elk's club in Jackson, Michigan.  At the time, the Elk's club was whites only.  As Exalted Ruler, my father sponsored the first black family to be members of the Elk's.  He lost a couple of friends because of what he did, but he made many other friends at the same time.  When you see a Black, Hispanic, Asian, or other nationality in an Elk's club, it is my father and others who made that possible by putting themselves on the line and taking risk for change to happen.   I am still very proud of him, and very proud of what he did.

 

Happy Father's Day, Dad

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