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Fred Lynch

Cape Chamber "Round Up"

Posted Monday, April 26, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Southeast Missourian, Oct. 11, 1957

It's round-up time in the Chamber of Commerce, and this "maverick," Harry Siemers, just recently a member, is "branded" with the C-bar-C brand by President Howard Boyd. In a one-day campaign next week, other "mavericks," now non-members of the Chamber, will be urged to join the organization. Participating in this realistic branding of Mr. Siemers, with smoke pouring from a searing skin, are some members of the round-up crew. From left are manager Phil Kearney, Mr. Boyd, Wendell Black, leader of one of the membership teams; Mr. Siemers, Francis Lewis, membership drive chairman, and Luther Hahs, Chamber vice president and a team captain. (Photo by G.D. Fronabarger)

Chamber to Have Round-Up

A one-day round-up of new members for the Chamber of Commerce will be conducted Wednesday with seven teams of 10 members, each out to put the chamber's brand on all non-member "mavericks."

Francis Lewis is the chief wrangler for the outfit and will launch the whirlwind drive at a round-up breakfast Wednesday at 7 o'clock at Schneider's.

The day will conclude with a chuck wagon barbecue at the Horseshoe Bend Fishing club for all new members and for the participating teams.

Teams will call in pairs on prospective members during the day. These pairs will be responsible for getting all members they sign to the chuck wagon barbecue.

Whenever a new member is signed, the team goes to the Chamber of Commerce Building to try for a prize. There they will find balloons on a board, each containing a certificate. They may choose the balloon they wish to break.

Also included are eight tickets to a St. Louis Hawk professional basketball game for the season which starts later this month. Cape Central Airways will fly the winners to the game. Other tickets are for the Cape State-Springfield game.

Team captains and their team names are John L. Wescoat, Round-Uppers; Dan Cotner, Ropers; Wendell Black, Dry Gulchers; Luther Hahs, Wranglers; Louis Bahn, Broncos; Narvol A. Randol, Branders; Vernon Auer, Bulldoggers.

The Chamber of Commerce building was next to First Presbyterian Church. Read about its history in this blog:

Cape Chamber of Commerce on Broadway


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  • I remember going to the car lot in the background with my parents. Well, my dad anyway, he visited lots of car lots. We did get a car worked on at that dealership in the photo, though. I'm thinking it was a Cadillac but it might have been a Buick...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 9:10 AM
  • Upon further review, I might be wrong. Was this maybe a Datsun dealership in later years? If it was, I still remember visiting but never doing any business there...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 9:11 AM
  • My dad was invited to a service club once as a prospective member. When he came home, he said, "The high point of the meeting was when they started throwing buttered rolls at each other."

    He never went back.

    I guess I learned my appreciation of those kinds of clubs from him.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 10:24 AM
  • There is nothing wrong with having fun while giving service to the community. Judging any organization by one meeting is likely to lead to a misjudgment.

    As a Rotarian, I am proud of some of its accomplishments; on a world wide scale (financing a huge part of Polio eradication) and on a local schedule (scholarships and sponsorships).

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 11:44 AM
  • bobby62914,

    I'm not taking a poke at the very good things many of the organizations do.

    I just didn't have much for the gimmickry and tomfoolery shown in the photo above. It made me think of the "throwed rolls" (and not at Lambert's) story told at our dinner table.

    A Cape Girardeau service club sent another Scout and me to Philmont Scout Ranch when I was 14. I've never forgotten that trip.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 1:00 PM
  • Looks like that it is on the porch of the building that is now a rose garden for 1st Presbyterian. With Harris Motor Car Company in the background.

    -- Posted by insider63785 on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 2:51 PM