Just to throw out a few more names, how about guide patrol, gay notes, m-men and
gleaners -- and besides sunbeams there were stars and rainbows. Does anyone
still do a Gold and Green Ball or a Road Show?
I miss the Road Shows. I don't know how many I wrote, directed, and in an
earlier day participated in. Ha! I even remember loading up the scenery in a
pickup and actually traveling to other wards in Provo...REAL Road Shows. I
don't remember how many road shows I judged, giving a half dozen or more
awards so each Ward got something. We weren't afraid then to have one Road
Show be judged Superior, it just made the Wards try harder the next year. Any
widowed Golden Gleaners out there? I'm a widowed Master M Man with my
lapel pin to prove it.
Moonbeams, Junior Sunday School, "All Church" Basketball tournaments,
Ward Budget Meetings, Ward Building Funds, Donation table at Missionary
Farewells, Missionary Farewells, Bandalos, Welfare farms, Cry rooms, Ward
Bazaars. Just a few.
Taking pennies to primary on your birthday for the Primary Children's
Hospital, having Hymn practice during Sunday School Opening Exercises, we got to
learn all the hymns by heart so we didn't need a hymnbook until the new one
came out in 1985. Fortunately the hymn "Each Cooing Dove" was removed,
we sang that song way too often during hymn practice. Wards were huge with 1000
members, had 3 deacons quorums and 50 scouts in our ward. We used to collect
fast offering all by ourselves as 12 year old deacons, and go camping without
adult leadership, we did just fine, our troop leadership knew what to do. Things
have really changed.
I'm not a boomer, but a few things made it into my age group. The one I
miss a ton was mentioned by andrejules... ROADSHOWS! Boy they were such fun! I
didn't have the slightest clue what Master M Man or Golden Gleaners, so a
quick Google search resulted in a half hour of reading. Boy I wish that program
was still in place! I found the requirements which were in place in the 1960s
and quite frankly, with a little modification I should be able to create a
similar goal map for my family!
Learning to knit or crochet in Primary (after school during the week) in the
Merrie Miss or Gay Notes classes was a huge goal. Then there were the
embroidery projects. And we were all going to grow up and do these things for
the Relief Society bazaars, those emporiums of wonder and delight! I also miss
the birthday pennies - Primary Children's Hospital BELONGED to us,
especially when singing about the "crippled children who cannot walk or run,
who have to stay in bed all day and cannot join our fun." Roadshows were a
blast! I wish we still did them. It was a good event and involved everyone.
And that Sunday School singing practice? Well, when I moved to England in the
90s, my new bishop came up to me and asked me how I knew all the words and never
looked at the book. Thanks, Sister Thomas of the St. George 6th Ward!
I'm a boomer--born in 1955. What a delightful stroll down memory lane.
Thanks for the article and the posts by you other boomers. I taught the Blazer
B boys when I was a junior in high school and Blazer A boys when I was a senior.
Primary was on weekdays, of course. I still have my bandelos stored in a box
somewhere (I can't even remember how to spell it!!)And I loved
to hang out at the Seventy's Mission Bookstore that was in a small room at
the stake center on Randolph Road in Silver Spring, Maryland.
I couldn't remember much of the things in the actual article, except for
the model of Primary Children's Hospital and the pennies.But,
oh have these comments brought back memories, especially DixieBrit...we must be
the same age!I loved reading this!