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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 8, 1921 Continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Jan. 8, 1921 Continued

MEDFORD TO HAVE THE COMMUNITY SERVICE SYSTEM

At an enthusiastic meeting held at the library last night a hearty endorsement was given to community service, and an invitation extended to a national organizer, who will be sent from New York for a demonstration period of three months to aid local committees in carrying out a program of community service activities.

Mr. Howard Arbury, a national representative, who conducted the meeting, not only gave a convincing explanation of the methods and motives of the movement, but interspersed his talk with delightfully entertaining examples of community singing and “get acquainted” stunts.

As explained by Mr. Arbury, the purpose of community service is to provide a recreational program for the leisure time of the community. It does not function as a separate institution, but aids and augments the work of all existent organizations, by welding together there the common interest of play of the entire community lift.

By discerning latent talents, developing capacity for leadership, providing opportunity for self-expression and restoring the almost lost art of neighborliness, the community service achieves its objective — a richer, more contented and therefore more successful community.

At the close of Mr. Arbury’s remarks Mayor Gates took the chair and after heartily approving the movement and declaring Medford’s need of just such activities, asked for its endorsement by those present, which was given unanimously.

The request for a national organization to be sent from headquarters in New York, was signed by a committee, including:

Mrs. Aubrey Smith, chairman; Mayor Gates, Mrs. Francis Montgomery, Mrs. E. E. French, Mrs. Helen Gale.

The organizer will be sent at the expense of the national organization and if the three month’s demonstration period proves successful, he will aid local committees to raise the budget necessary to carry on the work.

The services of other specialists in drama, pageantry, physical training or music may be also engaged at the request of the local committee. The work of these specialists will be not only to give demonstrations of community service, but to discover and train local leaders.

Medford is one of the eight cities in Oregon to be offered this service. It has been functioning on its own resources in Portland since February 1, 1920, with splendid results. Mayor Baker has unreservedly declared it to be the greatest influence for good that Portland has ever known. Organizers are also being sent to Pendleton, Oregon City and The Dalles.

It is believed by many Medford citizens that community service will prove of inestimable value to this community.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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