Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 31, 1974, Page 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 31, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2 A Cedar Rapids Gaielle: Sun.. Mar. 31. 197 1 Say Protection Needed from nBoiler-Room" Fund Raisers By Roger Green Local protection from "boiler-room" fund-raising operations is needed for both the public and local service agencies, the executive direc- tors of United Community Services-funded agencies claim. And a city ordinance may be necessary for effective pro- tection. About three months ago, one agency learned its name was being used as beneficiary of a fund-raising drive when someone who had bought tick- ets in the drive called to ask for their money back, Russell Proffitt, executive director of HACAP, reported. A check into the operation found only a small part of the money was to go to the agency cited. The remainder would go to overhead of a circus the tickets were being sold for. Discussion among agency beads found most had exper- ienced similar in c i d e n t s where their agency's name was used without their knowl- edge and they received only a small part of the total amount collected. "We have a number of 'boiler-room1 operations in the city which try to pressure you into buying a block of tickets for Proffitt said. "They are trained to put quite a bit of pressure on in their sales technique. The question is where the money goes." A circus is good entertain- ment, he said, but it should be sold on its entertainment value rather than to help a charitable organization. Cause Difficulty In the long run, these operations probably create more difficulty for the regular fund-raising agencies because people have only a limited amount of money available for contribution to charitable causes, Proffitt said. So the UCS executives sub- milled a proposal to Ihe CSamber of Commerce to es- tablish a solicilalions review agency :similar lo the Chamber's business-consumer bureau. It called for fund-raising agencies to submit budget and organizational information voluntarily to the Chamber agency. Persons having questions about a fund-raising effort which has contacted them could call the Chamber and find 'out what information was on hand. If there was nothing on file, the proposal called for the Chamber to seek it out. The Chamber would also utilize the media to inform the public should a fund-rais- ing agency's operations hint of impropriety. But the Chamber rejected the proposal earlier this month. Chamber View The Chamber would be in the position of having to influ- ence public opinion toward a drive, Harold Ewoldt, Chamber general manager, explained. And the Chamber simply doesn't have the man- power for the task. Seeking information on agencies which didn't volun- teer the same could be a time- consuming and frustrating task. The Chamber is of the opin- ion a city ordinance is neces- sary for effective control of t h c fund-raising activities, Ewoldt said. The Chamber helped spon- sor a public solicitations re- view committee which operat- ed in Cedar Rapids from 1955 to 1970, he reported. That committee similarly required organizational and budget information and made judgments based on criteria concerning need for the funds and how the money is distrib- uted. "The committee disbanded for the simple reason that it had no enforcement proce- he said. "There was no way to re- quire them to appear. "An organization was free to perform its fund drive whether it received approval or disapproval of the commit- tee." The committee in conjunc- tion with UCS composed an ordinance which was present- ed to the city council. The ordinance would have required a permit for fund raising in the area. A seven-member panel would award the permits after assessing the drive on cri- teria outlined in the ordi- nance. The city attorney's office rewrote the proposal in legal ordinance form and it was re- turned to council where it died silently. The reason for the ordi- nance's failure is uncertain. "1 really don't know why, but you just couldn't get them Uhe council) lo take any affir- mative said C. C. Birr, former solicitations re- view committee head who was instrumental in the propos- al's formation. Robert Bettiga, executive director of DCS, claims the ordinance was simply "a hot potato. It's something that lakes a little bit of guts. "You're (tampering) with some pretty sacred institu- tions. "Part of the ordinance re- quired reporting of fund-rais- ing costs, who's going to bene- fit. "A lot of people really don't want to do that. Pressure Applied "There are all kinds of pres- sure groups in this communi- ty. Very few people want those questions asked. "It might open up a big Pandora's box." Those opinions aren't held by everyone. Ronald LeFebure, director of the Cedar Valley chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., claimed, "I don't think there was any general interest in it. "There was a groundswell of opinion that it would be re- ally just another form to fill out." The information require- ments of the ordinance would have been exceptionally bur- densome, especially for na- tionally-affiliated o r g a n i z a- tions. he said. Besides, he claimed there has been no real need shown for such an ordinance. People have gotten cautious about fund-raising schemes, he said. "I've been at this six years and believe me, I don't think anyone is not suspicious about giving money to a charity." Willy's Easter Special! Basket of RAINBOW Pompons with nest of Flocked V C 3" Easter Eggs 5! 7, .3501 FIRST AVE. S.E. 363-2675 DELIVERY SERVICE New Hours: Open Monday thru Saturday 8 Io5 Open Sunday 12 to iky's THE SPRING SCENE IN OUTERWEAR Goofs and jackets by Gleneagle, Windbreaker Great Western and Rubin Grais You'll be smart in more ways than one when you're ready for spring's blustery and-or wet days with coats and jackets from our collection. Smart styles that are comfortable smart, too. Lots of colors; lots of patterns. And a variety of prices, too. SHOP FOR MEN LINDALE PLAZA CEDAR RAPIDS M a y o r Donald Caiiney agreed there was no real need for Ihe ordinance shown which even warranted council consideration at the time. Robert Moorman, president of the Linn county chapter of the American Cancer society, took an in-between stand. Moorman View "We're not against the he said. "Our objec- tion is that recognized orga- nizations such as the cancer society would have had as much difficulty soliciting as the Gay Liberation Front. "ft was drawn up so that even national organizations such as the cancer society would have to fill out very cumbersome forms every year. "It also provided a more or less arbitrary method of de- termining who is allowed to solicit." He also questioned the sev- en-man panel which would grant permits. Pour of the panel members would be UCS-inclined, he claimed. The potential for "stacking the board" exists, Moorman claimed. He suggested the panel be simply advisory with final decisions coming from the council. Harold Ewoldt Robert Moorman The UCS executives have not had a chance lo discuss the need for solicitation regu- lation at their one meeting since the Chamber rejection. But, the topic will be on the agenda this Wednesday, Prof- fitt reported. Protect Public He emphasized the UCS ex- ecutives "don't want to throw the baby out with the bath and discourage people from fund raising. "Basically we're trying to protect the public and in- form the public so they can make up their own minds (where to "Some (fund raisers) are just using these agencies for moneymaking schemes that hint the agencies are going to benefit. "It's basically dishonest if they're not the beneficiaries." Annual Silent Movie Night Is April 25 The Cedar Rapids Area The- ater Organ Society will sponsor the annual silent movie night April 25 at 8 p.m. at the Para- mount theater. Organist will be Bill Thomson who has presented hundreds of organ concerts in the U.S. He recently toured Australia, per- forming on theater lie was staff organist for a radio station in St Petersburg, Fla., at the age of 16. The movie .will be "Big Bus! ness" featuring Laurel ant Hardy. It was filmed in 1929. The organ at the Paramount las been restored by members of the organ society, a non- irofit group whose purpose is. to weserve, restore and maintain heater organs. Tickets, each, are on sale at Armstrong's, the Para- mount' box office, Carma Lou's louse of Music, Lindale.Record shop and Stage 4 or by mail until April 16 to CRATOS, 1611 Seventh avenue SE, Cedar lapids, Iowa, 52403. Mail orders should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Thomson Sabbatical The term "sabbatical meaning a leave of absence every seventh year, came from he Old Testament. The Jews lirected that every seventh 'ear the agricultural land ;hould be allowed to lie fallow r to rest on the seventh year. Seek Comments On Carillon Cedar Rapids residents are going to get the chance to express their opinion about a carillon that Perpetual Savings and Loan Assn. wants to install downtown permanently. The S chul me rich "tyme stryke" bells have been in- stqjled on the roof of Perpetual at 110 Second avenue SE. The city council has given 'erpetual permission for a day trial run. On the basis of comments from citizens, the council will make a decision on permanent installation. The carillon will chime on the lour and half hour starting Monday. Selections of popular and seasonal music will be icard at 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays. On Sun- days the music will be heard at noon and 5 p.m. The musical se- lections will be on tape. Lung Cancer Leading Killer Among Cancers, Lung cancer is the leading killer among all the cancers causing about deaths in the United States, in 1973, ai( increase of about 100 percent since 1952. Compared to the late fewer women are smok- ing today, but they form a larger poYcentage of alt smok- ers and seem to find it harder to stop smoking. This Easter, send a touch of springtime. The FTD The HappvNesl-a quaint rattan basket (Hied with lovely spring flowers or fresh green plants. The basket comes with matching rattan handle and chain. So It can either be set on a table or hung In a window. Either way'... what nicer way to say Happy Easter? Call or visit us today. We can send your gift almost anywhere. 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