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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, February 4, 1W4 Exists to help anyone who has a genuine need Fish organization adapts to community needs By CLIVE LAWRANCU Christian Science Monitor DEDHAM, Mass. Frank M. was in his 80's when he found a flier in the mailbox: "Call Fish when you need help." After a lifetime of driving his own car his sight was failing. He needed someone to drive his wife to the supermarket, bank, and post office once a week. Fish responded by sending a young mother, Julie Edwards. It was no great effort for Mrs Edwards to take her baby along. But it made life a lot easier for Mrs. M. This is what Fish is all about: Small things that make a big difference. Fish is a world wide commmunity oriented organization run by volunteers. It was started in Old Headington, England, in 1961, by Rev. Derek Eastman, pastor of an Anglican church, and Dr. Rpnald Richards, a layman, who felt a deep desire to revive old-fashioned concern for one's neighbors. They took the names from Jesus' statement: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." And they adopted the fish symbol used by early Christians under persecution to secretly recognize one another. Cards were printed carrying the symbol and reading: "If you need help of any kind, put me in your window." They were distributed to every home in the community. A warden was appointed for each street, and when he saw a card in a window he found out what was needed. This tangible way of caring for the community spread rapidly in England and leaped the English Channel to Europe. South Africa, Japan, and the The idea was brought to the United States by William Turpin, a friend of Rev. Robert Lee Howell of West Springfield, Mass., who formed the first Fish chapter on this side of the Atlantic. Now there are over chapters in the U.S. Today, however, most Fish chapters use a telephone answering service rather than a card. They offer many services, such as emergency baby sitting, transportation, preparing meals, temporary housework, companionship for the elderly, and rides for "shut-ins." For example, Evelyn Mueller, one of the founders of Dedham (Mass.) Fish, received a call from the Visiting Nurses Association about a man, temporarily incapacitated, who needed help cooking and doing housework. "A few of us went said Mrs. Mueller. "He was so lonesome and so grateful he cried every time we left." Another Fish chapter, in South Carolina, obtained the use of an Air Force bus to transport 100 handicapped children to a summer camp. One Fish volunteer even helped a boy explain a poor report card to his stern father. Fish exists to help anyone who has a genuine need. Informal nature One of the most appealing aspects of this fast-growing movement is its informal nature. There is no controlling national or international body. Each chapter is totally independent. Each operates within its community and is adapted to the needs of tha: -Tlic Herald Family Long skirts are tomorrow's pants PARIS (AP) Soon, men will be wearing the pants again. Of course, there's nothing wrong about a woman in trousers. But they just don't look right any more. The haute couture houses, which will begin showing their spring collections Monday, seem to have, lost their faith in the hidden leg. Unless it's hidden by a skirt "The long skirt is the pants of the declared a Cardin representative. Cardin, who used to love the most tubular pants of all, is planning to show 20 dresses instead. His female clothes drop to mid-calf in crepe and wool lace Skirts flaring out on the bias often come with the bra tops and bare midriffs that are popping up everywhere this season. In contrast, Cardin's more youthful dresses in Indian cotton have real waists, lots of ruffles and go with a brand new pink or yellow face Courreges, naturally, will still show some of the structured, almost architectural, pants he made famous years ago. What's more interesting is his group of layered looks, which means dresses and skirts worn over bras and shorts. The point is, this spring is supposed to be one of the most refined seasons we've had in a while. And, traditionally, pants are more associated with housecleaning than with lunch in ex- pensive restaurants. The skirt that just hides the knee is safe. But the skirt that swirls out gently on the bias as far as mid-calf is part of the new elegance. The to use an outdated term, was around four years ago, some may protest. So what? The fact that women were too frightened or too stupid to wear it then doesn't mean that a long skirt isn't beautiful- In fact, it's the most flattering look any woman can wear. Susan Zartman, chairman of Dedham Fish UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH BINGO TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 5ID-8 p.m. EAGLES HALL 13th Street N. Jackpot in 59 Numbers 4th and Ith Jackpot In 5 numbera or leat r 16 Years Details Announced at Bingo Advertising influences image of today's woman By KATHLEEN TELTSCH New York Times Service UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. What is the image of today's woman in Canada, the Netherlands, Finland or Mexico? The image there and elsewhere, concludes a United Nations report, fits one of two stereotypes, woman as a sex idol obsessed with the need for masculine approval or woman EATONTS yordley simplicite skincare and netics Three easy steps to a softer, younger, more beautiful skin. Most modem women don't have time for elaborate skincare programs NowYardley introduces Simplicite. A new concept in skincare and cosmetics designed to combine natural source proteins, emollients and skin softeners into a quick, easy skincare program that is Simplicite itself, just three easy steps to quickly cleanse, condition and protect for a softer, smoother. more beautiful skin. A more beautiful you. the homemaker with a cleanliness compulsion, forever sniffing the kitchen floor or the family wash. The bluntly worded report very different from the U N usually wooly-worded diplomatic jargon was based on comments from governments and private organizations that were asked about the influence' of mass media on the attitudes of society toward women. The harshest grievances seemed aimed at the advertising media. said the report in summing up the opinions expressed, "is the most insidious form of mass- media perpetuation of the derogatory image of women as sex symbols and as an inferior class of human beings." In addition, the Netherlands complained about television shows portraying women in stereotype roles as seductresses or nagging wives. Ireland questioned why. when a woman achieved recognition, it was her sex and not her professional skill that was accented: why is it that a woman doctor discovers a cure, why never a man doctor? The report cited a possible parallel between the broadcast media's endless jokes about mothers-in-law and nagging wives and "dumb blondes" and the kindly, illiterate "Uncle Tom" blacks most producers now have been shamed into dropping. The aim is not to replace the dumb blonde with a dumb man. the report said, but why belittle anyone' Kurt Waldheim, the U.N. general secretary, heard about women's efforts to improve both their image and their lives first hand the other day when he met here with Betty Friedan. the feminist activist. 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OOT CartL 5 SlJM cMMn IM ASSOCIATION community. The Brookline (Mass.) Fish chapter, for instance, is known as Starfish because of its Jewish membership. They have incorporated the star of David into their Fish symbol. Evelyn Mueller gave Fish is initial impetus in Dedham. When she first heard of the idea she though, "This is what we need in Dedham." She approached her priest, and he introduced the idea to the local ecumenical meeting. "The clergy were unanimously in she says. They were asked to set aside a "Fish perhaps even preach a sermon on it, and fliers were sent'out asking for volunteers. A date was set for Fish to begin operating., Today Deham is one of the more active Fish chapters. Action counts The Dedham Fish has a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer. Meetings are kept to a minimum. What counts is' action. Each volunteer is normally required to set aside only one 24-hour period a month, though some do more. The chapter has 31 drivers, one for each day of the month, and 31 "back-up" volunteers. The back-up stays home to receive calls from the answering service if the driver is out. If a call comes in the back-up begins calling a list of six or eight "special volunteers" until she finds one able to respond. Special volunteers are people who wish to help but cannot commit themselves to any particular day. It's simple, but effective. Volunteers receive no remuneration. All expense come out of their own pockets. The chapter's official costs are about a year for the answering service and mailing. "What makes it exciting to WeeWhimsv Irt-vcr Mitfitt wfl be tor to Send your 10 Bicycles save energy DURHAM, N.C. (AP) The 10-speed bicycle, says a researcher at Duke University, is the most efficient method of travelling ever invented. It even beats walking. Dr. Vance A. Tucker, an associate professor of zoology, reported that a bicycle, travelling at 20 miles an hour, needs only half the energy a person would use in walking the same distance. As for cars, a compact model going 50 miles an hour uses 48 times as much energy as the bicycle and a luxury car requires 92 times as much. As a bonus. Tucker said, the bicycle's only "exhaust" is carbon dioxide emitted by the rider, which green plants can recycle back to oxygen. Join the Simplicity Beauty Quo Pck up your membership card at the Simplicite counter. See our Simpfiote beauty consultant for full detaris and begin building up your Simplicite bonus points. Cosmetics, Mam Floor DATE SOCttTAmt Shop Saturday to Buy Unt 329-M11. UM Your Eaton Account... Credit Terms Available. JOSEPH HAIR STYLES 922-Ml AVMMN North wou'd like to announce that MAX1NEJANZEN has joined their staff MaxJne is experienced in all phases of hair styling. She welcomes all Her friends and patrons to come in and see her. FOP. APPOINTMENT PHONE Stt-TOM SPICI At.! J Natural Honey Perm Reg Special Other discounts not applicable to '15 poster promoting services says Susan Zartman, current chairman of Dedham Fish, "is that it always ends up being ecumenical. It brings the churches and the people together. When Fish was started fliers were sent out asking people to call if they needed help. Now most beneficiaries hear through word of mouth or are referred to Fish by one of the social-service agencies such as visiting nurses. "We work as a good second right arm to the says Mrs. Zartman of her group. "You don't have to have any qualifications to join she adds. "You just have to care about people." However, most Fish chapters do set down a few guidelines. For example, don't attempt something beyond your strength or ability. Listen for what is needed. Listen for emotional problems that require professional help. Get to know the services offered by professional agencies and learn how and when to make referrals to them. Keep all your activities confidential. Avoid appearing to "do good." Fish is essentially a 20th- century organization supplying a 20th-century need. "Many elderly according to Mrs. Zartman, longer live near their families or people with whom they have close ties. A good proportion of the people we help are with us because they have no one else." Transportation is probably the most important thing done by Dedham Fish. "It's a matter of life or death for some of these says Mrs. Mueller. "The person who needs a ride to the doctor five days a week for four weeks couldn't afford a cab. Just temporary Most Fish services are on a temporary basis. But some permanent relationships do develop. Julie Edwards has been taking Mrs. M. shopping for four years. "She's like a grandmother to says Mrs. Edwards. "And he (Mr. M.) never forgets me on Mother's Day and Easter and Fish volunteers don't expect gratitude for what they do. But they often get it. And they get what Mrs. Mueller calls "the enrichment of our own selves. Everyone you 'meet enriches you in some way." "We often run into people who need a way to say thank adds Mrs. Zartman. She tells of one man who found one: He gave the volunteers gardening lessons. "He was a wonderful gardener. In summer he sent every driver home with fresh vegetables." Others say thank you by becoming Fish volunteers. Calendars The Ladies' Aid of St. Peter's and St. Paul's Greek Catholic Church will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Parish Church Hall. Hostesses will be Kay Koskowich and Betty Kundrik. Roll call will be a tin of vegetables. The regular monthly meeting of the Women's Federation will be held at p.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Disabled on the Move will hold a special meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Assumption Church Hall, 2405 12th Ave. S. The topic will be specialized transportation. Representatives from firms and organizations providing transportation have been invited The meeting is open to the public. For more information call Gerald Trechka at 329-0911 or Frank Merkl at 328-4029. St. Mary's ACW will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Parish Hall. PUBLIC BJNQO LETHBRIDQE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVEHYTHUrtS.-t'M. BINGO MON., FEB. 4fll Jackpot Nos. Door MM-FTM Cards (Many Oflwr EirirM) rCardtHCor Stern 1Mi SL and Mh Am. -A" M. rlti IT'S NEW! EVERY TUESDAY A.N.A.F.UNIT34 BINQO IS NOW A16 GAME ON Sth AVENUES. ACROSS FROM PALM DAIRY PUBLIC BINGO In The NEW ARMY NAVY and AIR FORCE HALL EVERYTUESDAY P.M. 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