Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our Family Museum Collections from A to Z - "C" for Childhood Clubs

Awana (derived from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from2 Timothy 2:15) meaning, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.”

Awana is an international evangelical nonprofit organization founded in 1950, headquartered in Streamwood, Illinois.  The mission of Awana is to help "churches & parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ. Awana is a non-denominational program and licenses its curricula to any church willing to pay for and use the Awana materials consistent with its principles.   
Pictured here is Keith’s hat, membership cards from 1958 & 1961 & merit pins.     
Keith recalls little about his days as a Pal & Pioneer with Awana. His mother was a devote Baptist and raised her family of five boys and one girl to be good Baptists. As Keith was her last child, she doted on him and made he take part in bible studies. What I find interesting is that Awana was founded the same year Keith was born and that its headquarters were in Streamwood, Illinois which is not very far from Keith’s childhood hometown of Midlothian, Illinois. I can also imagine that there was much ado about this organization and those who ran it must have had a fairly large alliance that promoted Awana throughout the state of Illinois.
What Keith does remember of his days with the group was getting together with  the other boys and playing baseball in the church yard. He says he didn’t mind learning the bible stories and liked when the class drew pictures and sang songs.

And being of a fair mind and very conscientious of the world about him, Keith is a true Awana. I am sure he is just as proud today as he was back then when he was a member of the club. And it really is quite remarkable that these few things from those days were saved and now are in the family museum. 
Do you recall being a member of a club during your childhood?

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