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To Join the Fair and Square Club

The Fair and Square Clubs of Seckatary Hawkins were in hundreds of cities throughout the USA in the 1920's and 1930's with members numbering a million or more.  Radio shows kept children interested and hungry for more cliff-hanger type adventure without the horrors of "over-kill and reality" shows of today.  The imagination is far more exciting than any false sensationalism.  The Fair & Square Club continues today on the internet and membership is free.  Click the button below to join the club yourself.  If you are a young person, please do this together with your parents so they know what you are doing.  Read the safety instructions below too for safe internetting at all times.


Want to communicate with others who have interest and expertise in Seckatary Hawkins and the Fair and Square Club? Club members exchange information and answer questions about the books and newspaper and Radio history too. There is no charge and the other members will be happy to hear from you. There are also many photos and maps and other fun things that do not appear on Seckatary.com. This is a group email list which does not have much email; however, some choose to get a weekly digest of emails so they are not bothered during the week. Alternatively, you can choose an option called NOMAIL and you will not receive any email - you can just go to the site, sign in, and read any or all of the email posts from any month since the start of this group. This is also a way for you to read what has happened since the onset and read many of the retyped Seck stories that only appeared in the newspapers. And it is all free, just like membership in the club is free - all you gotta do is ask.

STEP 1: Click the Join  button to join the Seckatary Hawkins Fair & Square Club. By joining you promise to abide by the Fair & Square Club rules.

*PLEASE NOTE: You must become a Seckatary Hawkins Fair & Square Club member first before you can join in the Seckataryclubmail email group fun.

STEP 2: Click the Subscribe button to subscribe to Seckatary Club Mail

Club Rules

*Always be Fair and Square.
*Attend all meetings, or give excuse when absent.
*Always leave word with your mother where you are going, so you may be found if wanted in a hurry.
*No loud noise in the clubhouse. Wait till you are out on the river bank, and then shout to your heart's content.
*No fighting. - Members having complaints against other members must tell the captain, and the matter will be taken up fair and square.
*Tell the truth. A boy who lies cannot be trusted.
*Don't try to hide your mistakes. Look upon them as lessons and resolve never to be fooled the same way again.
*Never give up. Don't think you can't do a hard task just because you have failed in previous attempts. Always try again.
*Treat your fellow club members as you would want them to treat you.
*Use common sense in everything. Look before you leap. Never make a move until you have considered every angle. Better to do nothing than do it wrong.
*Try to learn one new thing each day, so that you will know more today than you knew yesterday. Knowledge is power.
*Stick to your friends and they will stick to you.
*And a friend in need is a friend indeed.


OUR MEMBERSHIP PLEDGE:

"I shall always be fair and square, possessed with strength of character, honest with God and my friends, and in later life, a good citizen."

Club House

Seckatary Hawkins Fair & Square Club scale model built by hand by Mr Donald Garrett 12/25/2009

 
Each and every piece is designed and hand carved to scale with unreal detail.  The books have writing in them; the closet has balls and bats; there is a loose floorboard and a tiny metal box with readable money inside just like the boys used to hide there dues money.  The period chosen is from the Ching Toy story when a bad-boy from the Ching gang named Sawyer had sawed off the regular porch posts - and the boys replaced them with huge trees just daring anybody to saw through them!  Nice job Don!

 

Donald was able to get all the books read and digested and understands quite a lot about the stories and the characters.  This really shows in the various additions to the clubhouse he made too – the rusty rifle, the picture of Washington on the wall, the old brass horn, the placement of the organ, and the loose floorboard with the tin box underneath that houses a dollar bill torn into strips to fit.  The little wooden hammer is just right; each hardbound book in the bookcase is cut like books really are with the boards bigger than the pages.  And each book page has writing on it too – look at the close up photos.

Other little touches you will notice are the 13 coat hooks -- since so many times the unlucky 13 members came up in the stories, and something had to be done to fire someone or add a few more members for good luck. 

The use of the big trees for the porch columns is a wonderful touch to me – they knew I really identified with that particular Ching Toy story when Sawyer cut down the original posts and the boys made sure no one would have an easy job of sawing next time.  I have always felt the Sawyer-proof porch was a nice touch and full of character.  Don had the original metal plate of the illustration page for that image, so he knows everything about it – in mirror image as well!  Do you all remember the story with Sawyer and the porch sawing?

Well, as I said, each piece was made from scratch – each chair was cut from sticks and leveled to make sure they didn’t wobble on the floor.  Same for each window and each porch railing.  The long pine table and 12 chairs set the main measurement for building the clubhouse size.  Don had the old map drawing we in the club had made long ago that showed our group thoughts of what fit where.

Take a look at the attention to minute detail and craftsmanship that will blow you away -  as it did me, you bet!  Each piece was made from scratch, never bought in a craft store pre-made, and every piece cut to fit perfectly as in all fine woodwork (Don built his entire house by the way, and it is all this quality and attention to detail – phenomenal for sure).  The care and workmanship shows better in person, but is pretty evident even from photos that it was done right and done in such an artistic way, that you can almost imagine you are really down on the old riverbank sitting with the boys, just waiting for the next adventure.   Even the light fixtures were made from scratch – Diane donated parts of her jewelry and Don bent them to fit the purpose.  An inventive family to say the least.  The shades and the stove and the chalkboard – all made from other components.   The green desk blotter – Seckatary book and inkwell--the curtain between the office and meeting room.  (Wasn’t it this color in the Chinese Coin?)  I can just feel the old Chinaman lurking behind it now.  The tree supports for the porch are accurate down to the limbs and knots.   And the telephone was another donation of Diane’s jewels.  The inkwell and pen and little lamp with the green shade, and the Xmas tree – (out of season).  The house base is just like the story – from a river houseboat with a pontoon sort of look.  There is a little ladder that goes upstairs like many houseboats had in those days.   And most renditions show 2 porch steps, (although different at times).  I am so thankful to have this piece of unique and individual art, and cannot begin to express how much I appreciate it.  This is the kind of thing that you wish for, but rarely get to possess.  Thanks Don!  You are more than Fair and Square.

 

Club Songs

Seckatary Hawkins Fair & Square Club Song Sheets

Hear the Seckatary Hawkins Theme song performed by the boys and men of the Powhatan, VA chapter of the Fair & Square Club.  Thanks to all those club members.  This sounds a lot like it might have if the original club members were singing with Doc Waters' joining in.

Play Song

Club Song Sheets (Click to see song sheet)

Club Song Sheet (Click to see song sheet)

   

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FAIR & SQUARE CLUB MARCH
PRELUDE OF INTRO MUSIC …

RECORDED AND SUNG BY JOAN -
Mrs.  Robert F. Schulkers III

Click HERE to hear the song or click HERE to hear the piano only.

DOWN ON THE OLD RIVERBANK
With the Seckatary Hawkins Club
By George F. Ritenbaugh - 1930

Click HERE to hear the song or click HERE to hear the piano only.

Now here’s a song to Seckatary Hawkins,
And a greeting to each member here today;
We have promised to live up to mighty ideals,
So with joy in ev’ry heart you hear us say:

Fair and square as we march along,
Do and dare in our hearts a song;
Hear the rum-a-tee-dum of the trumpet and drum;
Down through life’s great highway.
Fair and square we march along,
Do and dare in our hearts a song;
Friend to friend all our troubles we will share
To greet you Fair and Square.

A dozen rules we swear to keep forever
And by them improve our hearts a dozen ways;
Now each rule is worthy of our best attention,
So let ev’ry member’s heart swell as he says:

Fair and square as we march along,
Do and dare in our hearts a song;
Hear the rum-a-tee-dum of the trumpet and drum;
Down through life’s great highway.
Fair and square we march along,
Do and dare in our hearts a song;
Friend to friend all our troubles we will share
To greet you Fair and Square.
Fair and Square.

by Ole Foerch, Director of the Detroit News Orchestra.

I'll meet you down on the old river bank with the Seckatary Haw-kins Club;
Where each young Tom, Dick, and Harry, Larry and Hank,
with not one among them a Dub;
For the Pittsburg Press, we must confess has ma-tured us from just a tiny grub.
So meet us Down on the old river bank with the SECKATARY HAWKINS CLUB.
I'll meet you...SECKATARY HAWKINS, SECKATARY HAWKINS CLUB.

Second Verse:

All homage to our sisters, one and all -
The wee Seckatary Hawkins girls.
There is Rosie, Mary, Jennie and Doll,
Everyone pure as precious pearls.
Like the Pittsburg Press
They mean success, without 'em we would only be a sub.
So meet us down on the old riverbank
With the Seckatary Hawkins Club.

 


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