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30--Cathollc Northwest Progress April 6, 1962 Men of Serra... (Continued from page 14) Presently, Dan is executive secretary of both the Seattle Serra Club and the Carroll Club, the latter 9f which he is also one of the five found- ers. Monday nights he is at K of C meetings and after- wards indulges in one of his favorite hobbies, poker. And Sundays, he ushers in St. James Cathedral. It is no wonder that his wife, Calista, is sometimes referred to as a "war widow." If the man has as much energy today at 75, think of his drive when he was 48 at the time of Serra's founding. The three other co-found- ers were Richard Ward, Har- old Haberle and the late Leo Sharkey. The quartet first met to start a club for Catholic professional and businessmen in December of 1934. The fifth meeting was held in Sharkey's home, where it was decided to proceed with the organization on a permanent basis. The four initially settled on a two-fold purpose: one rep- resenting a "distinctive form of important Catholic Action not conflicting with that of a n y existing organization" and the other promoting "friendliness, good fellowship and mutual undersanding among members." Haberle was chosen its first president and Ward, sec- retary-treasurer. It was March 6, 1935 before the group, now joined by oth- ers, decided on a name, Dan recalls. A music firm execu- tive from San Francisco, John Bray, was invited to speak to the men. His topic--Father Junipero Serra, founder of California's famed missions. "Two other unsung persons must receive credit for Serra's beginnings," Dan added. At the June 13, 1935 meet- ing, John Janette, now of Chi- cago, proposed the primary objective of "assisting in fi- nancing the education of sem- inarians to the Roman Cath- olic priesthood." Janette had taken the cue from a sugges- tion by Rev. James Korten- dick, S.S., then a professor at St. Edward's Seminary and now at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The Most Reverend Gerald Shaughnessy, then Bishop of Seattle, gave the men his wholehearted approval and approbat4on and appointed Rt. Rev. Msgr. John F. Galla- gher, now deceased, as first chaplain. Thus Serra was born. Serra International was to follow July 2, 1938. Serra's second club was formed in Spokane, its third in Portland, followed next by Tacoma and San Francisco. Needing common direction and coordination, delegates of the four new groups were in- vited to Seattle that July to form Serra International with Dr. Thomas V. Sheehan of Se- attle as the first president. Bishop Shaughnessy became the first International chap- lain and served until 1946. 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In that year the Inter- national's board of trustees met with the late Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago, who had just ac- cepted the invitation to serve as Episcopal Adviser. The de- cision between the two parties was to establish a central of- fice in Chicago. The action was rat4fied in 1947 by the In- ternational convention in Chi- cago. The mother club numbers approximately 165 members, Dan says. Annual dues are $60--a far cry from the $12 a year or 25 cents a week the original four had agreed upon 27 years ago. A great portion of the dues goes to the $2,500 annually presented to the Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, Archbishop of Se- attle, for Serra's primary ob- jective. Typical of Serra events, the calendar lists the Arch- bishop's Dinner for Seattle, Everett and Tacoma Serrans at St. Thomas Seminary; Dea- con's Day, Pastor's Day, La- dies Day, Day of Recollection, the Altar Boy and School Vo- cational programs, the Voca- tional Essay Contest, Father and Son and Father and Daughter functions. Noon luncheons are held every Friday at the Olympic Hotel. Louis H. Ford is pres- ident this year. Chaplain is Very Rev. Cornelius M. Power, Chancellor of the Archdiocese. But Dan feels that Serra is just getting started. "There is still room for three or more in the state. The spreading right now is in Latin America. But the brightest news is that the Pope has authorized Cardinal Pizzardo, Prefect of the Con- gregation of Seminaries and Universities, to assist in the establishment of Serra clubs in every diocese throughout the world." Dan lives with his wife at 903 Union St. in Cathedral Parish. He had met his wife, a nurse, in a Paducah, Ky., hos- pital while recuperating from a railroading job injury. The two were married in Seattle in 1913 at the old Sacred Heart Church on Denny Hill. Dan Rooney, a Man of Ser- ra, is now seeing the water hit the surrounding shores like waves. Happy Easter Greefincjs fo All Our Friends HI-LINE PLUMBING & HEATING COMMERCIAL AND NEW WORK CONTRACTORS Seattle Bellevue 444 S.W. 153rcl--CH 4-5020 GL 4-5020 DR. GEORGE N. DEVER OPTOMETRIST "CONTACT LENSES" -- VISUAL TRAINING 5434 Barnes Ave, at Market St. (Member of St. Benedict's Parish) SU 2-2490 DENNISON MATTRESS CO. LEADING RENOVATORS CUSTOM MADE MATTRESSES INNERSPRtNGS A SPECIALTY W'ORKMANSHIP AND MATERIALS GUARANTEED Apartment and Hotel Specialists 1540 Eastlake EA 3-0133 Mr. Williams Beauty Salon Fashion Becjins With Beautiful Hair 5410 Sand Point Way N.E. 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