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Fhollc Norfhw9 Progress April 6, Men of Serra BY FRED CORDOVA AVE you ever thrown a stone into-the middle of a lake and watched the circles of water, instead of diminishing, ripple larger and larger until they hit the surrounding shores like waves ? Dan Rooney has had a similar experience. Twenty-seven years ago Dan and three other men cast an idea into the minds of Catholic men in America. That idea has since permeated the sanctum of Vatican City and has flourished in Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, Peru, Italy, Puerto Rico, Uraguay, Argentina and Germany. We refer to the well-known Serra move- ment, which had its humble beginnings in Seattle. Since that meeting of four men on Jan- uary 2, 1935, Serra has grown to become to- day an international organization, composed of 220 chartered clubs with a combined mem- bership of more than 10,000. Its primary purpose is to promote priest- ly vocations by fostering and assisting in the education ol young men to the priesthood. At its ninth annual convention in Kansas City in 1951, Serra International was affili- ated with the Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations by Rome's Congregation of Semi- naries and Un,iversities. And Dan, now 75 but still active as ever in Serra, marvels at its results in a proud and simple manner. At first glance, you would think that Dan is only 60 years old. His hair is gray but shoulders are broad and Dan looks taller than six feet. When you hear his wit, expounded at meet- ings of the Serra Club, the Carroll Club, Se- attle Council's Knights of Columbus or the Fourth Degree, you'd even think he was younger. With the litany of these various lay org- anizations, you can surmise that he is active. (Continued on page 30) THREE OF the surviving founders of Serra swapped notes about the "old days" when the first Serra Club had been established in Seattle in 1935. The co-founders (from left) are Richard Ward, Harold Haberle, and P. D. (Dan) Rooney. The fourth founder was the late Leo Sharkey. SEATTLE LUMBER CO. Formerly Seattle Retail Lumber "THE BEST FOR LESS" LUMBER D HARDWARE PAINT  MILLWORK INSULATION  SHINGLES "Everything for the Builder" 6797 E. Marginal Way PA 2-2232 Easter Greetings To All Flick & Rash Auto Repair COMPLETE REPAIR SERVICE 34 Years of Experience All Makes ,of Cars 721 Pine St. E. EA 3-3734 Grayson Brown Hardware Sherwin Williams Paints Glass - Houseware - Toys Furniture - TV & Garden Supplies 4860 Rainier Ave. So. PA 2-0086 P. J. CASE Florist CENTER OF THE HOSPITAL DISTRICT 1014 Madison St. MA 3.7243 Happy Easter To All ROLLING PIN BAKERY Decorated Cakes for All Occasions Free Parking Closed Sunday and Monday 10520 Greenwood N. EM 2-7000 SEATTLE FUEL CO. 1401 W. Nickerson AT 2-6600 If No Answer, AT 2-6000 Happy Easter To All Western Natural Foods Company 1334 2nd Avenue MA 3-0625 J. H. Guernsey Co. Painting Contractors SU 3-7160 836 W. 47th Seattle Gamman PlumbingCo. Commercial and Residential Contractors 12532 Aurora EM 2-6272 OREGON MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE FireDAuto--lnland Marine 111 2nd Ave. No. MU 2-1200 STADIUM Cleaners & Dyers 3307 N.E. 6Sfh St. LA 2-9125 Quality Cleaners---We Remodel Repair and Make Alterations BLANKETS and DRAPERIES DRY CLEANED SIGS Thriftway FOOD CENTER EASY SHOPPING 4220 5.W. 100th EASTER GREETINGS Electric Kitchen's Inc. 705 E. Pine St. EA 2-7917 AURORA TOWING SERVICE 24 Hours ANYWHERE EM 3-8118 LAURELHURST FLOWER SHOP Courteous and Complete Floral Service 3434 N.E. 45th St. LA 3-2927 Centennial Mills 948 S. Doris St. PA 5-3050 MATTHIESEN'S FLOWERS "Flowers for Every Occasion" 1701 S. Edmunds (in Columbia) PA 2.0095 EASTER GREETINGS National Fruit Canning Co. 1720 West Spokane I I I I BROADVIEW PHARMACY I0 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week--"Prescriptions" 12431 Greenwood EM 2-0920 EDERER Corporation Overhead Cranes and Hoists 2931 1st Ave. S. MA 2-4421 CAREZ AUTO REBUILD 12715 28th Ave. N.E. EM 3-5900 Wesfside Prescription Pharmacy "Compounding Prescriptions Is Our Business" 4700 California Ave. S.W. WE 7-2644 HAPPY EASTER Tullar Power Construction Inc. 3522 West Government Way AT 3-4880