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Charles Carroll was an American statesman during the AmericanRevolutionary War. A Catholic, the only member of his faith to sign the Declaration of Indepen- dence, Carroll performed many patriotic duties and was a representative from Maryland to the Continental Con- gress. A cousin of the first Bishop of the United States, the Most Reverend lohn Carroll, the first Archbishop of Balti- more, Charles Carroll was a leader in the movement for independence and was in all matters an exemplary Catholic. The Carroll Club of Seattle is named for this great early lay leader. The Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle in 1950 entrusted to the members of the Carroll Club the apostolate to the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese and asked for their loyal assistance in support of CYO development. Fifteen years have ensued and the Carroll Club's achievements are many to stand as concrete evidences of the laity's answer to the call of their Spiritual Shepherd. It is in tribute to the men of Carroll and to the ladies of its Auxiliary that this special I965 CYO edition of The Progress has been published. Friday, Sept. L965--(Second Son" PGRSSm3 CYO growth IS evidence of dynamism in Archdiocese By Fred Cordova There are more than 53,000 young people, who belong to the Catholic Youth Organization in the Archdiocese. The CYO was established in the Archdiocese in 1950 by the Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle, and continues to grow by leaps and bounds under his patronage. Card-carrying CYO members total approximately 8,000 to 13,000 in King County. According to United Good Neighbor reports, some 27,300 have been served in King County alone. IN A GIVEN CALENDAR year, there are more than 50 archdiocesan- wide seasonal or special activity programs that accentuate the CYO's four- fold purpose -- spiritual, cultural, social and athletic. The CYO strives to balance leisure time activities for the maximum development of both body and soul. The "flower" of CYO is invested in its 88 teen clubs, located into dis- tricts in cities throughout Western Washington. This is the program where future Catholic lay leaders mature, take on responsibili.ties and dis- play leadership so vital to the future. If the teen program is flowering, the program in full bloom is the top- flight summer camping program, developing the "new breed" for clerical as well as lay roles. Some 2,250 campers last summer at three camps register- ed a new attendance high. To CYO buffs, camping is the most illustrative point of CYO ideals in dally practice. Special interest groups have included last year 144 Ad Altare Dei Medal winners from the Boy Scouts, two Pope Plus XII Award recipients from Ex- plorer and Sea Scouts and 146 Marian Award successful from Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and Junior Catholic Daughters of America. These awards are annually presented during archdiocesan observances of Scout Reverent Observance Sunday for the boys and Marian Award Sun- day for the girls. THE CYO'S BACKBONE of all activities is athletics, continually serv- ing a heavy menu to grade school children and to teen-agers. In boys' basketball, there are 165 teams in Seattle and 36 in Tacoma. In girls' basketball, 29 in Seattle and about half that in Tacoma. In volley- ball, 42 in Seattle and eight in Tacoma. In football, 23 flag teams in Seattle and seven tackle in Tacoma. In soccer, 45 i.n Seattle. In baseball, 70 in Seattle and 17 in Tacoma. In softball, 41 in Seattle and 21 in Tacoma. THE TACOMA LEAGUES also comprise Puyallup and outlying areas. Nineteen grade schools entered the archdiocesan track meet, 137 in- dividuals from 26 parishes the swimming meet and 60 others the tennis tournament. Fourteen teams are listed in the solely teen club softball league and many more in the bowling leagues. The Carroll Club's year-around activity is the CYO Teen-Agers of the Month program, climaxed at the club's annual CYO Dinner where the schol- arship CYO Teen-agers of the Year are named. The dinner is by far the big- gest under Catholic auspices west of the Mississippi by virtue of its 2,000- plus plate orders. The CYO calendar is chock full of other big programs that go on year after year. THERE IS THE CYO convention, drawing teen-agrs from throughout the Archdiocese to Seattle to deliberate on the issues of the times and to highlight the archdiocesan observance of National Catholic Youth Week. The archdiocesan finalist of the CYO Oratory Contest goes annually to Washington, DC, to compete in the national finals. Events with deep spiritual overtones are the dramatic CYO Passion Play, the cultural Madonna Festival Creative Art Show and the months- long Communion Crusade. On stage also are the district-held One-Act Play Festivals and the grade school and teen Talent Shows. The biggest teen social highlights of the year are CYO Christmas Balls, held in Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton and Everett. Adults, too, have their place like in the Scouters' Conference, held in conjunction with the Scouteree. The CYO's newest activity is the Lively Set for ninth grade students learning dances and social etiquette. All these are elaborated upon request to interested groups by the CYO Speakers Bureau, experienced in telling of CYO aims culturally, ath- letically, socially and spiritually. THIS COMPLEX CYO PROGRAM is headed by Father Gerald Moffat, appointed archdiocesan-director by Archbishop Connolly. Father Moffat is ably assisted by an efficient CYO staff, composed of .l. Gordon (Gordie) Hamilton, archdiocesan assistant director; Maurice (Moe) Elbert, Mrs. Genevieve Arnaud, Peter G. (Pete) Hupperten Jr., ath- letic director; and Janet Seese. The workings of the CYO through its many facets are also channeled through various "commands." Among the in-groups are the district priest directors, the Seattle-King County and Tacoma-Pierce County Boards of Directors, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Youth, the Archdio- cesan Adult Advisory Council, the Archdiocesan Committees on Camping, Scouthag and the Marian Award, the Archdiocesan Young Adult and the Archdiocesan Grade School Activity Councils, the Archdiocesan CYO Art and Culture Commission and the Archdiocesan Athletic Advisory Council and the multi-athletic commissions. It could be wagered here with chances that it is a winning bet that the Archdiocese of Seattle's CYO is one of the best in the country.