Groups, Organizations, Meetings and Clubs - C

A list of groups, organizations, meetings, and clubs beginning with the letter C including Clowns in America and Common Cause.


Checks Anonymous, The New Life Group of, P.O. Box 81248, Nebraska Penal and Correctional Complex, Lincoln, Nebr. 68501

. . . Founded in 1963 by the inmates of the Nebraska Penal and Correctional Complex "to provide for the rehabilitation and recovery of convicted habitual check writers and also for the payment and restitution to their victims." Provides the public with information to help prevent the passing of bad checks. Publishes the C.A. Monthly. Dues are 75 cent a month. Holds "Bad Check Writing Symposiums" throughout the State of Nebraska at the request of chambers of commerce, bankers' associations, credit bureaus, and law enforcement agencies.

Circus Fans' Association of America, P.O. Box 605, Aurora, Ill. 60507

. . . Founded in 1926 for "grown-up kids who once carried water for the elephants or wanted to--and who still continue to do so on an advanced scale." Helps "to preserve and perpetuate the circus and to bring to the public a true understanding and appreciation of the educational and recreational value of the circus." Aids circus museums across the country, works against unfavorable circus legislation, gathers advance information for circus agents, helps with contracts and licenses. Publishes a bimonthly magazine, The White Tops. 2,000 members.

Clowns of America, 2715 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. 21224

. . . Founded in 1968. Intends "to teach and educate and act as a gathering place for the serious-minded amateur, semiprofessional, and professional clown . . . and to learn about an art misunderstood for many generations." Dues are $7 and all members receive a membership certificate and card, a copy of the constitution and bylaws, plus 12 issues of the official publication, Calliope, which includes articles written by members and information on props, makeup, costuming, clown's tips, and tricks. Sponsors National Clown Week, August 1-7. 3,200 members.

Comic Art Fans and Collectors, Academy of, P.O. Box 7499, North End Station, Detroit, Mich. 48202

. . . Founded in 1961 "to promote interest in and the preservation of American comic books." Distributes, for purchase only, microfilm reels of over 100 rare comic books and a 4-volume reference book, The Who's Who of American Comic Books. No membership fee. 2,500 members, 20 chapters.

Common Cause, 2030 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

. . . Founded in 1970 as a citizens' lobby to revitalize self-government at the Federal, State, and local levels. States that "through extensive lobbying efforts in the public interest, we are giving the ordinary citizen the great strength he needs in a society where government is supposed to 'derive its just powers from the consent of the governed.'" Membership cost is $15 per year; $7 for those under the age of 26. Issues a Report from Washington 10 times a year. The member-elected governing board convenes 3 times a year and meetings are open to all members and to the public. 330,000 members. Local steering committees function in all 50 States and in more than 325 congressional districts.

Consumer's Education and Protective Association, 6048 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19141

. . . Founded in 1966 "to protect consumers against fraud, illegal fees and charges, deceptive advertising, packaging, and labeling." Investigates consumers' complaints and negotiates with merchants to settle disputes. If necessary, engages in peaceful, educational picketing. Claims to have saved hundreds of homes from sheriff's sales and to have secured refunds of hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of consumer fraud. Conducts consumer education programs and strives to combat the rising cost of living. Initiation fee is $3 and monthly dues are $2. A year's subscription to their newspaper, Consumer's Voice, is $3.25 chapters in 10 States.

Count Dracula Society, 334 W. 54th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90037

. . . Founded in 1962 for the "serious study of horror films and Gothic literature." Student membership is $7. Nonstudent is $10. Sponsors annual Mrs. Ann Radcliffe Awards for best in horror in cinema, literature, and television. Has honored Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney, Jr., Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, Boris Karloff, plus many others. Holds film conferences, film seminars, and other related activities. Publishes The Count Dracula Quarterly. 700 members, 5 chapters.

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