I have Cooties!!!!
Well … not really, but I know some really great ones! This week’s article encourages us to look beyond the red nose for fellow Laughmakers! The “Cooties ” are a wonderful auxiliary order of the VFW. It’s the perfect time to learn more about some of the great organizations that serve our Veterans.
Let’s reach out!
Last weekend I spent a fun and informative weekend with the Cooties! What? Yes you read that right, the Cooties.
They are an auxiliary organization of the VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) they are celebrating their 100th year of supporting our military and their families. Their motto is “Keep them smiling in beds of white”. After WWI the soldiers came back from overseas. Because getting “cooties” was not uncommon it was the image of the cootie bug that was chosen for this great group of veterans.
They are the “clowns” of the VFW. They visit veterans in hospitals, sponsor a children’s home in Michigan and so much more. To be a Cootie you need to be a VFW member. However they also have their own auxiliary group that helps support their good work. They are men and women who have a direct connection to the Cooties, husbands wives and family members.
Because of the restrictions of VFW membership, it is kind of an exclusive group. You need to have served overseas, have a parent who did or a spouse. It may be why you have never heard of them. But they are out there bringing smiles to Veterans and clowning around. They don’t always wear red noses. But they bring much needed cheer to our veterans.
As clowns we need to expand our horizons. Years ago there was a great magazine called Laughmakers. It was produced and edited by the talented Bob and Cathy Gibbons. Cathy inspired me and Bob was a wonderful mentor to me. Laughmakers brought all the fun disciplines of family entertainment together, clowning, puppetry, magic and more. It was a great magazine and their conferences were the best!
I actually patterned Mooseburger Camp after some of the things I learned from Laughmakers.
It makes me even more determined to reach out to all the good folks who bring cheer to a weary world. I believe the only thing that really divides us is misunderstanding. The idea that clowns are creepy, and that all children are afraid of clowns, lead to clowns shouldn’t be allowed.
What does that tell us? That anything that we don’t understand should be avoided or rejected? Hmmmm. I continue to gently educate people on what REAL clowns are all about.
Maybe we don’t need to understand each other, we just have to need each other. I believe with all the hatred in the world, we need clowns and folks who act like clowns even without the make up more than ever. Let’s keep on the lookout for other folks who have the same intentions as we do about bringing joy to the world. Maybe you can figure out a way to partner with them!
Let’s remember to honor our veterans as well. Regardless of your political leanings, these fine folks gave up much to serve our country. Our country has a fine record of service. Let’s remember to say thank you to those who give so much!
Here’s a tip:
When someone says “Clowns are creepy” it is easy to get annoyed. I do. But you can’t change someone’s mind if you are mad. Agreeing with them may be the first line of defense! “You ARE right, those creepy clowns really scare me too. That’s why I’m a happy friendly clown!” Then tell them all the fun things you do. You’ll make a better impression if you approach the topic this way.
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277
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