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Remembering the Greatest Jumper in Olympic History


Annual Commemoration of Raymond Clarence Ewry

On the 81st anniversary of his passing (September 29), Ray Ewry, the greatest jumper in Olympic history,was remembered for his athletic achievements as well as his career in the field of mechanical & civil engineering. There was a short commemoration, including the laying of 10 yellow roses at his grave marker — one rose for each Olympic gold medal he earned in jumping events.

{Pictured L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Judith & Dick Leill; and Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.}

Lafayette native and Jefferson High & Purdue graduate, Ray Ewry was diagnosed with polio at age seven, eventually recovering, going on to be an engineer and Olympic gold medalist. To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.

  • To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.
  • PHOTOS – To view photos of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

Join Us for a Celebration of the Life of Ray Ewry


SATURDAY – Ray Ewry Commemoration 

There will be a short commemoration, including the laying of 10 yellow roses at the grave of Raymond “Ray” Clarence Ewry, the greatest jumper in Olympic history, to celebrate his life and mark 81st anniversary of his passing. Details are as follows:
  • Date – THIS Saturday, September 29
  • Time – 2 p.m.
  • Place – Springvale Cemetery, 25 US-52, Lafayette
  • All are welcome
Lafayette native and Jefferson High & Purdue graduate, Ray Ewry was diagnosed with polio at age seven, eventually recovering, going on to win 10 Olympic gold medals in jumping events, and completing a storied career in the fields of mechanical and civil engineering.
  • To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.
  • PHOTOS – To view photos of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

Join Us for a Celebration of the Life of Ray Ewry


FRIDAY – Celebrate the Life of Ray Ewry – Lafayette Native – 10 Time Olympic Gold Medalist


Each year on the anniversary of the passing of Raymond Clarence Ewry, Dick Leill and Joe Micon, LUM executive director, lay 10 yellow roses on his memorial marker and share stories about his remarkable life. The 10 yellow roses symbolize the 10 US Olympic Gold Medals earned by Ray Ewry from 1900 to 1908 — the most until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. Ray Ewry, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, was not expected to walk after a bout of polio at age 7 and became the greatest jumper in Olympic history.

Join this informal celebration tomorrow, the 80th anniversary of his passing — September 29, 1937. Details are as follows:

  • Celebration of Raymond Clarence Ewry (Oct. 14, 1873 – Sept. 29, 1937)
  • Date/Time: TOMORROW (Friday, September 29) at 10 a.m.
  • Place: Spring Vale Cemetery, 2580 State Road 25 N, Lafayette

PHOTOS – To view photos of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

LUM Program Center – Re-Dedicated – 20th Anniversary



Last night at the monthly LUM Board of Directors meeting, the LUM Program Center & Emergency Shelter building was re-dedicated on the 20th anniversary of the opening of the building.


 

20151216134156603_0001During the re-dedication, they reflected on a number of milestones within the past 20 years including the following:

  • Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, William L. Higi, offered remarks and gave a blessing at the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 30, 1995
  • Mortgage Burning—in 1998, there was a ceremony to “burn the mortgage” celebrating the final payment
  • The LUM After School Program started in 1999 at the center; The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program started in 2011 at the center
  • Additions & expansions—in 2009, Playground added, Youth Center moved to 1st floor
  • Renaming—in 2011, the Program Center was renamed the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center in honor of local Olympic champion

 

2015-08-24 525 019 (2) (1024x682)Twenty years have passed so quickly — but upon reflection, LUM has made significant progress during this time—and much of it is due to the opening of this building in 1995. If you wish to invest in the next 20 years of LUM programs in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center & Emergency Shelter, please make your end of the year donation by clicking HERE.


 

 

Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes

Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics
with
Cindy Eberts — Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry, with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


NPG x33501; 'Members of the Irish-American Athletic Club - Prize Winners in the Olympic Games, 1908' by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes

Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics
with
Cindy Eberts — Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Lafayette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}

Ray Ewry Parkway – Naming Ceremony

1906-olympian-ralph-ewry-photo-1LUM encourages you to attend the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Naming Ceremony for the new US 231 in honor of the legendary US Olympian, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road will officially be known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.


The details of the INDOT Naming Ceremony are as follows:

  • Date: THIS Friday, August 29
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: RPAC Theatre, Lafayette Jefferson High School
  • Parking: park in the East Lot and enter through the South Portico

Ray Ewry is special to LUM and is the namesake of the LUM Youth Center in downtown Lafayette. As friends of LUM, we’d love to see you there. Tom Carson is expected to be in attendance to represent the family of Ray Ewry.


For more information on the life and accomplishments of Ray Ewry, click HERE.



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Summer Program Enhances Education


Summer 2014



Joe Micon
Joe Micon

Dear Friend,

Although it has been 17 years, I remember our family’s summer vacation to Yellowstone National Park as if it were yesterday!  The geysers, the waterfalls, the bubbling painted pools, the grand lodge, the bison and bears…It all made a lasting impression on us.  There was even a moose that blocked the road in front of our car! I also remember going to the library before our trip so Katie and Jonathan could choose their vacation reading – Shel Silverstein for 7-year-old Katie and Dr. Seuss for 3-year-old Jonathan. I remember laptop computers in the back seat as we were driving through Nebraska. Reader Rabbit and Math Blaster were the educational programs of choice.

Jon & Katie colorJo and I cherish each memory of our trip, but we also understand how fortunate our family was to enjoy a vacation like that. And how fortunate our children were to grow up in a home where learning was so highly valued.

I also know that far too many of the children served here at the Lafayette Urban Ministry will never experience the same kinds of summer vacations as my children.  A trip to a place like Yellowstone – and all the growth and learning that surrounds it – will probably never be in the cards for them.

Educational research shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap separating low-income children from their more financially stable peers can be traced to differential summer learning opportunities.

Test scores show that all students’ learning improves at similar rates during the school year, but during the summer, low-income children plateau or lose ground, while their peers from better off homes actually advance their learning.  By the end of grade school, children from disadvantaged households, on average, score a full two years behind on their standardized tests.


That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry is so adamant about continuing our Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.


2012-08-16 LUM 5thQuarter 031 (2)The program is housed at LUM’s Ray Ewry Youth Program Center on 4th Street in Lafayette. We are in session for 10 weeks during the summer months when school is in recess. Fifth Quarter employs fun learning techniques to boost our students’ proficiency in reading, math, science and social studies. Our goal is for each child to be better-prepared to return to school in August.

Each morning, Fifth Quarter begins with a rally program, nutritious snacks, recreational reading and educational games on laptop computers.  Then it is on to our educational pods in math, science and social studies.

Fifth Quarter isn’t summer school.  Often our sessions are held at Centennial Park or under a nearby tree. The learning is hands-on with plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement offered by LUM’s Fifth Quarter teachers. There are frequent field trips to Purdue, the public library and other locations where the children have fun and experience new things.

And Fifth Quarter allows children’s parents to attend their day jobs knowing their children are safe and secure in an academically enriched environment.  While at LUM, the children hear positive comments about the importance of learning. They meet new friends, experience strong role models, grow in self-esteem and gain confidence in their abilities.


I hope you will join me in financially supporting LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.


2013-06-25 5th quarter head shots 3 001 (2)It will cost $27,000 to operate Fifth Quarter during our current ten-week, 2014 summer session.  Included in this budget are the costs of the program’s four educators, curriculum, supplies, snacks, books and transportation.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help LUM to make sure our Fifth Quarter Kids are better-equipped to succeed in school this fall and better-prepared to overcome the challenges that life will certainly place before them after that. Whether you are making plans for your own vacation this summer, or perhaps remembering the growth and wonder experienced by a young person close to you during summer vacations past, please join me in supporting the important work of LUM’s Fifth Quarter Program.

On behalf of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Class of 2014, please accept my sincere thanks for your special friendship and generous support.


Sincerely,
Joe Micon Signature
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Please, won’t you support the children who learn and grow through LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Program? Send your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, today. Give online at www.lumserve.org.



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Concerning a Fair Wage


June 2014



Joe Micon
Joe Micon

Concerning a Fair Wage by Joe Micon, LUM executive director


It is our practice at LUM’s homeless shelter to give admission preferences to guests who have jobs. Often, the work schedules of those individuals makes it difficult for them to pick up an entrance pass or check-in during the appointed times – so we bend the rules for them a bit. We think work is a good thing and try not to place unintended barriers in the way of our guest’s employment.

We keep pretty close tabs on who of our guests are employed and who are not. So imagine my surprise to observe recently that more than one-third of LUM’s homeless guests are employed at least part-time. This wasn’t just a one day snapshot. A full one-third of our guests are employed now on any given day of the year. If this is the case at LUM’s shelter, I would suspect other shelters around our state and nation are also serving large percentages of the employed homeless.

This is just the latest extension of what is now all too common and routine at LUM. We have become a ministry that serves primarily those who work – because what they are paid isn’t nearly enough to meet their basic needs.

  • LUM provides subsidized after school and summer child care for children of working parents.
  • LUM, with our partner St. John’s Episcopal Church, provides food for many, many individuals who work but can’t afford to feed themselves and their families.
  • LUM provides emergency financial aid for rent and utility assistance to primarily working clients through our Good Samaritan Fund.
  • LUM’s Tax Assistance Program served just under 2,000 workers this year.
  • And now, a growing percentage of those in our homeless shelter are there because their jobs don’t pay enough to cover the cost of their own housing.

So here are the questions I wrestle with a lot these days…..

  • If the living wage for a single parent and two children in Lafayette (according to a 2014 MIT study) is $22.79, is it fair and just that our minimum wage remains at $7.25?
  • Wouldn’t it be more dignified for workers to earn a fair wage for their work and rely less on tax funded public assistance programs like food stamps and rent subsidies (or on the generosity of places like LUM, for that matter)?
  • Is it fair for taxpayers to continue to subsidize the profits of employers who aren’t paying their employees enough to get by?
  • Wouldn’t our entire economy be stronger, and businesses fair better, if we had a healthy middle class that had greater ability to purchase goods and services?

Now that the numbers of jobs in our community and beyond are on the climb, it seems as if we must begin the more difficult discussions of how to pay our employees a wage that allows them to live, learn and grow to their fullest God-given potential. There seems to be something inherently wrong when even hard work doesn’t give you a quick ticket out of a homeless shelter.


What do you think?



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LUM Camp 2013 – Exceeds Expectations


LUM Camp — Recap


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LUM Camp 2013 was this week with the theme — The Excitement of Engineering!  LUM Camp introduced our campers to various engineering disciplines using Ray Ewry’s life-long dedication and commitment to learning as an inspiration.

LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  LUM campers come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM Camp includes all the things a great summer camp should: morning chapel, silly camp songs, outstanding camp counselors, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, sleeping in cabins and plenty of great camp food!

But along with these, each day at LUM Camp focused on a different field of engineering.  The children saw Rube Goldberg contraptions, watched fun chemistry experiments, exercised their problem solving skills, blasted off on an imaginary adventure to outer space, worked in teams to build Lego cars, and even rode on the Boilermaker Special.  Some of the finest educators from Purdue were on hand to teach and inspire our children.

To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.



LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend the entire week at camp working with a group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors are fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people. They help create a family environment that makes LUM Camp so special. They often reflect that the benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences. They also enjoy the camp songs, bonfire, camp food, and chapel. LUM simply could not offer LUM Camp without our talented and dedicated Volunteer Camp Counselors.

LUM Camp Counselors arrive one day early for training. To see more photos of their day of training, click HERE.



Ray Ewry — Inspiration for LUM Camp 2013


This year the LUM campers were reintroduced to Ray Ewry — hometown hero, Olympian, and renowned engineer.  Born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1872, he was stricken with polio as a child and told by his doctor that he would never walk again.  Through sheer determination, Ray Ewry re-learned how to walk, run and jump – then went on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals in jumping events between 1900 and 1910.

What many people don’t know is that Ray Ewry was also a renowned engineer. He earned both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University in mechanical engineering.  He taught engineering at both Purdue and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  He inspected newly built ships for the US navy in New Jersey. But perhaps Ray Ewry’s crowning professional achievement was as lead engineer for the New York City Board of Water Supply where he helped build the 163 mile-long aqueduct system that to this day brings fresh water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.  If you visit Manhattan and drink a glass of water with your meal or take a shower in your hotel room – you have Ray Ewry to thank.



Final Thoughts on LUM Camp


It’s a safe bet that most of our LUM Campers will not go on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals – but each will overcome personal adversity to accomplish great things for the world. It’s a safer bet that most of the children arrived at LUM Camp this year thinking an engineer is someone who operates a locomotive – but now each will return home with a greater understanding and perhaps even a desire to someday become an engineer. It’s not just that we hope the children will model Ewry’s character and determination, but that Ray Ewry’s story will continue to encourage our LUM Campers to think about their futures in new ways. Most of our campers never dreamed about a Purdue education – but now they will leave LUM Camp knowing that higher education is a dream within their reach!

LUM Camp changes lives. Each of the 80 children have had an opportunity this week to grow and will benefit immeasurably because they were given a chance to attend LUM Camp.

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To give to LUM Camp, click HERE.LUM Camp 130731 004 (2)

To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.

To see more photos of LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor training, click HERE.




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