Just recently I came across a "membership card" for the Whittler's Club. It was donated by James Barrie Gaskill to the Ocracoke Preservation Society. Sam, of course, had them printed, but I had never seen one. I was particularly amused by the "Rules and Restrictions" printed on the back of the red card. The four rules, in reverse order are:
4. The preachers of the Methodist Church and the Church of God will pass on all cases of misconduct. [I wonder if the preachers were aware of this.]
3. All true story instances are always invited.
2. The only way a member can lose his membership is by telling smutty jokes.
1. [my favorite!] No one allowed to get drunk except Harry O'Neal.
Look for the story of Sam Jones in an upcoming Ocracoke Newsletter (maybe in November or December).
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082110.htm.