Men's Club : : President's Message
Monthly Message from Men's Club President Marvin Mandel
We look forward to its return.
After many, many years, by hard work, diligence and perseverance Benjamin rose to be the chief of a great desert tribe. Although he possessed all the leadership skills to succeed, the main reason he was elected chief was his magnificent beard. His people believed a man’s strength and courage came from his beard, and thus the man with the biggest beard was elected chief.
Benjamin served with distinction and was the best chief the tribe ever had. He was quite a “man of the people” and immediately after being elected insisted that all the members of the tribe simply call him Benny.
After leading the tribe for more than thirty years, Benny began to feel uncomfortable wearing the beard. The desert was hot and dusty. He wanted to shave off the beard so he called his council together to get their advice.
The council members were shocked! One asked, “Don’t you remember the ancient legend, sir? Any leader who removes his beard is cursed and made into a piece of earthenware.”
Benny had heard this legend, but being a modern man, he scoffed at the ancient tale.
Being headstrong, he went ahead and cut and scraped away his once magnificent beard. As the final whisker was cut off, a huge dust storm came up. It lasted only a few seconds, and when it cleared, there was a man-sized clay vessel where only moments before had stood their leader.
The council quickly realized the legend is true. Their conclusion? “A BENNY SHAVED IS A BENNY URNED.”
Arnold Miller for Marvin Mandel, President