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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sure, itâ€™s a group of older gentlemen in top hats and tuxedoes who promote and perpetuate Groundhog Day, but Punxsutawney Phil and his prognostications are just as important for youngsters, as well.
Thatâ€™s the whole idea behind the Jr. Groundhog Club, a new club that has been established for Punxsy Philâ€™s friends who are 12 and under.
â€śWe had one or two kids that joined the regular club, but basically, the information thatâ€™s in the newsletter does not pertain to kids,â€ť said Katie Bullers-Donald, Groundhog Day events coordinator. â€śThey can look at the pictures, but itâ€™s not child-related.â€ť
A Jr. Groundhog Club, she said, could help youngsters perhaps better understand the origins and traditions of Groundhog Day.
As a member of the Punxsutawney Jr. Groundhog Club, a boy or girl will receive an official membership card; an official membership certificate; a copy of Punxsy Philâ€™s official proclamation from this past Feb. 2; and a monthly copy of the Jr. Groundhog Club Activity Newsletter.
Also, members of the Jr. Groundhog Club will also be given the first opportunity to sign up for events such as Philâ€™s Holiday Bash.
Prior to the anniversary date of a boyâ€™s or girlâ€™s membership, he or she will receive renewal information, and club updates will be posted at www.groundhog.org.
Membership forms can be picked up at the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce or online at www.groundhog.org. Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Forms downloaded from the Web site should then be sent to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club; 102 West Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney.Â For more information, call 814-938-7700, ext. 3, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.