March 13 - Good Samaritan Involvement day

The noble Order of the Knights of Jubal traces its origins back to the Year Two Thousand A.D., when a group of distinguished persons of good and true character, founded the order to promote chivalry and honour. The order takes its name from our leader, Alexander Jubal McRae, who on two (so far) occasions has been seriously injured, in one case fatally, defending an innocent woman from attackers.

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Postby Sir Greg on Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:37 am

A reminder to all that Mark 13 is Good Samaritan Involvement Day, which the Knight have (and still do) encourage all members to observe. <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Research privided by Sir Howard the BandMan:
<B>I found out that on March 13, the is Good Samaritan Involvement Day. It was created to get people to help out someone who needs it. It's based on a gruesome murder of a woman named Kitty Genovese in Queens, NY. While she was being stalked and killed by a man, 38 of her neighbors just sat by and did nothing stating that it was SEP (Someone Else's Problem for those of you that have never read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) Anyways, some people were appalled at the story and decided to create a day that would try to get people to help others as the Good Samaritan did.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>This is also a good time to sit and have a good long think about the Order, and the directions that YOU, the members feel we should be taking.<P>If you have an idea or opinion, please post it here, or contact one of the Knights by private e-mail. <P>PIQE,
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Postby MolTARE on Thu Mar 07, 2002 1:32 am

Isn't it a bit of a shame that there needs to be a special day for this?<P>------------------
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Postby TheVagabond on Thu Mar 07, 2002 12:04 pm

I think it's great to find out that there's a day like this every year. Just when I get to thinking that people only create official days/week/months for purely self-involved reasons, I'm proved wrong. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"><P>As for the "direction" of the Knights, I've been trying to come up with something I as an individual or we as a group can do. I practice my own chivalry in my day-to-day activities, but it's not exactly the sort of thing that would make the paper. As a matter of fact, some of the things I've done as a "Listening Heart" are the things I've done all my life (I've always been a good listener), and are very personal and private.<P>It would be much easier to do things more visible if we lived much closer together. Our strength is also our weakness in that regard. I'm not even sure there are any other Knights local to me.<P>If I come up with any ideas, I will be sure to let the Order know, but for now it just gives me heart and hope that an organization like this exists. Thank you to all of our Knights and Companions for proving to me that there are still good people in the world.<P>------------------
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Postby Rei on Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:27 am

I'm here, I'm here!<P>I've been reading, but haven't had much to say of late<P>however, I understand why you can see strength (and weakness) in our unity.<P>Since, as Mana as rightly noted, some of us are just a <i>tad</i> isolated geographical, perhaps we can do some unity in virtual geography?<P>btw, speaking of geography, how goes the mapping project? Something for the webcell, perhaps?<P>rei<P>still here **jumps up and down to attract attention** still here<P>------------------
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Postby TheVagabond on Fri Mar 08, 2002 12:11 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MolTARE:
<B>Isn't it a bit of a shame that there needs to be a special day for this?
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It's a bit of a shame, but the fact that we have a special day for it is a sign that some people still have it on their minds.<P>Of course, we have a Fathers' Day and people still choose to be fathers all year round, so... :-D
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Postby Silver Adept on Mon Mar 11, 2002 5:39 am

Not that I know of. Some states may, but there is no federally adopted statute ergarding the matter. Those with more law knowledge than I, please help.
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Postby AltheaMorgan on Wed Mar 13, 2002 5:26 am

I'm glad there's a day like this. I wish we didn't have the need to have it, but it's a step in the right direction that we have one.
So happy Good Samaritan Involvement Day, everybody.<P>~Nicole Dittrich, CI<P>PIQE
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Postby Suelyn on Tue Mar 19, 2002 2:15 pm

On 2002-03-08 01:27, Rei wrote:
btw, speaking of geography, how goes the mapping project? Something for the webcell, perhaps?<P>

I've been thinking about the mapping project, but I've been drawing blanks in some areas. Silver, can I email you about the project? It seemed in the IRC chat that you might be a very good person for me to team up with on this project.

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Postby Random Nerd on Tue Mar 19, 2002 3:19 pm

Speaking of Kitty Genovese, there was a somewhat similar incident recently, where another peron failed to render aid which cost a man his life.

The unpleasant details are at http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/2809134.htm, and a few other news sites.

It's this sort of thing that led to my conviction that if I see a person in need, I've got a responsibility to try to help, even if it costs me, because the odds are pretty good that nobody else is going to.
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Postby Silver Adept on Wed Mar 20, 2002 5:37 am

Sure. E-mail away... I'm always trying to be helpful, even if it doesn't always work that way...
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Postby Greg on Mon Mar 10, 2003 4:13 am

Another year on, and now we celebrate our third Good Samaritan Involvement Day.

Make it a good one, and if you have any heartwarming tales to tell, please post them here.

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Postby Silver Adept on Wed Mar 12, 2003 8:49 pm

I'm posting this slightly ahead of the date's beginning, but I thought it would be worth noting as a kick-off story for our day.

If you haven't heard it yet.... (from CNN.com, the real one...)

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/03/12/s ... index.html

Elizabeth Smart found alive

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 Posted: 10:51 PM EST (0351 GMT)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) -- Missing teenager Elizabeth Smart, the subject of an intense police hunt since she was reported abducted from her bedroom last summer, was found alive Wednesday in the nearby suburb of Sandy and reunited with her family.

"I don't know what she's gone through and I'm sure she's been through hell," said Elizabeth's father Ed Smart, adding that it was "absolutely wonderful" to have her back with their family.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse said 15-year-old Elizabeth "is well and healthy."

"She knows who she is," he said, and police are questioning her about what happened. "She's a very smart, alert lady," Dinse said.

He added, in response to a flurry of questions, "We are convinced she was kidnapped" and held against her will.

Ed Smart said Elizabeth described being taken at knifepoint. But he said he hasn't asked her for details of her ordeal because he doesn't want to traumatize her any more.

"I am so, so very glad that this has a happy ending," he said. When asked if Elizabeth had asked for anything, Smart said, "She wants her room back."

The two people -- identified by Dinse as suspects -- are Brian David Mitchell, 49, a drifter and self-described prophet who calls himself "Emmanuel" and did some work in the family's home in November of 2001, and Wanda Eileen Barzee, whose relationship to Mitchell was not clear. "America's Most Wanted" described her as Mitchell's wife.

Police were tipped to Emmanuel's whereabouts by two callers who had seen his photograph and knew he was wanted for questioning in Elizabeth's disappearance. The callers said they had seen a man resembling Mitchell walking down a street with two females in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy.

Witness John Ferguson described an older couple "calmly talking to police."

But Sandy Police Chief Steve Chapman said when police officers confronted the couple "they were evasive in some of their answers." After further questioning, police were certain the man was Emmanuel and the girl was Elizabeth. At the time, she was wearing a wig, sunglasses, a blue overcoat and something resembling a veil.

Elizabeth reportedly was moved around

"I don't really feel like I've done any great thing," said Anita Dickerson, one of the callers who tipped off police. "I did not think about any reward. I'm a mother with seven children."

No charges have been filed, but U.S. Attorney Paul Warner said those responsible for the girl's disappearance "will be vigorously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Dinse said police are investigating reports that Mitchell had been seen in San Diego and in Florida since Elizabeth's June 5 abduction.

Smart family spokesman Chris Thomas said, "My understanding is that she camped a fair amount of that time. She also traveled around the country to different places. I believe Ed mentioned San Diego."

He also said that there was no way Elizabeth could have escaped because "she said she had two people with her at all times."

Former U.S. Sen. Jake Garn, a close family friend who participated in searches for Elizabeth, said it's his understanding that immediately following her disappearance, Elizabeth was hidden in the mountains, then taken to San Diego, Atlanta and only recently returned to the Salt Lake City area.

Clusters of yellow and blue balloons floated from trees and railings all through the Smart's upscale in-town neighborhood Wednesday.

Father always believed she was alive

One of the girl's uncles, Chris Smart, said the girl's father, Ed Smart, "was called down to the police station. He wasn't told why. When he found her, when he saw her, he was overcome."

Chris Smart broke down in tears as he recounted the story.

Dinse said the family reunion "was emotional. It was exciting, a thrill for everybody." He said Elizabeth was crying and added, "As you can imagine, she was very excited."

In Salt Lake City, people were honking their horns and asking each other, "Have you heard? They found Elizabeth!" according to Garn.

The Smart family never gave up hope during their nine-month ordeal that Elizabeth would be found.

Garn said his wife, Kathleen, saw Ed Smart at church this past Sunday and asked him how he was doing.

"He said, 'I am fine because I still believe Elizabeth is alive,'" Garn said.

The girl's relatives were ecstatic.

"I just had to ask about three times whether it was really true," said Cynthia Smart-Owens, Elizabeth's aunt. "Then I just had to give thanks to God that she was found, that he has answered all the prayers."

Younger sister witnessed abduction

Elizabeth was abducted at gunpoint from her family's 6,600-square-foot Salt Lake City home June 5, 2002, while her parents and four brothers slept. Her younger sister, Mary Katherine, 9, who was in the bedroom with Elizabeth, witnessed the abduction.

The younger sister said she pretended to be asleep and later said the kidnapper had threatened to hurt Elizabeth if she didn't keep quiet.

In a February 3 statement, the Smart family said Mary Katherine, who previously said the man who kidnapped her sister had seemed familiar, came to her parents in October 2002 and said, "I think I know who it might be."

She identified the man as a person the family knew as Emmanuel, who had worked at the family home once in November 2001 after they came across him asking for change downtown. The family said he worked at the home for five hours, helping on the roof and raking leaves.

Police later identified him as Mitchell.

After the abduction, police quickly focused on 48-year-old handyman, Richard Ricci, calling him "a possible suspect." He was never charged with kidnapping and died last August 30 from a brain hemorrhage while in the Utah State Prison on lesser charges of burglary relating to the Smart family.

At Wednesday's news conference, Dinse said Ricci had a lot information "pointing at him," but the chief acknowledged it could turn out Ricci had nothing to do with Elizabeth's disappearance.

Ricci's widow, Angela Ricci, asked for her reaction to Wednesday's development in the case, told reporters, "I'm grateful that she's alive."

She said her husband told her, "I had nothing to do with this ... I can't believe that they think I did this."

She said, "I'll always stand by him and I always have."

Brett Michael Edmunds, a 26-year-old drifter, was also once a focus of the investigation. He was questioned by police in Virginia hospital. No police action resulted.
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