Our View: A special invitation

Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:22
Written by STAFF


As a tribute to the cast members of the 2017 Older Members Show and the fine work they do to support the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol, we bring you this invitation to a joyous evening and encourage you to ‘get in the spirit.’ This song, written by O.M. group member Joe Roy more than two decades ago and performed by club members annually since, will be part of this year’s show tonight. If you, like many central Connecticut residents, have been questioning the tough times we live in and where we are going as a society, O.M. encourages you to read the words and pay attention to the message. And if you haven’t seen it performed by the O.Ms. at the annual show, we suggest that you make the time to be at St. Paul’s High School in Bristol at 7:30 p.m. tonight or 11:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. Saturday.



Proud to be an O.M.

Words and music by Joe Roy


I asked myself some time ago

What is the old world coming to?

And then again I asked myself

Is there something that I can do?

And if I were to start

In doing my own part

I think I’d have to begin

By helping the children.


Helping that child to grow

Into the dreams of tomorrow

That’s an OM

And I’m proud to be one of them.

Let’s make a place where kids can play

Where they can grow in their own way

A place where they can just belong

And they can learn to get along

And when the job is done

Each child will be someone

With dreams and plans of their own,

Say, look! That child has grown.

For many years now in a row

We’ve put on our annual O.M. Show

To give our local kids a chance

To use their talents to sing and dance.

So that each one of them would live

In the glow of what they could give

Taking pride in being a part

In the touching of many a heart.


The men who make this all come true

Are ordinary men like you

Except they stand especially tall

By helping kids when they are small.

That’s the kind of man

I’d like to be if I can

And that’s why I’m one of them

And proud to be an O.M.


Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:22. Updated: Friday, 21 April 2017 10:32.