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Jim Blum: Eagle Scout
CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
NAME: James Marlow Blum
OCCUPATION: Student at Andover High
FAMILY: His mother is Marie, a student
and artist. His father, David, is a
dermatologist in Canton. His 12-year-old
sister, Susie, attends West Hills Middle
School. His grandparents are Bill and
RESIDENCE: West Bloomfield
SYNAGOGUE: Temple Kol Ami
ORGANIZATIONS: He is an active
member of the Boy Scouts of America.
FAVORITE BOOK: Tom Clancy's books, The
Hunt for Red October and Cardinal of the
HOBBIES: Computers and photography.
"I enjoy playing basketball, and I threw
the shot-put and discus for the Andover
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: "I got my
Eagle Scout award in March."
PHILOSOPHY: Jim recalls hearing two
comments on television about money
and happiness. One stated that people
should try to enjoy life and not worry
about money. The other said that money
can't buy happiness, but happiness can't
buy groceries. Jim believes his
philosophy is a melding of both
statements. "You have to be able to
enjoy yourself in health and in finance,
especially in the world today."
BACKGROUND: Jim Blum has lived in
West Bloomfield since he was 3 years
old. He attends Bloomfield Hills public
schools and is active in sports and
As an elementary student, he joined
the Cub Scouts and then continued with
the Boy Scouts. At age 14 he received
the Eagle Scout Award, the highest
youth award from the Boy Scouts of
America. In order to obtain this award,
he needed to perform a community
service activity and earn 21 merit
badges. Most youths receive this award
at age 16-18.
"I had a burning desire to receive
the Eagle Scout. You don't need
immense brain power. Anyone can do it,
you just need the desire?' says Jim.
His community service project was
at Bloomer Park in West Bloomfield.
Jim built a path which gave easier
access from the nearby subdivision to
the entrance to the park. Some of his 21
merit badges included first aid, camping
and environmental science.
When Jim became involved in Boy
Scouts several years ago, he was one of
the only Jewish children in his group.
Today he sees more Jewish involvement.
This fall at Andover High School,
Jim will enter the new model school.
According to Jim, students will be able
to establish what they want to work on,
adhering to some set goals. "I'm
excited. It's not sitting in desks. It's
going to make learning more fun?'
Next summer, he hopes to continue
working with the Boy Scouts at their
camp. He is looking forward to working
with campers and their families. "I
haven't met an obnoxious person in
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The American Thchnion Society will meet
7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Maple-Drake Jewish
Community Center. Carl Alpert will speak
on Israel Is Flooded With Immigrants — Pro-
blems and Opportunities.
Dr. Joseph N. Epel, president, Detroit
Chapter, vice president of the National
American Technion Society, will chair the
program. Dr. Epel says that the Technion-
Israel Institute of Technology is surveying the
Soviet Immigrant's professional backgrounds
in order to tailor Thchnion's education, re-
search and development programs to meet
Mr. Alpert resides in Israel. For more
than 30 years he lead the development of the
Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Mr.
Alpert is a syndicated columnist who reports
There is no charge. For information, call
the Technion office, 559-5190.
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