Tall Clubs International Foundation, Inc.|
Guiding All to Greater Heights!
Kae Sumner Einfeldt, founder of Tall Clubs International, Inc. had dreams of creating an organization that would promote causes that benefit tall people. In 1992, one of those dreams became a reality in the creation of the Tall Clubs International Foundation, Inc. The Foundation began accepting donations as a not-for-profit charitable organization and then became a IRS code 501(c)(3) organization.
The Foundation realizes the special needs of exceptionally tall people. The current focus is to provide scholarships to individuals under the age of 21, entering their first year of higher education, and who meet the minimum height requirements for membership in Tall Clubs International of 5' 10" (178 cm) for women and 6' 2" (188 cm) for men.
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Information is available for any given year from July 15th thru Feb 1st.
Each year Tall Clubs International, Inc. receives nominations from its chapter organizations spread across North America. From this pool of nominations, the recipients are selected to receive scholarship awards from Tall Clubs International, Inc. and Tall Clubs International Foundation, Inc. Please note, at the current time all nominations for both scholarship programs are filtered through the Tall Clubs International chapter organizations. For the Tall Clubs International Foundation scholarships, only one nonination per Tall Clubs International club is allowed. Please see the clubs map at www.tall.org
Scholarship Recipients for 2015
TCI - Kae Sumner Einfeldt Scholarship: Quinn L. Twin Cities
TCIF - Virginia Linguist Winker Scholarship: Sarah W. Houston
TCI Foundation Scholarship #2: McKenna A. Milwaukee
TCI Foundation Scholarship #3: Jordan M. Cincinnati
TCI Foundation Scholarship #4: Erik F. Boston
TCI Foundation Scholarship #5: Chris X. Portland
TCI Foundation Scholarship #6: Jolene N. Denver
TCI Foundation Scholarship #7: Chloe R. CATS
TCI Foundation Scholarship #8: Andrew P. Central Jersey
TCI Foundation Scholarship #9: Oscar T. Las Vegas
TCI Foundation Scholarship #10: Thomas M. New York City
The history of Tall Clubs International (TCI) began as a wish of a taller-than-average young lady who found her knees knocking the underside of her school desk. This young lady was Kae Sumner, and friends remember her lamenting the lack of leg room in the cafeteria and even on buses. They recall her uttering "There ought to be a club for tall people."
By early 1938, Kae had had enough. An accomplished artist, she was painting dwarfs for the Disney Studio. On impulse she approached E. V. Durling, an L. A. Times columnist, with an idea for an article about the problems of being tall. She was in luck. Next stop was Editor-in-Chief Robert White, who was very receptive and suggested she proceed with the article. This much encouragement was all Kae needed. A two-page article with Kae's own illustrations appeared in the Times Sunday Magazine on March 20, 1938, under the name of Kae Krysler. As an afterthought, Kae invited taller than average folks to contact her, and suggested they might get together to discuss the very problems facing their percentage of society.
The results were rewarding and on May 1, 1938, Kae opened her home to eight tall respondents to the Times article. By evening's end, the California Tip Toppers Club (CTTC) was founded and the nine became the now famous charter members of the first tall club known to exist. Development of tall furnishings became a major goal. Members wrote letters, telephoned, and visited businesses to encourage them to lower the cost of custom-made items. Success greeted them occasionally, as in the ad which trumpeted, "Here it is Tip Toppers, you asked for it; the King Size Mattress!"
Publicity was no stranger to this new organization. As the club grew, its existence became known throughout the United States, and in 1939, the Greater Kansas City Skyliners was founded. Life magazine published Life Goes to a Tip Toppers Party in the June 24, 1940 issue. Letters came from all over the US. The idea caught on, and soon tall clubs were springing up coast-to-coast. Exposure paid off again when Robert Ripley invited Kae to appear on the Nov. 8, 1940 broadcast of Believe It or Not. He challenged her to produce a New York Tip Toppers club. At the end of just three days, much to Mr. Ripley's surprise and Kae's delight, the audience on the night of the broadcast included two rows of tip toppers.
Earlier, when World War II rumors reached the US, Kae had been planning a European trip. Her trip abroad was preceded by visits to the already established sister tall clubs. Media publicity from those visits encouraged taller-than-average, mostly single, folks to form their own local clubs. These clubs were socially oriented, but many made an effort to educate manufacturers and the public in general as to the special needs of the tall person. In May 1939, Kae had begun her European tour-just in time for the State Department to restrict travel and cancel passports for US citizens. Upon her arrival in Egypt she was advised to return to the US immediately.
With the war underway, male members were absent from the tall clubs. At first they enlisted; when the US entered the war, they were drafted. Most clubs became inactive, such as the first Golden Gate Tip Toppers and the first Florida club, the Miami Tip Toppers. The CTTC did not become inactive. Some clubs continued under the leadership of the females. Following W.W.II the clubs really got off the ground; in 1945 there were 60 clubs in the US and Canada.
Between July 17 and 20, 1947, the first convention of tall clubs was hosted by the CTTC, in Hollywood, California. The first queen (Miss Tip Topper of 1947) was also selected from individual club queens in attendance. The following fifteen clubs were represented: California Tip Toppers Club, Greater Kansas City Skyliners, Pittsburgh Tip Toppers, New York Stratoliners, Paramount Tall Club of Chicago, Tall Girl's Club of Chicago, Tower Club of Philadelphia, New Jersey Tip Topper Club, Texas Tip Toppers of Dallas, Golden Gate Tip Toppers, Skyscrapers Club of Cleveland, Vancouver Tip Toppers Club, St. Louis Tip Toppers, Houston Higher Ups, and Seattle Timberliners.
The groundwork was established for the American Affiliation of Tall Clubs (AATC). The Kansas City Skyliners was selected to draft the charter and bylaws. With the experience of public media publicity behind it, the affiliation decided to publish its own newsletter. In late 1949, CTTC published the first issue of Tall Topix. It grew from a quarterly newsletter to a semi-annual booklet. Today it is published annually, as a summary of the immediate past convention.
TCI business: In addition to "Tall Awareness" in the public sector, includes establishing incentives for clubs such as a Convention Travel Trophy (first presented in 1950), the Best Paper Award (1962), and the Increased Membership Award(1970), given for the greatest annual percentage growth in membership. Though individual clubs have traditionally contributed time and funds to charitable organizations, it was not until 1984 that a Special Merit Award was established and presented to a club. In addition, the 1987 delegates to convention unanimously adopted the National Marfan Foundation as the official charity. The Publicity Award is given to the club which clearly has made the most substantial contribution during the previous year. The Attendance Award recognizes the club with the largest number of its members present at a convention. In 1970, a Merit Award category was created to recognize ten (now twelve) individuals as outstanding members of TCI. The "Man of the Year" - Frank's King Size Clothes Award (1974) and "Woman of the Year" - Kae Sumner Einfeldt Award (1979) recognize one male and one female who have made the most significant contribution to TCI and their own club. In 1986, TCI established the Kae Sumner Einfeldt Scholarship Award, which is presented to a tall college-bound high school student. Nominees are recommended by TCI member clubs.
As the affiliation continued to grow and gain national recognition, it reached the point where it required a new name. In 1966, the convention delegates unanimously accepted the name "Tall Clubs International and Miss Tall Universe". Incorporation was completed in 1967 and a new logo was chosen. In 1974, the name was amended to read "Tall Clubs International and Miss Tall International, Incorporated." Miss Tall International has been the registered trademark of Tall Clubs International and Miss Tall International, Inc. since January 3, 1978. To date (1989), more than 200 tall clubs have been in operation in the US and Canada, though not all at one time. TCI consists of 54 member clubs. There are tall clubs in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland which have not affiliated with TCI because their minimum height requirements differ slightly. These clubs are nevertheless based on the same principle as TCI, and because members share many of the same views, we grow closer together in spirit. Convention exchange visits, east and west, have provided the meeting ground for nurturing strong friendships among club members of these continents.
TCI bylaws require that members of applying clubs meet the minimum height requirements of 6'2" for men and 5'10" for women, measured in stocking feet. The minimum age is 21. Individual clubs set their own rules as to marital status, etc. Winners of local pageants such as Miss Tall Philadelphia and Miss Tall Chicago contests are eligible to participate in the Miss Tall International® contest at the annual convention.
Each club usually holds several social functions each month. Clubs participate in charitable projects as well as being involved in their respective community activities. Membership includes all professions, religions and ethnic backgrounds.
Prepared by direction of TCI Executive Club, 1982-1983. Revised and updated by compiler November 1989. Minor corrections made March 1993. Approved by Kae Sumner Einfeldt in May 1983/Nov. 1989. Doris M. Chickering, Co-Historian
Tall Clubs International Foundation, Inc. is a separate corporation from TCI and is a TCI designated charity.
The TCI Foundation was chartered in Texas in 1991 and has been designated as an eligible not profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
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The Board of Directors of the Tall Clubs International Foundation, Inc. is composed of volunteer directors who have served Tall Clubs International in a variety of leadership positions. They represent a cross section of TCI membership in the United States and Canada.
Carolyn Goldstein (Chair)
has been involved with TCI for over nineteen years. As she has moved around she has always becomed involved in the local club.
She started out with The Towering Texans of Houston; then on to The Alamo City Tall Club, then on to the Boston Beanstalks,
then back to Houston. She is currently the President of the Houston Bay Area Tall Texans also holds a membership in the Beanstalks
Club. She has held many local offices as well past Secretary and past Treasurer on the International level. |
Carolynís love for Pageantry is clear. She has served as Miss Tall Boston (1997), and Miss Tall Houston (2002-2010). She was Pageant Director in 2004, 2006, and 2012. The "crowning" glory in her crown was being named The Kae Sumner Einfeldt Woman of the Year for 2008. Carolyn also has two TCI Merit Awards to her credit.
Scholarships have always been a love of Carolyn's as she has participated on scholarship committees for over 35 years making her the obvious choice for the chairman of the Teen Scholarship program for the TCI Foundation.
Carolyn is the proud mother of two children, Alton (42) and Trisha (40) and three amazing grandchildren, Cassidy (21), Jami (20) and Brayden (14). She is married to the love of her life, Charlie.
Billie Jean Morison (Vice Chair)
was first introduced to Tall Clubs International as a member of the San Diego Tall Singles.
Years later she moved to northern California and joined the Golden Gate Tip Toppers (GGTT) club in 1994.
She has often served as an officer of GGTT as well as their TCI Convention delegate for many years.
Billie Jean represented GGTT as Miss Tall San Francisco and was selected as Miss Tall International 2008.
She continues to serve as an officer of GGTT.
started with the Skyscrapers Club of Cleveland in 1997, was the Treasurer and eventually, Newsletter Editor
through 2002. Joined the Tip Toppers Club of Detroit in 2003. Became a Weekend Co-Chair in 2006.
Maria was Miss Tall Detroit from 2010 through 2014 and married another TCI member, Lee Nichols, in April 2015.
They reside in Perrysburg Ohio, about an hour from the Detroit club. Maria is honored to be TCI Foundation Treasurer. |
Edie Berman (Secretary)
Edie Berman currently serves as secretary for the TCI Foundation. She has been an active member of TCI since 1995.
Edie is a member of the Tall Club of Greater Washington, D.C., Tampa Tall and Terrific, and the Palmetto Tall Club.
She has attended: all national TCI conferences (except one) since 1996 where she has repeatedly served as her
clubs' delegate; five international conferences, once as the TCI representative who writes the report on the
conference for the TCI Executive Board; and many TCI weekends. She has been active on the planning committees for
the weekends her clubs have hosted. Edie is a retired educator whose educational credentials include a
B.A. in English and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling and Personnel Services. |
Walt Narog ( Finance)
is a member of the Tall Club of Rochester since 1991. In that time Walt was club president in 1998 and 1999, club treasurer 1993-1997, 2000-Present.
He also has served at various times as Vice President, Membership Chair, and Newsletter Editor for Tall Club of Rochester. Weekend Co-Chair for all
Tall Club of Rochester Weekends for 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. |
In that time, Walt has been TCI Merit Award Winner 2003 and 2008, TCI Foundation Board 2002-2004, 2008-Present, TCI Foundation Finance Board Advisor 2005-2007, Co-Chair 2004 TCI Convention, TCI Finance Board 2006,2007, and 2008 , Executive Board - Executive VP, Publicity 2009/10, and the TCI 2010 Convention Committee.
Doris Chickering (Publicity)
Doris joined the Tip Toppers of Washington, D.C. in 1966 and moved to the Tower Club of Baltimore in 1973, where she served as
Acting Treasurer and Editor for TTWDC and Editor for Tower Club of Baltimore. Doris was authorized by TCI to collect tall club and affiliation documents and
serves as the TCI Archivist. She is the recipient of several TCI Executive Board awards and was designated as the only TCI Honorary Member in 1990.
Doris became a supporter of the TCI Foundation in 1992, attending the convention held meetings. Early on she was asked to retain the TCIF archives.
In July 2004 she became an honorary member of the TCIF board and as of July 2005 she began a five year regular term on the board.
She served as Finance Chair 2005-2008 and has been serving as Publicity Chair for TCIF since July 2008.|
Brian Comeno (Fundraising)
is from Nevada, USA.
Brian is a prior President of Tall Clubs International and a recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Brian joined the Foundation Board in 2011.
Kate Weigant (Fundraising)
has been a member of Portland Skyliners Tall Club for almost 30 years, making her a lifetime member.
During that long tenure she held every local office except treasurer, and was Miss Tall Portland in 1989.
Kate was chair person of two TCI weekends hosted by Portland, and was day trip coordinator for the 1997 TCI Convention.
She attended multiple conventions and weekends in other cities, and served the TCI Executive Board as Finance Officer
for two terms. Kate was proud to receive a TCI Merit Award in 2009, and equally pleased to be selected three times as
Portland's Woman of the Year. A retired special educator, Kate now enjoys a variety of activities and traveling with her husband, Bob Weigant.
Bob is also a member of Portland Skyliners and served as an award-winning newsletter editor for several years.
Joe Harlukowicz (Website)
has been a TCI member since 1982 and served as an officer for the Tall Club of Austin for almost every year from 1983 to 2006.
Joe also served as the scholarship chairman for the Austin club, joined the TCI foundation board in 2009, and is one of the participants
in the difficult process of picking the winners from among the outstanding scholarship applicants.
His background is in Electrical Engineering and he retired from the computer industry in July 2013 after 39 years.
For more information, please contact:
Tall Clubs International Foundation, Inc.
C/O Carolyn Goldstein,
1555 CR 2103,
Weimar Texas, 78962
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Last updated September 28, 2015.