• Your eye is first drawn to the U, which is shaped like a melting pot. Like soup or stew, the flavors of the different ethnic groups mingle together to make a delicious meal.
  • To the right is a stylized view of North America, with Alaska and Hawaii shown in their proper locations. Often maps of the lower 48 are shown with Alaska smaller than life. People don’t realize how big Alaska is or how far away from the mainland Hawaii is.
  • America’s motto is “E Pluribus, unum.” Out of many, one. We prefer our middle ground “learn about and celebrate” ethic to multi-culturalism, which emphasizes our differences, more of an E pluribus, pluribus ethic. America’s strength is its unity in its diversity.

 

 

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  • The fire under the U symbolizes the burning desire for freedom in every person’s heart.
  • The bubbles in the crucible resemble a test tube, showing our desire to discuss ideas with scientific data, not mislead with bad logic.
  • The three steam swishes symbolize life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the founding principles in America’s Declaration of Independence.
  • The USA letters are large because we believe America has the best form of government in the world. We think the 1787 U.S. Constitution with later amendments, oldest in the world, with its President, three branches of government and separation of powers is better than the parliamentary systems used in other representative democracies.
  • Artistic license is taken with Hawaii; the islands are tilted a little to the north and they are shown a little larger than life so they show up in the logo. Hawaii and Alaska are sometimes ignored or disrespected by referring to the mainland or lower 48 as “the states.”
  • American flag colors of red, white and blue are used throughout the logo.
  • The red, blue and green used for Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are the same shades as our countries’ flags.
  • We picked blue from the U.S. flag because it also symbolizes blue skies and blue water. Our club values enjoyment of the outdoors and wise use of resources, healthy living and exercise like bicycling. We believe in conservation, not radical environmentalism.
  • North America is viewed from the western angle. This symbolizes the American spirit of westward expansion, the Oregon Trail, and settling the frontier. Today’s new immigrants also have the same spirit: the willingness to leave their homelands and try something new for the benefit of their children and grandchildren. America attracts a different type of person; we are enriched by their ingenuity and willingness to take risks.
  • The light from the sun on the earth symbolizes sunrise and springtime, which begins March 20. Every morning we are given a new day and every year we have new growth on the trees, perennial flowers and bushes which bloom at their appointed times.
  • Other themes of our club are history and geography, which affects how people live and can determine the course of history. Geography is neglected today and can make it easier to learn history. Accurate geography is included in our logo for this reason.
  • America is a unique country, where people from all backgrounds and religions can get along. We reject nationalism and imperialism as arrogant, but wish to export American ideals of patriotism, egalitarianism, treating everyone with respect and equality of opportunity to other countries. We welcome members from all countries and will help them start similar organizations in their own countries to promote the mingling of ethnic groups. We believe it is important to preserve the language, history and culture of their countries, as English and the internet threaten it even as they make life better in other ways.