Ramblin' Reck Club

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What is the Ramblin' Reck Club?

The main functions of the Ramblin' Reck Club are to promote school spirit and enthusiasm for the Tech athletic teams, as well as to inform the student body about Tech traditions and history. [1] The Ramblin’ Reck Club (RRC) is comprised of student leaders that have the desire to instill Georgia Tech pride in fellow students and also to teach freshmen what it means to be a true “Ramblin’ Reck.”

The Yellow Jacket Club

Although the terms “Yellow Jacket Club” and “Ramblin’ Reck Club” have become synonymous over the years, most people believe that the Ramblin’ Reck Club evolved out of the Yellow Jacket Club, the clubs have no connection to each other, other than the fact that their duties were similar. The Yellow Jacket Club began in 1930, upon Coach William Alexander’s request, by Professor Fred Wenn, as a way to bolster students’ spirit during the Great Depression. The Yellow Jacket Club assisted Dean Fields in setting up and carrying out the Ramblin' Reck Parade and also helped with other homecoming traditions such as the Freshman Cake Race. The main difference between the Yellow Jacket Club and the Ramblin’ Reck Club was that the Yellow Jacket Club was responsible for enforcing the “RAT rules.” The most infamous of these rules was the RAT cap, which was to be worn by freshmen until either winter break or Georgia Tech defeated Georgia at the Thanksgiving Day football game, whichever came first. [2]

The Fall of the Yellow Jacket Club

In 1944, the Yellow Jacket Club asked to be in charge of a school-wide winter social, but the club didn’t come through. The Yellow Jacket Club decided to cancel the event, even after the club postponed the date of the social, due to a lack of planning and communication. The Technique also claimed that the club was falling behind on events to increase school spirit and said that the club “needs dusting down before the cobwebs obscure the objective.” [3] The Technique’s prediction came true, and on July 14, 1946, the Yellow Jacket Club was pronounced “dead.” [4] Yet hope was not lost because there was suspicion that a similar organization was in the process of being created by the Anak Society, Tech’s highest honor society. But time was of the essence because with Tech having the “largest freshman class in years, there is no club to guarantee even a mediocre cheering section when the football season begins.” [5]

The Rise of the Ramblin’ Reck Club

After the collapse of the Yellow Jacket Club on July 14, 1945, the club’s successor, the Ramblin’ Reck Club, took on the duties of promoting school spirit and left the enforcement of RAT rules behind. The Ramblin’ Reck Club was established by the Anak society within 2 weeks of the disbandment of the Yellow Jacket Club. [6]

T-Club

After the Yellow Jacket Club was disbanded and the Ramblin’ Reck Club focused solely on promoting school spirit, the enforcement of RAT rules was left to the newly created T-Club. [7] But in later years, Anti-hazing laws came into effect and greatly reduced the punishments that the T-Club could do freshmen who disobeyed the RAT rules.

Duties of the Ramblin’ Reck Club

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Although the Club has many responsibilities, the most important part of the Club's responsibilities began in 1961 when Dean James Dull obtained for the Institute the 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe which became known as the Ramblin' Reck. [8] He decided to give the Ramblin’ Reck Club the honor of being in charge of the Reck. From there on out, the club has been in charge of every aspect of the Ramblin’ Reck. The Ramblin’ Reck Club, like the former Yellow Jacket Club, manages the Mini 500, the Freshman Cake Race, and the Ramblin’ Reck Parade. [9] The Ramblin' Reck Club is also in charge of the Swarm section, as well as organizing the flash card section.

Bull Dog Club

The Bulldog Society was an honor society that was created in 1910 that was comprised only of juniors and seniors. Initially, the Bull Dog Club was in charge of making sure that the first Georgia Tech cross country races went smoothly, and eventually this evolved into managing the Freshman Cake Race. The Bull Dog Club also assisted the Yellow Jacket Club, then the Ramblin’ Reck Club, with the preservation of traditions. They mainly helped during homecoming week with the many events that the Yellow Jacket and Ramblin’ Reck Clubs were in charge of. The club also instituted the first intramurals at Georgia Tech and began to referee at most of the intramural sporting events; this soon became the clubs primary focus. [10] But once intramurals were placed under the official control of Georgia Tech, the club soon was disbanded and all of the homecoming duties that it was in charge of were given to the Ramblin’ Reck Club.

Membership Requirements for the Ramblin' Reck Club

The Ramblin’ Reck recruitment process includes a written application, several socials with current Ramblin' Reck Club members, an interview with three Ramblin' Reck Club members, and, if selected, a probationary period lasting until Homecoming in the fall. Mandatory events for Ramblin' Reck Club members include weekly meetings on Monday nights as well as all home football games. Yet, if a candidate for the club has the desire to be a full member, they will be expected to donate extra time to the club. [11]

The Driver

The Ramblin' Reck Driver

Every year, one student in the Ramblin’ Reck Club is chosen to be the driver and primary caretaker of the Ramblin’ Reck. He or she is the only one with the keys to the Reck, as well as the only one permitted to drive or even transport the Ramblin’ Reck. The duties of the driver are to make sure the Reck is in perfect shape, to manage appearances of the Reck, and to participate in projects designed to improve the Reck. It is said that the driver of the Ramblin’ Reck has one of the most meaningful and fulfilling jobs on campus. [12]





References

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  7. Pep Being Slated Thursday by Newly-Organized Recks. “The Technique [Volume 27, Issue 04]” Retrieved November 18, 2010 from http://hdl.handle.net/1853/26066
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  9. Join Reck Club. Ramblin’ Reck Club. Retrieved November 18, 2010 from http://www.reckclub.org/node/16
  10. Bull Dog Club Initiates Referees. “ The Blueprint. Retrieved November 18, 2010 from http://hdl.handle.net/1853/35790
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  12. The Driver. Ramblin’ Reck Club. Retrieved November 18, 2010 from http://www.reckclub.org/node/6
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