After being featured in a humorous story about two songwriters, Codgers and Hammerhead, in the New York Herald Tribune daily comic strip Jeff Crockett, Mr. Waring invited the strip’s creator, Mel Casson, to lunch. He told Mr. Casson what a fan he was of all the leading strips of the day and that he would like to meet some of the other cartoonists. So, starting in 1948, he invited the members of the newly created National Cartoonists Society, now the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists, to his golf resort, Shawnee Inn.
This first invitation to spend a day of fun and frolic at Shawnee around the time of his birthday, June 9, turned into an annual tradition. For the next 25 years, Mr. Waring entertained the members of the National Cartoonists Society and their families annually at his Shawnee Inn & Country Club.