Autumn 2012 - Holiday Home Camp by linxiaoqin

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									                                                                                                                                                                                            From The Board President: Molly Keller
                                      E.L.I.T.E. Teens: On Volunteering and Leadership                                                                                                      Never have the cooler fall                Thanks to the carefully developed          especially thankful to Tim and
                                                                                                                                                                                            temperatures been more welcome            waterfront program designed and            Susie Magill for the thoughtful
                                                                                                                                                                              FALL          than here in Southeastern Wisconsin       implemented by Tim and Susie Magill,       planning that they have put into creating a fun,
                                                                                                                                                                                            after one of the hottest summers on       our seasonal staff work thoughtfully       refreshing and confidence building waterfront
                                                  college!                                      We will continue volunteer work with                                          2012
 Wow! So much has happened in the                                                                                                                                                           record. Luckily the hundreds of           with each camper to improve his or         program that our children rated as their favorite
                                                                                                homeless shelters, food pantries, and
                                                  For the 2012-2013 school year, we                                                                                                         children who came to Holiday Home         her comfort around the water and           area this year. This is just one of the examples of
 last six months in the ELITE Teens                                                             recreation departments.
                                                  continue to focus on giving back to our                                                                                                   Camp this past season had the             make it a fun place to be. What the        the wonderful ways that the Magills have
 program. During the 2011-2012 school
                                                  community. We begin to transition             This month, the teens will be at the                                                        crystal clear, refreshing water of        children don’t realize while they are      impacted Holiday Home Camp. As many of you
 year, the teens worked on First
                                                  the leadership training from improving        Williams Bay Pumpkin Races putting                                                          Geneva Lake to keep them cool. And        having so much fun splashing around,       know, Tim and Susie are departing Holiday Home
 Impressions, Communicating Skills, and
                                                  personal skills to how our leadership         wheels on the pumpkins,                                                                     thanks to our energetic and nurturing     is that as they gradually overcome         Camp this Fall as Tim will be the new Executive
 Diversity Appreciation. Also, we
                                                  affects those around us. Our camp             completing registrations, passing out hot                                                   staff, our campers rated the water-       their fear and discomfort with the         Director of the Life Adventure Center of the
 focused much of our energy on
                                                  ethos will serve as the foundation for        chocolate, and helping referee the races.                                                   front as their favorite activity during   water, they are developing stronger        Bluegrass, based in Kentucky. This organization
 volunteering and learning how our
                                                  the program focus : Respect,                                                                                                              their stay with us for the second year    self-confidence, self-reliance and inner   has a large equine program – a passion of Tim
 efforts make a difference in the lives of
                                                  Responsibility, and Relationships.                                                                                                        in a row.                                 “grit” – a core sense of self that will    and Susie’s. We are so thankful and appreciative
 those around us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      help each of them to be a more             of the difference that they have made here at
                                                  With this focus the teens will find a                                                                                                     You may not find that surprising –
 To round it off, we visited several                                                                                                                                                                                                  productive and capable citizen in their    Holiday Home Camp – the programs they have
                                                  deeper understanding of the                                                                                                               what kid doesn’t like playing in the
 colleges including WIU and The                                                                                                                                                                                                       everyday lives back home.                  put in place, the lives they have touched and
                                                  importance of having healthy                                                                                                              water on a hot summer day? – but
 Chicago Art Institute. Some of our                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              improved and the time that they dedicated to
                                                  relationships based on respect, as well                                                                                                   for many of the disadvantaged             Thanks to generous supporters such
 teens who had not considered college                                                            If you would like see the ELITE Teens in ac-                                                                                                                                    advancing our mission. We wish them well in
                                                  as the importance of attending to their                                                                                                   children that we serve, the               as you, the Lake Geneva Fresh Air
 before are now preparing for the SATs                                                          tion, we invite you to stop out at the library                                                                                                                                   their new endeavor and know that, like you, they
                                                  own personal responsibilities.                     in Williams Bay on October 27th from                                                   waterfront and the thought of being       Association has been fortunate to
 and look forward to applying to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 too will continue to support Holiday Home Camp
                                                                                                               11:30am-2:00pm.                                                              IN the water, are very frightening        carry on its 125 year old mission of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 as we forever build on a rich and longstanding
                                                                                                             We welcome your visit!                                                         concepts to them, no matter how hot       improving the lives of disadvantaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tradition.
                                                                                                                                                                                            it is outside! Many children from low     children through fresh air and also
Our Gratitude to Mary Misner: Volunteer Extraordinaire                                          Easy Ways to Get Involved                                                                   -income urban neighborhoods have          fresh water experiences. Our unique        Our Executive Search Committee is already busy re-
                                                                                                                                                                                            very little exposure to swimming and      and privileged location on the shores      viewing candidates to fill the roles of Executive and
                                                                                                                                                                                            water activities – and though many        of one of the deepest and clearest         Associate Director at camp. We will be
 For two summers now Mary Misner, or          consultation. We could not have gotten




                                                                                                                                                                           The Waterfront
                                                                                                    Volunteer                                                                               from the Chicago area live near one       fresh water lakes in Wisconsin             excited to introduce our new leadership team to you in
“Nurse Mary” as she is fondly known to the    through the last two summers without her in                                                                                                                                                                                        the next several months. We have so much to cele-
                                                                                                    Start using GoodSearch.com:                                                             of the world’s largest fresh water        wouldn’t be possible without the
campers, has volunteered her time every       the Health Center! She also chooses to help                                                                                                                                                                                        brate and look forward to in this 125th year – thank
                                                                                                    This Yahoo!-powered search engine
day that camp is in session as camp nurse     out with health education and makes hygiene
                                                                                                    donates about a penny every time
                                                                                                                                                                                            lakes, they rarely catch a glimpse of     continued generosity of so many            you for being a part of our effort! The thousands of
as well as mentor to the nursing student      entertaining (see photo) .                            you use it to search or shop online.                                                    it. So imagine their trepidation when     dedicated people. Donations such as        kids from the past and the thousands we will touch in
who fills the summer position of Health
                                              In her retirement Nurse Mary adores                   Just take two minutes to register at                                                    they stand on the pier at the Holiday     yours make character building              the future send their thanks as well!
Center Coordinator.                                                                                 GoodSearch.com!                                                                         Home Camp waterfront for the very         opportunities, such as our popular
                                              working with our campers but she also longs
Nurse Mary is a retired, currently            to spend more time with her retired husband                                                                                                   first time and look out at the large      waterfront program, a reality for          Fresh air, fresh water, fresh hope – what a great




                                                                                                                                                 H O LI DAY H O ME CA MP
certified Registered Nurse. Her latest        traveling in the summers. For this reason, we         Turn in your Sentry receipts to                                                         body of undulating water that looks       deserving children.                        tradition indeed! Enjoy the Autumn!
nursing career before retirement was as a     seek additional volunteer registered nurses to        the HHC office for a cash back                                                          like it might swallow them up!                                                                                             Molly Keller
                                                                                                    donation to HHC                                                                                                                   The Board of Directors and I are
bereavement coordinator. Nurse Mary’s         help out camp in summer 2013. Nurse Mary
knowledge is as endless as her patience.      is happy to avail herself to any new
The campers run to greet her each day         volunteers.                                           Consult your financial advisor                                                                 Staff Highlight: Adaobi Ujari— Not Just a Signature Photo
with excitement as she arrives.                                                                     about planned giving that can                                                           Second year summer staff           summer employment. What                           lucky she feels having grown up in
                                                                                                    significantly increase gifts while
In addition, on camper arrival day each                                                                                                                                                     member Adaobi (pronounced          she found was a rewarding                         suburban Chicago in a loving , two parent
session Nurse Mary supervises the                                                                   retaining income and/or saving
                                                                                                                                                                                            Adobee) Ujari, born to parents     summer experience that                            home. Working at HHC with our campers
organization of camper medications and                                                              taxes.
                                                                                                                                                                                            from Nigeria, hopes she            compelled her to return for                       has taught Adaobi , above all, patience.
spends the afternoon, evening and the                                                                                                                                                       impacts the lives of HHC camp-     summer 2012 and hopes to                          In addition she learned “if a child is
following day conducting health checks on                                                           Join the Schwemm family and
                                                                                                    others by remembering Holi-                                                             ers as much                                        return for                        upset, you can’t take it personally and
each camper attending camp. Since we                                                                                                                                                                       “I never knew there was a place summer 2013 as
have 6 sessions of camp and up to 100                                                               day Home Camp in your will                                                              as they                                                                              making mistakes is okay. You can’t
                                                                                                                                                                                            impact her.     like Holiday Home Camp until I Village Team                          control a lot of things, you can only
campers each session, Nurse                                                                         and estate planning.                                                                                             worked here”
Mary volunteers far more than the ACA                                                                                                                                                                                                          Leader.                           control change in your own self.”
                                                                                                                                                                                            Adaobi-
(American Camp Association) required 1-2                                                            Attend our Gala Benefit                                                                 seen in our signature photo        A Health Sciences major,                          Adaobi’s hope is that she is a positive
hours daily visit from a nurse.                                                                     Dinner summer 2013
                                               If you are qualified and interested in helping
                                                                                                                                                                                            with a camper riding piggy back    Adaobi enjoys working with                                           role model . She tells
Nurse Mary is truly a volunteering angel to                                                                                                                                                 (upper left photo) - as a living   both adults and children. HHC                                        her older female
                                              out, or know someone who is, please call the          Attend Hats and Handbags
Holiday Home Camp and our campers.                                                                                                                                                          group counselor has so much        has helped her become more                                           campers:
                                              camp office at: 262-245-5161                          event summer 2013
While working under the standing orders                                                                                                                                                     more to offer HHC than a           comfortable leading groups, a
of volunteer Camp doctor Dr. John Tucker,     Thank you Nurse Mary! We love you                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “the situation you are in
                                                                                                                                                                                            pretty face.                       skill she will need in her chosen
she has rarely found the occasion for a                                                             Tell your friends about us                                                                                                                                                                           now can be temporary if
                                                   and you deserve a break!                     We are so fortunate and grateful to                                                                                            profession. In particular,                                                you want it to be, there
                                                                                                                                                                                            Adaobi came to HHC by way of
                                                                                                 all our supporters. You make the                                                                                              leading songs at campfire has                                             are ways to get to where
                                                                                                                                                                                            Western Illinois University’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               grown Adaobi’s confidence.                                                you want to go even if
                                                                                                                                                                                            Summer Camps Job Fair in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         you have to start small.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                            2011 where she sought              When asked, Adaobi tells how
                        Outdoor Wisconsin Leadership School                                                                                                                                Gala Success: A Breath of Fresh Air
                     Interview with an OWL: Making A Difference                                                                                                                                  Holiday Home Camp: Celebrating 125 Years

                                                     Home Campers (HHOOTS—Holiday                   make a lasting impression on HHC                                                                              The 125th        both our Gala sponsors as well as the      evidenced by the campership
             Justine Hanson shares
                                                     Home OWLS Organized Team building              summer staff. The OWLS staff each                                                                          Anniversary         Gala Committee whose members               money people pledged based on
             her experience with
                                                     Session) to offer these same powerful          year trains the HHC summer staff to                                                                        of the Lake         volunteer hours and talents preparing      meeting these wonderful and
OWLS from the last 3 years:                                                                                                                                                                                    Geneva Fresh        for this truly spectacular evening.        articulate children. Counselor
                                                     experiences for our campers to take            implement the HHOOTS program. This
Justine sought Outdoor Adventure                                                                                                                                                                               Air Association        Included in the Gala Celebration this   McCahl, seen in photo with camper
                                                     with them into their daily                                          program provides daily
                                                                                                                                                    HOLIDAY HOME CAMP                                          and Holiday         year was a putting contest for a           Mariah, escorted and entertained
Education/ Outdoor Leadership and                    lives: at home and school,                                          group challenges for
                                                                                        “We’ve done all this work                                                                                              Home Camp           chance to win a pearl and cameo            the campers while they waited for
OWLS in particular because she                       with family relationships and                                       pairs of cabins and                P.O. Box 10
                                                                                                                                                      Williams Bay, WI 53191                                   held its official   necklace donated by China West. In         their presentations .
believes in making a difference in the                                                   here, don’t leave it here
                                                     friendships. Justine knows                                          builds not only                                                                       kick off            addition a vintage car was displayed         To end this magical
world one group of participants at a                 that sometimes the campers           with the woodchips”            personal leadership          Phone: 262-245-5161                                      celebration on      for photo                                  evening a fireworks
time. She likes that OWLS offers not                 do not have that “Aha                                               but a sense of                Fax 262-245-6518                    Saturday, June 16th with the            opportunities and                          display was donated
only a fun experience but a results                                                                                                                           email:                       annual Benefit Gala held at the         the live auction                           by an anonymous
                                                     moment” while at camp. But she                 community.
oriented experience. OWLS teaches                                                                                                                  admin@holidayhomecamp.org               Lake Geneva Country Club.               this year was a                            sponsor.
                                                     states that the best feeling in the
that what we do in activities and                                                                   As the summer staff experiences OWLS               Board of Directors                     This year’s theme, “A Step Back      resounding
                                                     world is knowing that if you do not see                                                                                                                                                                                  If you would like to volunteer to be
through group challenges can be                                                                     team building , they learn to trust each                                               In Time – Celebrating 125 Years         success.
                                                     immediate results, you know that one                                                          Molly Keller……..President                                                                                                  on the Gala committee or donate
brought back to the real world and                                                                  other while working together to make                                                   of Fresh Air” honored the                  A real crowd
                                                     day they will remember that one                                                               Willis Herron..Vice President                                                                                              money to send campers to camp or
                                                                                                    the best possible experience for                                                       traditions of Holiday Home Camp         pleaser was the
makes a positive impact on daily life.               moment that will make a difference to                                                                                                                                                                                    bring counselors to camp please call
                                                                                                    campers. After team building, they are         Andy Sterkowitz…Treasurer               created in 1887: the Victorian          visit from two of
                                                     them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the HHC office at: 262-245-5161
Justine’s most powerful experience                                                                  taught to facilitate HHOOTS including                                                  Era. Holiday Home Camp                  Holiday Home
                                                                                                                                                   Rick Ackman…….Secretary                                                                                                    Photos from Gala compliments of
making a difference was with a young                                                                                                                                                       wishes to express our thanks to         Camp campers -
                                                     Before leaving the last session of each        how to teach the campers to take                                                                                                                                          idealimpressions PHOTOGRAPHY
                                                                                                                                                         Leslie Aronovitz,
teenage girl. The teen arrived as part               group Justine likes to tell her                what they have learned back home                        Ulla Brunk,
of a youth Rotarian group who barely                 participants, “We’ve done all this work        into their daily lives. Justine believes             Brigid Cashman,                                Boaters: Holiday Home Camp is greatly indebted to Jim McConnell for both
knew one another. Her low self                                                                                                                           John Engerman,
                                                     here, don’t leave it here with the             that the entire experience teaches                                                            d   coordinating volunteers to offer boat rides for our campers and for taking

                                                                                                                                                                                              te
                                                                                                                                                          Jennifer Keefe,
esteem was evident: and by the end of                woodchips.” She reminds them to use            summer staff the dedication needed to                                                           campers on his personal boat each session. We give thanks to all our volunteer
                                                                                                                                                           Marie Kropp
the experience, through the process of
leadership and team building, the teen
                                                     what they have learned about them-             complete a summer at Holiday Home                      Lucy Otzen,
                                                                                                                                                       Richard Paden,                  a    n    boaters: Dr. Jeremy Bria, Larry Decker, Cherrie Setteducate, Jamie Collins, Tricia Forbeck
                                                                                                                                                                                               and John Lehman. With busy lives not all boaters can volunteer each session so we are
                                                     selves to grow and to better their lives.      Camp while making life changing
had learned that anything was possible
                                                     In addition to making a difference in
                                                                                                    experiences for the campers.
                                                                                                                                                     Liz Ring, Jim Wilkin
                                                                                                                                                                                   W        looking for more volunteers. If you would like to volunteer 2-3 hours one or more times
just by trying. The experience was                                                                                                                 Emeritus: Brian Fanning,                during the summer please contact our office at: 262-245-5161
                                                     the lives of HHC campers and the               OWLS runs throughout the year and works with                                                  Camper Quote: “I am not underprivileged, I get to come to this great camp and ride
obviously profound for this young teen                                                                                                                  Martha Craven,
                                                                                                    groups of all ages. If you know of a school
as she left with tears of pride and                  groups of participants that attend
                                                                                                    group, business or organization who is
                                                                                                                                                        Dianna Colman,                            your boat and I am going to be somebody someday” (Supplied by Jim McConnell)
                                                     OWLS programs throughout the year,                                                                 Jack Schwemm
hope for her future.                                                                                interested in leadership and teambuilding
                                                     the OWLS and HHOOTS programs                   please have them call the office and ask for
OWLS created a program for Holiday                                                                  Big Dog: 262-245-5161
                                                                                                                                                   “My Fair Lady” Hats and Handbags Luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Needs List
                                                                                                                                                                                      th
 Lake Geneva Garden Club Foundation’s Road to the Waterfront                                                                                                      In Honor of the 125 Year of
                                                                                                                                                                  Holiday Home Camp, and in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             true favorite is the “Traveling Handbag”. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                             vintage bag is silent auctioned each year, and         Camperships: $1200 sends a camper
                                                                                                                                                                  spirit of continuing to celebrate          the lucky auction winner receives not only             to camp for a week!
Holiday Home Camp has enjoyed the support          severe erosion, making travel by emergency      The financial                                                  with “a step back in time”, this           the handbag, but a scrapbook of its journey.           Golf Cart
of the Lake Geneva Garden Club Foundation          vehicles impassable and contributing to silt/   support of the           Road completed by
                                                                                                                                                                  year’s luncheon theme was:                                                                        Portable Sound System
                                                                                                                                                                                                             So far recipients have escorted the handbag
for decades. Many readers          Deep erosion ruts seen
                                                            dirt run-off into the lake.            foundation                                                           “My Fair Lady”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to a plethora of lake area fund raisers, to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BobCat Machine
                                     before rebuilt road
know the club and foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aluminum Siding for rear exterior of
                                                            By judiciously removing trees,         offered us the                                                 Once again the Hats and                    Hawaii in 2008 and to a variety of locations
are lake area institutions who                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Founders Hall
                                                            completing considerable re-grating     ability to                                      Handbags luncheon was a success due to the                in Colorado including a wedding, a winter
have partnered with HHC on
                                                            work, fabricating earthen berms                                                        expert planning by the volunteer organizers and           carnival and a ski Mardi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 Passenger Vehicle
                                                                                                   re-build the
many conservation and land
                                                            and excavating a buried drainage       road with                                       the generosity of the women attending. The                Gras parade in 2011. We                                Stafferships: We find our staff both abroad
stewardship projects through                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as well as domestically at colleges in many
                                                            system running under a neighboring                                                     large turnout with ladies in “period dress” was a         wonder where this year’s
the years. We remain grateful                                                                      asphalt                                                                                                                                                          states such as Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ken-
                                                            property, we redirected large                                                          sight to see for sure! The day could not have             handler, Molly Keller, will                            tucky and California. Most counselors attend
for a generous grant from the                                                                      millings,
                                                   volumes of run-off into proper channels. By                                                     been more beautiful.                                      follow the handbag? Only                               college in the majors of education, social work,
foundation in 2012, as well as the help and                                                              creating                                                                                                                                                   juvenile justice and psychology. Sponsor one of
                                                   redirecting the run-off, we                                                                                                                               the handbag and next
direction of board member John Engerman                                                                                                            Each year there are theme changes and a few                                                                      these summer staff positions by donating
                                                   prevented future erosion of this           Thanks     a durable & attractive                                                                              year’s handbag recipient
                                                                                                                                                   new twists to Hats and Handbags (traditionally                                                                   $2500 for a summer salary for one of these
(Engerman Contracting), as we repaired our
                                                   critical waterfront access point.          Garden     thoroughfare while protecting the                                                                                                                          amazing young people                who make
                                                                                                                                                                                                             will truly know….
road to the waterfront and mitigated                                                           Club!!                                              Bags and Baubles), but the one constant and a                                                                    Holiday Home Camp possible! Contact our
                                                                                                         lakeshore.                                                                                          Photo courtesy of vagabondphotography.zenfolio.com
lakefront erosion. The road was suffering                                                                                                                                                                                                                           office for any donations at: 262-245-5161

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