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2013 Annual Camp Wyandot Luncheon
We had a tremendously successful annual benefit luncheon and silent auction at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center on Saturday, November 9. We had over 150 people in attendance (up from 130 in 2012) and raised over $19,600 after expenses including almost $3,000 in the silent auction!
The program was hosted by Ben “Arktos” Searfos, former camper and counselor extraordinaire! He took everyone down memory lane of our first hundred years with Camp Fire through photos, video interviews and song as he described the rich history of what has now become Camp Wyandot, Inc. Camp Director Connie Coutellier introduced us to the new Camp Wyandot hand sign – crossing fingers like logs and with the top hand twirling up the three center fingers to make a “W” for Camp Wyandot. We had a special tribute to Don Jenks and Linda “Tick” Flynn followed by lively camp songs led by Margie Dooley. We reflected on what the next 100 years would bring and knew that the spirit of Camp Wyandot would remain constant and the memories true and alive with each one of us.
We want to thank all those who helped make the luncheon a success: Luncheon Committee (Billie Halley, Teresa Geron, Sue Lavitchka, Sally McAlister, and Nikki Spretnak), the centerpiece builders (Sue Lavitchka, Connie Coutellier, Karen Brooks, and Jeanene Dixon), our Host Ben Searfos, Ted Jones, Marko Skugor, all those interviewed for the video, our greeters which were campers and club kids, and all the table hosts and volunteers! Additional thanks to Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center and to Marie Trudeau and Sara Schaefer Graves for creating the Camp Wyandot Calendar, to Margie Dooley and Jeanene Dixon for overseeing the camp store, Karen Brooks for displaying the memorabilia, and to Tracy Burleson of Hewson photoworks as our event photographer (visit our facebook page here to see more pictures and video).
If you were unable to attend, it’s not too late to donate! Help us get over the $20,000 mark!
Or call to make a donation via credit card or send a check (made payable to Camp Wyandot, Inc.) to the office:
Camp Wyandot, Inc.
1890 Northwest Blvd, Suite 130
Columbus, OH 43212
The Big Give!
We are grateful to all of you who contributed to The Big Give! As a result we raised $12,863.93 including matching funds and a grant from the Leo Yassenoff Foundation Fund of the Columbus Foundation who has continued its support with a $1,000 grant. The Columbus Foundation covered all credit-card fees so that 100 percent of your donation went to support Camp Wyandot, Inc. Thank you Columbus Foundation!
The money raised from The Big Give will be used for property improvements at Camp Wyandot such as roof repairs and replacements, fixing cabin porches, and replacing the broken pool pump.
We are so very thankful of our volunteers. Without their support, Camp Wyandot, Inc. could not continue to thrive and grow. Thank you for all that you do!
Join us for the 2013 Camp Otonwe and Camp Wyandot Camper Reunion
Enjoy a night of fun with activities, food, games, crafts, movies and more with some of your favorite camp counselors!
Date: Friday, December 27 to Saturday, December 28, 2013
Registration is from 4:00-5:00 pm on Dec. 27
Pick-up is at 9:00 am on Dec. 28
Cost: $25 per camper, $20 for each
additional sibling, dinner, snack and
breakfast will be provided
Location: Grange Audubon Center
505 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215
Register online here or call the office at 614.481.8227.
The nominating committee is up and running. We are currently seeking board member candidates for the election in January 2014. It’s not too late to nominate yourself or someone else you think would be a good fit. For additional information or to submit a potential candidate contact any member of the nominating committee (Jessica Pierfelice (jessica.pierfelice@otterbein.
We are looking to form an alumni committee and need your help. We are hoping to get a diverse age range (someone from each decade would be optimal). The main focus of the committee would be to help expand our alumni base. The committee would also be in charge of memorabilia at the luncheon and assisting with alumni events. If you are interested, please contact the office at email@example.com or 614.481.8227.
I have some very sad news. We have lost a number of Camp Fire Alumni recently. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends. They will be dearly missed.
Linda “Tick” Flynn passed away suddenly on Tuesday. She was a huge part of this organization for many years and we are shocked and saddened by her passing. Our campers know her as Tick and as the Aquatics Director at Camp Wyandot. She has been a club member, leader, board member, volunteer, and staff member. Her dedication to this organization has been vital to the organization over the years. There will be calling hours on Sunday from 2-5 pm SOUTHWICK-GOOD & FORTKAMP FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3100 N. High St.
Don Jenks passed away on Saturday. He built the caretakers house on camp and volunteered along with his family for many years at Camp Wyandot. He served as a mentor to a number of our members and gave freely of his time to the organization.
Donna Chapman passed away earlier this month. She was a club leader for many years in Central Ohio.
You are invited to join us as we host the 9th Annual Camp Wyandot Luncheon
The Next 100 Years of Camp Wyandot
Started as a Camp Fire program in 1913, our organization has been in existence for 100 years. We would like to celebrate the start of the next 100 years as Camp Wyandot, Inc. and we hope you can join us!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, OH 43229
Lunch begins at noon with a social hour before and after lunch. We will be hosting a silent auction and displaying memorabilia from the last 100 years.
Please RSVP to the office at 614.481.8227 or fill out the form online.
Come on down to Camp Wyandot to help with various facility improvement projects. The leaves are turning and the weather has been beautiful. It should be a great time to visit the Hocking Hills. Come for the weekend or just a few hours, any help is appreciated.
Saturday October 12, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Halloween In The Hills
Volunteers are need to help with various activities for the weekend (October 18-20). Please contact Lindsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested and available.
We are looking to start an alumni committee responsible for organizing the annual alumni weekend, other events throughout the year, organize fundraisers for camperships, connect to other alumni, and manage the memorabilia from our 100 year history! Looking for a good representation from many generations. If you are interested, please contact Lindsey (email@example.com).
Come to Camp Wyandot this fall and winter and enjoy the seasonal changes in the Hocking Hills. Cabins are available to rent for groups, families, or individuals. Cabins range is price from $20-$60 per night and some of our specialty cabins have bathrooms, electricity, heat, and fireplaces. Like rustic camping? The water is turned off at camp before the first freeze (usually by the end of October). Our cabins are still available to rent but at a discounted, off-season price.
Contact Chanika at the office for pricing and availability, firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.481.8227.
Join us for this family and adult weekend where we fix-up camp in preparation for the winter season. Any kind of help is much appreciated, bring your family and friends for a nice fall weekend in the Hocking Hills! There is no cost to attend, but you will be working. Children should be 10 years old or older to attend as they will be working as well.
Please register below:
This is a fun family event! Come and join us for a variety of activities including games, trick-or-treating and the not-so-scary haunted house. There will also be a cabin decorating contest, Halloween costume contest, and parade on cabin row, plus a campfire with s’mores! This event is co-sponsored by Gladden House. Cost is $25 for the full weekend including dinner and breakfast and overnight stay in a rustic cabin, $17 for dinner only or $12 just for the day. Discounts available for Club members.