The Way I See It. by Steve Elkins How can it be March already? Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is bewail the rapid passing of time, but it still amazes me to see each year roll around to the sam
The Way I See It.
by Steve Elkins
How can it be March already? Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is bewail the rapid passing of time, but it still amazes me to see each year roll around to the same place again and again. This issue is our second one of the new year, and it always make me think of the Soothsayer's line from Julius Caesar, "Beware the ides of March." It's a wild and unpredictable month weather wisesometimes winter, sometimes springand it can be wild and unpredictable in more ways than the weather. It's the month for leprechauns and finding gold at the end of the rainbow. Of course, for our community there is no end to the rainbowsthey're on our cars, our cards, our books and our clothesand we are the leprechauns, so to speak... and the fairies.
Speaking of "finding gold," and raising money, the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center Project is creating a little magic to do just that. On Saturday, June 3, a party is being planned to kick-off the Capital Building Fund Campaign for the Community Center Project, and the unveiling of the Founder's Circle. The Founder's Circle, with its many different levels, will provide recognition for everyone who contributes to the creation of the Community Center. From listing as a Founder's Circle Charter Member to having your name on a brick, a tile, a door, or a room, this is a chance to leave a permanent mark on the community. Saturday, May 5, the CAMP Rehoboth Project Advisory Committee, and anyone who wishes to participate, is invited to help with planning for the event. Details on that meeting will be announced later.
The Women's Project of CAMP Rehoboth is one of the exciting new endeavors growing out of CAMP Rehoboth and the Community Center Project. The mission of The Women's Project is "to provide education, health, and support services and a social environment which assures that the needs of the women's community are met." In its first effort to live up to that mission, The Women's Project is presenting the 1st Annual Women's Health, Legal and Financial Conference, Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the new conference room at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Registration is $10 and includes lunch, and financial assistance is available through CAMP Rehoboth for anyone unable to pay. Space is limited, so register by calling 302-227-5620, or stop by the CAMP office, 39 Baltimore Avenue, by March 17.
Over the years, Murray and I have been constantly amazed at the generous giving of our community. This year will be the fourteenth year of the Sundance Benefit which has, over the years, poured almost a million dollars back into this community. For many of those years, Sundance has been a major funding source for Sussex County AIDS Committee. At last months Board Meeting, SCAC director Steve Twilley was both excited and challenged to report on the enormous increases in both the client base and the accessing of services provided by the organization. The SCAC article on page 16as well as articles from CAMPsafe, AIDS Delaware and Positive Lighttalks about growth during the previous year and reminds us not to give up on our efforts to combat the results of this terrible plague.
Also in this issue is a notice reminding everyone that the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC will return to Rehoboth for another of its fabulous benefit concerts for SCAC in June. It's never too early to start planning for events like this and a committee is being formed to assist in putting this year's event together. Anyone interested in serving on this committee should call the SCAC office at 302-644-1090.
Who knows what wild, wonderful and unpredictable things will happen this March. It's a new year and a new season at the beachwe just might find that "pot of gold" after all. Happy St. Patrick's Day, and don't worry too much about the "ides of March!"
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 11, No. 2, Mar. 9, 2001