|by Beth Fitton|
Don't you just love summer in Rehoboth Beach?! (Now, don't get cranky! I'm not talking about this long stretch of heat and humidity. I see those as an excuse to go to the beach or a pool.) Summer is quite the sensory explosion. People plan whole events around a summer taste treat; crab feasts, corn roasts, barbequed "fill in the blank." We watch dolphins frolic in the ocean, children play on the beach, and the fireworks explode off the coast. We love the smells associated with summersuntan lotion, Thrashers' fries, and caramel corn. The sounds are different, too. There are so many more voices; the carnival rides produce squeals and screams and the music from the bandstand entertains us all. Finally, you can take pleasure in the various things you feelsand under your feet, sun on your skin, and the splash from the waves.
Besides the great sensory experiences of summer, I think people seem to be in a better mood at this time of year lighter and more playful. Almost anything can be an excuse for a party or get-together.
Maybe the best thing about summer is the friends and family that you get to see. Reconnecting with them here in our community can be almost like revisiting childhood. You just have to remind yourself that connecting with each other is what is important. Keep the food and entertainment simple and enjoy each other!
Funland has little on us here at 37 Baltimore Avenue. The CAMP Rehoboth staff promised me a "wild ride" once summer kicked in and they did not exaggerate. Any one day may include the swirl of event planning, mailings, ticket sales, producing Letters, and a condom stuffing party. If you haven't seen your new Community Center, please stop in for a quick tour. It really is the "Heart of the Community!"
Remember the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." In our case, the contributions of 419 people have brought us this far. I believe you will agree it is quite amazing. Those members of the Founders' Circle have pledged $947,067.72 with $645,844.18 being received.
We still have a ways to go to reach our goal. It's not too late for you to add your name to our "small group of thoughtful, committed citizens." You will be making an investment in our community, plus it's a great tax deduction. CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
To all of you who have become recent members of the Founders' Circle, upgraded your original pledge, or made your pledge payment, CAMP Rehoboth's board and staff appreciate your commitment. Thank you for the personal sacrifice you have made to benefit the whole community.
Pledge Form available in PDF format HERE
Beth Fitton is Development Director at CAMP Rehoboth. She may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 10 July 29, 2005