|by Beth Fitton|
|Connections There seem to be two constant and unique things about the month of March in our beach community and in many communities like ours around the country. We brace for the late winter weather that can bring constantly changing conditions while having thoughts of spring and our favorite visitors arriving once again. Plus, we look forward to celebrating St. Patrick's Day with great friends, green beer and attire and shamrocks for good luck. These traditions keep people connected through celebrations, conversations and simple greetings of "how is the weather out there?" or "may the luck of the Irish be with you."
Change in any form is a given in our lives and in our community. We fondly embrace old friends and welcome new ones as we all work together to strengthen and build our community. This is my first article for CAMP Rehoboth as its new Development Director. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in our community to create a safe place that is inclusive and welcoming. As we move forward with redesigning our Community Center, celebrating life together at many of our annual fundraising events and creating programs that help members of our community have more healthy lives, let's work together to make a difference. I welcome your ideas and your involvement. May meaningful friendships and good luck come your way this St. Patrick's Day!
Founders' Circle It's unbelievable that on June 4, 2005, we begin the fifth and final year of our Founders' Circle Capital Campaign. On that day, we will join together for the ever-popular Black and White Beach Ball to celebrate the heartwarming generosity of our Founders' Circle members. These businesses, foundations and individuals believe that through community and embracing diversity, we can all live fuller and richer lives. To date, our 345 members have helped us raise $816,858 toward our $1,000,000 five-year campaign goal.
We do not take our community's generosity for granted but we do know the strength of its commitment so we are optimistic that we will all work together to make it happen. The whole CAMP building complex is our home and each one of us owns a part of it, no matter how large or small our contribution has been. It's not about money or time; it's about community and relationships.
If you are a Founders' Circle member, consider upgrading your membership to a higher level or giving a gift of membership to a family member or friend. CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. There are many membership levels to choose from that meet almost any budget. Even though it will be our last year of the actual Capital Campaign, you can still pay your pledge over five years.
When you pledge, you become part of our community's effort to make a difference. Your name or the name of your loved one will be inscribed in our official Founders' Circle records and on our Wall of Founders. Depending on your level, your name will be on an actual part of the Community Center (a brick, a tile, a door or a room). Members receive gifts and invitation(s) to the annual Founders' Circle Black & White Beach Ball, a popular event that is not to be missed.
It will be a proud moment when we officially open the doors of our new building at 37 Baltimore Avenue. So, contact me, become a member and be part of this wonderful community-building project. You never know, it might bring you luck!
Pledge Form available in PDF format HERE
Beth Fitton, CAMP Rehoboth Development Director, may be reached at 302-227-5620 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 2 March 11, 2005