|by Beth Fitton|
If you needed an example of a community coming together, you didn't have to look any further than the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on April 15th and 16th. The Convention Center was the site of the 5th Annual CAMP Rehoboth Women's Weekend. It was awesome! Margie Adam and Kate Clinton gave wonderful performances. The presenters, keynote speaker, Chrissy Gephardt and Governor Minner exceeded expectationsall the evaluation forms said so. I agree but save my highest praise for all the "behind the scenes" people that made the weekend happen. I'm not going to try to name everyone that played a part in the weekendfear of forgetting someone runs high. What I do want to describe is all the pieces of the puzzle that formed the beautiful picture that was Women's Weekend. In no particular order, there were the Women's Weekend Committee, ELBoW Productions for the entertainment, presenters, vendors, sponsors, suppliers, CAMP staff, and volunteers. The volunteers, men and women, ran errands, served refreshments, welcomed attendees, collected tickets, prepared folders, answered phones, ran credit cards and set up and took down chairs and tables, over and over again. What the public saw was a comfortable, well run and well organized event and an opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new people.
When you stop to think about it, perhaps all of the CAMP Rehoboth events offer the same thing in different settings. It is that chance to connect. Friends and acquaintances that care about us and are happy to see us really make the event special. No, I'm not forgetting the food, drink, entertainment, dancing, auction items, sound, lighting and decorations. CAMP is the champ when it comes to those items. But, I still contend that if you could not connect with friends and acquaintances, you would feel as if you had been dropped into a beautiful setting with no role to play.
All of us have a role to play in the Rehoboth Beach community. Choosing to accept the role and how well we play it will make the difference in all of our futures and the future of the community itself.
During the past few months, the Founders' Circle has received quite a few donations in honor of folks in our community. I love learning about these great people who have found CAMP Rehoboth worthy of sharing the important moments in their lives. Thank you to those who designated CAMP and those who made the contributions.
We also offer thanks to those of you who have become recent members of the Founders' Circle, upgraded your original pledge, or paid your pledge payment. Our current totals stand at 360 members pledging $825,278.77 with $562,852.92 paid. The CAMP Rehoboth Community Center Founders' Circle numbers indicate the support we have for both the Community Center and our greater community.
If you are not yet a member of the Founders' Circle, please consider joining. It's 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. When you pledge, you become part of our community's effort to make a difference. Plus, members receive great recognition gifts and invitation(s) to the annual Founders' Circle Black & White Beach Ball (another great CAMP event).
Pledge Form available in PDF format HERE
Beth Fitton, CAMP Rehoboth Development Director, may be reached at 302-227-5620 or e-mail email@example.com.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 5 May 20, 2005