The Way I See It
|by Steve Elkins, Editor|
|With this issue of Letters we return to our bi-weekly publishing schedule, which means, of course, that the summer season is practically hereready or not! For all of us here at the CAMP Rehoboth headquarters on Baltimore Avenue this is an especially busy time as we prepare, not only to get ready for another hectic summer in RB, but also to move the entire office across the courtyard and into our new place next doorbefore Memorial Day! Anyone interested in helping with the move, or joining one of the new volunteer teams being creating to care for the Community Center property should contact the CAMP Rehoboth office.
None of this incredible CAMP Rehoboth growth would be possible without the financial support of the CAMP Rehoboth Founders' Circle. Next month, at the annual Black and White Beach Ball, we will kick off the final year of our Founders' Circle Capital Campaign. There will be other campaigns, but 2006 will be the last chance for anyone to be listed and honored as an original Founders' Circle Member. Development Director Beth Fitton, our architect Bob Hotes, and the Building Committee are all looking at ways to beautifully and permanently remember and honor the contributions made by the Founders' Circle members to the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Now is the time to join the Founders' Circle or to upgrade your membership to a higher level.
One of the highlights of the Black and White Beach Ball is the Heart of the Community Art Auction. This year's theme is HEARTbeats, and all the art created for the Beach Ball can be previewed at the artists' reception and HEART Preview Party on Saturday, May 28 from 4-6 p.m., at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Invitations to the B&WBB should be delivered in the week after this issue is published, and because the event sells out, don't put off making your reservation. A note to Founders' Circle members: though your level of membership may provide tickets to the Ball, you must RSVP in order to use them.
I recently received an email from Jim Bahr all the way from Australia. Jim and his partner, the near-legendary Rehoboth restaurateur (and co-founder of the Blue Moon, Tijuana Taxi, Surfside Diner, Westside Caf, and the Strand) Victor Pisapia moved "down under" in the early 90s. Jim was the first employee we hired when CAMP Rehoboth was just getting started, and in 1991-92, served as the first director of the organization and editor of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. His email reminded me of all the people who worked to get this organization off the ground, from the team who helped us make the vision a reality, to the Board and volunteers who served in its early days. Jim's email made me realize that along with honoring our Founders' Circle members we need to find a way to permanently honor and remember those who helped lay the groundwork for all that is happening today. My heartfelt thanks to Jim and to everyone who has played a part in the story of CAMP Rehoboth.
Rehoboth's own, Joan Glass, was shown several times on a recent episode of Showtime's popular lesbian drama The L Word, that was filmed during an Olivia cruise. From her frequent appearances in the CAMPshots pages of this magazineand the CAMP Rehoboth Follies for that matterwe all know that Joan is never afraid to step in front of a camera or to entertain when called upon to do so. Joan is also a frequent volunteer for many of our CAMP Rehoboth events, as well as many other community events. In keeping with that community spirit, she, of course, made sure she was properly costumed for her TV debutin a CAMP Rehoboth T-shirt.
The next time we publish Letters, it will be the Memorial Day issue and the start of the summer season. Just looking at the calendar lets me know 2005 will be another great year for CAMP Rehoboth and our amazing beach community.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 4 May 6, 2005