In recognition of CAMP Rehoboth’s 20th anniversary, we’re continuing our Volunteer Spotlight to honor many of the behind-the-scenes heroes that we’re so fortunate to have in our CAMP family.
The Spotlight is an ongoing column in Letters and features recipients who’ve been selected by the volunteers themselves and you, our readers.
If you know someone whose efforts are worthy of consideration, please make a nomination. We’ll be maintaining a database that will be used to help determine future recipients. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Volunteer Spotlight” in the subject line.
Karl Zoric and David Sherman on Volunteering at CAMP
Karl and David reside on Cambridge Way in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club with their two schnauzers, Chloe and Penny. Karl is employed as a Senior Manager at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and David is retired.
When/why did you start volunteering for CAMP?
I believe we started in 2000 when we volunteered to be Love Ambassadors for the Annual Love Benefit, held on July 4th weekend. We didn’t really know what we were getting into but it definitely sounded like fun. And we were right. It was fun, and we ended up on the cover of the gay newspaper (Letters) and we’ve been part of “Love” ever since. A few years later, Murray asked if we could work on Sundance over Labor Day Weekend in the same style as Love… selling tickets in the CAMP courtyard and under the tent on Poodle Beach. We both said “yes” without any hesitation and we’ve been doing so over the July 4th and Labor Day weekends ever since.
What’s been your best memory volunteering here?
There are many, but I guess our best memory was writing, directing, and participating in the skits for the CAMP Rehoboth Follies. Our troupe was named “Victoria’s Secrets” and in the seven years we competed, we won two bronze, two silver, and two gold “Barbies.” Other great memories include the Black & White Beach Ball, Love, LottoHeart, and Sundance. Volunteering at CAMP also introduced us to a lot of wonderful people in our community, many of whom we now consider our closest friends.
What does CAMP mean to you?
We would say, CAMP Rehoboth means LOVE! CAMP is our “welcome center” to Rehoboth Beach. Walk in the doors and you are greeted by a host of hard working volunteers day after day, any season of the year. As the saying goes, CAMP Rehoboth is the heart of the community.
If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do?
Take more walks with Chloe and Penny.
If you could spend a full day with one person, who would it be? Why?
I would say it would have to be Barbra Streisand. I know, how gay, but wow, what a wonderful career she has had. She is so talented and brilliant as an actor/singer/director. I think I have a CD playing in the car or at home almost every day. David’s answer to this question was ME.
“Wouldn’t you like to be a CAMPer too?” How would you help encourage someone to get involved with CAMP?
We try to let everyone know how much fun and love there is at CAMP. Volunteering is not work (while Sundance is hard work), it is spending a day/week/hour of time doing something that is worthwhile and greatly appreciated to and for our community.
SHHHH! Give us a little known fact about you...until now, that is...
We are Grandfathers! Two year old Hayden and one year old Josh.
What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word Rehoboth?
What else do you like to do in your spare time, assuming you have any?
We’d spend more time with the grandbabies and with each other. Time goes by so fast, enjoy every moment.
Thank you Karl and David. We are a stronger organization because of amazing people like both of you!