In recognition of CAMP Rehoboth’s 21st 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 your suggestions.
From Golf to the Ocean with Evie Simmons & Barb Thompson
The story of Evie and Barb is a romantic one. Having met and known each other while in college, each went their separate ways after graduation. Ten years later, in 1981, a mutual friend invited them (unbeknownst to either) to visit her in Ocean View. It was over Memorial Day Weekend and they’ve been together ever since…30 years!
Former educators, Evie and Barb purchased their home here in Rehoboth in 1993 and finally retired (Evie in 2002 and Barb in 2003). Their beloved dog, Nicki, passed away recently. Nicki is survived by their cat, Cali.
Along with eight other couples, they were featured on the May 20, 2011 cover of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth commemorating the passage and signing of Delaware’s Civil Union bill.
When/why did you start volunteering for CAMP?
Volunteers were needed to run the CAMP Rehoboth Golf League. Barb volunteered and the rest is history.
What’s been your best memory volunteering here?
Raising money at the CAMP Rehoboth Golf Tournament and purchasing a van for Westside New Beginnings, along with the overall generosity of our community.
What does CAMP Rehoboth mean to you?
We both thank CAMP for being instrumental in making our community united, diversified, and safer for all. The growth of CAMP Rehoboth amazes us and we are truly grateful to Steve, Murray, and all the other volunteers who support CAMP’s programs and activities.
If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do?
Evie would take a nap. Barb would play a few more holes of golf.
If you could spend a full day with one person, who would it be? Why?
Barb: My Grandfather. I never really got a chance to talk with him as an adult. He was a very intelligent and loving person who died too young. Evie: My Mother. There are many questions about our family history that I never took the time to ask.
“Wouldn’t you like to be a CAMPer too?” How would you encourage someone to get involved with us?
We would take folks to our various events so they could see firsthand the workings of this organization and introduce them to as many people in the CAMP family as possible.
More self-disclosure…please provide a little known fact about you, until now that is.
Barb: U.S. Field Hockey player, 1974– 1976. Barb was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Glassboro State College/Rowan University. Evie: member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and holds the position of Flotilla Staff Officer for Public Education with focus on boating safety.
First thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “Rehoboth.”
Evie: Our church, MCC Rehoboth (mccrehoboth.com); Isaac named a well Rehoboth and said, “At last the Lord has made room for us “(Genesis 26:22). Barb: Home and living with my chosen family.
Assuming you have any, what else do you like to do in your spare time?
Evie: Gardening, photography, boating. Barb: Gardening, boating, reading, golf.
Cher’s not the only one who’d like to turn back time. If you could, what age/period would you return too? Why?
We both pick where we are now. Evie: Too much chaos in the past. Barb: The past six decades molded me into who I am today and I’m fine with that.
We know you already love Rehoboth, where’s your next favorite get-away? Why?
We both choose Anna Maria Island, Florida. We spend time there each winter and love the pristine beaches, lack of commercialism, and relaxing atmosphere.
Friends are coming over for a dinner party? What’s your signature dish?
Evie: Steamed crabs and seafood boil. Barb: Whatever Evie’s cooking, my job is cleaning up.
We’ve seen many iconic entertainers over the years. Who’s your favorite? Why?
We both choose Bette Midler. She has done so much for the gay community and is wild and crazy,” especially in her younger years.
As a teenager, who was your first celebrity crush?
Barb: Julie Andrews. I saw The Sound of Music at least ten times. Evie: Too long ago to remember.
People often ask me, “What’s it like living in Rehoboth year round?” I love that question. How would you respond?
Barb: Remember the show Cheers where everyone knows your name? Well that’s not exactly the case but there’s always something going on with people you know. It’s a dream come true for us. Evie: There’s a wonderful family of local folks and we love hanging out and enjoying each other’s company throughout the year. There’s always something going on.
Entertainment: Favorite TV show? Movie? Entertainer?
Evie: Ellen Degeneres. I love starting the day off with fun and laughter. Barb: Lady GaGa because she is so true to herself and comfortable in her own skin.
Sustenance: Favorite food? Beverage?
Evie: Pasta, pasta, pasta, and ginger ale, but not necessarily at the same time. Barb: Everything that Evie makes is my favorite for that day, and the next day it’s a new favorite. Beverage: wine and water.
CAMP Rehoboth is very grateful to both of you for all you do to help make us the organization we are today! Congratulations on 30 beautiful years together!
To volunteer, fill out the CAMP Rehoboth Volunteer Form at camprehoboth.com or call 302-227-5620.