Originally from Willow Grove, PA, Sue earned a B.S. in Special Education from Bloomsburg State College (now University). She spent her career teaching Special Ed in Bucks County, PA, and is now retired.
Sue first visited Rehoboth “around 1990” and stayed at a friend’s house in Camelot. “We loved it here and bought our own vacation home in Rehoboth Bay.” Today, she owns a condo in Rehoboth, where she resides with her six year old, Justina.
An active member and supporter of Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth, Sue serves on their Board as Treasurer.
When did you start volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth, and what activities have you been involved with since?
I’ve mainly volunteered with the former VOV (Volunteers on Vacation) program, now called CROP (CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Program). I also enjoy volunteering with the silent auction at Sundance.
What’s your best memory volunteering here?
I’ve met some really nice people volunteering with CROP. We seem to share the same values of giving of our time to help others.
Of the many events held by CAMP Rehoboth in our 25 years, which is your favorite and why?
I especially like the Broadwalk on the Boardwalk, started by CAMP Rehoboth board member, Kathy Wiz. It’s always a beautiful and emotional event, honoring and remembering victims of cancer. It takes on a special meaning when your friends are survivors.
Celebrating a quarter century as a local LGBT non-profit, please tell us about a special anniversary you’ve celebrated over the last 25 years.
I am a survivor of 33 years of teaching.
Favorite season here at the beach and why?
I have to say as a local, I like it best when the tourist season is over and the meters are gone!
Name a childhood mentor or someone who influenced you while growing up.
Without knowing it, probably my father, who was involved in activities outside our home. I guess he couldn’t say “no” either.
If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do?
Probably read. I always have a book I’m trying to find time for. Often a mystery, by a female author. I read the old fashioned way, paper or hard back.
Favorite U.S. city and why?
Philadelphia, because I know my way around it, and NYC because of the theater and restaurants.
Night owl or early riser and why?
Early riser. I go to bed when I put Justina to bed and try to get up before her for some quiet time.
Best year of your life and why?
This year. It just keeps getting better.
Favorite holiday and why?
I like birthdays. You get to celebrate the special individuals in your life.
The LGBT community has made significant progress in the fight for equality over recent years. Did you expect to see this in your lifetime and why or why not?
Probably not. I’m grateful to all the people who fought so hard for this. I just hope it gets easier for people to accept who they are and be accepted by others.
Name three events that have shaped your life to where it is today.
Justina, Justina, Justina. She is my brother’s six year old daughter, and I’m helping him raise her. I guess I wasn’t going to get away with not having kids. I’m learning how all-consuming they can be. If it weren’t for her I could be a totally selfish retiree.
Describe an ideal date night.
A movie and quiet dinner at a nice restaurant.
Yet another long political Presidential primary season lies ahead. Who do you expect to nominated by each of the main parties?
I would like to see Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, believe it or not.
What are you most thankful for?
I’m thankful to be born into a good family in a free country.
On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of CAMP Rehoboth, our sincere thanks for all of your volunteer efforts here, Sue. Here’s hoping you and Justina have a wonderful fall and upcoming off-season.