Editors note: The following two Charlie Lee remembrances arrived too late for inclusion in the last issue of Letters. We thought they should still be heard.
It is an understatement to say that Charlie Lee will be missed. Behind the scenes he protected an important asset of CAMP Rehoboth: the relationship database. Over the course of a few years, he took on more and more of the daily responsibility of managing the data and using it to create reports and letters. He was rightly proud of the membership program that keeps the lights on and pays the mortgage, and he unselfishly set about managing the details of the nearly 1000 people who have been or are currently members. It is an easy thing to say that a non-profit organization should do this or that, but it is a whole other thing to supply the resources and brainpower to develop and manage an asset as elusive as information. Heroes for me are the people who take on the heavy-lifting and make it look like a light load. They are the detail-oriented folks who plug away at some task, taking logical sequential steps to get to the goal. Charlie was one of those people. He took care of us all. I loved Charlie and he loved me, but I was honored that he loved my husband more.
It was wonderful working with Charlie all of these years. Together we developed modules for the database to streamline many of the administrative functions for Sundance and to manage the membership program, including very specific financial reporting. I really appreciated his insights and precision. I didn't always know how these reports would be used, and until now I had no idea how much he did for CAMP Rehoboth. He was a huge pleasure to work with and always fun to see. He will be missed.
Twenty five years! How wonderful. Great story in the May issue of Delaware Today about all that you have accomplished. You deserve many kudos and deservedly should be proud.
When living in Washington, D.C. I remember a story more than 15+ years ago in the Washington Post on how the gay community had been working—successfully I might add—to become integrated into the total community by opening businesses, assuming leadership positions in the life of Rehoboth, and contributing to the civic functions of the entire community. That story, as well as that in Delaware Today, are true tributes to the work of CAMP Rehoboth under your leadership and that of your board.
Hearty congratulations to all from one of your neighbors on Baltimore Avenue. Have a wonderful celebration. It is a milestone that deserves recognition from the entire community.
Mary K. (Kay) Ryan
Board of Directors, Clear Space
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