The Camp Connection
Monthly Newsletter for NJBCA/Camp Happiness
September and October, 2013
CAMP HAPPINESS HAPPENINGS
Happy Fall everyone! When one thinks of Fall, or Spring for that matter, cleaning comes to mind. (Perhaps not for everyone, but for us ladies, usually!) Well, that is exactly what has happened at Camp Happiness. We were able to secure the County inmate labor program for 7 days, and all we can say is WOW! The grounds have been weeded, raked and mowed. Shrubs have been cut back, sidewalks and driveway edged and vines removed. The garage has been cleaned and decluttered as well as the blue 9/11 shed. The attic has been cleared of debris and reorganized and our camp room has been cleaned from top to bottom, as well as the kitchen and bathrooms. Thanks to these young men, our camp is in better shape now than it has been in quite some time. The board has submitted three different grant proposals having to do with transportation. Keep your fingers crossed that we will be approved for one if not all of them. And as always, we are working on having an increase in activities for the campers. There are quite a few scheduled for October; please see the events page for more details.
NJBCA Board of Trustees
THRIFT SHOP NEWS
The Thrift Shop business has been very slow. We consistently have more goods coming in as well as great sales. Be sure to come in and check us out.
On Saturday, October 19th, 2013 the Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their semi-annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Takeout orders will be available. Reservations are preferred, but not required. For $10.00 you will receive a salad, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, bread, dessert and a beverage (non-alcoholic).
We are looking for donations of desserts as well as monetary donations to help cover the cost of supplies.
Please call the office at 732-291-0878 if you need more information. Donation checks should be made payable to NJBCA Ladies Auxiliary and sent to NJBCA, attention Louise Herbert, 18 Burlington Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737.
All proceeds of our fundraisers go to provide NJBCA programs for the blind and visually impaired. Help us to help them continue their great work!
If you are interested in joining the Ladies Auxiliary please contact the office or attend one of our meetings. As a member of the Ladies Auxiliary you will be asked to attend 4 meeting per year and participate in various fundraising activities throughout the year.
GOOD AND WELFARE
We are sad to report that Louise Herbert’s husband Bob passed away after a long illness. Bob served his country Honorably in the Army during the Vietnam War and was the Camp Van driver for many years.
Trish St. George is still having health issues that have been preventing her from attending our Day Camp. We miss you Trish and hope for your speedy recovery and return.
Please keep both Trish and Louise in your thoughts and prayers.
I Remember Bob
One of my favorite “jobs” when I was Director was meeting the bus in the morning.
Most every day when the bus pulled in, the campers were animated, laughing and talking. This was largely due to Bob Herbert's caring and sense of humor. He went out of his way to keep the campers safe and to entertain them on both legs of their daily commute.
After driving, Bob would often sit down and chat and “maybe” get a candy bar.
I will not only miss Bob, a kind man with a sharp sense of humor, but will always admire and respect his unwavering dedication to our campers, and to the NJBCA.
The Crochet Club presented a beautiful gray and white afghan to long-time volunteer Claire Burns as a thank you and welcome home gift after her home was damaged in Super Storm Sandy.
We have had a lot of great activities at the camp since our last newsletter.
The campers were treated to a Healthy Eating Seminar by Bernice Berger, one of our volunteers. The campers were given a talk on the importance of healthy eating and were treated to a “Make Your Own” salad lunch.
Our Tuesday/Thursday campers were taken on an outing to Amy’s Omelet House in Long Branch where the campers had a lovely lunch and walk on the boardwalk. A second outing to Amy’s is in the planning stages for our Monday/Wednesday campers.
The Sheriff’s Department was here to enroll any campers who wanted to participate in the "IDENT-ADULT" program. This program provides photo identification cards free to all Monmouth County residents age 50 or older. Seniors participating in the program receive photo ID wallet cards containing emergency information including medical conditions and allergic reactions, as well as doctor's information and phone numbers. During an emergency, the photo identification cards provide critical information that can help save a life. They will be back at the end of October to finish the enrollment process.
Beverly Shimada and her friend Russ came to perform a duet of Mandolin and Violin for our Monday/Wednesday campers. A second performance for our Tuesday/Thursday campers is being scheduled.
On October 8th we were visited by our friend Dallas, a golden retriever therapy Dog, and on October 9th by Honey, a very gentle Black Mastiff.
On October 17th and 21st we will have an Apple demonstration where the campers will be sampling different varieties of Apples as well as making caramel apples and having Apple Pie for desert.
On October 23rd and 24th the campers will be celebrating Oktoberfest with German food and Music.
Finally on October 29th and 30th we will be making our own Butter.
Dates for Upcoming Events
NEXT BCA GENERAL MEETING . . . . . . . OCT 15/16, 2013
NEXT BCA BOARD MEETING. . . . . . . . . . . . . OCT 19, 2013
LADIES AUX SPAGHETTI DINNER . . . . . . . . OCT 19, 2013
THANKSGIVING LUNCH (TENTATIVE) . . . NOV 19, 2013
CAMP CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING . . . . NOV 28, 2013
PLEASE CALL 732-291-0878 IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE EVENTS.
Helen Crisofulli 9/8 Frank Schack 10/15
Richard Pezzano 9/9 Anne Murphy 10/17
Adele Rutherford 9/14 Grace Goode 10/18
Ed Fedush 9/21 Jerome Coachman 10/18
Dolly Loretta 9/22 Annmarie Bender 10/19
Stacey Stefanski 10/3 Herb Falkenstern 10/27
Leah Brown 10/8
Happy Birthday to all!!!!!!
THANK YOU Century Club Members!
Century Club members are dedicated to our mission of improving the lives of the blind and visually impaired, and are proud to show it. YOU can make a difference by joining this exclusive group today. Your annual commitment of $100.00 or more will help ensure that our programs continue to impact lives. We are pleased to accept memorials and honorariums as well. If writing a check, please make payable to NJBCA and note “CC Membership” in the memo. In order to reduce printing costs of this Newsletter, we will be posting only new and renewed Century Club members each month.
NEW AND RENEWAL CENTURY CLUB MEMBERS
ROBERT & SUE ANDERSON
PETER & CHRISTA AUBREY-SMITH
CARL & BERNICE BERGER
PETER & BARBARA CARTON
DOUGLAS & CARMEN CRANER
CAROL ECKENFELDER (IN MEMORIAM OF EDNA DOUCHA)
ANN & FRANK FLYNN
JAMES & BARBARA GUERRIERI
JEFFREY & DORIS IRWIN
MR. & MRS. ANTHONY PANZICA
MR. & MRS. EDWARD PETERSON
LORI & DAVID ZINNEMAN
Thank you all for renewing your century club memberships.