In the Loop: ACA Illinois' Blog
Dear Friends of ACA Illinois,
As many of you are transitioning into staff training or camper sessions, we are transitioning here within the office as well. Gordie's last day as a staff member is June 24th and he is eagerly awaiting joining you as a member and volunteer. With several camp visits already lined up, Gordie will still be out and about changing lives this very summer.
I am so pleased to announce our new staff member, Kim Steiner has joined our team. You can learn more about Kim by reading below. I look forward to seeing the great things Kim will be do here in ACA Illinois with her varied background and skill sets.
Carlise, Kim and I are so thrilled to be working with you and wish you the very best and safest summer possible!
We decided to try again. So at the closing lunch we passed it around one more time and this time we reached our goal and then some. The banks themselves brought in another $200 and an anonymous donor donated $400 to match the first two days. This meant we raised $1, 093. 56. Mid States is sending 3 kids to camp!
The Mid States community raised $1,093.56
and will be sending 3 kids to camp!
Such a simple idea. John saw these on sale and purchased four. John, being the camp person he is thought perhaps we could be creative. Then another person said “let’s pass it around and get some money to send a kid to camp.” From there the generosity of the community grew and grew and grew!
Some people gave pennies, some nickels, others quarters. Several gave dollars and other forms of cash. By Saturday people were coming with their bags of change. The momentum exploded. The Mid States community set out to send a child to camp this summer and they came through.
You may look at Mid States and see a conference event, but it’s so much more. In that ballroom, a community set a goal and worked together to reach it, each person giving what they can and no one keeping score of who gave what. Each person knew the goal could only come together if all contributed to the cause.
Our closing keynote speaker, Brad Montague spoke about making three choices: Choose People. Choose Awesome. Choose Joy. As he spoke those words, I knew this community had already done that. This community chose to put a child first, give that child an awesome experience and in the end that child will feel joy.
I have never been more proud to be a part of the Mid States community as I am right now, sharing this story with you today. This is truly a #joyfulrebellion
Thank you to all who deposited money into those canisters. Such a simple act is about change 3 lives this summer.
With a Full Heart,
Colette M. Marquardt
The Gordie Kaplan Campership Fund is a fund of the American Camp Association, Illinois that sends children and adults to camp each summer. Learn more and donate today by visiting our website!
A Message from Susan Rochlis, President
As we continue to celebrate Gordie Kaplan's contributions to ACA Illinois, we are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Colette Marquardt as the new Executive Director beginning February 1, 2016. We are thrilled to have Colette continue to share her passion for ACA's mission, talents and love of camp with our organization.
Gordie will remain on staff as the Executive Emeritus until June 30, 2016. Beginning July 1st, Gordie will transition to volunteer and ACA member! Gordie is looking forward to continuing to work with our camps and members for years to come, only now as a volunteer!
In addition to Colette's new role, we are excited to announce our new President of ACA Illinois, Mike Selep. Mike will also begin his new role on February 1st. Learn more about Colette and Mike below and help us congratulate and welcome them to their new roles by visiting our Facebook page and leaving them a message!