On the call: Gabi Tayac, Nan Reid, Lindsay Farrar
Four folks showed up for the reunion, all former staff.
We discussed factors that may have contributed to low turnout: the date fell on the first Saturday of the public school winter break, a mailing went out to former campers, as did an eblast to the entire mailing list, but just two weeks before the event.
The Communications Committee has recommended that all CLN events be advertised to the community 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, two weeks and a few days before any event, using Facebook and eblasts.
It was also suggested that we pick a date for the Camper/Staff Reunion before summer so that campers can be sent home from camp with the reunion on their minds. Lindsay will check school calendars and choose a date for next year.
Schools have been contacted from a list Amy Feucht provided from two years ago, including Albany, Latham/Loundonville, Saratoga and Fort Ann districts. Glens Falls school district was also contacted. All schools were open to sharing our camp flyer either as a paperless notice on their website, or as a paper flyer that would go home with students. We will add a disclaimer to our flyer that states CLN is not affiliated with the school district. George will produce the flyers and distribute as needed to the area schools that accept paper flyers.
Because we have had universal approval of our flyer in schools we have approached, Gabi will do outreach to the private schools in the Albany area and to schools in the NYC metro region (thinking parents from the NYC area may consider vacationing on Lake George and combining that with sending their daughter to CLN).
Nan will continue outreach into Vermont, and into the Adirondacks…Lake Placid, Saranac, and Tupper Lake area.
Tarot will post on our Facebook page a request for folks to advertise in their local communities; on community bulletin boards, at their workplaces, and amongst their friends, saying Nan (or George?) can provide them with flyers. Nan offered to make tear off slips which would have the CLN website printed on them, to add to a flyer.
CAMP DIRECTOR SEARCH
No update at this time as George was not on the call.
MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE GIRLS PROGRAM
Gabi expressed the notion that we should develop a mission statement specific to the Girls Summer Program, to specifically market and fundraise for this major aspect of our vision for Little Notch. The organizational mission statement seems too broad to accurately describe our mission for the girls program.
Our committee can draft statements (Gabi will get the ball rolling), discuss via email, and then present to the board. Three points to include in the mission would be; empowering girls and young women, back to nature (authentic wilderness experience), and girl’s creating their own program. Or if the later falls under the girls empowerment focus, then perhaps including diverse/ multicultural community.
Property committee is requesting that we establish where we want tents to be put up this summer with the intention of not moving them during the course of the summer months. Putting them up and down increases the wear and tear on already worn out tents and poles.
Calling all wood fairies! George and the new Camp Director (not yet hired) should establish some Wood Fairy positions and dates needed so that recruitment for these folks can happen now. Even we Wood Fairies need some time to plan out our summer months.
Fundraising: Barb Neznek has some ideas for how Program Committeee can help with fundraising/grant writing. She was not on the call however, so this topic will be on next month’s agenda.