Happy Holidays! We have been getting lots of Christmas Cards with pictures and letters from Green Cove Girls everywhere (Green Cove Women & Green Cove Families too!) We love opening the mail each day and getting to see how everyone is doing!
We just had our annual Christmas party. Each year the Mondamin & Green Cove year-round office staff head over to Frank & Nancy's house for an amazing Christmas feast. It's always so fun to get to hang out together away from the office. June campers may remember Marie & Liza Danos (they helped lead the singing!) This year, Marie & Liza along with Lindsay & Ian Bell created an awesome gingerbread house (which they also helped eat) Nancy Sr's mint brownies were an added bonus to the party!
This is the time of year when we really start thinking about who the wonderful 2009 counselors will be. We finally sent out contracts to the 2008 staff, please check your mailboxes and let us know if you dont get one. This year the first five staff memebers to return their signed contract win an ALL EXPENSES PAID, ROUND TRIP TO COLD STONE CREAMERY WHERE YOU GET TO PICK OUT YOUR FAVORITE TREAT! (come on, you cant pass that up!) So hurry up and get those things back to us!
The Aids of 2009 will be happy to know that their cabin, Penthouse, is in the middle of a major makeover! The bathrooms in the new Penthouse will be fabulous! I'll post some pictures when they get closer to being done.
We love hearing stories of how Green Cove has impacted someone's life. This message just came in from long time camper and 2008 Mountaineering counselor, Chelsea Rinnig. Chelsea writes...
"I'm going to Nepal this summer! I'm planning on staying in an orphanage with 14 young girls and teaching at their local school. I would never have done this if it weren't for Green Cove though, having learned how important it is for young girls to have a strong female role model. I want to give these girls the same drive and independence that Green Cove gave me, because those qualities are so valuable for girls no matter where you live in the world! So I'm sorry I don't think I'll be able to come back this summer, but that doesn't mean Green Cove is not on my mind."
So even though we will miss Chelsea this summer, we are so proud of her! Good luck Chelsea!! If you have a cool story like Chelsea's, drop me an email, I would love to hear it!
We have heard from several other Green Cove girls from around the country who are doing great things. Counselors Britta Weisner & Shea D'Anna (along with Dixon Stapleton who was last here in '01) got together in Atlanta. Britta just successfully finished her first semester of her Masters in Business at Emory and Shea has her hands full teaching 7th grade English at the Galloway School. Counselor, Flo Page, is headed to the Galapagos Islands with her family for Christmas Break. Pepper Raper is packing up and moving to Colorado where she got an internship with Vail Resorts in product sales and services. Congrats Pepper!! Camper, Jane Plummer and '07 counselor, Shahla Ahmad had a mini reunion at Disney World. They had a great time hanging out and catching up. Nancy and I got to catch up with Administrative Director, Susan Spence this month when she came to visit us for lunch. Susan has been completely re-doing her newly purchased Asheville home. She is almost finished and we cant wait to see it!
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with adventure! Please keep in touch!