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George Cooper Award for Camp Eberhart
The following individuals have earned the George Cooper Award for Camp Eberhart for their willingness to help Camp Eberhart. Either financially or through on-going day to day activities, the following volunteers have helped Camp advance for the first 100 years and hopefully, with their continued efforts, for the next 100. Thanks to all of you - Camp wouldn't be in the shape it is, if not for your efforts! 2004 - Nancy Oare Butler, Ernie Oare and Carol Oare 2005 - Rick Doolittle 2006 - Brice Emanuel 2007 - Cole and Jeannie Davis 2008 - Dennis Stark, Pete Fournier 2009 - Charles and Anne Hillman, James and Jill Hillman, Noel and Tom Yarger Sarah Singleton and Chris Sallows 2010 - Jamie Miller 2011 - None Awarded 2012 - Bob Kolbe 2013 - Jennifer Eaton (for extraordinary feat of heroism), Louie Sandock 2014 - None Awarded 2015 - Bob Kolbe (2nd Award) 2017 - Officer Reid Spitaels SBPD (for extraordinary feat of heroism) Again - thanks so very very much for your help in making Camp Eberhart a better place.
Nichol Brinkman and the ABC of Camp EB
The artistic nature of Nicole is amazing and she has provided us with the great representation of Camp Eberhart.
OBITUARY FOR JOHN DEMING WOLF, SR. LONG TIME FRIEND OF CAMP EBERHART
John Wolf finished his incredible journey on January 9 at age 100. Born on Sept 29, 1918 in Kansas City while his father, working for the YMCA, was training soldiers for WWI. John grew up in Great Falls Montana and Pocatello Idaho, where his father was a YMCA Director. John graduated from Pocatello HS at the age of 16. After a brief stint at Idaho State, he attended George Williams College, Ill. He later graduated from Oberlin College, OH. He received a divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, in New York City studying under theologians Paul Tillich, Harry Emerson Fosdick and his advisor Reinhold Niebuhr, a great influence on his lifetime ethics. In 1941, he married Carolyn Kelsey in NY City as WWII emerged. With Niebuhr’s consul, he left pacificism and enlisted in the US Navy as a LT–Chaplain, to serve the troops. John was the youngest Chaplin in the navy. His combat medals include Salerno, Italy and the Pacific Campaign when he was awarded a Bronze Star at Iwo Jima. He rarely mentioned the impact of the war for many years until his retirement, when he started lecturing on the Pacific Campaign and the impact of war on veterans, publishing his real-time war diary “Amen till Tomorrow.” Following the War, he joined the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). His appointments included churches in Vevey, Evansville, Martinsville, South Bend, Hammond, Ft. Wayne and finally Valparaiso. In addition, John was the South Bend UMC District Superintendent for 6 years. He was appointed to multiple UMC General Conferences, always a voice for civil rights, women’s rights and social justice issues. He received an honorary Doctorate from DePauw University, where he also served as Trustee. In retirement, he was chair of the Indiana Coalition Against Legalized Gambling where his “Quixotian” battle against big money was fearless. IN 2003, John received the “Sagamore of the Wabash” from Governor Kernan, for his efforts of social justice and his crusade against organized gambling. Like his father and father-in-law before him, John, was a tireless proponent of the YMCA. In South Bend, He served on the Y board and YMCA Camp Eberhart, where he became a close friend to the legendary George Cooper. In Valparaiso, John was a passionate member of Valparaiso Rotary, an early organizer of Hilltop Neighborhood House and a season ticket holder of Valpo basketball. He served as Board President of the YMCA, prior to and including the period of building the new Y. John wrote 900 columns, entitled (like his book) “Amen Until Tomorrow” for the Post-Tribune and The Times, on topics of politics, local concerns and historical features. In Fort Wayne, as Senior Pastor, he oversaw the construction of First Wayne United Methodist Church. For many years, he hosted “Work and Music”, a Sunday morning radio show on WOWO. At home, he was an enthusiastic house painter and “yard man” and taught his boys the Idaho skills of hunting and fishing, sport and love of the great outdoors. He loved to fish, though lousy at it. John loved sports, played football in HS and basketball at GW and Oberlin and he forever beat his own boys with a two-handed jump shot. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Bessie Wolf, his loving wife of 71 years, Carolyn Kelsey Wolf and all his oldest friends and shipmates. He is survived by his sons, John Jr (Vicki) in South Bend, Carter (Kim Gattle) in Indianapolis and Earl (Deborah) in Williamston, MI. along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Camp Eberhart Alumni Association Donations to Camp 2018
Some may ask, “What did the CEAA do this year to support camp.” Well let me show you! Summer Activities Expo Registration Fee to Promote AstroCamp $195.00 New Climbing Gear $4,497.23 Repairs to roof’s at Dave’s House, Klinger, and Nature $2,100.00 Repairs to Witwer House $7,700.00 Furniture/Plaque for Lazy W $180.00 HVAC for Say-Ah-Inn $4,500.00 Engraving Plaques/Bricks $557.32 Fishing and BCK Docks $7,100.00 Staff Care Packages $457.14 Staff Awards $800.00 Staff Banquet $931.21 Dynascope Restoration $793.00 AstroCamp Supplies $1,043.84 New Water Fountain/Bottle Fill for The Loo $1,700.00 Capital Campaign Expenses (Obenchain Lodge) $200,000.00 Christmas Tree for Klinger donated to camp Sound Equipment for Chapel donated to camp Total for 2018 $240,591.81 To all of you I say THANK-YOU for making this all possible. Our membership is who makes us strong and allows your CEAA to support Camp Eberhart!
The New Hay Wagon Has Arrived
Thank-you to John Postle for his donation of funds to purchase the wagon. Thank-you to Pete Fournier for his time, effort, and financial contribution to make it complete. Bring on the first Hay Ride!!