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#19304 Tommy Dils – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 6 years ago • Uncategorized

tommy-headshotTommy Dils
School: Middlebury ‘17
Most Recent Role at Camp: 2015 Junior Division Head

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

As for my gap year, I decided to take a year off between high school and college because I was young for my grade and I wanted to improve at soccer heading into my varsity career at Midd. I chose to plan out the year on my own because few programs offered exactly what I was looking for. In hindsight, this was a risky decision to make and there were plenty of moments when I wished that I’d had more support, but the experience of going out on my own was valuable. A program that allows for individual, self-directed exploration is in my opinion the best kind of gap year program.

What did you do during your gap year?

I landed in Bad Homburg, Germany for first half of my gap year because of a family connection, and I’d been interested in living in the country because I had such an incredible time during the Dudley-Abbensen German Exchange trip that I took during the summer of 2009.  The family was American and British, and they had four kids under the age of 10. I stepped in as a “big brother” who helped out with a lot of babysitting responsibilities, and they welcomed me into their home. They also helped get me set up with a local soccer club and an bilingual international school in the city. I volunteered at the school three days a week, teaching gym classes with a Canadian gym teacher and working with kids aged 5-14.

The soccer was one of the best parts of my year. I played for both the U18 team and the men’s team at the club, and I quickly learned that I had to limit my turnovers to avoid being yelled at in German. I trained almost every day, and while there was a bigger language barrier between myself and my teammates than in other elements of my Germany experience, I learned and improved the most from playing soccer.

I was also able to travel, and I got to know the country really well. I was never more than a three or four hour train ride from any of Germany’s big cities, and I loved exploring new places on my own or meeting up with new or old friends. As was the case during the entire year, I found the Dudley network to be incredibly helpful, and the Dudleyites with whom I connect were generous and always made me feel at home.

I returned to the US for the second half of the year, volunteering at an organic farm in Florida for a few weeks during February before moving in with my aunt and uncle in Hamden, CT where I worked during the spring. I split my time between the New Haven Country Club, where I caddied and worked in the pro shop, and Park Central Tavern, a restaurant that my uncle owned at the time. I was able to make back the money I’d spent in Germany and get challenged in new ways. The days when I was the first one opening up the golf club in the morning and leaving the restaurant after closing were exhausting at the time, but I look back on them as the moments that toughened me up the most and prepared me for the challenges of college.

How has it impacted you in college/beyond?

My gap year prepared me for being a leader at Camp Dudley and for entering Middlebury in more ways than I could’ve imagined. I learned not to overreact when my plans went awry, to see the fun that spontaneity and flexibility created, and to trust my instincts. I also took pride in being able to plan out the entire year on my own and have it work out successfully. I went into the gap year wanting to improve my soccer, and I did so, but I came out of it having learned so much more about myself. I came into college confident in my own abilities, with a willingness to stay true to myself instead of getting sucked into the social pressures that college can present. The sense of adventure that I felt every day of my gap year has never left me, and for this reason I’ve gotten out and explored Vermont and the Adirondacks more so than many of my peers.

I kept a blog during my gap year called “For There is Much To Dare”—a nod to my Dudley roots and my desire for adventure. I accumulated over 50 blog posts, and I love looking back over them from time to time. They bring back so many positive memories and they inspire me to continue to explore.

Check it out and if you want to pull anything from it, feel free!


Final Thoughts

My final thought about gap years in general is this… So much much of education in the US is linear, structured, performance-based, and discrediting of students’ autonomy over their own learning. My gap year taught me that I could have a say in my learning environments and experiences, and I know it can do the same for so many who chose this option. A gap year offers a change of pace from the rest of our standardized educational trajectories—one that enables individuals to be critical of their education and to take ownership of it in a new, more proactive way.


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#21531 Sammi Muther – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 6 years ago • Uncategorized

sammi-headshotSammi Muther
School: The College of Wooster ‘15
Most Recent Role at Camp: Summer 2016 – Sailing Head and Aide Liaison

What did you do during your gap year?

I studied at The Royal School in Haselmere, Surrey as the Secondary School Exchange Scholar with the English Speaking Union (SSE with ESU). While at The Royal School, I completed AS levels in Art, Photography, and Drama. These are all subjects I had briefly explored in high school, but had the chance to immerse myself in through this year.  I traveled all around England, spent time in Wales, Ireland, and France. I made friends that I still am in contact with today, friends I’ve visited back in London and made memories that I will cherish always.

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

As a senior, every meeting with my college counselor felt like pulling teeth. I had no idea what kind of school (big, small, close to home, far away) I was interested in attending. When the ESU application appeared in my hands, pushing college back a year made all the decisions easier to make. I had lived in Marion, Massachusetts my entire life – I went to Tabor Academy where my parents were teachers and wanted to experience something – anything different.

How has it impacted you in college/beyond?

I applied to The College of Wooster as a senior, and through the ESU was able to defer my acceptance for a year. As a freshman at Wooster, I felt that my year abroad had given me an edge up from my classmates. I was comfortable being on my own and I was excited for college. Since graduating college, I’ve come to realize that if you aren’t ready for college – it’s ok to do some serious thinking. Take some time to figure yourself out. College is immensely important and I think it is crucial that people be excited to go study for four years.


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#19674 George Wells – Gap Year Reflection

Brendan • 6 years ago • Uncategorized

george-headshotGeorge Wells
School: Middlebury ‘18
Most Recent Role at Camp: 2016 Senior Division Head

Three words to describe the experience?

Eye-opening, unforgettable, challenging (in a good way)

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

My best friend from boarding school is British and I guess it is more common over there, so he had always been talking about it and convinced me to do it. Also, we were two of the youngest guys in our grade by a year or more and so we saw how advantageous it is to be a bit older: academically, socially, athletically, etc. Also, I had committed to Middlebury to play baseball and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue it so I thought the gap year would be an opportunity for me to figure out what I wanted to participate in and study at Midd when I got there.

What did you do during your gap year?

I began and ended my gap year as a Leader at Dudley, the first and second best decisions I made during my gap year. Afterwards, I drove out to Ligonier, PA and took a week long of fly-fishing lessons on the Rolling Rock Fish Hatchery river. Then, I flew to London to begin a three month stay in Europe.

My biggest takeaways from my European experience were learning how to travel by myself and navigate the subway systems of international cities, building the confidence outside of my comfort zone, and living with people from much different cultures than my own in such tight environments.

After that I flew back to the US for holidays, where I worked in retail and landed an investment banking internship in Boston for AGC Partners. I would call these two or three months my work experience. My biggest takeaways from this experience were narrowing some career/academic interests, interacting with superiors/adults in a professional manner, and appreciating/respecting my friend’s family and their space when I lived with them for an extended period of time.

Finally, before going to Dudley for the summer, I traveled to Peru, specifically Ollantaytambo in the Cusco Region. There I lived with a family for three months, originally helping out with two consecutive service trips from the U.S. We worked with the local public school to help build a wall around the perimeter. After that I was lucky enough to land a full-time English teaching position at a Montessori School after their old teacher got sick. I was connected with my host family because my boarding school had been sending trips there every summer, and and although I never went on them my College Counselor was the chaperon and offered to connect me. The town is at 10,000 feet, close to Machu Picchu and I only spoke Spanish for the three months. I would call this the most formative, besides Dudley, experience I have ever had. 100% outside of my comfort zone in an impoverished town in the mountains. The local community took me in, I explored every inch of the town and tried to see as much of the Incan ruins and mountainside as I could. My biggest takeaways were that it proved to me you can do anything on your gap year if you take a positive risk, getting to know a foreign place for an extended amount of time is infinitely better than taking a weekend there, it is possible to have a second family you truly love, and that my gap year was worth it.

How has it impacted you in college/beyond?

In so many ways I probably don’t even realize most of them. Felt a lot more mature when I showed up to school, knew exactly what I wanted to study, and I more confidence in an academic setting than I have ever experienced. My grades are higher than they were in high school. That feeling of confidence is only comparable to the high I have ever summer when I leave Dudley and go back to school. Right now I’m studying in Madrid, taking all my classes in Spanish, and the opportunity to travel alone and live abroad before this experience has made it so much easier and enjoyable.

Final Thoughts

If you have the opportunity to take a gap year, do it


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Peter Groves #14571

Brendan • 7 years ago • Uncategorized

( L to R) Wyatt, #14571 Pete, Sameena and Zadie Groves listening while Wyatt practices the Dudley Cheer.

#14571 Peter Groves
Bronxville, NY

Pete started at Camp as a Cub in 1988, tentatively signed up for a half season. Five days in, he called his Dad and said he wasn’t coming home. Pete was a full-season camper as a Cub, Plebe, and Junior, and came back for two more summers as a JL and AL.  Pete’s camping days stretched from 1988 to 1994.

Outside of camp, Pete attended Exeter, Yale, and Columbia Business School. He was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and recently joined the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates as the Head of Research.  Pete and his wife Sameena now live in Bronxville, NY, with their two young children, Wyatt and Zadie. Pete sings The Dudley Hymn and one of either You’ll Never Walk Alone, Climb Every Mountain, or Amazing Grace to each of them every night, a tradition he’s kept up since the first nights they came home. Outside the bedtime routines, Pete leads the family through regular rounds of Put Your Hand in the Hand and Battle Hymn of the Republic.  As ever, Pete sings badly, but with conviction.

Pete is excited to lead the next era of alumni connectivity and community efforts, and to get to know the Kiniya family.

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Bill Bullock #12335

Brendan • 7 years ago • Uncategorized

Bill and his family (L to R) #12335 Bill, #20319 Addie, #21135 Liam, #23435 Silas and Bebe (Barbara)

#12335 Bill Bullock
Sheffield, MA

Bill credits Camp with changing his life when he arrived in 1977. As a second generation camper, he says “I had no idea what lay in store for my three idyllic summers.” Wisdom from coaches on the baseball diamond, Steve Wertimer’s antics at the microphone and Willy Schmidt’s leadership remain as highlights of Bill’s formative years at Camp. All three of his children have had their own Dudley/Kiniya experience. He is excited to be connected to our Camps in this new way. Bill looks forward to contributing his skills and experience to help Dudley and Kiniya continue as leaders in changing the lives of children from all over the world.

Bill graduated from Colby College in 1989 and started his career in commercial banking with the Bank of New England, Fleet Bank and Merrill Lynch.  Bill then followed his passion for the outdoors and fly fishing by joining the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont.  Bill then entered the world of nonprofits and education by serving as the Executive Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.  In 2007, Bill and his wife Bebe joined the faculty at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA where he currently teaches US History and Economics and Philanthropy and does special project work in Advancement.  During his nine years at Berkshire, he has worn many hats, serving as their Director of Advancement, III Form Academic Dean (9th Graders) and Associate Director of Admissions.  He also coaches soccer, squash and golf and oversees their fly fishing club.

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D’Anne Hurd #19629

Brendan • 7 years ago • Uncategorized

#19629 D’Anne Hurd
Bourne, MA

D’Anne continues a long Hurd family tradition of dedication to Camp Dudley, beginning with her grandmother, Edith Start Hurd, who donated Hurd Cabin with grateful appreciation to Dudley for the positive impact the camp had on her four sons, #3829 Kenneth (D’Anne’s father), #3943 Russell, #3944 Robert, and #4535 Gilbert.

Since then many Hurd family members have and continue to attend Dudley. D’Anne’s sons Eric (#17629) and Doug (#18629) Forsythe were campers, leaders and, in Doug’s case, Division Head, between 1999 and 2014.

D’Anne’s service to Dudley began when she joined the Dudley Girls’ Sub-Committee (the ad hoc committee charged with establishing a Dudley camp for young women) in 2003.  She then served on the Board from 2006 until 2010 championing Kiniya’s acquisition and its transition to Dudley ideals.  During her tenure on the Board, D’Anne chaired and served on numerous committees.

D’Anne’s 35-year business career combines law and finance (JD/MBA) at large (PepsiCo, Inc.) to very small companies (Boston technology start-ups).  She has served on public and private company boards since 1993. D’Anne currently works as an independent Board Governance Consultant with the National Association of Corporate Directors, traveling to corporate boardrooms to facilitate discussion, solve problems, and deliver education in areas such as Long Term Strategy, Risk Mitigation and Crisis Management. D’Anne also serves as an independent trustee of the Pax World Funds (a recognized leader in sustainable investing) including The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, the first broadly diversified mutual fund to invest in companies demonstrably advancing women’s leadership.

D’Anne is married to George Forsythe and lives in Bourne, MA.   “I am simply thrilled to return to the Dudley Board to plan for Dudley’s future and to support Marnie and Matt as they instill values and teach leadership to the young men and women in the Dudley family,” she says.

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Karen Johnson #24278

Brendan • 7 years ago • Uncategorized

(L to R) #12778 Drew, #24278 Karen , #23078 Luke and  #22078 Sam.

#24278 Karen Johnson
Lewes, DE

Before she became a Dudley wife, Karen visited camp while dating Drew (#12778). They returned to Camp for a couple of weeks every August, then as a family when their sons, #22078 Sam and #23078 Luke were born. From her first step off the train in Westport 23 years ago, Dudley has held a special place in Karen’s heart. In the summer of 2001 while visiting the school house on Dudley Road before their 9-hour drive home, Karen shared the news with Drew and then-toddler Sam, that a new camper (Luke) would join the Johnson family the following spring.  

Karen’s 20+ year career with The Rouse Company in retail real estate marketing has given her expertise in advertising and media strategies, event planning, budget management, customer service, risk management and tenant relations. Now, as a Senior Account Director/Brand Strategist with COHN Marketing, Karen works with companies within the retail real estate industry (and beyond) to differentiate and define their brand and propel it forward. As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Karen mentors the next generation of marketers via bi-annual advertising/media courses offered by the John T. Riordan School for Retail Real Estate Professionals.

After spending years on the sidelines as a Dudley wife, parent, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law and aunt, Karen is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CD Board. Her happiest Dudley memory? … whenever James Mayo includes “This is My Father’s World” in the Parents Weekend Hymn Sing repertoire.

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Charitable Giving – A Structured Approach (Extended Article)

Brendan • 7 years ago • Uncategorized


Charitable Giving, A Structured Approach

By Claire Costello, David Ratcliffe, and Ramsay Slugg

Individuals who are committed to philanthropy are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the organizations and causes they support. Structuring their giving — by using a donor-advised fund, private foundation or charitable trust — can help them enhance that impact. Moreover, compared with direct giving, the use of one or more vehicles correlates with greater personal satisfaction and results in higher giving levels.

Donors give strategically

Today’s dedicated donors are using charitable giving vehicles as part of a more deliberate and intentional charitable strategy that better allows them to integrate their giving with their broader wealth management strategy. The 2014 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy indicates that the use of charitable giving vehicles is on the rise. Research found that more than half of wealthy donors use or plan to use a charitable trust, private foundation or donor-advised fund to make their gifts.

Structured charitable giving benefits both donors and recipients. Giving in a structured way allows donors to make charitable decisions proactively, rather than reacting to individual appeals. Structured giving may target specific organizations, focus on specific needs, or both. The use of charitable giving vehicles may also allow donors to better monitor the impact of their giving over time while seeking to maximize tax and financial benefits.

Moreover, charitable giving vehicles offer the opportunity to involve children and grandchildren in the charitable gifting or granting process. By structuring giving, families can help build and enhance a family legacy of philanthropy, allowing donors to pass along values along with their assets to younger generations.

Structured giving offers a landscape of solutions

Donors may structure their charitable giving with as much or as little complexity and control as they choose. While direct charitable giving may have the advantage of simplicity as compared to the use of charitable giving vehicles, structured giving may also provide distinct advantages. Many donors find that a combination of approaches is needed to help meet their philanthropic and financial goals.

Selecting the giving vehicle that is appropriate for a particular individual or family depends on many factors, including family culture and traditions, tax structure, income needs, whether they monitor their giving and assess their impact, and the type of assets being donated.

Three broad categories of charitable giving vehicles:

1. Indirect Charitable Giving Vehicle

With indirect charitable giving, the donor gives assets to a charitable entity, such as a private foundation or donor-advised fund, which in turn makes charitable grants to operating charities.

2. Split-interest Charitable Trust

Assets donated to a trust are used to benefit both the donor and the charity.

3. Institutional Giving

Many nonprofits offer their own charitable giving vehicles that may provide income to donors or their beneficiaries, as well as benefit the charity.

Indirect Charitable Giving

Donor-Advised Fund

Individuals and families who are looking for a simple giving vehicle may find a donor-advised fund (DAF) appropriate for their giving needs. A DAF is a nonprofit organization established with community foundations, certain financial services providers or other charitable organizations. The donor gifts cash, securities or other assets to the DAF and then receives an income tax charitable deduction for the current year.

With the gift, the donor establishes an account in the DAF that can be named as the donor wishes. This offers the opportunity to include family members in charitable giving. The account is managed by an investment professional who seeks to grow the assets. Returns on the investment can further enhance the value of the gift to charity.

The DAF makes grants to charities based on the donor’s recommendations. All grants must be approved by the sponsoring organization of the DAF. Grants can be made at any time, and there are no annual distribution requirements, as there are with private foundations.

In addition, granting can be done anonymously to protect the donor’s privacy, a benefit not fully afforded in other giving vehicles. DAFs may be established with community foundations, certain financial services providers, or other charitable organizations that sponsor them.

Private Foundation

Those who intend to donate significant amounts while creating a charitable giving program for future generations may wish to consider a private foundation. Foundations are nonprofit legal entities that make charitable grants. The donor retains full decision-making authority over granting.

Private foundations involve costs to establish, and their grant making activity is a matter of public record. Generally, 5% of a foundation’s assets must be granted each year. In addition, foundations are required to file tax returns and pay an excise tax of up to 2% of net investment income.

The donor receives an income tax charitable deduction for assets that are contributed to the foundation. The assets are typically invested to generate additional funds for future grants. The donor has the flexibility to choose how the investments are managed.

Key questions to consider when choosing an indirect charitable giving vehicle:

  • Are you interested in formalizing your legacy?
  • Would you like to create a forum for engaging family members?
  • Would you like to establish or continue family traditions?
  • How much control do you want to have over investments
  • and grant-making?
  • How costly — both in terms of time and money — is it to establish and maintain the vehicle?
  • Are there required annual distributions?
  • Can you give anonymously?

Structured giving offers a landscape of solutions

Donors may structure their charitable giving with as much or as little complexity and control as they choose. While direct charitable giving may have the advantage of simplicity as compared to the use of charitable giving vehicles, structured giving may also provide distinct advantages. Many donors find that a combination of approaches is needed to help meet their philanthropic and financial goals.

Selecting the giving vehicle that is appropriate for a particular individual or family depends on many factors, including family culture and traditions, tax structure, income needs, whether they monitor their giving and assess their impact, and the type of assets being donated.

Structured giving through a split-interest charitable trust

Charitable Remainder Trust

Donors who wish to generate income from an asset while ultimately gifting it to charity can establish a charitable remainder trust (CRT). This type of structured giving vehicle is particularly advantageous for highly appreciated assets. The donor contributes the asset to an irrevocable trust — one in which the terms of the trust cannot be amended or revised until the terms or purposes of the trust have been completed — and names the charity or charities that will ultimately benefit. The donor can claim an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the value that will ultimately pass to charity, and can defer the payment of capital gains taxes on the appreciation. The donor or other beneficiary receives specified distributions from the trust, either for a specific number of years or for their lifetime. At the end of that term or the beneficiary’s life, the remaining assets pass to the charity that the donor has named.

Charitable Lead Trust

Donors who wish to provide income to charity while ultimately transferring assets to younger generations can establish a charitable lead trust (CLT). Depending on how the trust is structured, the donor may be able to remove income and future appreciation on an asset from his or her estate without permanently relinquishing management of the asset. A donor contributes assets to an irrevocable trust and, depending on the structure of the trust, may be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction. For a set term of years, or the duration of the donor or other beneficiary’s life, the trust pays an annual amount to one or more charities named by the donor. At the end of the payment term, the remaining assets will pass to the donor’s beneficiaries, typically their children or grandchildren.

Key questions to consider when choosing a split-interest charitable trust:

  • Who do you want to receive the income during the term of the trust?
  • Who do you want to receive the asset at the termination of the trust or the donor’s death?
  • Are contributions tax-deductible?

Structured Endowment

A donor giving to an institutional endowment may or may not restrict its use. This is an outright gift to a charitable organization for which the donor receives an income tax charitable deduction. The donor retains control by placing restrictions on when and for what purposes the funds may be used.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Some charitable organizations offer a source of income for donors through a charitable gift annuity. This is a contractual agreement between the donor and the institution in which the donor contributes assets and the charity promises to pay a lifetime annuity to the donor or another individual of the donor’s choosing.

The amount paid through a charitable gift annuity is typically less than what can be expected from a commercial annuity, because a portion of the amount contributed ultimately goes to charity. However, by making a gift, the donor receives both an income and estate tax charitable deduction. The charitable annuity also allows the donor to reduce the size of his or her taxable estate.

Pooled Income Fund

Another way for donors to access income is through a pooled income fund. These are funds run by nonprofit organizations, in which donors’ contributions are pooled and invested together. Income from the fund is distributed to each participant according to his or her share of the fund. Upon the death of the income participant, the remaining assets are retained by the designated nonprofit organization.

Key questions to consider when giving through a charitable organization:

  • How much control do you want to have over how your gift is used?
  • How much income do you want your gift to generate?
  • Are you sure of your long-term commitment to the particular organization?

Direct giving: advantages and considerations

Most people give directly, without the use of a giving vehicle, to the organizations and causes they wish to support. This approach is straightforward and uncomplicated. Donors receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction, they are not committed to make repeat gifts, and they can give as quickly as they can write a check or transfer stock. Often, however, direct giving is reactive rather than proactive. And if the direct giving is solely based on solicitation, donors may not feel as connected to the recipients of their gifts as more consistent supporters do. As donors become more focused in their philanthropy, they may wish to make a longer-term impact on a particular issue. And as the complexity of a donor’s financial situation evolves, it may make sense to consider more structured ways to give.

Choose the right team and the right approach

By moving from direct giving to structured giving, you can provide more consistent and meaningful support to the organizations you care about. Structured giving offers greater personal satisfaction by deepening your connection to the causes you value. Taking a strategic approach allows you to integrate giving into your overall wealth management and estate strategy.

Other potential benefits of structured giving include:

  • Creating a legacy of charitable giving by involving your family in your philanthropic efforts.
  • Donating appreciated securities may help you minimize capital gains taxes and help reduce the risk of holding a concentrated stock position.
  • Philanthropic planning may reduce the size of your estate and the resulting estate tax liability.

Various giving vehicles might be appropriate, from the simple to the complex, with various levels of control.

About the authors

Claire Costello is National Philanthropic Practice Executive of Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust

David Ratcliffe is Managing Director, Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust

Ramsay Slugg is Managing Director,Wealth Planning Solutions, U.S. Trust

Thanks to Merrill Lynch, Bank America Corporation, for allowing us to share this article with you.

Honor a Leader FAQ

Brendan • 7 years ago • Uncategorized


Why is this campaign important to Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya?

Camp employs a wide range of fund raising strategies throughout the year to meet our varied and diverse fundraising goals.  This year’s Honor a Camp Leader campaign is designed to support the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides broad support to scholarships, leadership development, and various aspects of facility maintenance. Our goal for the 2016 Annual Fund is $825,000 by December 31, 2016.

Who can participate?

Anyone!  All we ask is that you share the name of the individual from Camp who inspired you.

I want to honor a staff member or other Camp employee who was important to me. Can I include them?

Absolutely!  When we speak of leaders at Dudley and Kiniya, cabin leaders are often the first to come to mind.  However, all of our directors, summer staff, year-round employees, living or deceased, have been leaders in their own right.  Our intent is to honor as many of those inspirational individuals as we can.

How do I participate?

The quickest and easiest way is to go to our online website and make a gift with a credit card.  Use the note box in the online giving form to tell us who you are honoring.  You can also mail a check to Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Westport, NY 12993 and make your check for the Honor a Camp Leader campaign.  Once you have made you gift, tell your friends on social media who you honored and challenge them to do the same. Click here to go to our online giving site, NOW.

I can’t remember who I want to honor. Where should I look?

Click here to go to the publications page where you will find the Last Whistle and Spirit yearbooks.

How can I promote the Honor a Camp Leader Campaign?

• Call or email your camp friends, other parents or alumni.
• SHARE on your social media networks that you have participated in the Honor a Leader campaign!
• Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
• Reconnect with alums on our Alumni App

Read more about our Annual Fund


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Jay Wells #14107

• 7 years ago • Uncategorized

Jay-Wells-WEBJay Wells #14107
Raleigh, NC

Jay first arrived at Dudley in 1986. Though he’d attended other camps, Dudley was unique in that it was focused on helping him become the best person he could be. He quickly came to love the culture of “putting the other fellow first,” and he returned for seven summers including several as a leader. He later returned to camp in a role with the Camp Dudley Association in 2010. Jay graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received his MBA in 2004 from The UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Jay and his wife, Robin, live in Raleigh with their three children.

Jay’s career has been in information technology; he currently serves as Vice President for Customer Advocacy for mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. in Morrisville, NC. Jay believes that it has been a great industry to be a part of, helping him to grasp the absolute criticality of constant evolution, and to be on the lookout for opportunities to change in smart and forward-looking ways. He sees similar challenges with Camp, and is interested in assuring that Camp adapts well to change, builds stronger ties with alumni, and maintains a diverse culture. He is also looking forward to being on campus in Westport and Colchester more often!

Sean McCalla #14016

• 7 years ago • Uncategorized

Sean-McCalla-WEBSean McCalla #14016
East Meadow, NJ

After a twenty-eight year absence from Dudley, Sean attended the 2014 Reunion. He saw that very little had changed since he had left. He was honored to speak with Dudley brothers from his era, as well as show his family where their dad’s childhood stories took place. He knew that whether it was Willie Schmidt, the Carr family or many other kind people, his four-year Dudley experience had an immeasurable impact on his life. Sean realized, too, that Dudley was not just a part of his past, but that it could be a part of his family’s lives in years to come. He and his wife, Samantha, live in East Meadow, NJ. They have two daughters Camille and Caitlin, who hope to attend Kiniya in 2015 and a son Sean Jr. who hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps at Dudley.

Sean is an alumnus of St. John’s University and served on several committees of the Black Alumni Association. As a project manager for Henegan, a commercial construction company, Sean is keenly aware of the importance of attention to detail and the obligation to complete projects. Based on his construction management experience, Sean feels capable of significantly contributing to the Plant and Property Committee and the numerous capital improvements for our Camps. Serving on the Board of Managers of Camp Dudley is even more special for Sean because his service is motivated by a genuine passion for, and pride in, the Dudley/Kiniya experience.

Richard B. Maxwell III #9701

• 7 years ago • Uncategorized

Rich-Maxwell-WEBRichard B. Maxwell III #9701
Seabrook Island, SC

Rich is an executive coach specializing in coaching senior leaders and senior leadership teams, with special emphasis on creating organizational cultures characterized by teamwork, collaboration, and innovation. He has been coaching since 1996 and has worked with leaders in hospitals, hospices, the hospitality industry, wholesale distribution, NGO’s, and the wealth management industry. Prior to this, Rich was a hospital executive for twenty years.

Rich was a Cub in 1961 and attended Dudley for 13 summers, including a summer in the German Exchange program, progressing through the leadership program and serving on the staff in the Hike Hut. He also served as Vice President and President of the Camp Dudley Association (and as an ex-officio Board member) from 1999 – 2003, and was then elected to serve on the Board from 2003 – 2008 during the expansion of Dudley’s mission to include girls and women, and the acquisition of Camp Kiniya.

Rich and his wife, Page, live on Seabrook Island, SC. Their daughter, Sarah Page, attended Camp Seafarer in North Carolina, and their late son, Richard #15370, attended Dudley from 1991 – 1995.

Robin Johnson #23787

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Robin JohnsonRobin Johnson #23787
Lawrenceville, NJ

Robin Johnson has been employed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation since 2013. She is a Management Case Presenter in the Bureau of Employee Relations, Division of Human Resources. In this position, she represents Management at Departmental Hearings for major and minor disciplinary actions.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Robin is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Cheyney State University and Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has lived in New Jersey for 25 years. She is married to her husband Gregory, also an attorney, and has two children, Matthew and #22287 Paige, who has attended Kiniya for four years.

As a member of the CDK Board, Robin brings an appreciation and personal experience of the bonds that can be created at camp. Her first camp experience was as a Jr. Counselor at Camp Jewell in Connecticut. She is also an alumna of an all girls high school, still close to her GHS sisters 35 years later. Robin has a deep appreciation for camps like Dudley and Kiniya, where the environment both nurtures and challenges young people to be their best by valuing traditions, spirit and lifelong friendships.

Patrick Butler #12082

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Pat-Butler-WEBPatrick Butler #12082
New York, NY

Patrick arrived at Camp Dudley in 1977 and spent 12 summers as a camper, leader, and division head. Six summers were spent within his beloved Cub Division, which anchored Patrick’s belief that life has the potential to be one endless “Extravaganza!.”

The Dudley tradition has firm roots in the Butler family. It continues with Patrick’s daughter #21482 Natalie, his brother #11541 John, John’s wife #22041 Kim and their children: #21141 Catherine, #19741 Jack, #20441 Sara, and #21341 Ann.

Patrick writes, “It is truly remarkable how Dudley has engaged and challenged me in new ways at different stages of my life. Something from Camp Dudley – an old friend, a precious memory, a philosophy or concept – positively impacts my life almost daily.”

Patrick is the CFO of Starworks Group, a creative agency offering advertising, public relations, branded entertainment, and celebrity casting for the fashion and luxury industries.

Prior to his current role, Patrick spent 15 years in banking, serving in management roles based in New York and London. Patrick began his career in financial services as a member of Merrill Lynch’s Junior Executive Training Program.

A former United States Naval Officer, Patrick holds degrees from Columbia Business School and the University of Colorado. He has served as an executive committee member on the Board of the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.

Patrick lives in New York City with his wife, Sarah, a literary agent, rare book dealer, and archivist, and their daughter, Lucy.

“Dudley has been a defining influence on me. It is always a unique pleasure to share the Dudley tradition with others, and I look forward to continuing to do so in new ways as a member of the Board.”

Rev. Dr. Peter Allen #11584

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Pete Allen High ResRev. Dr. Peter Allen #11584
Hingham, MA

Ever since he received his MDiv in 1988 from Andover Newton Theological School and his DMin from Hartford Seminary, Pete has maintained a focus on the religious and spiritual lives of young adults. During his career, Pete has served various churches, led charity work with Simply Smiles, and participated in the life of his community and the wider church, many times as a Youth Pastor or leader for youth mission trips. He currently is Senior Pastor at Hingham Congregational Church, UCC, in Hingham, MA, where he lives with his wife, Tracy.

Pete believes that being asked to serve on Dudley’s Board of Trustees is an incredible honor, yet he hopes it will also feel very natural to him. Pete’s father #5242 Bruce and uncle #5070 Craig attended Dudley in the ’30s and he has been associated with camp since his Cub summer in 1974. Both of Pete’s sons, #17984 Hank and #18708 James, were nurtured and challenged at Dudley, experiencing tremendous growth and unparalleled fun. Each summer, as he makes his way to Westport or Colchester to preach, give a vesper, lead a hike, or ump a game, it feels like coming home. As a Trustee, Pete hopes to bring his knowledge and experience as an ordained minister who cares deeply about the spiritual and social development of youth and young adults.

Our Kiniya Leaders

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The 2014 Kiniya Leaders

Much of the success of Camp Kiniya is due to the hard work of our Leaders. In 2014, we had 17 Cabin Leaders, all coming through the Camp Kiniya Leadership Development program. Most of them are current or recent college graduates and all have been trained with our campers in mind. Last summer, our Leaders came from the following colleges and universities.

  • Adelphi University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Florida International University
  • Norwich University
  • Penn State
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Rice University
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Souther California
  • Wake Forest University

Kiniya Area Dining & Shopping

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253 Main Street, Vergennes
Continental Eclectic Cuisine

85 South Park Drive, Colchester
Authentic Italian, Pizza & Bakery

1 Roosevelt Highway/US 2, Colchester
Classic American Cuisine

514 US Route 7, Milton
Good Ol’ Fashioned Breakfast

1834 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Wild and Cultivated Regional Edibles

5467 Route 7, North Ferrisburg
International Dishes with Local Flair

38 Lower Mountain View Drive, Colchester
American Steakhouse

5247 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
Upscale American Fare

83 Church Street, Burlington
Rustic Italian Cuisine


6387 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester
Deli and Groceries

971 Malletts Bay Avenue, Colchester
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


Antiques and Collectibles
308 West Milton Road, Milton

100 Dorset Street, South Burlington

Vermont Country Store
Route 7, opposite the Shelburne Museum

Artisan Craft Center
85 Church Street, Burlington

More than 100 Unique Boutiques
2 Church Street, Burlington

Local Vermont and National Outlet Stores
21 Essex Way, Essex

Factory Tour and Gift Shop
1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury

Factory Tour, Store & Café
750 Pine Street, Burlington
800-465-5909 or 802-864-1808

Bear Shop and Factory
6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
800-829-BEAR or 802- 985-3001

Kiniya Area Accommodations

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Dudley Area Dining & Shopping

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10050 NYS Route 9N, Keene
Classic American Cuisine

3 Water Street, Elizabethtown
Pizza and Sandwiches

7103 NYS Route 9N, Westport
Farm to Table Meals

2576 County Rt. 10, Wadhams
Artisan Bakery and Dining

44 Old Arsenal Road, Westport
French Cuisine

Main Street – NYS Route 73, Keene Valley
Casual Dining

Court Street, Elizabethtown
Fine Cuisine

Main Street, Essex
Fine Cuisine

20 Washington Street, Westport
Casual Dining

Hummingbird Way, Port Henry
Fine Dining

Main Street, Essex
Fine Cuisine

NYS Route 9N, Westport
Fine Dining

Main Street, Westport
Café, Bakery and Ice Cream

2270 Lake Shore Road, Essex

3790 Main Street, Willsboro
Gourmet Dining


Champlain Avenue, Westport
Deli and Groceries

Main Street, Westport
Deli and Groceries


Willowtree, Vera Bradley, Woolrich and More
6472 Main Street, Westport

Full-Service Florist
6592 Main Street, Westport

Cottage Decor, Antiques, Jewelry and Apparel
661 NYS Route 22, Westport

Toys, Books, Gifts for All Ages, Home & Boat
20 Washington St., Westport

Hand-crafted Stained Glass Windows
6511 Main Street, Westport

Dudley Area Accommodations

Brendan • 8 years ago • Uncategorized

All rates are subject to change.



THE INN IN WESTPORT – Historic inn in the village located at 1234 Stevenson Road. Air conditioned lake view rooms include private baths and continental breakfast. Antique and gift shop. Rates: $80-185 plus tax. 518-962-8666 www.innwestport.com

NELSON COTTAGES – Cottages for rent by the day, week or month; located approx. 3 miles from Camp. Ben and Pam Nelson, proprietors. Call 607-967-5941 (winter) or 518-546-7361 (summer). www.thenelsonscottages.com

STABLE PROPERTIES, LLC – Seven cottages on Lake Champlain are offered including a beach, pick-your-own garden and tennis.  Weekly rentals start at $1275.  518-431-3500 www.stableproperties.net

THE WESTPORT HOTEL – Historic Inn with twelve comfortable rooms located at 6691 Main Street; features a full service restaurant with cocktails and seasonal outdoor dining. Rates: $75-120 plus tax.  518-962-4001 www.thewestporthotel.com

THE WESTPORT LAKESIDE MOTEL – Located approximately 3 miles from Camp Dudley, at 80 Champlain Avenue; includes cable TV, access to barbecue and picnic tables. Summer Rates: $84-139 plus tax. 518-962-4501 www.westportlakesidemotel.com


(Approximately 15 minutes from CD)

COBBLE HILL INN – “The Cobble” has provided accommodations an dining services to both local area residents and visitors alike for more than fifteen years.  Located close to the Cobble Hill Golf Course, Cashin’s Cobble Hill Inn includes a full service bar and dining room. 518-873-9126 www.cobblehillinn.com

PARK MOTOR INN – Offers well-maintained, clean accommodations at a reasonable price. Free Wi-Fi, Pillow-top Mattresses and Cable TV. 518-873-2233 www.parkmotorinn.com

STONELEIGH B&B – A castle in the Adirondacks located at 18 Stoneleigh Way, just off Water Street in Elizabethtown. Rates are $65-95 plus tax. 518-873-2669 www.stoneleighbedandbreakfast.com

THE DOLLY FAMILY LODGE – Located on the northeast side of Cobble Hill rests the Dolly Family Lodge, an Adirondack Vacation Rental. The lodge overlooks the Pleasant Valley of Elizabethtown and is available for day, weekend and weekly rentals.518-796-8051 www.dollyfamilylodge.com

THE OLD MILL STUDIO B & B – The Old Mill Bed & Breakfast was build in the mid-1800’s and includes four homey rooms featured in Recommended Country Inns. A full gourmet breakfast is served with all the amenities. Double occupancy rates $75-125.  518-873-2294 www.adirondackinns.com/oldmill/

THE WOODRUFF HOUSE B&B – Casual luxury, gourmet breakfast in an historic Victorian; located at 8219 River Street in Elizabethtown.  Rates: $75-125 plus tax. 518-873-6788 www.thewoodruffhouse.com

GUEST COTTAGE – Elena & Iain Whitecross, 518-873-6881

EFFICIENCY – Accommodates four. Rebecca Turner, 518-873-9587


(Approximately 10 minutes from CD)

EDGEMONT B&B – A cycling-friendly B&B located near Port Henry, NY, overlooking Lake Champlain.  5 Rooms (for now), each with private bath, as well as a game room, wrap around porch, and over 20 acres of meadows and woods for trail running or just roaming. http://www.edgemontbandb.com/

THE VILLAGE INN & RED BRICK CAFE – Located in the historic red brick building the town center of Port Henry. We offer four beautifully newly renovated, comfortable rooms at the village Inn. Private bathrooms, air conditioners/heating, WIFI and TV’s. 518-618-6757


(Approximately 20 minutes from CD)

THE CUPOLA HOUSE – A restored Greek Revival bed and breakfast, guest house and cottage with spectacular views of Lake Champlain and Vermont’s Green Mountains. 2278 Main Street. 518-963-7494 www.thecupolahouse.com

LARGE COUNTRY HOUSE – A historic stately house with nice ambience, sunny and spacious. 518-524-7815  Essex Country House Website

THE ESSEX INN – One of the finest architectural landmarks in Essex, the Inn was built in 1810 and is just a half block from Lake Champlain and the Ferry to Vermont. 518-963-4400 www.essexinnessex.com


CABINS BY THE LAKE – 518-963-8048

CHAMPLAIN VISTAS B & B – 518-963-8029

LAKEHOUSE B& B – 518-963-8840



(Approximately 25 minutes from CD)

BEST WESTERN TICONDEROGA INN & SUITES – Full-service hotel including two VIP suites with fireplaces, fitness center, game room, an indoor pool and banquet room; located at 260 Burgoyne Rd. in Ticonderoga.  Packages: (877) 578-2378. www.bestticonderogahotels.com

SUGAR HILL MANOR B&B – 1880’s Victorian Manor with four guest rooms located at 225 Sugar Hill Road in Crown Point; includes a full country breakfast. No pets allowed. Rates range from $114-149 plus applicable taxes.  518-597-9545 www.sugarhillmanor.com

SUPER 8 MOTEL – 39 rooms including Smoking and Non-smoking, cable TV, coffee and donuts; pets allowed in “Smoking” rooms with an extra per night; located at 1144 Wicker Street in Ticonderoga. Call for rates 518-585-2617or toll free 800-800-8000. Email: felicgai@wynhg.com

THE HARWOOD HOMESTEAD – A Bed & Breakfast located on lovely Penfield Pond and directly adjacent to Penfield Museum, at 697 Creek Road in Crown Point. Rates: $50+ plus tax. 518-597-3429 www.harwoodhomestead.com

THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN B&B – 1870’s Victorian with antiques and original woodwork; recently awarded “Best Breakfast in the Northeast” by Arringston’s Inn Traveler Magazine; located at 428 County Route 3 in Putnam Station.  Rates range from $105-135 plus applicable taxes.  518-547-9942 www.tlcinn.com

STONEY LONESOME B & B – A spacious Civil War era farmhouse on 200 acres, this eco-friendly lodging has a low carbon footprint. A hearty breakfast is included; located on Stoney Lonesome Road near Crown Point.  Rates: $125+ plus tax. 518-597-3754 www.stoneylonesomebb.com


(Approximately 30 minutes from CD)

ADIRONDACK MEADOWS B & B – Located near the historic hamlet of Essex at 277 Lake Shore Road. Featuring farm fresh eggs, gourmet breakfast and country hospitality. 518-963-4075

ARCADIA COTTAGES ON WILLSBORO BAY– Two Adirondack cottages nestled on the shore of the Willsboro Bay section of Lake Champlain.  Camp Blue Jay sleeps 3 and Camp Whippoorwill sleeps 4 quite comfortably. Both cottages are priced at $625 per week. 518-963-8941 www.arcadiaco.com

BAYVIEW INN PUB & GRILL – The BayView Inn Pub and Grille commands a magnificent view of the Adirondack and Green mountains and the waters of Lake Champlain. The Inn offers guests nine spacious rooms and a unique dining experience renowned for its setting and cuisine. Free docking available for Inn and dinner guests. Rates: $69-80 plus tax. 518-963-4177 www.bayviewchamplain.com 

CHAMPLAIN VISTAS BED & BREAKFAST – On the National Register of Historic Places, Champlain Vistas is a landmark dating back to the late 1700’s. The 12-room Victorian farmhouse boasts two sun porches, formal dining room with fireplace, charming farm kitchen with working wood burning stove, spacious living room with large field stone fireplace, piano, entertainment center and wrap-around porch. 518-963-7291

HISTORIC HOMESTEAD – a beautiful bed and breakfast in Willsboro, 5 minutes from the Essex ferry to Vermont and 25 minutes from Camp Dudley. There are 2 guest rooms, one with 2 beds a full size and twin bed $85 per night. The other is a full size bed at $75 per night. Arrangements can be made to rent the entire house. Pictures can be viewed on AirBnb but please call Nina for details, 518-572-8192.

LONG POND CABINS – Family-oriented cabin accommodations featuring private docks and spectacular lake and mountain views. Available for daily and weekly rentals. 518-963-4126


(Approximately 35 minutes from CD)

KEENE VALLEY LODGE B&B – Four seasons of Adirondack mountain adventure, hospitality and serenity. Eight rooms, includes full breakfast. Rates: $80-225 plus tax. 518-576-2003 www.keenevalleylodge.com

TRAIL’S END INN– Secluded 1902 B & B on 2.5 acres with fireplaces, clawfoot tubs, suites, whirlpool tubs. Children welcome. Guest rooms and cottages; includes hearty breakfast. 800-281-9860 www.trailsendinn.com

DARTBROOK LODGE – The Lodge provides travelers with the rustic comfort of a mountain home. Furnished is the Great Camp tradition by local artisans, the Lodge has a variety of accommodations. Rates: $175-195 plus tax. 518-576-9080 www.darkbrooklodge.com

ROOSTERCOMB INN -Walking distance to Adirondack Mountain Trailheads & near Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. Rates: $85-120 plus tax. 518-576-9916 http://www.roostercombinn.com/

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST RENTAL -A secluded Adirondack style home with a screened in porch that offers wonderful views of Whiteface Mountain. Our property borders 700 acres of state land with miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. World class fly fishing, rock climbing, and canoeing are only minutes away! Click HERE to learn more! Average nightly rate: $171



(Approximately 35 minutes from CD)

WHITFORD HOUSE – Located on a quiet, country road overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, surrounded by the rich farmland of Central Vermont, Whitford House welcomes you. This peaceful retreat includes a restored 1790’s New England farmhouse and contemporary guest house. It is conveniently located between Lake Champlain and historic Middlebury, home to Middlebury College. Please visit the website or call 978-263-8646 for nightly rates. www.whitfordhousevt.com/



January 2014 BOM Meeting Notes

• 8 years ago • Uncategorized

January 2014

At the generous invitation of Board member Scott Martin, the 2014 Camp Dudley Board of Managers held its first meeting of the year at The Camp Fire Club of America in Chappaqua, New York. This fireside meeting was the first for new Board members, Mike Bransford, Jack Kotz, Mark Valkenburgh and Kathy Wiseman, and incoming CDA Vice President, David Ready, who quickly distinguished themselves through their thoughtful input. It was also Matt Quigley’s first meeting as Chairman of the Board, and it could not have run smoother thanks to his efficient guidance. Matt kicked off the meeting with a retrospective on Dudley’s history in the early 1900s, noting the 1909 dedication of the Dudley chapel at the location where it exists today; the 1913 construction of the Avery Boathouse for a whopping $3,100; the 1915 fire that destroyed the original camp lodge, immediately rebuilt through alumni donations; and Chief Beckman’s prescient statement at the 1913 final banquet: “It is not the programs and buildings alone that make Camp Dudley successful, it is the spirit and traditions that make Dudley what it is.”

Marnie and Matt announced two new members of the year-round staff team (both Dudleyites!): Mollie Farnham, who will serve as Outdoor Program Director at Kiniya and previously served on the summer staff at Dudley; and Josh Olcott , who will be the new Food Service Director at Dudley, and who previously attended Dudley as a camper. The Directors announced two very full camps for the 2014 season, both with waiting lists, and oversubscriptions for Leadership posts. Marnie and Matt shared their goals for the upcoming year, which include: ensuring the top priority of health and safety of all members of the Dudley/Kiniya camp communities; building Dudley’s/Kiniya’s donor base and otherwise continuing the strong work in financial stewardship; defining the role Diversity and inclusion play at Camp Dudley and Kiniya; communicating with transparency at all levels within the Dudley/Kiniya family; completing and disseminating the Strategic Plan “2020 Vision” in partnership with the Board; successfully launching the expanded Kiniya Outdoor Program; investigating possible international programs in addition to the German Exchange program; establishing a sustainability action plan for both camps; and having fun, living the motto, and encouraging others to do the same.

The Board adopted a resolution to create a Scholarship Reserve Account for Camp Dudley and Camp Dudley at Kiniya to be funded through annual budget funds and budget surplus funds (when occurring). This will enable Dudley/Kiniya to meet scholarship obligations at any time during the annual giving year, serving much like the depreciation reserve fund, which is available for unanticipated plant and property upgrades or repairs. The long term goal is to have this account funded to a level equal to the average of the prior three years of Scholarship Awards, permitting Marnie and Matt to award Scholarships based on monies already in the Account, rather than in anticipation of the upcoming year’s Annual Giving Campaign (i.e., for the William J. Schmidt Scholarship Fund). Marnie and Matt also provided the Board with a detailed overview of the scholarship program, including the philosophy, criteria, process and funding of annual Scholarship awards. Development Director Dave Langston reported that pledges and donations towards the Scholarship program are over $140,000 ahead of last year. And the Development Committee shared its goals of: reaching out to 100% of “lost” Dudley/Kiniya alumni and reconnecting them with the Dudley-Kiniya community; increasing the number of alumni donors; increasing the Beckman Society (planned giving) membership; and developing a new structure for alumni connections in states, cities and towns to enhance development, recruitment and Scholarship.

The Board also discussed the status of the formation of the new Camp Dudley Foundation, which will manage and protect Dudley’s/Kiniya’s endowment funds; the Kiniya master site plan, which will identify major capital projects and renovation objectives on campus, and will be ready for Board review at its May 2014 meeting; and next steps with the 2020 Vision strategic plan, which will be outlined for the Board in May, produced in a draft plan for Board review in August, and finalized for Board approval in November.

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