Fall/Winter 2014 NEWSLETTER
Hiram House TODAY
Fall/Winter 2014 Vol. 15 No. 2
New Butterfly Garden to Open at Hiram House Camp!
Volunteers from Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Institute for Creative Leadership, Hiram College and Hiram House Staff, armed with hundreds of plants, shovels and tons of enthusiasum, gathered at Hiram House Camp this fall to plant a new Butterfly Garden at the Double H Ranch Farmstead. Bill Henry, whose vision sparked the project, is in front.
Like a tiny seed, a great idea will germinate, take root, grow and flourish, if given lots of care and tending, and that is exactly what happened at Hiram House recently.
Dozens of Volunteers from Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Institute for Creative Leadership and Hiram College, along with Hiram House Staff, gathered at Hiram House Camp this fall to plant a new Butterfly Garden at the camp’s Double H Ranch and Farmstead.
The idea was the brainchild of former camp staffer Bill Henry. He, along with other current and former staffers and members of the Hiram House Butterfly Garden Committe, Brent Grundke, Julie Dougherty, Marcia Mauter Stumpe, Mark Bir, and Russ Grundke, finally saw Bill’s vision spring to life.
Thanks to their efforts and the volunteer groups, plus donations of hundreds of plants by the Holden Arboretum and funding from the camp’s Lester Stumpe Memorial Fund and an anonymous donor, the project will be completed and dedicated in the spring. It will be open for use by our Summer and School Campers and Retreat Groups to learn about ecological conservation of butterfly habitats.
Hiram House Camp Ranch & Farmstead Manager, Brent Grundke, (on left) and Mark Bir, of the Cleveland Botanical Garden (on right), stand with flats of perennial plants that will attract butterflies to the new garden.
Sign Up Now for Summer Camp 2015!
- See Schedules & Register Online!
Summer Campers are all smiles at Hiram House. Don’t delay - Apply TODAY!
Summer Camp 2015 is now open for boys & girls to sign up for all the exciting outdoor adventures offered at Hiram House Camp, from June to August. Join Us!
• Summer Day Camp* - June 8 to August 14, 6 -12 yrs.
• Summer Jr. Day Camp* - June 8 to August 14, 5 & 6 yrs.
* Before & After Care available for Day & Jr. Day Camp
• Summer Overnight Camp**- June 14 to July 10, 6 - 14 yrs.
** Financial Aid available - Summer Overnight Camp only
Sign Up Now for Summer Fun!
Registration is on a first come basis and space is limited, so please sign up today for the best selection! (All 2015 Summer Camps include an early registration option for the 2016 season.)
NEW! Horseback Riding Lessons - private one on one instruction
• NEW! Horseback Riding Lessons, with private one on one instruction, are now offered Summer, Spring & Fall at our Double H Ranch. See dates and schedule online. Please call the camp office 216-831-5045 to register.
Don’t delay - Sign Up TODAY!
Hiram House Campers on “Romona’s Kids”
- Featured on TV’s 19 Action News!
Hiram House Campers were featured on “Romona’s Kids” on TV’s Channel 19 Action News!
Eight-time Emmy Award winner Romona Robinson, Anchor of WOIO-TV’s 19 Action News at 5, 6 & 11 p.m. and one of the most respected and admired journalists in Northeast Ohio, visited Hiram House to film a segment of “Romona’s Kids” with our Summer Day and Overnight Camp boys and girls.
While at Hiram House, Romona talked with the children about what they learned and liked best about their stay at Camp, joined them in scaling the Alpine Climbing Tower, in singing camp songs, canoeing and other favorite outdoor activities.
“Romona’s Kids”, started by Robinson in 1990, showcases area children and positive programs for youth that make a real difference in the community. In its 20+plus years, an estimated 3,000 children have been featured as “Romona’s Kids” and it has become an institution in Northeast Ohio.
The program aired during WOIO’s 19 Action News this summer. You can view a link to it on our Video Gallery at:
Hiram House Campers are proud to be honored as “Romona’s Kids”!
- Thanks Romona and 19 Action News!
Pumpkin Festival 2014 a Spectacular Success!
A picture perfect day, with clear bright blue skies, pleasant temperatures, abundant sunshine, acres of glorious fall foliage and fun attractions, drew record crowds of some 5,000 and raised over $55,000 at our 43rd annual Pumpkin Festival to benefit our Campership Fund for children.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event, including all our Pumpkin Festival visitors, volunteers, sponsors, donors, staff, trustees, vendors & supporters!
Please save the date and join us again next year at our 44th annual Pumpkin Festival, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015!
The Hiram House mission is to enrich the lives of children through camping in a diverse environment that promotes family values, builds character & opens new horizons for all our youth.
Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival was featured on WKYC’s Weekend News with News Team Anchors Maureen Kyle and Bruce Kalinowski, Hiram House Campers and Pumpkin Festival Committee members!
Cleveland VA Held Special Pumpkin Festival Day at Hiram House for Veterans’ Families
The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran’s Affairs partnered with Hiram House Camp to offer a special “Veteran Welcome Home Celebration” at the 2014 Pumpkin Festival for Veterans & their families.
In additon to a special event package, the VA staffed a booth and had VA Health Benefit Advisors at the festival to answer veterans' questions.
Thanks to The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center for their support of our nation’s Veterans and Pumpkin Festiva!
Vist the Cleveland VA online at: www.cleveland.va.gov
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Hiram House TODAY - Fall/Winter 2014 Vol. 15 No. 2
Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications
- MISSION & VISION
- OUR TEAM
- BOARD MEMBERS
- EVENT CALENDAR
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hiram House Highlights!
by Russell R. Grundke, Executive Director
Hiram House Camp had a busy summer and fall season, with thousands of children enjoying our Summer & School Camps, Retreats and Teambuilding programs.
This fall saw another great Pumpkin Festival, which was listed as one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals" in Fodor’s online travel guide. Many groups and individuals helped to make it a success, including the Cleveland VA with their special new outreach to veterans’ families.
We are now planning exciting programs for next year, such as our new Butterfly Garden, and registering children for Summer Camp 2015.
Please donate to our annual Campership Fund to help children in need attend Summer Camp.
Send a Child in Need to Camp!
Please donate to the Hiram House Campership Fund this holiday season.
Your generosity will help a girl or boy in need experience a life enriching stay at Camp.
This beneficial program for children would not be possible without your support.
You may donate online or by mail to the camp office.
Thank You for your Support!
Hiram House is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit.
(Your gift may be tax-deductible.)
Hiram House Happenings 2015
Summer Day Camp
June 8 - August 14
Summer Junior Day Camp
June 8 - August 14
Summer Overnight Camp
June 14 - July 10
Horseback Riding Lessons
NEW! see dates online
Summer, Spring & Fall
Pumpkin Festival - 44th annual at Hiram House Camp
Sunday, October 11
Evening at Camp, Fun for All Ages!
Hiram House held an “Evening at Camp” this summer at the camp’s “Double H Ranch” Horseback Riding Center & Farmstead, which offered our Trustees a glimpse of daily life for girls & boys attending Summer Camp.
Hiram House Board members joined Summer Overnight Campers and Staff for an evening full of activities and fun for all ages!
Trustee “Skip” Sternan enjoyed S’Mores’ over a campfire with Summer Campers (in Photo above).
Fodor’s Lists Hiram House in “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals”
World renowned Fodor’s Travel featured the annual fall Pumpkin Festival at Hiram House Camp in their top 12 picks of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” in their Sept. 23, 2014 online travel guide.
Thanks Fodor’s and thanks to everyone who has made Hiram House Pumpkin Festival among “America’s Best” for over 43 years!
Thanks Pumpkin Festival Supporters!
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