Spring/Summer 2012 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Spring/Summer 2012 Vol. 13 No. 1


New Farmstead Barn Ready to Open for Summer Camp


The new Farmstead Barn at Hiram House is nearly completed and will open in time for Summer Camp in early June.

It will house baby farm animals, such as calves, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and - new this season - two miniature donkeys, which campers will learn to feed and groom. The new facility not only provides pens and shelter for the farm animals, but also offers instruction space for campers and staff.

The new Barn is part of the camp’s popular Farmstead program, which is designed to teach children about animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture. The Farmstead program also features an expanded Garden, where campers plant and tend a variety of vegetables and flowers and can taste what they grow.

The all-weather structure was made possible by a $37,500 matching grant from the Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, and numerous individual donations. It was dedicated last summer in memory of Hiram House Trustee and supporter Denise Stewart Sindelar.

View more photos and video of the Farmstead Barn dedication ceremonies.


Two Miniature Donkeys will be the newest additions to join chickens, calves, pigs, goats, sheep and other barnyard animals at the Hiram House Farmstead this summer. (photo courtesy The National Miniature Donkey Association)


High Ropes Course Now Available to All

Take the Ultimate Team Challenge! Great for Youths, Teens & Adults

The new High Ropes Course is now open at Hiram House.

It is included for use by Summer Day and Overnight Campers. It also is available as an optional activitiy for fall through spring School Camps as well as Group Retreats, for youths, teens and adults.

Full or half day High Ropes programs are offered as part of our Teambuilding Adventure and may be combined with other elements of the camp’s Challege Course, such as the Alpine Climibing Tower and Low Ropes. 

For reservations & information please contact the camp office at: 216-831-5045. 

Read more on our Teambuilding & Adventure page.


Summer Camps Set to Welcome Campers!

Take a peek at all the summer fun that awaits you at Hiram House Camp!

The countdown to Summer Camp is nearly over and it is set to return in June with lots of great hands on fun and excitement for boys and girls to enjoy.

New this year will be the eagerly awaited opening of the Farmstead Barn at the Double H Ranch, with two adorable miniature donkeys joining our barnyard animals. Also new will be the High Ropes Course for Summer Day & Overnight Campers, as well as for Summer Horseback Riding Campers, to experience.

Back again for 2012 will be International Week at Summer Overnight Camp in July, with teens coming from South America and across the globe.

Some summer camp sessions still have openings, but space is limited, so please sign up today for the best selection. For session dates, fees & registration, please visit our Summer Camps page.


Hiram House Goes Global - Hosts International Week at Summer Camp

Back for 2012 by Popular Demand!


Hiram House will once again host International Week at Overnight Camp this summer.

First offered last year, the camp was such a hit that it will return for a week-long session, July 8 to 13, 2012 and is open to children & teens, ages 6 to 14.

The program will feature a special Cultural Night, as well as some camp activities that will promote multi-cultural awareness. It is a great opportunity for your child or grandchild to meet new friends from around the world.

Among the week’s various camper nationalities, returning this year will be students from Brazil’s renowned 4-C Bilingual Academy. Last year’s camp hosted several campers from Nepal and Russia also. The 2011 program was featured in articles in the Plain Dealer, Sun News and Cleveland.com. Read more about it in news articles or view photo gallery and video

Register today. Space is limited. Please contact the camp office for more information at 216-831-5045.


Now Hiring Summer Staff

It’s not just a Great Job - it’s an Unforgettable Adventure!


Former staff members, some from decades ago, frequently contact Hiram House to tell us what a meaningful life-changing experience their time at camp was for them -  one of great memories and friendships they still cherish.

If you would like a rewarding job working with children in the great outdoors, then we want you. Each year we employ staff drawn from some fifty colleges & universities across the nation

Hiram House is now hiring summer staff for the 2012 season. Positions include counselors, lifeguards, nurses, specialists and many others.

You can apply online on our Employment page.


Please Help Send a Child in Need to Summer Camp!


Thanks to the generous support of our donors, hundreds of children in need can enjoy a life-enriching Summer Camp experience each year.

With your help our Campership Fund provides financial aid for these youth to  attend Hiram House.  Please make a donation today to ensure we are able to continue to serve all these deserving boys and girls again this year. 

You can donate online or by mail, or learn more on our Campership Fund page.

Thank You for your Support!

Hiram House in a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.


Spring School Camps & Retreats Now in Full Swing

Welcome New & Returning Groups!


Kidder School (left) & Beachwood School (right) students at camp

School’s not out for summer yet, but area students are already enjoying Hiram House School Camp this spring.

Local school districts use Hiram House and its hands on outdoor and indoor facilities and attractions to help supplement lessons learned in the classroom on subjects such as science, math and art. They also learn teamwork, self-reliance, communication and other vital life skills.

Youth, civic and church retreats also benefit from the natural setting our scenic 172 wooded acres & spacious lodging and dining amenities offered to their groups.

The Hiram House professional staff works with each of them to design programs tailored to their specific needs.

Contact us to plan your next school or group outing. Read more details on our School Camp page.


Hiram House Trustees Elect New President & Officers

 Kevin D. Barnes, Cleveland Attorney, to Lead Board

- Board Elects Two New VPs, Recognizes Past Officers –


New Hiram House President, Kevin D. Barnes, (shown in photo above left, second from left), presents plaques to outgoing officers (left to right)  David B. Moore, Susan W. Cargile & John D. Barrett, as Russell R. Grundke, Secretary & Executive Director (on right) looks on.  New Board Officers, shown below, Spencer N. Pisczak, Vice President-Finance & Treasurer,(photo below left), and Michael R. Canty, Vice President-Development, (photo below center), Kevin D. Barnes, President, (photo below right).


The Hiram House Board of Trustees elected a new President and two new Board Officers at the annual meeting. Cleveland attorney  Kevin D. Barnes was elected as Board President. 

Newly-elected officers were Spencer N. Pisczak, as Vice President-Finance & Treasurer, and Michael R. Canty, as Vice President-Development.  Re-elected was Russell R. Grundke, as Board Secretary.

Kevin D. Barnes is a partner with the law firm of Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP’s Cleveland office. He has been a Hiram House Trustee since 1996 and serves on both the Executive and Finance Committees. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Chagrin Falls.  A graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College, Barnes has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1995. He was recognized again in 2012 by Ohio Super Lawyers, for Mergers & Aquisitions, and also named in Best Lawyers of Cleveland 2012, for Banking & Finance Law. He focuses his practice on international business, corporate finance, commercial and technology transactions and private equity investments. Read in-depth profile of attorney Kevin Barnes at www.taftlaw.com

Barnes succeeds outgoing President John D. Barrett, of Hudson, Regional President-Ohio for TriState Capital Bank, who served as Hiram House Board President from 2007 to 2011 and has been a trustee since 1993.  Barrett was presented with a plaque “in recognition of his years of dedicated service to Hiram House and the children it serves.” He will remain on the Board. During Barrett’s tenure as Board President, Hiram House completed several capital improvements at the camp, including a third new residential Log Cabin, the renovation of Taylor Hall Dining & Activity Center, the addition of a new High Ropes Course, as well as the launch of a new Website & Farmstead Barn. (Read related articles featured in Hudson Monthly Magainze about John Barrett's Board service and Hiram House Camp's new facilities and programs.)

Spencer N. Pisczak, President of Premier Development, has been a Board member since 2000 and serves on the Hiram House Executive Committee. He lives in Chagrin Falls, with his wife, Leslie, and their three children.

Michael R. Canty, President & CEO of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding, has been a Hiram House Trustee since 2001 and also serves on the Executive Committee. He lives in Bentleyville, with his wife, Michelle, and daughter.

Russell R. Grundke, is Executive Director of The Hiram House, the 116-year old nonprofit organization operating Hiram House Camp. He and his wife, Joanne, live in Moreland Hills.

In other business, the Hiram House Board also recognized two former officers and long-time trustees at the annual meeting. Immediate-past Vice President-Finance & Treasurer, David B. Moore, of Shaker Heights, and Immediate-past Vice President-Development, Susan W. Cargile, of Beachwood, were presented with citations “in appreciation of their many years of dedicated service” as chairpersons of their respective committees and as trustees. Both will continue to serve on the Board.



Hiram House TODAY - Spring/Summer 2012 Vol. 13 No. 1

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications

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