Spring/Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Spring/Summer 2011 Vol. 12 No. 1

Hiram House’s Taylor Hall Benefits with $10,000 Grand Prize from Joyce Factory Direct and Joanne and Russ Grundke

55th Anniversary $10,000 Giveaway Winners
Russ & Joanne Grundke, with Kathy Scheer & Todd Schmidt of Joyce Factory Direct

What would you do with $10,000 in home improvement products from Joyce Factory Direct? Joanne Grundke who entered the company’s 2010 Giveaway, although initially in disbelief that she had really won, knew exactly what she would do.

Joanne and her husband Russ operate Hiram House Camp, he is Executive Director and she is in charge of fundraising. Located on 172 acres of pristiine land, Hiram House Camp has been in existence since 1896, and is one of the oldest camps in the country. Throughout its many years Hiram House has helped thousands of area youth build character and self esteem and continues to play a vital role in helping prepare our youth to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. However, decades of use of the facilities by active youth has taken its toll, so the winnings for Joanne and Hiram House came at the perfect time.

The decision was made to replace needed windows at Taylor Hall, a main hub of the camp. This project definitely made a huge impact on the functionality and energy efficiency of the building and complemented other recent renovations made to the structure. The results were amazing! The new windows are now in and look spectacular. Completion of this window replacement project helped to fulfill phase one of the Master Plan to transform Taylor Hall into a multi-functioning Dining & Activity Center.

Taylor Hall is open and now available to rent for both private or community functions. Phase two of the Master Plan looks to create additional break out meeting spaces in the building’s adjoining sections and eventually an interactive Nature Center.

Many thanks to the Grundkes and Joyce Factory Direct, please visit their website at: www.joycefactorydirect.com

Congressman Steven LaTourette
Visits Hiram House Camp



Congressman Steven C. LaTourette, Hiram House Board President John D. Barrett and Executive Director Russell R. Grundke, pictured left to right, at Hiram House.

Representative LaTourette, who represents Ohio’s 14 District in the United States House of Representatives, visited the camp to learn about its programs, toured facilities and met with staff as part of his ongoing outreach efforts to hear from his constituents.

Hiram House Camp Program Director Ken Fortuna Chosen for NE Ohio Rotary District 6630 GSE Team to the Netherlands


Ken Fortuna, below, and with 2011 Rotary GSE Team Members, above

KenFortunaRotaryTeamKen Fortuna, Hiram House Camp Program Director, was selected by the Rotary International District 6630 to represent them during their 2011 Group Study Exchange (GSE) visit to the Netherlands this spring.

Fortuna was chosen from among candidates throughout Northeast Ohio to be part of this annual program, underwritten by the Rotary International Foundation and sponsored by various Rotary Clubs within Rotary District 6630. Ken was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chesterland, based in Chesterland, Ohio.

Rotary International has 1.2 million members and 33,000 clubs worldwide in more than 200 countries. Founded in the early 1900’s on the principle of “Service about Self”, it celebrates over 100 years. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio, among other issues. www.rotary.org

Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. It provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. Team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

Bill Robertson, member of Rotary Club of Mentor and President of Concord Benefits Planning Agency, was Team Leader for the outbound GSE group traveling to the Netherlands for a month during February and March. Robertson explained the purpose of the program and visit is to foster international goodwill and understanding. All costs, including travel, meals and lodging, are covered for the GSE team members by the sponsoring Rotary Clubs, District and Rotary International Foundation.

In addition to Ken, other Team Members selected by Rotary International District 6630 from the many outstanding applicants to the GSE program were: Brandon Linton, 29 yrs., of Garfield Heights, pharmaceutical sales representative for Kowa Pharmaceuticals, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland; Alicia Graves, 27 yrs., of Cleveland, financial services representative for New York Life, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland East; and Heather Rule, 34 yrs., of Middleburg Heights, assistant director of adult student services at Baldwin Wallace College, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chagrin Highlands in Lyndhurst/Beachwood.

40th Annual Pumpkin Festival Plans Underway Save the Date for Spectacular Milestone Event!


This year’s 40th anniversary Pumpkin Festival at Hiram House Camp is already shaping up to be a spectacular event, one not to be missed! So mark your calendars now and save the date for Sunday, October 9, 2011, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Lots of new and exciting special attractions are in the works for this year’s event, in addition to our ever popular Haunted Hay Maze, Food, Rides, Games, Crafts, Animals, Music and Enterainment, all on our scenic 172 wooded acres filled with beautiful fall colors.

The Pumpkin Festival grew from humble origins back in 1971, as a simple pancake breakfast, into one of the region’s premiere fall events, now drawing thousands of children and families from throughout Northeast Ohio each year.

It is also our main fundraising event to benefit the annual Hiram House Campership Fund to enable children in need to attend a life enriching summer camp.

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact the camp office for details at (216) 831-5045. Great Family Fun for all Ages! Please join us this Fall!

Board of Trustees Elects Officers 
- Kevin Barnes is President-Elect

KevinBarnesKevin D. Barnes, a prominentCleveland attorney and longtime Board member, was recently named President- Elect by The Hiram House Board of Trustees. Barnes will succeed outgoing President John D. Barrett, Managing Partner of The Private Bank in Cleveland when his term ends later this year.

Barnes first became a Hiram House Trustee in 1996 and has been an active Board member since that time, serving on both the Executive and Finance Committees. Barnes said he “looks forward to his new role as President, working with the Board and staff on behalf of the 115-year old camp and the children it serves.”

Barnes is a partner with the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in their Cleveland office. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1979) and Harvard College (1976). Among his professional affiliations, Barnes has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and is recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers. He focuses his practice on international business, corporate finance, commercial and technology transactions and private equity investments. www.taftlaw.com

He and his wife, Mary, are residents of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Barnes is also active with the United Methodist Church in Chagrin Falls as its Finance Chair.

In other business, the Hiram House Board of Trustees also re-elected officers for the current term at the annual meeting including: Vice President of Finance, David B. Moore, Vice-President of Development, Susan W. Cargile, and Secretary Russell R. Grundke.

Hiram House was founded in 1896 as one of the oldest social service agencies in Northeast Ohio. It is also one of the earliest camps in the United States. Hiram House Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and a United Way Partner Service Agency. Each year it provides quality outdoor educational and recreational programs, services and facilities for thousands of children, adults, schools, religious & civic groups and other organizations throughout the region.

Welcome 2011 Summer Campers!
New Season Full of Fun Ahead

FarmsteadCamperCalvesCounselor CabooseCampers SummerCampGirlsCreekHike

As springtime’s reawakening of nature gives way to summer’s promise of warm and sunny days ahead, we look forward to seeing all of our new and returning Summer Campers at Hiram House very soon! If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time. Some sessions of Summer Camp have a few openings. Please call the camp office at (216) 831-5045 or click here

School Campers & Retreat Groups Enjoy Camp



Children and teenagers from area schools, churches, civic and youth groups visit Hiram House during the fall through spring months to enjoy our annual School Camps and Group Retreats.

Hiram House staff works with each of them to tailor a program that fits their unique needs, from academics in the outdoors to recreational activities or facilities rentals only, with or without meal service.

Contact Hiram House to plan your group’s camp adventure. Call (216) 831-5045





Hiram House TODAY - Spring/Summer 2011 Vol. 12 No. 1
Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications

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