Spring/Summer 2015 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Spring/Summer 2015 Vol. 16 No. 1


Camp’s Adventure Center to Add Many Exciting New Elements this Summer!


New Elements, similar to those featured in photos, will be added to the Hiram House Camp Adventure Center this summer.  They were made possible thanks to a generous $70,000 donation made anonomously.(photos courtesy of Experiential Systems, Inc.) 

Hiram House Campers will be climbing among the treetops later this summer with the addition of a dozen exciting new elements to the existing High Ropes Course at the Adventure Center.  

These will include a new:

Balance Board

Cargo Net

Deep Buckets


Suspension Bridge

Swinging Logs

Swaying Beam with Hand-line

Swinging Beam

Swinging Disks

Tire Swings

Track Walk

These enhancements will be possible thanks to a generous $70,000 donation, made anonomously at the family’s request in memory of their loved one.

The new facilities will be built by Experiential Systems, Inc., experienced professionals in this field  and an accredited member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

They will be available to Summer Campers, School Camps and Retreat Groups, said Program Director Ken Fortuna, who was instrumental in the planning process for these new structures.

On behalf of Hiram House and children we serve - Thanks to our Donors!


Hiram House Adventure Center to add new Cargo Net, Suspension Bridge and Balance Board (photos above) among other new features. (photos courtesy of Experiential Systems, Inc.)


Sign Up Now for Summer Camp 2015!

Summer Camp girls having fun at Hiram House Summer Camp. Don't Delay - Register 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

NEW Attractions this Summer! Disk Golf & Butterlfy Garden, plus New Adventure Center Elements coming (see article above).

Register Now Online for Summer Fun!

Registration is on a first come basis and space is limited, so please sign up today for the best selection!  (All camps include early registration option for the 2016 season.)

For information on session dates & fees, please register online at: www.hiramhousecamp.org . Call 216-831-5045 with questions.

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 to register.


- Come for the Race, Stay for the Taste! -

Race ‘N’ Taste - July 25, 2015 - Register Now!


Join Hiram House Camp for Race ‘N’ Taste, a fun summer event Saturday, July 25! The day includes a 5k Trail Run, a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and a Food Tasting from the area’s best restaurants, including Granite City, Paladar, Choolaah, La Dolce Vita Bistro, Yours Truly, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Philamena’s Bake Shop, Sweet Splendor and more!

Featured will be fabulous perks and raffle prizes, including Froniter Airlines ticket voucher, plus coveted park hopper passes from Disney Orlando, a two-week session of Hiram House Summer Day Camp 2016, gorgeous gift baskets from Hyde Park, race bags with coupons for a yoga session from Cleveland Yoga, tasty treats from the Chill Pop Shop & others, Children’s Activities and much more!  All proceeds will benefit The Hiram House “Campership Fund” for children in need. Gold Sponsors are the Bilsky Fund, Cleveland Clinic, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Lu-Jean Feng Clinic and ORG.

Start Times: 8:30 am - Registration

9:30 am - 5k Run

10:30 am - 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

11:00 am - Awards

11:30 am - Restaurant Tasting Event Begins

Location: The race starts at Hiram House Camp on the lower ball field, runs through wooded trails, and finishes in Pioneer Circle. Free Parking is available on site at 33775 Hiram Trail, Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022. 

Entry Fee Pricing:                         Early Registration**       Day of Race Registration* 

5k Race & Tasting -                         $25.00**                       $30.00*

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk & Tasting -     $20.00**                       $25.00*

Tasting Event Only -                         $10.00**                       $10.00*

*Day of race registration payments are cash or credit card only. 

** Early registration ends on July 24th.

What you get: Race shirts for everyone registered by July 18th. Pre and post-race food and drinks. 

How to Register: To register online, please visit our registration site. See link at www.hiramhousecamp.org/support-us/racentaste To register offline, call the Hiram House office at (216)831-5045, complete and mail a registration form with payment or come to the Hiram House Camp office at 33775 Hiram Trail, Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022.

Awards: 5k Only: Top 3 men and women overall and top 3 in each age group: Elementary (5-10), Middle School (11-14), High School (15-19), 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Sponsors: If you are interested in being a sponsor for Race ‘N’ Taste, please see  forms at www.hiramhousecamp.org/support-us/racentaste or contact Hiram House.

Tasting Partners: If you are interested in being a tasting parter for Race ‘N’ Taste, see details at www.hiramhousecamp.org/support-us/racentaste or contact Hiram House.

Questions: Call Hiram House (216) 831-5045 or email race@hiramhousecamp.org


Russell and Joanne Grundke to Retire After Decades of Service to Hiram House


Russell and Joanne Grundke (pictured above) are retiring later this year after decades of dedicated service to Hiram House and  to thousands of girls and boys over the years.

Russell Grundke, Hiram House Executive  Director, and Joanne Grundke, Hiram House Fundraising & Special Events, have announced their upcoming retirement at the end of 2015.  The Board of Directors will introduce the new Hiram House leadership team later this year.

It’s been a labor of love for this dynamic duo from start to finish, literally. The couple met and married at camp in 1969-70 and have been devoted to each other and Hiram House ever since.

Russell Grundke has been affiliated with Hiram House as part of its administrative staff for nearly fifty years. He first joined the camp as a Group Counselor in 1966 and over the years has served as Riding Instructor ’67 & Director ’68-’69, Assistant ’70 & Program Director 71’-76’, Camp Director 77’-’87, Director ‘87-’98 & Executive Director (’99-present).

During his tenure Hiram House has undergone many changes, including the addition of multiple new camp programs and facilities. Among them are the Teambuilding & Adventure Center, with its High/Low Ropes & Obstacle Course and Alpine Climbing Tower, New Residential Log Cabins, New Horseback Riding Center, New Farmstead Barn, renovated Dining Hall & Activity Center and many others planned or in progress.

A NE Ohio native and graduate of Rocky River High School, Grundke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kent State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from John Carroll University.

He is a member of the American Camp Association-Ohio Section and the Greater Cleveland Camping Alliance. In addition to his position as Hiram House Executive Director, he serves as Secretary for the Hiram House Board of Directors and is a former Board Member of the Orange Community Education and Recreation Department.

His love of the outdoors extends into his personal life, he has been an avid long-distance runner and is an accomplished wildlife photographer who markets his images and also has taught classes in nature photography for area parks and organizations.

Joanne Grundke is retiring after more than thirty years of service. She first the joined the camp staff in fall 1969 to fill the job of Office Assistant. But, the position proved to be life-altering, as she met her future husband, Russell Grundke, at camp. The couple married in winter 1970 and Joanne continued working at camp until 1976 when she resigned to raise their two sons, Travis and Brent.

Joanne returned to Hiram House in 1990 to work in fundraising and special events for the camp and has been actively involved since then. During that time she has worked with numerous area foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals to benefit the annual Hiram House “Campership Fund”, which has enabled thousands of children in need to enjoy a life-enriching stay at summer camp.

One of the highlights of each year’s special events is the annual Pumpkin Festival every fall, which benefits the Campership Fund. Now in its 44th year, the event has grown under Grundke and now attracts some 5,000 guests and hundreds of volunteers and groups annually. It features fall family fun for all ages.

She is also a member of the American Fundraising Professionals. She is a Greater Cleveland native and a graduate of Villa Maria in Newcastle, PA.

We Wish Them Well!


Hiram House Camp, Russell & Joanne Grundke Featured on Cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer, Sun News


Hiram House, Russ & Joanne Grundke were featured on Cleveland.com, Plain Dealer, Sun News announcing their retirement later this year after nearly a half century of service to Hiram House. A Timeline shows the History of Hiram Hiram since it was founded in 1896 to the present day. A Photo Gallery with vintage photos is also online.

You can view them at the links below:


Photo of Russ & Joanne Grundke, by Brenda Cain, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Hiram House Camp News:


Cleveland.com – Timeline History of Hiram House & Photo Gallery:


Cleveland.com – Grundkes Retiring After Nearly Half Century of Service:




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Hiram House TODAY - Spring/Summer 2015 Vol. 16 No. 1

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications


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