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Note: For confidentiality reasons, meeting minutes have been removed from our public web pages as of 11/8/2015. Participating congregations can contact the secretary to inspect the minutes.
Anthony Santoya has resigned from the board, so we have two open board positions now and are hoping to find volunteers to fill them. Board members help with planning and organizing camp. Contact any of us for more information.
At today's general membership meeting, Pastor Will Kant was elected to the board of directors, replacing Pastor Josh Hanson, whose term had expired. Jordan Hochmuth, whose term also had expired, was reelected. Annette Smith resigned from the board recently and we were not ready to nominate a replacement yet, so that board position is temporarily vacant. Thanks to Josh and Annette for their service!
In the board portion of the meeting, we set the meeting schedule for 2022 and started some planning.
We will have a general membership meeting on Saturday December 4, 2021, at 10:00am, followed immediately by a board meeting. Everyone interested in camp is welcome. Instructions on how to participate via Zoom are here.
The main business for the general membership meeting will be to elect (or perhaps re-elect) two directors to our seven-person Board of Directors. Contact us if you are interested in being nominated. Up to two members from each of the WELS and ELS congregations that support Tree of Life can vote during the general membership meeting. Once we've settled the board election, the meeting will switch over to a board meeting. We'll choose board officers from among the directors, then talk about 2022 camp planning. Everyone is welcome to stay and participate in that discussion.
Dear Friends of Tree of Life Lutheran Bible Camp,
It is once again my unhappy duty to advise that the TOL Board of Directors has voted to cancel this year's camp.
In March of this year, the Board fully intended to conduct camp, but since that time there have been many different developments that caused the camp cancellation decision. There are many factors that led to this decision: staff volunteer shortage, low camper interest, and most difficult to navigate — the Covid 19 situation.
Regarding Covid, TOL participating members held many different opinions about how to manage the situation. It became very clear over the last couple months that not only were the government's recommendations and regulations in a state of extreme flux, so were our own members' strategies. Generally speaking, two groups formed — a "conduct camp business as usual" group and a group that wanted stricter precautionary measures.
Who is right? Who is wrong? Personally I don't think it's as simple as "right or wrong", as there are valid points on both sides of the argument.
One inescapable fact is this: strict precautionary measures would mean that it would be extremely challenging to run a youth summer camp, especially considering the close proximity that staff and campers would be in for the entire week (sleeping accommodations, communal dining, shared swimming pool, and the like).
When the entire set of circumstances was considered by the Board — staffing issues, camper interest, Covid — though it broke our hearts to vote yet again on such a drastic action, the Board felt that the best thing to do was cancel the 2021 TOL camp.
This is a major disappointment. But, we will have faith in God's promises, that He works all things for the good of those that love Him. Therefore, let us believe that God will work this situation to our benefit, too.
So, stay resolute fellow Christian TOLers! This is not the end of camp. Christ Jesus will sustain us, He will keep us anchored to Him, and as with all other things of this world, this situation won't last. TOL absolutely intends to conduct camp in 2022. For now, just think of this as TOL being closed for renovations. So when 2022 rolls around, totally plan to be at camp — because we certainly will be.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Thanks for your time. Thanks for your TOL support.
Respectfully, your brother in Christ,
Chairman, Tree of Life Lutheran Bible Camp
p.s.: For those who have already registered and paid by PayPal, we have issued refunds. For those who have sent checks, we have voided your check. --Treasurer
We will have an online-only general membership meeting on December 5, 2020, at 10:00am, followed immediately by a board meeting. Everyone interested in camp is welcome. Instructions on how to participate are here.
The main business for the general membership meeting will be to elect (or perhaps re-elect) two directors to our seven-person Board of Directors. Contact us if you are interested in being nominated! Up to two members from each of the WELS and ELS congregations that support Tree of Life can vote during the general membership meeting. Once we've settled the board election, the meeting will switch over to a board meeting. We'll choose board officers from among the directors, then talk about 2021 camp planning. Everyone is welcome to stay and participate in that discussion.
It is with great disappointment that I must announce that the Tree of Life Lutheran Bible Camp Board of Directors unanimously voted to cancel camp for 2020. This decision was made in response to the current Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The prophet Isaiah relays the words of God: For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear not, I am the one who helps you. (Isaiah 41:13). Therefore, let us be reminded that The Lord sustains His children with His mercy, grace, and love — The Lord is our ever present help in trouble. For that reason, though cancelling camp is not what we had hoped for, we will remain faithful in The Lord and maintain hope that Tree of Life will be back in full-effect for an amazing camp in 2021.
Your brother in Christ,
Tree of Life Lutheran Bible Camp - Board of Directors Chairman
Take a look at what camp is like in the 2013 camp video! Thanks to those who took the photos and to David Covey for editing the video.
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