Thursday
Oct082015

Workshop: Bed Bugs: Not If, But When! 

Once a novelty in developed countries, bedbug infestations in the United States have become increasingly commonplace. Any type of environment – homes, apartments, college dorms, airplanes, buses, movie theaters, and our beloved camps and conference centers are ideal homes for these virulent insects. If you are in the camp and conference business it isn’t a matter of if but when you’ll play host. Learn the basics of prevention, identification, and treatment of infestations as well as how to avoid potential public relations fallout.

About the Presenter: John Koch (pronounced “cook”) was born and raised on a family farm in southern Ohio where he raised sheep and cattle with his 8 siblings. He attended Miami University and graduated with a degree in Economics and History. After graduating from college, John moved to New York City where he worked as a Customer Service Manager for a startup airline, People Express. His career with the Episcopal Church began in 1989 when he was called to be Executive Director of The Summit, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of North Carolina. After a 17-year tenure with The Summit, John moved on to be Development Director of The Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, NC and then Executive Director of Beckwith Camp and Conference Center (Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast). Since September 2011 he has served as Executive Director of the Barbara C. Harris Center (Diocese of Massachusetts) in Greenfield, NH. Koch enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and the occasional wine tasting.

Thursday
Oct082015

Roundtable: Nurturing Faith at Camps & Conference Centers

From summer campers and counselors to year-round staff and retreat guests, we have the opportunity to nurture faith and inspire a sense of wonder in those who visit and work at our centers. Using the Five Marks of Mission and our own experiences and stories, join the conversation as we wrestle with what it means to be rooted in the Episcopal Church while serving and hiring a more and more spiritually diverse population. Do you open meetings with prayer? Decorate your retreat rooms with explicitly Christian art? Require a weekly summer Eucharist? And how do you allow or encourage staff to express their own spirituality, Christian or non?

About the Presenter: A northeast transplant to California, Beth has a passion for teaching and promoting outdoor education, sustainability, and environmental theology and has experience at outdoor centers, academic institutions, and within the Episcopal Church. Mitch, Beth's husband, is an Episcopal priest. A knitter, canoeist, amateur gardener, and backpacker, these days Beth's most favorite thing is adventuring with her boys: Eliot and James.

Wednesday
Oct072015

Workshop & Demonstration: Food Service: The Heart of Hospitality

Whether you are a professional chef, a beginner cook or a maintenance staff person, we all know that our kitchens are often at the heart of our conference centers and camps. Come join Matt Fiore, Food Service Director at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, assisted by Kathy Jansen, Food Service Director for Mustang Island Conference Center, for a hands-on cooking demonstration and a discussion of how foods are often at the heart of our hospitality.

Wednesday
Oct072015

Workshop: Best Practices in Maintenance

When is it better to repair vs. replace? How do you keep track of routine maintenance? These questions and more will be discussed at this workshop.

About the Presenters: Jack Dowling is the longtime Operations Director at Bishop's Ranch in California. Corey Schneider is Operations Director at Gray Center in Mississippi.

Wednesday
Oct072015

Workshop: Insurance Review

This workshop will discuss what types of insurance Church Insurance covers, and allow for question/answer time on workers' comp claims, property protection, fire, etc.

About the Presenter: Bill Bullock is VP of Client Services for Church Pension Group.