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February 2010

We will honor two of the most influential members in the history of Camp Tecumseh Saturday, May 1st, 2010 Union League, Philadelphia, PA 6:00-11:00pm Open bar cocktail hour, dinner, acknowledgement of Jim and Bob—which will include a special video tribute, reception. Post-event gathering to follow

Come out and join our entire family at the 2010 Camp Tecumseh Reunion!

To honor Jim Fraser and Bob Glascott

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Click Here Did You Know? 

The Blue-Gray Fund is used exclusively for financial aid and scholarships

This past summer, over 30 boys were awarded Blue-Gray aid from a pot of $145,000

The 2009-10 Blue-Gray Fund goal is $150,000 - We are 35% toward our goal Make your gift today and make Tecumseh a possibility for a young man this summer


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amp Director Jim Talbot made his annual trip to the West Coast in January and was greeted by an excited Tecumseh family! As Jim usually does, he attended a camper recruitment night on Friday at Scott and Jody Adair’s home in LA. The Adair’s invited many local families with CT aged boys and Jim greeted them and told them the story of Camp Tecumseh. It looks like we may be able to grab a couple more West Coast families as a result of this great night! Thank you to the Adair’s for graciously offering their homes for this event! New to the West Coast trip, Jim took along Alumni Relations and Development Director, Paul Colistra for an Alumni gathering to be held on Saturday night. Through Newsletters, personal contacts and some great motivation on the part of the Alums in Southern California, we were able to host an event which over 40 people attended! Highlights of the night included Floyd Woodcock, a camper during WWII, telling stories of founder and then Director, Alexander Grant. Floyd and his wife travelled over 100 miles to be in attendance and made sure we had every generation covered going back to the 40’s!!! In the spirit of storytelling about Director’s, John C. McGinley was sure to get his share of stories to the crowd about his Director, George Munger. Other Highlights include most recent camper, Miles Dixon, travelling down from Santa Barbara (and taking pictures, thanks!), a full family of Roe brothers in attendance and Thacher Goodwin Braving it on crutches! As mentioned above, every generation from 19402000’s was covered by a alum. A big A Mantle For Every Tecumseh Home… THANK YOU to Peter Shoemaker Peter Shoemaker’s Camp photo from the 70’s next to his and his wife Elizabeth for hosting such son PJ’s from 2009! a wonderful event and we look forward to continuing this into years to come! Hopefully, we will be in your city soon! Those in attendance: Chris Roe, Gabby Roe, Richard Roe, John McGinley, Read Mortimer, Rob Hessler, Floyd Woodcock, Thacher Goodwin, Miles Dixon, Tim Michals, Andrew Klausmeyer, Peter Shoemaker, Geoff Watson, Peter Shoemaker, Jim Talbot, Paul Colistra

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Director’s Message


What’s Been Done to Camp Lately? What was done with the Centennial Fund?

n the heels of the 100th anniversary celebration, an effort was made to maintain Camp on sound financial footing and protect its spectacular property. Seven years and almost $1,500,000 later, the Centennial Fund has provided funds for immediate facility and program improvements. As you would expect of Camp Tecumseh, the uses of the funds have not been glitz-and-glamour projects, but rather mundane necessities that will preserve the traditions that make Camp what it is. We believe that through the Centennial Fund, we have been able to make the necessary upgrades to Camp’s facilities and programs to keep Camp strong, and to keep our campers happy for many more years to come. Through our meetings with those that contributed to this effort, we consistently heard that people didn’t want to give because Camp HAS needs, but so Camp can MEET the needs of its campers. Other than the physical updates to Camp, one area in which we have committed Centennial Fund support to is the Blue-Gray Fund. In today’s times, without being able to offer financial aid and scholarships, Camp would not be a reality for many of our families. We believe that through our facility and program updates, we can meet the needs of today’s campers and keep Tecumseh the best place on earth! I want to thank all of you that understand and appreciate that Camp is a non-profit organization and that we rely on your support and generosity to keep it going. See below for a list of some improvements and to the next page for some pictures. On behalf of our campers and staff, Thank You for contributing to the Centennial Fund. Hope to see you May 1st at the 2010 Reunion! Regards,

Jim and Nina Talbot

Camp Director Jim and Nina Talbot

List of Some Improvements             

Renovation of the Barn and part of the Farmhouse Renovation of the Lodge Complete replacement of the dock New roofs on the dining hall and 2 cabins each year Renovations of the Cooper, and Director’s cottages Renovation of Grant Field that includes new irrigation, drainage and field surface. Renovation of Stanley Field to improve drainage New soccer goals and basketball backboards Purchase of one new ski boat Additions to the Opera House of new AV equipment Contributions to the Blue-Gray Fund. New septic system

Some Pictures of the Latest Improvements to Camp... New dock installation

Climbing Wall in Barn

New grass sod for Grant Field

Hard at work

New dirt for Grant Field

New roof for dining hall

Thank You Mark and Jay Luff for these Pictures!

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