October 1, 2013
Spring Outing Retrospective
Spring Outing happened just after the summer issue of the North Wind went to press. All the dust has settled now, and it’s a good time to look back and reflect on what seems to have been a big success.
We had 143 registered for the Outing - 103 adult participants, 38 leaders and non-participating companions, and 2 children/youth. 98 came to the barbecue in Lehman Park on Friday night, and the same number to the banquet at Thatcher Hall on Saturday. 77 Outing participants came to the Saturday evening concert, and we had 71 spectators who bought tickets in the community or at the door. After all expenses we were left with a surplus of $736 for the Outing.
Friday and Saturday featured ideal weather - sunny and pleasantly warm without being hot. On Sunday we received some heavy rain showers. People seemed to enjoy themselves, even in the rain. Of 34 planned trips, three were cancelled long ahead of time and one on the day. Everything else went ahead, with good turnouts.
Jamie Savage performed at Happy Hour. Jeff Miller planned a planetarium show, which had to be cancelled because of construction on campus. Jeff substituted observing the moon through a telescope and binoculars at Lehman Park. Most agreed the barbecue and the banquet were very well done by PACES, the SUNY Potsdam caterers. Most reports of the residence accommodations were favorable. The concert by Dan Duggan, Peggy Lynn, and Dan Berggren at Snell Music Theatre was popular. We were especially pleased by the response from music fans in the region who came to the concert, some from great distances, even though they didn’t take part in the rest of Spring Outing.
We collected a lot of evaluation forms on the last day, and most people seemed to have had a very good experience. A few people added comments, and one, Kathy Clerkin of the Niagara Frontier Chapter, went to the effort of sending detailed comments and glowing praise to extend to all who helped organize and lead.
There are a lot of people to acknowledge. They include Nancy Hess and Donna Ober of SUNY Potsdam; Jeff Miller; Jamie Savage; Mary MacKinnon, Peggy Mooers, Linda Moerschell, Pat Mueller, Charles and Lila Hunnewell, Jo Den Bleyker, and Elizabeth Taylor (all of whom took part in managing concert ticket sales); all our trip leaders; Geri Ames, whose line drawings featured on the brochure; Ellie Menz and Mary Jane Watson (finances); Betsy Tisdale (entertainment); David Katz (web site); Tom Ortmeyer (publicity); Bill Mueller (outings planning); and Marianne Hebert (registration and liaison with SUNY Potsdam). Their efforts led to a very successful Outing.
Oct 1, 2013: Spring Outing Retrospective