April 24, 2017
There is a flurry of activity going on behind the scenes at Naramata Centre as we prepare for our spring, summer and fall guests. We hope you will be one of them!
Naramata Centre - A Special Destination 
Photo: Keri Wehlander
For almost 70 years, Naramata Centre has welcomed people from Alberta and BC to its 23 acres in the heart of the Okanagan. Generations of individuals and families make this journey a "must-do" part of their summers. Love to sing? Practice yoga? Interested in the arts? Seeking spiritual nurture? Want to enhance health and well-being? Check out our impressive variety of spring, summer and fall 2017 programs for children, teens, adults, elders. Register here for programs and accommodations!

Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our 2017 AGM is scheduled for May 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Columbia Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting; only members can speak and vote. Members will receive the AGM information package by email, two weeks prior to the meeting.  It was emailed April 22; it  contains important information of concern to members.

Details about proxy voting will also be included in the information package. New this year, attending members may cast a proxy vote for one other member, in addition to their own vote.
To streamline the registration process at the door, we ask that everyone attending (members and non-members), please RSVP to  https://www.naramatacentresociety.org/agm-2017.
Following the AGM, join us for a potluck dinner in
Photo: Barb Hatfield
the Creekside Commons camp kitchen. Please bring your own cutlery and dishes, and food to share. We hope for a warm, su nny day. All are welcome!

Hearts and Hands 
Volunteer Service Event 
May 5-12
Enjoy the beauty of spring in the Okanagan! Some will be excited to hear that the Spring Wine Festival will also be taking place during this period. We invite you to join us on Friday, May 5th as we prepare rooms for people attending the AGM the next day.
Come for a few days or  the whole week as we revitalize the site
Photo: Barb Hatfield
for our spring, summer and fall participants. Summer Manager Gwen Dell'Anno will organize and oversee the Hearts  and Hands service week. Accommodations are provided at no cha rge. Participants are responsible for their own mea ls, bu t meal-sharing and pot-luck dinners are encouraged. As part of your vol unteer s ervice, you may wish to lead offerings of spiritual nurture, community building, music, discussion, etc. If so, please email Gwen:   gwen@naramatacentresociety.org  
Thanks to all who have registered for the Hearts and Hands event. If you are thinking about coming and haven't yet registered for this spring volunteer event, you may register  here.

Summer students at Naramata Centre
The Centre will be hiring four summer students this year. Job postings are currently being finalized. Watch for an email announcement and check our blog page on the website for these postings coming soon.

New This Year
Photo: Jenne Newman
In 2017, we are introducing two "Emerging Community" weeks, (July 8-15 and August 26-Sept 2) where people are invited to come and immerse into community without taking a program. We encourage guests to plan and carry out activities together, assisted by community hosts and staff. Do you like to hike? Plan to lead one! Bringing your bike? Let us know and we will encourage others to do the same. Want to have a campfire singalong or a dance for kids? Hop in and take the lead. Last summer this happened organically in weeks with no programs. This year we have set aside two weeks for these experiences to unfold!

A Naramata Testimonial
by Judy Hutchinson
Photo: Rob Hutchinson

My husband, Rob, and I came to Naramata Centre last summer for the nostalgia. But we'll be back this summer to build new memories.
The Centre has been close to our hearts for years so it was history that drew us and friends back last year. Our one fun-filled week wasn't nearly long enough. Mornings flew by (my friends and I enjoying programs while Rob volunteered pruning trees), and our afternoons and evenings were decadent: sunning at the beach, sampling fabulous restaurants, visiting local wineries, sharing long talks on the dock at night.
This year, we've signed up for three weeks! And, for part of that time, our adult sons and their families will join us. Our three young grandsons will experience Naramata for the first time! To start creating your new memories, check out the programs and accommodations at Naramata Centre for this year, and book your choices. Rob and I hope to meet you there!

Expressions of Gratitude
Barb Hatfield and Jenne Newman

Program Committee Co-Chairs, Barb and Jenne, have been working tirelessly over the past couple of years to plan, implement and evaluate our Centre programs. They brainstorm the program seasons, seek, select and work with program leaders, create the program calendar, oversee registration, recruit and orient Community Hosts, contribute to policy decisions and so much more! Most recently they have been training staff and supporting the transition to the summer leadership team. We hold these board members in very high esteem! Thank you, Barb and Jenne!

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
May 6
General Meeting
May 5 - 13:
Spring Clean-Up Volunteer Event
Hearts and Hands
Support the Centre with your physical efforts, and receive in return gifts of community fellowship, spiritual nurture, and the satisfaction of giving back.

Naramata Centre Ambassadors
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Want to support the ongoing work of the Naramata Centre Society? Donations are always appreciated, and donors will receive a tax receipt at the end of the year. 

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