March 2018 News & Views
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A Message from the Director
I love Capital campaigns. Yes, there is a fair amount of stress involved. I am not the worrying type, yet I am constantly thinking about that big fat hairy goal we set last year. That can seem overwhelming. Then there is the awesomely fun side of the campaign. There is a saying, "if you truly want to see what your values are, look at your check register." I believe that is true. I have had some of the most heartwarming moments lately all do the Pines Campaign.
We received the big gift from Eliot. It was officially offered in a great letter from their Board. Here is one of the passages:
"From the natural beauty of the campus setting to the varied housing options and meeting spaces to the communal dining experience, Seabeck has been instrumental in helping us shape meaningful-and what many Eliot campers have called life changing-experiences for generations of Elioteers.  Thank you for the care that you have put into welcoming Eliot Institute campers into this special place and ensuring that this community treasure will exist for generations to come."
Wow! They really get it! Those are such nice words. Fundraising can be financially rewarding, but hearing how people feel about Seabeck really makes it worthwhile. Shortly after receiving that gift, I went to dinner with a long time Seabeck loving family. They presented us with the largest private family gift ever. During the meal we didn't talk about the money or even Pines that much. We talked about what Seabeck meant to their family through the years. I was very moved. It was one of my more gratifying moments of my time as Director. This family had traveled many places together. They had many memories from around the world, yet Seabeck was what mattered to them. Seabeck Community Club bought a brick. The Celtic Arts Foundation surprised us with a $1500 gift. A longtime Elioteer recently retired and brought in a $5000 check. Believe me, we can use the money, but the kind and moving words attached to the gifts mean so much to me. I promise to be a good steward of your donations and of this scared place.
The May 20 th event keeps growing in size. We plan to have demonstrations of how people use Seabeck during the year including quilters. We will unveil the plans for the Pines Plaza and have the first round of bricks there to see. We also will have a fun survey to help pick the color scheme for the new Pines. We will have several choices for people to vote on. To top it all off...we will host a salmon bake! Registration for this free event will be out next month. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!
I will be sending emails to everyone who qualifies for a brick at Pines. This email will allow you to create, confirm or change the inscription on your brick(s) and order a duplicate to have at home. If you aren't ready to order your brick, don't worry, this is only the first batch. There will be other chances as the year progresses.
Thanks for all your support and friendship!

5th Grade Camp Colman Fundraiser at Seabeck

12 Ways to Reduce Your FoodPrint

Americans waste up to 40 percent of their food, with the average family of four creating up to $2,275 in food waste annually. Preventing waste makes sense...and cents. Wouldn't you rather save and spend that money on a vacation?
Here are 12 ways to minimize food waste at home.
  1. Portion control. Controlling the amount on your plate controls the amount in the garbage. Start with a small serving and get seconds if you want them.
  2. Leftover luck. Give yesterday's dinner a new life in a new recipe. Transform grilled chicken, steak or veggies into sandwiches or pasta salad. Get creative; you can turn leftover chili con carne into enchiladas with delicious results!
  3. Buy just what you need. 
  4. Make a plan. Before you shop, make a meal plan based on what's already in the fridge and pantry (and what's on sale!). This helps save time and money. Plus, it prevents you from buying food you don't need. 
  5. First in, first out. Rotate items in your fridge and pantry so the oldest items are at the front. 
  6. Counter, pantry or fridge? Storing produce properly keeps it lasting longer. Check out this fruit and vegetable guide to learn proper produce storage.
  7. Belly up to the bulk bins. Spices, nuts and grains, oh my! Choosing only the amount I need makes more sense than storing half-filled boxes - or throwing out what I didn't use months later. Bonus: many of our bulk offerings are organically grown.
  8. Preserve the bounty. Don't let those juicy peak season crops go to waste! If you can't finish them, freeze or can them and use in soups, sauces, smoothies and baked goods later.
  9. Smooth solution. A smoothie is a great vehicle for those leafy greens, a handful of berries or that last splash of juice or milk.
  10. Stock up. From carrot tops to celery stubs to chicken bones, scraps can be saved for soup stock pot and more. Writer and recipe developer Alice K. Thompson also has some specific ways to use more of your produce, as well as some creative uses for everyday food scraps. 
  11. Hit the bar. Shop your stores' salad bar when you need very small amounts of vegetables for recipes.
  12. Use it up. When you buy a special ingredient for a recipe, don't waste what's left. Search new recipes to see if you can use it instead of tossing it.
By eating more parts of what we buy, loving leftovers, using our freezer and planning ahead, you can both save food and money. 
Now it's your turn to share any tips you have on reducing food waste.
Look Who's at Seabeck When You're Not!

Roosevelt High School Jazz Boosters
Coming to Seabeck since 2013

Mission Statement
To provide financial, logistical and creative support to ensure that musically-qualified students have access to the best possible learning environments and activities regardless of their financial circumstances.

Welcome jazz fans new and old, whether you have been following the Roosevelt Jazz Band for years, or have just seen us perform at one of our European Tour stops.

Led by Scott Brown,  Roosevelt Jazz is part of the dynamic performing arts department at Roosevelt High School, a public school in Seattle, Washington.  The program consists of three instrumental big bands and one vocal jazz group, all supported by the Roosevelt Jazz Booster Club. Named "Jazz Educator of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine in 2004, and inducted into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013, Scott Brown has directed Roosevelt's jazz program since 1984 when he took over from the legendary Waldo King.
Roosevelt Jazz Band comes to Seabeck every February and brings around 100 students. They also put on a concert in the Meeting House. 

The New Pines Campaign

We have a desire to continue to offer our services for many years to come. Seabeck Conference Center is happy to serve people like you, and we invite you to be a part of our legacy. Your donation will help us build a new Pines that will be a place for future generations to gather.

The new Pines will have flexible floor/bed plans, 20 private bathrooms, two meeting rooms, spacious lobby, kitchen, conversation areas, increased accessibility, hidden parking, new plaza with seating and we are keeping the big trees.

All gifts are welcome. Seabeck Conference Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Chuck Kraining at (360) 830-5010 or email him at

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