February 2018 News & Views
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A Message from the Director
Seabeck Conference Center is dedicated to the moral, social and spiritual well-being of its guests and staff by providing a setting that is conducive to education, renewal and character enhancement.
That is our mission statement. I really like it. Extra words have been added and subtracted through the years, but that is basically the same statement that we used 103 years ago at our founding. I think spiritual and renewal are the ones that resonate for me. We represent all six of these expressive words, but those two seem to fit the best for me. As I say, I can't always quote our mission statement word for word, but I live it every day. Isn't it wonderful that Seabeck is a moral, social and spiritual constant in an every changing world?
This was a much different country back in 1915 when we were founded. The U.S. had just become a world power and we were about to fight two wars to prove it. It's amazing when you think about all the change the world has seen in the past century, yet our mission lives on. As a non-profit organization we are not allowed to get involved in the political process. As a non-profit exec, I am smart enough not to get involved publicly. I will just say, in the current climate in the U.S. and the greater world, we need Seabeck more than ever. We are dedicated to spiritual renewal. Who couldn't use some of that?
We had a huge boost to our campaign this week. Eliot Institute pledged $220,000 to our campaign. That is in addition to the $100,000 given to the Centennial Campaign. What an incredible gesture of support and friendship!!! They are our biggest single user, hosting two full weeks of 250 in the summer and two four-day events of 125+. They also hold their board retreat here every January. Thank you so much Eliot Board, staff and guests!
Firs is completed. I am very excited by the results. the four new restroom areas are small, but comfortable and private. The new carpet and bedspreads add to the look. We like it so much that we have decided to expand the concept to Cedars this fall and winter. Early plans call for separate bath areas like Firs and custom rooms. We might even try a winter/summer furniture swap. We would take some of the beds away during the non-summer time and add comfortable furniture. We have always had a dream of turning room #1 into a lounge. That dream may come true 7 or 8 months a year. We also plan to do some cement work and lighting upgrades here and there this spring.
Mark your calendars for a special event at Seabeck on the afternoon of May 20
th. We are just formulating the plans, but it will be a campus wide celebration of philanthropy and the donors who make this place possible. More details coming soon!
I also hope you can join us for the Seabeck Celtic Arts Concert on February 12
th (see below). Let us know if you want to spend the night. We have a few free rooms.
Celtic Arts Foundation Concert
Seabeck Mastery of Scottish Arts Concert
Monday, February 12th at 7:30 PM
The Concert will be held in the Meeting House
Tickets are $15 and available in the Seabeck Office
This fun event is put on by the instructors of the Celtic Arts Foundation Winter School. They are some of the best pipers, fiddlers, singers, and dancers in the world. Meet them
up close and enjoy their talents and humor. Proceeds go directly to the performers.
What a Waste!
Seabeck is on a mission to reduce food waste. Here are some of the ways Seabeck has cut back on our food waste:
- HOT CEREAL: Instead of having a huge bowl of oatmeal or cream of rice on each table, we have the hot cereal, as well as cold cereal, hard boiled eggs, toast and more on the Toast & Cereal Bar. The amount of oatmeal that was thrown away has been drastically reduced.
- CINNAMON ROLLS: We were serving a dish of 8 huge cinnamon rolls to each table. We do use some of the leftovers for bread pudding, which by the way, is delicious. We have reduced the number of cinnamon rolls on each table to 6. There is still leftovers for the bread pudding, but cutting back is working.
- MILK: We used to put at least 5 small cartons of milk on each table. Once the milk is out of the refrigerator and in the dining room for over an hour, it needs to be thrown away. We have reduced the number of cartons on the tables to 3. There are still some leftover at the end of meals, but much less gets wasted and the guests do seem to mind asking for some more.
- SIDE DISHES: The side dishes for meals has been reduced. We really only need one side dish with our meals. Right? So far no one is complaining and waste has been reduced.
- SMALLER CASSEROLE DISHES: We have purchased a smaller size casserole dish. We use this for many of our entrees. We are now serving less to the table, which means less waste. And as always, feel free to ask for more if you wish.
Next time you're at Seabeck, take the time to fill out a comment card. Instead of telling us there is too much wasted food, please give us your ideas on how we could do a better job. We would love to hear your ideas.
Look Who's at Seabeck When You're Not!
Northwest Basket Weavers,
Vi Phillips Basketry Guild
Our Purpose: Established in 1982, the purpose of our Guild is to preserve and promote the art of basket making. Our members are wonderful people whose skills and knowledge vary from folks who just love baskets to beginning basket weavers to professional artists, teachers and collectors. We have more that 200 members from Washington, Oregon, Canada, and across the country.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm, except in July, August and December. The Guild's extensive library collection of books, pamphlets and video tapes is available for members' use during social time. After show-and-tell, at 7:30 pm a program is presented, with subjects such as basketry techniques and materials, members' basketry travels, or unique basket makers. Visitors are always welcome to attend.
We meet at:
Phinney Neighborhood Center, in room 6
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
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
lexible 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.
Levels of Donor Recognition:
* All donors will be acknowledged in the new Pines
* $1,000 - Acknowledged on a brick in the Pines Patio
* $5,000 - Acknowledged on a bench in the Pines Plaza
* $20,000 - Acknowledged on Guest Rooms
* $50,000 - Acknowledged in Lounge Area
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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