November 2016 News & Views
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A Message from the Director

Gloria Tesch (Administrator), John White (Facilities Director), and I just returned from the International Association of Conference Center Administrators (IACCA) Annual Conference. This year it was at Spruce Lake Retreat in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. While John attend some pre-conference classes, Gloria and I went to visit Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I started to feel old when I saw Ken Griffey Jr's plaque on the wall. I remember watching his rookie year in Seattle. It was great to see all the various pieces of memorabilia from the history of baseball. Going to the IACCA conference always does two things: 1) it inspires me to try to do things better here at Seabeck and 2) makes me even more glad I am here. I say it every year, there is nobody in IACCA I would trade places with. When we complete Pines we will host the conference here. I can't wait. Gloria says she will take vacation that week.
Halloween was another amazing success. I think over 800 people came through in two hours. It is a fun night and gives us great standing in the community. For the first time in nine years, nobody said they hadn't been across the bridge before.  I think our mission is working. Two days later we did a fundraiser for Matej, our Slovakian Rotary Exchange student. We raised $2200 for his trip to Disneyland. The next day we did a fundraiser for the Kitsap Historical Society. These were our first three open days since June. Only we would fill them up with more work. All three events were great fun!
I hope you can join us for the Friends of Seabeck Weekend. It will be held December 9-11. It's a great chance to get away from the hub bub of the hectic Christmas season. There have been very few sign ups and we may have to cancel the event, so please don't wait until the last minute. Try to let us know if you are thinking about attending.

November makes one naturally think about being grateful for the things in their life.  I am thankful for this great place, great staff and great guests.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
November Retreats at Seabeck

Northwest Dance Network
Lumbermen's Breakfast - Kitsap Historical Society
Bayside Community Church
Olympic College
ELCA Southwestern WA Synod
ELCA First Call
Gig Harbor Quilters
Holy Rosary Parish
Kitsap Quilters
Catholic Community Services
St Matthews Lutheran Church
The Mankind Project
2016 Seabeck Halloween Party

The Seabeck Community Halloween Party was a big success with the most sponsors in 9 years. The following businesses sponsored houses and supplied all the candy for nearly 500 kids. Add the parents to that number and there were about 800 people on the grounds during this two hour party.

Thank you to all our sponsors this year.
Crosby Chapel Mother of Preschoolers
Damsels in Defense
Lone Rock Mercantile
Kitsap Mobile Grooming
Camp Union Pet Lodge
Silverdale Rotary
Seabeck Community Club
Dana's Heating
Kitsap Fire & Rescue
Diamond Duster Girls Fastpitch
Windermere Real Estate
Christian Worship Center
Seabeck Pizza
Turie's Seabeck Espresso
Evergreen Lutheran Church Preschool
Girls & Boy Scouts of America
Harvey's Hot Buttered Rum Company
Health by Design Wellness Center

Wildlife at Seabeck

Our resident family of deer are eating the last of the apple crop. They have been seen all over the grounds in the past couple weeks. They know they are in a safe place at Seabeck and don't seem bothered by too much by guests or staff.
What Do You Know About Reeser?

1988 - Reeser House, originally in Silverdale, was moved to Seabeck by barge and set on its foundation. It was built in 1914.

The Reeser Family talks about their house in this article published in 1988.


 Letter of thanks for the donation of Reeser House to Seabeck Conference Center.

Reeser House in its original location in Silverdale.

The house moves through Silverdale on the way to the barge.

The house makes it by water, all the way to Seabeck.

Now it is a Seabeck guest favorite.    
Seabeck Guest Group Profile
Center for Spiritual Living
at Seabeck Since 1961

Mission Statement
We are a spiritual community of thriving individuals committed to making the world a better place. We teach people spiritual practices to live by.
The Center for Spiritual Living is a trans-denominational, inter-generational, not-your-usual church, that was started in 1921. We provide a great place for "the rest of us" who are looking to connect with God/Higher Power/Universal Presence, but don't really fit in with any one religion. Though we celebrate age-old spiritual traditions from around the world, our message and delivery are modern and down to Earth. So relax, have fun, and look around - chances are you'll see people just like you.
Our faith is not a revelation of some particular individual or of any one group. Rather, it is a correlation of the most empowering truths found in religious texts and the discoveries of science. We start with the simple proposition that God, known to many by many names and traditions, is an immediate Presence not only around but also within every person. We believe in a power greater than ourselves. We believe that an invisible law, force, and intelligence governs everything in the universe. We, as individuals, endeavor to discover our immediate relationship to that Power and become partners in Its activities.
The Center for Spiritual Living brings over 200 people to Seabeck every August.  

Your Donations Mean Everything to Seabeck

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 impacts not just one person, but all guests that will be able to have great experiences like you.

When donating your gift, look into your donation options. There are a wide variety of methods by which you can make a contribution to the future of Seabeck Conference Center. You should consult your tax advisor to determine which method will work best for accomplishing your individual goals.

Donations options include:
* Gifts of Cash
* Gifts of Commodities
* Bequests, Memorials, & Honor Gifts
* Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
* Land or Gifts that Can Be Used or Sold

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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