Once again this year, camp’s friends at Toyota Financial Services in Cedar Rapids had a fund raiser for Camp Courageous. A special thank you to Team Impact, (above) for all their work that went into making their Casual Month for Camp Courageous (July) such a huge success. We cannot thank Tracey Bennett and the group enough.
The first week of July we have a very special group at camp volunteering from Clarendon Hills,Il. More specifically from the Community Presbyterian Church which includes youth and adults.
interim pastor Rev. David Handley and a church elder Bruce Granger flew in from their home town to make a surprise visit to Camp Courageous. They wanted to see the place that has kept individuals from their congregation coming back year after year for about three decades now.
After viewing the camp’s video and a brief tour they met up with their group, who have been doing a fabulous job here this week!
Pictured from L-R are Bruce Granger (pilot); Susie Jones (volunteer) and Rev. Dave Handley.
Our sincere appreciation to this dedicated group of clergy and lay persons who reach out beyond their church and community, truly living out what they are taught and are “good samaritans”.
A huge thank you to Jim Caswell, AMVETS Post 110 of Anamosa and Family Foods of Anamosa for the generous donation of 72 packages of dairy free buns. Bread is a staple food item that we can always use at camp. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and support.
Thank you to Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier for his generous donation of wooden toys just in time for the Visually Impaired Week. Larry continues his father’s legacy of making these toys that delight our VI campers. Dutch Richtsmeier made literally thousands of toys over a 15 year period and now Larry has for the past 3 years made sure his dad’s memory lives on.
Larry also brought a huge donation of much needed paper products collected by Center One Development Group of Franklin Co.in Hampton.
Last but not least was a memorial donation from the Richtsmeier family in memory of Larry’s mom. Thank you Larry and Center One for your ongoing generous support and friendship!
I had the good fortune of meeting Tom Stelzer through one of Camp’s early administrative assistants, Peggy Behrends. Peggy’s husband, Russ, was Assistant Warden at the Iowa Men’s Reformatory in Anamosa, where Tom headed up Iowa Prison Industries.
During our early years, camp was very poor, and when we bought something, we did not have much money to spend, and it had to last a long time. Tom would line camp up with excellent tables, chairs, bunk beds, dressers, etc. at the best price he could give. Much of the items bought over 30-years ago, are still in use today.
Personally, Tom was our tax preparer for over 30-years. He had a personality that one could not help but love. Tom taught me the fun that comes with numbers. He loved his family and often talked about where everyone was and what they were doing. We looked forward to our annual visits in his basement. Tom brought about as much humor to our taxes as one could bring. It was a wonderful tradition.
Tom would give the shirt off his back to Camp Courageous, both personally and through Iowa Prison Industries. They didn’t come any better than Tom…he will be very dearly missed…our heart goes out to Shirley and his family… – cwb