You Build It, They Will Come"
primary source of inspiration for the creation of The
GVF Camps Alumni website came from a recent, and long
overdue (38 years), trip to Camp Oh-Neh-Tah,
coupled with a news-and-photo-filled luncheon with Louise
McRoberts, who, along with her husband , Mac, was the
caretaker of Camp Oh-Neh-Tah for many years.
When I left Louise on that sunny afternoon, I was filled
with memories, waves of emotion, and a deep sense of
gratitude. I also experienced a degree of frustration
because I couldn't think of a way in which I could share
my experience of those visits with the camp friends
I'd been in touch with over the years.
I wanted to share, most especially, with those friends
who, due to personal circumstance and geography, might
not be in a position to have a similar experience. I
wished for a way to provide access to the bonds, interactivity,
and spirit of the GVF camps and alumnae, wherever and
whenever alumni so desired.
The creation of this website is a manifestation of the
fulfillment of that wish.
Although there aren't any pages that say: "under construction",
a website is always under construction. It is an organic
entity that fluctuates, expands and contracts, shifting
its form, focus, and flavor over time. I hope to gain
a better sense of how the site serves its intended purpose
and modify it accordingly. That sense will come through
alumnae participation and feedback.
The website contains several sections, one of which,
the Lost and Found section, is based on the same in
Barb Korman's GVF Alumni News newsletter. I've created
other sections for announcements, articles, "where are
they now", camp and alumni related links pages, and
the Memorial Grove section, to name a few.
I've set up
interactive modules: the Alumni Photo Gallery, where
alumni may login to view and upload photographs. On
the first page of the Photo Gallery, I've included basic
instructions for registering and uploading photos to
the Photo Gallery module.
The other Another interactive
module is the Community Forum. This is where alumni
can login to participate in current conversations or
to initiate new conversations by creating new topics.
The third interactive module, as of 2007, is our private
chat room. For the uninitiated, a chat room facilitates
text messaging among several people in real time. It
is Instant Messaging for as many as are in the room.
The site is only as dynamic as its participants. Because
it is new, the website needs content and activity: articles,
announcements, your remembrances for the Memorial Grove
pages, your "where are they now" mini-biographies, your
photos for the Photo Gallery, your active participation
in the Community Forum, etc.
If you have articles, poems, pithy witticisms, camp
songs, related links, or anything else related to the
various sections and modules, that you'd like share,
just email them to: modembutterfly AT cox DOT net, you
may also click on any of the email links throughtout
the site to contact us. Oh,
and please add GVFCA, or my name, or Kola, or some other
obvious indication that you are connected to camp, in
the subject line, just in case I don't recognize your
email name and address.
Lastly, I would like to thank those of you who contributed
to the fees associated with the website setup, domain
registration, and hosting. It is appreciated and will
be applied to next years fees.
hope you enjoy the site, and I hope you participate.