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  • CONTACT THE BOARD

    Please contact members of the Board of Directors and let them know that what we need most are a change in governance, the preservation of both campsites, and a true, viable path to long-term sustainability:

    Damian Brennan ’87, ’91-’95, President dfbrennan@gmail.com
    Timothy Conners ’73, President-Elect timothyconners@gmail.com
    Joseph Riddle ’88, ’95, ’97, Vice-President riddle13@yahoo.com
    Charles Wardlaw ’69, Vice President chwardlaw@comcast.net
    Timothy Wong ’78, ’79, Treasurer wong.timothyc@gmail.com
    Nita B. Luis, Secretary nita_b_luis@uhc.com
    Patrick O’Malley ’80, Past President patrick.omalley@usuhs.edu
    Thomas Berger ’78, Member tnt@bergerix.de
    Francisco Bonilla ’74, ’75, Member fabmd1@verizon.net
    Cord Campbell ’93, Member cord@cordcampbell.com
    Paula Souverijn-Eisenberg ’95, ’96, ’98, Member paula_souverijn@hotmail.com
    Marjorie Engber, MAC Chair marjorie-engber@nyc.rr.com
    Lawrence Fried ’83, ’84, Member lfried@yahoo.com
    Priya Jain, Member
    Carl Manalo ’95, ’96, ’11, Member cmanalo@gmail.com
    Mariella Martinez ’92, ’93, Member mariella.martinez@gmail.com
    Sean Campbell ’96, ’97, Member seangcampbell@gmail.com
    Doug Sgarro ’74, ’75, ’80, Member dasgarro@hotmail.com
    Stephen Hoffman ’59, ’60, Member sdhoffman@optonline.net

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    We need your help if we are to succeed in saving Camp Rising Sun as we know it. If you would like to join Alumni & Friends of Camp Rising Sun, please email us at save.our.crs@gmail.com. In particular, if you are a student with time off during a school break and would like to help, please contact us.

    Please also contact us if you have any suggestions or opinions. We welcome views from all alumni and friends of CRS.

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    On this day Alumni & Friends of Camp Rising Sun, Inc. honors the legacy and memory of our friend and lifelong dedicated CRS alumnus, John Litsios who passed away one year ago tonight. John first attended CRS in 1935 and was instrumental in its development. John was not only a long time supporter of the pre "New Dawn" CRS mission, he was an avid supporter of AFCRS/SaveCRS, a member of our Advisory Board and strongly supported our efforts since our founding in 2014. We miss his great mind and warm charm greatly and share with you our post from last year:

    ​Dear Alumni & Friends,

    We are saddened to report to alumni & friends that John Litsios, distinguished CRS alumnus and SaveCRS Advisory Board member, passed away last night. His son Gregory posted this last night:

    "Dad passed away peacefully tonight around 10:00. Even though Dad wore very intense hearing aids which he did not have on at the time, I spent the afternoon playing him videos of Octavia, his Great Granddaughter, making happy 9 month old ramblings which he clearly heard and reacted to while unconscious. He was much loved and will be sorely missed. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Details to follow."

    His daughter Thea Litsios wrote us last Thursday with the following:

    "Dad went into the hospital last Saturday with the flu & pneumonia. He seemed to be rallying but has taken a turn for the worst and we agreed with the Dr that he will not be recovering from this illness. He is now in hospice and I will keep you posted. If you could let the CRS community know."

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    John Litsios, CRS '35, '36, '37 and '38 was​ ​a life-long supporter, advocate and founding pillar of Camp Rising Sun and its program for most of his life. In addition to being a long-time former LAJF Board Member, and Board Member Emeritus, John was a member of the several committees. He was ​the Camp Director in 1946. John was both a member and Chair of the CRS Buildings & Grounds Committee​ ​for decades which related to his career as an electrical engineer.
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    Members of the SaveCRS Board and Advisory Board knew John for decades and have fond memories of his commitment and love for both CRS and his family. Some of us got to know John personally from his service on the LAJF Board; others through his work on the Buildings & Grounds committee.

    We thank him again for a lifetime of service to CRS.

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    Alumnus Seth Frank '48-'49 sent a homage to John's life to Thea on Friday and we would like to share it with alumni now:

    Dear Thea,

    It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the sad news​ ​about your father. It has an unwelcome note of finality,​ ​which leaves me unable to dissent from the doctors, wish​ ​your father, you and the family perastika and remind him​ ​that we still have an unscheduled date for dinner at The​ ​Three Bears in Wilton. I am glad at least that he is close​ ​by in Bridgeport, as I knew him in later years as a proud​ ​and productive resident of Connecticut, and one of my​ ​extended and happy memories from that time was our trip​ ​together from there to Red Hook for an LAJF Board meeting.

    Your father was always synonymous for me with CRS --​ ​from 1948, when I came aboard, and over the next 70 years,​ ​with our last face to face sitting next to each other and my​ ​Greek companion Aliki, at the dinner at the Harvard Club​ ​honoring Libby Mascia. A lot of water flowed down the​ ​Sawkill during all those lovely years and your father was​ ​instrumental in making it a happy and fulfilling journey.​ ​I can only wish him and the family the peace and​ ​wonderful memories you all deserve and he made possible.

    Aliki joins me in thoughts and prayers for your father, as he​ ​ends a life of rich and unselfish fulfillment, which so benefitted​ ​his fellow human beings and made this world a better place​ ​than when he began.

    With sadness and affection,

    Seth Frank

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    If you would like to contact John's family, you can email Thea Litsios at:

    thealitsios@gmail.com

    Thank you for your support.

    Yours truly,

    Stephen Bang, Member
    Tonya Buckler, Vice-President
    J.C. Calderón, President
    Sze-Ling Celine Chan, Member
    Andrew Clateman, Treasurer
    Johnny Reinhard, Member
    Rob Sarlls, Secretary

    Alumni & Friends of Camp Rising Sun, Inc.
    a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization
    5 Cliff Street
    Beacon, NY 12508

    For more information, check out our website:

    ​www.savecrs.org​ — with John Litsios.
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    AFCRS (www.SaveCRS.org) has always taken very seriously the information we share with alumni.

    Unlike this past statement by LAJF (the Foundation to whom CRS was bequeathed) which reported a factually false speed limit which misled alumni to think the road at CRS Red Hook was unsafe due to a 35 mph speed limit (the limit is 25 mph as you can see here) we only present verifiable numbers.

    You may note that LAJF has not refuted our numbers.

    We feel alumni deserve to know the truth and the financial facts of an organization that seeks their financial support.

    Thank you.
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    4 months ago

    Alumni & Friends of Camp Rising Sun, Inc.

    AFCRS (SaveCRS) has always taken very seriously the information we share with alumni.

    Unlike the statement by LAJF in the past which reported a factually false speed limit which misled alumni to think the road at CRS Red Hook was unsafe due to a 35 mph speed limit (the limit is 25 mph as you can see here) we only present verifiable numbers.

    We feel alumni deserve to know the truth and the financial facts of an organization that seeks their financial support. Thank you.
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    4 months ago

    Alumni & Friends of Camp Rising Sun, Inc.
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    Dear Alumnus,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    The attached pie chart illustrates what happens to a wonderful organization when voices are silent. Does last year's budget prioritize our values as a community when the July production, hiking trips, canoe trips, house of worship visits, the eight week season are gone and Red Hook remains closed without any proof of septic failure? Don't we value free speech and transparency? Shouldn't people feel free to speak up about the treatment of dedicated alumni like Sonia Wargacka, the financial waste, and the degradation of the CRS program?

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Be well.

    -a fellow alumnus
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