Illinois District Turners

Greetings Fellow Turners!

Welcome to the 103rd season for the Illinois Turner Camp!  The Illinois District and the Camp Committee have already been at work planning and setting things in motion for another great season.

Please review all the information enclosed in this packet.  Your cottage’s three volunteer duties are in the schedule.  If you have a conflict with one of your duties, it is your responsibility to switch duties with another cottage owner to make sure your shift is covered.  Any switching of bar duties must be approved by the Bar Chairman, Kevin Dahm.  Please note the no show fine for missing an assigned duty has been raised to $250.  The Camp Committee doesn’t want to assess this fine.  Please do your assigned duties or arrange for a substitute.  We’ve just had too many no shows in recent years leaving your fellow cottage owners who do show up in a bind.

Speaking of volunteers, as most of you know Turner Camp is run largely by the volunteer help of our cottage owners and committee members to keep it the affordable.  Please note the cleanup days for the Raths and the pool are scheduled for these facilities in the month of May and plan to attend.  They all start at 9am and snacks and lunch are provided!  What we don’t get done with volunteers still needs to get done and will be done with hired help.  Which we will all pay for in the October ground lease.  Come out and help!!!  Please note for volunteer bartenders you Bassett certification must be renewed every three years.  So if your certificate issue date is older than June 2014, you will need to renew your certificate and provide a copy to Shawn Stevenson.

Our Facility Manager Dave Cross has been busy this past offseason.  The remodel of the Playhouse men’s bathroom/shower and the Center Camp lady’s bathroom are complete.  Work will begin later this summer to finish of the water system modernization around the Playhouse and Rathskeller wells.  Work to get ready for new wells around the big parking lot and the A-Field Bathrooms will also be happening.

If you notice something that needs to be taken care of around camp, you can call Dave at 224-800-3636 and leave a detailed message.  You can also go to the District website Illinoisturners.org and use the “Report a Facility Problem”.  These requests are electronically sent to Buildings & Grounds to be reviewed.

The camp schedule and food service are enclosed in this mailing.  I want to draw particular attention to Founders Day weekend which is August 4 & 5.  On Friday the Fish Fry special is Smoked Butt mitt/kraut and entertainment.  Saturday morning is a full day!  Join us at 10a at the front gate for the Founders Day parade through camp to the A Field for festivities.  Then as the festivities wind down you can participate in the 3rd Annual Turner Trot – a run and/or walk through camp.  Food & beverages will be available for lunch and proceeds of the Turner Trot will go towards new playground equipment.  The dinner will be your choice of Saurerbraten or Pork Roast w/all the trimmings at 6:00pm in the Raths.  Entertainment for the evening will be Phenix.  Phenix is one of the Chicagoland areas premier Octoberfest bands so don’t miss it!

With Turner Greetings,

Scott Lau

Illinois District President