Posted November 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

We have had a very busy and productive year. We gave money for camperships, allowing ten young people to
attend Sargent Center programs at no or reduced cost. In June, we held a community open house at Sargent
Center, and hosted families of campers, neighbors, and community leaders. The highlight of the day was a great
performance by Native American storytellers and musicians Joe and Jesse Bruchac.

And we said good bye to Kobe Biederman, who was Adventure Camp director at Sargent Center since 2011. He
has run a program that does us all proud, and has been a wonderful host and friend.

Although Kobe is now living in Arizona, he has agreed to join our Board of Directors. Now we can count on his
professionalism, his perspective, and his energy. We are so lucky to have him!

We are now in regular contact with local conservation organizations. We will have professional help as we strategize
how best to keep the Sargent traditions of excellence in outdoor experiential education alive, and ensure that the
land is well cared for. Research continues to show the importance of time spent in nature, particularly for young

We hope that you will contribute to keeping our organization meaningful and effective. A minimum $25 membership
to join or renew for the coming year will show your support for our mission. Larger donations are essential, too, for
hosting community events and supporting youth. We also have the same ongoing expenses as other small
organizations: web hosting, insurance, domain name registration, printing, postal costs, and the like. Your donations
are tax deductible.

Thank you and our best to you and yours for the holiday season and new year,

Jeff, Judy, Marty, Kim, Mimi, Jane, and Kobe

Jeffrey Benay, President
Judith Schechtman, Vice-president
Martin Thrope, Treasurer
Kim Merlino, Secretary
Jane Barry, Director
Kobe Biederman, Director
Miriam Weinstein, Director

Friends of Sargent recognizes Sargent Center as a model of collaborative experiential outdoor education. In
honoring its unique 100-plus-year history, we are committed to creative programming, inclusionary practices, and
stewardship of its land that will ensure Sargent Center’s future for generations to come.

There are important ways to show your support for our mission.

o  If you are a past donor but not a member, you can become a member.
o  “Like” and "Follow" clicks on our Facebook page doesn’t cost a thing, but shows you appreciate Sargent Center
in a way that millions can see.
Write to us to tell us what Sargent Center has meant to you or a family member.  
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