02 Mary Mennel


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The interview is one part reunion and many parts reminiscing. Interviewers usually shouldn’t be fawning, but this is a podcast, not a formal interview :). Considering Mary’s 17 year professional tenure at camp, I was naturally eager to sit down with what I consider a Storer legend. She is much more humble than to easily accept such a distinction or moniker.  I felt that she would be my perfect guest to launch the Stoney Lake Reflections Podcast. Her laugh is as contagious as her enthusiasm for Camp Storer and I appreciate her graciously accepting my invitation to record her thoughts for Stoney Lake Reflections.

Quick Facts

Staff: 1968-1989   – K1973-1983 OE; 1984-89 OE Director

–As camper: 1959-1968

–Positions: Summer Camper, Trip Camper, Volunteer, Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, Ranch Counselor, Trip Leader, Kitchen Supervisor, Village Director, Horse Barn Manager, North Center Summer Camp Director, OE Staff, OE Center Director, OE Director

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Representing the child’s point of view
  • Learning, improving and growing at Camp Storer
  • In the company of dogs or ‘A Dog’s Life’
  • Mary’s other ‘pets’ at camp
  • Pioneer Crafts Fair
  • Working with Clark Ewing
  • Working with Greg McKee
  • Explosion of development and creativity – Spolemans arrive

 

 

 

 

MUSIC

‘Stoney Lake Reflections’ Sing-out
Performed by Singer/Songwriter Cori Strell:
Intsagram: @coristrellmusic
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cori-strell
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tp4dwHUsqggPykYmJyssf
iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cori-strell/id1155651660
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cori-Strell-Music-1174158396011014/

Additional Tracks used:
Music by Hook Sounds http://www.hooksounds.com
Music composed by Nicolai Heidlas

 

©2017 Stoney Lake Reflections in Association with GoldenTime Marketing

A Quiz

A Camp Quiz!


‘Get on Board’ to Cure Camp Sickness

‘Get on Board’ to Cure Camp Sickness
To aid in the cure for Camp Sickness, please play the following video!

 

The song ‘Stay on Board’ is written from an adult point of view.  It is a story about someone who is Camp Sick (a serious affliction of the mind, body and spirit). Being Camp Sick is usually accompanied by daydreaming of time’s past and the special bonds of great friendships, although both more in the past, than in the present.  This song also highlights the struggles of childhood camper memories versus adult responsibilities.  One thing is sure, the afflicted think about Storer Camps a lot and mere reminiscing does not help. The subject of the song finally comes to a solution, which I’m hoping you’ll adopt.

 

Take a listen and let me know if you’re in to celebrate 100 Years of Camp Stories on June 30, 2018?

 

This sickness may be chronic or acutely triggered as we approach Storer’s 100th Anniversary celebration June, 30th, 2018.  Although there is not a 100% effective cure, the best way to alleviate symptoms is to attend the reunion celebration.

Stay on Board

written and performed by Cori Strell

Adapted lyrics: Dustin Smith ©2017

D    Bm      C             G
I don’t know where this train is going
But I can tell we’re on the same stop
I’m not sure whats running through your thoughts
But I think about Storer Camps a lot
I could just sit on Stoney’s banks for hours
Can tell me louder if
C          G          D           Bm
You’ve thought of Storer today
Because I have been forever
So let’s stay on board
I hear the sandhill cranes
it feels too good to be true
 
 
Tell me, oh tell me when you’re free
Can you tell me when you’d like to see me?
 
C          G          D           Bm
But I wanna go back to Camp
But I have adult things to attend to
So let’s plan it out.
Your sweetest gaze
Oh how it does amaze
Can you get me out of this laze
The candid signs
The lesson If that bird lives or dies
Oh please abide with me
C          G          D           Bm
Oh Ive got camp on the brain
And those feelings never leave me
So let’s stay on board
I don’t know where this train is going
But I can tell we’re on the same stop
—-
and I’ll see you back at Storer


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‘Stoney Lake Reflections’ Sing-out
Performed by Singer/Songwriter Cori Strell:
Instagram: @coristrellmusic
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cori-strell
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tp4dwHUsqggPykYmJyssf
iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cori-strell/id1155651660
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cori-Strell-Music-1174158396011014/

 

 

Mary Mennel – Inaugural Guest

Mary Mennel – Inaugural Guest

Oh Mary!

I sat down with Mary at the 577 Foundation where she has been the Executive Director for 28 years.  It was a beautiful August afternoon to discuss some of her Stoney Lake Reflections. I have known Mary since childhood, but we really got to know each other when she was the North Center Director and I was a long term camper during the Summers of ‘84 and ‘85. (Unbeknownst to me at the time, by me going to North Center, it created a small custody battle between Margaret Spoleman and Mary).

Before Mary departed Storer in ‘89 she and Greg McKee interviewed me prior to my first year on staff in 1990!  During my time at Storer through various positions, I came to fully appreciate Mary’s approach to leadership and how important it was to have such a positive Storer role model. I found Mary’s leadership and tenure was a model to emmulate, but never could be matched.

The three part interview is one part reunion and many parts reminiscing. Interviewers usually shouldn’t be fawning, but this is a podcast, not a formal interview :). Considering Mary’s 17 year professional tenure at camp, I was naturally eager to sit down with what I consider a Storer legend. She is much more humble than to easily accept such a distinction or moniker.  I felt that she would be my perfect guest to launch the Stoney Lake Reflections Podcast. Her laugh is as contagious as her enthusiasm for Camp Storer and I appreciate her graciously accepting my invitation to record her thoughts for Stoney Lake Reflections.

Join me every week as a new interview is released.  Please subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or other feeds.  Join in the conversation online at StoneyLakeReflections.com

 

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Episode 01 – Mary Mennel

 

 


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Stoney Lake Reflections Show Notes

Episode: 01 Mary Mennel

 

I sat down with Mary Mennel at the 577 Foundation where she was the Executive Director for 28 years.  It was a beautiful August afternoon to discuss some of her Stoney Lake Reflections. I have known Mary since childhood, but we really got to know each other when she was the North Center Director and I was a long term camper during the Summers of ‘84 and ‘85. (Unbeknownst to me at the time, by me going to North Center , it created a small custody battle between Margaret Spoleman and Mary).

Before Mary departed Storer in ‘89 she and Greg McKee interviewed me prior to my first year on staff in 1990!  During my time at Storer through various positions, I came to fully appreciate Mary’s approach to leadership and how important it was to have such a positive Storer role model.

The interview is one part reunion and many parts reminiscing. Interviewers usually shouldn’t be fawning, but this is a podcast, not a formal interview :). Considering Mary’s 17 year professional tenure at camp, I was naturally eager to sit down with what I consider a Storer legend. She is much more humble than to easily accept such a distinction or moniker.  I felt that she would be my perfect guest to launch the Stoney Lake Reflections Podcast. Her laugh is as contagious as her enthusiasm for Camp Storer and I appreciate her graciously accepting my invitation to record her thoughts for Stoney Lake Reflections.

SHOW NOTES

  • Mary discusses working 28 Years at 577 Foundation
  • Remembers surpassing 17 years at Storer and now is looking at retirement after growing and evolving the 577 foundation
  • 577 Mission Includes- Community garden spaces, growing vegetables and flowers, all organic.
    Also planting a row for the local food bank, with last years donations at 1300 pounds! Year around garden in a solar energized geodesic dome. Community outreach includes meeting space for other non-profit groups at no cost, educational programs include a pottery barn, lending library, a historic log cabin from the 1800s, a scenic Maumee river walk and a fossil dig.
  • Mary discusses how she considers herself very lucky in that she has had two careers that were a passion and a love…and not just jobs.
  • Mary details her start at Storer as a camper. She then was asked to help out with the horses as a manager, with Outdoor Education. Later she was a center director in the Summer and Director for OE along with Greg McKee. Eventually taking over supervising both centers. Mary also chronicles the start of OE by Bryce Harbaugh, then Greg McKee bringing in his own staff to build upon that foundation.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mary’s secret to her longevity at Camp
  • Mary’s favorite position while at Storer and why
  • The hardest experience she had at camp
  • Snowbound in the Blizzard of ’78
  • Wonders of communication

MUSIC

‘Stoney Lake Reflections’ Sing-out
Performed by Singer/Songwriter Cori Strell:
Intsagram: @coristrellmusic
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cori-strell
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tp4dwHUsqggPykYmJyssf
iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cori-strell/id1155651660
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cori-Strell-Music-1174158396011014/

Additional Tracks used:
Music by Hook Sounds http://www.hooksounds.com
Music composed by Nicolai Heidlas

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