After serving Calumet for many years and in a whole variety of ways, Deacon Judy Smith has decided it’s a perfect time to make some exciting changes — retirement! She will spend the month of May making sure Calumet’s programs are well planned into the fall, setting up staff — both paid and volunteer — so that they’ll be successful running those programs, and handing off responsibilities to her camp colleagues so that Calumet will have a seamless transition.
“Some of the best parts of serving at Calumet for me,” says Judy, “has been seeing kids grow up over the years, making great friends of all ages, working with a terrific staff in all seasons, and experiencing such a wide variety of program and worship opportunities in an outdoor ministry setting.”
Karl Ogren, executive director, is joining everyone in being so thankful for Judy’s work and her devotion to Calumet Lutheran Ministries. “For so many people, Judy is the face of Calumet. She has been the greeter, the gatherer, the planner, the primary contact, the worship leader, the connecter, the fixer, and the glue for so many people while visiting Calumet. Filling her shoes will be a monumental task that will likely take lots of people chipping in to help.”
Of the many hats Judy has worn at Calumet is one that makes sure this is a place — a ministry — firmly grounded in God’s unending love for all people. Guests love Calumet because they feel something special, a holy connection to both God and to other guests. Judy will be long remembered for her many contributions to Calumet’s success in the last many years, particularly in the area of worship and music.
Judy reflected, “It’s been an honor to experience worship at Calumet over the years — amazing and uplifting experiences with people singing faith-filled God songs, beloved hymns, wonderful silly songs, too. Calumet Nation is a community that shares their experiences about their faith journey, lifts each other in prayer, and praises God wherever they are: at the Outdoor Chapel, in Luther Hall, at the beach, under the Big Top Tent, in the Conference Center Dining Room, in the Micah Room, at campfires, on a pontoon boat, at the Memorial Chapel, and even on snowbanks!”
In reflecting on Judy’s time at Calumet, Karl said, “I am grateful for the incredible support Judy has given to me and to all of her colleagues. She has excelled at both teaching others and learning from others, too. While leading any activity, Judy puts in every bit of effort to make sure everyone is successful.”
In the weeks and months to come, camp leadership will be looking at the needs that exist today in its ministry and discerning how best to meet those needs. For this summer, Calumet is beginning to build a team for the Family Campground and putting pieces together so that worship experiences are solid and as inspiring as ever.
It's unfortunate that we are still needing to be incredibly cautious about gatherings. So many will be wanting to thank Judy personally. These weeks ahead can be a time for the people of Calumet to connect with Judy with an email or a note to share those words of thanks. She’s incredibly thankful, too. “I just want to thank Calumet Nation for all the love, the joy, and the peace you have shared with me over the years at this very special place.”
Judy’s time as Calumet’s Director of Family & Adult Programs will come to a close sometime between the end of May and the middle of June. She’s looking forward to family time, fun day trips with friends throughout New England, and the flexibility to get on a plane for quality time with her kids!
And she deserves that kind of time, for sure!
To send a note or card: Judy Smith, Calumet, P.O. Box 236, W. Ossipee, NH 03890
Copyright © 2020 Calumet Lutheran Ministries.
Adopted by the Calumet Board of Directors October 12, 2006
Calumet's primary responsibility is for the safety and security of our campers . To help meet that responsibility, Calumet has adopted certain policies governing the collection and use of personal information.
This document describes how Calumet handles the personal information we learn about you when you contact us by mail, phone, email, or when you access our web site. Any personally identifying information you provide is voluntary. We use it for program registration, to fulfill requests you make, or to assist us in carrying out our mission.
Calumet collects your personal information when you register for a program, make a donation, or otherwise voluntarily provide such information. If you contact Calumet, we may keep a record of that correspondence. If you submit a camp application or registration materials, or an application for employment, we will keep those documents on file for at least seven years.
We will use your information to process enrollment requests, orders, and donations, to provide you with information about Calumet programs and services we believe will be of interest to you, and to ask for your support.
In some cases, a third party may be contracted by us to provide a specific service. We will only disclose as much personal information as necessary. For example, when we use the mailing service of our printer to send a Calumet newsletter, we will share only the information necessary for delivery of the newsletter. Any third party with which Calumet shares information has agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the information.
We may share your information with third parties in other limited circumstances, including when complying with legal process, preventing imminent harm, or ensuring the safety and security of our campers, facilities, and programs. This includes confidential medical information that complies with federal statutes.
Calumet does not sell, rent, or otherwise provide information from our database to third parties except for the reasons stated above.
Calumet complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For more information about this law, visit www.coppa.org.
Calumet's web site automatically collects and stores anonymous data to determine the number of visitors to different sections of the site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make the site more useful. We do not use this data to track or record information about individuals.
Calumet's web site does not use “cookies” or tracking mechanisms to collect any personally identifying user information. Cookies are used for maintaining user sessions only. You can set your web browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not.
Calumet has taken substantial precautions to ensure security for users of online services. Please be aware, however, that no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed secure. Consequently, Calumet cannot ensure or warrant the absolute security of any information that you transmit or provide to Calumet online.
From time to time, Calumet takes photographs and video (film and digital) of campers and retreat groups during their participation in Calumet programs. These photographs and video may be used by Calumet in promotional materials.
Calumet will make its best effort to honor any request from a parent to remove a photo of a camper from the web site.
Upon request, Calumet will provide you with access to all information we maintain about you. It is your right to correct any inaccuracies in that information.
You have the right to opt out of any mailings or other contacts from Calumet.
Parents retain these rights on behalf of their minor children.
If you have questions or concerns regarding Calumet's privacy policies, please contact:
Calumet Lutheran Ministries
PO Box 236
West Ossipee, NH 03890-0236
(603) 539-4773 ext. 211