MEDIA ALERT - For Immediate Release      August 17, 2009               

 

Camp Charlevoix alumni from across the country,

including former Grand Rapids Mayor, John Logie,

to gather together for a special reunion August 21-23

 

Charlevoix, Mich.   Forty former Camp Charlevoix campers and counselors from across the country, including former Grand Rapids Mayor, John Logie and other West Michigan alumni, will gather in Charlevoix August 21-23 for a special reunion that has been planned over the past eighteen months. The reunion will attract alumni and friends from sixteen states including California, Texas, New York, Washington, Oklahoma, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Michigan.

 

"I have never forgotten my experiences as a camper in the great outdoors of northern Michigan," said reunion organizer, Gary Murfin. "Camp Charlevoix was a magical time, the best growing-up experience ever!" The camp had lasting positive effects on numerous West Michigan campers, including Logie, today a successful practicing attorney and a former Grand Rapids mayor.

 

Founded in 1927, world-renowned Camp Charlevoix has deep roots and a long history. Known as "a character camp for boys," Charlevoix became one of the most popular boys camps in America until its closing in 1971.

 

Entered into the permanent record at the State Capitol and signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Representative Kevin Elsenheimer (District 105), said in a special tribute, "Let it be known that it is with great pride that we join with the good people of Camp Charlevoix in celebrating its great history. We commend them and thank them for all that Camp Charlevoix has meant in helping define the character of those associated with the camp."

 

Reunion attendees will gather together August 21 from 1:00 4:00 p.m. at the Charlevoix Historical Society at the Old Train Depot followed by a cook-out from 6:00 9:00 p.m. Other planned activities include a formal welcome August 22 from 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Train Depot site followed by a bus and walking tour of the former camp grounds at Oyster Pointe and a nostalgic visit to one of the last camp cabins still standing . A special dinner and program is planned for The Casino on the grounds of the Belvedere Club at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Additional information about Camp Charlevoix, including history and photos, can be accessed via the camp Web site at www.campcharlevoix.com. For further details about the reunion contact:

 

Media Contacts:

 

Gary Murfin               Dan Ross                                         

Seattle, WA                 East Jordan, MI

206-979-2875 (cell)    231-547-2007 (H)

gmurfin@covad.net     513-417-2007 (Cell)

                                    lure8765@aol.com

 

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