Summer Sessions 2013: Helping Each Other

We're In It Together

Summer Sessions

July 21–27, 2013 • Silver Bay, New York

Helping Each Other




Disability Concerns at Silver Bay

Friends who indicate special needs on their registration form will receive a form from the NYYM office requesting specific information on your disability. This information is only shared with Silver Bay as needed to find appropriate accommodation.

There will also be opportunities for Friends to be special-needs volunteers. A checkbox for volunteers is on the registration form.

Housing. Five mobility-accessible sleeping rooms, with bathrooms, are reserved in the Inn for those using wheelchairs (and their roommates). One-tenth of the rooms in the Inn will be reserved for people who, for any reason, find it physically difficult to room elsewhere. These rooms will be held only until July 1 and then will be released for general availability.

If you have a disability or illness that makes it hard for you to climb hills or steps, please make sure that you sign up early and request one of the reserved rooms. Financial assistance is available from the Equalization Fund.

Friends who are unable to transfer themselves to and from wheelchair/bed, etc., and require special assistance with dressing, bathing, or other personal needs must arrange this assistance on their own and the person assisting them must stay in their room. The caregiver must be in attendance for the length of the stay of the person they are helping. Silver Bay will offer a special reduced rate for the person assisting.

Worship and Meetings. The people who set up the worship-sharing groups need to know if you have hearing or physical problems so that note takers can be provided or accessible locations allocated. Please indicate on your registration form if you require such assistance.

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Golf Cart Drivers Needed

Silver Bay is a beautiful place, but for some Friends, it is challenging to walk up and down the hills and from one meeting place to another. As in previous years, we will have golf carts to help Friends get around. We need volunteers to drive the carts. Are you 21 or older with a valid, clean driver’s license? Those are the requirements to volunteer as a part-time golf cart driver. Driving the cart is easy, fun, a great way to serve the community, and a wonderful way to get to know Friends of all ages you might not otherwise meet. If 40 NYYM Friends each volunteer to drive for two hours during the week, we will be able to maintain the level of golf-cart service we want to offer. To commit to driving for two hours or more, please contact the NYYM office at [email protected]. You may also contact the Golf Cart Coordinator, Angel Ramos. His contact information is in the Yearbook.

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Healing Work at Summer Sessions

Healing Hands

This year at Summer Sessions, Sproul Pavilion will once again have regularly scheduled hours for healing work. The Healing Center is under the care of the Committee on Worship at Yearly Meeting Sessions. Ann Davidson is clerk.

We are calling for Friends who work in the healing arts or who are interested in helping with healing work. We are looking for volunteers who would offer their skills in the healing arts or support the work by greeting and scheduling. Skills can include energy work (Healing Touch, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, etc.), massage, Rolfing, craniosacral, spiritual counseling/direction, or other areas of healing work. Practitioner volunteers should have training with qualifications or experience relevant to their practice. Friends who are interested or perhaps feeling "called" to the work are welcome to “buddy” with other practitioners as possible. We will need people to meet and greet and help match those desiring work with the practitioners available. This year we will need additional coordinators to help out as well. Those wishing to hold the space in prayer are welcome indeed. It is yet another extension of worship, after all!

Please contact Buffy Curtis, [email protected], 508-566-6639 (cell), to offer your assistance, make suggestions, or let us know what else you need. We will meet with volunteers on Sunday night of Silver Bay sessions to organize and clarify details. We look forward to hearing from you. Look for us at the Healing Center.

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12-Step Meetings

This year meetings will be at 6:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:00–11:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Nurture Coordinating Committee has oversight of this, but needs to hear from people who would be willing to take responsibility for one or more of these meetings. To volunteer, please contact Boyce Benge through the Yearly Meeting office, [email protected] or 212-673-5750.

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