Dear Campers, Parents and Friends,
Happy New Year to all of our Gwynn Valley families and friends! It seems that the New Year always brings change and sometimes transition. Andy Savage, who has been the Assistant Director of Staff and Program at Gwynn Valley for the past ten years, has turned in his resignation because Andy, Beth and their two young daughters, Maggie Grace and Ella, will be moving to New Zealand in early February. Andy’s last day in the office with us will be Jan. 31st. Andy and Beth’s new adventure is an exciting opportunity to be the first New Zealand distributors for a local company here in Brevard called Sylvan Sport. The company makes camping/outdoor/utility trailers that are easily pulled behind cars and trucks. As many of you know, Andy’s father and siblings all live in New Zealand, and they are all extremely excited about the move.
Andy was first hired by Howie and Betty Boyd in 1988 as a young international to fill a cabin counselor role. He joined the full time GV team 10 years ago and as many of you know, he has been a great asset to camp and touched many lives throughout his 27 summers at Gwynn Valley. He has been involved in almost every part of the program as well as being the expert liaison for international hiring. One of his strengths that we will miss, is his attention to staying in touch with many friends and staff of Gwynn Valley. I contend that he was “FACEBOOK” before Facebook was invented. He has excelled at traveling and meeting new and returning families on the road for us, interviewing and helping to train our wonderful staff, re-creating and promoting what we call our camp store, bringing the “FISH” Philosophy to camp, overseeing our waterfront programs for many years, and countless other duties.
We will miss his presence and positive energy as we enter into the New Year and the summer ahead. We know that he and Beth will seize this new career opportunity just as he has similarly helped to shape Gwynn Valley in his time here. Andy and Beth will be leaving some strong ties with camp but as we all know the world seems to shrink and we know that many GV friends and family will remain in contact with them. We wish them the best and may God hold them in the palm of His hand.
Grant, Anne, and the GV Team