SOUTHINGTON - YMCA Camp Sloper has announced the 2019 inductees to the Sloper Hall of Fame.
Selected from the list of nominees were Terri Connellan, Barbara Glaude, Beth Rosin and Pat Rosin.
The 2019 Sloper Hall of Fame inductees will be honored on July 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Volunteer, Member and Donor Appreciation Picnic to be held at YMCA Camp Sloper at 1000 East St. The picnic will be open to the families of all YMCA volunteers, donors and any Sloper alums who want to help celebrate the inductees as well as the Y’s Volunteer of the Year and Most Frequent Y’er.
“It’s one of the best nights of the year for our YMCA and our Sloper family,” said Mark Pooler, CEO of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs. “We get a chance to honor some camp legends that have made a huge impact on YMCA Camp Sloper. All of the 2019 recipients have made a huge impact on camp and we are excited to honor them as part of the Sloper Hall of Fame.”
Although she has never been a camper or staff member, Connellan has had a lasting impact on hundreds of staff and thousands of families. She has been a volunteer at YMCA Camp Sloper as the official camp photographer for the last 20 years.
That lasting impact has come in two ways generally: first through her inspiring, kind, uplifting and always positive conversations she has with staff and families, and second, through the wonderful and lasting memories she captures in each of her camp pictures.
“We have been blessed to have Terri as a wonderful business partner, a great volunteer, and a true advocate,” said Pooler.
Beyond taking pictures, Connellan is a volunteer member of Sloper’s Outdoor Center Committee, chair of the Sloper Alumni Subcommittee, and her favorite role, co-captain of the Leaping Ladies Sloper Plunge Team, for which she helps to raise money to send kids to camp each summer.
“Terri is an asset to YMCA Camp Sloper, taking photos of all groups and campers,” said Justin Hubeny, Outdoor Center director at YMCA Camp Sloper. “Beyond that she is a dedicated volunteer. Terri also rallies all jumpers for our annual Sloper Plunge to help raise money for camp scholarships. I couldn’t imagine a summer out here without Terri.”
Glaude was a former staff member in the 1980s and served as the waterfront director for the camp. While she had some great summers at camp, her most significant work would come years later in her role as the aquatics director for the local YMCA. For the past 18 plus years in that role, Glaude has been lead trainer for CPR, first aid and lifeguarding. She has trained every lifeguard for at least the last two decades and thousands of other staff in CPR and first aid.
“We know her training has kept our campers safe and saved lives,” said Hubeny.
Pat and Bethany Rosin are being inducted together for many reasons, notably that this was a camp romance. They met at YMCA Camp Sloper in the summer of 2002 and have been together ever since.
They are married with two children, Eli and Tessa Rosin, who now attend the camp themselves. Their love for each other is not why they are being inducted however - it is for their love, dedication and passion for camp that they shared with the YMCA, a combined 20 years that makes them Hall of Famers.
Pat Rosin started in the summer of 1999 and worked his way from senior counselor to assistant camp director and was full-time program director for several years out at Sloper totaling 10 years of service to the YMCA.
Bethany Rosin started in 2002 as a senior counselor and also worked her way up to being the assistant camp director in 2009, totaling eight years of service to the YMCA.
“Both Pat and Bethany played a large role in the programmatic improvements and enrollment growth and success of YMCA Camp Sloper in the 2000s,” said Pooler. “They created and implemented many systems that are still in place today and have made our camp a better place for kids.”
The Sloper Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to recognize and reward some of the past camp staff and volunteers.
“Remembering those who have paved the way for our present and future generations at camp is very important to us at the YMCA,” said Pooler who was the camp director from 1996 to 2015. “The Sloper Hall of Fame is a way to honor those who have made a lasting impact on the program, facility and people who have enjoyed this special place for many years. And of course, none of this would be possible without the amazing generosity of Cornella Sloper Neal who donated the property to our YMCA in 1949.”
To attend the appreciation picnic and Sloper Hall of Fame induction, RSVP to Sarah Pelletier at 860-426-9510 or email@example.com.