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Amish Project Welcome Dinner

By Debbie Mills, Park Ranger

You are invited to the Amish Project Welcome Dinner, 6 pm, Monday, March 3, 2014 at Camp

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Indiana Amish Anabaptist Service
Program of Napanee, historic preservation at Catoctin Mountain Park and to meet the Amish
crew that will be volunteering in the park during March.

Dinner will be provided, but our goal is to make the Amish feel welcome and to make their stay
as pleasant and uncomplicated as possible. The group is accompanied by a married couple who
cooks, cleans and does laundry for 8 young men and a total of 12 people each day. There is no
requirement, but, everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite casserole or dessert that will be sent
back to Camp Round Meadow to make life just a little easier for the house staff. Please
remember to send your contribution in a container that does not need to be returned.

The meal will consist of fried chicken, ham and traditional fixings. Please RSVP by responding
to the Doodle poll at http://doodle.com/xtgypt3z8i8h2pdp. Please be sure to make a separate
entry for everyone who will be attending and to hit SAVE before leaving the page.

Please direct questions to Debbie Mills at debbie_mills@nps.gov or by calling 301-663-9388.

CFA General Meeting Location and Time Change

Our quarterly CFA General Meeting will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 at Camp Greentop
following the Amish Project Welcome Dinner. All CFA General Meeting invitees are invited to
attend the welcome dinner (Please use the link below to RSVP). Our meeting will start at about
6:45pm and end at 7:30pm.

Volunteer Opportunity to Help with Amish Project

By Debbie Mills, Park Ranger

It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since the Amish Carpentry crew arrived at
Catoctin. The project was everything we had hoped for and more. The Nappanee group was
pleased and has decided to join us again this year.

We are looking for volunteers to help by driving the Amish to and from the work site each day,
and to do errands and field trips in the evening and on weekends. The group will be staying in a
dorm at Camp Round Meadow and will be transported to Camp Misty Mount.

Drivers must have a valid state driver’s license and be over 18 years of age. They will drive a 12
passenger van owned by the National Park Service. The van will stay at Round Meadow.
Individuals who volunteer to drive must provide their license number to the park law
enforcement staff for verification. The morning driver will pick up the crew, take them to Camp
Misty Mount, then take the house parent to Thurmont for shopping if needed or return the van to
Round Meadow.

The afternoon driver will pick up the crew at Camp Misty Mount, transport them to Camp Round
Meadow and be finished for the evening. There may be some slight variations when the group
hikes or has other special requests.

The Saturday times are listed on the Doodle poll for anticipated field trips to DC and Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg trip may be shorter, but we are trying to maximize the group’s time in DC since
there is so much to see. There may be later requests for local evening trips.

Please sign up for times and days when you think you may be available. Don’t hesitate to sign up
for slots that appear to be taken. It is always good to have a back-up plan for
those occasions when “something comes up.” Please click on this
link: http://doodle.com/b42z8psfdd4n2drx to reach the Doodle poll. Just list your name and click
in the appropriate boxes. The poll will expand as you work across. Please be sure to hit “Save”
or your information may not appear.

Please call me at 301-663-9399 or drop a note if you have questions. I will contact everyone who
responds to the Doodle poll as soon as possible to discuss the logistics.

Thank you for your consideration,