Dogwood Acres' New Lodge has a New Name
Summer is finally in full swing at Dogwood Acres. Summer camp is off to a wonderful start with a fine crew of both new and returning staff and lots of kids having the times of their lives! Grace abounds and blessings flow as we give thanks for God’s many wonders of nature and nurture, experienced in abundance by both the young and young at heart.
We have talked for months about how our newest project is taking shape. The much-anticipated four bedroom/four bath Lodge was completed just in time for summer camp and is now housing the two assistant directors, chaplain, and nurse. Though we are still in the process of landscaping and finding all the furnishings that will eventually be needed, the accommodations are sufficient and comfortable for summer camp use, and the Lodge is already getting rave reviews.
From the beginning of this long process, we have known the new Lodge would need a name. The DWA Ministry Team discussed a number of ideas, but one kept rising to the top of the list. We felt we had found a name that would be an outstanding representation of the vision, the integrity, and the spirit that we aspire to daily.
We wanted very much to honor the years of support Dogwood Acres has received from a family that has shown by example the leadership qualities that so importantly help guide and sustain the ministry. The only piece of the puzzle to be put in place was to ask permission from the family, and we are very pleased and excited to announce that last week our request of the family was granted. We look forward to a dedication ceremony in the fall of the new MONROE LODGE.
Jim and Oneida Monroe’s involvement with DWA began about 25 years ago when Jim accepted a call as interim pastor at Fellowship Presbyterian Church. They soon became familiar with Dogwood Acres, and Jim began spending time there in the summers as youth camp chaplain. In 1998, Jim and Oneida created the Brian Monroe Endowment Fund through the PCUSA Foundation in honor of their grandson and contributed regularly and consistently to it over the years. The quarterly dividends from this generous fund are used to support Dogwood Acres’ program and operational expenses.
Over the years, Jim has provided wise counsel and unending moral support for the DWA Ministry Team. He keeps his eye on our finances, offers encouragement and advice without intruding, and is quick with stories and history of the camp.
It is an honor to announce that the Monroes have agreed to lend their name to the new Lodge, and we intend to honor them in return by using it to spread God’s word and grace for generations to come. The Monroe Lodge will join the legacy of the Elvery House, the Bearss Building, and the Vernon McGehee Chapel. A date for the fall dedication will be announced soon after the DWA Ministry Team’s September meeting.
With thankful hearts,
James Vance – DWA Ministry Chair
Ben Powell – DWA Operations Chair
Trinity Whitley – DWA Programs Chair