On the Island

Chief Executive Officer Search

Note: This message posted on behalf of Brad Greeley, President.

Star Island Corporation is embarking on a search for a new Chief Executive Officer (we have changed the title of the Executive Director position). We seek an individual who will bring his or her unique abilities and skills to address the current and long-term strategic challenges and opportunities faced by the Star Island Corporation.

The search committee has begun its work and is striving to present candidates to the Board as early as January, 2008. I am pleased to let you know that Bruce Parsons is the chair of the committee. Bruce has been a member and Vice President of the Board of Directors, member and past chair of the Facilities Committee, member and current chair of the Property Standards committee, and a Pelican Reunion conferee for years after working as a Pelican.

The Board and search committee have integrated the recommendations of the Island Opening Late Committee into the job description for the new CEO. The search committee welcomes your ideas, feedback and your recommendations. If you know of a potential candidate please encourage him/her to read the search information and job description and get in touch with the committee at office@starisland.org.

Please note that the deadline for applications for this position is November 19, 2007. This is a full-time position; compensation and benefits are commensurate with experience.

The Board of Directors of the Star Island Corporation looks forward to a future that holds much promise for the Corporation and its constituents. A dynamic, experienced executive is very much a part of that picture.

On the Island

Call to Special Meeting of the Corporation

This message posted on behalf of Karen Mathiasen, Clerk.

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the bylaws, notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Star Island Corporation will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, (Directions) on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at 9:00 AM for the transaction of the following business:

1. To hear reports regarding the Island opening late, financial matters, and other issues concerning the 2007 conference season and their potential impact on future conference seasons, and in particular to hear the report of the Island Opening Late Committee.

2. To have an opportunity for discussion regarding the aforementioned issues.

Karen Mathiasen, Clerk

Note on RSVPing: Corporation members will receive special RSVP information by first class mail shortly. Non-members are welcome to attend this meeting; an RSVP to office@starisland.org is required as demand may outpace available space. Carpooling is recommended!

PDF copies of the agenda and driving directions are available.

Please feel free to forward this annoucement to any interested parties.

Addendum, Friday, September 21: A meeting of the Council of Conferences will follow the Corporation meeting at 1:30 p.m.; an agenda is forthcoming.

On the Island

Recent articles of interest

Island Haven

Hotel, cottages and shoreline make for a memorable spot—Chelsea Conroy, Concord Monitor, August 23, 2007 (posted with permission of the Monitor)

(Photo: Lori Duff) “Tradition is king on Star Island, and a day trip there offers a peek into a time when sprawling wooden hotels were common vacation spots, the staff put on weekly variety shows (think Dirty Dancing – the original) and guests played Bocce ball on the grass. Day visitors can lunch with conference attendees who fill the hotel, take a tour of the 46-acre island with a pelican or retreat to the solitude of the rocks on the back of the island, looking out to the open ocean.”

Serene Star Island

Tradition continues for families who make Shoals visit—Karen Dandurant, Portsmouth Herald, August 20, 2007 (posted with permission of the Herald)

(Photo: Karen Dandurant) “Some are drawn back to the island for its serene setting and old-time feel encouraged by the presence of historic buildings and the absence of modern-day appliances. One of Star Island’s most prominent features is the chapel, a simple stone meetinghouse built in 1800 on the highest point of land. Others are attracted to the companionship of friends and family who return each year, and the time-honored lobster dinners and weekly softball games featuring a cemetery in left field and a newly constructed green monster.”

On the Island

The Gift Shop is Now Online!

Exciting news from the ISAUU—the Gift Shop has opened an online store with CafePress. This is the only official place to buy Star Island cards, calendars, and more when you’re back on the mainland—all proceeds from the ISAUU support Star Island in a myriad of ways, including conference scholarships, building renovations, and large construction projects. The Isles of Shoals Assocation (Unitarian Universalist) has been working behind the scenes on Star Island since 1897, fostering community, comfort, safety and fun.

P.S. Take a look at the 2008 Calendar—you can preview each of Connie Lentz’s photos and they’re all fantastic!

On the Island

August 17th Conference Availability Update

Our thanks go out to everyone who came to Star for a Personal Retreat or attended any of the UCC Conferences. We are very lucky to have such a committed community of Shoalers.

“For me, it’s the pull of the island,” said Debbie Redding-Sampson, 51, a conferee from Kennebunk, Maine, who returns each year with her 16-year-old son, Michael. “Everyone has a different sense of what the island means for them. It transcends religion. It’s just a spiritual place.”*

Now that life on Star Island has settled a bit back into our planned conference schedule, it’s time for another availability update—check out the calendar page for the latest details.

Notably, Dover Yoga is now on a waitlist and Midweek II, Star Hampshire Music & Dance, and ISHRA’s September Conference are filling up quickly.

* If you attended UCC I or II, please feel free to send a post-conference wrap-up for the website to bwinters@starisland.org. Debbie was quoted for a press release from Star, letting everyone know that we are back on our normal conference schedule and welcoming conferees and day visitors.