News from the Beach
August 31, 2016
Until we meet again
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“My summer friends were among my best friends and still are to this day. It’s no surprise that a lot of people my age who grew up spending summers at the beach are back with their families. We all know how beautiful and special this place is, and we want our kids to feel the same way we do.”
~ “Remembering 100 Years at the Beach”
KBIA by the numbers 
Closing out our 106th season at KBIA has us reflecting on another banner year down at the beach.  With open arms we welcomed back many familiar faces and were graced with the fortune of welcoming many new friends this summer.  KBIA served 680 people this season, the previous high being 691 in 2014!   

Weekly we offered more than 55 various programs, and we also hosted a MIRC sailing competition, our 25th annual 5K/1K road race, the seventh annual Reid Sacco Family Regatta, the New England Youth Laser championship, and a KBIA Olympic trials, plus weekly sold-out movie nights, bonfires on the beach, teen and tween nights, and two celebratory awards/barbecues.

Take the KBIA Survey
KBIA is always looking for ways to better serve our members, and the children who take classes with us.  If you had a child or grandchild in the program, we ask you to take about 5 minutes out of your day to take our brief survey – and provide us with valuable feedback on KBIA programming, staff, and communication.  Thank you for helping us to make KBIA the place you want to be!
Click the following link to complete the survey:  KBIA Survey
Extend the gift of “summer”
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Please help us keep the spirit of summer alive for children who are unable to attend KBIA without assistance.  For every $500 donated to the KBIA scholarship fund, we are able to invite a child to attend KBIA for a four week scholarship!  The impact of a summer spent swimming, sailing, and just “being a kid” has a lasting impression. All donations — large, small and/or online are greatly appreciated.
Steering the ship
David Sweetser named President
At August’s meeting, our Board of Directors appointed a new president, David Sweetser, a longtime KBIA supporter and board member.  David replaces Shannon Beer Belanger, mother of two and herself once a KBIA kid and office employee.  We thank Shannon for an incredible two years under her leadership.
KBIA wouldn’t and couldn’t run without the year-round efforts of its volunteer Board of Directors. The board works diligently behind the scenes and meets quarterly as a group to help steer the organization. This month we bid a fond farewell to departing members Courtney Finnegan Sepic and Susan Rundquist Palmer. Thank you all!
OFFICERS 2016-2017
David Sweetser, President
Pierre Monaghan, Vice President
John Bauman, Vice President
David Keating, Treasurer
Kirsten Oppenheimer, Secretary
Brian Campbell
Donna Smythe-Wilson
Julie Wolfson Stockman
Chad Walier
Leigh Griswold Boudreau
John Wiseman
Tina Gordon
Nina Chagnon
Congratulations to our August award-winners
Always a bittersweet ending to a season, we concluded our 2016 season with KBIA’s biannual BBQ & Awards ceremony on Aug. 20. All children received participation ribbons, some received KBIA “wedges” or plaques for those who exemplify the KBIA spirit in attitude and accomplishment, while a select few earned their way into KBIA history. For these top honors, winners’ names are engraved on our traditional “silver ware,” which are on display in the office for all to see. And the winners are:


Hartley Lord Cup for Seamanship:  Olliver Turnbull
Eagle Rock Yacht Club Officer’s Cup:  Elly Polivy
Eagle Rock Yacht Club Hartley Lord Cup:  Aidan Wood
Eagle Rock Yacht Club Friendship Cup:  Max Turnbull
Sisters Gerold and Vincent Art Award:  Evie King
Feldman Art Award:  Willow West
Keepers of the Cove:  Elly Polivy
Griswold Tray: Colin Blais
Jane Wydra Award:  Emma Trenchard
President’s Cup: Jacob Kayser
Waterhouse Cup:  Michael Donovan
Calder Cup: Anu Rawlings
Cornelia Smith Award: Ellie Stief
Coming soon to KBIA members!
Can we be pen pals?!  It’s that time of year again…to help us keep in touch year-round, we publish a Membership Directory every fall with families’ names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails. Following tradition, it also includes a listing of winners’ names from our July and August awards ceremonies. If you haven’t already, please send us your preference as to whether or not you would like to be included in the directory, and how you would like your information printed.  Members will receive the booklet in the mail as soon as it is available.