Director's Message May 2018

May 2018

Greetings MCLA/Sacred Path Community,

If you’ve been following my messages in the past 2 -3 newsletters concerning our Fall retreat, I have an important update for you.  For those of you who are not aware that we will not be holding our Fall retreat in October as we have for the past 30 years, we are taking a potentially bold step in moving our date this year at Gindling Hilltop Camp to Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th.  To know more about this, you are able to review the previous newsletters by going to menscenterlosangeles.com and clicking on The News.

We held a Wisdom Council meeting in mid April and the consensus was to move forward with the December dates.  It’s a positive gesture of commitment from the staff, so the next crucial step is to have an affirmative gesture of commitment from the community of men who attend the retreats.  Thank you to those of you who offered comments following my April Director’s Message.  By and large, the comments were in support of the 4-day retreat in December.

What we are requesting now is a further demonstration of support for moving forward with our commitment to the camp to secure the dates that are being held.  We would like to have from 10 - 20 men place a $150 refundable deposit down to hold their places for attendance on Dec 6 - 9, 2018.  We are requesting that those deposits be in place by May 15th so that we feel a sense of assurance that we will be able to meet the attendance numbers that work for the camp and for MCLA/SP.

Those of you who step up to evidence your commitment via your deposit will be eligible for a substantial early bird fee reduction.  Historically, men have tended to wait until the last minutes to register even though they have to pay the full retail fee at that point.  I encourage anyone who is frugal to take advantage of the early discount fees. 

I’ve further suggested that you feed your piggy bank on a weekly basis starting now so that the money is there when it’s time to plop down the balance owing.  We’re approximately 30 weeks from the retreat.  $15-20 a week tucked into your bank will cover the costs depending on whether you enroll early or wait until after the early bird specials are over.

You will read in this newsletter about the premiere of Joseph Culp’s new film, Welcome to the Men’s Group on Wednesday night, May 16th in Beverly Hills.  It is a fund raiser and MCLA is one of the non-profit organizations who will benefit.  I spoke on a panel following a screening of the film at USC over a year ago and Joseph has again invited me to participate on the panel following the premier showing.  It will open to a wide distribution after the 16th.  I hope you’ll be able to attend the premiere or one of the screenings.  Go to the link enclosed in the information herewith to get your tickets.

Many thanks for taking the time to read through my message and much gratitude for your support of our vision to bring good men together and to bring out the best in them.

In brotherhood,

Stephen