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Thursday, August 15, 2019

2019 SLE is Turning Out to be the
Best Yet, Say Those who Attended

Welcome Center, SLE 2019, #1
Welcome Center, SLE 2019, #2
Epworth Cafe, SLE, 2019, #1
Epworth Cafe, SLE, 2019, #2
 Epworth Cafe, SLE, 2019, #3

One week ago today, the Silver Lake Experience (SLE) was in the midst of its first day of the 2019 edition of the four-day biennial event. We predicted that this third event, put on through the cooperative efforts of the Silver Lake Institute and the Asbury Retreat Center, would be the best one yet.

Why? Because the same dedicated and cooperative SLE Committee who had put together the first two, was again responsible for this third one. Our confidence level for success was high because each year we read and analyze each participant's evaluation form and take each idea and recommendation into serious consideration.

Therefore, a large part of each new four-day event is an amalgamation of the thoughts and ideas of those who attended and the wisdom of an experienced planning committee. This committee is a unique blend of ideas and cooperative spirit which is eager to put on a notable Experience for the enjoyment and fulfillment of each who attend.

The SLE Committee is one of the first to admit that their work only looks as good as it does because of the very able and talented leadership of co-chairs Kathy Schaefer (SLI) and Sue Russell (Asbury) who are simply amazing, as far as the committee is concerned. 

Equally important is the leadership of Bill Schaefer who heads the vital area known as Logistics. Some of the very things we take for granted are pre-set by the Logistics team who makes sure that every workshop location is set up with the needed number of tables and chairs, display boards, audio-visual equipment, transportation between workshops for those in need, signs directing guests to the many locations, and the set up and tear down of concert seating, to name just a few.

We often refer to our current Silver Lake Experiences as being a Renaissance of sorts because we have returned to our "chautauqua" roots. The Chautauqua style is one of providing learning opportunities that people want to be a part of, along with unique spiritual opportunities that expand our lives and our thinking, all within a modern "camping" experience shared with others.

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