GAYLA News and Updates
The New Big Brothers
Excitement. Antici…pation. Abject fear!
Arriving at GAYLA, whether for the first time or 41st, can bring both joy and anxiety. Newcomers aren’t sure what their room will look like or if they’ll fit in. Returners are thinking about the balance on their bill and how close they can park close to where they will sleep. And we navigate this while greeting each other on the crowded Quillen Porch.
At GAYLA 41 we’re trying something new. We’ll arrive at Quillen as usual. We’ll settle our bills and get our schedules, Check In Circle assignments and nametags. We’ll take pictures, and finish any other business to start the week.
Then comes something new. We’ll head to DeWolfe Porch for a Welcoming Reception. We’ll have snacks, music and nametag decorating. There may be a friendly game of volleyball – watch out, Crew! And there will be plenty of rocking chairs to catch up with new and old friends as they join the festivities.
Check In Circle Leaders and greeters will meet newcomers at DeWolfe. Campus tours will depart at 3:00, 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Before GAYLA, each newcomer will receive a special letter and individual phone call to help them prepare.
We hope these changes will make arriving at GAYLA more relaxed, and help resolve some of the recent challenges of the Big Brother program. We’ll learn from this experiment, and keep improving in future years.
So, this July we’ll see you at the Welcoming Reception on DeWolfe Porch!
Last summer 30 newcomers and old friends joined us for DAYLA: GAYLA for a Day. This year DAYLA will be Sunday July 14, 1:30-10:00 pm. For only $30, guests will enjoy a full afternoon and evening of activities, outdoor BBQ, Friendship Circle on the beach, and more. DAYLA introduces newcomers to the spiritual connection and infectious fun of GAYLA. Let your friends know they can call Ferry Beach at 207-282-4489 and register today.
It’s not too soon to plan your outfit! 1969 was a year of Madmen and Hippies, Rayon and big prints. Psychedelic colors and bell bottoms. Soupy Sales and Joanne Worley. The Archies and The Beatles. Get it? Head to your local thrift shop and shopping! Or just wear a t-shirt and shorts. Just don’t forget your dancing shoes.
GAYLA T-Shirt Day
Sunday June 2 is GAYLA’s first-ever T-Shirt Day. Post pictures of yourself wearing a GAYLA T-Shirt on Facebook and tag Gayla At Ferry Beach for a chance to win a prize. Photos can be new or old, but must be posted on June 2. Watch for more details.