Partner Perspective

Section D retreat - by Jan Chip Dolezal

Section D Retreat - by Jan Chip Dolezal

It was a weekend of rustic cabins, field games, s’mores, kayaking, and costumes. Revisiting summer camp?  No.  Section D retreat? Yes!

I was so thrilled to get the chance to visit my home state ofMainewith 130 other Section D folks.  Of course I’m biased, but I have to say we have the most fun games, coolest people, and cutest babies.  Just sayin’.

I’m sure everyone feels this love for their respective section, and that’s why the retreat is such a great idea.  Getting your entire section plus significant others, pets, and children together for a weekend of revelry is just a recipe for a good time.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but here’s what ended up happening…

At5 PMon Friday, we all piled into two busses (one party, one undesignated) and made the four hour haul toMaine.  There may have been rush hour traffic, a bus break down, torrential rain, and a septic tank run over along the way, but that just adds to the fun.  Arriving at the Maine Houses in the Bethel, Maine area, we found three separate lodges ready for us.  Section President Steve, his wife Jessie, and their one year old son had been kind enough to go through all the houses, and label all the rooms for us (it’s my personal belief that the baby did most of the work).

There was card playing, dancing, and drinking until the early morning hours of Saturday when we all dragged ourselves out to the field, which soon turned into a battlefield.  Blurry eyed and fueled by coffee, those brave enough to try split into teams to compete against one another in a battle of wills and strength.  As a spectator, this was by far the most entertaining part of the weekend.  Watching the future business leaders of the world tie a bandanna on their heads and spin around a baseball bat ten times before running towards a set of orange cones was an experience in and of itself.   Thank goodness for rapid shutter speed…without it, the sequence of falling down photos just isn’t the same.

The rest of the day some kayaked, went apple picking, hiked, or just napped.  I was able to spend time getting to know some other great partners.  It always amazes me how much we all have in common, and it was a great opportunity to make future plans to get together.

Saturday evening was the finale of retreat weekend – the theme party.  We were all asked to dress from our region of origin and the costumes were incredible…Halloween has nothing on the theme party.  Every major college and professional football team jersey made an appearance, as well as Confucius, some folks from the Jersey Shore, and a variety of farm animals.

To say the least, it was a blast.  By the time we all arrived back to campus on Sunday afternoon, we all knew things about one another we never knew before (and maybe didn’t want to know) and had plenty of photos to prove it.  I think it’s fair to say everyone’s looking forward to the spring retreat!


Megan Birkel is the wife of RC studentRyan Birkeland member of the Partners Club. When she’s not working as a Nutritionist she enjoys making a mess in the kitchen, trying to convince her husband to get a dog, hanging out with Section D, and making road trips to Maine to spend time with family.

November 4, 2011

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  1. Lilly Deng says:

    Thanks Megan for a great article!

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  • Lilly Deng says:

    Thanks Megan for a great article!


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