Remembering Our Alumni

Joanne Reed Camp Fire Member, Day Camp Director, Lifelong Supporter

Joanne Reed (2016) always had room in her heart for the many children who came through her doors with their daughter Nancy and with their extended family. Joanne was a leader for her daughter’s Camp Fire Club and remained active with Camp Fire as a Wakumi Alumni member. She was the Day Camp Director for Whatcom Falls Camp Fire for ten years, where she shared her love and respect for the outdoors with many children and adults.

Carolyn “CB” Brown Camp Fire Member, Volunteer, Lifelong Supporter

Carolyn Brown (2015), known to many of us as CB or Seabee, started in Camp Fire as a Bluebird and continued on through Horizon and was awarded the WoHeLo medallion. A long-time Kirby camper, Carolyn was a member of the CIT class of 1969/1970 and worked at Camp Kirby as a counselor in the summer of 1971. Carolyn returned to work at Camp Kirby as a volunteer with the Mua Mi Village and as a result of that experience took on the position of co-director from 1994 to 1998. She and her husband were also camp caretakers for several years. CB’s legacy at Camp Kirby continues through her daughters Regan Smith (aka Artemis) and Birney Smith (aka Voodoo).

Virginia (Ginna) M. Holt  Camp Fire Leader, Lifelong Supporter

Virginia M. Holt (2015) was born in 1934 in Seattle and moved to Mount Vernon with her husband, Roy in 1958. They raised a family of four in Skagit Valley. Ginna was active in the community, participating in school, sporting and music events for the children and became a Camp Fire leader. After the loss of her husband, Roy, she went to work for Christina’s in Mount Vernon.  Ginna was extremely social and made friends easily. Through Camp Fire, she met her lifelong friend Bev and her husband Larry Alderman.

Mary Jones Pennington Founder of Sedro-Woolley Camp Fire Girls chapterMaryPennington_1_bw

Mary Jones Pennington (2015)  Mary was born in Stockholm, Sweden and was proud to become a naturalized US citizen in her adulthood. She grew up in Portland and went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Bacteriology in 1942 from the University of Oregon. Mary and moved to Sedro-Woolley WA in 1949. While raising four children, Mary was a member of the Medical Auxiliary, President of the Sedro-Woolley chapter of the American Association of University Women, and started the first Camp Fire Girls chapter in Sedro-Woolley.

Linda (McIntyre) Dowe Lifelong SupporterLinda Dowe_1

Linda McIntyre Dowe (2014) had energy and enthusiasm in all her activities. Her family believes her motto was “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” Linda was incredibly passionate about Camp Kirby. She attended Camp Kirby for 10 summers, and earned renown as ‘the most enthusiastic (and filthy dirty) camper.’ Linda’s sister, Lisa McIntyre, who was the director of Camp Kirby for several years, says that “whenever we needed something in a hurry, she was there.” Among many other things, Linda volunteered weekly deliveries of bread and milk to the camp.

Irene Gladys May Kasson Camp Fire Leader, Lifelong Supporter

Irene Kasson (2013) settled in Bellingham, WA in 1958 with her family. In addition to travel and gardening, Irene also loved camping. She was involved as a Camp Fire club leader for many years. She had a special place for Camp Kirby and the Camp Fire organization, and was a founding member of the Wakumi Alumni. Irene was remembered fondly by members of the Camp Fire Samish community as a determined volunteer. With her tenacity and heart, Irene procured many additional items from donors for the Council’s Annual Birthday Dinner and Auction.

Audree Kajfas, Camp Fire Member, Former Camp Fire Samish Executive Director.

Audree Kajfas (2009) Born 1912 in a lumber camp in Karraston, WA Audree grew up in Seattle. She and her husband John lived in Bellingham for many years. Audree was an active volunteer and served as Executive Director for the Samish Council of Camp Fire from 1961 to 1977. To those who knew her best, she was a gentle soul, soft-spoken and hospitable, but with a dry sense of humor and a pun for every occasion. Audree loved talking to people, and people loved her back.

Susie Depew Tiplin First Whatcom County Camp Fire leader

Susie Depew Tiplin (1976) was the first Camp Fire leader in Whatcom County. Born in 1891, she and her family lived at Toad Lake in Bellingham. While teaching high school in Blaine she started the first Camp Fire group. Once a month she would ride her horse back to Bellingham to visit her parents. In 1916 she married Schyler Balmer Tiplin. Susie’s daughter, Mavis Elise Tiplin (Taylor), was born in 1919.  Susie became her Camp Fire leader. Mavis’ younger sister, Shirley Ann, usually joined the group.  Mavis also went through the ranks of Camp Fire and designed her own ceremonial gown.

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