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Rochester Rams Run - Cancelled

Dear Friends and Brothers:

It is with great regret that we must cancel our run that was scheduled for 24-26 August 2007. This decision was heartbreaking for us and we are certain that you share our disappointment.

Four weeks ago, we received a letter from the Presbytery of Geneva, the campsite owners, canceling our contract without cause. The Presbytery has hired a new director who has found our “activities” to be unacceptable and she has used the “cancellation without cause” option in the contract. Based on the contract language, our attorney has advised that we have no legal recourse.

We have attempted to negotiate to allow the run to continue for one final year at the camp. We have cited our many years using the facility, our care of the facility during and after our events and our many contributions to the site. In addition, we have stressed how cancellation this late has burdened the Rams with financial commitments and grossly inconvenienced you, our guests, who have made arrangements to attend. Unfortunately, the director remains adamant in her opposition to our event and refuses to reinstate the contract.

We have done a search of comparable sites within driving distance and found them fully booked and unavailable. With only nine weeks remaining before the event, we do not feel that we could adapt in time to either an in-town or full camping run and still offer you, our guests, the quality run experience we have delivered in the past. Therefore, we have decided the best option for all is to cancel this year’s run and begin our search for an acceptable site for next year’s run. We will immediately refund any run fees sent to us.

It is our sincere hope that you will plan to join us for our run in 2008.

In brotherhood,


Chip M., President


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 19th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Wow - very sorry to hear this.
Jun. 19th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I'm very upset and sad about this. But I will wait for further advice from the Rochester Rams executive board before taking any action(s).
Jun. 19th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
...it doesn't seem like there's much we can do. Very sad indeed. A wonderful event and a perfect venue.
Another blow by narrow-minded people with hard hearts and closed minds.

I am proud to be a Christian, but tis is NOT the Love nor the Spirit God wishes us to show to this world. A sad time indeed.
Jun. 19th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Keep us in the loop too because I'd like to write a letter in support too.
Jun. 19th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
i hope a mini run can be done...it is one of the few times i get to see you ;-)
Jun. 19th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)

Are you going to Spearhead?

Jun. 19th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
unfortnatly no...i only heard about it
Jun. 19th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
Nice talking to you on the phone Chaz despite the news. To say that I am P.O'd is the understatement of the year. Remember, nice deep breaths.
A Mini-Run; hmmmm, cowboy invasion of Jones Pond; hmmmmmmmmmmm. Wonder if the campground in Canada outside Hamilton could handle a bunch of us carrying on for a weekend (I would be the guy with the site that has solar panels, a/c, sat. dish, you know, the basics).
Jun. 19th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Keep us in the loop as I'd like to write a letter.

Two things - I'm going to Spearhead (was going to be going to both this year as I wanted to expand my Leather experiences) and.. I've forgotten the second. DOH!
Jun. 19th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
That was the other thing - I'd love to see the Rams invade Sudbury or heck even do something here in Toronto.
Jun. 19th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
that really sucks. :(
Jun. 21st, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
*shakes head in disbelief*
When is Spearhead?
Maybe I'll try to get to that.
(still upset about the Ram Run)-
Jun. 21st, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: *shakes head in disbelief*

Go here to read about the Spearhead Run: http://chazhome.com/round-up.htm

Jun. 21st, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: *shakes head in disbelief*

Go here to read about the Spearhead Run: http://chazhome.com/round-up.htm

Jun. 21st, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Accoring to the "More Light Presyterian" website:
(http://www.mlp.org/) the church in Geneva, NY is supposed to be
open and accepting of gays.

According the the Camp Whiteman website:
(http://www.campwhitman.com/) they do not discriminate in regards to creed or gender.

I would like to send a note through the MoreLight Presby organization.

Do we have any directive from The Rams regarding this issue as of yet?

Jun. 22nd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)

No word from the Rams' e-board yet....

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