We want to congratulate NSC alum Joe Mendes and his wife Cynthia on their announcement that they are the new owners and directors at Camp Firebird and Roosevelt in Ohio. Joe was a long time camper and counselor at North Star, has been a "lifer" at Post Camp with his family, his son Abe attended North Star and Joe also served on the board of Camp for All Kids. Joe had been working as an elementary school teacher in Cleveland Heights where he not only applied his camp philosophies but managed to help give the gift of camp to many of his students. It has long been Joe's dream to be a camp director and we are so happy that he has made it happen.
Joe will succeed Andy Schwartz as the director at Firebird and Roosevelt who unfortunately passed away this past summer. We were all so saddened to learn of Andy's untimely passing, and the whole North Star community was so proud of what he was able to do and teach his campers. We know Joe will pour his heart and soul into continuing Andy's traditions at Firebird and Roosevelt. And what makes this even more special is that Andy and Joe were cabinmates at North Star when they were kids.