The purpose of the Holt-Elwell Memorial Foundation is to own, maintain and operate Camp Mowglis in order to promote education, training, traits of good character and qualities of leadership in boys and young men in accordance with the ideals and standards established and maintained by Elizabeth Ford Holt, the founder of Mowglis, and by Alcott Farrar Elwell, her successor and the owner and director for Mowglis for many years. Additionally, the HEMF is charged with providing scholarship assistance to worthy boys in the form of tuition grants or tuition reductions, in order to enable such boys to benefit by the summer camp experience.
The Holt-Elwell Memorial Foundation (HEMF) is a 501c-3 non-profit established in 1962 specifically to provide governance and financial support. The HEMF board of trustees is made up of Mowglis alumni along with former and current camp parents. Management of the board includes the enforcement of a conflict of interest policy and the adoption of a code of conduct among the board members.
The trustees hire the camp director and provide general oversight for the program. Although camp tuition covers the bulk of expenses, the HEMF receives hundreds of generous contributions each year from alumni, parents and friends. These donations are important to close the gap between tuition and expenses. The HEMF works hard to maintain the traditions of Mowglis and to give each boy an outstanding summer experience.
President, Jim Graff, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania – (Den ’78) and father of James (Den ’12)
Vice President, Tomo Nishino, Glen Ridge, New Jersey – (Den ’84) and father of current campers Shoh and Hiro
Treasurer, Roel Hoekstra, Norristown, Pennsylvania – (Den ’76) and father of Chris (Den ’07) and Carter (Den ’13)
Secretary, Meg Hurdman, Falmouth, Maine – Mother of Chris (Den ’05), Jay (Den ’06), and Robby (Den ‘09)
Erik Bernhardt, San Francisco, California (Den ’88)
Sandee Brown, Glastonbury, Connecticut – (Staff 1977-1987) and parent of Ian (Den ’83)
Dave Concannon, Malvern, Pennsylvania – (Den ’79) and father of Ian (Den ’10)
Forty Conklin, Norwood, New Jersey – (Den ’74) and father of Foster (Den ’12)
Meg Drazek, Denver, Colorado – Parent of current campers Cooper and Spencer.
Rich Morgan, Sandwich, New Hampshire – (Den ’68)
Andrew Khatri, New York, New York – (Den ’93)
Ben Ringe, Glen Ridge, New Jersey – (Den ’85)
Will Scott, Columbia, Maryland – (Den ’70)
Diane Sears, Marblehead, Massachusetts – Mother of Manning (Den ’13), Nicholas (Den ’16) and Jack (Den ’17)
Jim Westberg, Nashua, New Hampshire – (Den ’69) and father of Doug (Den ’02)
Nick Robbins, Director, Ex Officio
The board would like to thank three trustees retiring in 2016: two past presidents, Chris Phaneuf and Charlie Walbridge and Chris’s brother, Greg Phaneuf, who have served a combined 40 years. These men have been extraordinarily generous to Mowglis with their time, energy, and financial support. We expect all to remain active with the HEMF in an advisory role. Thank you Chris, Charlie, and Greg!