This program is still fluid and we are looking to confirm a few more speakers and workshops. 

In collaboration with Peace Pals International, we will have an exhibit featuring the art of children from 110 countries on the topic of peace. This exhibit will run for the duration of the conference.

Friday 10-29-2021

3:00 PM — 5:00 PM: Check-in in the Rec Hall & Enter Free Raffle

6:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Dinner (All-you-can-eat)

7:00 PM — 7:30 PM: Welcome to NC: Cool Things to see in NC presented by Mary Lee Behar, Nancy Polk & Leena Desai

7:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Public “Kiss The Ground” Screening

Saturday 10-30-2021

7:00 AM — 8:00 AM: Option 1: Qi Gong — Nanci Kersch                                  

Meet behind the Rec Hall with a view of the lake or in one of the classrooms (in the event of inclement weather)                                                  

7:00 AM — 8:00 AM: Option 2: Walk to the Bamboo Forest — John Dooley     

Meet at the Flagpole outside the Rec Hall. 


8:00 AM — 9:00 AM: Breakfast (All-you-can-eat)


9:00 AM — 10:30 AM: Keynote Speaker — Lyndon Harris 

Forgiveness — Are you renting out space in your head on a grievance? Are you struggling with regrets? Do you have a longing for revenge that keeps you awake at night? If you realize that you’re banging your head against a wall, then it’s time to join the journey to forgiveness. Stanford’s Dr. Fred Luskin states that learning to forgive is a trainable life skill and is good for our physical and emotional health, reducing blood pressure, anger, anxiety and stress, and increases hope, compassion and wellness. Holding a grudge is hazardous for your health!  If you are ready to begin your journey to forgiveness, there are many resources here for you!

10:45 AM — 12:00 PM: Seeing is Believing - David Radcliff 

Familiarity breeds not contempt, but connection and deeper understanding. Having respectful encounters with the world around us — people and other life forms — engenders appreciation on both sides and gives us a stake in one another’s future, while pushing us to be a voice for the voiceless. 


12:00 PM — 1:00 PM Lunch (All-you-can-eat)


1:00 PM — 2:30 PM: Simple Living — Or Else… - David Radcliff 

Living simply is more than a worn-out mantra — it is an imperative if we hope to live in peace with earth, neighbor, future generations and our own souls.

2:45 PM — 3:45 PM: Option 1: Annual Meeting — Hybrid Format (In-Person & Online) - 60 minutes set aside for a formal business meeting chaired by the board chair with a financial report given by the treasurer. All members are encouraged to attend. 
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM: Option 2: Nature Walk around the Lake — John Dooley
A guided walk around Lake Hazel explaining edible and medicinal local plants and how even invasive plants can be medicinal! Meet at the Flagpole.

4:00 PM — 4:45 PM: Conversations on Race — John Swaine 

John Swaine, CEO of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, NC will facilitate a conversation on racial justice and how we can all be an ally. Let’s get more comfortable talking about sensitive and charged topics in this safe setting and let us bridge the social divide to attain lasting peace and equality. 

5:00 PM — 6:00 PM: Screening of the Short Film ”Admissions” by John Viscount, featuring Academy Award nominated Oliver Cromwell, followed by a Q&A with Lyndon Harris


6:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Dinner (All-you-can-eat)


7:00 PM — 7:15 PM: Free Raffle & Tru-Earth Video

7:15 PM  - 8:00 PM: Open Mic — Sharing Spooky Servas travel stories around the campfire (getting in the mood for Halloween). In the event of inclement weather, we may stay in the Rec Hall.

8:00 PM — 9:00 PM: Folk Dancing or Country-Style Dancing  

Sunday 10-31-2021 (HAPPY HALLOWEEN

7:00 AM — 8:00 AM: Option 1: Qi Gong — Nanci Kersch                                 

Meet behind the Rec Hall with a view of the lake or in one of the classrooms (in the event of inclement weather).                              

7:00 AM — 8:00 AM: Option 2: Walk to the Bamboo Forest — John Dooley     

Meet at the Flagpole outside the Rec Hall. 


8:00 AM — 9:00 AM: Breakfast (All-you-can-eat)


9:00 AM — 12:00 PM — Option 1: Team-building in the Forest ($15 per person, recommended ages 9 and up, subject to cancellation in the event of unsafe weather conditions). Meet at the Flagpole. 


9:00 AM — 9:45 AM: Option 2: What’s New in Servas — Marguerite Hills
Learn how US Servas has changed its operations during the pandemic (for the better), learn how to navigate the new user-friendly database, and much more.)

10:00 AM — 10:45 AM: Option 2: The Connection between UN Work & Servas - Paige LaCombe & Jeanne Devine  

10:00 AM — 10:45 AM: Option 3: Interviewer Workshop — Phyllis Chinn & Daryl Ngee Chinn — in Classroom 2

Have you ever wanted to be an interviewer for potential Servas members but not sure about how it works? Are you looking for some criteria and advice on the selection process? This is the workshop for you! Come learn from some of our most experienced interviewers. 

11:00 AM — 11:45 AM: Option 2: Servas Youth Language Exchange Program — Sophia Dreyer & Tess Hills

Hear first hand from our youth who recently completed a SYLE


12:00 PM — 1:00 PM: Lunch gathering, Conclusion & Goodbyes

12:00 PM — 12:10 PM: Brief New Board Closed Meeting Over Lunch


1:00 PM — 5:00 PM - Canoeing: $20/4 hour block (recommended ages 5 and up, vests provided, subject to cancellation in the event of unsafe weather conditions). Meet at the Canoe Dock. 

5:00 PM — Post-conference excursion to a local brewery or restaurant. Location: TBA

*Check-in and all presentations will be in the Rec Hall, unless otherwise specified. The canoeing and campfire storytelling will meet just beyond the cabins. If the storytelling gets moved indoors, it will be in the Rec Hall. The guided walk and team-building/peace-building groups will meet at the flagpole. All meals will be served in the Cafeteria/Mess Hall. 

Halloween