How is your summer going? So far it has been very busy for our family and before you know it "school" will be starting again. Make sure you enjoy this time with you family.
Now onto a more serious note: We heard many great things from both the attendees and exhibitors in regards to this year's convention, which was very encouraging; unfortunately the convention was not good overall for ENOCH, financially. We were able to pay all of our expenses from the convention, but did not make enough money to run the organization for the coming year. The convention has been our only source of income for as long as ENOCH has been in existence. Fortunately, we have some fund in reserve for years like this, but because of this year's financial situation the Board of ENOCH had to make some very difficult decisions. One of the more noticed is cancelling the Support Group Leadership Conference that we hold every fall. This I know will come as a disappointment to many who enjoyed coming year after year. We, as the Board, always look forward to this event and the time that we spend with many of the support group leaders, who have become personal friends through this conference. There were other events and conferences we have to forgo or to curtail dramatically this year.
ENOCH had already made a commitment to the Career and College Fair being held October 6th and we will hold to that commitment. We are hoping that this will be successful and not only be a blessing and help to the high school age homeschoolers throughout New Jersey and neighboring states, but also another source of income for ENOCH. The event will expose students to the wide range career possibilities whether professional, trade or vocational, and college choices. Christian professionals in different fields will be available one-on-one to explain their experience and to counsel those interested in pursuing these careers. They will provide invaluable information on required skills, educational requirements, compensation to be expected, perks and pitfalls and advantages and disadvantages. The colleges will be there to help guide you toward preparation for the career of your choice. This event addresses a major need to introduce students to the many possibilities for life work and to provide face-to-face guidance to areas not previously considered. There will be suggested donation at the door. The Fair will be held at the Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ, from 10am-6pm. So reserve the date and watch for further details at www.enochnj.org.
We are already working hard on next year's convention, looking at ways to cut back on expenses while still trying to meet the needs of the homeschoolers of New Jersey. If we have another year like we did in 2012 ENOCH will either be scaling our operations way back or cease to exist. If ENOCH is not there, there could be rough times ahead for those in New Jersey, such as:
All these and more can affect many in our state. ENOCH does not offer just a convention. We offer other helps behind the scenes.
Here is one of ENOCH’s toughest situations: meeting everyone’s needs in relation to the convention. We have homeschoolers who state: “I don't come to the convention because there are not enough vendors." Then we have the vendors say: "I don't come to your convention because there are not enough attendees." We have speakers that people request then we are turned down because our convention is too small. We are in a Catch 22 situation. There are others who state: "I don't need the convention anymore because I have the entire curriculum I need." But then we neglect the workshops. I was blessed tremendously by one of Mike Smith's sessions and we have been homeschooling for 14 years, so the convention is not just for new homeschoolers. My wife was able to sneak into two sessions. One she stated moved her to tears. The other blessed her tremendously. There is always something more to learn and be encouraged by. Remember when you first started homeschooling and hopefully we were there to help you. Now we need you to help us to be around for the next wave of homeschoolers.
ENOCH will endeavor to be there for this coming year. Help us make this happen.
God bless you,
Here are the deadlines for the upcoming ENOCH of NJ e-Newsletters. The deadlines are firm and coordinated so that we can get you a fresh newsletter by the first of each month. Thanks.
September 2012: Friday, August 24th*Please note the change in date! Thank you.
October 2012: Tuesday, September 25th
November 2012: Thursday, October 25th
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