Sarah and Scott attended a seminar recently about employment and we all got a laugh out of the title; “Maine’s Three Seasons: Winter, August and Hiring.” Now we, of course, have some year round staff and others who come on in May and stay right through fall, and the remainder a briefer period.
It is true that there is nothing new under the sun! We are in the thick of our hiring for summer and, in fact, have several departments filled already. It’s exciting having old friends return, eager teenagers seek first jobs, and worldly college students fill their summers with service and swimming. This has been going on for the better part of a century in this neighborhood. Witness this letter, 1926, from Sherman Crockett to Camp Wohelo founder Hiiteni (Dottie Gulick) long ago. Sherm later owned Migis Lodge, of course, from 1945 to 1968 when he and Mabel sold to the Portas. Listen to this eager young man.
“January 18, 1926
Mrs. Luther Gulick
Dear Mrs. Gulick:
Last summer I met you at Kineo Mountain Camp in Gorham, N.H. At that time you spoke of being interested in obtaining the services of some young man to help you with your buying.
I am a Junior at Boston University, and very much interested in hotel and camp work. My courses at college have given me a fair knowledge of managerial methods and problems. Five years employment in the commissary department at Kineo have given me a practical knowledge of camp buying and cuisine.
I would like to arrange a personal interview at your convenience.
And that’s how Mr. Crockett started his journey (and ours) at Migis Lodge! Sarah came to us via a college job fair. Scott, through camp. Mary came to Migis to visit in 1987 and she’s still here. Amy? Guest (with her parents and grandparents) turned Migis staff turned administrator. Tim came and worked for his father, and Joan was a guest when she met Tim. So many roads, so many stories!
In 2012 we had 105 on payroll over the course of ’the season’. Some are fall only, coming from summer camps where children have had them running all summer so they are ready for the luminous sunsets and relaxed pace of fall at Migis. Some are here all the way from May through closing, some the short-ish summer only, then returning to college. Six last year were international travelers, students on J1 visas who came to the lake for a while. Three were from Poland, two from Bulgaria and one from the UK; they finish up three months work here then travel about for a month before returning overseas. They seem to favor, for visits, New York, Washington DC, Walt Disney World, and Hollywood! We housed 38 of our staff here last season, so the balance live in the area. More than half are in high school or college, and quite a few develop an interest in the hospitality field while here. This year we have a fellow arriving from China!
And of course our stalwart dozen or so year rounders…………..planning ahead, taking your reservations, improving our physical plant, continuing to maintain and improve the Migis Lodge that we all cherish.
Here’s a look at some of us…and some of you!…through the years. And we are here at 207-655-4524, still taking reservations, and still filling some job openings (dining room, a bit of culinary..and don’t forget our sister properties) for 2013! Call, or visit the employment page on our website. And I’m always up for stories about your working days here!
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Meanwhile, I’ll try to fix it.