The Poplar Point Camp Newsletter
SPECIAL EDITION: SAYING GOODBYE, AND SAYING HELLO
Evelyn Bozeman, 1930-2018
July 19th, just two days before her 88th birthday, Evelyn Bozeman went to be with her Lord.
Those of you who were in the Southern District in the 1970’s and 1980’s may remember Rev. Bob Bozeman and his wife Evelyn. Bob pastored Mt. Olive Alliance Church for many years, as well as Lillian Alliance Church, and built several churches throughout the district. Together the Bozemans were instrumental in the founding and building of Poplar Point Camp in the 1980’s. They also did all the camp cooking for the first several years of Alliance camps.
“Grandmother,” as most of us knew her by, was best known for taking care of people. She opened her home to many people over the years, and cooked thousands of delicious meals for others. In fact, if you’ve eaten at Poplar Point Camp in the past, you’ve probably eaten food prepared from one of her recipes! Some of our favorites were sweet rolls, roast beef and gravy, peanut butter balls, and yeast rolls.
Evelyn is survived by three children, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
The 2018 Alliance camps marked 35 years of Alliance camps at Poplar Point Camp!
The 83 acres of camp property were purchased by the district in August of 1980. In 1981 the building formerly used to house the Sylacauga Alliance Church was moved to the camp to be used as its chapel.
The mortgage for the land was paid off in 1983, and construction began on the Pavilion (now Redwood Lodge). It was dedicated June of 1984, and the first camps were held that year. Campers slept in tents donated by Toccoa Falls College. The Pavilion was used for kitchen, dining room, and bathrooms, and services were held in the chapel.
That first year, there weren’t many activities on site, so the campers ate supper at 4 pm, and then rode in buses to the Sylacauga city pool to swim!
In 1985, the swimming pool was completed, followed by the girls’ dorms in 1986, the kitchen and dining room in 1987, and the boys’ dorm in 1988.
God has been so faithful to Poplar Point Camp over the past 35 years, and we look forward to seeing what He has in store for the next 35!
From the Board:
Rob and Leah approached the board during the January meeting to let us know that they felt the Lord telling them that their time at Poplar Point was ending. Rather than give a two-week notice, they said that they would be willing to stay until such time as we found a replacement. How do you replace a couple that has done so much for and are such a part of camp? Turns out it takes a lot of prayer and a lot of hard work!
The Lord provided many qualified applicants. Three candidates stood out above the others. In July, the board met with the one we felt was best qualified. After meeting together, the board unanimously asked Travis Milhan to be our new Executive Director. Travis accepted!
Travis has a degree from Toccoa Falls College in Youth Ministries (Outdoor Ministries) and a Master of Divinity from Liberty University specializing in Leadership. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children: Josiah (8), Sarah (7), and Naomi (5) and live in Euharlee, GA. Travis has a wide range of camping ministry experience including beginning Pursuit Ministries that he directed for nine years before going back to school for his Master of Divinity. (Brewster Road youth used Pursuit Ministries!) Travis and Elizabeth view this as a team ministry much as Rob and Leah did.
While no one on the board wanted to see Rob and Leah leave camp, God can and does use change for good. The camp is so much better today than it was when Rob and Leah came! Travis will come to camp the last part of August and is already looking at ways to increase the off-season usage of camp. We anticipate by the January board meeting that Travis will have many recommendations for the board to consider!
To the Alliance campers, Rob and Leah are camp. At Kids Camp, word quickly spread that Rob was “selling the camp.” Please realize that Poplar Point is God’s Camp. We want it to be a tool to draw not only children but adults to Christ. We are excited to see God’s hand in this transition process!
We ask you to join us in prayer for Poplar Point, the Milhans, and the Blanchards.
Poplar Point Camp Board
From the Blanchard family:
It has been an honor to serve as your camp director family for the past 13 years. We were led by God to this ministry, just as we are now being led by Him elsewhere. Words cannot express what a privilege it has been to meet each of you, get to know you, and serve alongside you here at Camp. We have made friendships that we know will last a lifetime, and even an eternity!
Thank you, from our hearts—for your love, your prayers, your support for us and for the camp, for caring for our children (especially Birmingham International and Ensley Alliance!), and for your friendship.
Poplar Point Camp
35 Poplar Point Camp Road
Rockford, Al 35136