Current as of: November 8th, 2017

Life on a Star Conferences have been held yearly since 1963.

2017 in Chester, CTEach year, two chair-persons are selected  to design and bring to the conference a theme speaker, minister and workshop leaders of their choice, who will provide interesting and thought-provoking programs for all conferees.  The Chairs recruit all the adult leaders for our youth program.  The Chairs are responsible for all aspects of the program for their week.

2017 in Chester, CTThe LOAS conferences are governed by a group consisting of all current and former Chairs of both LOAS conferences.    The former chairs meet on-island during the conference and again in November to conduct ongoing business, make plans for the future and elect conference Chairs, Registrar and Treasurer.  (Check the listing of locations below) They also elect a Coordinating Committee consisting of three people who, together with the Registrar and Treasurer, handle issues which arise between Chair meetings.

The structure of the Leadership team, their members and contact e-mails are listed below:

Coordinating Committee:
         Jamie Jensen [off in 2018]
        Will Ronco [off in 2019]
        Alison Green [off in 2020]
The Treasurer and both Registrars are also members of the Coordinating 
Committee. You can send an e-mail to the entire committee HERE.

Treasurer:
    
John Pustell
Assistant Treasurer:
     David House

2009 in Stony Point, NYThe Registrars
     LOAS 1: 
Patti Emmons (2018 and 2019)
     LOAS II: Mary Heafy (2018 and 2019)

Provisioner, LOAS I:
     Gifford King
Provisioner, LOAS II:
     Matthew King 

2009 in Stony Point, NYWebmaster, LOAS:
     Darren Grebe

Scholarship Committee:
     
Stephanie Ronco [off in 2018]
     
Lisa Heisterkamp Davis [off in 2019]
      Tanya VanOrder [[off in 2020]

2009 in Stony Point, NYPPACA (Child Protection) Committee:
    
Nancy Witherall (Chair) 
    
John Hoffman
     Jennifer LaBarre
     Gemma Scott

Several years ago, the Star Island Corporation organized a Council of Conferences consisting of representatives from each week-long conference.  LOAS participates in this organization with representatives for both LOAS I and LOAS II. 

Council On Conferences Representative, LOAS I: (as of Nov 2017)
     Jill Brody
     David Whitford

     Rebecca Armstrong (alternate)

Council On Conferences Representative, LOAS II (as of Nov 2017)
     Phil Sears
     Myra Aaronson
     Diane Shriver (alternate)

Please contact a member of the coordinating committee if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions.

Go to the LOAS I History and the LOAS II History to see the list of former Chairs. These pages will be updated soon to archive a complete history of LOAS I and II.


Choosing the location for the annual meeting can be as challenging as the meetings themselves. There are many requirements and preferences that need to be coordinated, and unfortunately some former chairs cannot be as easily accommodated. This is one of the reasons that it has moved around so much over the years. 
Considerations include; travel distance and ease, cost, food quality, room quality, grounds quality (we enjoy a good walk after lunch), facility values (we tend towards socially aware facilities) and of course, availability. Here is a historical list of the locations we have held meetings:

2017 Guest House in Chester, CT
2016 Guest House in Chester, CT
2015 Guest House in Chester, CT
2014 Guest House in Chester, CT
2013 Guest House in Chester, CT
2012 Guest House in Chester, CT
2011 Guest House in Chester, CT
2010 Guest House in Chester, CT
2009 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
2008 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
2007 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
2006 Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT
2005 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
2004 Kirkridge Retreat Center in Bangor, PA
2003 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
2002 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
2001 Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, CT
2000 Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, CT
1999 Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, CT
1998 Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, CT
1997 Mercy By The Sea in Madison, CT
1996 Carmelite Retreat in Mahwah, NJ
1995 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
1994 Fellowship Deaconry in Liberty Corners, NJ
1993 Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
1992 Thornfield Conference Center in Cazenovia, NY
1991 Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA
1990 Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA

 

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