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All Star One Family Conference 2018

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

June 30 to July 7, 2018

Shimmer, Sparkle, and Shine … Together!

Registration is Open!

Chairs: Jenny Easter Nelson, Louise Williams, and David Yermack

Conference Speaker: Sarah Somers, J.D., MPH, will lead our conversation on Social Justice Advocacy through the Law

Minister of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley, North Chapel, Woodstock, Vermont

Join us for a week of conversation, laughter, cherished traditions, and a few sparkling new ways to remind us why Star is truly our Spirit’s Home.

Having grown up (and older!) together as dear Star Island friends, your chairs are going for the “whole package” of what makes our time together so special – knowing that, for each person, the answer is different. Whether you are early to rise (for the Polar Bear Dip, tennis, reflection at the summer house, or chatting over coffee), or late to bed (following chapel, music, salt & pepper bocci, or late-night poker) – or even all of the above, with everything in between (Talks on the rocks! Book club! Lunch!) – we are all about you doing you … which, of course, makes for a richer “us.”

Our Conference Speaker, Sarah Somers, is the Managing Attorney of the North Carolina office for the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), an advocacy organization established in 1969. Since graduating from University of Michigan Law School, Sarah has dedicated her career to connecting low-income and socially disadvantaged communities to their rights, including as a legal aid attorney in Alameda County, California; a lawyer for the Native American Protection and Advocacy Project on the Navajo Nation; and, most recently, as an advocate to protect and advance the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. The theme of Sarah’s lectures will be Social Justice Advocacy through the Law. Her talks will range from specific topics in healthcare law — including as it applies to women’s reproductive health, eldercare, the rights of children with disabilities, and America’s population at large — to general trends in the Supreme Court’s treatment of cases filed on behalf of America’s disadvantaged communities. Sarah will lead our conference in a compelling conversation about how the United States can recommit, through law and action, to helping those most in need and with the fewest resources.

And, as always, there is much, much more:

  • Bring the kids for a week of off-the-grid wonder, fun, and shared experiences as supervised by our creative, inspiring and loving children’s program;
  • Be ready to move and/or groove, whether on the softball/soccer/Ultimate field or during the myriad – yes, myriad! — opportunities to soak in the music and shake your money-maker; and
  • Always feel free to rejuvenate in your own way – whether with a book, a kite, a poem, an instrument, a song, a paintbrush, a craft, or a friend … not to mention quiet time with the rocks and sea, or by dwelling among memories of the generations of Shoalers who came before us.

It will, as always, be a beautiful week. We can’t wait to see you.

Registration is Open! 

All applications received prior to March 10, 2018 are considered timely and given equal consideration for acceptance. We have received more timely applications than we can admit by March 10 for the past eight years in a row.

Room and Board rates for 2018 have been updated on the SIC website. All Star I has a Financial Assistance Fund to provide assistance to conferees who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. If you are in need of financial aid, please visit for the financial aid policy and application.

Contributions to the All Star I Financial Assistance Fund are welcomed and encouraged. Please consider a donation to the Financial Assistance fund. You can write a check payable to All Star One, with memo “FA Fund” and mail to Ann Etter at 820 Superior Dr, Northfield, MN 55057. For questions or concerns, please contact registrar Susan O’Loughlin at


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