William (Bill) Bourdon, Executive Director of Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, North Carolina was celebrated on Saturday, November 12, 2016 for his fifteen years of ministry at the Conference Center and forty-five years in outdoor ministry largely among United Church of Christ facilities. Under Bill’s fifteen years of leadership, the Blowing Rock Conference Center retired a one million dollar debt, grew an endowment to more than $100,000, developed personnel policies and best practices, paved roads, created an on-property ropes course, replaced 2,000 feet of waterlines, updated and maintained multiple cottages, meeting spaces, buildings and halls. “Bill is a hands-on director, rolling up his sleeves and pitching in,” remarked one participant. “When our group couldn’t get the projector to work, Bill took it upon himself to make it right; he even crawled on the floor to chase our runaway batteries,” said another participant.
The celebration, held at the Blowing Rock Conference Center included well-wishers from as far away as New Hampshire. The board of directors acknowledged Bill, along with his wife Janis (Jan) Bourdon who served as the Center’s Reservations Manager, for their contributions which have substantially grown the number of groups coming to Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock Conference Center is located near Boone, North Carolina and offers space for retreats, workshops, and spiritual renewal for religious groups, civic clubs, organizations, individuals and families. The Bourdons will be retiring to their home in New Mexico.