March 6, 2018 at 5:04 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Elkins takes leave of absence at CAMP Rehoboth
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Steve Elkins (left) has taken a leave from CAMP Rehoboth; his husband Murray Archibald (right) will fill in. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Steve Elkins, co-founder and longtime executive director of CAMP Rehoboth, the LGBT community services organization in Rehoboth Beach, Del., announced on Feb. 26 that he is taking a medical leave of absence from the organization.

A statement released by the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors says the board appointed the group’s president and co-founder, Murray Archibald, to serve as interim executive director during Elkins’ absence. Archibald is Elkins’ husband.

The statement says the board named the group’s sitting vice president, Chris Beagle, as the new board president to fill the vacancy created by Archibald’s appointment as interim director. It says board member Leslie Sinclair was elected as the new vice president.

Elkins has announced in Facebook postings that he is undergoing treatment for cancer.

“Steve has served as the Executive Director of CAMP Rehoboth and Murray has served as its Board President for over 25 years,” the board’s statement says. “The vision and leadership has allowed the organization to become one of the most respected nonprofit organizations in the State of Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region, and has contributed greatly to Rehoboth Beach’s reputation as being a community with ‘room for all,’” says the statement.

“The CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors and staff look forward to welcoming Steve back to his full time role,” it says. “We thank the entire community for its outpouring of love and support for Steve, Murray, and CAMP Rehoboth these past few months.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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