One of the foundational principles of our movement is service to others. It's very important that the men and women who are there for their first retreat are served all weekend by those of us who have done it before. It's Christianity in action. For example, we never hire cooks, we do the cooking ourselves.
When your group goes up to use the place, you can either bring your own cooks, or hire cooks employed by the organization that owns the facility If you hire the cooks, they can use the new kitchen. If you bring your own, you have to use the old one.
Well, the new kitchen has been inspected and certified by state regulators. The cooking staff for hire has been trained by the state to cook properly to maintain the certification. If we amateur slobs* went up there and cooked food, we might unwittingly make changes to the condition of the kitchen which a spot inspection would find, losing the place's state accreditation. Instead, we use the old kitchen.
So in order to genuflect to the state like the worthless vassals we are, we maintain two kitchens. The new, state-certified one is just for show and the old, crummy one is the one we still use.
|King George III. It's like he never left.|