Submitted by Sandy Godin, our Office Administrator… She was there!
For twenty-five years, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, of South Hero, has provided a one week summer program for children ages 7 to 17 who have or have had cancer.
Each year, the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter of Vermont, select and support a new charity. In past years, we have supported Camp Thorp, a camp for children with disabilities, The Children’s Miracle Network, The VT National Guard Charitable Foundation and the Special Olympics. This year, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta was the charity of choice.
The goal for the Eastern Star was to raise enough money to provide materials and labor to build the first cabin at the new location of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, in South Hero. On September 12, 2009, all thirty-eight Vermont Eastern Star Chapters participated in the “World’s Largest Food Sale”. We raised over $13,000 to begin the fund raising for the first cabin. The dates of May 15th and 16th were set aside as the build weekend. All members available would be there to volunteer by supplying food, cooking, assisting in the kitchen, providing equipment and tools and being all around carpenters and helpers.
We made sure to capture this exciting project on film to be able to share our experience with everyone. Over one hundred people participated in the build in one way or another, from all four corners of the State. This included girls from the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Masons who are not Eastern Star members that wanted to help, family and friends of the Eastern Star members and supporters of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta who had heard about our build for such a worthy charity. All of this was organized by the leaders of the Eastern Star.
The camp is beautiful and knowing the kids will have a chance to have fun and be kids while fighting their battle with cancer has given us an overwhelming feeling of compassion, pride and accomplishment. We know we will go back and do more for them when their time plan allows and their needs require us.