Winter Lodge Council Updates
In an unprecedented year, many of our Lodge Councils continued to find ways to serve both Camp Ondessonk and their local communities. Check-out what the Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha Councils were up to in 2020.
Prior to the social distancing order, Tri-State began scheduling meetings to try for a monthly basis, all the while also coming up with plans for volunteering and fundraising activities. During the social distancing order, all of our plans were on hold for a while until the summer. In late July we created T-shirts for our council, as well as launched a mask fundraiser to help support Camp Ondessonk, with both bringing in a total of around $210, and this year we plan to raise even more. Since electing new officials, we have met virtually and come up with different plans for fundraising, volunteering, and bonding activities. We have and are coming up with plans for volunteering that our council members can do on their own time and plan for the possibility of being able to get together again. Volunteer activities that have been discussed is a mask making work weekend. As a council, we have also discussed fundraising opportunities that are possible during lockdown, like Instagram bingo sheets and perhaps partnering with businesses to help support Camp Ondessonk. For bonding, we have discussed the possibilities of having our own Camp Ondessonk Trivia over Zoom, and opening it up to other councils to join. We are beginning meetings on a monthly basis and trying our best to make sure that everyone in the council has a voice on what we do to help support Camp Ondessonk and our community.
Prior to the social distancing requirements, Peoria Lodge Council made blankets for the Hospice Center and held multiple council bonding meetings at various restaurants. Since the social distancing order was put in place, Peoria Lodge has been holding monthly Zoom meetings with fun themes. We have carved pumpkins, played among us, and even started our own Zoom cooking show, “Council Cooking with Kaitlyn.” In the next few months we plan to make and donate masks, write letters for nursing homes, and possibly recreate a Bob Ross painting or two!
Before the pandemic, the Evansville Lodge Council was actively engaged in helping our communities. Meetings included holding large trash sweeps in our city parks, volunteering at a local school to help them kick off Catholic Schools Week, and we were able to hold our annual March Work Weekend at Camp Ondessonk. We also held council bonding activities such as bowling, a summer pool party, and eating at local restaurants as a group. Once opportunities to meet in-person became slim, the Evansville Lodge Council got to work creating cards for nursing home residents as well as visiting the residents from outside their windows to say hello and to let them know that we were here for them during the difficult times. Members were also able to find opportunities to help the environment and their communities by picking up trash in the neighborhoods. This is an activity we are still doing now as it is a great way to serve our communities while remaining socially distanced. Currently, Evansville Lodge members are making sashes to be used for this coming summer for new inductees, and we are jumping at any chance to serve our communities.
In the past, the Metro East Council has had trick-or-treat for change, park clean ups, and change races in the fall. Since we have a stay at home order our council has planned virtual meetings to get to know each other and have discussed possible options for virtual fundraising, like selling council shirts or coordinating change races.