From press reports
The North MS Woodmen of the World Fraternal Association, Inc. recently held its annual Senior Camp at Lake Tiak O’Khata here in Louisville. Nearly 90 “Senior” Woodmen chapter members from all over north Mississippi descended upon Louisville September 30th through October 2nd.
This year’s Camp featured a western theme. The Pine Ridge Lodge Hall at Lake Tiak O’Khata was decorated with wild west themed murals and was the center of activity for the campers. Many played games like Rook, Dominoes, Shuffleboard, horseshoes and bean bag toss. Several of the campers participated in a fishing tournament, at which the biggest catch was either a grass bass or a wood cat. There were several tall tales about the ones that got away. On Monday evening the campers enjoyed a bon fires and campfire songs and on Tuesday evening the north MS Field representatives prepared the campers an excellent dinner from the grill. The evening was topped off by entertainment from some local musicians and singers who came together to perform many bluegrass and country songs, even though they had not played together before.
Woodmen Senior Camp is normally held each fall and is usually located at the North MS Woodmen Camp facility north of Ackerman, MS. However, each year it seemed that the number of attendees at Camp was dwindling. In 2012 only 17 campers attended at the Ackerman campground. State Manager Jamie Hofmister and Community Outreach Manager Cynthia Montgomery were determined to make Camp better for all and increase attendance. In early summer, Montgomery met with Area Manager Jerry Hemphill and his field representatives and explained the need to increase the numbers of campers and asked for suggestions on what could be done. “The first thing that came to my mind I thought was perfect for us. Lake Tiak O’Khata. It has everything we needed to draw in more people and make their experience enjoyable.” said Hemphill. Montgomery and Hemphill went to the Lake that day and inquired about what they could offer and shortly thereafter Montgomery made arrangements to move the camp for 2013 to Louisville. “We set a goal to increase from 17 campers to 50 campers. I think we beat that goal pretty handily!” Montgomery said. “Lake Tiak O’Khata did an excellent job taking care of us and we really appreciate it and our members really enjoyed their time there.”
For more information about Woodmen of the World contact your local representative or visit their website at www.woodmen.org.