BENEFITING: Friends Of Zanika
“Mm, mm and come September, mm, mm we’ll all remember, mm, mm Zanika and our days with you.” It is September once again, a time when we mourn summer even as we gush at the fall colors and a time when we think back to our days at Camp Zanika Lache. We hope you’ll think back fondly now and renew your membership and commitment to Friends of Zanika. One of the main reasons summer camps fail is that while camp fees may allow a camp to break even from an operating perspective, they do not provide capital to maintain and improve the assets of the camp. Camp Zanika is no exception. It was built using donated capital and the sweat equity of hundreds of Kiwanians, Rotarians, Elks and civic leaders up and down the Wenatchee and Okanogan valleys and beyond. Many of those investments are now over 80 years old. While the civic organizations of the valley continue to support work-days and projects at camp, there had not been a major capital project at camp since the dining hall was built in 1970 and Pierre shower house in 1981 – until Friends of Zanika. Since its founding in 2005, Friends of Zanika has raised nearly a quarter million dollars toward capital projects at Camp Zanika Lache. From enclosing and winterizing the dining hall, to remodeling the dishwashing side of the kitchen, to re-building the camp store, to building a new porch on the lodge, to re-floating the dock, Friends of Zanika had made a difference in the camp and outdoor experiences of hundreds of children. The list of capital projects needed at camp has grown no shorter, even as we tick them off one by one. Several cabins need to be jacked up on the downhill side. Suzette and the Shower House could do with an update. Peter Pan bridge is gone and needs to be rebuilt (see attached photo). I remember lining up, one line on each side of that bridge, waiting for the counselors to begin singing, signaling the processional to council fire. Your annual membership keeps Friends of Zanika functioning. Your additional donations make projects possible. We are now able to take credit card donations and can easily support monthly giving. Just click on the button below. Or, as always, you can mail your check to Friends of Zanika using the address at the top of the page. Please make Friends of Zanika one of your charities of choice and donate now!