Pat Soller of Mason will be honored when members of the National T.T.T. (tri-T) Society meet at the Embassy Suites at Rivercenter, Covington, Ky., for their biennial convention from Oct. 17-20.
Soller was initiated into the T.T.T. Society in September 1963. She has served as an officer of her local chapter and participated in state and national events. She joined the newly formed Ohio N Cincinnati chapter of the society as a charter member.
Soller and Mary Kalberg of Madeira are the two remaining charter members of the chapter that now has nearly 40 members.
The National T.T.T. Society, founded in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1911, has a single focus of providing a summer camp experience for 10-year old, fourth-grade girls. All expenses, clothing and camp gear, and camp-related activities are provided nationwide for close to 500 girls annually.
There are currently five chapters of the society in Ohio. The 130 members account for 30 of the 500 campers. Working with local schools or social service agencies, chapter members are helped to identify girls who would benefit from a week away from home. Sometimes the need is based on finances, but other needs are considered.
Studies show that summer camp is a unique experience offering personal benefits that aren’t available in any other setting. Self-confidence and the opportunity to try out leadership skills are just two of the benefits cited by the American Camping Association study of the value of camping.
Besides honoring Soller for her 50 years of service, the 2013 national convention will include the election of national officers and review the previous two years of the camping project. Attendees will come from across the United States to attend the meetings. Delegates and their guests will be entertained by local songwriter and storyteller Rick Sowash on Friday evening.
Saturday evening entertainment is the 2012 World Champion Show Choir, the Choraliers of Fairfield High School. An afternoon river cruise on a BB Riverboat is also part of the festivities. The three-day convention concludes with the installation of new officers and a Saturday evening banquet.