2012 Chapter of the Year
Golden Triangle Sam's

Golden Triangle Sam's - Central Florida

Established in 1978 in the heart of Florida's Lake County, the Golden Triangle Sams chapter of the Good Sam Club has grown to 32 member families over the years, including six families that joined in 2012. Everything from the chapter's monthly campouts to members's charitable service is approached with gusto.

Take aluminum recycling, for example. Not only does the chapter gather to pick up highways and parks and keep aluminum cans out of landfills, the money earned goes to worthy causes. In 2012 alone, $1,170.86 worth of aluminum was collected, with the proceeds being passed along to the group's favorite charities.

For the past 14 years, the Golden Triangle Sams have been the top contributor to Florida Dog Guides for the Deaf and last year donated $1,600 to the cause.

In 2012 the chapter also contributed $100 to Dogs for the Deaf, $130 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and $250 to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Clothing, household items, school supplies and food are also collected and donated to schools and food banks, including 395 pounds of canned food and dry goods assembled in a single month, and another 750 pounds at the holidays.

The Golden Triangle Sams took an active roll at Florida's 2012 Samborees, from manning the hospitality table to providing entertainment, organizing trivia games and donating gift cards for door prizes. At the winter Samboree, the chapter raised $847.53 by selling sandwiches and all the fixings. Members not only traveled to Samborees in the neighboring states of Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee, they attended all three 2012 Good Sam Rallies.

The chapter's monthly campouts are where members complete the fuzzy bears and fleecy blankets they donate to Camp Boggy Creek, a year-round camp serving seriously ill children throughout Florida. Members stitched, stuffed and donated 43 bears and 67 blankets for this worthy cause in 2012, in addition to donating a check for $300 raised mostly by 50/50 raffles.

The Golden Triangle Sams demonstrated a strong commitment to the military in 2012. To start with, the chapter purchased 17 wreaths for veterans graves as part of Wreaths Across America, and members took part in the wreath-laying ceremony at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. As part of the Coupons for Troops program, members collected, clipped, sorted and shipped coupons totaling $58,958.53 for military families. Likewise, the chapter donated $350 worth of mobile phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers and books valued at $2,380 for local veterans.

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