Camp Fire Relief Efforts
At 6:33 am, November 8th, 2018 the most destructive and deadly forest fire in California history changed the lives of the people living in its path forever. On that day and the days following we learned about all the devastation and death, but we also witnessed heroes in action and the compassion that fellow Californians had for each other.
The Native Sons of the Golden West, being a long standing historical preservation fraternal organization, has been a part of the compassion and generosity typified by the actions of our fellow Californians. Within minutes of the announcement of the start of the fire, Bidwell Parlor received a pledge of support for whatever was needed by Piedmont Parlor President Dan Ryan. Days later as the extent of the destruction, death and suffering was becoming known, Jon Campbell, Amador Parlor made it his responsibility to raise immediate funds and deliver them to Butte County and witness the conditions and the suffering. Since Jon Campbell’s trip, several Parlors, including Byron 170, Guadalupe 231, Amador 17, Presidio 194, Golden Gate 29, South San Francisco 157, Observatory 177, Twin Peaks 214, Excelsior 31, Eden 113, Napa 62, Nicasio 183, and Sonoma 111, as well as individual Brothers like Joe Rusino, Bob Santos, Arthur Citron, Don Jennings, Bill Pickering, Eugene Dufrene, Leanne Woodall, Deborah TenBruggencate, Homer Hudelson, William Koenig, Joe Ursino, Mike Grainger and Alice & Don Zanini, and additionally the Hall Association of the Native Sons of the Golden West have donated their resources to help alleviate the suffering of the victims of the Camp Fire.
To date, Bidwell Parlor, on behalf of all of the Native Sons of the Golden West, have distributed gift cards and coordinated with other nonprofits to bring in and temporarily store the necessary items to assist the victims to put their lives back together. Additionally, progress is being made to create a program to help victims with establishing permanent/temporary storage of their own in the form of conexes/sea containers. Bidwell Parlor thanks everyone who has donated and we continue to work on the NSGW’s behalf to make the Charity in FLC a recognized reality to all of California.
Thank You Carl Von Bargen for this article.