I was two years old when Laity Lodge opened. I spent much of every summer throughout my childhood in the Canyon. I learned how to swim in the Frio River. I attended Laity Lodge Youth Camp at Linnet’s Wings when I was 8 or 9.
My childhood was also filled with the day-to-day work of the Foundation. I spent many weekends with my grandparents, Howard Butt Sr. and Mary Holdsworth Butt, whom we called Big Dad and Mama Two. Whenever I visited, Mama Two went about her normal business, letting me see the whole process of their Foundation work woven into everyday life and conversations.
For me, family and Foundation were so interwoven that they were sometimes hard to separate. My grandparents began the Foundation in 1933, inspired in part by my great-grandmother Florence Butt, who started that little grocery store in Kerrville in 1905.
Before I met and married David Rogers, I was a schoolteacher, like my grandmother before me. One year, a teacher friend and I took our fourth-grade classes to Foundation Camp. Through the years, I have had several students reach out to me and say that camp was one of the most memorable experiences of their childhoods.