Question #1: About You
I live in Amery with my daughter and son. Lehney is a 1st grader and Landon is in 4K. I am a Chiropractic Radioligy Technician and the Office Manager at Amery Chiropractic. I have been on the WBHA board for the last 9 years. In that time, I have become the Landowner Appreciation Drawing chairperson, Photo Contest chairperson and most recently, the WBHA Foundation President which includes Scholarships and the Governor’s Bear Tag. In the past I have also worked at the WBHA traveling booth and coordinated the WBHA kids pizza parties. In my 9 years on the board, I have learned so much about the hard work and dedication it takes to run such an organization. It’s not just going to a couple of board meetings a year and working at the annual convention. In the last few years especially, I’ve witnessed firsthand the work that can get done when we all rally together. The Right To Hunt Act started with a few of us hillbillies in a bar talking to our representative. Adam Jarchow took charge and presented a bill and when it was our turn to act, we filled the capital! Most of us 4 + hours from home in the middle of the day on a Wednesday! I am passionate about keeping the bear hunting tradition around for my kids and future grandkids. I will do what I can to make sure that happens. If it means more parades with representatives, more listening sessions, traveling to meetings and hearings, more Town Hall Fundraisers, I will be there. I have met so many great people during these last 9 years and can’t wait to have the opportunity to meet even more.
With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.
Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?
Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More
Candidate Answer: More
How far are you willing to drive?
Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles
Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles
What are the best days?
Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Candidate Answer: Tuesday
What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?
Candidate Answer: I belive that staying educated and connected are the best tools to productively spend your time. I'm a busy, single mom, but with technology now I am always just a text, email or Facebook Message away to answer or ask a question. I have had Facebook since it came out 13 years ago while I was in college. It is a great tool to stay connected with fellow members, network with those in charge of other groups and a great tool for us (WBHA) to share information with our own members. Communication is a great key to any successful organization.
Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?
Candidate Answer: My first thought was FUNDRAISING. And not just our raffles and auction at the annual convention, but at our town hall meetings as well. But really, if we don't have a membership that is educated about their own organization and promoting themselves, the money isn't going to do much good. We need strength in numbers. We as members need to be recruiting new members and educating them why our organization is worth being apart of. Especially at a time when our country needs to pull together as a whole, so does our organization in order to continue the progress we've worked so hard for. We also need to stay connected with other organizations. We'll NEVER have enough money to fight "the fight" on our doorstop ourselves, but with friends like the USSA and other organizations, we can win and we will win. We've seen it with Maine and Michigan. Organization's have to pull together for the better of all. And this starts with a strong WBHA with strong leadership which I look forward to providing! I will also continue to do whatever I can to get representative's into the legislature so we can get done the things we are working towards. Again, parade walking with candidats, attending hearings and promoting the people in which we know will be helpful to our organization in Madison as well as in our neighborhoods. This is how our organization will continue to be successful.