WITO Coordinator: Tracy Neuburg Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Coordinator: Cindy Michalski Email: email@example.com
We're excited to announce that the 2013 Women in the Outdoors Event
registration information is now available! This year's event location is
near Rhinelander, at beautiful Crescent Lake Bible Camp. Our committee has
been working hard to provide you with a unique and interesting line-up of
classes while keeping some of our classic favorites as well. Our
instructors are top notch; class sizes are small and provide a great
Take a look! The brochure and registration forms are available on this site,
ready for you to print off and send in! This event is for women ages 14 and
over. This get-away makes a unique gift for the woman who has everything and
who enjoys having fun in the outdoors.
Our Facebook page is Wisconsin Women in the Outdoor's 3-Day Event
In the meantime, Think Spring - Good Luck to the Turkey Hunters - Have a
Safe and Fun Summer and we'll See You in August!
The Wisconsin State WIO 3-Day Event Committee
Event information including the registration form will be available online in early April at our website: http://nwtf-wi.org/wito.aspx or look us up on Facebook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend get-away for ladies only!!
Makes a great Mother’s Day, Birthday, or Christmas gift for the women in your life.
You’re cordially invited to join us for the 15th annual WIO 3-Day Women in the Outdoors Event being held at the beautiful Living Water Bible Camp at Westby WI. Reserve the dates of August 10-12, 2012. If you have never attended a Woman in the Outdoors event, you are in for a real treat! Come prepared to have fun in a relaxed, non-competitive environment. Learning new outdoor skills, meeting people with similar interests, and spending time with family and friends is what the Women in the Outdoors program is all about. Women are discovering that hobbies such as fishing, rock climbing, hunting, hiking, biking, golfing, archery, bird watching, shooting, camping, and canoeing are enjoyable ways to reconnect with the special people in their lives. At day-long and weekend events held throughout the United States and Canada, women receive expert instruction and a chance to try a variety of outdoor activities, thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation and its partners. Hosted by the Wisconsin State Chapter Women in the Outdoors Committee of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Event Contact Information:
Co-Coordinators: Michele Leininger email@example.com (262) 670-5291 or Linda Hinz firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 356-8958.
Registration Coordinator isTracy Neuburg email@example.com (262) 670-6205
Photo available upon request.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The women who are involved with the Wisconsin State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation enjoy the finer things in life: peaceful sunrises, an afternoon in the woods or a day on the lake.
As members of the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors outreach program, they form friendships by inviting others in their community to enjoy the great outdoors at ladies-only Women in the Outdoors events.
For hosting an exceptional Women in the Outdoors event, the Wisconsin State Chapter won the Best State Chapter Event Award Feb. 18 during the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show. The convention, sponsored by MidwayUSA, is taking place in Nashville through Feb. 20.
"We're extremely proud of each woman involved with the Wisconsin State Chapter," said Teresa Carroll, Women in the Outdoors coordinator. "They have worked hard to educate other women in their community about all the fun outdoor activities available to them."
At Women in the Outdoors events, participants can try a variety of outdoor activities including shooting, archery, outdoor survival, self-defense, canoeing, hiking and more. Friendly instructors teach classes and seminars to participants of all skill levels. Some events are group hunts that are led by experienced guides who mentor participants.
Since 1998, NWTF volunteers have worked through the Women in the Outdoors program to share the outdoor tradition by providing expert instruction and hands-on education through events designed for women. During its inaugural year, Women in the Outdoors hosted 18 events and today the program organizes more than 150 events annually across the North America.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs - Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
To learn more about the Women in the Outdoors program, visit www.womenintheoutdoors.org or email Teresa Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org.
Hometown: North Freedom, Wis.
Hometown Chapter: Glacier Valley Gobblers, Reedsburg
NWTF Involvement: Ronda has been an NWTF member for nearly 10 years. In addition to helping host hunts and owner appreciation days, she has served on the three-day state event committee for seven years, been the Glacier Valley Gobbler’s registration coordinator for five years and even instructed a few classes last year.
NWTF: You found the strength to hit the woods and pursue your passions during such difficult times in your life. What do you attribute that ability to?
Ronda Lehman: I am not one to let anything stop me from what I want to accomplish. I am a five-year breast cancer survivor, and shot my first buck during treatment for cancer. It was an incredible day to have a radiation treatment in the morning, take a nap and then enjoy a beautiful day in the woods; to harvest my first buck on top of that was pretty cool. I also harvested my first turkey the following spring after breaking my neck in a car accident.
It has been through difficult times in my life that I have found being outdoors so relaxing. When I could not do things I would normally do at home, I would go to the woods, relax and enjoy nature. The woods are such a peaceful and spiritual place. I also think that, by going to the woods, I told myself inside that I was not going to let cancer or a broken neck take anything away from me.
NWTF: How has being involved with Women in the Outdoors enriched your life?
RL: When I attended a one-day Women in the Outdoors event and learned more about the NWTF, it was definitely a “now that I have tried it, I’m hooked” situation. I have made new friends through the Women in the Outdoors program and learned so many things about the outdoors that I can share with my children. I am much more confident and able to enjoy something we all love with my family.
When I had cancer, the NWTF members were extremely supportive. Our chapter’s committee members would have done anything for me or taken care of anything I needed while I received my cancer treatments. They are just awesome people.
NWTF: What do you think sets the Women in the Outdoors outreach program apart from other programs?
RL: I really think it is unique to have a program that is so centered on women. And it is impressive that volunteers do all the instruction and work. The volunteers really work hard to make sure every woman of any age or skill level feels comfortable. The program offers a wide variety of activities for those who like to hunt and for those who prefer not to. There are classes for nearly any interest, and our chapter is always looking for different classes to hold.
The other neat thing about the NWTF is that by becoming a member, you have already contributed something. But if you want to contribute even more, there are unlimited ways to get involved. If you are knowledgeable about something, you can share it with others by instructing a class. Or if you want to learn more about something, you can through attending classes. I have found that I am interested in a bunch of things I did not even know about before, and I always try a new class when I get the opportunity to.
NWTF: What do you think is the key to getting more women involved in the outdoors?
RL: Since we all want to spend more time with our children, I really believe sparking the interest of children will encourage more women to become involved in the outdoors.
NWTF: How do you envision the Women in the Outdoors program moving forward in Wisconsin?
RL: In today’s economy, it has been challenging to keep the attendance up at our events. So right now, our chapter is offering full or half scholarships to newcomers to help offset the cost of attending our events. And if a participant brings a friend, we will give them an extra raffle ticket or something. We do whatever it takes to promote getting new members and spread the word about our chapter.
NWTF: Why do you feel it is important for others to join the NWTF?
RL: Seeing the percentage of hunters dwindle each year is scary. Being an NWTF member helps support the future of not only the wild turkey but also nature and the outdoors. It helps to offer as much education as we can, because I do not think some people understand that being an outdoors person does not necessarily mean you have to harvest anything. It just means you are enjoying what God has put on the earth for us to enjoy. — Melanie Swearingen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The volunteers who comprise the Wisconsin State Chapter wins national outdoors award of the NWTF are committed to introducing women to the outdoors.
The Wisconsin State Chapter won the Best State Chapter Event Award for hosting an exceptional Women in the Outdoors event. This is the chapter's seventh national award in this category. The Chapter was given the award at the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, which took place Feb. 9-12. MidwayUSA was the official convention sponsor.
"We're extremely proud of each volunteer involved with the Wisconsin State Chapter," said Teresa Carroll, Women in the Outdoors coordinator. "Their commitment to educating other women in their community about the value and joy of the outdoors is second to none." “The secret to our success is the classes are hands on led by wonderful volunteer instructors and organizing committee. The weekend creates memories and friendships that will last for a lifetime,” said Linda Hinz, event coordinator.
The Wisconsin State Chapter will host the 15th annual 3-Day Women in the Outdoor event at LWBC in Westby WI the weekend of August 10-12th, 2012. Classes may include Trapshooting, GPS, Hiking, Outdoor Cooking, Backpacking, Canoeing, Muzzle Loading, Gardening, Handguns, Yoga, Sporting Clays, Frisbee Golf, and High Adventure with zip line, Low ropes, Antler Jewelry, Turkey Hunting, Nuisance Trapping, Wildflower Arranging, Dog Training, Orienteering, Stone Bird Houses, and many more activities. Women who are interested are asked to log onto http://nwtf-wi.org/wito.aspx for event information.
At Women in the Outdoors events, participants can try a variety of outdoor activities including shooting, archery, outdoor survival, self-defense, canoeing, hiking and more. Friendly instructors teach classes and seminars to participants of all skill levels. Since 1998, NWTF volunteers have worked through the Women in the Outdoors program to share the outdoor tradition by providing expert instruction and hands-on education through events designed for women. During its inaugural year, Women in the Outdoors hosted 18 events. Today, the program has held nearly 4,000 events across North America.
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and upland habitat and preserving our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
To learn more about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org
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