Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Here's to RMEF's "Rock Stars," Our Volunteers!

Stephanie with sons Steven (left) and Erich (middle)
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation means a lot of things to a lot of people. It means conservation. It means restoration. It means hunting heritage. It means habitat. It means public access. It means camaraderie. It means elk!

But the RMEF would not thrive if it were not for thousands of hard-working, energetic, dedicated volunteers across the nation. Those volunteers are the driving force behind on-the-ground projects, membership drives and banquets that raise money to help the RMEF to carry out its mission to “ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.” As RMEF President and CEO David Allen would say, “They are our rock stars!” And this is just one example of one such dedicated RMEF family full of them.

Steven, Erich & Bruce 

The view from on high
Stephanie Weimann is the RMEF state chair for Florida.  Bruce is the co-chair of the Indian River chapter.  Their son Steven may be just 14 years of age but he's the chapter's merchandise chair.  Little brother Erich, age 8, is also involved.  The Weimanns live some 700 hundred miles from the nearest elk --about the furthest point in the continental United States from any wapiti-- but they proudly carry the RMEF banner in word and in action. Take this past July, for example, when the PBR’s RMEF Big Bull Tour rolled into Estero (140 miles south of Tampa) along Florida's lower Gulf Coast. For the Weimanns, it was an exhausting yet exhilirating and highly successful two-day family affair.

Erich & his lasso

They set up shop in a corner of Germain Arena and called it home for the weekend.  As Stephanie, Bruce and the boys spread the "good word" of RMEF, word spread that there were fashionably trendy RMEF antlers to be had--for free!  Floridians flocked to get them, including the Florida Everbabes, entertainment team for the 2012 East Coast Hockey League champion Florida Everblades.  Stephanie said the antlers were so popular that one man tried to sell his antlers to someone else for $50!  In all, the Weimanns gave away about 500 sets of antlers, but they did much more than just distribute headwear.  Thanks to a total team effort, they sold $700 worth of tickets for a Teddy Roosevelt gun raffle with proceeds going toward furthering the RMEF mission.
Florida Everbabes (center)
Rock on Weimanns!  Our thanks go out to you and all of our dedicated RMEF volunteers!

Tuckered out after a long, but very successful weekend

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