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Meet a National Board Member: Diane Lueck

If you know Diane, then you know she always smiles this much!

As a non-profit, Pheasants Forever operates under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors.  That guidance takes many forms, but boiled down, the board is responsible for ensuring Pheasants Forever operates in the best interest of our members and also helps shape our vision for the future.  There are currently 18 individuals on the national board and they meet three times a year.

Through this new series of blog posts, I’ll introduce each of our national board members and share some of their personality and passion for our organization.  Up today is Diane Lueck.

Diane Lueck

Born in what town:   Coloma, Wisconsin    

Current Town of Residence:  Friendship, Wisconsin

Family:  Spouse Gary

Occupation:  Teach Natural Resources and Biology at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Dogs:  Derby, a flat-coated retriever (and Pheasants Forever Dog Life Member)

Favorite place to pheasant hunt:  South Dakota, anywhere!

Favorite pheasant hunting shotgun:  1970s vintage 20 gauge Ithaca over/under

Best pheasant hunt of your life was:  With Pheasants Forever Board members near Clark, South Dakota.  I was lost somewhere under the willows and grasses for part of that hunt; uncertain where the birds were, as I am too short to see anything in those conditions! I needed to unload my gun and crawl out. I did limit eventually, and loved the challenge.  There were LOTS of birds!

How did you first get involved with Pheasants Forever?  I was international director of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program (BOW), and PF was a generous and long-term sponsor.  PF was actively looking for a woman educator and hunter to be a board member, and it could not have been a better fit for me. 

What is your favorite aspect about serving on the National Board? 

I love the fact that we are so driven by protecting and creating habitat across the country.  I am amazed at the effect our members can have on policy issues at the national level. Our staffers are so dedicated and excellent, and so accessible to the members.  I love the opportunity to help promote new initiatives, such as No Child Left Indoors®.  The other board members are some of the best people I have ever known. What DON’T I like about being on the board!!

What is the single biggest challenge facing Pheasants Forever in the future?  Diminishing habitat and lower hunter numbers.  I think our youth initiatives, education committees in chapters, and the National Youth Leadership Council are crucial for future growth of both the organization and of the attitudes that will protect habitat and hunting.  Our young people are the ones who will very soon be affecting and implementing policy at the local and national levels. Getting youth involved with Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever now will build a great constituency for the future.

Previous Blog Profiles of National Board Members

Bob Brengman

Bruce Hertzke

Paul Hanson

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.

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