Posts Tagged ‘National Board Members’
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
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 16 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 Bill Zehnder.
Born in what town: Frankenmuth, Michigan
Current Town of Residence: Frankenmuth, Michigan
Family: Wife (Karen), 4 daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 4 grandchildren
Occupation: Restaurant and Hotel Owner/Operator
Dogs: Large and Small Munsterlanders
Favorite place to pheasant hunt: South Dakota
Favorite pheasant hunting shotgun: Benelli
Best pheasant hunt of your life was: About 10 years ago when we were hunting pheasants and sharp-tailed grouse, I came upon a covey of grouse. At that time I was using a Browning square-back A-5 gun that held 5 shells. Five birds got up and I emptied the shotgun. All my hunting partners were spread out along a ridge watching the whole experience and saw me drop all five birds (much to my surprise!). I look at it as a “hole in one” in upland bird hunting and something that will never be replicated again, primarily because I don’t carry that heavy shotgun any more.
How did you first get involved with Pheasants Forever?
Twenty plus years ago, my dad was pheasant hunting in Nebraska and went to an early Pheasants Forever banquet there. He came back home and decided, “hey, we’ve got to do this here in Michigan.” He was the founding President and Chairman/Chapter leader of the Saginaw County Pheasants Forever Chapter some 25 years ago.
What is your favorite aspect about serving on the National Board?
I enjoy the ability to interact with some high quality, conservation-minded individuals. And, I also enjoy working toward instilling the conservation and land stewardship ethic in our youth.
What is the single biggest challenge facing Pheasants Forever in the future?
Funding is always a challenge, as well as creating awareness amongst the population of how important conservation practices are to our air, our food, our water and the quality of life that we enjoy here in America.
Previous Blog Profiles of National Board Members
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.