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Why PF Invests in Youth — A Salute to Ashley Bishop

Let me introduce you to a young woman from Litchfield, Illinois. At 20, Ashley Bishop has already given more years of service to Pheasants Forever than most adults. At age 6, Ashley first helped her Montgomery County PF chapter with their computer needs. With her dad, Glenn, as president of the chapter, Ashley quickly became a dedicated volunteer, each year doing more and more. When she was 15, she was selected to be one of the first members of Pheasant Forever’s new National Youth Leadership Council. She went on to be its first chair.

Upon graduation from high school, Ashley enrolled in Illinois State University at Bloomington with a major in geography and agronomy and a minor in environmental science, her choices influenced by her involvement with PF. Just recently she founded a college PF chapter at ISU – the fourth college PF chapter in the country – and is looking forward to doing habitat and other projects with its members. Ashley says her work nationally with the Youth Leadership Council and locally with her chapter has been life changing. “It led me to a career that will affect the rest of my life and how I view the world.”

 I could not be more proud of Ashley. I know that our organization’s future will be strong because of Ashley and other young people like her. Our investment in her has been repaid many times and will continue to be as Ashley enters the work force, volunteers in her community, has a family and becomes a conscientious citizen who cares about conservation.

 Who are the “Ashleys” in your world? What opportunities are you providing them? I’d love to hear their stories!

 Get ‘em Outdoors is written by Cheryl Riley, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Education and Outreach. Email her at CRiley@pheasantsforever.org

3 Responses to “Why PF Invests in Youth — A Salute to Ashley Bishop”

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  1. Robert Brengman says:

    Congratulations Ashely for all the things you’ve been able to accomplish so far. I’m glad that PF/QF has been a recipient of your energy and enthusiasm. I hope that in some small way the organization has helped provide some guidance and focus in your career path and life interests.

    I hope you can attend Pheasant Fest/Quail Classic in Kansas City, I like to be able to shake your hand to say “Thanks” in person!

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Robert Brengman
    National Board of Directors

  2. Diane Lueck says:

    Wonderful! Kudos to Ashley and to the whole YLC team–and to Cheryl and Rich for the great vision. I love hearing the “where are they now” stories, keep ‘em coming!

  3. Mike Carmody says:

    Attaboy,girl! Make your alma mater proud…

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