Outdoor Women of South Dakota, Inc. was the
brainchild of two dynamic women, Judy Payne and
Susan Edwards. After the first South Dakota Becoming
an Outdoors Woman workshop in 1994, Judy and
Susan invited me to meet about "setting up a women's
group". We immediately connected on the idea that
women's outdoor events needed to happen in addition
to the department's one weekend per year, and that a
non-profit group was the key to making them a reality.
Susan and Judy invited a group of women to meet in
Pierre a month later. Energy was high as each of us
knew other women to invite to the table.
Over the course of 12 months, Outdoor Women of
South Dakota, Inc. grew from the "wouldn't it be fun"
state to "here is a list of education events we can host".
Each woman brought a different set of expertise and life
experiences to the formulating Board. The diversity
strengthened us and brought us through the difficult
times all young organizations face.
We have held conventions since 1996, and continue to
offer at least 12 educational events around the state
each calendar year.
-- Maggie Engler,
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
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