Wild Ones   Fox Valley Area Chapter Organization  

Founded: November 1994

Begun by a small nucleus of native plant enthusiasts from Outagamie and Winnebago Counties, Fox Valley Area Chapter now has grown to nearly 225 household memberships in 12 counties of northeastern Wisconsin, with some members from outside our region as well. Our chapter leaders create a friendly, hospitable atmosphere that welcomes everyone who is interested in learning about natural landscaping with native plants.

We welcome, appreciate and need YOUR help to live out the Wild Ones mission: Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

Board of Directors

Board members include the immediate past president, president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and chairs of standing committees.

The Board of Directors meets via email and at formal meetings. Board meetings are open to all members of Wild Ones. Members will be notified by email of upcoming Board meetings. Meetings are held at WILD Center, 5:00pm–7:00pm. Dates will be announced as scheduled by the Board.

Officers are elected for a term of two years in November, are installed at the chapter's annual meeting in February, and assume their duties immediately thereafter.

President - Kristin Kauth 920-730-3986
Acts as spokesperson for the chapter, serves as ambassador-at-large to encourage native landscaping and protect the interests of the chapter.

Vice-President - Open
Assists President and oversees implementation of chapter long-range goals.

Secretary - Lisa Sturgis
Communicates with chapter members and documents monthly meetings.

Treasurer - Angela Dodge
Maintains records of chapter finances, prepares proposed budget, oversees budget.


Conference Chair
Organizes the annual all-day natural landscaping conference.

Display - Dave Edwards
Transports and assembles the Chapter display at events.

Coordinates volunteers for Fox Valley Area Chapter's participation in special events throughout our membership area. We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Events Committee.

Historian/Librarian - Janet Carlson & Cathy Larsen
Maintains records of such activities of the chapter as will be germane in future years. Also, maintains technical materials related to chapter goals and activities.

Hospitality - Nancy Graham
Coordinates volunteers to contribute refreshments for the networking aspect of each monthly educational meeting.

Membership - Bob & Carol Niendorf
Maintains membership roll and encourages growth of the chapter. For a membership brochure, contact Wild Ones.

Merchandise - Angela Dodge
Orders, maintains and distributes any promotional items made available through the chapter.

Newsletter Editor - Karen Syverson
Publishes the chapter's bimonthly newsletter.

Program - Lucy Valitchka
Plans and coordinates the programs for regular meetings.

Publicity - Janet Carlson
Promotes chapter activities to the general public.

Seeds for Education - Jean Horst & Cheryl Root
Gathers and disseminates information on grants, plants, seeds, and programs for teachers/curricula and promotes native planting areas and outdoor classroom curricula at schools. Conducts the chapter's "Natural Landscaping for Tomorrow" grant program.

Web Page - Linda Grishaber
Maintains and updates chapter web pages.

Long-Range Goals of Wild Ones Fox Valley Area

• All schools in the Fox Valley area will have native planting areas and outdoor classroom curricula.

• Chapter members will become knowledgeable about native landscaping and take plant rescue dig training.

• here will be more visible native plantings on public and private lands.

• Native plants and seeds will be readily available and reasonably priced and professional landscapers will recommend native plants when designing yards.

• Wild Ones membership will increase and there will be a ready supply of strong leaders.

• Local ordinances will encourage rather than discourage natural landscaping.

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