Judy Kennemer, Texas
Home Chapter: East Texas Chapter, Longview, Texas
Judy Kennemer is a lifelong hunter and an active member of the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors outreach program.
NWTF: Judy, tell us a little about yourself.
Judy Kennemer: I own two Merle Norman Cosmetics studios in Longview, Texas. I have been married to my husband Donal for 10 years and have three daughters, two stepsons and four grandchildren. I also have two Yorkshire terriers, Knox and Louie. I enjoy hunting, fishing and four-wheeling and most anything that involves being outdoors. I just wish I had more time to spend doing those things. I also love to take my grandchildren camping and introduce them to the outdoors.
NWTF: How did you become interested in the outdoors?
JK: I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy the outdoors. I grew up on a farm with three older brothers. We didn't have all the electronics that keep youth entertained these days so I had to create my own entertainment, and it was usually something outside. My older brothers took me to their deer lease when I was about 10 or 11, and that really started my love for hunting.
NWTF: How did you get started turkey hunting?
JK: My first turkey hunt was a Women in the Outdoors hunt in Colorado. It was such a blast -- a great place, great people and a great time! And I harvested my first turkey.
NWTF: Tell us a little bit about your involvement with the NWTF.
JK: Most of my involvement has been as a Women in the Outdoors event coordinator, but my husband and I help with the East Texas Chapter banquet as well.
NWTF: What originally made you want to join the NWTF?
JK: The Women in the Outdoors outreach program.
NWTF: What drew you to the Women in the Outdoors program?
JK: I had never heard of an organization that helped educate women about outdoor activities. Since I enjoyed outdoor activities, I volunteered to help the Women in the Outdoors coordinator that first year. When she had to step down, I took over and have been here since.
NWTF: Do you have any tips on how to host a successful Women in the Outdoors event?
JK: Find a good committee of ladies that share a love of the outdoors and build from there.
NWTF: What has been your most memorable Women in the Outdoors experience?
JK: It seems like there is a special moment every year, but I guess the most memorable is when a lady in her 70s with no outdoor experience came to our event and caught her first fish. It was just a little bream but she was so excited, I thought she would have it mounted!
NWTF: How easy is it for people to get started volunteering with the NWTF?
JK: It's as easy as picking up the phone or going online to www.nwtf.org and finding an NWTF contact in your area.
NWTF: What are people missing by not joining the NWTF? Why should they join?
JK: People are missing the opportunity to make great new friends and help make a difference in our world through the NWTF's conservation efforts.
NWTF: Is there anything else you want to mention?
JK: I have to say that every year when I am working so hard to put our Women in the Outdoors event together, I wonder why I do this. Then the day of the event finally comes, and the ladies are having a blast! I see the smiling faces, and I see the answer to my question.