by Julia Shoen
Above: Francy Wheadon (photo courtesy of June Thomson)
Francy Wheadon stepped into the role of Communication Co-ordinator for the Grey Hares’ activities eight years ago – and the Grey Hares are so glad she did.
The Grey Hares group has been a source of shared outdoor experiences, friendship and fun for many Nature Manitoba members since the 1980’s. It continues owing to the dedication of wonderful volunteers, like Francy, who step forward to tend to the details which keep the group running smoothly. When Francy took on this role, it was, in her words, “with excitement, but some hesitancy”.
She need not have worried. She rose to the challenge and developed a way of efficiently and effectively handling the work involved.
The Grey Hares membership has grown greatly over the years, and so did Francy’s work keeping track of members, new and old. She has both recorded and chaired the semi-annual meeting where Grey Hares contributed their trip ideas and Francy organized, typed and sent them to the membership.
Once the schedule was in place, Francy kept the Grey Hares informed by sending out reminders each week of upcoming events. This weekly task was Francy’s own idea which added to her workload but it was greatly appreciated by all trip participants and increased participation. She even managed to keep the group organized from afar each year by sending e-mails from her winter getaway down south.
Francy has recently announced she will step down from this position in February – and the Grey Hares will be so sorry to see her go.
Enjoy your free time, Francy - you certainly deserve it!
The Grey Hares would like to thank Kevin and Anita Miller for having accepted the responsibility to take on the vital organizational position of Communication Co-ordinators.
Just a reminder that to become a Grey Hare, you must be a paid-up member of Nature Manitoba, you need to be free on Wednesdays in the daytime and you don't need to have gray hair!