Sister Spotlight: Our New Membership Coordinator!

 In Sister Spotlight

We welcome longtime member Debra Nordberg, #1878, as our new Membership Coordinator. We asked her a little about herself so you could meet her if you haven’t long the way.

You have a relatively low Sister number. When did you join and what was going on in your life then?
I became a member in 2012.  That is unbelievable to me!  I had seen a SOTF caravan going through Cody the previous summer, followed them to a campground to visit because I love vintage trailers!  I was hesitant to join the group because my life was already full of camping, fishing, hiking, riding, etc. with family and friends.  I finally decided on a dreary day in February that I could use the Sisterhood as a “get away” from my busy, hectic life!

We are so glad you are the new Membership Coordinator for SOTF. What drew you to the position?
I truly believe in what SOTF does to enable women to enjoy the great outdoors, new adventures, each other and to push their comfort zone and get out there!  I always tell others about SOTF when travelling with or without my trailer.  This job was just a natural progression for me.  I love it!

What do you draw from life being a Sister on the fly?
I find great joy in sharing my knowledge and love of all things outdoors with women who haven’t grown up in a rural setting such as Wyoming.  My life has been full of many adventures and I will continue to find new things to see and do.  Life is too short to sit on the couch.

Is there a favorite SOTF event you’ve attended over the years you can tell us about?
My very first Sister event was in Branson, Giddy Up #4.  I was encouraged to attend by my Christmas exchange Sister Debra Fuqua so that we could meet.  It was unfortunate that she couldn’t make it, I still haven’t met her….BUT I did meet many other amazing women and have stayed in touch with a handful.  Some even drove the long distance to Meeteetse, WY for my event, Meet Me in Meeteetse!

How about a memorable “Sister Moment-“ be it hilarious, scary, crazy, heartwarming…?
My fondest memory of Sisterhood was during my event in Meeteetse.  I filled the event full of things I wanted to share.  A fly fishing clinic, private fishing tours, a mule ride through the wilderness to the famous Anderson Lodge, a tour of the historic Kerwin mining town, wine and chocolate at the famous Meeteetse Chocolatier and great camping under the stars near the river.  I didn’t let the ladies know we were visited by a grizzly!  Most women had never ridden a horse or mule, or had not for a long time.  They were sore but good sports, I felt blessed that they enjoyed the day, no one was injured and each had a smile on her face after dismounting.  We had a wonderful catered meal, wine and beer served under the stars that evening.  A fine day and great memories.

Tell us about your “camping chicken!”
You know about my camping chicken, Millie? Millie loved camping!  Especially the wood stove when we took the wall tent.  She even went horseback riding!  Millie lived a very long time but sadly died at home with her dogs by her side in March of 2017.  She was always a big hit at events if she got to go.  I loved that darn bird!  She was given to me because she was blind in one eye but my chickens pecked on her so Larry built Millie a “chicken castle” in our back yard.  The dogs took care of her and she actually hatched two chicks one year.  Can you imagine trying to keep up with two chicks when you can’t see?  It was funny to watch.

 

 

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  • Debe Crippen

    I love the spelling of your name.
    Thanks for taking over what I suspect is a huge responsibility
    Debra Crippen
    #8554
    San Diego

  • Debra Fuqua

    Awwwwwww, this warms my heart! Didn’t expect to see my name mentioned. You were a great Christmas exchange sister and I will never forget your words of encouragement during a very difficult time. We WILL meet in person!
    Debra Fuqua #784

  • Penny manning

    Camping chicken?! A woman after my heart!

  • Kathleen Thompson

    I think we may all need a Camping Chicken in our lives ☀️

  • Penny Simonson

    My favorite Debra Nordberg story: my daughter had made special arrangements for me to camp with my trailer at a music festival that takes place once per year, that year on my 65th birthday, on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. The event is huge and well attended but is strictly tent camping only. Amazingly enough my (delightful) daughter, one of the musicians performing, twisted enough arms that I was given a prestigious camping location, me and my little trailer in amongst a sea of young people camping in tents. Well, of course, I set up Sister-style with my vintage accessories and my silliness and my umbrella and my lights. I’m relaxing in my camp spot with my daughter, I look up and here comes a gal, wearing an employee lanyard and carrying a clipboard. She stops at my trailer and says, “I just have one question for you.” My daughter and I think, oh boy, here it comes…she’s gonna say who in the holy hell gave you permission to park a trailer here!? Nope. Her one question for me? “Are you a Sister on the Fly?” Yes! I say and she says, “Hi, I’m Debra, #1878.” We laughed about that all weekend. Congratulations on your new assignment, Debra! (Insert heart emojis here). Penny #5182

  • Lorrie_Henshaw

    Glad to b a new member! Looking forward to seeing more

    • BobbieAnn Manion

      I filled out the membership form. It won’t let me pay? Where do I find my sister #
      I’ve emailed SOTF. No response.
      Happy to meet you!♥️

  • donna husnik

    I can’t seem to navigate this site. I joined a few days ago & need some help.
    Donna Husnik

  • donna husnik

    Oh, my email address is. NVR2old2ramble@yahoo.com

  • Diana Pico

    Thanks Debe for your first hello to me as a newbie. I am looking through the fabulous website and getting to know the place. Although I must say it does get hung up with blank pages. I filled out my entire first page and poof it disappeared! So I will wait until the site is a little more stable. 🙂 Looking forward going on trips. Funny thing is I don’t even have a trailer yet. Supposed to get my minimax next week and need to learn all about her. Im kinda nervous about everything as Ive never had a tailer before so its going to be a long learning curve. Hope to have some willing gals to give me some good advice. Anyway, glad to be here. This has been a long time of visioning to get here.

    • Julia Luedtke

      I tried to back a boat down the dock with no one around once and until September ’17 I hadn’t tried to pull or backup anything. I’m sitting in my Casita on the gulf coast and have been traveling for over a year now. It takes practice. Find a place where you have a lot of room to backup and try to stay in a straight line all the way. You’ll get the feel for how little or how more you need to move the steering wheel.

  • Jamie Brehm

    Good story! From a July newbie but an oldie! Old dog learning new tricks!

  • Aleida Howard

    I joined as well and do not see where my number is. Help needed too..

  • Sara Tidd

    I was really having a heck of a time signing in but Debra saved the day. Thank you sooooo much. When I signed up it was like giving me a Christmas present, and then I couldn’t’ open it
    . Im very excited about venturing out. Its not my cup of tea to do things by myself, each time is a struggle so one step at a time. knowing there is a bunch of friends waiting for me at the end makes it easier.

  • Deborah. Race

    Good morning from sunny Florida, I read about SOTF and wanted to join immediately, as it so happens life had other plans. I was finally able to join and am looking forward to meeting other sisters and going on an adventure. Deb sister#13229

  • Arlene_Andersen

    Hi, I am also trying to pay the membership fee but that page disappeared. I need a membership number and would like to finish enrolling.

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