Allan Myers: Driven to Succeed
By Stephanie Parker, Publications Intern
While many lifelong relationships with the RMEF begin with a banquet, Eastern New Mexico Chapter chair Allan Myers began his in a different way: at a barbershop in Cedar City, Utah. It was here that he first came across Bugle magazine, which inspired the longtime hunter to start a RMEF chapter near his home in Clovis, New Mexico, in 1995.
When Myers contacted then-New Mexico field director Dakota Livesay, the obvious question was is there enough local interest for a chapter. Feeling hopeful, Myers set out 50 chairs for the first meeting.
“Dakota comes in and sees these 50 chairs and says, ‘I think you’re being kind of optimistic.’ Then 7 o’clock came and we filled up every chair and even had people standing,” Myers remembers.
At their first big game banquet, the tenacious Eastern New Mexico Chapter faced its first big test: a tornado that caused the venue to lose power. “We counted all the money that night using votive candles,” Myers says. “We could have said, ‘this is a bad omen’ but we didn’t, we just kept going.”
Almost 20 years later the Eastern New Mexico Chapter, still chaired by Myers, is going strong, boasting sold-out banquets and raffles with popular auction items. The banquets attract elkies from as far away as west Texas.
For Myers, helping the RMEF isn’t a solo act but a family affair. He says of his wife, Robin, that “she’s as important to this chapter as I am.” All four of his children, from a 5th grader up to a college sophomore, are life members.
Everyone who has worked with Myers can attest to his passion for RMEF. “You have to be dedicated to be a chairman for that long. Somewhat crazy, too,” chuckles Colorado regional director Allen Kerby, who worked with Myers for eight years while serving as the New Mexico regional director.
When Myers isn’t busy putting together fun, fast-paced banquets, he can be found working at his mortgage and real estate business, coaching kids’ baseball, or hunting everywhere from his home state to far-off locales like Africa, Canada and Alaska, often with his friend of 40 years, Cary Pickens.
It’s a testament to Myers’ commitment and leadership that many of the Eastern New Mexico Chapter’s committee members have been there since the very beginning. “I’ve got a really good committee,” Myers says. “They are far more important to the chapter than I am.”
And Myers' friends feel the same about him. “I call him Mr. Mom,” Pickens says. “He would just give you the shirt off his back and never think twice about it.”