For more than 10 years, RMEF has played an integral role in her family
By Nicky Ouellet, Bugle Intern
Arielle Green had attended RMEF banquets for years, but the first year her father asked her to come early and help set up was special.
Finding alone time with her dad, and especially joining him in an activity he so clearly loved, was a rare treat. When her dad first asked her and her sister to tag along and help set up the North Alabama chapter’s banquet 10 years ago, her answer was an excited “yes.” At 15, while setting out decorations and overhearing tall tales of epic hunts, she realized how integral RMEF and hunting were to her family.
Some of Arielle’s favorite memories from a childhood shared with nine siblings were days spent out in the woods on family hunts.
“It’s beautiful, especially if you’re hunting in the morning,” she said. “If you get there before the sun comes up, you watch the world kind of wake up around you, and get a view of nature you don’t necessarily see all the time.”
Since those early days setting up banquets, Arielle and her siblings have shown up early each year to support the chapter. For the Greens, working RMEF into family time is a good fit. Arielle still volunteers at the banquets, even though she doesn’t join her brothers at the family’s hunting cabin.
“It’s a big family event for us,” Arielle, now 25, said of the annual banquets. “We all go together.”