What Will You Do?
15 Ways to Volunteer at RMEF
By Don Blakely, Vice President of Eastern Operations
As new members learn more about the Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation, many find the desire to do more
follows in step.
If you’re ready to become a more active volunteer
but aren’t sure where to turn, check out our starter list of
15 ways you can help RMEF ensure the future of elk, other
wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Join us in
creating a wildlife legacy while making new friends.
1. Help plan a fundraising banquet by becoming a
committee volunteer for your local RMEF chapter.
2. Open your doors. Offer your home or place of
business to host a small RMEF habitat partner reception
or donor reception.
3. Open your fences. Landowners can allow access
on their property for a deer, elk, or turkey hunt for a
youth or wounded warrior that is hosted by RMEF
4. Sign up for a leadership position for your chapter.
Committee chairs can hold several different posts, the
roles to choose from include:
- Chapter chair or co-chair—the leadership position
that oversees and helps the
- Finance—maintains the chapter check register
and keeps track of chapter revenues
- Merchandise—accepts shipments of banquet
merchandise and maintains a log of what
been received and where it will be used in
- Tickets—tracks event tickets sales on RMEF’s
Event Invitation System
- Donations—solicits and tracks local banquet
- Publicity—works with local media and uses
Internet channels to advertise upcoming
- Second events—makes sure the chapter’s second
events run smoothly. These can
be events such as
two-gun raffles, sporting clay shoots, manning
booths at sports shows,
- Development—looks for potential cash donors
and major gift candidates
- Other—opportunities can also include being a
banquet chair, event logistics chair, or more.
5. Go high-tech by managing the local chapter or
state RMEF website. Help ensure that banquet and second
event dates stay up-to-date and are posted correctly.
6. Be a founder, start a new chapter in your town.
Identify and invite other interested parties and your state’s
regional director will hold an RMEF meeting there.
7. Put your passion to work with a second event.
Volunteers can help out at, or even host, an event outside
of the normal banquet, such as a ladies night, gun bash,
fishing day, etc.
8. Join the State Leadership Team, you don’t have to
be a chapter volunteer. This team provides support for
special requests from the regional director in the state,
such as reviewing state grant proposals, working with local
chapters that need assistance, planning for the annual
state rendezvous and other activities.
9. Take a road trip to a state or regional rendezvous.
If you like to roll up your sleeves, rendezvous gatherings
are a great place to help with on-the-ground work projects
such as taking down fences, installing and maintaining
guzzlers, cleaning up elk habitat, and more.
10. Channel your inner foodie by hosting a dinner for
RMEF’s regional field staff meeting or help cook a meal at
your state rendezvous.
11. Be a lead volunteer. Lead volunteer positions
support RMEF regional directors and vice presidents. These
positions include the state chairman, who supports the
state’s regional director, or the regional chairman who
supports the regional vice president.
12. Join the board of directors. The RMEF board is
made up of volunteers who help determine RMEF policy
and long-range plans. They also ensure the organization
meets fiduciary responsibilities to our members,
volunteers, partners and other supporters.
13. Go national by volunteering to help with logistics
support at the annual RMEF Elk Camp convention.
14. Be an ally by assisting your local chapter
committee with getting people to attend banquets and
15. Have a hand for policy? Become a government
relations volunteer and support the RMEF director of
government relations when needed, such as by attending
state sportsman’s caucus events on behalf of RMEF.
And a couple more for good measure!
16. Assist your state’s regional director to find major
gift prospects in your community, state or region.
17. Sell pre-banquet raffle tickets or ferret out items
to be donated for your local chapter’s banquet. You don’t
have to be a chapter committee member to help with this!