This week’s organizer spotlight features Sandi Rohde from Appleton, WI:

1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing?

We just started an active chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) in the Appleton Area. Only active chapter in the state that we are being told including no state level chapter active at this time.

2) If you could give a new organizer one piece of guidance, what would it be?

It’s a marathon not a sprint. Take your breaks when you need it so you can be fully charged when active. Teaching others is critical to sharing the work & empowering them to grow others.

3) When times are tough, what is your go-to for getting “back on the bike?” How do you stay motivated and inspired over the long term?

I look at my children & grandchildren & know that I can’t leave them a future that is less than what I had. I hang out with other like minded people. I take action.

4) What’s been your favorite Wild moment?

Being on a weekend retreat. Helping to facilitate a meet & greet even with other WILD alumni in my area so we can connect more. Speaking at budget hearings.

5) What resources or tools do you find most helpful in your organizing efforts?

Snowflake. Connecting on socials. Networking.

6) Can you share a particularly challenging obstacle you’ve faced in your organizing work and how you overcame it?

Hard to maintain momentum without direct action. Stay connected even if tasks are slow. Have the ability to rise up at a moments notice when needed.

7) Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself personally and/or as an organizer?

Every day, take one action – it will build up to great things.