Our February Flying High Award winner was long-time MBN member and volunteer, Sue Wanner. She was born in Wisconsin, lived in eight states, attended 10 grade schools and four high schools, graduating from El Paso High School in 1958 as one of the top two percent of seniors in Texas that year. She was accepted at both Rice and Marquette Universities, hoping to go into medicine. She has held a variety of jobs, including: running a printing press, accounting supervisor for a real estate firm, executive secretary for an aerospace sub-contractor during the Gemini and Apollo missions, staff accountant for a Waste Management division, and network supervisor for a CPA firm. Currently she serves as secretary of her church which she has been for the last 11 years.
She has been involved in automotive sports for over 20 years. She competed in and organized local and national road rallies. She spent eight years as Chief of Scoring for the Arizona Region Sports Car Club of America, three years as Chief Scorer for Phoenix International Raceway, and two months as Chief Scorer at Firebird Raceway. During that time she got to work with Indy Cars and NASCAR. She worked scoring at the first Long Beach Grand Prix and the first Dallas Grand Prix. Somehow she found time to play a lot of golf and tennis, and at one time bowled in three major leagues.
During a move from Colorado to Portland, while driving through Missoula, she had a feeling that she would live here one day. That day came in 1990. Now she believes she came here to meet the amazing man who became her husband in 1996. He had attended the university in the 1950s and started the Bitterroot Nursery from an alfalfa field in 1967. Through him, she has four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She attended her first MBN meeting in October of 1993 and decided to join. At that meeting the person handling the member database announced she was moving out-of-state. Her sponsor suggested this would be a good position for her to fill for MBN. She designed and managed MBN's first website and handled the membership records until the website was setup with Club Express. She served on the Synergy team for 14 years, and the hospitality table for most of her membership.
Sue Wanner makes the membership table run seamlessly. She helps every member who comes to the meeting get checked in and settled. When Sue was awarded the Flying High Award, many past presidents commented on what a wonderful job Sue has done for our group over the years.
Deb Gass, who was 2006-2007 MBN President said, “Sue Wanner was instrumental in bringing MBN into the 21st century by creating and hosting our very first website. As the current Website Technology Director, I am grateful to Sue for paving the way and for being involved in the new technology that helps show the professionalism and vitality of our organization.”
MBN is happy to award the Flying High Award to Sue, and we thank her for all her hard work throughout the years!