At their monthly board meeting this week, the Board of the League of Women Voters of Northfield voted to hire Dewayne Gedde, retired local broadcast media executive, as their first executive director. The League has struggled in recent years to gain household name recognition among area citizens. Board members evidently believed it was time for dramatic change.
“It’s taken us a while to come to grips with our shortcomings,” said Board President Katie Teazer. “Most things we’re perfectly equipped to handle but we just don’t have the cojones for pandering to the public to increase our visibility.”
Longtime League member Janet O’Williams agreed. “We could have used a shot of T a long time ago.”
For his part, Dewayne Gedde, was relieved to finally be brought on board. “They’ve been pussyfooting around for over six months on hiring me. The multiple interviews during which everyone was always getting all emotional, nobody with a head for numbers to hammer out a contract. It drove me nucking futs.”
Gedde starts the new position after the first of the year and promises swift action. “I’ll form an ad hoc task force of Northfield’s movers and shakers that I’ve worked with over the years. A little manpower will go a long way in this non-profit arena, I’m betting. A few Dallas Haas types is all it’ll take.”
The WINGS (Women In Northfield Giving Support) Board of Directors is watching this development closely. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to taking as drastic a step as the League,” said board member Margo Jensen. “Men in our bedrooms? The more the merrier, but they don’t belong in our boardroom.”