Up Close with Sue Flemming

Donor, Volunteer, Legacy Society Member

When Sue Flemming was a little girl, she had a picture on her wall of a lion. The caption on the photo said: “This may be the only way your children will see a lion. In a picture.” This sentiment stuck with her throughout her whole life – the idea that nature is not promised to us, and that we are called to steward it.

Fast forward to today, Flemming is an avid gardener and lover of the outdoors, and she’s recently retired.

“When formal work was no longer in the picture for me, I knew I wanted to find an outlet for volunteering and putting my passions to use,” says Flemming.

In 2012, she reached out to Carl Martin, Wildlands Conservancy’s director of property stewardship to see if she could get some good old dirt under her fingernails, while making a difference.

 “What can I say about Sue? She can do anything! From assisting with easement reporting and detail painting and touchup when the weather isn’t cooperating, to her favorite pastime of keeping the gardens and flowerbeds tidy,” says Martin. “She always ensures her work is stitched up right. The best thing about Sue is that she always wears a smile and makes sure you’re wearing one too!“

Flemming has continued her volunteer work with Wildlands because she enjoys the staff members, other volunteers and because she truly feels as though someone has to be working hard to protect the environment – and because she hasn’t forgotten about lion of her girlhood days.

Recently, as she and her husband were working on their wills, she saw her husband choosing to include charities. Flemming says, “I shared that for me, I really wanted to be able to contribute to Wildlands in this way.”

Flemming’s visionary choice to plan for Wildlands future place her within a very special circle know as our Legacy Society. This single heartfelt move will help preserve what is beautiful and natural about our Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed – forever. Her three children and subsequent grandchildren love to visit the Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus.

“My kids and grandkids use the property to hike and play and enjoy nature. They come and see the deer, frogs, turtles and experience the local environment,” says Flemming The joy and wonder of playing in a pile of freshly fallen leaves, meandering along wooded paths and peering into ponds are experiences that Flemming wishes to protect not only for her family, but for others in the community – and for generations to come.

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Sue Flemming’s son and granddaughter enjoy a day of play during a visit to Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary.