Board Election- Adie Bennett

Adie (80) Bennett


I am honored to have been nominated to be a potential board member of Gateway Burners and hereby accept that nomination. Here is a summary of some of my experiences that I believe would be pertinent to holding a board position with Gateway Burners.

I’ve been burning since 2016 and have volunteered with several departments, including stepping up in 2017 to be one of the Infrastructure Co-Leads . Gateway 2017 was my busiest burn yet , I applied for and received an art grant that was put to use in an interactive craft project where burners could interpret their ideas of the 10 principles, create an idea of what the theme meant to them, or just make a flag to radically express themselves. In addition to this I also ran the Safari Swap clothing exchange , was co-leader of a small up and coming theme camp Pussy Safari, and had a dirt ranger shift. My level of involvement with the local burner community has grown each year and I am now a pretty regular attendee of Community meetings, meet and greets, and actively contribute art for Fire and Ice.

I have several years of event planning and fundraising experience through organizations at my community college, college, and as a former volunteer with the LGBT Center of Saint Louis. I was also named as “one to watch” in the January 2012 St. Louis icons issue of The Vital Voice for my volunteer work with the LGBT Center of St. Louis

At East Central Community College I was President of the Student Body from 2002-2003. I helped lobby for student concerns during my year as president and worked closely with on campus organizations to address their needs and act as an intermediary between the student body and the administration.

During my time at UMSL I was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega Sigma Alpha (a co-ed volunteer fraternity) and PRIZM (the Queer Straight Student Alliance) in addition to other groups. I was Fellowship Chair for APO from 2008-2009, and PRIZM social chair 2009-2010, Community Liason 2010-11, and then President of Prizm from 2011-2012. During my time with both of these organizations I helped organize, implement and run numerous events including the largest event held on UMSL’s campus at the time (our annual Drag Show). My Drag show duties included organizing the volunteers, ordering supplies and decorations for the event, making contracts with local drag performers and working closely with local performers in the community to make sure everyone had what they needed for a successful show.

My years with APO helped me refine my skills as an organizer. While being fellowship chair of Umsl’s chapter I arranged social functions and helped find and assemble volunteer opportunities for my frat brothers to gain their volunteer hours and help the community. I contacted community organizations and other departments at school to hold fundraisers (rock for the cause, relay for life, etc) and raise awareness about social issues.

My journey as a person and a burner is ever evolving and I hope to bring that adaptability to the board. Thank you again for your consideration.