Rita Vetter, Secretary
Nurse, 1972 - 2013
Red Cross bloodmobile supervisor
Campaign office team and volunteer recruiter, St. Croix County Democratic Party, 2018
Coordinated campaign canvasser and phone banker, Democratic Party of Wisconsin, 2018
Born and raised in Parkersburg, Iowa, I’m now a retired nurse.
In 1969, I graduated high school and started working as a nurses aide for $1.50 per hour in Waterloo, Iowa before attending Hawkeye Institute of Technology and receiving my practical nursing diploma. Following graduation, I followed by sister to Appleton, WI and worked at Appleton Memorial Hospital.
I met my future husband in Appleton. He took me up into the north country and I fell in love with it; I had never seen so many trees. We married in 1974, and he finished his nursing degree at UW Oshkosh. We moved all over the country after that, including Montana and Washington. We even tried to move to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, but couldn’t find a place to live even though we had secured jobs. We were always looking for something better. We were in Livingston, Montana when Larry decided to look into going back into the service; he had been in the Navy before. He found out he could make more money being an Army nurse, so he joined. That’s what took us to San Antonio, Texas.
In 1984, I started taking classes for my RN, but in 1985 my husband was diagnosed with MS. So, we moved back to Wisconsin and bought 20 acres by McCalister. I worked as an LPN in Marinette and, in 1992, I went to school at Bay De Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan for an associates degree in Nursing. I graduated in 1994, but by then Larry again had medical issues. We decided to move closer to my relatives and to be closer to better medical care, and moved to Brooklyn Park, MN. We lived there 5 years when we found an earth home in Hudson, WI on about 3 acres—we’ve lived there since 2000.
While in Brooklyn Park, I went from traditional nursing to working as a supervisor for The Red Cross at blood mobiles. I really enjoyed all my years in nursing, and retired in 2013.
I have always considered myself a liberal. When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election (because of the electoral college) I was devastated. At that point I knew I had to get involved. I decided to get into The Democratic Party and help anyway I could. (I joined the local Indivisible group, as well.) At a county party meeting, I discovered that they needed an interim secretary, and I volunteered. I was elected secretary in December 2018.
Today, I’m happy to help in any way I can. I take meeting notes, and I’ve helped with canvassing, phone banking, and helping in the office during campaigns.
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