From Sue Peterson

The public is invited when the Snake River Council of Beta Sigma Phi Chapters will be honoring Denny Field, the selection this year for the First Lady of Weiser.  The event will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. 

Each year the chapters in the Snake River Council of Beta Sigma Phi select a woman whom they believe should be recognized for her contributions to our community. 

Denny Field is Beta Sigma Phi’s First Lady of Weiser for 2018 because she has given her time and talent to Weiser since she arrived here in 2000.  She was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York and she moved to Philadelphia when she was eight. After high school, she attended and graduated from Shippersburg State College with a degree in secondary education, history and political science.  While attending school, she worked in the New York garment district.  After graduation, she worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance, mostly doing trial preparation for medical malpractice cases.  Her office regularly scheduled ski trips to Vermont.  On one such trip, the woman in her office who organized these outings introduced Denny to her boyfriend’s roommate.  He was a first lieutenant in the US Army who was stationed at Fort Dix.  Denny and John married 49 years ago and moved to Portland, Oregon.  She continued her employment with Liberty Mutual until her first child came along. They have two children, daughter Debbie of LaGrande, Oregon and son Jack of Yakima, Washington.  They also have two grandchildren.

After her children started school, Denny began volunteering at their school in Beaverton, Oregon.  She and John also had a ranch in Oregon.  They later moved to Tumalo, Oregon to be closer to the ranch.  While living there, she volunteered teaching GED classes at the jail and to at-risk youth and teen mothers. She also provided job counseling and reading assistance. In 2000, Denny and John moved to Weiser and she began volunteering with the Weiser Lions Club and the Elks.  When she first arrived, Denny was employed at Snake River Correctional Institution as a job counselor and GED preparation and basic reading skills teacher.  She later worked at Ida-Ore Area Office on Aging and retired after working for the Idaho State Department of Labor for many years. 

Since retiring, she and John have enjoyed several adventures, including a fly fishing expedition to Alaska in their camper, fly fishing trips to Henrys Fork and Yellowstone, and trips to Alaska, Iceland, New Zealand and a cruise on the Rhine and Mozelle Rivers with other Shriners Club members.  

Several years ago, Denny applied for and received a grant from the Idaho Episcopal Foundation to purchase materials to help Weiser-area residents with searching for jobs.  She has provided many people with assistance in preparing their resumes and preparing for interviews.  Her volunteer activities also include, but are not limited to, Lions Club, Elks Club, Shriners Club, Daughters of the Nile, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Soup Lunch, St. Luke’s Catering, and Rose Advocates.

Denny says she feels fortunate to have been able to stay in Weiser. Weiser is fortunate that Denny moved here.    

Please join Weiser’s Beta Sigma Phi members in honoring Denny Field and celebrating her community support.