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Betty Stadler, Founder of MADD Idaho
By Jan Withers | June 26, 2012| 4 Comments | Filed in: General , National President

Elegant, courageous, regal, strong, gracious, powerful, kind and clearly a force to be reckoned with.  These words are what come to mind when I think of the founding mother of MADD Idaho, Betty Stadler.  I had the privilege to meet and spend time with Betty last week—how inspiring she is.  Betty is now 90 years young.

 

In 1987 her daughter, Carol, was killed by a drunk driver and Carol’s husband was critically injured.  Not many months after that, Betty began a MADD Chapter and they have been going strong ever since.  Her daughter, Sue, told me her mother immediately engaged the governor, the mayor and the prosecutor, as they moved forward to address drunk driving as a serious crime instead of a mistake or accident. 

 
 We were accompanied at dinner by (from left to right) Sue Stadler (Betty’s daughter), Pam Gill, James Bryant, Therese Woozley, and Miren Aburusa.

 At MADD Idaho’s very first Walk Like MADD event, Betty was honored by over one hundred individuals who came out to walk—what a celebration.  The day prior to the Walk, MADD volunteers and staff spent a full day working on strategies to reach more people victimized by drunk and drugged driving.  MADD Idaho volunteers and staff are amazing; they do so much with little resources.  They follow Betty’s example beautifully.  MADD Idaho is a force to be reckoned with!  What a legacy their work is to her.


   

Comments

Submitted by cathy at 12:19 PM on April 13, 2013
i have a question i heard the head of madd got stop for driving under the influelence but nothing happen so can you tell me while you can use it against someone who had it 19 and 18 years ago if you all are going to be against drinking you should be against it all not just for driving my husband went to a foot ball game and had a couple of beers and he got stoped not for drinking but going over the speed limited 5miles but he got charged with drinking and uses got it where he got charges for 3 dwi if he got charges wit h it so should the head of madd to get charged with her drinking to ok i am here to tell you i dont drink but i do think you are all wrong if you are against drinking and driving what arnt you against drinking perod thankyou for listening
Submitted by stoowy at 02:00 PM on November 9, 2012
im so sorry
Submitted by stoowy at 01:59 PM on November 9, 2012
ah that is so sad
Submitted by Blessed by Betty at 04:07 PM on July 25, 2012
Betty Stadler is truly a beautiful and wonderful woman who with her grace and determination has done so much to spread the message that driving drunk is no accident. Betty is a champion for victim's of drunk/drugged driving. I was privileged to know first hand the love and support of Betty, Loretta, and Gail after my sister and neice were killed by a drunk driver. Myself and my family were truly blessed that they were there to listen and empower us when so many others didn't and couldn't understand.

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