Betty Stadler, Founder of MADD Idaho

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.