Don Pfeiffer keeps busy by participating in a variety of community organizations in Washington.
He is a part of the Optimist Club and has been since 1981. He chairs the blood drive in October and has donated more than 16 gallons.
For city committees, he is on the forestry committee. The committee determines whether or not trees in the city need to be removed.
For 26 years, Pfeiffer was a part of the city parks board. A few of the projects he helped work on was the bandstand renovation and early planning for Wellness Park.
He is part of the Master Gardeners through the ISU Extension office. He takes care of the flowers at the fairgrounds. He is a leader for the Bows and Bullets 4-H shooting sports club.
Pfeiffer said he likes seeing the students pick a particular area of focus and seeing them grow up.
His career was in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and he still likes to be involved with conservation efforts.
The Izaak Walton League of America is a conservation organization he is involved with. Pfeiffer said the organization’s focus is on clean water, air and conservation of wildlife. There is a local chapter he is a part of. Recently, the group donated 25 acres of timber land to county Conservation.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is another group he participates in. He said it is specifically for turkeys, but any conservation benefits all wildlife. His work with the group to educate the public on preserving land.
“It helps hunters, but there’s a lot of people who enjoy seeing wildlife,” Pfeiffer said.
Another animal-related organization he volunteers for is the Boone and Crockett Club and the Pope and Young Club as an official measurer of North American game animals. He keeps records for large whitetail deer killed by bow and arrow.
Pfeiffer said he enjoys the town and enjoys helping out. He said without volunteers, many things wouldn’t happen in Washington.
— Caitlin Yamada