Fur Rondy to announce 2012 Miss Rondy Queen and present Rondy Proclamations
Fur Rondy will announce the 2012 Miss Rondy Queen and Princesses at the Mayor’s Press Conference February 15that 1:30pm. Mayor Dan Sullivan to present two Proclamations.
Anchorage, AK, February 13, 2012: The Board of Directors of Greater Anchorage, Inc. and Anchorage Fur Rondy, invite the media to join Anchorage Mayor, Dan Sullivan, at the announcement and presentation of the 2012 Miss Rondy Queen and Princesses, at the Mayor’s Press Conference on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Rondy Headquarters (400 D Street, Suite 100. Corner of 4th Ave. and D St.)
Mayor Sullivan will crown the three young ladies who along with the other members of the Rondy Royal Court, will serve as ambassadors of goodwill and welcome Alaskans and visitors alike to the 10 day, 2012 Fur Rondy Festival as well as at events throughout the year.
A tradition that stretches back to the beginning years of Fur Rendezvous, the Miss Rendezvous Queen Competition continues to recognize young Alaskan Women representing the highest standards of public morals and conventions. The competition is open annually to girls between the ages of 18 and 25 to compete for the title of Miss Rondy Queen. The Queen and two princesses are selected by a volunteer committee through an application and interview process.
There are two other groups of Royalty roles within Rondy. The Lord and Lady Trapper are chosen by former Lord and Lady Trappers at the annual gathering, and the King and Queen Regent are selected from within the membership of the Pioneers of Alaska. The first Rondy King and Queen Regent were selected in 1959. The King and Queen Regent will be crowned at a coronation ceremony at the Pioneers Hall on Sunday, February 19, 2012.
2012 King & Queen Regent - Norman Elliott and Connie Skoglund
Norman was born in Plymouth, England in 1919. His family migrated to Michigan in 1923. His college studies were interrupted in 1940 when he joined the Army. He then served in Europe in World War II. After returning to the U.S., he graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He traveled to Alaska with the Episcopal Church and worked for the Archdiocese of the Yukon and served in Ketchikan and Anchorage from 1962-1990.
He married his wife, Stella, in 1957 and they have four grown children. When he retired he was appointed Archdeacon of South Central Alaska and was active in Sister Cities Commission and Housing and Neighborhood Commission. He is a Past President of Pioneers of Alaska Igloo #15 and is the proud grandparent of eight grandchildren.
Connie, whose actual name is Gwenevere, was born in Niwot, Colorado . She spent time in Ft. Collins, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, before traveling to Alaska via the Alaska Highway the first year it was open. She married her first husband, Jack Rodda, in Anchorage and they had five children. John was in a plane that went missing in 1958 and has never been found.
Connie has been a homemaker, secretary, and an office manager. She also has been a homesteader as well as a winner of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby. She has been married and widowed four times, and has five grandchildren.
She is honored to be the 2012 Queen Regent for the Pioneers of Alaska and Fur Rendezvous.
2012 Lord & Lady Trapper – Rick Nerland and Shawneen Conover
Rick Nerland was born in Fairbanks and moved to Anchorage in 1962. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon Rick joined the family business Nerland’s Home Furnishings. In 1985 Rick joined other Anchorage boosters to promote Anchorage as a candidate for the Olympic Winter Games. In 1990 Rick purchased Mystrom Advertising and began his 20+ years in the Advertising and Public relations industry. The Nerland Agency Worldwide Partners has grown to be the largest advertising firm in Alaska. Rick is an avid UAA fan, enjoys the best of Anchorage’s Big Wild Life, and volunteers his time to several Alaskan organizations.
Shawneen Conover was born in Fairbanks and is a third generation Alaskan. After receiving her masters at UAA, she directed the Pacific Rim Fisheries for 20 years. Shawneen was the 2008 Anchorage Fur Rondy Queen Regent, Pioneers of Alaska Anchorage Women’s Igloo past president, and is the PofA Grand Igloo Foundation Treasurer. She serves as the Real Alaskans' membership chairman; and in addition to the Pioneers, is active in the Anchorage Elks and the American Legion Post 1. Shawneen is proud to be a raised, educated, and “retired” Alaskan!
Mayor Sullivan will also present two proclamations honoring Fur Rondy. Celebrating the 5th Annual Running of the Reindeer, Mayor Sullivan will proclaim March 3, 2012 as “5th Annual Running of the Reindeer Day.” Click here to view Proclamation.
Additionally the Mayor will present a Proclamation kicking off of the start of the 77th Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Festival. Click here to view Proclamation.
Following the Mayor’s Press Conference and crowning of the 2012 Miss Rondy Queen, we will release the names and biographies of the 2012 Rondy Queen and Princesses.