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  • Writer's pictureKim Vassaur Freeman

The Countdown for the Season is On!

Meet Your Elms Hospitality Team

Patrick Sawatzky

When it comes to Patrick, let us put it to you this way: a jack of all trades is a master of none, but often times better than a master of one. True, so very true. He’s our manager of building and construction as well as our hospitality manager. Yes…he along with Randy will build an addition to one of our cabins by day and treat to culinary fare at night. A native of California, Patrick has been with us nearly 15 years and loves calling the “Natural State” home.

As a manager at The Elms, Patrick utilizes his many skills from carpentry to culinary to provide the best experience when you visit the lodge. Making Arkansas his home in 1995, Patrick loves all that the Natural State has to offer and is glad to call Arkansas home.

Susan Blankenship

A warm smile awaits when you see Sue at The Elms. She loves to cook country style so we know you will love what she shares with you during the week this season. Not only does she assist us here at The Elms, she also aids Kim in another business interest. Married for 42 years, she has two children and loves spending time with family and grandkids in Houston. Direct from Susan, “I’m so looking forward to the 2023/2024 waterfowl season and seeing all our wonderful guests at The Elms.”

Melissa Robinson

Another native of Arkansas, Melissa grew up 5 miles from the Elms in Wabbaseka. She’s worked in the agriculture/grain industry for over 37 years so is definitely a pro when it comes to what is planted, harvested and how The Elms manages its properties for ducks and geese. Melissa has known Kim and her family for ages and has started her second year with us here at The Elms. She will be cooking and serving for you Friday and Saturday evenings. When not busy in the ag-business and busy with us she thoroughly enjoys fishing, ATV riding and reading. Melissa is a true country girl at heart.

It goes without saying, our hospitality crew (along with all of us at The Elms) sincerely looks forward to serving you and your hunting party this season. We will do everything we can to assist you and colleagues in making great waterfowling memories. The season is nearly at hand…we will be ready!

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