Amy (Pohlmann) Flanagan (1983-1985, 1987-1989, S1993)

Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

Contact Info: amyflanagan@comcast.net

Current City: Edina, Minnesota

Cabins Happy Hollow – 1983; Orioles – 1984; Wrens – 1985; Windy Lodge – 1987; Clubhouse – 1988 LT – 1989; Windy Lodge (Staff) – 1993

Education: B.A. Elementary Education and Speech Communication, University of St. Thomas, 1996, St. Paul, Minnesota

Occupation: Mom and Owner/Operator of Blooms by Amy, LLC

Spouse: Pat

Children:  Charley (15), Josie (14), and Julia (11)

Where does your camp story begin? How were you first introduced to CLH? My Mom, Mary (Lujack) Pohlmann (1960, 1962), was a camper at Camp Lake Hubert in the early 60’s, as well as my late aunt, Carolyn Lujack (1972).  I knew from an early age that I would be CLH bound.  CLH songs were sung to me as a baby… I was destined to be a Camp Lake Hubert girl!

Did any of your family members attend or work at camp? Yes! My mom and aunt were campers in the 60’s and 70’s.  My siblings were campers as well. Sarah (Pohlmann) Johnson (1983-1989) and Grant Pohlmann (1987-1992, 1994) were campers in the 80’s and 90’s.

What are your favorite memories from your days at CLH? The friendships, for sure! I adore my camp friends and am still in contact with them today.  I loved the activities that CLH had to offer… riding was a favorite as well as all things waterfront.  Cabin activities were so much fun; I loved Rally Day and special days at camp.

Favorite camp meal and dining tradition? Squirty chicken and singing camp songs.

What is your favorite camp quote? Hands down, the Bill Jones pitcher ½ full speech at opening campfire.  I strive to live by that mantra daily, and I have passed that message onto my kids.

What did you love most about camp? What was your biggest takeaway from your days at Camp Lake Hubert? I feel as though my experience in the Leadership Training Program shaped me for the rest of my life. I learned so much about goal-setting, determination, lasting relationships and, of course, leadership.  The LT Program was one of a kind.  In December of 1996, I was involved in a small airplane crash.  There were 10 of us onboard a private aircraft headed to our family cabin in northern Wisconsin.  As we tried to land, ice built up on our wings and forced us to crash in the middle of a forest in northern Wisconsin.  Luckily, all 10 of us survived the crash.  However, we weren’t without serious injury.  As we stumbled out of the airplane, we were absolutely positive we would be rescued quickly.  As seconds turned to minutes and minutes turned to hours, our rescue was not imminent.  There we were… in the middle of a forest… in 20 degree weather… surrounded by seriously injured family members and scattered airplane parts.  Fortunately, five out of the 10 people aboard that ill-fated plane were former Camp Lake Hubert and Camp Lincoln campers.  We gathered wood and made a fire which warmed us for five hours, we sang camp songs which brought us to a place of comfort and peace, and we used our wilderness/navigation skills to track our location and to finally, find help.  We were rescued five hours later.  We were all leaders that day, and I absolutely attribute my leadership skills to those leadership qualities I acquired while at Camp Lake Hubert as an LT.

What is it like to be on the other side, being a current camp mom? All three of my children were or are currently campers at CL and CLH.  From packing those duffle bags to drop-offs and letters home… so, totally cool!  I start singing the songs on the drive up to camp, to my children’s chagrin.  The best part of having kids at Lincoln and Lake Hubert is knowing that literally nothing has changed since my days as a camper.  The smells, the sounds, the cabins, and, of course, Sam, Bill, Laura, and Stacey.  I know my kids are cared for the same way that I was cared for while at camp… with kindness and respect. Laura Nolan (1976-1978, S1986, 1988-1990, 1992, 1995, 2002-2014) was my LT director and Stacey Dyer (1985-1989, S1991-1994, 1996, 2008-2014) was one of my best camp friends back in my days at CLH.

What are your outside interests? I love being with my family.  My kids are very active.  Whether it’s cheering for my son on the football field, watching my oldest daughter play soccer, or watching my youngest at a dance competition, I am busy with my family.  My husband and I enjoy travel and playing golf.  My latest passion has been my new floral design business – Blooms by Amy.

Tell us a bit about your business, Blooms by Amy. I started Blooms by Amy (a floral design business) last spring after a bit of soul searching.  I craved getting back into the working world.  My kids were in school and I had a bit of free time during my days.  I had been designing outdoor arrangements for friends for the past five years, but wanted something that wasn’t so seasonal.  So I decided to start my own floral design business.  I have a studio in my basement where I design arrangements and it has really taken off with the support of my husband, kids and my wonderful friends.  I am as busy as I want to be, which gives me the flexibility to be a mom and a business owner.  My business is blooming! www.bloomsbyamy.net.

Do you have a mentor you look up to or a creed that you live by? My mentor is my Mom.  She is strong, courageous, compassionate, fun, and the world’s greatest mom.  She has taught me to trust my instincts, love, have fun, listen, give back, and to be a good friend.