Rhonda Lura gives her all in everything she does, and it shows through her work with North Dakota Farmers Union, her boutique, family and in the many great causes she supports.
“In our house, we have a rule: you are not allowed to use the word ‘can’t’,” Lura said.
The Carrington resident became involved in NDFU because she saw how hard her husband, a farmer, worked, and the sacrifices that he makes daily for her family and the farm. She wanted to be more involved, but desired a leadership role and to learn about the finances and the future of the farm.
“I asked about the NFU Women’s Conference, and decided to go,” she said. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I took the chance. That’s where it all started!”
While Rhonda helps with the vital operations of the farm and is involved in NDFU, she doesn’t stop there. She also owns her own boutique: Sugar Rush, which is a successful business in the Jamestown Buffalo Mall. She is a member of the Foster County Farmers Union Board and has her own platform for child abuse called “Speak Up, Stop Child Abuse,” which she wrote curriculum for and is speaking at elementary schools about.
“I want to be able to speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves,” she said.
When asked who inspired her the most, she said it was a neighbor while growing up. A victim of child abuse, Rhonda felt secure with the neighbor.
“I could go over there and feel safe,” she said. “She showed me love and compassion, and she was the reason I wanted to stay alive as a child. She is the reason I started the Superhero race.”
The Superhero race, started by Rhonda and two of her friends who were also victims, is an annual race in Fargo where everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. The goal of this is to show children that everyone can be a superhero, and that they are not alone.
Rhonda strives to discover who she is and some time ago, made an important change in her life.
“I started a bible study, and that’s when I could go through what happened to me as a child,” she said. “I was able to find my voice and learn who I am, and that I don’t have to be who everyone else wants me to be. I’m able to take chances now!”
Rhonda left no doubt about the greatest influence in her life, and she has his support for all of her passions.
“My husband!” she said.
“He is a huge supporter of everything I’ve done. He always says to me, ‘Rhonda, do it! When you believe in something and are passionate, you put 110 percent of your heart into it.’”
–– Brittany Lipetzky, NDFU