Farm Bureau Holds 91st Annual Meeting
By Alex Johannes
The Washington County Farm Bureau (CFB) held their annual meeting on the evening of January 18 at the Community Club Building in Okawville. 211 guests were in attendance at the 91st Washington County Farm Bureau Meeting.
During the business meeting, President Gale Koelling recognized Alfred Meyer for serving eight years as the Hoyleton Township representative.
The Washington County Farm Bureau provided a record-breaking amount of scholarships this year.
Overall, $17,750 was presented to high school graduates across the county. This past year, the Farm Bureau Foundation provided 17 scholarships.
Foundation Chair, Jeff Lehde presented $1,000 checks to eligible recipients in attendance.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: Mackenzie Wells, Taylor Cook, Nicole Laskowski, Ethan Reid, Nichole Hall, Mallory Unverfehrt, Nicole Meyer, Brendon Schettler, Tyler Jahnke, Mason Neidbalski, Sarah Kozuszek, Cade Krueger, and Johnna Bergmann.
The Foundation also awarded their Upperclassmen Scholarship to Rachel Recker, Mark Dalman, and Matthew Ruess.
This year’s recipient of the Edna Newcomb Memorial Scholarship was Allyson Lintker.
As of now, the Washington County Farm Bureau has presented 148 scholarships to high school graduates with a value of nearly $192,000.
Nicole Laskowski received the 2017 AFA (Agriculture Future of America) scholarship for $3,200 and the opportunity to attend the AFA Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Laskowski briefly commented on her experience at the conference and generously thanked the Farm Bureau and the community donors for their support.
Officers on Washington County Farm Bureau board include: Gale Koelling, President (Irvington), Roger Greten, Vice President (Oakdale), Alan Newcomb, Treasurer (Richview) and Steve Lanius, Secretary (Covington).
Directors of this part year’s Washington County Farm Bureau board include: Glen Bowers (Ashley), David Rybacki (Beaucoup), Micheal Chwasczinski (Bolo), Gerald Kuberski (Du Bois), Alfred Meyer (Hoyleton), Wayne Lintker (Johannisburg), Wes Fritsche (Lively Grove), Scott Groennert (Nashville), Ron Hackstadt (Okawville), Jeff Lehde (Plum Hill), Denise McClay (Pilot Knob), and Jeff Jacobs (Venedy).
To wrap up the evening, a drawing for door prizes was held along with the announcement of winners from the Women’s Committee Silent Auction. Everyone in attendance left the meeting with a pound of Prairie Farms butter and other Farm Bureau promotional items.
Keynote speaker, Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau’s Director of National Legislation concluded the meeting with an informational presentation on how agriculture is affected through today’s political system and reminded members to keep in touch with local legislators.