Kansas Agri-Women elected officers and educated members on critical agriculture issues at its annual meeting, held recently at Fort Hays State University.
Kansas Agri-Women is a state affiliate of American Agri-Women. The organization advocates for agriculture, educates consumers and provides professional development opportunities for its members.
Bobbi Oliver, Harper, was elected president. Jean Goslin, Manhattan, serves as first vice president and Lesley Schmidt, Wichita, is second vice president.
Other officers are Jocelyn Busick, Hays, past president; Lois Schicklau, Haven, secretary; Donell Scott, Manhattan, treasurer; Chris Wilson, Manhattan, state and national legislation; Rosemerry Hansen Crubel, St. George, web site coordinator; Abby Amick, Alma, newsletter editor; and Lynn Woolf, Milton, public relations.
District directors are Marlene Peters, Phillipsburg, northwest; Carol Bouziden, Ashland, southwest; Gayla Moeckel, Plevna, south central; Buenta Burger, Clay Center, north central and Lori Bammerlin, Manhattan, northeast.
Officers provided reports about chapter initiatives and state and national legislation, including property rights, water issues, beef industry issues and more. Lesley Schmidt reported on the recent Syngenta-sponsored leadership training she recently completed. The group also discussed the upcoming "Fly-In" to Washington, D.C.
Guest speaker Robba Moran, wife of Sen. Jerry Moran, provided insights to members about life in Washington and educating others about Kansas agriculture. She spoke about her and Jerry's lifelong commitment to agriculture and small towns and challenged members.
"We have responsibilities to our communities to make them as good as they can be," Moran says.
Guest speaker Emily Evans, Ms. Wheelchair Kansas, inspired members with her "Define Yourself" message.
"I'm not going to let a wheelchair hold me back," Evans says. She holds a full-time job and coaches high school volleyball, in addition to her speaking and advocacy efforts.
Stephanie Eckroat, manager of the Fort Hays State University dairy, led the group on a tour of the dairy.
The Fort Hays State University Agri-Business Club and Dr. John Greathouse, agriculture department chair, sponsored the meeting.