Colorado Young Farmers hold successful State Institute

2010 State CYF OfficersSTERLING, CO–Over 190 members, sponsors, advisors and guests were in attendance at the Forty First Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Institute. It was held earlier this year at the Ramada Inn in Sterling, Colorado.

The members of the Arickaree Chapter hosted the educational and fun filled Institute. Bethany Ray –Advisor, Brad Riemenschneider and Aaron Brown –Co-Chairmen and Mason Hansen –Exhibit Chairman with the chapter members are to be commended for their leadership in planning and coordinating the activities. They are grateful to the Banks of Colorado for sponsoring the Arickaree Chapter activities.

The Thursday evening Early Bird Social was hosted by Chuck and Norma Miller and Bryson and Stephanie Miller with Auctioneers Miller and Associates from Brush, Colorado. Chuck and Bryson are members of the Fort Morgan Chapter. Everyone enjoyed the evening visiting with friends and making new acquaintenances.

The Friday morning Business Session included seating of delegates, introduction of state officer candidates and assignment of the Nominating and Auditing committees. President, Maureen Whittington presided over the session. Jacqui Larson, Colorado Spokesperson for Agriculture Contest Coordinator reviewed the activities for the year. Tim Martini, who was the 2009 Colorado winner and also one of the national winners reported on his activities during the year.

The Friday morning workshop, “The Wind Is Blowing In A New Direction” was presented by Mike Guilloz, Project Manager with Enxco in Peetz, Colorado and Landowner, Bruce Kokes from Crook who is a member of the NJC Chapter. Everyone enjoyed their educational and pictorial presentation on the wind towers north of Sterling.

The highlight of the Friday luncheon was entertainment by Daron Little. He is a working ranch cowboy, singer and song writer from Encampment, Wyoming. Everyone enjoyed his music.

The Friday afternoon workshop, “The Life Savers of Life” was presented by Sharleen Riemenschneider, Edward Jones Financial Advisor along with Attorney, Andrew Sigeson and Life Consultant Randy Nesbit from Nebraska. They emphasized the importance of individuals and families developing financial and estate plans for the future.

The Friday evening, “NASCAR Tail Gate Party” featured a wonderful hamburger and hot dog dinner along with an evening of fun filled activities that got everyone involved. The Arickaree chapter members coordinated the games that were planned by individual chapters. The games included: Poker, Ring Bottle Set Up, Tire Obstacle Course, Tricycle Races, Washer Throw, Remote Car Races and Pit Crew Challenge. At the conclusion of the evening, each contestant voted for their favorite game. The Front Range Chapter, who sponsored the Tire Obstacle Course, was recognized as having the most popular game.

The 2010-2011 officers were elected at the Saturday morning business session. They are: President-Eric Kipp, Northeastern Vice President-Andi Begler, Southeastern Vice President-Eric Pierce, Secretary-Allan Carlson, Treasurer-Dan Ross, Reporter-Ben Christensen and Immediate Past President-Maureen Whittington.

The Front Range Chapter received the bid to host the 2011 Institute at a location to be selected at a later date.

Randy Schwlam, President of the Colorado Young Farmer Education Foundation presented a report. The Foundation will be sponsoring the Fish and Chip Tournament on July 10 at the Pelican Lakes Golf Course in Windsor, Colorado. The four members elected to the Foundation were Randy Schwalm, Brad Riemenschneider, Ben Rainbolt and Tim Andersen.

The meeting concluded with a report by Maureen Whittington-President, Greg Wright-Past President and Eric Kipp-Treasurer on the National Summer Business meeting in San Diego, California and the National Institute in Mobile, Alabama.

The Colorado Spokesperson for Agriculture contest was held Saturday morning. The six contestants did and outstanding job with their presentations. The Saturday Spokesperson for Agriculture luncheon was highlighted with the announcement of the winners. They were: First-Stephanie Lebsock, CSU Young Farmer/ATA Chapter; Second-Andy Bartlett, NJC Chapter and Third-Sadie Saylor, CSU Young Farmer/ATA Chatper. The three other constestants were Guy Kuntz, Clay Miller who are members of the CSU Young Farmer/ATA Chapter and Kyle Rohn from the Front Range Chapter. Stephanie Lebsock will represent Colorado in the national contest in Monterey, California in December.

The Saturday afternoon workshop, “Searching For Funding During These Times” featured representatives from individual chapter reviewing various fund raising activities and state funding.

There were over sixteen exhibitors who had a display throughout the Institute. Each individual in attendance was required to have a booth representative sign their name on the exhibitor sheet as they visited.

At the conclusion of the Saturday afternoon session, the members of the Arickaree Chapter coordinated a drawing of the exhibitor’s sheet for three special awards. The winners were as follows: First-NASCAR Trip to Las Vegas, Jean Bostron from the Fort Morgan Chapter; Second-32” Flatscreen Television, Becky Lindgren with Pioneer Seed and Third-$200 Gift Card to WalMart, Shelly Carlson from the St. Vrain Chapter.

The Saturday evening awards banquet featured the presentation of the following 2010 awards:

Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter
-Winner – Front Range Chapter
-Runner-Up – Arickaree Chapter
Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chpater Community Service Award
-Northeastern Junior College Chapter
Outstanding Northeastern Region Colorado Young Farmer
-Cindy Johnston, Front Range Chapter
Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Service Award
-Jason Lorenzini, Fort Morgan Chapter
Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award
-Jerry Wernsman, Northeastern Junior College Chapter
Honorary Members
-Dennis Atwell, Pioneer Seeds
-Mel Fritzler, Retired Premier Farm Credit
-Rick Sanger, Premier Farm Credit
Special Recognition
-Bob Leisy, Formerly with DeKalb Seeds
-Steve Edwards, Retired NC+ Hybrids

The annual Case IH Scholarship Tractor Auction was held during the banquet. Jason Wickham with Wickham Tractor Company in Fort Morgan and Sterling presented comments on behalf of Case IH. The buyers were Johnston Family Farms (2 units), Doug Dietz Farms, MT Farms, Brad and Sharleen Riemenschneider, Christensen Enterprises. The Arickaree Chapter purchased a tractor and donated it back to auction again.

It was an educational and memorable 41st Institute that provided a variety of programs and activities. The members of the Arickaree Chapter are to be commended for planning and hosting the activities.

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