Lane Chapter

Lane Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 15th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

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Lane County hosted our second annual Membership drive/social November 16th at Amici Italian Restaurant in Springfield.  We had a wonderful night enjoying great food, good drinks and excellent conversation with ladies that are excited about Ag.

Dona Coon gave an overview of the activities on the State Level and the benefits and training OWA can offer.  Angie Gibson talked about Ag in the Classroom and how we can make a difference in a child’s life by teaching our youth about Agriculture.  Our current members introduced themselves along with how they are related to Ag. We had 18 ladies attended (7 members and 11 guests) and have signed up 5 new members from this event.

Thank you to all the Lane County Members for your hard work in 2017.  We are looking forward to starting 2018 working hard to gather items for the OWA Auction in April, planning our next fundraiser and getting volunteers and schools set up for Ag in the Classroom.

I am happy to announce that our chapter is growing.  We are up to 29 paid members going into 2018.

Lane County OWA meets on the first Friday, 8:15 am at Citizens Bank in Junction City.  We meet every other month October – June

We are trying an evening meeting starting January 18th for members that are not able to attend the Morning meetings.

 

Mary Howarth, Secretary

Lane Chapter Summer Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

We held Chapter elections for 2017/2018 Officers.  Sarah Fay was re-elected as President and Elizabeth Peterson is our new Chapter Vice President.  Continuing for an additional two years are Mary Howarth Secretary and Loretta Pearce as Treasurer.  Veronica Hennessey is now our 2nd Board Representative.

June 5th we held our Spring Fundraiser.  It was a Root-beer Float stand at the Function 4 Junction car cruise.  Thank you to The Filling Station for donating the Root-beer and to Lochmead for donating the Ice Cream & Location.  A big thank you to all the volunteers.  It was a small profit but still successful.  We look forward to participating again next year.

One of the things our Chapter has been passionate about is donating our time to the Agriculture in the Class Room Literacy Project.  This year we more than doubled the class rooms reached to 34 with ‘Allison Investigates does Chocolate mike come from Brown Cows.’  We were able to provide Chocolate milk to most of the class rooms both donated by Lochmead and purchased by our chapter; our local Junction City third graders followed up with a field trip to Lochmead Farm’s the following week to see the Dairy cows!

Next year our goal is increase our volunteer numbers so we can reach more classrooms.  Thank you to Angie Gibson for taking on the huge task of coordinating and scheduling and to all our Volunteers for their time.

We are off for the Summer.  Our next meeting will be held October 6th 8:15 am at Citizens Bank in Junction City.

Mary Howarth, Secretary

Lane Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Greetings from Lane County! On November 3rd we had our First Annual Lane County Social & Membership Drive at the Amici Restaurant located inside the Holiday Inn in Springfield Oregon. As shown in the picture below we had a wonderful turnout of current and prospective members. The evening was spent enjoying good drinks, great food and excellent conversation. Debbie Crocker & Dona Coon gave an overview of the activities on the State Level and the numerous benefits and training OWA can offer, Jessica Jansen informed us of all the wonderful things Ag in the Classroom supports and our current members introduced themselves along with how they are related to Ag.

We have already gained 4 new members directly from this event with several more very excited to attend our next meeting in February. This was a great way to introduce new women to our organization in a very laid back and inviting atmosphere, additionally it served as a thank you to our members for an amazing year!

Moving forward we are already working hard to gather items for next year’s auction, planning several fundraisers, gathering schools to attend for the Literacy Project and making new orders for Crop ID signs to put in around the County.

I want to give a special thank you to all the women of Lane County for an amazing 2016….we sprang back into action as an active chapter, grew to 26 members, showed our support at auction, participated in Ag in the Classroom and put up numerous Crop ID signs within our County.

Another thank you to the State Officers for supporting us as we’ve grown, guiding me through this process and being HUGE cheerleaders for our organization and Lane County.

Sarah Fay,  Lane County President

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