Linn-Benton Chapter

Linn Benton Chapter Summer Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

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Linn Benton chapter has its April meeting a Willamette Community Bank in Albany, hosted by Sue Kalina. Welcome to Debbie Burns, a new member who attended.

We donated a classroom set of Get Oregonized history books to Mt. View Elementary from Points for Profit money. The class was very excited and sent us a handmade book with each student drawing a picture and a short report from something they had learned about Oregon and natural resources. They had prepared questions for us to answer about the book when we made the delivery. Very nice! Sigma Alpha reported they would be helping at auction, they were hosting a spaghetti feed to benefit AITC.

In May the chapter gathered at Betty Jo Smith’s home in Albany and put together 27 plates of cookies to deliver to the crew that grills oysters at the OWA Auction. A sweet way to let them know they are appreciated! FFA Chapters in our counties were contacted with the offer of $250 for their activities if they would send a letter stating how the funds would be used. A member attended the individual FFA Chapter Award Programs and presented the checks. Katie Glaser gave a presentation for ‘thirty-one’, her home based business that is a new part of Points for Profit. This was an additional fundraiser for the chapter. We voted to support a request from Clover Ridge Elementary to provide funding toward purchasing tomato plants for their Ag Days Festival.

June’s meeting was held at Chris McDowell’s home in Shedd. The Clover Ridge event went well and, using the AITC 2017 literacy book, Kristi Miller read to six classrooms on the first day and Dona Coon read to six additional classrooms the second day, 340 students total. There were 12 stations for the students to participate in and they completed six per day. This is the third year LB has helped.

Quilt blocks were gathered and it was voted to investigate the cost of putting it together as a donation to next year’s auction. Two scholarship winners attended the meeting and received their checks. Stephanie Wallace received the scholarship as a grandchild of LB member, MaryLou Nehr. She is working to be an elementary school teacher and is determined to use agriculture to educate her students. Brittany Mills is an Agriculture, Natural Resources major at OSU. The third scholarship goes to Conner Corrado, who is attending Eastern Oregon University in La Grande as an ag major.

Linn Benton lost a long time member, Juanita Davis on June 23rd. Juanita was 98 years old and was a key part in the formation of the LB Scholarship. She was married to Leighton, her husband for 75 years and worked beside him in the family dairy. Her dedication to her family and agriculture and education were awesome. We remember her and feel blessed to have had her as a member.

Not in our district, but still dear to those of us that have been in OWA for many years, is the passing of Phyllis Pilcher and her husband Tom. These ladies were special and will be missed.

There will be no meeting in July. August meeting will be held at Margaret Henderson’s – Peoria Road Farm Market on Tuesday, August 8th at 6 pm.

Dona Coon, President

 

 

Linn Benton Chapter Spring Update

Posted on: April 5th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Happy Spring! Linn Benton members gathered at the Adair Officer’s Club and had a fun social on Tuesday, February 7th. The evening included door prizes, social bingo, distribution of baskets to fill for auction, great food and short presentations about what there is to do in our organization. There were 43 members and guests in attendance.  Cherie Taylor, 2016 SAI Graduate and lead instructor at the Urban Farm Program in Corvallis was our speaker.

State Convention, hosted by Marion Clackamas, was awesome and we had 14 members attend and enjoy the Oregon Gardens. The tours and the speakers were excellent! Thank you!

Our March meeting was hosted by Mary Hood at her North Albany home. Mary’s whole family worked together to make us feel welcome and very well fed! Our chapter donation for the auction will be a Seafood Dinner for 10 to be delivered to the buyer’s home and a separate item of Scentsy Products. Individual members submitted their donation forms as well.

The chapter is finishing an OWA Commodity Quilt that was discovered mostly done. The final eight quilt blocks were distributed and will be gathered back at the May meeting to be assembled. Arlene Kovash was a key person in the original quilt project!

The chapter voted to participate in both our county fairs, support a letter of support in the Benton County Voter’s Pamphlet  for funding of Benton County Extension. We also voted to give money to assist Cailey Fraser, an agriculture major at OSU, in her quest to become Miss Oregon.

Members, Laurie Schrock and Dona Coon, put together a lunch at the Shedd Fire Hall for the Urban Farm Students during their tour of Boston Mill and Oak Park Farm Windmills. LB donated supplies for the students to prepare soups and process their vegetables from their school garden.

Shireen Malpass was presented with her LEAVEN award at our March meeting as she was unable to attend the state convention. Congratulations Shireen! You are very dear to us.

Scholarship Applications were distributed and discussed. Shelly Boshart Davis is chair and has updated the information on our website. These are due April 15th. Sigma Alpha reported on their Professional Women in Agriculture Symposium that they hosted at the Memorial Union on April 3rd. Their fundraiser Spaghetti Feed to promote AITC will be held May 20th.

Points for Profit held their awards event on March 21st and Linn Benton was awarded second place which equates to $2,000 to use for educational projects during 2017. Woo Hoo! A big thank you goes to Kristi Miller and Chris McDowell who wade through all those receipts each month.

Our April meeting will be held at Sue Kalina’s home and we will see you at Auction!!

Dona Coon, Linn-Benton President

Linn-Benton Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Our November meeting was held at Dona Coon’s home on the 8th. A group met at 3 pm to assemble Christmas tree ornaments for Pape in Tangent. Carrie Corrado came with all the bits and pieces for the Farm Animal theme. It was a good time with laughing and glue involved. The tree was decorated on Tuesday, November 29. It was really lovely and customers actually brought ornaments to the counter and tried to purchase them! Quite a compliment ladies!

The regular meeting followed the work party. After eating dinner together, our members signed up for times to volunteer at the Willamette Valley Ag Show, organized by Jessica Jansen.  Linn Benton provided a basket for the Ag in the Classroom Auction. The crop identification sign program will be continued to be supported by Crop Production Services in Tangent and Pat Boren has volunteered to work with us. We discussed possible nominees for the Oregon Leaven Award and reviewed our participation at Girl Fest in Portland.

Girl Fest was attended by more than 3,000 girls and we were very busy all day! Elisa Chandler and her husband, Rick, went up the day before the event and set up a beautiful booth. Sujaya Rao brought displays of insects and even some live creatures to attract attention. Debbie Crocker, Emily Woodcock, Dona Coon and Michelle Carmony (M/C) assisted Elisa during the day. Elisa and Rick dismantled and hauled everything home. Nice work everyone!!

Members attended the December State Board Meeting in Salem and had no regular chapter meeting.

The January meeting will be held at the Eichler log cabin on Peoria Road Tuesday, January 10. Dinner will be served and our budget, meeting schedule and goals will be discussed.  Each member of the chapter is being asked to personally donate two items for the auction and to procure additional items from business’ they work with. Linn Benton is also hosting the January State Board Meeting at the Boulder Falls Inn, Lebanon. We are planning a winter social for Tuesday, February 7 at a location yet to be determined. We had such a good time last year bringing members we hadn’t seen for some time and potential new members together.

Can’t wait to see everyone at the State Convention in Silverton.

Dona Coon, Linn-Benton Chapter President

“Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?”

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

Since the formation of Oregon Women for Agriculture in 1968, our mission has always been to “Communicate the Story of Today’s Agriculture.” True to our mission around 1972 OWA put their efforts towards making an informational video about the Grass Seed Capital of the World. The result was “Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?”

Charity Bowers, a charter member of OWA who passed in away in 2013, was instrumental in getting the fundraising for “Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?” In her memory, money was donated to the Linn-Benton Chapter of OWA.  The chapter is now in the process of updating and re-creating the informational video.

“Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?” goal was to tell the story of Oregon’s Willamette Valley’s top crop, Grass Seed. In the last 40 years equipment has progressed, practices have changed and the varieties of grass seed grown have been altered slightly. However, as the video states, “…the Valley belongs to grass.”

Thank you to the Oregon Historical Society and their archivist Matthew Cowan for helping the Linn-Benton chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture moving images and video. Thanks to their help we have a digital file that is in remarkable condition from such a long time ago.

Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?

Benton County Fair!

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

by Arwen McGilvra

It County Fair time! Our Linn-Benton chapter is helping with an activity booth at the Benton County Fair on July 29 – Aug 1st. The activity is grinding wheat into flour and answering questions about wheat germination and uses of wheat. There will be an instruction sheet at the booth and there will be student volunteers to assist.

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