Linn-Benton Chapter

Linn-Benton Summer Update

Posted on: July 17th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

The last few months have been exciting here for Linn/Benton Chapter. Our April meeting was held at Kristi Miller’s house. Of course one of our big topics was the OWA Auction. We had a guest speaker, Teri Plagmann. She is running for Linn County Circuit Court Judge, District 23, Position 3 seat.


It was fun to see so many members at the OWA Auction, both friday for setup and Saturday for the big event! I know everyone I saw that evening was having a great time. As always the food was amazing!! I wanted to publicly thank Helle Ruddenklau for the email she sent out thanking everyone who was involved in making Auction what it is. It couldn’t have been a small task. It meant a lot to me and I know a lot of others as well.


Our May meeting was held at Betty Jo Smith’s house. I think it was the quickest chapter meeting I have been to since joining. Everyone was on point with their reports and we flew through the meeting. After the meeting ended we put together cookie boxes for the oyster cookers who helped at the auction. Everyone brought a couple dozen cookies. We worked together to get the boxes filled and a bow tied around them. Thank you to everyone who was there to help. A big thank you to Virginia Kutsch who did all the thank you notes for each box.


May 19th was the Powerland Heritage Park, “Fun at the Park” day. From the stories I have heard it sounds like our OWA display and activities were a hit. Thank you to all who had a part in putting it together.


June brought our Chapter Social. There were around 45 ladies that attended. Betty Jo Smith and Virginia Kutsch were our main speakers. They gave a history of OWA and how/why it was started. They continued their story into what we are doing today. Myself, along with many others enjoyed hearing everything they shared. There are many of us that had not heard much of what they had to share. It make me even more proud to part of this amazing group of women. We had one lady join that evening. I will be following up with all the other guests who attended. We did a special raffle for the ladies that came as a guest. We drew two names and the prize was their first year membership paid. Our hope is they will renew for years to come. So technically three new members 😉 Overall I think it was a really great evening and a fun time to get to know each other a little better.


Our scholarship committee decided on three winners. Congratulations to: Brittany Mills – $1,000 for ag major, Keaton Corrado – $500 for ag major and Julia Toews – $500 for child/grandchild.


Looking Forward to State Fair-

Dona Coon, Kristi Miller, Jessica Jansen, Laurie Schrock and myself have been making plan for our county fairs and State fair. Our theme is, “Many Hats a Modern Farmer Wears”. “Conventional Farmer” seems to be a bad word nowadays. We want to focus on the term “Modern Farmer”.


We have three different activities planned for the State Fair.

-The spinning wheel for questions. This will have to be run by our volunteers.


-A big tool box representing a “modern farmer’s” tool box. We will have questions and inside each drawer will be the answer. The questions and answers will have a focus on how farmers use modern tools and technology to use the least amount of resources and get the best yield. To show how “sustainable” a “modern farmer” is. Some of the drawers will have flyers, activities and different things people can take with them.


-A seed identification display. Fair goers can do the tool box Q&A and seed identification display by themselves. Of course with our volunteers there to answer questions or talk with.


We will also have a decorative, metal tree that we will hang hats on. The hats being the different “hats” a “modern farmer” wears. Each hat will say something different on it. The last thing is a new banner that shows a history of how many people one farmer could feed in then compared to now. We are very excited about what we have going on in the booth. Keep an eye out for State Fair volunteer sign up.


Katie Glaser, President


Linn-Benton Spring Update

Posted on: April 14th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

In January our meeting was held at Dona Coon’s Home. Cheryl Ray, from our Nominating Committee, presented a slate of officers for this election. Our officers are; President- Katie Boshart Glaser, Vice President- Mary Hood, Secretary- Kristi Miller and Treasurer- Lori Boshart. Kirsten Pick is taking over the Membership Chair (a non elected position).

We decided to try something different for our chapter social and voted to have it in June and it will be held outside at Lori Boshart’s farm. Betty Jo Smith presented an idea to use the graphics from the OWA Commodity Quilt blocks to produce a coloring book that includes Ag facts. We voted to use up to $3,000 from our Points for Profit winnings for this project. We are very excited about this.

Our February meeting was held at Barbara Hauge’s Home. We had a guest speaker, Michael Wynhausen. He is running for Linn County Circuit Court Judge. He presented to us why he is running, why he is qualified and what he would like to do if he wins.

Betty Jo Smith brought the completed OWA Commodity Quilt we are donating to the auction. It’s beautiful! Our new budget was presented by Lori Boshart and was voted in. Dona Coon reported the Crop ID signs along I-5 and Hwy 34 (in Linn and Benton County) are up to date and the sign match the field. Kristi Miller won a free ad space in the HighPoints Newsletter. We decided to use it for the OWA auction. This is the Newsletter connected to Points for Profit.

Last month our meeting was held at Mary Hood’s Home. Betty Jo Smith and Pam Toews attended the Points for Profit Banquet in February. We won $3,000 this year! We use this money for special projects throughout the year. If you would like to help us this next year all you have to do is keep receipts from businesses connected to Points for Profit. During the year you can give your receipts to a Linn Benton member. To learn more and their list of businesses go to We talked about what a State Board of Directors is and what they do. We then voted on this years State Board of Directors and Alternates. They are: D-Kristi Miller, D-Cheryl Ray, D-Dona Coon and D-Jessica Jansen, A-Betty Jo Smith and A-Martha Glaser.

Our next meeting will be held at Kristi Miller’s home Tuesday, April 10th @ 6:00pm.

Our two scholarship are on the OWA website under our chapter. One is a scholarship to children or grandchildren of Linn-Benton members going into any major. The second is Linn or Benton County students going into an agricultural major. You find out more info on the website. Scholarships are due April 15th.

One of our members, Shelly Boshart Davis announced she is running for State Representative House District 15. We are very proud and wish her the best of luck. Her website is

Katie Boshart Glaser, President

Linn-Benton Chapter Fall Update

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

We are pleased that harvest is over and fall has arrived! Our members put up two county fair booths and volunteered to help kids and their parents grind wheat and answer questions at the Benton County Fair. Thanks to Katie Glaser, Lorie Tharp, Kristi Miller, Betty Jo Smith, Laurie Schrock and Tina Miller. We presented “Golden Broom” herdsmanship awards to 4-H members at Benton County and an Outstanding Senior 4-H member award at Linn County. A new award was given at Linn and Benton County Fairs for the 4-H member with the highest accumulated points in several areas including fiber arts. The award was presented in an embellished thirty-one bag. Special thanks to Lorie Tharp and Katie Glaser for making this happen.

Betty Jo Smith is heading the committee to complete the OWA Commodity Quilt and have it ready for our auction item in April! Carrie Corrado is working on our cowboy/western themed Christmas tree project we do for Pape in Tangent each year. We voted to put together a “Night Out” basket for AITC auction. We’ve got a great group of ladies of all ages and its fun to get together and make things happen!

Dona Coon, President

Linn Benton Chapter Summer Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

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

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