Polk Chapter

Polk County Summer Update

Posted on: July 17th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

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Polk OWA has had a busy spring. Our meetings have been consumed with considering plans for the 2019 Annual OWA meeting. We are excited to finalize our plans so we can share the information with you! Watch for details very soon!

Our summer plans include a booth at the Polk County Fair, new questions for the Constitutional Essay set for this fall’s contest and helping with career booths in October. We also plan to host a membership event.

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday at 11:30 AM at the Eola Inn, Rock n Rogers Restaurant in West Salem.  All are welcome to join us for lunch or just come for the meeting!

 

Diann Washburn, President

Polk County Spring Update

Posted on: April 14th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

We started off the New Year with a wonderful challenge, judging 41 essays from our Constitutional Essay contest! High school students from Polk, Marion and Benton Counties participated. Each entry received a $5 Dutch Bros. card and a pocket Constitution. A bonus $10 Dutch Bros. card was given if students submitted a creative meme. Four students took on the extra credit challenge. You can see their meme’s on the Polk OWA Facebook page. 1st place ($250) was awarded to Collin Penner from McNary High School, 2nd place ($100) was Natalia Schilling from Dallas High School and 3rd place ($50) was Lily Rogowski from Corvallis High School. Plans are already underway for our next contest that will start shortly after school begins in September.

 

In February we made plans to help with the Mid-Valley Winter AgFest that took place at the Polk county fairgrounds on February 24th and 25th. We also held a matinee showing of “Food Evolution at the Polk county fairgrounds on February 23rd. We didn’t have as many folks participate in the showing as we had hoped. If we do this again we think a night showing might be better attended. We also helped with the Hearts and Wine FFA Alumni fundraiser held at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall. We sold tickets and provided appetizers for the event. Over $7,000 was raised for the FFA scholarship fund.

 

Ali Salzer, with RARE AmeriCorps, Polk County Tourism Alliance came and spoke to our group in March regarding Ag tourism opportunities in Polk County. She invited us to attend monthly meetings regarding organizing a farm loop in the county of local businesses.

 

Polk county OWA members plan to help gather auction items for the OWA Annual auction and will also help out with Ag Fest in April. Our slate of officers will remain the same as last year. President- Diann Washburn, Vice President- Deb Thomas, Secretary – Mallory Lucas, Corresponding Secretary – Lindsey Myers, and Treasurer Tiffany Marx.

 

We meet on the second Monday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Eola Inn, Rock n Rogers Restaurant in west Salem.  All are welcome to join us for lunch or just come for the meeting!

 

Diann Washburn, President

Polk Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 15th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

Fall continued to be busy for the Polk county ladies! We reached out to Polk, Marion and Benton county high schools to encourage students to write an essay for our 2017 Constitutional Essay contest. As of today, we have received nine entries! A definite increase from past years. Prizes awarded will be $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. Also, each entry will receive a $5 Dutch Bros card and a pocket Constitution. A bonus prize of a $10 Dutch Bros. Card will be given to students that submit a creative meme on the Constitution to be published on Facebook or other social media. Contest information and rules are available on the OWA website and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PolkCountyWomenforAg.

 

In October, we were asked if we could help out with an educational booth about agriculture jobs for the Willamette Promise, Career Connect Expo at the Polk county fairgrounds. We agreed and our “Explore Opportunities in Agriculture” display board came in handy along with our brochures created for the fair detailing a few of the many jobs available in agriculture. Yamhill county OWA participated in a similar event a week later at the Yamhill county fairgrounds and used our display board and brochures too. Our group felt it was a positive event and looks forward to doing it again next year. Here’s a picture Carol Marx, Arlene Kovash and Abby Fitts in front of our booth

 

In December we decided to skip our monthly meeting and enjoy getting to know each other better with a Christmas Potluck at the home of Arlene Kovash. She treated us to a lesson in simple quilting with a demonstration on how to make your own mug rug (aka coaster). We had a great time!

 

In January we will make plans to help with the Mid-Valley Winter AgFest that takes place at the Polk County Fairgrounds on Saturday February 24th and Sunday February 25th. Polk OWA will manage a booth and is considering hosting a matinee showing of “Food Evolution” at the Polk County Fairgrounds the day before AgFest, on Friday February 23rd. Watch our website and facebook page for more details.

 

Mid-Valley Winter AgFest is a family friendly event with fun educational events for both kids and adults. Saturday Market Vendors and Local Farms will also be on hand to sell food and hand-crafted products. Check out the website for more information http://mvw agfest.com/

 

Polk OWA meets on the second Monday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Eola Inn, Rock n Rogers Restaurant in west Salem. All are welcome to join us for lunch or just come for the meeting!

 

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to another awesome year in OWA!

 

Diann Washburn, President

Polk Chapter Fall Update

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Polk County OWA has been busy this summer! Here’s what we’ve been working on:

At the Polk County Fair – We presented our “Explore Opportunities in Agriculture” display board with brochures detailing a few of the many jobs available in agriculture. We also helped manage the Passport Program. As people entered the fairgrounds, we encouraged them to grab a passport and walk around the grounds to find specific items. Once they found nearly everything, they came back to our booth to get a prize. It was a fun game for parents to do with their kids. We had a lot of adults participate too. Fair managers were pleased with our involvement and asked us to help with the project again next year. Our group had a great experience.

The 2017 Constitutional Essay is ready to go out to Polk, Marion and Benton County students, grades 9-12. This year’s contestants are asked to answer one of these three questions:

  1. The constitution provides protections from government intrusion. When is a police search of your locker, backpack, cell phone and/or computer constitutional? Do you agree with this standard, and why?
  2. How does the Constitution protect your right to free speech as a student? What are some limitations to your right to protest at school (time, location, method)? Do you agree with these limitations, and why?
  3. What right does the Second Amendment protect? What restrictions has Oregon placed on this right? If you enjoy activities like hunting, how do these restrictions affect your right to engage in these activities? Do you support or oppose these restrictions, and why?

Email entries by December 31, 2017 to Arlene Kovash at kovasha@gmail.com Prizes awarded will be $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. Also, each entry will receive a $5 Dutch Bros. card and a pocket Constitution.  A bonus prize of a $10 Dutch Bros. card will be given if you submit a creative meme on the Constitution, to be published on Facebook or other social media. Contest information and rules are available on the OWA website and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com /PolkCountyWomenforAg

Ideas for later this fall include viewing the “Food Evolution” movie together to better inform ourselves and friends about GMOs. We are also considering helping with Career Connect Expo on October 11th at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Willamette Education Service District is organizing the event exposing students to career options in Ag and natural resources. Their goal is to help change the culture of college for all. College options will also be promoted but they are trying to help students think more about a career for all, which will lead to better planning on their part. They are also offering an expo in Yamhill County on October 26th.

Polk County OWA meets on the second Monday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Eola Inn, Rock n Rogers Restaurant in west Salem. All are welcome to attend.

Have a wonderful fall!

Diann Washburn, President

Polk Chapter Summer Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Polk county meets on the second Monday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Eola Inn, Rock n Rogers Restaurant in west Salem. All are welcome to join us!

Arlene Kovash traveled to two AAW events this year, (the Mid-Year Meeting and Fly In), and Deb Thomas helped with Ag Fest.

Our monthly meetings have been focused on gaining new members and brainstorming goals for the year. We recently had guest speaker Emily Gluckin, from Polk Tourism Alliance, share with us grant opportunities in Polk county, through Travel Oregon. Our group was inspired to look at ways to promote agriculture and OWA in our county!

Since our Constitutional Essay Contest had only one entry last year. We have decided to change the essay format to a presentation format. Students are more connected to social media and youtube than essays. Tiffany Marx asked her daughter Cameron to poll her classmates regarding the contest. Based on their input we will restructure the contest and offer the updated version in September, when students return to school.

We will have a booth at the Polk County Fair, August 10th through August 12th. We will also help the fairgrounds with their passport program for children and adults. We will be using our display board “Agriculture Needs You” detailing just a few of the many jobs available in agriculture. We have brochures that go along with the display. Polk County OWA members, Danielle Meyersick and Mallory Lucas created the display and brochure. They did an awesome job! Benton county OWA has asked to use the display for their fair too. We welcome getting the information out, so please let us know if you’d like to borrow it for an event!

Another idea we hope to finalize at our July meeting is a promotional flyer/postcard to be used during the eclipse in August. Ideas included a map of hotspots in Polk county, ag facts and a link to the OWA website.

 

Have a great summer!

Diann Washburn, President

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