Polk Chapter

Polk Chapter Spring Update

Posted on: April 5th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

The Polk County ladies provided an Ag table at the Mid-Valley Winter AgFest, held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall February 25th & 26th. It was a success. Thank you to our membership for their time at the event and to Deb Thomas for her hard work and efforts organizing the event. We look forward to participating again next year.


The winner of the Constitutional Essay Contest was our only entry, Sarah Kenyon of Salem. Disappointing for our members as we had expanded the contest into Benton and Marion County. We plan to update our approach and explore using social media to engage with students. We are also considering changing the contest to a presentation format instead of an essay. The thought is that students might participate if they can create a short video presentation instead of writing an essay. Arlene Kovash will report on the project at the AAW Midyear meeting.


We welcome new members, Susan Morrill and Abby Fitts! Mary Beuthin with Benton county OWA also joined us for our March meeting and plans to stop by when she can. We have a brand new slate of officers. They are as follows: Diann Washburn, President, Deb Thomas Vice President, Mallory Lucas, Secretary, Lindsey Myers, Corresponding Secretary and Tiffany Marx, Treasurer. Our next few meetings will focus on what direction the group wants to go and outreach to potential Polk county members. Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 10th at 11:30 AM at the Eola Inn, Rock n Rogers Restaurant in Salem. We meet on the second Monday of each month. Join us!


Diann Washburn, President, PCWA

Polk Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

The New Year brings a new event.  Saturday, January 7 is our Annual Meeting from 10 am to 2 pm at Loydee Stonebrink’s home on Rickreall Road.  This will be a brainstorming meeting on “What are our goals as a county chapter?, What do we do well as a chapter?, What new or different things could we do?”  Lunch will be provided, as long as Arlene knows you’re coming Please email her at kovasha@gmail.com.

Polk County Chapter has been busy contacting the 45 public schools in Benton, Marion, and Polk Counties with information on the 2016 Constitutional Essay Contest.  This year we expanded the Contest to include Marion and Benton counties.  The 2016 question for entrants is, “If the 1787 Constitution were presented today, would it be ratified. Why, or why not?”.  Deadline is December 31 so by the time you read this we hope to have email boxes full of entries.

Three members attended AAW Convention and one member volunteered at AgExpo. We donated $200 in support of OR FFA State Reporter, Zanden Unger, to attend a two week international leadership conference in South Africa.

We plan to use the “Agriculture Needs You!” display and materials we had at the Polk County Fair at a booth at the Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest in February. The display talks about career opportunities in agriculture and the shortage of graduates to fill those jobs.

We were saddened to hear of the deaths of long time members Barbara Mulkey, daughter of Jeree and Paul Mulkey, and Elsie Werth.  Condolences to their families, they will be missed.

Carol Marx, Polk Chapter President

Polk County’s 2015 Constitutional Essay Contest

Posted on: September 12th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

In recognition of Constitution Day on September 17, Polk County Women for Agriculture announces the subject of its fifth annual Constitutional Essay Contest. “Name five things you learned when you read the Constitution and write a paragraph about each” is this year’s task for Polk County High School students.

Prizes are first place $300, second place $200, and third place $100. The contest is open to any high school student, or home school equivalent, that either lives in Polk County or attends a Polk County school. Essays should be no longer than 500 words and should be emailed to Arlene Kovash by the December 31, 2015, deadline.

More information:

2015 Constitutional Essay

Polk County students, grades 9-12 are invited to enter the Fifth Annual Polk County Women for Agriculture Constitutional Essay Contest.

This year contestants are asked to “Name Five things you learned when you read the Constitution and write a paragraph about each.”

Prizes awarded will be 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100. Each winner will also receive two books on the Constitution by Oregon author Mary Webster.

Also, each student who enters will receive a pocket copy of the Constitution.


  1. Contest is open only to Polk County students in grades 9-12, or the home school equivalent.
  2. Each entry should be the sole product of the student’s work.
  3. Each entry should be submitted electronically and no longer than 500 words. When we receive your essay we will send an email confirmation. If you do not receive the confirmation, please telephone.
  4. Submissions will be judged on understanding of the Constitution, clear thinking and writing, presentation, grammar and spelling.
  5. Submissions should include the writer’s name, age, grade, school, home address, home telephone, and e-mail address. Winners will be notified by telephone or email.
  6. Entries will not be returned. Entries may be published.
  7. Essays must be emailed by December 31, 2015.

Polk County Women for Agriculture’s Constitutional Essay Winners

Posted on: October 10th, 2014

by Marie Bowers

Farmers provide for pets was the theme of Polk County Women for Ag’s table display in the Ag First tent at the Polk County Fair in August. People passed through the tent to enter the Fair so it was great exposure. We had pet treat recipes, and a drawing for a bucket of pet items we purchased or received as donations. The drawing entry ticket included a box to ‘Check if you want more information on Polk Co. Women for Agriculture’ which had a great response and we’ll soon reach out to those interested.

At the PC Fair Youth Livestock Auction we purchased two animals with funds that were donated to the pool we manage for community members who want to support the youth, but not purchase an animal.

Next we continued the pet theme with the OWA State Fair booth, which was well received. Check out the photos of our great volunteers.

Two first-place winners were chosen for the fourth annual PCWA Constitutional Essay Contest. Sascha Hull and Naomi Morgan, both home-schooled students from Dallas will each receive a $125 award. Second place went to Jeremiah Morgan and third to Saarah Johnson. In addition to cash prizes, the winners receive two books on the Constitution and the Federalist Papers written by Mary E. Webster donated by the Western Institute for Nature, Resources, Education and Policy (WINREP).

The 2014 essay question for the students was to write the Declaration of Independence in their own words. Here are the beginning paragraphs of our first place winners. Sascha said,

“All the 13 States of America agree with these statements

If an oppressed nation requires its own freedom, equality, and power from the oppressing nation, they ought to assure the world that they possess reasons for their actions and state them.

Believing this is obvious, we declare that God created men equal to each other with certain privileges including the rights to be born, live and die, with free choices leading to their eventual joy.

In these interests, mankind founds governments that operate only as long as the public allows and, if one of these governments restricts rather than defends these privileges, the public of the nation may change or exchange that government for one based on true virtues and organized in a way that that will keep them safe and happy.”

Naomi wrote,

“When a portion of men find sufficient cause to separate from their former government, and to set up a new government according to their view of liberty and justice, it is reasonable that they set down the causes for their separation.

We know these truths to be universal: that all men are created equal; that God has given men certain unchangeable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Governments ought to preserve these rights, but when they do not, the people are justified in abolishing them and creating new government which will protect their rights.”

Polk County Women Prepare for Busy Summer

Posted on: June 10th, 2014

by Marie Bowers

PCWA is in charge of the OWA booth at the State Fair this year. We’re planning a pet theme, From Farm to Furry Friends, Who Feeds Your Pets, and focus on agriculture products that are used in the food and supplies you use to care for your pet.   Everyone loves their pets, and loves to talk about them.

The best item we can have in the Fair booth is you! A friendly face sharing a few words about ag does wonders for the image of our industry. Every volunteer gets entry into the fair. The sign-up sheet is online, so you can secure a time slot that is most convenient for you.   Just go to owaonline.org, scroll down to the bottom click on the Oregon State Fair logo and the sign up sheet will open.

We’ve received several entries for the Constitutional Essay Contest. The deadline is July 4 and winners will be announced in September.

PCWA will once again sponsor a pool for the Polk County Fair Youth Livestock Auction. Individuals and businesses can support the hardworking youngsters by donating into the pool and we bid and purchase animals at the Auction.

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