March Report

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

by Arwen McGilvra

Linn/Benton—The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…

On February 19th , 32 members attended our annual dinner meeting with a slide show movie put together by member, Shawn Wells. She visited Africa last summer and she was our entertainment.

We were surprised to find out that we came in FIRST place for the Points for Profit Fundraiser. We’d like to thank all OWA members for saving receipts all year. We are continuing with this project again this year.

Our Scholarship Committee is busy evaluating applications for two college scholarships. One for an agriculture related major and a second scholarship for a LB member’s child or grandchild that is not in an “Ag” related field of study. Applications are due April 15th. Please see our ad in this newsletter for more information.

A few members are busy scheduling AITC visits to schools reading “Who Grew My Soup?”. In fact, Kristi Miller read the book to the whole Takena School student body in Albany to help them celebrate Read Across America that honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday. AITC had her donate the book to their library.

LB is gathering items for two different baskets for the annual auction. One is a college basket with all the supplies a student would need to kick off a great year. The second basket is one we did before for gardening and it was so popular that we brought the idea back.

On March 12th we met at the home of Betty Jo Smith, had a wonderful taco salad dinner with all the trimmings, and had a guest speaker, Nicole Shrock. Nicole is Miss Rodeo Oregon for 2013 and a current student at OSU. She will travel the country spreading the word about Oregon agriculture and the sport of rodeo and intends to compete for the national rodeo title. Here is a link to a great newspaper article about her.

A big thank-you to Polk County Chapter for putting on a great OWA Convention at Salishan—I’ve heard so many good remarks from members that attended.

Kristi Miller, president, Linn/Benton

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