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Nominate Your "County Farm Bureau Volunteer of the Month"
The strength and credibility of Farm Bureau has always been dependent upon the dedication of the volunteer grassroots member. Many of those local volunteers never receive deserved recognition for their tireless dedication to the organization. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has been making a concerted effort to recognize current and past volunteers who generously dedicate their time on behalf of their fellow members in the organization.
County Farm Bureaus from across the state are encouraged to identify one or more volunteers to be highlighted in our monthly statewide publication, Country Focus, and on social media. Each winning nominee also receives a framed certificate of recognition for the honor. Any member of the County Farm Bureau can nominate a candidate for “County Farm Bureau Volunteer of the Month” by completing the attached form. The nomination will then be passed along for the County Farm Bureau’s approval before the nominated candidate will be considered for the statewide recognition.
Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau President Barb Warburton describes Kathy Yoachim as her “right hand.” She says Yoachim is always excited to help with any project the county organization is involved in, especially those that strengthen Farm Bureau’s ties with the community.
Yoachim’s efforts have made Bradford County one of the top counties generating donations for the Ronald McDonald House during the annual Farmers Care campaign, which she has been involved in for almost two decades. She also does several public service announcements at local radio stations throughout the year promoting Farm Bureau and agriculture, helps local fire companies apply for grain bin safety grants through Nationwide and works with other community organizations to wrap gifts and sort groceries for local families at Christmas.
She is also a key part of the county Farm Bureau’s efforts to reach out to state lawmakers who represent the region, serving as chair of a State Senate Legislative Committee and on a State House Legislative Committee.
Yoachim has held a variety of roles on the county board, including currently serving as Women’s Leadership Committee chair, FARM-Tastic book coordinator and a member of the Local Affairs, Ag Promotion and Meet the Candidates committees. She has served in numerous other roles throughout her involvement with Farm Bureau and served eight years on the state Women’s Leadership Committee, part of that time as vice chair.
Many Mercer County Farm Bureau members have Carol Ann Gregg to thank for keeping them engaged with their county organization.
As the longtime county newsletter editor, Gregg plays a key role in keeping members informed on county Farm Bureau activities and accomplishments. As both a farmer and a journalist, she’s been instrumental in informing the larger Mercer County community about agriculture and Farm Bureau.
Gregg has spotlighted many agriculture and Farm Bureau events in her coverage and met with the senior editor of the local newspaper to get the county’s legislative farm tour covered on the front page. She also reports on the activities of county commissioners, showing how their actions affect agriculture.
Within Mercer County Farm Bureau, Gregg serves currently serves as county information director, a role she also held in the 1980s. She previously chaired the county Women’s Leadership Committee and served as national president of American Agri-Women from 1999 to 2000. From 1994 to 2005, she education coordinator for what was then the Agriculture In the Classroom Workshop (now Educator’s Ag Institute).
Gregg also coordinated the Mercer County Country Tour and was named Agriculture Spokesperson of Year.
Throughout her nearly 30 years as a leader in Butler County Farm Bureau, Evelyn Minteer has been dedicated to growing and improving the organization.
Within the county Farm Bureau, Minteer is known as a leader who mentors other members by identifying their strengths and encouraging them to become more involved where they can best serve the organization. She also shares her own leadership positions with new leaders she is mentoring as a way to build their leadership skills and get them more involved. She also works diligently to bring in new members by speaking to community organizations about Farm Bureau and setting us displays at local businesses.
Minteer serves in several leadership roles including, county board director, Women’s Leadership Committee chair, county information director, membership co-chair, local benefits coordinator, events coordinator and business directory editor. She is also on the federal and state legislative committees. She also coordinates the Farm-Tastic book program and promotes and fundraises for the Mobile Ag Ed Science labs and Educator’s Ag Institute.
George Gregg’s passion for agriculture is well-known in Mercer County. Throughout his more than 50 years of involvement with Farm Bureau, Gregg has been a passionate and effective advocate for the agricultural community.
Gregg has served Mercer County Farm Bureau in a variety of roles, including county president, treasurer, land use coordinator, FARMER supporter, leadership trainer, government relations director, and local affairs committee member. Outside of Farm Bureau, he’s served in a wide variety of agriculture and community leadership roles.
Gregg continues to be actively involved in politics and government affairs with a particular interest in issues related to agriculture. His colleagues in Mercer County Farm Bureau say he is particularly skilled at articulating agricultural issues to public officials.
Gregg operates a 400-acre dairy and crop farm in partnership with his brother, Robert.
Barbara Warburton’s colleagues on the Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau Board say she exemplifies Farm Bureau’s grassroots focus.
Throughout her more than 30 years involved with Farm Bureau, Warburton has been an active supporter of the county Farm Bureau through her involvement with numerous events and willingness to help and lead whenever needed.
She has served as Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau President for 13 years and has held many other leadership roles at the county level, including membership chair, Farmers Care coordinator, information director, government relations director, FARM-Tastic book coordinator and ag promotion chair.
Warburton plays a key role in Farm Bureau’s outreach to elected officials, having served on the national legislative committees for six different congressmen and also as a state legislative committee member. She also served eight years on the State Women’s Leadership Committee, including one year as chair, and lead the county Women’s Leadership Committee.
Warburton and her husband, Jim, operate a dairy farm in New Albany, Sullivan County.
As Columbia County Farm Bureau sees it, Charlie Porter embodies the definition of a dedicated volunteer.
Porter is always willing to help with any county Farm Bureau function and puts his whole heart into the various committees he serves on at the county and state level.
A passionate advocate for agriculture, he chairs the county Ag Promotion Committee and also serves on the state Ag Promotion Committee. He spends countless hours talking to members of the public about agriculture so that they understand the importance of what happens on the farm. He also came up with the idea of submitting regular articles to the local newspaper highlighting different aspects of agriculture and continues to coordinate that effort. He also works to promote the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation’s Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab program—and other educational initiatives—within the county.
Porter also leads Columbia County Farm Bureau’s policy development program and works hard to surface policy proposals and prepare them for approval by members.
For Jim Boldy, working to grow and strengthen Farm Bureau is a passion.
A farmer and Safemark dealer, Boldy has been involved with Butler County Farm Bureau for at least 36 years. He currently serves as the county Farm Bureau’s vice president and has held numerous other positions on the county board, including 14 years as president. He’s served as membership chairman more than three decades, chairs the policy development process and serves on the state and national legislative committees, and serves as media relations coordinator.
Butler County Farm Bureau has seen the benefits of Boldy’s passionate and tireless work on the county board. Whenever there’s an opportunity to promote Farm Bureau’s benefits and services, Boldy jumps on it. He’s worked various booths at county events and the county farm show. In his professional life, he also promoted Farm Bureau through successful sales of Safemark products.
Boldy was also instrumental in pushing for the county’s emergency responders to have access to a grain bin rescue tube.
As his colleagues on the Elk County Farm Bureau board see it, Ernest Mattiuz should be in the running for “volunteer of the decade.”
Mattiuz puts in countless hours serving Farm Bureau at both the county and statewide levels and has been involved in the organization for more than 30 years. His fellow Elk County board members say he goes above and beyond the call of duty to promote Farm Bureau, educate children about agriculture and keep the county well-connected with the state organization.
Since joining the Elk County board in 1998, Mattiuz has served in a multitude of positions. He was county Vice President from 1998 to 2012 and currently serves as governmental relations director, member relations director, membership chairperson, information director, local affairs chairperson, policy development chairperson and county board secretary. He also coordinates the FARM-Tastic book program in the county and organizes Meet the Candidates night.
He was elected to PFB’s State Board of Director in 2013 and serves on the state Organization Committee and chairs the Wildlife Damage Control Committee. Mattiuz is also involved with the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, State House and State Senate legislative committees.
Mattiuz has a 93-acre beef cow/calf operation with hay and grain and retired from SGL Group in 2012 as tooling design engineer.
Adolf Deynzer has been involved with Greene County Farm Bureau for 47 years and is very interested in seeing the organization continue to succeed.
At age 86, he remains active in the organization, regularly attending county board meetings as well as state meetings. When there’s a project that needs to be done or a meeting that needs to be attended, Deynzer is often the first to volunteer. When the county Farm Bureau had the idea to bring the Mobile Ag Ed Science lab to a community fair this summer, Deynzer took the lead and arranged for that to happen.
Deynzer has held just about every position available in the county Farm Bureau and now serves as a county board director. He works diligently to grow the county Farm Bureau as membership chair. He also remains involved in state governmental relations.
Deynzer is retired from a career in farm equipment and implement sales.