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.