county volunteer of the month

13ErnestMattiuzJr ColorWebAs 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.

VolunteerOfTheMonth Deynzer. webpngAdolf 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.

County Volunteers of the Month are nominated by their county Farm Bureau boards and selected by PFB. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized? Please recommend to your county board that they be nominated.