The annual fall dinner meeting of the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau was held Oct. 12 at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the VIP Award to Marlyn Shaffer of Hamlin who has worked tirelessly for over 60 years to promote the betterment of the farming community through the Farm Bureau.
Dairy Ambassador, Zoe Buckingham preceded the meal with a milk toast. The Red Schoolhouse catered the dinner for the crowd of over 100 people.
Attendees of the Bucknell Youth Conference: Zoe Buckingham, Zachary Curtis and Andrew Theobald spoke about their experiences, what they learned and how much fun they had.
Zachary Meling, who was unable to attend, sent a letter of gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the conference.
Carly Cerciello, Andrew Bromberger, Emily Peet and Kristen Kjetsaa were the winners of the Safety Poster and Essay Contest. Each winner received a trophy and $25.
As the state contest winner, Kristen Kjetsaa and will travel to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hershey where she will receive a $100 Visa gift card and recognition of her webpage.
Keith Eckel, former president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, presented Shaffer with a proclamation from Senator Lisa Baker. Representatives Pam DeLissio and Mike Peifer each brought proclamations from Harrisburg. Nancy Grotevant and Dave Williams read letters of gratitude and congratulations on behalf of the Extension Service and Farm Bureau.
Shaffer was surprised and humbled by the acknowledgment of his dedication to the organization.
Six policy recommendations were brought to the floor and all six were passed by the membership. They will now be taken to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in Hershey for further review.
The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization that works to advance the interests of agriculture and the rural community. For more information or to become a member, call Karl Eisenhauer at (570) 226 – 1644.