March Report

March Report

The weather was perfect, the conversations lively, and the speakers were intriguing at the 2013 OWA Convention hosted by PCWA.

Thank You to our speakers. Darin Grimm, president of Ag Chat Foundation who is a self confessed introvert yet leads this social networking group to advocate for agriculture.  OWA’s Corresponding Sec., Arwen McGilvra led the Tweet and Chat time with prizes for members who found answers to questions. Dr. Steven Strauss, Director of OSU’s Outreach in Biotech presented a biotechnology overview and societies perceptions on this science.  AAW President Karen Yost shared her concerns and challenged us to continue stepping forward for agriculture.  OWA’s Lauren Olson gave members instructions on the OWA website.  Ulrike Mengelberg with the Energy Trust Program of Oregon encouraged us to increase the efficiencies on our farms through the financial incentives they provide.

Finally, at Friday night’s banquet, author Mary Webster described her journey to learn about and translate the Federalist Papers into modern language.

Thanks go to PCWA members Sandy Norman, Diann Washburn, Arlene Kovash, Jeree Mulkey, Terrie Reisner, Tiffany Marx, and Emmy Domes for their hard work on the 2013 OWA Convention.

Especially A Huge Thank You to our Sponsors:

  • Wilbur-Ellis
  • Syngenta
  • Derry Warehouse Co.
  • Kirk and Sons Hazelnuts
  • Horton Farms, Inc.
  • Oregon Women in Timber
  • Wilco
  • Washburn Contract Services
  • Ag West Supply
  • Capital Press
  • Cherry Country
  • Figaro’s in Independence
  • Hearthbeat Florist
  • Independence Liquor Store
  • Kettle Chips
  • Less Schwab
  • Salishan Spa and Resort

PCWA publicized and sold tickets for the Feb 23 Dallas FFA Alumni Assn. Hearts and Wines Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner. The dinner was well attended, bidding during the dessert auction was generous, and we earned $750!  It was great fun and the desserts were delicious.

The 2013 Polk County Constitutional Essay Contest question is, “How is the Constitution still relevant today?” and we are getting the word out to Polk high school students.  Prizes are first $300, second $200, and third $100 with a July 4 deadline.  For more information contact any member.

“No Farms, No Food” is the text for our current Independence Cinema ad.

2013-14 PCWA officers are president Carol Marx, vice president Arlene Kovash, secretary Diann Washburn, and treasurer Jeree Mulkey.