Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ag Hall governors elect new board, award Bonner businessman

July 19, 2012

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame recently elected new officers to its board of directors.

Members of the Board of Governors gathered for the Annual Meeting June 27 at the Ag Hall. The board also recognized Charles Berkel of Berkel & Company in Bonner Springs with the Friends of Farming Lifetime Achievement Award.

The governors elected the following officers of the board of directors: Jody Albers, president; Dale Warman, past president; Karen Meredith, vice president; Ken Blum, secretary; and Stephen Tuttle, treasurer. Joe Steineger serves as chairman of the board.

“We are excited to take the reigns of leadership and bring a sense of appreciation and dignity to American agriculture in all facets of life,” Albers said. “This enthusiastic board is ready to expand programs and exhibits as more and more people show interest in where their food comes from.”

“This gathering of our leadership gives us clear direction and support to fulfill our mission of sharing the positive message of American agriculture,” said Cathi Hahner, executive director.

Berkel was presented with the lifetime achievement award for his generous support and decades of donations.

“Mr. Berkel is a rock-solid supporter of our organization, and he has been for years,” Warman said. “He has stood along our side in good times and rough times, and he is a one-of-a-kind enthusiast of the Hall of Fame.”

Current board members include Albers, of Bottle 12; Vic Allred of Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen; Thom Bear of Earp Distribution; Blum of Berkel & Company; Carl DiCapo, community volunteer; John Dillingham of Dillingham Enterprises Inc.; Bob Dunn of JE Dunn Construction; Donald Hrabik, Greater Kansas City Two Cylinder Club; Rick Hughes, GKCCVA; Jill Jenkins of Magnum Opus; Meredith, a community volunteer; Amy O'Rourke, Social Security Administration; Joan Payne, Leavenworth County Farm Bureau; Kevin Pistilli, Marriott Hotel; Willard Snyder, attorney; Steineger, Steineger Farms; Fred Stitt, Pursell Construction; Wayne Strandt, retired, Union Pacific; Stephen Tuttle, Tuttle Farms; Charley Vogt, Country Club Bank; Warman, International Lineman's Rodeo; Pat Warren, Kansas Speedway; and Randy Watson, KCP&L.


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