Longtime Shasta County volunteer earns Distinguished Service Award
December 9, 2013
Walking door-to-door, Claris Myers convinced dozens of fellow Shasta County farmers and ranchers to join the county Farm Bureau. He became the top membership recruiter in the state.
That dedication to the value of Farm Bureau membership and his many decades of service to the organization earned Myers the California Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service Award. Myers accepted the award today during the CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.
“Since he joined Farm Bureau in 1952, Claris Myers has been an active, effective volunteer,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “He knows the value of Farm Bureau membership and his 61 years of service speak volumes about the commitment he has given to everything he does. Claris epitomizes the term grassroots advocacy.”
A native of Nebraska, Myers moved to California in 1942 and, 10 years later, settled in Shasta County, where he and his wife Luda raised beef cattle, dairy cows and hay. He served as president of the Lone Tree Farm Bureau Community Center and restarted the Millville Farm Bureau Community Center. Myers served as Shasta County Farm Bureau president in 1965.
At about the same time, Myers began growing walnuts, eventually transitioning out of the cattle business to focus on the nut crop. He currently grows walnuts, pecans and grapes, and operates a walnut processor that handles his crop and those of a dozen other local orchards. He also trains a mule team, winning competitions and bringing the team to local events.
In nominating Myers for the award, Shasta County Farm Bureau President Pat Stayer described him as “a true gentleman and a longtime friend of Farm Bureau.”
“I have been honored to know him and his family,” Stayer said.
Myers was one of two Farm Bureau volunteers presented with the Distinguished Service Award, along with Monterey County Farm Bureau leader Benny Jefferson.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 78,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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