Leadership graduates promise 'action not words'
» December 4, 2006 «
Working under the motto, "Leadership, Tradition and Character; Action Not Words," 11 current and prospective Farm Bureau leaders have graduated from a year-long program conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Members of the 2006 Leadership Farm Bureau class culminated some 250 hours of specialized training with a graduation program during the CFBF Annual Meeting in Anaheim.
The Leadership Farm Bureau participants learned leadership and team-building skills, then put those skills to work in a variety of venues. The group met with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C.; visited with Mexican farmers and farm officials during a trip to the state of Sonora, Mexico; learned about the California water system during a tour of Central California water facilities; and pitched in to help restore a home in Martinez in a Habitat for Humanity project.
Graduates from the 2006 Leadership Farm Bureau class included Vincent Brooke, Imperial County; Jeff Carlton, Sonoma County; April England, Monterey County; Kathleen Foret, Yuba/Sutter County; Joey Gonsalves, Stanislaus County; John Herlihy, Stanislaus County; Stan Kellogg, Tuolumne County; Katie Matthews, San Joaquin County; Lorraine Tunzi, Mendocino County; Joe Valente, San Joaquin County; and Patty Van Dam, San Bernardino County.
"These dedicated people can now call upon new skills to enhance their roles as leaders for Farm Bureau and California agriculture," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said.
Members of the 2006 class were the seventh group of leaders to complete the program since Leadership Farm Bureau began in 2000.
The California Farm Bureau Federation, the state's largest farm organization, works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 92,000 members.
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