Recently at a meeting of the Idaho Ag Summit Planning Committee, two LIA alumni stepped up to fill in positions that were vacant. Blair Wilson, Class 11, will be serving as co-chairman for the 2020 Ag Summit and Leah Clark, Class 26, agreed to serve as chairman of the Governor's Award Selection Committee. Both have been past co-chairman for the Summit and will do an excellent job.
Wedding bells rang for Bryce Durrant, Class 39 and his bride, Carly Chandler, on June 21 in Meridian. A nice reception was held in the evening with several LIA Alumni present to celebrate the big day with Bryce and Carly. Bryce is employed in the family farming and seed milling operations at Big D Farms south of Meridian.
Class 39 has done well by weddings this summer with Dain Johnson, Class 39, marrying Bethany Kircher on June 22 in Caldwell. Dain works in his family's custom farming operation and also during the legislature as a lobbyist for AMG, specifically with Roger Batt.
Congratulations to State Representative Clark Kauffman, Class 13, who will be the next vice-chairman of the Council of State Government West. Kauffman was interviewed by the Nominating Committee's 12 members and accept as the person to fill the leadership role which should eventually result in him being chairman of the organization in 2022. The non-partisan organization represents western legislatures of AL, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY and the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Congratulations to Annie Inks, Class 35, and husband, Daniel, on the birth of Audrey Rose, Monday, July 29. Annie works for Agri-Beef in Boise but will take some time off to adjust to life as a new mother.
Congratulations to Lance Hedler, Class 35, who received his Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University. Lance completed the online program while still working full-time at CHS Primeland.
Scheduled this summer have been several LIA Alumni Regional events that were held around the state. In attendance were:
West Magic Valley - Twin Falls (thanks to the coordinator of Kali Sherrill, Class 27) RoLynne Hendricks, Class 33, Alex Reed, Class 35, Russ De Kruyf, Class 28, Mike Aardema, Class 19, Ron Jones, Class 2, Kali Sherrill, Class 27, Rick Pearson, Class 21, Aric Frostenson, Class 35 and Linda Rider, Class 22.
East Magic Valley - Heyburn (thanks to the coordinator Travis Lammers, Class 34) Blake Matthews, Class 36, Travis Lammers, Class 34, Tyler Cranney, Class 36, Michael Ottley, Class 39, Aria Spear, Class 39 and Dan Davidson, Class 38.
North Idaho - Winchester (thanks to the coordination of Jared Everson, Class 39) Jennifer, Class 37, Marty Lux, Class 38, Doug Scoville, Class 6, Jared Everson, Class 39, Alan Martinson, Class 27, Eric Gjevre , Class 26 and Megan Snyder, Class 38.
Treasure Valley - Meridian (thanks to hosts, Rick and Dorita Waitley) Robin Wylie Lindquist, Class 21, Craig Lindquist, Class 31, Ron Abramovich, Class 28, Josh Bevan, Class 33, Scott Calhoun, Class 30, Leah Clark, Class 26, Kip Dennis, Class 19, Julie Eavenson, Class 18, Drew Eggers, Class 12, Candi Fitch, Class 28, Kyra Gibson, Class 35, Nic Gibson, Class 37, Glen Gray, Class 9, Patti Harris, Class 26, Dain Johnson, Class 39, Benjamin Kelly, Class 29, Nicole Kendall, Class 28, Scott Leibsle, Class 38, Jim Lowe, Class 31, Dennis Merrick, Class 39, AJ Mondor, Class 36, Gordon Obermeyer, Class 14, Kelly Olson, Class 16, Stephan Parrott, Class 39, Lorell Skogsberg, Class 22, Katie Strittmatter, Class 32, Rob Troxel, Class 14, Rick Waitley, Class 8, Jane Waldher, Class 35, Craig Whitted, Class 34, Blair Wilson, Class 11, Bob Hays, Class 28, Wayne Thiessen, Affiliate, Alan Heikkila, Class 13, Brad Griff, Class 36 and Jeff Groat, Class 13.
Recently the LIA Board of Trustees approved a number of LIA Alumni who have agreed to serve as regional coordinating members and advisors to the Alumni Activities Committee within the structure of standing committees of the LIA Board of Trustees. Those appointed at the July meeting of the Trustees held in Twin Falls included: Art McIntosh,Class 31, Kip Dennis,Class 19, Charlie Bryan,Class 10, Scott Calhoun,Class 30, Robin Lindquist, Class21, Logan Schmidt, Class 37, Rebecca Rutan, Class 33, Steve Smith, Class 35, Heather Tiel Nelson,Class 24, Nic Wittman Class 39.
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Congratulations to Josh Bevan, Class 33, and his wife Tashera on the birth of a baby boy, Finnan Allen Bevan. Finnan was due July 25th but did not want to miss out on the 4th of July activities so came a little early on July 1. Josh heads the U of I Food Technology Center in Caldwell.
On June 26, Jacob, Class 39, and Sabrina Gisler welcomed into the world Hank Thomas Gisler, weighing in at 7 lbs 4 oz and 19" long. Jacob reports the family is adjusting well to Hank being at home and are excited for the days ahead. Jacob works for PNW Farmers' Cooperative in Genesee where he is the Seed Division Manager.
Willis Dale Schoepflin, was born on June 22, to Carly, Class 34, and Rob Schoepflin, coming into the world weighing 8 pounds and 21 inches in length. Already Willis has been up in Mom and Dad's plane flying over the Palouse.
Siska Reece, Class 38, and her husband Justin recently were selected by Afimilk to attend the Connect Summit in Colorado. Justin and Siska are involved in the family dairy operation south of Nampa near Melba, Moo-Riah Dairy Farm.
Brad Griff, Class 36, Executive Director of Idaho Sugarbeet Growers, has been coordinating an Idaho Congressional Fact Finding Tour for Congressional Aides from Washington D.C., hosted by LIA. The tour will take place in the Treasure Valley, August 12-16. Treasure Valley LIA Alumni are welcome and encouraged to join the tour and participate in some of the meals for the ten DC guests that will be visiting Idaho.
Our prayers and sympathy go to Rhett Spear, Class 37, and his wife Aria Spear, Class 39, who both lost grandpas in a very short period of time. Rhett's grandfather passed a couple of weeks ago and a week later Aria's grandfather passed.
July 1 marked a change in leadership for the LIA Foundation. Elected by the LIA alumni membership as new trustees for three-year terms were: Blair Wilson, Class 11, Malia Miller, Class 36, Travis Lammers, Class 34, and Dennis Merrick, Class 39. Elected as new officers for the coming year are Chairman, Blake Matthews, Class 36; Vice Chairman, Jim Lowe, Class 31; and Secretary/Treasurer, Aric Frostenson, Class 35.
July 1 marks the start of the 2019-2020 membership year for LIA. Now is the time to pay your annual membership fee ($50.00) or consider a Lifetime Membership ($1000). You can pay your membership fee online or fill out the form and send a check to the LIA office. We look forward to receiving your membership for this year.
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Please plan to attend one of the scheduled summer events for LIA Alumni when we are in your area. Each of the locations are called Grill and Potluck. LIA will provide the meat, table service, beverages and we ask each participant to bring a salad and dessert to supplement the meal. Please plan to bring enough to share with ten people. Your spouse and families are encouraged to join us. This is also a great opportunity to invite potential LIA participants and have them interact with other LIA alumni living in your area. Each event starts at 6:00 PM.
Eastern Magic Valley
Riverside RV Park
Central North Idaho
Home of Rick & Dorita Waitley
*NOTE: The Central North Idaho event will be a catered BBQ. There will be a fee to attend and details will be sent to all North Idaho LIA Alumni in advance of the event.