Congratulations to Launa Fowler, Class 32 and Nate Fowler, Class 33, proud new parents of Eva Joy Fowler born March 10th at 4:15pm, 7 lbs and 19.5" long. Nate says, “Both mom and baby doing fantastic!” Editorial note: That must mean the baby is sleeping through the night.
Aaron Greenwell, Class 33 reports: “I have officially been selected to fill one of the seven positions on the Bannock County Fair Board for the next three years. I am very excited for the opportunity to be part of this board and plan to use the opportunity to build and better the community. I would like to thank you and the LIA program for the help and guidance to be a leader and I will continue to move forward always.” Congratulations Aaron on this new position!
Welcome to Wyatt Prescott, Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association in Boise. Wyatt has become an affiliate member of LIA. Wyatt graduated from the Arizona Leadership Program a few years ago before he returned to Idaho to take the IAC position. Wyatt is married to Christie (Bauscher), Class 33 and they are expecting their first child this summer.
Speaking of membership . . . congratulations to the following who received Lifetime Membership plaques at the Graduation of Class 34: Aaron Greenwell, Class 33; Brian Parks, Class 16; Cindy Stark, Class 26; Allan Landon, Class 21; Jim Patrick, Class 15; Joe Stewart, Class 16; Edie Nunes, Class 32.
Congratulations to those who were presented ten-year continuous membership plaques on behalf of Leadership Idaho Agriculture: Debra Ausman, Class 19; Bas Hargrove, Class 22; Chad Neeley, Class 19; Ken Burgess, Class 20; Reagon Hatch, Class 14; Mary Stuart, Class 22; Dale Dixon, Class 21; Ronda Hirnyck, Class 9; Cliff Tacke, Class 21; Steve Green, Class 21; Joe Kennedy, Class 21.
Participating in the LIA Washington, DC Experience this year will be the following:
Neil Durrant, Class 34 Rebecca Rutan, Class 33
Adam Duckett, Class 33 Jim Miller, Class 29
Benjamin Kelly, Class 29 Kendra Waitley, Class 32, LIA Fund Dev. Director
The group will be in Washington, DC, April 6-11.
The Go Lead Idaho organization launched an annual awards program to honor women who lead. Julie Pipal, Class 18 was the inaugural recipient of The Brenda Maynard Walters Award, “Honoring those who keep their elbows down and reach their hands out - those good sisters who lead with collaborative spirit over divisiveness; who see the good in the hard task and the hard work; who are leaning in while letting others lean on them for support.” Congratulations, Julie! They selected an excellent recipient.
At the Idaho Ag Summit, one of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Agriculture was awarded to Neil Rimbey, Class 11. Neil received the award in the area of “Environmental Stewardship”. Neil is currently employed by U of I as a Range Specialist.
Speaking of recognition . . . the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission celebrated 75 years of existence and as part of that celebration recognized legislators who have gone above and beyond in the promotion of soil and water conservation policy in Idaho. Three of those recognized included: Senator Jim Patrick, Class 15, Representative Steve Miller, Class 29 and former State Representative Ken Roberts, Class 14.
Michael Cooper, Class 14, after 37 years in the Plant Regulatory Field has decided to enter the retirement phase of life. Mike states: “I have very much enjoyed my time at ISDA and it is not without a lot of soul searching and self-reflection that I make this decision.” March 31st is his final day with ISDA. Congratulations, Michael!