For Immediate Release
Dec. 9, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio’s next crop of farmers, business persons, and community leaders were enthusiastic participants in the 2008 Ohio Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day. Young Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members and friends gathered for a day of education, recognition, and entertainment. The event was held Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. Motivational speaker Dave Leedy encouraged youths to make a difference in their local communities by reaching out and being role models of integrity to their peers.
Several outstanding youths were honored during a special awards ceremony. The Mahoning Moovers and Shakers youth council was named the 2008 Outstanding Youth Council. They were honored for their community service and safety education. Other youth councils honored in the contest were the Butlers and Maids for Farm Bureau supporting activities and safety, and the Wyandot Wranglers for outstanding community service.
Members of the State Youth Committee were honored for their outstanding leadership in 2008: Committee Chairman Benjamin Colston, Summit County; Vice Chair and State Fair Jr. Fair Representative Christa Leirer, Butler County; Secretary Alesta Fredritz, Wyandot County; State Fair Jr. Fair Board Representative Kristi Moff, Mahoning County; Sarah Albers, Auglaize County; Jeremy Deschler, Montgomery County; and Sarah Roof, Putnam County.
Another important part of the annual meeting was recognition of the adults who serve as advisers to the Youth Councils. “All of us are grateful for the time and energy that these adult leaders contribute,” said Darrell Rubel, OFBF’s director of volunteer development. “They’re a big reason why our youth programs are so successful. They are real heroes to our teens, and we all need heroes at some time in our lives.”
Rubel added, “It makes you feel good about Ohio’s future when you see what type of young people we have involved in this program. These are the teens who make a positive difference in their communities and take a positive stand on the future. We’re honored that Farm Bureau has the chance to work with these outstanding youth. With great teens like these, we can look forward to an exciting and outstanding future.”
CONTACT: Darrell Rubel
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