2016 Annual Meeeting

Yvonne LesickoYvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau vice president of public policy, passed away June 18 from an unexpected medical issue.

Information regarding arrangements is now available. Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at Schoedinger Funeral Home, 6699 N. High St, Worthington, OH 43085. A private service for immediate family only will take place Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m. It will be streamed online. Visit the Schoedinger website where you can also read her obituary

Below is a letter from Adam Sharp that is being emailed to members. 

Remembering Yvonne Lesicko

Last Friday I shared the very sad news that Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau vice president of public policy, passed away. I wanted to provide you with information about calling hours, funeral arrangements and a very special way to help us pay tribute.

Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at Schoedinger Funeral Home, 6699 N. High St, Worthington, OH 43085. A private service for immediate family only will take place Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m.  It will be streamed online. Visit the Schoedinger website to learn more and read her obituary.

This loss to our Farm Bureau family has hit us hard. Yvonne’s impact on our organization is immense. As you know, Farm Bureau’s policy development process means our positions on issues start with members and their county Farm Bureaus, then on to Ohio Farm Bureau and finally American Farm Bureau. This means that the policy positions Yvonne worked to advance were the result of a very involved process that is perhaps the greatest aspect of our century-old organization. Her work literally helped tens of thousands of members, every day of the week.

But of course Yvonne did this work with a dedicated team of Farm Bureau staff colleagues, board members, county leaders and indeed members everywhere. This is where she shined the most as a professional: connecting with people, communicating about our work and inspiring us all to do better. 

Memorial Fund

I’m very proud and pleased to share with you the Yvonne Lesicko Memorial Fund established by her family with the help of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. This fund was established to support the causes and initiatives that she cared so deeply about, including but not limited to, farmer mental health, women in leadership, agricultural and environmental policy and youth scholarships. 

I’ve heard from so many members and friends who wished to share their condolences with Yvonne’s family. You can email your condolences to [email protected] or mail them to the following address and we will be happy to pass them to the family.

Lesicko Family
c/o Ohio Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 182383
Columbus, OH 43218-2383

Thank you for helping us remember Yvonne,

Adam

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