Perth County Junior Farmers elects a new executive

The Perth County Junior Farmers (Perth JF), a local youth organization that aims “to build future rural leaders through self-help and community betterment” held its annual general meeting at the Rostock Hall on Sunday, January 8th, where the membership voted on constitutional amendments and elected a new executive.

After serving a two-year Presidential term, Crystal Blake will now serve as Past President, with Cam Alton as President.

“Crystal has contributed a great deal to our organization and I thank her for her leadership,” said Cam Alton, President of Perth JF.

“I hope to continue and build awareness of Junior Farmers locally and grow our membership base,” Alton added. “Junior Farmers provides tremendous opportunities to its members including, networking, travel and the chance to gain new skills.”

A handful of Perth County Junior Farmers pose for a photo following the election of their 2017 executive on a snowy afternoon at the Rostock Hall. Back Row (left to right): Eric McLagan, Cam Alton, Andy, Courtney Steven, Thomas Mayes. Front row: Tracey Stark (holding Permoo - the Clubs mascot), Dawn, Crystal Blake, Jacquelyn Denham. Executives Absent: Amanda Brodhagen and Niki Sproxton.
A handful of Perth County Junior Farmers pose for a photo following the election of their 2017 executive on a snowy afternoon at the Rostock Hall. Back Row (left to right): Eric McLagan, Cam Alton, Andy, Courtney Steven, Thomas Mayes. Front row: Tracey Stark (holding Permoo – the Clubs mascot), Dawn, Crystal Blake, Jacquelyn Denham. Executives Absent: Amanda Brodhagen and Niki Sproxton.

It costs $30 for new members to join Junior Farmers and $45 for returning members. The membership allows cardholders to partake in events and opportunities both locally and provincially.

The 2017 executive consists of President Cam Alton, Past President Crystal Blake, Vice-President Eric McLagan, Secretary Tracey Stark, Treasurer Thomas Mayes, Provincial Director Niki Sproxton, and Assistant Provincial Director Jacquelyn Denham.

In addition to the election of the executive, representative and coordinator positions were also voted on. These roles support the executive to deliver a number of tasks, including community outreach initiatives with like-minded organizations: the Perth County Federation of Agriculture, 4-H and the Perth County Farm Safety Association.

The 2017 representatives and coordinators are Communications Coordinator Amanda Brodhagen, Agriculture Representative Eric McLagan, 4-H Representatives Thomas Mayes and Crystal Blake, Fundraising Representative Crystal Blake, Social Coordinators Courtney Steven and Crystal Blake, and Farm Safety Representative Andrew Louwagie.

The Perth JF affiliation report that will be sent to its provincial organization, Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario, documents that Perth JF donated over $3,700 back to the community in 2016. The volunteer hours are still being calculated, though Perth JF members contributed hundreds of volunteer hours every year through its many community betterment projects including, roadside clean up, helping at local fairs and events like the Canadian Dairy XPO as examples.

Perth JF upcoming fundraising events include the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford on April 5-6 (Selling apple fritters) and the Stratford Home & Leisure Show from April 21-23 (Selling food). Fundraising proceeds go towards supporting community betterment projects in Perth County and the surrounding area.

About the Perth County Junior Farmers

The Perth County Junior Farmers is an affiliated club of Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario. JFAO provides opportunities for young people age 15-29 of all backgrounds, but especially those in rural Ontario, to take on the challenge of exploring their individual talents and potential to develop personally while being involved in bettering their communities, networking, and having fun. JFAO’s mission is “To Build Future Rural Leaders Through Self-Help and Community Betterment.”

For more information, please contact Amanda Brodhagen, Communications Coordinator, Perth County Junior Farmers, 519-780-7475 or perthjf@gmail.com.

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