Farm Bureau women's group wins top state award

January 03, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County's Farm Bureau women's committee has been recognized as the best in Maryland.

The Outstanding Farm Bureau Women's Group award, given during the annual convention last month, is the second Carroll County has won in the past five years, said field services director John F. Butler.

"The award was given primarily because of their Ag in the Classroom activities, they work well as a team with the Farm Bureau and the publicity they do," he said.

The 16-member committee -- consisting of two members from each of five districts and six members who work on specific activities -- is part of the Carroll County Farm Bureau, formed in 1923 to support farmers and educate the public.

The first women's committee meeting was in the mid-1930s, said member Sharon Fritz, who also serves as Farm Bureau secretary.

"We are a separate entity, but we work in conjunction with the men most of the time," she said. "We have our own board meetings and our own officers. We work in conjunction with the men toward a common goal."

Judging for the award was based on applications from women's committees statewide that had earned Farm Bureau Gold Star awards, Mr. Butler said.

A Gold Star award is given to any Farm Bureau organization that attains a minimum level of activity, he said.

Applications asked for the number of committee meetings during the year, whether a committee member attends the monthly Farm Bureau executive board meetings, whether a report was given during the annual banquet and three women's committee projects during the year.

"Carroll County talked about the barn boxes they gave to schools and the libraries, Ag Days at the mall and their national Ag Week activities," Mr. Butler said.

The barn boxes are barn-shaped cardboard boxes filled with books, crop samples and other educational materials that were given to the Carroll County Public Library and some school teachers last year. Ag Days is an annual event at Cranberry Mall that features representatives from various county agricultural organizations.

Agrifest, an agricultural fair with educational stations for third-graders at the Carroll County Extension Agency this fall, was not included in the application, Mr. Butler said. The application covered projects sponsored from July 1, 1992, to June 30, 1993, he said.

The Agrifest "will count toward their projects next year," Mr. Butler said.

Judges also considered how active the Farm Bureau women are with the parent organization, that Carroll County always includes women's committee activities in the monthly newsletter and the annual blood drive, which is sponsored as a community service project, he said.

"It's been a real good group of ladies to work with," said Ms. Fritz.

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