Type of farming operation:
Grain: Corn and Soybean operations, most years a 50/50 rotation.
Share the experiences you have had that will prepare you for serving on the CVA Board of Directors.
I have been involved in farming my whole life, but along with that I also taught school and coached for 32 years in York, NE. After taking an early retirement, I was asked if I would remain on staff and coach, which I still do today. I also have been on various boards and committees through the years, serving 15 years on our church council. I have learned being a board member of any board, you learn how things are run throughout the organization. After being elected to the UFC board and going through the merge to the new CVA, it has been a very positive and educational experience for me. The first two years of being a new board member, I completed the “ Director Certification Program “ which is a 4 part series. This program was an excellent series that helps directors fully understand our ever-changing responsibilities as directors.
Why are you interested in serving on the CVA Board of Directors?
I feel that most of our current directors want to stay on the board of CVA. To me, it is a very exciting time to be part of the new CVA and the challenges we will face in the future.
What qualities do you possess that would add value to the CVA Board of Directors?
I feel that to be a good director one has to have good listening skills both at the board meetings and to the patrons and employees of our cooperative. One has to be able to read and understand financial statements for the decision-making process and finally a good director needs to continually seek out training programs to enhance their skills. With all of the qualities stated and the current experience of being a director, I feel I have those qualities to be a director.
Talk about your passion for the cooperative system.
The cooperative principles have been around for many generations. Cooperatives are owned and controlled by their members and patrons. Anyone in agriculture may join a cooperative and use it services, but are still not obligated to buy from that cooperative. Business has to be earned. Our patrons all have an equal vote, regardless of their volume of business, on the direction of the cooperative. Patronage refunds, returned to members are in proportion to their use of the cooperative. These are all reasons we all need to keep in mind why cooperatives work.
What is your vision for CVA?
To remain the strong cooperative, we have yet build for the future.