December 04, 2017
Marlee Moore and Debra Davis
Members of the State Women's Leadership Committee are, seated from left, Chairman Debbie Roberts of Fayette County; Vice Chair Jo Ann Laney, Russell County; Secretary Kathy Gordon, Montgomery County; and Women's Leadership Division Director Kim Ramsey. Back row from left are committee members Nell Miller, Blount County; Lydia Haynes, Cullman County; Delle Bean, Calhoun County; Debbie Freeland, Mobile County; and Ann Whatley, Lee County. Members of the State Young Farmers Committee are, seated from left, Kellee Griffith of Tuscaloosa County, District 4; Vice Chairman Cooper Holmes of Perry County, District 5; Chairman Ben Maples of Limestone County, North Alabama At-Large; Secretary Taber Ellis of Autauga County, District 6; and Young Farmers Division Director Jennifer Himburg. Back row from left are Spencer Williamson of Escambia County, District 8; Chase Hammock of Talladega County, District 3; Brady Peek of Limestone County, District 1; Garrett Dixon of Lee County, South Alabama At-Large; and Jonathan Sanders of Coffee County, District 7.
State Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees are revitalized for another year of educating others and advancing agriculture following elections at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 96th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3-4.
Debbie Roberts of Fayette County will serve as Women’s Leadership chair, while Ben Maples of Limestone County was elected Young Farmers chair. Both will serve one-year ex-officio terms on the Federation’s state board of directors.
Other State Women’s Leadership Committee officers elected at the meeting include Vice Chairman Jo Ann Laney of Russell County and Secretary Kathy Gordon of Montgomery County.
Cullman County’s Lydia Haynes was elected region 1 director, which includes Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.
Mobile County’s Debbie Freeland was elected region 3 director, which includes Baldwin, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox counties.
Lee County’s Ann Whatley was elected the at-large state committee member.
County committees were honored for excelling in 2017 during the Women’s Leadership Division Awards Luncheon. Wilcox County received the Most Improved Committee Award. Outstanding county committee awards were presented to Fayette County, Division 1; St. Clair County, Division 2; and Calhoun County, Division 3.
Marshall County took home first place in pop tab collections, with 299.5 pounds donated to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses in Alabama. In total, county Women’s Leadership committees collected 1,949 pounds of pop tabs in 2017.
Five committee members were elected to the State Young Farmers Committee. New members are Brady Peek of Limestone County, District 1; Chase Hammock of Talladega County, District 3; Cooper Holmes of Perry County, District 5, who was also elected vice chair; Jonathan Sanders of Coffee County, District 7; and Garrett Dixon of Lee County, South Alabama At-Large. Taber Ellis of Autauga County will serve as secretary.
Outstanding Young Farmers county committees were honored during the meeting. Winners were Cherokee County, Division 1; Limestone County, Division 2; and Montgomery County, Division 3.