December 19, 2018
By Debra Davis
State Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees elected new leaders at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 2-3.
Jo Ann B. Laney of Russell County is the new Women’s Leadership chair, while Garrett Dixon of Lee County was elected Young Farmers chair. Both serve one-year ex-officio terms on the Federation’s board of directors.
Other State Women’s Leadership Committee officers elected were Vice Chair Kathy Gordon of Montgomery County and Secretary Lydia Haynes of Cullman County. Committee officers serve one-year terms.
Regina Carnes of Marshall County will represent Region 1, which includes Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.
Representing Region 2 is Debbie Roberts of Fayette County. The region includes Autauga, Bibb, Calhoun, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.
The Region 4 committee member is Debbie Dunn of Geneva County. She will represent Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Macon, Pike, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.
Regional representatives of the State Women’s Leadership Committee serve three-year terms.
County committees that excelled in 2018 were recognized at the Women’s Leadership Division Awards Luncheon. Washington County received the Most Improved Committee Award. The Division 1 Outstanding Committee Award went to Tallapoosa County. Lawrence County won the Division 2 Outstanding Committee Award, and Baldwin County won the award for Division 3.
County Women’s Leadership Committees turned in 1,630 pounds of aluminum pop tabs at the annual meeting. Throughout the year, members collected 2,324 pounds of pop tabs as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. Chilton County collected the most with 255 pounds.
State Young Farmers Committee leadership includes Vice Chair Chase Hammock of Talladega County and Secretary Jonathan Sanders of Coffee County. Additionally, five committee members were elected to two-year terms during the annual meeting.
Leah McElmoyl of DeKalb County was elected from District 2, which includes Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair counties.
District 4 Young Farmers elected Evan Broussard of Hale County. The district includes Bibb, Greene, Fayette, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.
The District 6 representative is Daniel Mullenix of Lee County. He will represent Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Chilton, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties.
Spencer Williamson of Escambia County was re-elected as the District 8 representative. The district includes Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties.
Serving North Alabama At-Large will be Mitchell Henry of Lawrence County. The region includes Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston counties.
Ten outstanding Young Farmers county committees were honored with Awards of Excellence. Those were Calhoun, Colbert, DeKalb, Etowah, Houston, Lee, Limestone, Montgomery, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa counties.