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Women's Leadership Committee

WFB Women's Leadership Committee

Paddy Irwin, Chair    

Vicki Malloy

Helen Boldt

Susan Dufault

Paddy Irwin

Dianne Appel

Roxanne Husmann

Cheryl Ouellette

WFB staff contact: Sandy McCaig or call (800) 331-3276 

AFBF Women’s Leadership Conference
In 2011, 18 women from Washington state attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s National Women’s Leadership Conference, April 15-19 in Baltimore.

The theme for the 2011 Conference was Changing Perceptions, Unlimited Possibilities. As the number of women as principal operators on farms and ranches increases, so will the role of women in leadership in agriculture. The possibilities or involvement in the industry are limitless and the goal of the Women’s Leadership Committee (both on a national level and within Washington state) is to provide the leadership tools needed to make a difference. This conference was designed to provide those tools.

Washington Farm Bureau was well-represented with 17 delegates and one staff member attending the 2011 AFBF Women’s Leadership Conference in Baltimore.

This chest was donated by the women for the auction.


Women's Leadership Committee Projects

Each year, the Women's Leadership Committee participates in activities designed to generate awareness and appreciation of agriculture in Washington state. One of the main focuses of the committee is to develop educational and leadership opportunities for people of all ages.




Food Check Out Week 

Members of the Washington Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, along with Lewis County Farm Bureau members converged at the Grocery Outlet in Chehalis Sat. Feb. 26 to celebrate Food Check-Out Week.

Held the third week of February each year, Food Check-Out Week focuses on helping Americans learn how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food.

The event highlights the commitment of America’s farmers and ranchers to producing safe, healthy and abundant food. And, it demonstrates the concern they share with consumers when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a tight budget.

Educational materials dedicated to helping consumers make healthier food purchases were distributed to consumers at the event. Simple recipes following this same philosophy were also handed out, in addition to literature and recipe books provided by the ladies of Clark-Cowlitz County Farm Bureau.

At approximately 3 p.m. all the donated food, totaling more than 2,400 pounds, was loaded onto a trailer and transported to the Food Bank Coalition donation station.It was then sorted and dispersed to homeless shelters and local food banks to serve local families in need.

To read more about this successful event and see additional photos, click here.

Outside the Centralia Grocery Outlet during Food Check-Out week.




Ag Awareness, Education and Scholarships

WFB Scholarship Auction -- Washington Farm Bureau offers five $2,000 scholarships every year to college students enrolled in an agricultural field of study. The Women's Leadership Committee funds these scholarships by sponsoring an auction during Farm Bureau's annual meeting in November. Items for the auction are donated by county Farm Bureaus and individual Farm Bureau members. The photo above shows some of the items on display during the 2009 auction.


Sales generated from the auction items above contributed funds to the Farm Bureau scholarship program.


Ronald McDonald House
Members of the 2009-2010 WFB Women's Leadership Committee gather in front of items they collected for donation to Ronald McDonald Houses in the Seattle and Spokane areas.    

WFB Women's Spring Leadership Conference -- The Women's Leadership Committee sponsors an annual leadership development conference. The 2010 WFB Women's Spring Leadership Conference was held May 6-8 at the Inn at Gig Harbor.