Seminole County Young Farmers honored at convention
Stan Deal inducted as the 2020 Georgia Young Farmers Association President; Wes Pace appointed Parliamentarian; Ben Deal appointed Chaplain; Dr. Cindy Bryant receives Outstanding Young Farmer recognition; Jeff Braswell becomes South Region Senior Director
The 50th annual Georgia Young Farmers Association (GYFA) convention was held this past weekend on Jekyll Island. The GYFA convention is the highlight of the year for GYFA members. State award winners are announced, scholarship winners are recognized, competitions are held, and newly elected Board of Directors installed. The Georgia Young Farmers Association convention is a family event that offers fun family activities and women’s programs each year.
Seminole County’s Jeff Braswell once again opened the evening banquet event with the National Anthem on Friday night and followed with another performance of the anthem on Saturday night. Dr. Cindy Bryant, Seminole County Young Farmers “Outstanding Chapter Member” took the stage and was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Farmer members in the state for her service and dedication to the organization. Seminole County’s Katibeth Mims prepared and delivered a five minute statement on “Stewardship of the Land”. She presented her speech before a panel of judges and was challenged to a number of questions concerning her topic for ten minutes.
At the conclusion of the GYFA convention during Saturday night’s banquet, Seminole County’s Stan Deal was announced as the 2020 President of the Georgia Young Farmers Association. As President, Stan appointed his local Young Farmer advisor Wes Pace as Parliamentarian and his dad Ben Deal as Chaplain of the GYFA Executive Board. The 2019 GYFA board of directors were retired, and the newly elected board for 2020 was announced, along with Jeff Braswell being announced as the 2020 GYFA South Region Sr. Director. President Deal announced plans for the 51st GYFA Convention that will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange and the 50th GYFA Convention was adjourned.
The Seminole County Young Farmer chapter was represented again by a large group of its members. Those making the trip were Jeff Braswell, Susan Braswell, Cindy Bryant, Stan Deal, Brandi Deal, Carson Deal, Ruby Deal, Kyle Knowles, Greg Mims, Stephanie Mims, Katibeth Mims, Will Mims, Logan Shattles, Desiree Shattles, Loren Shattles and Missy Shattles.
The Seminole County Young Farmer chapter welcomes anyone who would like to join and support the organization. Membership becomes open when a Senior high school student enters the second semester of his or her Senior year. Membership dues are as follows: $40 for single members; $50 for couples; $10 for junior members (18-21 years of age). Please contact Wes Pace at 229-220-1233 if you would like to join or have questions about the Young Farmer program.