2018 Washtenaw Agriculture Banquet Recognizes Local Leaders

 03/22/2018 - 01:23
The Washtenaw County Dairy and Livestock Council honored George Merkel from Chelsea and Else Heller from Chelsea, at their annual Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet held March 15 at the Chelsea High School. The board presented them with their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in recognition of their many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County. Pictured are the honorees and council board members, left to right: Seated: Mike Schaible, Manchester, Vice President; Jerry Kuhl, Chelsea, President; George Merkel, Chelsea, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Else Heller, Chelsea, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Trent Satterthwaite, Chelsea, Treasurer; Dennis Huehl, Chelsea, Secretary. Standing: Ryan Rentschler, Ann Arbor; John Broesamle, Saline; Robert Herrst II, Chelsea; Howard Sias, Chelsea; Paul Rothfuss, Saline; Bill VanRiper, Chelsea; Joe Koengeter, Chelsea; Dennis Trinkle, Chelsea; Russell Exelby, Saline; Joel Powers, Manchester; and David Bohnett, Saline. Not pictured are Bob Bulmon from Dexter and David Bucholtz, Manchester, honorary member.

More than 230 people attended the 2018 Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet, hosted by the Washtenaw County Dairy Livestock Council at the Chelsea High School.  A prime rib and chicken dinner was prepared by Chelsea Food Service and served by the National Honor Society from Chelsea High School. The entertainment for the evening was provided by magician Keith Fields.

 

The Council presented their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Awards to George Merkel from Chelsea and Else Heller also from Chelsea. These awards are given in recognition of many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County. The group was pleased to have State Senator Joe Hune from the 22nd District attend the banquet also.

           

The Washtenaw County Dairy Livestock Council also gave a big thank you to all of the contributors to the 2018 banquet.

Nancy Diuble Thelen
Thelen retired from MSU Extension in 2015 and is an active volunteer with the Saline Community Fair, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau and 4-H.