San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

SJFB proposes changes to bylaws

BY JIM FERRARI, SJFB PRESIDENT

Your San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation has spent much of the month of May concentrating on streamlining the way our organization functions. While this may be a boring topic for a President’s Message column (and I don’t want you to fall asleep midway through your read as you sip your morning coffee), I will keep it short and sweet. So, here goes: 

Much time was spent by board members and staff to update our bylaws. This was done in an effort to bring them up to date and better align them with current CFBF bylaws – all while maintaining the character of who we are as an organization and preserving what has made us so successful for so many years. Final approval for these proposed changes will be sought from our membership at our annual meeting on June 23. Any members interested in viewing them are welcome to come by our office.  

Speaking of the upcoming June 23 annual meeting, staff has devoted much time and effort to organize its details. This year, we have decided to try something new by changing the venue and time of day for the meeting: It will be held at Gill Lake in Acampo. We hope to see you all there and we also would like to thank the Borra family (Steve and Beverly) for their generosity in hosting this event on their property!

In other news, both of our county’s Leadership Farm Bureau ("LFB") classmates traveled to Washington, D.C., to enhance their knowledge of how government works as well as to represent the San Joaquin and California Farm Bureau on the CFBF Federal policy trip. They were present in the Congressional Gallery to witness the opening House of Representatives debate of the 2018 Farm Bill (known in D.C. as "H.R. 2"). They spent much time meeting with members of the legislature on behalf of us all, and we welcome them back after a safe trip.