DWIGHT – Kansas Agri-Women (KAW) are making a difference nationally as several members were elected to leadership roles and honored with awards at the 40th annual convention for American Agri-Women (AAW) recently in Portland, Maine.

AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women representing more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliates. AAW promotes the welfare of national security through a safe, reliable and affordable food, fiber and mineral supply. Kansas Agri-Women is among AAW’s oldest affiliates. Both organizations recently celebrated their 40th anniversaries.

Members elected or honored include:

Donnell Scott, Manhattan, will serve her second year as vice president of education.Jean Goslin, Dwight, will serve on the nominating committee and also serves as president of Kansas Agri-Women.Bobbi Olivier, Harper, will serve on the livestock committee.Lesley Schmidt, Park City, will serve on the membership committee.Donita Bammerlin-Whitney, Manhattan, will serve on the entrepreneurship and women in small business committees.Lynn Woolf, Milton, will serve on the communications and sponsorship committees.

At the convention, Lynn Woolf received the LEAVEN award, the highest honor for members.

KAW was also recognized with a “Planting the Future” award for its “Tour Kansas Agriculture” event this fall, organized by Lori Bammerlin, Council Grove.

Each year in March/April, American Agri-Women hosts a midyear meeting for those interested in discussing agricultural issues and policies and voting to create AAW’s position statements for that upcoming year, which is the basis for the AAW Legislative Fly-In in June of each year.

In 2016, AAW’s midyear meeting will be at held March 9-13 in Wichita. For more details, visit http://www.americanagriwomen.org/meetings.

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Kansas Agri-Women promotes ag education and advocacy. Its motto is “From Producer to Consumer with Understanding.” Find KAW on social media at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kansas-Agri-Women and Twitter.com/KSWomen4Ag/ (@KSWomen4Ag).

Since 1974, AAW members have worked to advocate for agriculture and offer development opportunities. Go to the AAW website for more details and to join: www.americanagriwomen.org. Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/ and Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag).