WIFE holds 40th convention

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Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) was born 40 years ago when a group of women met around a kitchen table in Sidney, Nebraska, to discuss their dissatisfaction with farm prices and their inability to do anything about it. They chose red as their official color as that was the color of ink in their record books and the color is still worn today. WIFE members soon gathered in other states and the organization quickly spread across the nation.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, WIFE members met again in Sidney, Nebraska, in early November for their annual convention in honor of their humble beginning. Sessions were held in Cabela’s meeting room where they were surrounded by mounted wildlife and sport-related items.

Newly elected officers are President Kerry Froese of Las Animas, Colorado, Vice-president Diane McDonald of Inkster, North Dakota, Secretary Mary Ann Murray of Jordan, Montana, Treasurer Jenifer Felzien of Sterling, Colorado, and Area Directors Deb Dressler of Richardton, North Dakota and Donna Bolz of Lincoln, Nebraska. The outgoing president is Linda Newman of Roundup, Montana.

Chairmen from North Dakota for 2017 include Mary Ann Unruh of Dickinson-Rural Life, Marlene Kouba of Regent-Homeland Security, Darcy Dressler of Richardton-Membership, and Diana Adam of Minot-WIFEline editor. A colorful cookbook is planned for 2017 with Marlene Kouba as chairman of the committee.

A 40th Anniversary book was presented to the group. It contains information and activities from every year since WIFE was organized in 1976 and all states that have been involved plus colorful photos of officers and groups throughout the years.

Speakers discussed trade issues, women’s role in ag, wind energy and ethanol, early cattle drives and the historical background of the Sidney area. All members toured the Sidney Museum and the Fort Sidney Commander’s Post. An authentic chuck wagon meal was held in Cabela’s yard.

WIFE is a grassroots organization that is open to anyone involved or interested in agriculture. It is an entity of its own with a national structure. All members are volunteers. For more information on the organization, contact Kouba at 701-563-4560.