HONOLULU—Lillian Ostendorf, former Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) Chair, was elected to the national WLC during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention Jan. 8-10 in Honolulu. Ostendorf, who ranches with her family in Powderville, will serve a two-year term as a western region representative. There are a total of 10 women on the board.
Ostendorf said she is honored and excited to be on the AFBF WLC Board. “I ran for this office because I want to do more for agriculture. I’ve been involved in Farm Bureau for many years and see how important it is to be involved. There is great networking that takes place at these national conventions. All of the women on the national WLC board are my friends, and I’m looking forwarding to working with them to advance the important perception of agriculture.”
The first order of business: Ostendorf will head to Indiana in February for the national Food Check-Out Day event. At the event, WLC representatives will visit a select grocery store where they will educate shoppers about farming and ranching, provide tips to stretch consumers’ food dollars, and collect food for the Ronald McDonald House.
The WLC provides opportunities for women to get involved in an organization that represents all of agriculture, and empowers women to use their training and knowledge to tell their stories to consumers, lawmakers, teachers, students and others.
Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Gretchen Schubert attended several of the AFBF WLC functions and is looking forward to taking new ideas back to Montana gleaned from workshops and seminars.
“There are some great new book projects the WLC can be involved with, as well as promoting agriculture and working with the U.S. Farmer and Rancher Alliance,” Schubert said. “It was exciting to go to the district caucus and see Lillian’s nomination to the board being brought forth. Also, it was great to see all of the women I met last year at the WLC Media Boot Camp.”
Other MFBF WLC members attending include Nancy Bowman, Bonnie Marchesseault, Debbie Bricker and Lisa McFarland.
Forty-three Montana Farm Bureau members are attending the AFBF Annual Convention.