Dairy promoters hold annual meeting

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY DAIRY PROMOTIONS Board of Directors and officers (left to right) Dale Limberg, vice president; Lindley Reilly, board member; Mark Hilbelink, board member; Wayne Wedepohl, treasurer; Sue Gerlach, board member; Katie Reineking, secretary; Wendy Lammers, president; and Mark Scholten, board member, were in attendance at the recent annual meeting and awards banquet at S & R Restaurant and Bar. Not pictured is board member Al Shannon — Review photo by Verla Peichl THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY DAIRY PROMOTIONS Board of Directors and officers (left to right) Dale Limberg, vice president; Lindley Reilly, board member; Mark Hilbelink, board member; Wayne Wedepohl, treasurer; Sue Gerlach, board member; Katie Reineking, secretary; Wendy Lammers, president; and Mark Scholten, board member, were in attendance at the recent annual meeting and awards banquet at S & R Restaurant and Bar. Not pictured is board member Al Shannon — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County Dairy Promotion Association recently held its annual meeting and awards banquet at S & R Restaurant and Bar in Sheboygan Falls.

The event was well-attended and the financial report reflects a positive outlook moving into 2014.

John Fischer, outgoing president, welcomed the group and took nominees for new board members.

The two new elected members are Lindley Reilly and Al Shannon He announced that the association served approximately 2,400 people at the 2013 dairy breakfast and that the ice cream sale at the Sheboygan County Fair was a success.


BRENDA AND JEREMY JENSEMA will be hosting the Sheboygan County Dairy Promotions Breakfast on the Farm event this upcoming June. — Review photo by Verla Peichl BRENDA AND JEREMY JENSEMA will be hosting the Sheboygan County Dairy Promotions Breakfast on the Farm event this upcoming June. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Dairy Ambassador Marlene Kammann, who visits regularly with older school children, reported that she had talked with about 5,000 students in the classroom and did several farm visits last year.

“When I find that I’m teaching the teachers a lot about what they don’t know about the dairy industry, that’s fun for me,” said Kammann. “We had Alice in Dairyland come in for a visit and once things about the farm are explained, the kids understand what’s happening.

“Addie, our mechanical cow, is still very popular,” she said. “She brings a new high to the kids and we had 19 events to attend with Addie.”


DAIRY AMBASSADORS honored at the recent 2014 Sheboygan County Dairy Promotions Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at S & R Restaurant and Bar were (left to right) Barb Scholten, Allen Nohl and Marlene Kammann. — Review photo by Verla Peichl DAIRY AMBASSADORS honored at the recent 2014 Sheboygan County Dairy Promotions Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at S & R Restaurant and Bar were (left to right) Barb Scholten, Allen Nohl and Marlene Kammann. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Dairy Ambassador Barb Scholten visits with kindergarten-age children and also attends events with Kammann and Allen Nohl when Addie is a part of the exhibit.

“When I do my presentations, I stress the udder of the cow,” said Scholten. “I also have found that even though this is the younger group they want to learn and a lot of kids still think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. So I have to set them straight on that one!”

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Representative Dean Strauss gave his annual report.

Strauss has been with the WMMB for four years and his area of travel includes Sheboygan to Illinois, Racine and through Kenosha.

Strauss noted that the WMMB has their hats off to the dairy producers of Sheboygan County and Wisconsin, who he says do a lot of local dairy promoting and because of it we live in a good dairy economy.

“Cheese continues to create a lot of jobs,” said

Strauss, “To help promote the dairy industry, the WMMB is going on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and community blogs.”

Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses generate $59.16 billion in economic activity and provide jobs for 353,991 people. The direct economic effect of agriculture is $38.8 billion.

Scholarship awards were presented to four recipients, who received $500 to attend college in an agriculture-related field of study.

The recipients included Andy Helmer (UW-River Falls for dairy science), Jimmy Jens (UW-River Falls for dairy science), Katelynn Mauk (UW-Platteville for soil and crop science) and Elizabeth Widder (Iowa State for agronomy).

The Friend of the Association Award was presented to Dennis and Shirley Roehrborn and family for their continued support of the association.

It was announced that the 2014 Breakfast on the Farm event will be held at Jensema Farms, on the corner of State 32 and County V in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, June 21.

Jeremy and Brenda own and operate Jensema Farms, along with their children Matt, Jamie, Jesse and Jeremy’s dad, Roger.

To learn more about dairy promotions in Sheboygan County, visit www.sheboygancountydairypromotion.com


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