By GLENN BRUNKOW
Pottawatomie County farmer and rancher
The annual assembly of Kansas Farm Bureau is in Manhattan is coming the primary weekend of December. I actually sit up for this assembly yearly, and this one isn’t any totally different. Nevertheless, this 12 months’s assembly can be a bit bittersweet as KFB’s President Wealthy Felts will trip off into the sundown and retirement. Our members could have the powerful job of electing his alternative.
President Felts has guided Kansas Farm Bureau for the previous eight years with regular hand, a relaxed demeanor and an clever grace that has led to our group reaching new heights. I’ve had the distinction and privilege to a front-row seat on the board desk. I think about Wealthy a good friend and, extra importantly, a mentor. I’ve watched as he has offered management and steering on points and made choices that can have an effect on our group, our state and all of agriculture for years to come back. I imagine President Felts has left Kansas Farm Bureau in the perfect place now we have ever been in and laid a basis to make sure success sooner or later.
Personally, I’ve been capable of search Wealthy’s knowledge and opinion on many issues, and he has all the time been gracious and considerate. I’ve all the time taken heed of his recommendation, and I hope I can supply others the identical management and expertise. I’m not positive I’ve ever been round somebody as caring, devoted, gracious or as empathetic as President Felts. He’s actually the residing instance of servant management; I want there have been extra leaders like him. You’ll by no means discover anybody who cares extra for Kansas Farm Bureau or agriculture.
I want everybody might know the hours and miles Wealthy has put into representing Kansas Farm Bureau. He has been the face of the group; one we have been proud to have representing farmers and ranchers. I doubt there’s anybody who got here involved with Wealthy who was not higher due to it.
Whereas I perceive his resolution to step down and spend extra time together with his spouse, Shirley, and the remainder of their household, I hope Wealthy is aware of how a lot all of us will miss him each as the pinnacle of Kansas Farm Bureau and as an individual. I additionally know he’ll nonetheless be round and all the time only a telephone name away, which is reassuring. I will even miss Shirley equally as a lot. If a greeting from Shirley can’t brighten your day, you’re in unhealthy form. Her pleasure and happiness are all the time contagious.
President Felts will depart an amazing legacy within the group and in its future. Generations will have the ability to make higher choices and advocate for our lifestyle due to his management and for that we’ll be without end grateful. I do know this isn’t goodbye and we’ll nonetheless see one another, however not almost sufficient. I additionally know that Wealthy will in all probability not be comfy with all of this consideration, and that’s a part of what makes him a really wonderful particular person.
Wealthy and Shirley, I hope you get pleasure from your well-deserved relaxation however please additionally understand how a lot all of us admire your dedication and sacrifice within the identify of Kansas Farm Bureau and agriculture normally. We’re all higher for figuring out you.
“Perception” is a weekly column printed by Kansas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm group whose mission is to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans by advocacy, training and repair.