Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Special Award to Darke County Farmers Union Long-time President, Duane Shields

Darke County Farmers Union President, Todd Rhoades, presents Duane Shields with certificates for several awards during the Darke County Farmers Union’s pre-fair meeting.
During a recent meeting of the Darke County Farmers Union members, a special award was given to Duane Shields, past Darke County Farmers Union President. Duane had served as President for the organization for over twelve years from the year 2000 to 2012. During that time period, Duane was the first person from the county to serve on the Ohio Farmers Union 5-Member Executive Committee. Duane participated in many, many long Executive Committee meetings and was instrumental in helping to reorganize the Ohio Farmers Union after a state-office malfunction in the years 2009-2010. Duane also made many trips to Washington, D. C. on their fly-ins to fight for the rights and interests of family farmers.

Duane was presented with certificates by the current County President, Todd Rhoades to show the appreciation for the progress made in the county under his leadership and as an acknowledgement of his gift for strengthening the local organization’s relationship with the State and National Farmers Union. Duane received the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Leadership from Darke County, a Certificate of Achievement for membership and a Certificate of Recognition.

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