Current President of MCFB, Dominic Grossi, introduced three members of Tri Valley 4H Club, Logan Pomi, Bryce Grossi and Derrick Pomi who they lead the crowd of 116 attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gary Sack, CFBF Field Representative gave the invocation before dinner was served.
We had the pleasure of Paul Wenger, CFBF President, in attendance. He addressed the crowd with an engaging speech touching on California farming issues and the importance of farmers utilizing social media to share their story.
Nancy Gates, MCFB Land Use Committee Chair, gave a Land Use and Farm Team committee report.
Sam Dolcini introduces Joan Thayer, who retired from Assessor’s Office and received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award.
Nelson Gremmels, who just recently retired from the Office of the Assessor Recorder, also received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award.
Phyllis Faber gives some background history on Ralph Grossi, past MCFB President and past President of American Farm Land Trust, who is about to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jerry Corda, MCFB Treasurer, introduces Ralph Grossi as MCFB President Dominic Grossi hands him his award.
Ralph thanks the organization for receiving this honor.
Marin County Supervisor, Judy Arnold, presents Ralph with resolutions from the Marin County Board of Supervisors and with certificates from State Senator Mark Leno, Senator Diane Feinstein and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.
Here is a brief summary of Marin County Farm Bureau Year in Review – 2010:
Received California Farm Bureau Federation’s 2010 County Activities of Excellence Awards for Membership, Policy Implementation, Ag Education and Public Relations. Received President’s Award for Membership and Policy Implementation. Attained or exceeded membership goals in every quarter.
Held a successful 87th Annual Dinner Meeting honoring Ellie Rilla, Friend of Farm Bureau, and Earl Dolcini, Lifetime of Achievement.
Co-sponsored Marin County Farm Day and essay/mural contest with over 500 school children attending at Marin Civic Center.
Participated in Western Weekend with a successful BBQ, fundraiser and community outreach including FFA members.
Continued participation in the Local Coastal Program Update process, writing 19 comment letters and attending 21 public workshops. Succeeded in tentatively modifying some draft policies:
- Re-routed the California Coastal Trail off ag lands
- Created allowances for intergenerational housing development
- Created recognition of local governments’ authority over, and autonomy from, the Coastal Commission
Worked successfully with CFBF on many phone/e-mail/fax blitzes opposing AB226 and AB291, which would have given the Coastal Commission unfair authority over ranches and farmlands in the Coastal Zone, and S787 and HR5088, which would have expanded the Clean Water Act to the detriment of ag.
Helped organize, participated in, sponsored and did outreach for a series of successful “Community Conversations” to educate and create a dialogue between ranchers and farmers and the local community.
Helped organize and did outreach for a workshop on labor law.
Conducted outreach, helped organize and presented workshops on implementing Conditional Grazing Waiver compliance with the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Pres. Dominic Grossi coached the Petaluma FFA dairy cattle evaluation competition team, which won the top two team and individual awards at the prestigious Royal Highland Show in Scotland.
Hosted the annual VIP Luncheon for county officials and MCFB members, providing opportunities for informal networking.
Represented Farm Bureau at meetings involving issues impacting members, including Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Resource Conservation District and Agricultural Institute of Marin.
Supported members with agriculture-friendly development applications processes.
Appointed a Farm Team Chair and a Membership Chair.
Attended California Farm Bureau Federation meetings and functions including CAC’s Leadership Conference and the annual meeting in Monterey, California.
Special Thanks to:
State Fund for their sponsorship
American Ag Credit Wine
Allied/Nationwide-Grange Credit Union
All the people who donated raffle and auction items