Farm Bureau honors Oceana County member for service, dedication
LANSING, April 19, 2013 -- Oceana County farmer Sharon Rabe has been named Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) Volunteer of the Month for April 2013 for her outstanding service and dedication to agricultural promotion and education efforts.
As first lady of the Oceana County Farm Bureau, Rabe coordinates the membership drive kickoff event each winter, ordering materials, preparing food, recruiting helpers and assisting the county president -- her husband David -- prepare his thoughts. She prides herself in making volunteers in attendance feel at home and welcome.
Rabe is also an active contributor to the county's promotion and education efforts. She helps committee members prepare lesson plans and conducts classroom presentations to educate young people about where their food comes from. She also helps with Oceana County Farm Bureau's Project RED (Rural Education Day), at which local students learn about various aspects of the agriculture industry.
It's not uncommon to see Rabe at statewide MFB events either. She has served as a delegate for the Oceana County Farm Bureau at MFB's State Annual Meeting; attended the Voice of Agriculture Conference; contributed beautiful Oceana County photos to an annual calendar contest; and is active in state-level promotion and education programs as well.
"Sharon's interest in agriculture and ability to share her knowledge with young people and community members makes her a valuable asset to our organization," wrote her nominator for Volunteer of the Month honors. "Her dedication is unmatched and we're fortunate to have her."
Outside Farm Bureau, Rabe can also be found at bi-monthly legislative breakfasts hosted by Michigan State University Extension in Fremont, where she interacts with local farmers, commodity representatives, community leaders and elected officials. She is also active in her church and community.
Rabe and her husband operate a 600-acre farm with his brothers where they grow apples, asparagus, peaches and cherries. They have two adult sons and three grandchildren.