Fresno, Calif., (May 11, 2017) – On Friday, May 5, Farm Bureau members, dignitaries and the community collectively came together at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building to celebrate 100 years of service to the agricultural industry at FCFB’s Centennial Gala.
With over 540 attendees present, the Gala recognized the many agricultural stewards that united within the Farm Bureau organization to represent farmers and ranchers. While the centennial reflected on the past, it also gave FCFB the opportunity to generate excitement as the organization begins its next century of service. Many special guests were in attendance, including the grandchildren of FCFB’s first president, George Feaver.
FCFB CEO Ryan Jacobsen served as emcee for the evening. He reminded guests to not only remember those present for the festivities, but to also remember those mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts and life-long friends who have passed away that were a major part of this organization’s success. Jacobsen additionally provided a brief history of the organization over the last 100 years, highlighting the various activities and programs members participated in.
Past president and former Fresno County Supervisor Phil Larson provided the evening’s invocation. The Fresno State Army ROTC presented the colors, and Melissa Chaty, Miss California 2007, sung the national anthem. Attendees enjoyed a unique dinner experience provided by The Painted Table.
FCFB President Donny Rollin recognized past presidents and leaders who were in attendance and led a toast for the organization. Additionally, CFBF President Paul Wenger thanked FCFB for their contributions to the industry, as well as stressed the importance of Farm Bureau going forward. Throughout the evening, many happy birthday wishes from individuals, companies and elected officials were shared via video. These messages are available for viewing on FCFB’s YouTube page.
The evening concluded with the keynote address by basketball legend and broadcaster, Bill Walton. Walton, the consummate storyteller, discussed “Leadership Lessons from the Hardwood,” sharing many tales from his career and their applicability to the California agricultural industry. Walton stayed two hours after the conclusion of the event to meet-and-greet attendees.
FCFB thanks the many generoustable sponsors who made the evening a grand success, particularly, “Presenting Sponsor”, Stanislaus Farm Supply, as well as “Signature Sponsor”, Zenith.