Shannon Graves of the Payne County Farm Bureau office was honored as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Secretary of the Year at the OKFB 74th Annual Meeting Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City.
“It’s been the greatest honor I’ve had working anywhere,” said Graves, who has worked for Payne County for two years. “My board of directors has been so allowing and enthusiastic in all of the activities and events we’ve wanted to participate in. Without their support, there’s no way I could’ve done half of what we accomplished this year.”
County secretaries serve as the face of the county Farm Bureau office with not only customers but also with potential new members.
“I’m out there talking with people and when they see me they see Farm Bureau, that’s what I want to try to do,” she said.
Graves served Payne County Farm Bureau this year by using social media to showcase county activities, creating activities for Farm Bureau week, organizing an Earth Day community service project, planning county meetings and receptions, and more.
As Secretary of the Year, Graves will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is the organization’s largest gathering of farmers and ranchers every year. At the event, members vote on grassroots policy, elect leaders and award outstanding individuals. OKFB has a presence in all 77 Oklahoma counties and serves as the voice of agriculture and the rural way of life. To learn more, visit www.okfarmbureau.org.
Monica Wilke, Oklahoma Farm Bureau executive director (left), presents the organization’s Secretary of the Year Award to Shannon Graves of Payne County Farm Bureau at the 2015 OKFB annual meeting Friday, Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City. Graves was recognized, in part, for her outstanding efforts communicating with Farm Bureau members and the public through social media.