Two SD Farmers Union youth elected to national council
July 23, 2010
BAILEY, CO – A pair of South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) youth have been elected by their peers to serve on the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC).
Patrick Lowin of Blunt, SD, and Gina Dethlefsen of Stickney, SD, were two of the six young people chosen for the prestigious national council during the NFU’s annual All-States Leadership Camp held in Bailey, CO, July 11-16, 2010.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Patrick and Gina for their selection to the National Youth Advisory Council,” said Bonnie Geyer, SDFU State Education Director. “It’s rare to even have one young person from your state elected to the council. For South Dakota to have two of our own elected by their peers shows how our state’s young people are looked at on a national level, and shows how great Patrick and Gina’s leadership skills are.”
On the 2011 NYAC, Lowin and Dethlefsen will help plan the 2011 All-States Leadership Camp. The pair will also travel to San Antonio, TX, next March and give a speech during the NFU Convention, and attend other national events throughout the year.
Lowin and Dethlefsen joined dozens of young adults from across the country at the annual All-States Camp, and heard from inspirational speakers including an Olympic gold and bronze medal winner, NFU President Roger Johnson and NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad.
“These young people excel in their desire to make the world a better place,” said Maria Miller, NFU’s director of education. “We provide them with encouragement and training to become leaders in their communities. I expect some of them will remember All-States as the event that put their leadership skills into motion.”
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Joining Dethlefsen and Lowin on the 2011 NYAC will be Chandler Winkels, of Minnesota, Kale Havelku and Kayla Wagner, of North Dakota, and Darla Rosenbrock, of Colorado.