National Dairy Shrine Elects New President and Directors

Seated left to right: Linda Hansen, Nate Janssen, Larry Schirm, Dan Bernick, David Selner Standing left to right: Jim Dickrell, Leah Ziemba, Matt Iager, Bonnie Bargstedt, Ken Raney, Fowler Branstetter, Dennis Funk, James Huffard, Royce Thornton, Stan Henderson, Randy Gross, and Janet Keller.

At the 69th annual meeting of the National Dairy Shrine, Larry Schirm of Laurelville, Ohio was elected President of the organization. Meanwhile, Nate Janssen, Wheaton, Illinois was chosen as President-Elect. Elected to the Executive Committee along with Schirm and Janssen were: Dr. Dennis Funk, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Janet Keller, Oregon, Wisconsin, Joel Hastings, Madera, California and immediate Past President Dan Bernick of Long Grove, Iowa.

The new 2018-2019 National Dairy Shrine board of directors includes returning directors: Tim Abbott, Enosburg, Vermont, Bonnie Bargstedt, Kinderhook, New York, Fowler Branstetter, Edmonton, Kentucky, Jim Dickrell, Monticello, Minnesota, Randy Gross Sr., Elkton, South Dakota, Stan Henderson, Paso Robles, California., Matt Iager, Boonsboro, Maryland, Ken Raney, State College, Pennsylvania, Karen Wheatley, Crumpton, Maryland, Dan Schimek, Eagle Lake, Minnesota, and Leah Ziemba, Madison, Wisconsin.  Newly elected directors include, Linda Hansen, Goodridge, Minnesota, James Huffard, Crockett, Virginia, Rita Kennedy, Valencia, Pennsylvania and Royce Thornton, Wooster, Ohio. At the annual NDS board meeting the National Dairy Shrine directors approved the continuation of fulfilling the mission of the NDS founders of preserving dairy history and honoring the past, present and future dairy leaders.

At the National Dairy Shrine’s annual banquet, over $60,000 in scholarships and awards were awarded to 47 outstanding young people. This year’s National Dairy Shrine Awards banquet was attended by over 300 Dairy Shrine members, dairy leaders, friends and relatives. If you would like to find out more about the becoming a member of National Dairy Shrine or the scholarships or recognition programs being offered by National Dairy Shrine please go to for more details.

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