2017 Program

2017 SOUTH CAROLINA FARM BUREAU

MEMBERSHIP AWARDS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM

 

Volunteer members who recruit five (5) or more members are to wear a “Master Membership Recruiter” ribbon on their nametag during the annual state convention.  They will be recognized during the awards ceremony and have reserved seating for them and their guest on Thursday night’s welcome dinner during annual meeting. 

1.  “Volunteer Membership Achievement Awards” – To qualify for an award, the county must have a County Membership Chair.  Each county will receive a County Membership Certificate to recognize the county with a membership gain.

2“Awards for Volunteer Membership Workers” - South Carolina Farm Bureau provides the following awards for volunteer workers who sign up new members.  For each five (5) new members signed, the volunteer worker receives a $50 award. Volunteer workers are responsible for providing names of new members along with membership payment to the Lead County Secretary prior to September 30th.  The name of the referring member must be noted on the membership application and the county secretary must enter the referral information into the system when posting the membership payment.  If a member signs up online, the new member must enter the referral name or contact the state office prior to September 30th.

2a. The top five Volunteer leaders that have five (5) or more new member referrals will be eligible for a chance to receive an additional gift as determined by the State Membership Committee in October 2017.

2b. First member to sign up 25 NEW members, during this current membership year ending September 30, 2017, wins a $1,000 Grainger shopping experience.  The Director of Member Relations will purchase the items selected by the winner and have the items delivered to the winner’s address.

2c. Any Farm Bureau Member who reaches 100 new members joining the Farm Bureau between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2017, will receive a trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in January 2018.

3.  “Awards for Lead County Secretary”  - Email address campaign. The goal of each county during the 2017 membership year is to have a 10% increase in members’ email addresses in the membership database.  The Lead County Secretary is to provide the payee’s name, once contacted by the state office as having met the 10% goal.  The award amount is $150, to be presented at the SCFB Annual Meeting awards ceremony or presented by the district director and/or county membership chair.  

4. “County President’s Award”The challenge is for the county president and membership chair, both, have a minimum of five new membership referrals and be the county with the highest membership percent gain within the district. The winners will have $500 divided between them and the honor of being the best of the best in the district/state.

REPORTING NOTE:  Entries submitted by county volunteers need to be entered into the membership database at the time of the new referral.  The final year report will run the morning of October 1, 2017, for the period of October 1, 2016 thru September 30, 2017.

5. “Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award -  This is available to individuals or married couples between the ages of 18-35 who are actively engaged in farming and earn the majority of their income from an owned production agriculture operation. The applicants are judged by a written application and the top three finalists will participate in on-farm judging with a panel of judges. The three finalists will receive one night stay at the SCFB Annual Convention and YF&R Leadership Conference, and will be awarded a $1000 cash prize, compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. The grand prize that is awarded to the winner at the YF&R Leadership Conference is up to $33,750 toward the purchase of a new Chevy truck, complements of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.  In addition, the winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference complements of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and an expense paid trip to represent South Carolina in the national competition during the AFBF Annual Convention, complements of South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation. (See www.scfb.org for more information.)

6. “Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet”- This is available to Young Farmers and Ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35.  All participants will receive one free night’s hotel stay while in Myrtle Beach and a $75 cash prize. Each of the Final Four contestants will receive a $250 cash prize, compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty. The grand prize for the winner of this competition is up to $2500 toward the purchase of a golf cart and a voucher for up to $500 of STIHL merchandise.  The winner will also receive an expense-paid trip to the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference complements of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and an expense paid trip to represent South Carolina in the national competition during the AFBF Annual Convention, complements of South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation. (See www.scfb.org for more information.)

7. “Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture  Award”- This is available to Young Farmers and Ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned agricultural operation, but who actively contribute to agriculture and grow through their involvement in Farm Bureau.  The applicants are judged by a written application and the top three finalists will give a presentation before a panel of judges at the SCFB Annual Convention in Myrtle Beach. The three finalists will receive one night stay at the SCFB Annual Convention and YF&R Leadership Conference, and will be awarded a $500 cash prize, compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. The grand prize that is awarded to the winner at the YF&R Leadership Conference is up to $7000 toward the purchase of a new ATV, complements of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.  In addition, the winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference complements of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and an expense paid trip to represent South Carolina in the national competition during the AFBF Annual Convention, complements of South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.  (See www.scfb.org for more information.)

8. “County Women Leadership Activity Award – Certificates will be awarded to each county Women Leadership Committee that scores a minimum of 90 on the Women Leadership’s Activity Award Application.

9. “County Young Farmer and Rancher Activity Award– Certificates will be awarded to each county Young Farmer and Rancher Committee that scores a minimum of 90 on the County Young Farmer and Rancher Activity Questionnaire.

10. “Outstanding Educator Award”- The nominee must have designated and implemented a lesson/unit/project about the food and fiber industry within the last school year (August-May).  The winner will receive a one-night expense paid trip to the SCFB Annual Convention and a $500 cash award.  The winner will also win a one year free membership to their County Farm Bureau; which includes 4 issues of the SC Farmer Magazine, and all the savings benefits included in an associate membership.

11. “County Performance Award” – This award is designed to evaluate the overall performance of a County Farm Bureau in eleven (11) specific areas.  Each area is evaluated and scored on its own merits.  An overall score will determine if a county qualifies as a recipient of the award and only those counties with the highest scores will be recognized at the Awards Program on Friday night of the State Convention.  Each county that qualifies will receive a plaque in honor of their outstanding achievement.  Applications are due by the end of the day on October 15th and should include activities from October 1 through September 30.

This is not a District Award.  Every county in the state will be scored based on their level of activity. 

In addition to the above, an award for most improved will be given to one county in each District.

County leaders are asked to complete the application each year and provide an accurate account of County Farm Bureau activities.  Scoring will be decided by a panel of judges once applications have been submitted.  Each County President receiving a Performance Award plaque will be notified prior to the State Convention.

12. “Distinguished Service Award”- This is the highest award given within the SCFB organization and is awarded each year during the annual meeting.  It is presented to one or more Farm Bureau members whose untiring service to the organization, his or her community, and to agriculture, has uniquely qualified him or her for this high honor.  A selection committee, which is composed of recipients from the previous three years, is responsible for selecting a candidate(s).  County Farm Bureaus are asked to submit nominees for consideration.   The nominee application(s) should be in the state office no later than June 15 of each year.