2018 SOUTH CAROLINA FARM BUREAU
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM
County Membership Achievement Award
Counties that host at least one membership event during the membership year and show a membership gain from County Farm Bureau Federation volunteers and County Board members will be recognized with a plaque to acknowledge this achievement. *County Annual Meetings are not an eligible membership event.
Volunteer Membership Recruiter Awards
*The name of the membership recruiter must be noted on the membership form and must be entered into the system when posting the membership payment. If a member signs up online, the referral name must be listed.
Master Membership Recruiter Award
$50 award = For each increment of five (5) new members signed
$5 additional = For each additional new member signed until the next increment of five
Recognition: Award recipients will wear a “Master Membership Recruiter” ribbon on their nametag during the SCFB Annual Meeting. 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.
Top Five Membership Recruiter Award
$2000 will be divided 5 ways and awarded to the top five volunteers to sign five (5) or more new members. The award will be distributed according to the ratio of new members recruited by each of the top 5 volunteers. The more you recruit, the more you win!
*Award monies will be issued on a Farm Bureau Bank Gift Card. This award does not apply to the Outstanding Membership Recruiter winner.
Outstanding Membership Recruiter Award
A $1000 Farm Bureau Bank Gift Card will be awarded to the FIRST volunteer membership recruiter to sign up 25 NEW members during the current membership year ending September 30, 2018. It’s a race to the finish line – the faster you recruit, the more you win!
The Diamond Award
The FIRST Farm Bureau Member who recruits 50 new members to join SC Farm Bureau between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019, will receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Meeting of their choice in 2020.
Star Secretary Award
$150 will be awarded to the Lead County Secretary who helps their County Farm Bureau accomplish the goal of having a 10% increase in members’ email addresses in the membership database. This award will be presented at the SCFB Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony or presented by the staff District Director and/or the County Membership Chair.
Outstanding Lead Secretary Award (By District)
Four (4) Farm Bureau Lead Secretaries will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to membership outreach and engagement at the county level. Nominations for this award will be submitted by the County President or County Membership Chair by October 1, 2018. Award package includes:
$250 Farm Bureau Bank Gift Card
Two-night stay at SCFB Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC
A Plaque and recognition during the Awards Ceremony at the SCFB Annual Meeting
County President’s Award
$500 will be divided between the County President and County Membership Chair who can tackle this challenge: Both must have a minimum of five (5) new membership referrals AND their county Farm Bureau must have the highest membership percent gain within the district. The winners of this award will celebrate being the best membership recruitment team around!
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, 2018, for the period of October 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2018.
2. Young Farmers and Ranchers Awards & Competitions
(See www.scfb.org/YFR for more information.)
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 Ford 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.
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 demonstrate leadership through their involvement in Farm Bureau and the agricultural community. 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.
SCFB YF&R Discussion Meet Competition
This is available to YF&R members 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 an EZ-GO 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.
County YF&R Activity Award
A certificate and a $150 check will be awarded to the County Young Farmers and Ranchers programs that receive a qualifying score on the County YF&R Activity Questionnaire. Follow the 2018 Guide to an Active County YF&R Program to produce the highest score possible!
Harvest for All Award
This program highlights county, cluster or district YF&R programs who organize effective and innovative projects for donating funds, friends(volunteers) or food that help bridge the food gap in South Carolina. The “Winning Project” and “Most Innovative Project” will each receive a $250 cash prize that is intended to be donated to a local charitable organization or used as seed money for a future Harvest for All project. Project Reports must be submitted by December 31st and the winners are announced at the Annual SCFB YF&R Leadership Conference.
“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.
3. Ag in the Classroom
“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.
4. County Farm Bureaus
“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.
5. Distinguished Service
"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.