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Returning to the Presidency

28 Sep 2023 10:43 | Ron Bridges

Hello to all of the FVC-TN Members!

Chris Podewills stepped down as President earlier this month and on September 18th, the Chapter's Board of Directors elected to bring me back as the Chapter President.

This is a great opportunity  and I hope to see the chapter continue in its growth and in its service to our fellow farmer veterans.

I want to take a few minutes and thank Chris for his service as VP and President over the past year.  Chris was instrumental in several initiatives and fund raising activities during this time and he was our primary leader during the Veterans Farming Boot camp back in March.    

I am glad to be working with Shae McCarthy as our chapter Vice President.  Many of you will remember Shae from the Pick Tn Conference or maybe the 4th of July Gathering that she and Gabby hosted for us on their farm: Shabby Acres.  

We are in need of some additional leaders within the chapter.  We strongly need a new Secretary , a new Treasurer, and a new Communications Officer.

We are always open to having members step up as Regional Coordinators or more localized Amabasadors.  These local leaders are vital to us having an more positive impact on our fellow farmer veterans.  These are the people that help arrange local projects (like fence building days) and local social get-togethers.  

If you are interested in helping the chapter grow, contact me at:

Our next big event as a chapter is the Ag in the Foothills event on October  21st and I will be adding more information about that in the Events section.    But the really big events will be occurring in early 2024.  FVC-TN will have a large presence at the Pick-TN Conference February 15 to 17, we will then work with Finis Stribling and his TSU colleagues to run a second Farmer Veteran Bootcamp February 29th to March 2nd and then we will hold our chapter's Annual Stake-Holders meeting on Saturday April 6th.  


Ron Bridges

Chapter President


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