Local youth attend Farmers Union Camp National Farmers Union President Leland Swenson talked about Farmers Union and families with almost 90 rural young people � the largest turnout in almost two decades � gathered to participate in the 65th annual South Dakota Farmers Union State Camp at Placerville.
"This organization isn't just about farm and ranch commodities," Swenson said. "We are about people. And the heart of Farmers Union is now and has always been farm and ranch families and young people like yourselves."
Newly-elected members of the Farmers Union Junior Advisory Council are: Lynsey Eilers, Wessington Springs; Becky Greene, Plankinton; Daniel Harnisch, Emery; Andy Larson, Woonsocket; Kyle Serocki, Wilmot and Shawn Travis, Platte. Members of the Junior Advisory Council elected this year will help to plan and conduct the 66th annual SDFU State Camp in 2000.
Guest speakers at the six-day camp also included South Dakota Farmers Union Vice President Phil Cyre, members of the SDFU board of directors, cooperative spokespersons and personal development experts. Campers also participated in parliamentary procedure training and organized and operated a cooperative store, newspaper and credit union.
Leadership was the focus of presentations by Cyre and members of the Junior Advisory Council. Addressing a banquet concluding the camp, Cyre encouraged the young people to take advantage of the leadership opportunities presented to them.
Campers also had time for relaxation and recreation. Activities included crafts, hikes, talent night, visits to Cosmos, Evan's Plunge and the Black Hills Passion Play, dances and evenings around the campfire.