2017 Board of Director Candidates
Steve Bartel – Running for North District
Steve Bartel and wife, Debi, have been married 9 years. Their children are Miranda 32, Lakkin 30, Rebecca 25, Jake 23, and Rachel 21. Steve farms with his brother Scott. They milk 450 cows and raise all of their young stock. They also run 900 acres of corn and alfalfa. Bartel is on the Waupaca County Fair Board and snowmobile club Vice President. He and wife Debi attend St. Peter Lutheran church in Weyauwega. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and riding motorcycle. Steve is running for his third term on the board as the North District representative. He looks forward to the opportunity to continue to work for the members to keep the co-op profitable and price competitive while offering top notch and timely services we all need.
Don Lutz – Running for At-Large District
Don Lutz and wife, Charlotte, have been married for 38 years. Don and Charlotte have twins, son Donald in the army stationed in Maryland, daughter Kathleen Ring married to Andy with a 2-1/2 year old daughter, Ella, living outside Minneapolis, MN. Thier Step-daughter Tracy Clark married to Jeff is a Special Ed school teacher in Maryland with two high school age boys, Gage and Jude. Don is a cash grain farmer with about 1,300 acres. He grows about half corn and half soybeans and farms with his brother Dale and nephew Miles. Lutz’s graduated from UW-River Falls with a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Education and in Animal Science. He then graduated with a Master’s degree in Ag Economics. While working at the USDA, he earned a Master’s degree in Survey Research from the University of Michigan.
Don Lutz has been very active in the Wisconsin and American Soybean Association. He has served as both the secretary and the vice-president of the WI Soybean Association and is now in his second year as a director in the American Soybean Association. He also serve as a director for the Waupaca County Farm Bureau. He has been active in advocating for farmers’ property rights to farm and for more control over our land and responsible farming practices. He wants to be a board member because he believes cooperatives are an important business option for Ag producers. The success of local cooperatives depend on an aggressive yet fiscally responsible management of the products and services offered. Agriculture technology is evolving very fast. Offering relevant services as a profitable option to high cost investments often appeals to future generations to take-over the farm and enthusiastically embrace farm life.
If elected he like the cooperative to be aggressive in the data analysis services. Many of the regulation issues facing agriculture today involve rates and tolerances that are not visible to the naked eye. He feels we need the right to farm our land the way we know works best, but we do need to be responsible in doing a good job for our own self-preservation. He previously served on the CHS Larsen Co-op Board and was part of that team that expanded the elevator and storage facilities at Readfield and Center Valley.
Proposed Amendment to the Director Representation
To be voted on at the annual meeting:
The CHS Larsen Board of Directors proposes to update the representation of the board to have all seven positions to be “At-Large” positions.
Roger Radley has been performing his comedy all over the United States since 1985. He has headlined at comedy clubs, performed at casinos and colleges while being in demand for corporate events, holiday parties and conventions.
Roger Radley was born and raised on a small farm in Wisconsin and at an early age realized a career in agriculture was not for him. After high school this former class president and honor student attended college at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Majoring in pre-law studies and criminal justice. Roger graduated in three and a half years and was accepted into law school. Returning home to the family farm during a critical family health crisis Roger put law school on the back burner.
It was during this time that Roger realized that he may not be suited to be a lawyer. For the next 12 years Roger worked as a Group Home Coordinator for autistic and developmentally disabled youth and then as a Vocational Counselor providing evaluations, job training and community placement for adults.
A meeting with a co-worker led Roger to be involved with a comedy group where he honed his skills as a performer and writer. After five years performing, writing and directing sketch comedy Roger quit his “day job” and went into comedy full-time. Within a short time Roger won a regional comedy contest and decided to try others.
He won the American Dream World finals in Atlantic City in a competition against over 400 comedians from all over the United States. Bookings for corporate and business associations continued, along with self-produced shows at smaller theaters and similar venues. Touring with Willie Nelson and talking backstage with the likes of B.B. King and the late Johnny Cash are fondly remembered by the one time farm boy who secretly dreamed of becoming a comedian after watching Jonathan Winters improvise on the Tonight Show.
Roger Radley continues to stay close to his rural roots as he tours the country. When he is not performing or writing he spends his time outdoors as much as possible- canoeing, camping and fishing in Canada and his beloved Wisconsin-while taking every opportunity to indulge his green thumb in his expansive gardens.
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