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American Farmers & Ranchers Women's Group Dedicates Annual Conference to Serving Others

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:42:14 CDT

American Farmers & Ranchers Women's Group Dedicates Annual Conference to Serving Others Women leaders from across Oklahoma gathered Aug. 12 to expand their business knowledge, plan for their futures and learn how to get more involved in the AFR Women's Cooperative (WC) program. Participants at the annual WC State Conference were able to network with others, attend breakout sessions and listen to a keynote speaker at the Grand Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

"You are only as good as the last person you helped," said Lacey Dale Gracia, keynote speaker. The business leader, who focuses on building and promoting companies and individuals through the Spur On Agency, told the group the key to having a successful business is to have a positive attitude.

Also speaking with the group were Mashell Sourjohn and Louis Schroeder, representatives from AARP. They gave the women ideas on planning for their futures and how to care for aging parents.

Throughout the year, AFR women have been working with the Oklahoma Blood Institute on community blood drives in an effort to raise awareness for the need to donate blood.

"We are very proud of this partnership and can't wait to see how many lives AFR members save at the end of the year," said Crystie Shebester, AFR WC state council chair.

The importance of the partnership was emphasized by Sundee Busby with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

"We are so thankful to have partners like AFR helping us to connect our cause in local communities across the state," Busby said. "With the help of AFR we are reaching new communities, gaining new donors and increasing our donors across the state."

After the presentations ladies were able to learn more about the AFR WC through breakout sessions targeting their current activities as an organization. All of this was followed by a networking dinner and professional painting led by Wine & Palette from Oklahoma City.

Source - American Farmers & Ranchers



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