American Agri-Women (AAW) awarded Penny Lauritzen, AFM, CFP® of Lanark, Ill., its highest member honor, the LEAVEN Award, at its 38th annual convention, held recently in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Lauritzen has been a member of Illinois Agri-Women, and American Agri-Women for more than 30 years. She has held numerous leadership positions within AAW including chairing several committees, helping develop AAW programing for its RFD-TV series, attending AAW Fly-Ins to Washington, D.C., and participating in the planning for two AAW annual conventions held in Illinois. She has also served as president, vice-president and editor of the “Speak Out” newsletter for Illinois Agri-Women.
Lauritzen is known for her long-term efforts in working with agricultural youth within the state, including the IAW career discovery project “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” directed to high school and college students. The project, which will be held for its fifth year in 2014, helps young women explore different career paths in the agriculture sector. She is also involved with the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers’ Memorial Scholarship Program and matching University of Illinois students with Society members for mentoring programs. She firmly believes that students need to be exposed to the career opportunities available to both men and women associated with the agriculture, energy and food industry.
Lauritzen participates in the Illinois Agriculture Legislative Breakfast every spring in Springfield, assists with lobbying efforts over key issues at state and national levels and attended the American Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers’ Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. She was named to the Hall of Fame for the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in February 2013. This is the highest award the Society gives to members of the organization.
Lauritzen graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois in 1986 and began her career in farm management with East Central Farm Business Farm Management cooperative association. She joined Farmers National Company as a senior farm manager and Real Estate broker in 1990.
In 1995 she received her designation as an accredited farm manager with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. She was awarded the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2004. Lauritzen took part in the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program in 1986 and served as ISPFMRA president in 2002.
She joined Farm Financial Strategies, Inc., in 2009. In that capacity she provides estate and succession planning for farm families across the state. She also provides farm management services for clients of Greene Farm Management, based in Dunlap, Ill.
AAW is a national grassroots coalition of more than 50 agriculture, natural resources and agri-business affiliates promoting the welfare of our national security through a safe and reliable food, fiber and mineral supply. The LEAVEN award is the highest honor bestowed on an AAW member. Nominated by her peers, these women exemplify the meaning of the words that make up “LEAVEN:” loyalty, enthusiasm, anticipatory, valiant, effectiveness and nurturing.
Barb Brubaker Retires
After 29 Years of hard work and dedication it is time for Barb Brubaker to take a permanent Vacation! Please join us as we offer Barb best wishes on her retirement! Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. at Satin `N Lace, 418 N Main Ave., Milledgeville.
Dawn Barr Joins FSB
First State Bank Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll is pleased to announce the addition of Dawn Barr to its staff. Dawn and her husband Brian are residents of Shannon. They enjoy spending time with their family which includes their three daughters, Chelsea (Bryan) Schoeny, Brittany (Joshua) Becker and Olivia Barr. Their grandchildren, Audrey Schoeny (2) and Brody Schoeny (6 months) are joyful additions! When not working; Dawn enjoys riding bikes, going for walks, relaxing on their deck and plucking away on her ukulele.
Dawn comes to the bank after a career of 15 years with General Casualty/QBE in Freeport. Prior to that, her insurance experience was with Crum and Forster and Viking Insurance. Dawn holds an Associate of Science degree from Highland Community College, which she achieved in 2011.
Dawn will be sharing her time between the Shannon and Lake Carroll facilities as a customer service representative and looks forward to assisting her customers.