And the winner is...
Chris Morton (Yakima) is the grand prize winner of the Rears Powerblast Sprayer! This is the 23rd sprayer Rears Manufacturing has donated to WAEF for the annual raffle and the 23rd year they've donate a flail to headline the silent auction. The ticket for Chris Morton was purchased by Legacy Fruit. As a way of supporting their growers and the Washington Apple Education Foundation, Legacy Fruit (and previously as Valley Fruit) purchases 40-50 raffle tickets annually and assigns them to growers of their fruit warehouse. We want to express our appreciation to the Rears Manufacturing family, especially their president Mike Rear who joins us each year at the convention, Simplicity, Legacy Fruit, Strand Apples and each of you that annually purchase tickets and support WAEF.
Carl Perleberg Memorial Travel Grant Sends Three WAEF Students to the Convention
This year the Perleberg family provided three travel grants to current WAEF students through the Carl Perleberg Memorial fund held at WAEF. WAEF students applied for the opportunity to attend the convention, all expenses paid, in early fall.
WSU seniors Jesus Rodriguez (Chelan) and John Haas (Wapato) and freshman Cesar Cuevas (Quincy) were selected to receive the award. Each student had three mentors/hosts assigned to them at various intervals during the three-day event. Students attended meeting sessions and the trade show with their mentors/hosts and were introduced to members in the industry helping to grow their professional networks. Additionally, students attended the Leadership Luncheon and Industry Awards Banquet with WAEF and spoke at the WAEF sponsored FFA Luncheon on Wednesday.
We were thrilled with feedback from students, conference attendees and mentors/hosts about the student experience.
Thank you to our mentor/hosts:
Chase Edwards (Wilbur-Ellis Company)
Chris Willett (Enza Fruit Products)
Erik Zavala (Stemilt Ag Services)
Frank Davis (Washington Fruit)
Jeff Christoferson (Columbia Fruit)
Lauren Gonzalez (Domex SuperFresh Growers)
Luke Anderson (Allan Brothers)
Rolando Martin (Washington Fruit)
Also a very special thank you to the Perleberg family for making this opportunity possible for future members of the tree fruit industry.
The Full Match Was Achieved!
Thank you to each of our Donate A Bin contributors and our matching sponsors Fine Americas, Orchard-Rite, Wilbur-Ellis Company and Wilson Irrigation. Your combined efforts raised over $30,000 in this year's Donate A Bin fundraising to support WAEF activities! Each $100 donated to the promotion is recognized as one "bin" of fruit.
Donate A Bin contributors:
Ben & Andrea Cox
Blackhawk Orchards (6 bins)
Brandt's Fruit Trees (2 bins)
Chelan Fresh (15 bins)
Chuck & Cathy Peters
Cliff & Janie Plath (10 bins)
Cozy Cove Orchards
Craig & Maureen Homchick
Herold & Vicki Peebles (5 bins)
Jacqueline Fanning (1.5 bins)
Jim & Cory Colbert (2 bins)
Larry & Susan Martin (1.5 bins)
Nancy & Stephen Buck (10 bins)
Strand-Allen (1.5 bins)
Tom & Florence Rise
4th Annual Alumni Breakfast
New faces attended this year's alumni breakfast. Eleven former WAEF scholarship recipients gathered for the now annual WAEF Alumni Breakfast held Tuesday morning during the WSTFA annual meeting. The breakfast provides a chance for networking and finding ways to support each other's growth and career success in the tree fruit industry.
Attending this year were:
Erik Zavala (Stemilt Ag Services)
Jesus Ramirez (Washington Fruit & Produce)
Jenna Bjur (Del Monte)
Kailan Dunn (HR Spinner)
Kevin Kenoyer (Wilbur Ellis)
Adam Zediker (Gilbert Orchards)
Jorge Villasenor (Dow AgroSciences)
Curtis Roy (AgroFresh)
Jesus Rodriguez (WSU senior)
John Haas (WSU senior)
Cesar Cuevas (WSU freshman)
Live and Silent Auction
Our thanks to the capable and entertaining Paul Newman for leading us through another auction year at the WSTFA Industry Awards Banquet. Our thanks also to banquet emcee David Douglas for his assistance throughout the evening event. We also appreciate all of the generous donors and purchasers that contributed to the auction's success.
Adam, James & Luke Bornn
Beach Haven Resort
Coeur D'Alene Resort
Gesa Carousel of Dreams
Inklings Book Store
Jones of Washington
Kibble & Prentice
L'Ecole Nº 41
Outdoor Concerts Yakima
Pace International, LLC
Papé Material Handling
Seasons Music Hall
The Butchart Gardens
Tri-City Court Club
Twin Peaks Cider House & Distillery
Visconti's Italian Restaurant
Washington Apple Commission
Washington State University
Washington State University Athletics
Wenatchee Golf and Country Club
Wenatchee Grocery Outlet
Yakima POM Club*
*Indicates auction sponsor
Cashmere Junior Wins FFA Apple Judging Scholarship
Lizzy Carney is this year's winner of the FFA Apple Judging scholarship sponsored by the NCW Fieldmen's Association and the Yakima POM Club. Lizzy competed against over 100 FFA members from chapters throughout the fruit growing regions at the convention center in Kennewick. She was awarded her scholarship during the FFA Luncheon sponsored by WAEF.
Travis Allan provided the keynote presentation to FFA students. He shared information about the Allan family operations in Washington, the pollination trials his company is participating in with General Mills and coming innovations in the tree fruit industry.
High school students also got to hear from Jesus Rodriguez and John Haas about their college experiences, major selection and plans for the future.
Lots of thanks and appreciation to the Washington State Tree Fruit Association planning committee and staff for putting together another successful annual meeting filled with great people, helpful information and meaningful interactions!