GREENVILLE — The Darke County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) directors hosted its annual banquet Monday night at the American Legion in Greenville, with 120-plus guests in attendance.
The highlight of the evening included the presentation of several honors, the crowning of a new beef queen, and the awarding of scholarships.
Bob Finkbine was the recipient of the director’s award, presented by Rob and Angie Hart.
“I’m privileged and honored to accept this,” said Finkbine in part of his acceptance speech for the director’s award.
Kimberly Winner was crowned beef queen by Polo and Kay Perez. Her predecessor, Shelby Manning was not in attendance.
Junior herdsmen awards went to Addison Marker for first in that division and Maikayla Cain, second; and senior herdsmen awards went to Jared Godown, first, while runners-up were Rylie Marker, Kayla Marker and Ian Gehret.
Recipients of the $500 scholarships were Marlee Hess, Cambell Gostomsky and Shelby Manning, all of whom will graduate this spring.
Hess is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hess, and is a student at Arcanum High School and Edison State Community College. She would like to join the U.S. Air Force and eventually earn a degree in nursing.
Gostomsky, son of Tony and Amy, is also a student at Arcanum High School, and will be majoring in mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern.
Manning, whose parents are Jason and Heather, attends school at Mississinawa Valley and plans to attend Morehead State University. Her brother, Colby, was there to accept the scholarship on her behalf.
Another highlight was the introduction of a new director, Andrew Byram, who will be succeeding Greg Hess.
Byram said he was born and raised in Darke County, graduated from Greenville High School in 1997. He is married to Jessica (Hunt) Bryam and they have three children, Alison, 12, Emily 10, and Nathan 6.
He has worked at Superior Implements Supply Co. for 21 years, and has been a 4-H adviser for two years. He said he enjoys working on the farm, and helping his children learn more about the cattle.
Byram joins the others on the board of directors, Roy White, Polo Perez, Brad Wilcox, Rob Hart, Russ Bennett and Rob Godown.
Speaker for the evening was Tim Pye of DHI Cooperative out of Columbus. He reported on different tests for cattle, including one for Johnes Disease and the other, was Biopryn, a blood pregnancy test.
Also on hand was Stephanie Sindel, director of member services and youth program coordinator for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. She updated those in attendance on events going on in the association and about the Ohio Beef Expo, set for March 17-19. Sindel also announced that local director Roy White will be honored there this year because he’s been attending the expo for 30 years.
She also reported on membership.
“Last year we had a 2,300 membership and some are brand new,” she said, advising the audience to get more people involved.
The directors of the association have expressed appreciation to all of the business who donated the door prizes that were handed out at the conclusion of the banquet.
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