Name: Rosemary Eckardt
Residence: Town of Maine
Employment: Retired dairy and ginseng farmer
Family: Husband, Bob; five children; 17 grandchildren
Years of service as a volunteer: 35 years
Favorite volunteer activities: I have served as state president, vice president and secretary for Wisconsin Women for Agriculture as well as Resource Center secretary for American Agri-Women over three decades. I've designed and staffed educational booths at the state and local fairs, Farm Technology Days and June Dairy Breakfasts, to name a few. I've talked to legislators to help them make wise decisions for agriculture and attended many legislative breakfasts. For many years WWA served my signature Corn Flakes/ice cream and strawberries breakfast to the GRABAAWR bikers. Through my more recent volunteer involvement with the Partnership for Progressive Agriculture and the Marathon County Farm Bureau, I have been involved with the Farm City Dinner, June Dairy Breakfast and Ag Adventure tent.
Tell about a volunteer experience: I was introduced to Wisconsin Women for Agriculture in 1979 by my neighbor, Marie Skic, who invited me to a meeting in Merrill where two dynamic women from the Bay Lakes chapter spoke. Little did I know this was not an ordinary group of coffee-klatching women! Being so overwhelmingly impressed by Audrey Sickinger and JoAnn Vogel, I was drawn right in.
I have met so many wonderful and impressive women through my involvement with WWA and AAW. It has provided me with opportunities to travel locally and nationally to develop my leadership skills and to promote agriculture.
Volunteering has provided me with an outlet to use my creativity to design educational and engaging methods to help young and old learn about agriculture. It has all been a joy!