26 vie for state Discussion Meet title this weekend

The winner will advance to the national meet in January.

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Lynn Doran, of Champaign County, second from left, won last year’s Young Leader State Discussion Meet at the Palmer House in Chicago. This year, 26 participants will compete for the state title and a trip to Nashville for the national contest. (Photo by Catrina Rawson)

By Jim Taylor

The Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader (YL) Committee is getting set for a big weekend.

“The Young Leader Committee is excited to be hosting our state Discussion Meet during the (IFB) Annual Meeting,” said Renee Deuth, YL program manager, told the RFD Radio Network®.

Twenty-six participants will compete in the meet, which starts Saturday morning at the Palmer House in Chicago. The winner will be announced Sunday morning.

“And that’s where we will recognize all of our young leader award winners throughout the year, but we’ll also then announce the winner of the Discussion Meet,” Deuth said. 

The winner of the state Discussion Meet will represent Illinois at the national meet at American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in January.

“For some of these young leaders that are competing, this might be their first annual meeting, or the Discussion Meet might be the reason they come for the first few times,” Deuth said. “Ideally, they’re going to be developing themselves into some of the future leaders of our organization.”

Lynn Doran, of Champaign County, won last year’s state meet.

Click here for a complete list of this year’s state participants.

Register early for YL Conference

IFB’s Young Leader Conference will be held Jan. 19-20 in East Peoria.

“We do cap the conference at 500 young leaders because we have so much interest,” Deuth said. 

To register for the conference, contact your local county Farm Bureau office.  

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