About four years ago, Elizabeth was invited to a "Women in Leadership Development (WILD)" event that was organized by the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU). She attended and met some new friends and made contacts at NDFU. She must've made a good first impression, because she was invited to attend the National Farmers Union Women's Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL a few months later. The two of us travelled to Florida and she attended the meetings while I enjoyed the white sands on the beach. That meeting was an energizing experience for her to get more involved in Farmers Union.
You see, my wife would tell you that she falls in the conservative side of the political spectrum. And its no secret that Farmers Union is more of a liberal-leaning organization. In fact, after the first WILD event Elizabeth stated that she didn't see herself joining Farmers Union because of her political affiliation. But after attending our first state convention and the national women's conference, Elizabeth started to see that Farmers Union was less of a political organization and moreso a large group of farmers that had the ability to debate issues, form internal policies, and provide social opportunities for young farmers like ourselves.
Since that first year, Elizabeth has become Vice President of the Griggs County chapter of Farmers Union. She then served on the Bylaws Committee at the 2015 Annual Convention. And this year, Elizabeth was the chairperson for the Credentials/Elections Committee at the Annual Convention. There she was, my Republican wife, up on stage at the 2016 NDFU Annual Convention reading the names of the election winners, from the President down to the national conference delegates. I am very proud of her ability to get involved in an organization that serves to be a strong voice for farmers in North Dakota.