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FFA donation
Ken and Pat Scholl, center, pose with members of the North Bend FAA
and represetatives of Monsanto.

Scholls donate to local FFA

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/13/13

Ken and Pat Scholl of Fremont have connections to North Bend. Pat is the daughter of Jimmie Posey, owner of the Old Scout Lounge (now RJs) in downtown North Bend for 24 years. The couple has two grandsons who graduated from North Bend Central, Justin Scholl in 2011 and Kyle Langhorst in 2008. Neither were involved in FFA, but Kyle told his grandfather he wished he had been.

The Scholls were notified that they were winners in “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Since Dodge County had been declared a drought disaster area by the USDA, he won and additional $2,500. Ken Scholl had selected North Bend FFA for his initial gift and Archbishop Bergan Elementary School for the secondary gift.

The North Bend FFA was more than pleased with the donation and members turned out in force to thank the Scholls for the gift.

D.J. Mottl, adviser for the NBC FFA chapter, said the money will be used for a leadership conference coming up.

“Instead of six students going, we will be able to send 20,” Mottl said.

Mottl said that the funds will also be used for service projects that the FFA does in the summer. The group is also looking for something permanent to do for the town.

“I was really surprised when I got the call from Monsanto about the donation,” Mottle said. “I think it’s awesome that the Scholls thought of us.”

The Scholls farm north of Fremont and know a lot of people in the North Bend area.

Pat Scholl said they watch Rural Network television and are interested in the activities of youth as shown on the station.

“We are real impressed with (the North Bend FFA) kids,” Pat Scholl said. “They came right up and thanked us. If that’s what they learned in FFA then I’m real proud of them. I’m proud that this was Ken’s year. It’s always nice to give to an organization that we know is worthwhile.”

Ken said this is the first time he has ever won anything.

Doug Vrana, Monsanto district manager, said he has his customers fill out a form answering a few questions about their farming practices and where they would give $2,500. The names are entered in a drawing and Scholl’s name was picked for Dodge County. When Scholl was informed of the additional $2,500 they could donate, he selected the elementary school of a young friend of theirs.

This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural America. In 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

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