Gerald Henry - 2013 Farm Leader of the Year

By Heather Roberts |

Published 03/28 2014 05:07PM

Updated 03/28 2014 05:25PM

Henry, The News-Gazette’s Farm Leader of the Year, was selected by the men who previously won that distinction. Since 1972, 44 others have been named Farm Leaders for their contributions to agriculture and the community.

In addition to farming in the Sadorus area, Henry has been active in:

— The Champaign County Farm Bureau, where he served four terms on the board of directors, has been co-chair of the Land Use Committee and chair of the Ag Leaders of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and has been a delegate to the Illinois Farm Bureau convention.

— Sadorus United Methodist Church, where he chairs the administrative board and serves as treasurer.

— Sadorus Sportsman’s Club, where he has spent 20 years on the board of directors.

— Sadorus Fire Protection District, where he has been a trustee for 12 years and chairman for six years. He was chairman of the building committee for a new fire station.

— Okaw Drainage District, where he is chairman of the board of commissioners. The board oversees a 12-mile stretch of the Kaskaskia River in southern Champaign and northern Douglas counties and the 17 subdistrict tiles that drain into it.

— The food pantry at the Sadorus Community Center that serves families in southwestern Champaign County. The pantry is operated by volunteers from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sadorus and the nearby Sadorus and Parkville United Methodist churches.

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