Becker honored for years of service to the NBHF
Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:26pm admin
Cresco - Ken Becker, a charter member of the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, has rendered his resignation as secretary for 19 years but is staying on as a board member. For his efforts, the board is honoring him at a coffee on Monday, June 4, at 10 a.m. It is being held at CUSB’s Grange Hall.
Becker explained how he became secretary. “In 1999 I thought I was going to a meeting to report on it [for the Times Plain Dealer]. I walked out as secretary. We’ve been meeting monthly ever since.” Other charter members were Ted Behrens as president, Don Arendt as vice-president, Jack Thomson as treasurer and Steve Johnson.
Becker is proud of the work the Foundation has done over the years, which has included acquiring the boyhood and birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug. “We put a lot of time, effort and work into the buildings,” he noted.
The boyhood farm is in pretty good shape. Most of the work lately has been done on the birthplace barn and other buildings. The house is the next big project.
One big change has been with the technology part of the organization, which Mark Johnson has been in charge of. He joins the 16-17 other board members.
“We keep busy, and our agendas are full. We’ve come a long way and still have a ways to go, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Becker added.
Help congratulate Ken Becker on a job well done at the June 4 coffee.