Inglewood Young Farmers Gain Glory
9th April 2018
Inglewood Young Farmers named the Taranaki/Manawatu region’s best club
Inglewood Young Farmers has been recognised with a swag of accolades for its contribution to the community.
It’s been named the best NZ Young Farmers club in the Taranaki/Manawatu region, which stretches from Urenui to Wellington.
“I’m so proud of our club,” said chair Kenzie Bellringer. “It just goes to show you don’t have to be a big club to take out that award.”
Inglewood Young Farmers is Taranaki’s third largest NZ Young Farmers club, with 23 paid up members.
“We’re a small club, but we’re really active – both socially and in the community,” she said.
“We do something every Wednesday, whether it’s a pub night, a farm visit, a BBQ, or our monthly meeting.”
“The aim is to get young people out learning and socialising, and you don’t have to be a farmer to get involved,” said Kenzie.
The 26-year-old, who’s a qualified automotive painter, is currently a farm assistant on a 440-cow dairy farm at Inglewood.
She was named best club chair in the Taranaki/Manawatu region and the club also picked up an award for community involvement.
“I’m really happy,” said Kenzie, who’s in her third term as chair of the club.
Inglewood Young Farmers is heavily involved with the Purangi Kiwi Project and the Inglewood Lions Club.
“Last year a ball we organised raised $500 for the East Taranaki Environment Trust and its important kiwi conservation work,” said Kenzie.
The actively-growing club holds its monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at Fern Lodge.
“Belonging to a small club is a good thing. We all know each other and we’re all friends,” said Kenzie.
The chair of the new South Taranaki Young Farmers club, Amelia Nicholl, also won an award for leadership.
The awards were announced at the Taranaki/Manawatu region’s annual general meeting in Whanganui over the weekend.
Central Taranaki Young Farmers member Jessie Waite was elected chair of the sprawling region which has 11 clubs.