Rosalie and her family were presented the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau’ award during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 4.
“Because of their dedication to the Farm Bureau organization and agriculture I am extremely pleased to recognize Rosalie and Randy for their distinguished service to Farm Bureau,” said WFBF President Kevin Krentz. “Although Randy died in 2019, it doesn’t diminish his legacy and input to the dairy industry across the nation and around the globe but also his passion for serving others. His passion was contagious.”
Rosalie and Randy’s farming careers began in 1969. In 1981, they moved to a farm near Reedsville that has been owned by Rosalie’s ancestors since 1867. Ran-Rose Dairy was known for a fine herd of registered Holsteins where cows, heifers and embryos are marketed around the world. The family grew 360 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat.
Besides the county and state Farm Bureau and the agricultural community, many organizations benefited from Rosalie and Randy’s knowledge and dedication including Milk Marketing Board or now, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, World Dairy Expo, National Milk Producers Federation, Wisconsin Agri-Business Council, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Holstein Association and the National Dairy Board, just to name a few.
“The time and dedication that Rosalie and Randy gave to the agricultural community and Farm Bureau is a true testament to Rosalie receiving Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau award and to Randy’s memory and honor,” said Manitowoc County Farm Bureau President Brent Sinkula.
Sinkula added that he still uses one of Randy’s membership selling points when recruiting Farm Bureau members and to encourage board members to make the county board’s membership goals, “If everyone brings in just one member, we got this.”
The Geiger family are true believers in the importance of cooperation and the value of serving others.
Randy and Rosalie’s children and grandchildren include son Corey and his wife Krista Knigge of rural Mukwonago; and daughter Angela Zwald and her husband and their three children, Mary, Allison and Zachary, of rural Beaver Dam.