Nov 282012

Gerald and Arlene Flake received the Arizona Farm Bureau Heritage Award during the 91st annual Arizona Farm Bureau conference in Litchfield Park during an awards ceremony recently celebrating farmers and ranchers throughout the state.
The Heritage Award is given to individuals and families that are involved in agriculture, and have given extraordinary voluntary service to their industry and to their Farm Bureau.
Gerald is a fourth generation rancher in Snowflake. His great-grandfather helped settle Snowflake. Both Gerald and Arlene studied at Arizona State University, where Gerald earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
Gerald first joined Farm Bureau when Floyd Hawkins was president in the late 1960s, and his first leader-ship role was as secretary for the Navajo County Farm Bureau. Arlene took over the secretary-treasurer position and served Navajo County Farm Bureau for more than 30 years. She is also very active in the Women’s Committee events and participates with Ag in the Classroom.
He became president of the Navajo County Farm Bureau and began serving on the Arizona Board from 1980 to 1983. He returned to be county president and to the state board in 2001, and was elected second vice president in 2004 and served through 2007. When the second VP slot came open, he felt it was important to have a rancher represented in the officer team and when he couldn’t find a rancher willing to run for the position, he ran himself.
Gerald has received the FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer.
He and Arlene served an 18-month mission in Nebraska for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and continue to be very active with their church.
Gerald is also a member of the Navajo County Cattleman’s Association. Arlene is the past president of the Silver Creek Performing Arts Association, and volunteered to coach softball and basketball with the Snow-flake recreation program. She is currently serving as the Snowflake Heritage Foundation president.
When asked what piece of knowledge they would share with other Farm Bureau members, they responded, “The more you put into Farm Bureau, the more you get out of it.”