2013 Ag Alumni Banquet

Last updated 1/30/2014

Mark Gordon

Photo courtesy of Kewanee Star Courier

Mark Gordon, of Middletown, Ill., right, received the 2013 Outstanding Ag Alumnus Award Jan. 26 at the annual meeting and banquet of the Black Hawk East Agri-Business Club Alumni, Presenting the award are Dennis Aupperle of Princeville, left, and Kindra Callahan, of Cambridge, both members of the board of directors.

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Liz Breedlove

Photo courtesy of Kewanee Star Courier



Liz Breedlove, executive director of the Black Hawk College East Foundation, was presented the 2013 Friend of Black Hawk East Agri-Business Club Alumni Award during the group’s annual meeting and banquet Jan. 26 at The Kewanee Dunes. Presenting the award on behalf of ag alumni was board member Bill LeSage of Kewanee.

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2013 ABCA Banquet Report »

The annual Agri-Business Club Alumni [ABCA] Meeting & Banquet of Black Hawk College East Campus was Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at The Dunes in Kewanee, Ill

The 40th annual Agri-Business Club Alumni [ABCA] Meeting & Banquet of Black Hawk College East Campus was successfully held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013 at The Dunes, Kewanee, IL. 127 ABCA alumni members and guests enjoyed the buffet meal which was preceded by the social hour where intense visiting occurred. Missy Vail and Michelle Wexell entertained those assembled. A live auction, 50/50 drawing and a basket raffle took place during the evening to help raise money, $4,767 for the ABCA which help fund activities for the East Campus Agriculture Program.

Awards for the evening were presented to Mark Gordon of Middletown, IL, a 1983 Ag Production major, as the Outstanding Ag Alumni. Liz Breedlove, Executive Director, BHE Foundation, was the recipient of the Friends of ABCA award.

Special guests were Chanda Dowell, Vice President of the East Campus, B .J. McCullum, Assistant dean and coach of the EC Men’s basketball team; Liz Breedlove, BHE Foundation Executive Director and her husband Dan; and Dave Clarke, Kewanee Star Courier who incidentally was the initial recipient of the Friends of ABCA Award.

For the business portion of the program, Liz Breedlove reported on the ABCA affiliation with the BHE Foundation in order to have the 501 (c)(3) designation for future donations to the ABCA, and the election of officers and directors for the 2013-14 year. The newly elected officers are: Dennis Aupperle, Chairman, Ashlee Harkey, Vice Chairman; Kindra Callahan, Secretary, and Andrew Bergeson, Treasurer. Brook Byers, Kim Stevens and Bill LeSage were elected Directors for a three-year term.

A pre-annual meeting tour of the BHE campus was held for those Alumni who wished to return to observe the many changes and additions which have transpired since their attending the campus. BHE Ag Ambassadors were instrumental in the success of the occasion by serving as greeters and tour guides.

Jon R. Wolf, Executive Secretary, and Eldon R. “Bud” Aupperle, Associate Executive Secretary and the ABCA Board were in charge of the annual meeting and banquet.

Submitted by, Bud Aupperle