(Dec. 13, 2012) "” At the recent Annual Meeting of the Ralph K. Morris Foundation, Bill Berry was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. Mr. Berry currently works as a self-employed writer, editor and communications specialist. His major areas of emphasis are conservation, agriculture and forestry. Mr. Berry is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is married and currently resides in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. "Following the death of Rod Nilsestuen, the Morris Foundation made a commitment to help carry on his legacy," said Chris Morris, Chair of the Morris Foundation. "We are excited to have Bill Berry join the Board and share his knowledge and experience related to Rod's passions of land conservation, sustainability and environmental matters. These new focus areas will be in addition to our current focus of cooperative leadership development."
Three incumbent directors Chris Morris, son of Ralph Morris and lawyer at Bassford Remele, William Nelson, Vice President, CHS Corporate Citizenship and President, CHS Foundation, David Swanson, lawyer at Dorsey & Whitney LLP were also appointed to another three-year term at the Annual Meeting. Current officers Chris Morris, William Nelson, Dave Swanson and Jayne Wilgus were re-elected to a one year term as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.
The Ralph K. Morris Foundation was established in 2001 to carry on the legacy of a great cooperative leader, attorney Ralph Morris. The objective of the Foundation is to provide development opportunities for emerging leaders expressing interest in applying and advancing the principles of cooperation, and in promoting farmland preservation, land stewardship and sustainability. For more information on the Foundation, please visit their website at www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org.