Major gift to Mississippi County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Darlene Musick, widow of Joe Musick, past president of the county Farm Bureau organization, made a $4,000 contribution in honor of her late husband. According to Benton Felts, president of the foundation, this is the largest donation by an individual to this date. Actually, the contribution was made possible when Mrs. Musick established the Joe Musick Memorial Scholarship Fund shortly after his death about two years ago.

Darlene Musick presents check to the Farm Bureau scholarship fund to Benton Felts, president of Mississippi County Farm Bureau.

Mrs. Musick announced to the executive committee of the county Farm Bureau that, "It is an honor and privilege to present this $4,000 check on behalf of the Joe Musick Memorial Scholarship Fund. Joe always had a passion for education and agriculture. He was a well respected educator, family farmer, mentor and friend."

Joe endeavored to involve young farmers in the county organization. Also, he saw the need to grow the future ranks of the county farming community by establishing a scholarship fund for young men and women. He was one of the very first to suggest a Scholarship Foundation.

"We see that hope become a reality with the establishment of the Foundation," his widow said.

His family and friends sought to establish a lasting tribute in honor of his life and work.

Mrs. Musick quoted William Jennings Bryan as she made the presentation. His comment was "Destiny is not a matter of chance; It is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for; but rather something to be achieved."

"The Scholarship foundation was not a matter of chance but a matter of choice," she said. "Some three dozen families, companies, and organizations did not leave this process to chance but made a choice to give to an Agricultural Scholarship fund in memory of my husband."

She further stated that the loss of Joe can never be undone but the flickering candle of some young farmer's future can be lit and in such a way, Joe's legacy will live on.

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