WV Farm Bureau Media Releases
 released 1-2-08

Gillum receives 30-year Farm Bureau service award

December 12, 2007 - LeVera J. Gillum, Director of Operations for the West Virginia Farm Bureau (WVFB), was recognized for thirty years of dedicated and exemplary service at the organization’s annual convention, held November 9-11, 2007 at the Sutton/Flatwoods Days Hotel.

Gillum began her career with WVFB in 1977, hired by then-President Paul Nay to serve as secretary for both West Virginia Farm Bureau and Farm Family Insurance Company. She has since held the positions of bookkeeper and office manager, and was promoted to Director of Operations of WVFB in July 1995.

In his remarks upon presenting the award, WVFB President Charles Wilfong said, “LeVera loves the Farm Bureau and its members and is deeply committed to the organization. She strives to exemplify the mission and purpose of the Farm Bureau. Her dedication is second to none.  She has willingly stepped up to the plate on two different occasions to serve as interim Secretary-Treasurer, the head position at the Farm Bureau, and did an outstanding job while still performing her own duties.  She knows the organization inside and out and is called upon frequently for her historical knowledge.”

After receiving the award, Gillum addressed the group of about 400 Farm Bureau leaders from across the state, thanking Nay as well as current President Charles Wilfong, Secretary-Treasurer Jamie Kinsey, board members and members for allowing her to serve them for 30 years.

Gillum has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Buckhannon Business and Professional Woman of the Year; Republican of the Year; Who’s Who in Upshur County; and Republican Volunteer of the Year; and was appointed to serve on the U. S. Presidential Business Commission.  She presently serves as the President of the Central West Virginia Republican Women, Vice-Chairman of the Upshur County Republican Executive Committee, First Vice-President of Buckhannon Business and Professional Women, Secretary to the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Association.  She is a member of the Upshur County Farm Bureau, the Way of Holiness Church and a member and graduate of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Gillum and her husband, Keith, have one son, Ryan; a daughter-in-law, Melanie; and grandchildren Jazmin, Adaryus and Jordan.