March 2012

We value the dedication of our IFT section leaders. View our "Section of the Month" profiles to learn more.

Bluegrass Section:
Question and Answer with Megan Rothgerber, Secretary

Blueglass Section

When was the Bluegrass Section established?
The Bluegrass Section was established in 1961 (we are 51 years in the making). We were recognized as a 2010-2011 Section of Merit.

What are some of my volunteer duties?
As the secretary, my volunteer duties include taking minutes at board meetings, sending out mass e-mail notifications about upcoming events, and providing general support to all BGIFT members. I volunteer so that I can network with professionals in the food science industry and be involved in the community.

What was the most well attended section event in 2011?
It’s a tie! Our most well attended events are the Suppliers’ Night in the fall and our annual golf scramble in the spring.

What are a couple of fun facts associated with the Bluegrass Section?

  • Our section is passionate about awarding scholarships to students pursuing food science degrees. We support three local universities: Sullivan University, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky.
  • Our section members support two of the greatest basketball teams in the NCAA, the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the University of Louisville Cardinals.
  • One of our members owns several thoroughbred horses and hopes to compete in the Kentucky Derby one day.
  • Bluegrass, although a well-known grass seed, is not actually blue.
  • Bourbon is made only in Kentucky.

Iowa Section: Question & Answer with Teresa Busch, Chair-Elect

Iowa Section

When was the Iowa Section established?
The Iowa Section was organized in 1947 and the section charter was dated June 6, 1948.

How did you become interested in volunteering for the Iowa Section?
After being a member of IFT for quite awhile, I was in a good place to offer my time and efforts as a volunteer. IFT really supports professional development and the promotion of food science as a career.

I was in the middle of serving a term as Secretary of the Wisconsin Section when I relocated to Iowa. The Iowa Section was very welcoming and after attending a few meetings, I was asked to run for Member-at-Large.

I would recommend that new members reach out to their local sections and become involved; it is an excellent way to expand your network and learn about the food industry in your region.

What was the most well attended section event in 2011?
Our most well attended section event was held in November 2011. We started with a tour of the Eurofins Scientific laboratories followed by dinner at Proof Restaurant in Des Moines.

What is a fun fact associated with the Iowa Section?
One of our very first section meetings was a dinner held in January 1952 at the Pine Room of Iowa State University Memorial Union. The cost of dinner was approximately $1.32.