Five Questions with Mike Rauch, CCFB Board Member
What is a memory stamped into your mind from your involvement with Cook County Farm Bureau?
One of my earliest events with CCFB was Food Checkout Day at an old house in Chicago. It was converted for use as a Ronald McDonald House. We supported them for over a decade and all of the stories from families staying there were very moving. Our Food Checkout Day has developed into helping local food pantries and is still the most rewarding experience with CCFB.
What impresses you about the Cook County Farm Bureau?
What impresses me about this organization is the care, commitment, camaraderie, and professionalism of the members, staff, teams, and the board toward the improvement of the agriculture industry. It is wonderful to work with people that pull together to make our lives work better.
What is your favorite food?
Hamburgers. I could, and at times have, eaten them every day. I have at least five favorite places to visit, and they are great off the grill.
What is your favorite tractor?
There are two. My first tractor was an Allis Chalmer WD purchase from the Norman Straussenburg estate, which I’ve later learned was a former president of CCFB. About 20 years ago my daughter Jessica helped me restore it to keep as a fond memory. My latest favorite is my newest tractor, still nearly 20 years old, a John Deere 6150R. It has a buddy seat which allowed my wife and I to ride together from the church to the reception barn. It was a blast!
What did you want to be growing up?
I have always wanted to be a farmer since my earliest childhood memories. I still have and play with toys from my youth. I have been extremely blessed to be able to live my dream. One who does what they love, never has to work a day in their life.