FreeState Members Elect Board Members for the Board of Trustees

FreeState Members Elect Board Members for the Board of Trustees

What makes up the cooperative difference? The opportunity for each member to vote for their representation on the Board of Trustees. In April, members voted for three trustee positions on the board. Below are the results of that election. They were also announced at the FreeState annual meeting on April 24 in Perry. 


Matthew Turecek
Valley Falls

Turecek has been a member of the co-op for four years. He is a new addition to the board of trustees. 

As a farmer and rancher, he understands business ventures and how co-ops are the lifeblood of rural Kansas. He knows first-hand the role co-ops play in agriculture and rural Northeast Kansas.

As a former vice-president of a rural fire district board in Colorado, Turecek understands the needs of rural communities and the resources it takes to thrive. As a board member, Turecek will work to educate member-owners on the inner workings of the cooperative at a higher level that will lead to better engagement for all.



Robert L. Sage
Maple Hill 

Sage has served the cooperative for the past 13 years as a second-generation trustee. He has been a member-owner of the co-op for 28 years.

As a farmer and Farm Bureau insurance agent, Sage is involved within the communities of FreeState’s West District. He is also involved in the Dover Community Foundation, was a past USD 330 school board president and has served as a volunteer fireman for Shawnee County, District No. 4.

Being accessible to all members is vital to the success of the board and being involved within the community to work together for a common goal are important to Sage.



William (Bill) Conley

Conley has served the cooperative for the past three years as a second-generation trustee.

As a farmer and stockman, Conley believes it is important to stay involved to advocate for members. He has also served on the Kaw Valley USD 321 strategic planning committee. As a trustee, Conley’s goals are to promote reliable, safe, and economical service to all by striving to implement new and cutting-edge technology and continued education to the cooperative membership. Conley is involved with the Jackson County Soil Conservation Board, as well as the Rossville United Methodist Church. 


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