Oregon State

A Letter From the Association President

Fall 1985, I showed up at OSU for Interfraternity Council (IFC) Rush Week, already pledged to be a member at FarmHouse Fraternity. “Why FarmHouse?” “You grew up in a resort town, in Lake Tahoe, and don’t know much about farming or agriculture.” After an eight-hour drive from Nevada, while moving into the chapter, I was reminded immediately of the strong sense of belonging and shared values with each of the guys. Generally, FarmHouse men know how to make people feel welcome and expect to make lasting friendships. This was why FarmHouse was an easy choice.

Looking back, the most important lesson to be gained from a university experience is to discover for yourself who you are. Along the way of pursuing a degree, you experience successes and failures that demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses, ultimately forming your character. For me, FarmHouse Fraternity played a pivotal role in this process. FarmHouse, in the 1980’s and today, sponsors philanthropies to serve our communities. The process of organizing these events had lasting impact for my life. I have shared often with my own children that I discovered an important lesson while at college: “In order to be truly happy, you need to serve others.”

“The people you associate with today determine who you will become five years from now.”

The association with FarmHouse men had incredible impact. I was blessed to have incredible roommates in the Fraternity. Matt Gallant (OR 85) and his family took me in for Thanksgiving at their berry farm in Boring, Oregon. Having the quintessential collection of John Deere tractors, we pulled these amazing pieces of restored history out of the barn and paraded them around the property. Soon, I was bleeding John Deere yellow and green and learning all the JD models. I serviced equipment in diatomaceous soil that blows around like flour for Herb Vloedman (OR 85) at their family hay operation in Silver Lake. Then, I was baling grass seed straw in the Willamette Valley. I found myself working in Corvallis at a cherry orchard in the summer and going to the Oregon State Fair in Salem. I truly believe that my association with FarmHouse men in my college years was inspired by God, knowing that this “ski bum” from Lake Tahoe eventually would be operating a hay ranch in Central Oregon.

Since 2000, farming and agriculture became part of our everyday life. Karen and I moved back to her family hay ranch to help her father, who was struggling with an illness, but then soon realized we should make this our new home. On the ranch, we shared the opportunity to raise our three children with the same strong values associated with FarmHouse Fraternity. I even found myself as a leader and volunteer with Deschutes County 4-H and our local livestock club. I was able to attend state and national FFA conventions, watching my daughter receive her American Degree. In 1985, if asked, “Did you attend Oregon State University and join FarmHouse to go into agriculture?” I would say, “No way, I am going to be a fighter pilot in the Air Force!” Life is funny.

Dear FarmHouse Alumni,

You are now members of the NEW Oregon State FarmHouse Alumni Association. It is my pleasure, as president, to welcome you as new members. Since October 2021, we were officially recognized as a new nonprofit 501(c)7 organization. Essentially, it’s a simple organization, with bylaws, officers and articles of incorporation. Yet, our Alumni Association offers huge potential to impact men at Oregon State University.

An essential piece of any local chapter, the Alumni Association must be intentional if a FarmHouse chapter is going to succeed. I believe that a strong and growing FarmHouse chapter is a direct reflection of a strongly connected Alumni Association. Incredibly, FarmHouse men from OSU have maintained close friendships with their fraternity brothers from the years they spent in college. Historically, OSU FH alumni have underperformed as a collectively organized group. But as we forge ahead, our alumni now have the opportunity to harness their strengths and the potential to change all of that!

As the first priority, we seek to develop the strongest possible connections amongst FarmHouse alumni. For myself, I was super-excited to hear that we now have a newly re-established chapter at OSU. Equally, I was eager to re-connect with FarmHouse brothers not seen for decades! As an alumnus, I appreciate the opportunity to be re-united with a great group of men. In the coming weeks and months, you can expect more exciting opportunities to bring FH alumni together.

Expect to hear from us. As the new Association Board of Directors, we are committed to personally reaching out to you. Our goal is to create momentum by inviting you to local events, and to talk to you personally about current FH activities and opportunities.

The OSU FarmHouse Association will have its own website launching this semester. This will be the home page for every Association member. From here, you will be able to access Chapter and Association information, update your alumni account, pay Association dues, and donate to the FarmHouse Foundation.

Like never before, FarmHouse International is set up to support local chapters and individual members to become leaders on campus, in their communities, and in their chosen careers. The FarmHouse Foundation provides scholarships and grants to local chapters and individual members so that they can attend various leadership programs like the FarmHouse Leadership Institute, Power of 7, and many others. I am encouraged that FarmHouse passionately pursues the development of leaders of good moral character in our community.

As president of the Alumni Association, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and our new FarmHouse Chapter at OSU.

The vision for all FarmHouse alumni is simply stated by our moto, “Progress Shall Mark Our Every Step”. Welcome back and thank you for joining me in this valuable mission.

Fraternally,

Gary Moss OR ‘86

Oregon State FarmHouse Associaiton President

OFFICERS


Gary Moss

President

Raymond Seal

Vice President

Jensen Kimble

Treasurer

Jeffrey Weston

Secretary

ASSOCIATION NEWS


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PHOTO GALLERY


Portland Alumni Gathering

August 2021

Back in August, a few of our alumni got together for dinner in Tigard. There were familiar faces for some and new introductions for others. Amongst the chaos of life it was wonderful to spend some of it with fellow FarmHouse brothers. Everyone stayed well over two hours and chatted away the evening.

 

Oregon State


Oregon State

A Letter From the Association President

Fall 1985, I showed up at OSU for Interfraternity Council (IFC) Rush Week, already pledged to be a member at FarmHouse Fraternity. “Why FarmHouse?” “You grew up in a resort town, in Lake Tahoe, and don’t know much about farming or agriculture.” After an eight-hour drive from Nevada, while moving into the chapter, I was reminded immediately of the strong sense of belonging and shared values with each of the guys. Generally, FarmHouse men know how to make people feel welcome and expect to make lasting friendships. This was why FarmHouse was an easy choice.

Looking back, the most important lesson to be gained from a university experience is to discover for yourself who you are. Along the way of pursuing a degree, you experience successes and failures that demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses, ultimately forming your character. For me, FarmHouse Fraternity played a pivotal role in this process. FarmHouse, in the 1980’s and today, sponsors philanthropies to serve our communities. The process of organizing these events had lasting impact for my life. I have shared often with my own children that I discovered an important lesson while at college: “In order to be truly happy, you need to serve others.”

“The people you associate with today determine who you will become five years from now.”

The association with FarmHouse men had incredible impact. I was blessed to have incredible roommates in the Fraternity. Matt Gallant (OR 85) and his family took me in for Thanksgiving at their berry farm in Boring, Oregon. Having the quintessential collection of John Deere tractors, we pulled these amazing pieces of restored history out of the barn and paraded them around the property. Soon, I was bleeding John Deere yellow and green and learning all the JD models. I serviced equipment in diatomaceous soil that blows around like flour for Herb Vloedman (OR 85) at their family hay operation in Silver Lake. Then, I was baling grass seed straw in the Willamette Valley. I found myself working in Corvallis at a cherry orchard in the summer and going to the Oregon State Fair in Salem. I truly believe that my association with FarmHouse men in my college years was inspired by God, knowing that this “ski bum” from Lake Tahoe eventually would be operating a hay ranch in Central Oregon.

Since 2000, farming and agriculture became part of our everyday life. Karen and I moved back to her family hay ranch to help her father, who was struggling with an illness, but then soon realized we should make this our new home. On the ranch, we shared the opportunity to raise our three children with the same strong values associated with FarmHouse Fraternity. I even found myself as a leader and volunteer with Deschutes County 4-H and our local livestock club. I was able to attend state and national FFA conventions, watching my daughter receive her American Degree. In 1985, if asked, “Did you attend Oregon State University and join FarmHouse to go into agriculture?” I would say, “No way, I am going to be a fighter pilot in the Air Force!” Life is funny.

Dear FarmHouse Alumni,

You are now members of the NEW Oregon State FarmHouse Alumni Association. It is my pleasure, as president, to welcome you as new members. Since October 2021, we were officially recognized as a new nonprofit 501(c)7 organization. Essentially, it’s a simple organization, with bylaws, officers and articles of incorporation. Yet, our Alumni Association offers huge potential to impact men at Oregon State University.

An essential piece of any local chapter, the Alumni Association must be intentional if a FarmHouse chapter is going to succeed. I believe that a strong and growing FarmHouse chapter is a direct reflection of a strongly connected Alumni Association. Incredibly, FarmHouse men from OSU have maintained close friendships with their fraternity brothers from the years they spent in college. Historically, OSU FH alumni have underperformed as a collectively organized group. But as we forge ahead, our alumni now have the opportunity to harness their strengths and the potential to change all of that!

As the first priority, we seek to develop the strongest possible connections amongst FarmHouse alumni. For myself, I was super-excited to hear that we now have a newly re-established chapter at OSU. Equally, I was eager to re-connect with FarmHouse brothers not seen for decades! As an alumnus, I appreciate the opportunity to be re-united with a great group of men. In the coming weeks and months, you can expect more exciting opportunities to bring FH alumni together.

Expect to hear from us. As the new Association Board of Directors, we are committed to personally reaching out to you. Our goal is to create momentum by inviting you to local events, and to talk to you personally about current FH activities and opportunities.

The OSU FarmHouse Association will have its own website launching this semester. This will be the home page for every Association member. From here, you will be able to access Chapter and Association information, update your alumni account, pay Association dues, and donate to the FarmHouse Foundation.

Like never before, FarmHouse International is set up to support local chapters and individual members to become leaders on campus, in their communities, and in their chosen careers. The FarmHouse Foundation provides scholarships and grants to local chapters and individual members so that they can attend various leadership programs like the FarmHouse Leadership Institute, Power of 7, and many others. I am encouraged that FarmHouse passionately pursues the development of leaders of good moral character in our community.

As president of the Alumni Association, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and our new FarmHouse Chapter at OSU.

The vision for all FarmHouse alumni is simply stated by our moto, “Progress Shall Mark Our Every Step”. Welcome back and thank you for joining me in this valuable mission.

Fraternally,

Gary Moss OR ‘86

Oregon State FarmHouse Associaiton President

OFFICERS


Gary Moss

President

Raymond Seal

Vice President

Jensen Kimble

Treasurer

Jeffrey Weston

Secretary

ASSOCIATION NEWS


No posts found!

EVENTS


PHOTO GALLERY


Portland Alumni Gathering

August 2021

Back in August, a few of our alumni got together for dinner in Tigard. There were familiar faces for some and new introductions for others. Amongst the chaos of life it was wonderful to spend some of it with fellow FarmHouse brothers. Everyone stayed well over two hours and chatted away the evening.