Delegates to the 95th annual Oklahoma Farmers Union Convention elected a new president, secretary and two board members to oversee operations of the 115,600-member family farm organization and domestic insurance company.
Ray L. Wulf, Oklahoma City, was elected to a three-year term as president and chief executive officer. He replaces Phillip Klutts, Okemah, who had served in that capacity since 1992.
Wulf, 41, had served as OFU state secretary for six years. He also has been a registered lobbyist for OFU since 1994, and has participated in numerous national lobbying trips on behalf of family agriculture. He was Garfield County Farmers Union president for 12 years.
Growing up on a family farm, in Fairfax, the Wulf family have been active members of Farmers Union since the early 1950s. After graduating Fairfax High School in 1977, Wulf attended Oklahoma State University, earning a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a master's degree in agriculture.
Before being elected as state secretary and moving his family to Oklahoma City, from Enid, in 1994, he worked as a financial planner for the Agricultural Mediation Program to provide support to farmers and ranchers who were struggling to survive under adverse debt, uncontrollable fixed and variable costs coupled with uncertain income. Wulf previously taught farm business management and later served as an agricultural loan officer.
He and his wife, Sharlene, have three children: Jennifer, 14; J.R., 11, and Wyatt, 4. They are members of the United Methodist Church of the Servant, in Oklahoma City.
Royce Meek, an OFU insurance agent and county board member, from Broken Bow, was elected to fill the unexpired state secretary's term until the 2001 convention. Ed Preble, an OFU insurance agent and county president, from Norman, was elected to an executive board seat, which he had previously held from 1991 until 1977. Executive Board Director Bob Nick, Okmulgee, was re-elected to his third three-year term.
Oklahoma Farmers Union represents its membership of family farmers, ranchers and other rural citizens through educational opportunities, legislative representation and insurance services.