The Board of Supervisors of the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) would like to cordially invite the public to help celebrate their 73rd anniversary in conservation while also voting for the next Board Supervisor. The dinner meeting is slated for Thursday, November 2nd at the Geauga County Fairgrounds School Building, 14373 N. Cheshire Roadin Burton. Registration and the election of one Board Supervisor will be from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. only. Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 p.m. Candidates include Robert Lausin and Robert J. Rogish, Jr.
Robert Lausin lives in Thompson with his wife Cindy of 34 years and owns a dairy operation alongside his cousin Joe and both of their fathers. Bob has lived in Thompson his entire life except for four years of U.S. Navy service. They have three grown sons. Bob served on the Geauga SWCD Board of Supervisors from 1992-1994 and 2001-2006. He is a graduate of Ledgemont High School and had been a 4-H advisor for the Thompson-Ledge Dairymen for 19 years. He is also a member of the AMVET Post #1968. His conservation interests include farmland preservation and composting.
Robert J. Rogish, Jr.
Bob Rogish has served on the SWCD board since 2015 and is currently the Chairman. Bob is a lifelong Geauga County resident. He grew up in Munson Township and currently lives on the Rogish Farm in Chester Township with his wife Amy. Bob is employed by Patterson Farms and takes part in the daily operations of Patterson Fruit Farm. Along with their 40 acre farm, he and his wife also own and operate Tannenbaums, a fresh cut Christmas tree business on the grounds of Patterson Fruit Farm.
Bob served 8 years on the Geauga County Fair Board with positions of Director, Vice President, and President, and was a founding member of the Great Geauga County Fair Foundation. He is a volunteer for the Geauga County Maple Festival, a member of Geauga County Farm Bureau, a 2007 graduate of Leadership Geauga, and serves on the Geauga County Planning Commission Board.
As graduate of Chardon High School and Auburn Career Center studying Horticultural Science, Bob attended Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute and studied Crop Services. In his free time Bob can be found on his tractor, snowmobile, motorcycle, or enjoying dinner out with his wife. Bob is excited to run for the board as another way to continue giving back to the community and the county that he has called home for the past 38 years.
All voters must be at least 18 years of age the night of the election and must reside or own land within Geauga County. You may stop by to vote even if you are not able to stay for the meeting. Anyone wishing to vote who cannot attend the meeting may do so by making a request for an absentee voting ballot. Ballot requests can be obtained at the Geauga SWCD office, on the website at Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, or by calling 440-834-1122. Don’t miss this annual event filled with unique raffle items, delicious food, conservation awards, and a special presentation entitled “There’s No Place Like Home: Geauga County’s Special Plants and Animals” by Paul Pira of Geauga Park District. The cost is $10.00 per person and the reservation deadline is October 20th. Visit Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District or call 440-834-1122 for more information.