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Zap rancher elected President of Stockmen's Association

11/06/08 (Thu)

 

It was just over two years ago when Melvin Leland, then President of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, approached Jack Reich about becoming that organization’s vice president.

"I was just shocked," Reich recalls. "Very surprised … very honored. But I thought no. I don’t think so. I’m kind of a behind the scenes guy. I like helping, but I don’t want to be the guy that’s up front."

When the official offer from the organization came, Reich turned them down.

But Leland was persistent, and when he and several past presidents of the organization pressed him, it was Jack’s wife Mardee who intervened.

"Well, don’t put it out of your mind," she said. "That’s quite an honor. It will be good for you."

Now, more than two years later, after accepting that position of vice president, Reich, rural Zap, is the newly elected president of one of the state’s most influential agricultural organizations.