Alvin VanderVos | 2024 Gallatin County Ag Service Award Winner

Published: March 8, 2024
Author/Pilot: Dallas Fischer
Category Tags: AGRICULTURE

Alvin VanderVos was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley and grew up working both on his family’s farm and for other neighboring farmers. He attended Manhattan Christian School and continued on to the Helena Vo-Tech where he learned diesel and agricultural mechanics. After completing his education, Alvin returned to the Gallatin Valley where he has worked for nearly all of the valley’s implement dealers throughout his career, including Churchill Equipment for the last 20 years. He has become a premier baler mechanic, with the skills and ability to work on balers of any color. This ability has grown to a point where Alvin has put on baler schools for the purpose of educating farmers on the steps needed to operate, service and repair their own balers, saving them time and money.

Alvin’s service to agriculture and community extends beyond simply keeping machinery and equipment operating in the field. He is an active member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church and has served as a deacon and boy’s leader for the cadets. He recently retired from the Manhattan Planning Board after 16 years and has also served on the Gallatin County Gravel Task Force. He’ll tell you that his most rewarding volunteer service has been with the Belgrade Jaycees where he worked on many community improvement projects. He served as the chapter president and received a state Top Ten President award. He also served as a regional director for the Jaycees resulting in receipt of the prestigious Clint Dunagan Memorial Award for the top 50 directors in the nation.

Alvin VanderVos is a loving husband and father of eight grown children who treasures his family, friends, and neighbors. His efforts to serve and support agriculture and his community in the Gallatin Valley have been observed and appreciated by many members of our farm and ranch community. Alvin’s 2024 Service to Agriculture award is very well deserved and we are all better for having him as a member of our agricultural community.

Alvin VanderVos | Gallatin County Ag Service Recipient