My name is Ridgeden Beam pin #1718, I am your 2021 Noble Ruler of Alpha Gamma Rho Beta Chapter. I am from Wilmington, Ohio and I am in my second semester of my junior year with a major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering. My aims are to work in the agricultural equipment design and manufacturing field. I was initiated in the first class of 2019. I am very honored and humbled to have the privilege to lead the brothers through the current year.
A little background about me, I grew up on a family grain farm with 200 head of angus cattle in Clinton county. We also ran a custom application manure operation across Southern and Central Ohio. Prior to my collegiate career, I was actively involved in 4-H, FFA, as well as the Clinton County Fair Board.
We have started off the 2021 spring semester in the midst of a pandemic. Although these times are uncertain, the brotherhood found in AGR Beta can never be hindered. Here in Columbus, our executive board has drafted and implemented a COVID-19 policy to ensure the safety of ourselves and others. As of 2021, we have maintained the title of the largest agricultural fraternity at The Ohio State University with 48 current members. We plan to start and finish out the 2021 Spring semester with continuously strong members and involvement. I could not be any more proud of the resilience of Beta Chapter in these challenging times. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the collective GPA of all 48 members of Beta house was a 3.32 on a 4.0 scale! Our members have pushed past any obstacle in their path and persevered through every challenge set against them. Our members have had to transition into an asynchronous learning environment, but that hasn’t stopped their determination. I am also blown away by how our members have exhibited a passion for building our fraternal membership by pounding the pavement and bringing in young men who value agriculture and want to be part of an organization that helps strives to build tomorrow’s strong leaders.
In the Fall semester of 2020, the brothers of AGR Beta were unable to host the annual, AGR Holiday Classic Cattle Show due to various University policies. Each year prior, the Beta Chapter hosts the cattle show to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. We set a goal of raising $10,000 and exceeded that goal by a substantial amount. I would like to thank our outstanding Alumni for continuing our tradition by hosting the AGR Alumni Holiday Classic Cattle Show, which was a record breaking show with 793 registered head.
I would like to thank my current brothers and alumni for supporting me and also allowing me to lead them into the 2021 calendar year. I am certain that the future of Beta Chapter has never been brighter and there are many goals and plans to continuously improve our members and those around us!
Ridgeden Beam #1718