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February 23, 2011   Email to Friend 

Mullins Retires After More Than Three Decades With Federation
Darryal Ray

Ginger Mullins
When she first joined the Alabama Farmers Federation as a part-time membership clerk in August 1978, Ginger Mullins had no idea what the organization was all about.

"All I knew about the state's commodities was that you bought them in the grocery store," she said with a laugh.

But when Mullins retired as administrative assistant to the Federation's Department of Governmental and Agricultural Programs on Feb. 1, she left behind a family of farm friends from all over the state.

"The people are what I'll miss most," said Mullins, whose Federation career spans more than 32 years. "I feel like I have friends from one end of the state to the other."

Likewise, Jimmy Carlisle, director of the Governmental and Agricultural Programs, says Mullins' quick smile and people-pleasing attitude will be sorely missed. "Ginger's retirement leaves a giant hole in the Federation," said Carlisle. "She's going to be missed not only by me and the rest of the Federation staff, but by hundreds of our members. She's touched the lives of so many of our members, always eager to help out and always smiling. The commodity directors all love her, and our department won't be the same without Ginger."

Carlisle said much of Mullins' duties are being divided between two other administrative assistants -- Millie Hawes and Carla Hornady. Mullins was recognized at last summer's Commodity Producers Conference for more than three decades of service to the Federation.

She said her retirement will be filled with painting, volunteering and spending time with her husband, Ronnie; son, Troy; and son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie Dean and Karen, who live in Fairhope with her three grandchildren -- George (5), Lucy (3) and Mae (10 months).

"There aren't many places you can work where you can truthfully say you have so many friends," said Mullins. "Unless they've experienced it, people just don't understand when people talk about this organization being a family. Everybody cares for one another."

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