AMBOY - The Lee County Farm Bureau is honored to recognize the late Christy Lilja, Washington D.C., with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition for longtime service to the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The Distinguished Service Award was established to honor and recognize an individual or couple who has shown exemplary leadership and service to Farm Bureau, agriculture and farmers in Lee County and beyond.
Lilja started at AFBF in accounting in 1985 when AFBF was located in Park Ridge. She relocated to Washington D.C. when AFBF moved there in 2003. She served as executive director of accounting and administration for a decade. In 2018, she took on a new role as the Executive Director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Lilja was recognized at the Lee County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Jan. 9.