Earl Ziebarth - Vice Chairman
Parents: Earl W. Ziebarth
and Dorothy M. Ziebarth, formerly of Davenport, Iowa.
attended Stetson September 1952-January 1954.Transferred Florida Southern College
in 1954 and graduated in June 1957, receiving a BS Degree in Citrus Production, with minors in Science and Horticulture.He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Fraternity.In 1956-57, was elected President of the Inter-Fraternity Council of Florida Southern College.Upon graduation he was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate in the Reserve Officers Training Corp, and received a reserve commission in the grade of 2nd Lieutenant, in the United States Army. Military: Earl initially enlisted in the US Army Reserve January 19, 1954, while attending Stetson University.
Upon graduation from Florida Southern College he
was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army
Reserve.After attending Air Defense Officer Basic Course and a tour of duty at Ft. Bliss, TX, he
returned to Pierson, Florida.He
served in the USAR until early 1960's and then transferred to the Florida Army National Guard.He served on the staff of the 2nd Battalion 124th Infantry and later with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry.
In 1964 he
was reassigned to Battery C, 1st Battalion 265th Artillery as Executive Officer.In 1965, he was promoted to the rank of Captain an assigned as Commander, D Battery, 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery (AW), in Daytona Beach, FL. In March 1967, he attended the US Army Air Defense Artillery Career Course at Ft Bliss, TX, and graduated in June 1967.
In October 1967 he
voluntarily returned to active duty at Ft. Bliss, TX, as an instructor in air defense tactics.In August 1968, he
was ordered to the Republic of South Vietnam and assigned to the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (AW) Bn. at Dong Ha Combat Base.Dong Ha was located about six kilometers south of the DMZ.The battalion provided direct fire support (40mm and 50 Cal) to anyone needing it.September 1969 found Earl back at Ft. Bliss, TX as the Assistant Operations Officer for the U.S. Army Air Defense School Support Command.In April 1970 he
volunteered for reassignment to RVN
was sent to Ft. Gordon, Ga. for a Civil Affairs
Staff Officer Course and subsequently assigned to the 29th Civil Affairs Company
, 24th US Army Corp
, Da Nang
as the Operations Officer.
retired from military service in 1985.
Awards and Decorations: Bronze Star w/1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation w/1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (30 years), National Defense Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVN), Honor Medal 1st Class (RVN), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation (RVN).
Business: Living in Pierson, he
grew up in the "Fern Industry".In the late 40's Earl and his
father started the first "real" commercial planting of leatherleaf fern, in Pierson, and later an assortment of other greens.This was a change from the plumosus fern.In 1960 he left the business and spent about six years as an Inspector IV, Feed Seed, Fertilizer and Pesticide with the Florida Department of Agriculture, then six years on active duty and civil service.
In 1973, he
returned to Pierson, and the family business.1n 1975 Growers Supply Company, Inc
was incorporated as an Agricultural Supply Company.Earl served as President and CEO until 1997, and then Chairman of the Board.He
closed the corporation, December 31,1998.Currently he am under contract to Syngenta Crop Protection Company, Inc as a consultant in the Leather Leaf Fern industry. Earl
still maintains a small business growing specialty greens and foliage which he
sells to local shippers. Public Service: Earl served in the Pierson Volunteer Fire Department from August 1979-1988.Earl served as Chief of the Department from 1985-88.At the same time he served as Chief, Quadrant 4, Volusia County Fire Service.In 1992 he was appointed as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town Of Pierson.He
held that position until November 2000.In the mid 90's he
was appointed to the Pierson Zoning and Planning Commission
had to resign that position in 1998 when he
was elected to the Pierson Town Council
.In 1998, and served a two-year term.In February 2002, he
was appointed by the Volusia County Soil and Water Conservation District Board
to fill a vacant position of Supervisor on the Board.This is a four-year, countywide elected position.In August 2002 he
attended the Florida Association of Conservation Districts Annual Convention
in Panama City and participated in conferences and workshops. Earl
failed to win re-election in November 2002.He
attended the National Association of Conservation Districts Convention
in January 2003 and participated in the workshops at the Convention.He was appointed as an Associate Supervisor in January 2004.He
has attended and participated in numerous meetings of the Volusia Water Alliance
and the Water Authority of Volusia
.In February 2004 he
attended and participated in the organizational meeting of the Florida Soil and Water Conservation Council
.In March 2004, Earl was reappointed as a Supervisor on the VSWCD and currently serves as Chairman of the VSWCD and 1st Vice President of the Association of Conservation Districts.As Vice President of the AFCD he serves as Alternate Board Member for the National Association of Conservation Districts.Earl
is the AFCD's
representative to the Florida Soil and Water Conservation Council
maintains personal contact with several Florida State Representatives, Senators, and the Commissioner of Agriculture. VFW: In September 1974 Earl joined Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9726, Pierson, FL. In the early 1990s he served as Jr. Vice Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, and in 1996, served as Commander of the Post.He
held the position for three years.In 2000, he was elected Quartermaster of Post 9726 and served two years.He also served as Adjutant, VOD Chairman, Poppy Chairman, and Service Officer of Post 9726. In 1997, he was elected Jr. Vice Commander of District 19.In 1998 he was elected Sr. Vice Commander, and 1999, was elected Commander of District 19.In 2002-2003, Earl served as Adjutant/Quartermaster, District 19, as well as Voice of Democracy Chairman, and Membership Chairman. In 2001-2002 he served as State Deputy Chief of Staff for District 19. Earl served as the Adjutant/Quartermaster in Post 2380, from September 2004- June 2005 where he is currently a member. Earl also served as State Assistant Chief of Staff, for the VFW Department of Florida as well as Disaster Relief Coordinator for three Districts, including the counties of Nassau, Duval, Clay St. Johns, Putnam, Volusia, Seminole and Orange. Earl
met Norma J. Gillis in July 1971. and they were married in the Main Post
Chapel, Ft Bragg, NC, on October 16, 1971.
...In 2005, Earl signed a contract with PaRR Inspections, of Winchester, VA as a Disaster Housing Inspector.He
served from September 2005- December 2005, in Louisiana and South Florida, after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.