Our Former President, Don Camp
Don Camp was born on July 29, 1925 to Georgia Anna App and Wofford Benjamin Camp in Bakersfield, California while his parents were living on the USDA Cotton Experiment Station in Shafter. Don graduated from Kern County Union High School in Bakersfield and attended Clemson College in South Carolina, graduating with the class of 1947 in Animal Husbandry. He loved cowboying in the Sierra Nevadas in the summers, and even in his early career followed his cattle-ranching desire, finding out soon enough he could better support the "cowboy habit" through cotton and potato farming. He also served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and his love for flying has never diminished.
Don was married to Izetta Agnew on March 14, 1952, having met her while at college: she attended Furman College in South Carolina. The couple has five children-- Georgia, Don, Jr., Edwin, Clayton and Carolyn as well as 13 grandchildren.
Don's service to his community and to the agriculture industry includes his past and present participation in the following organizations: board member of Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, and of Bakersfield Christian High School, a director of Calcot, Cotton Incorporated, and the American Cancer Society. He also is a member of the Bakersfield Rotary Club, the Board of Directors Kern View Foundation, the Board of Directors of Boy Scouts, and the Camp Fire Girls, the California Cotton Study Committee, the Cal Poly School of Agriculture Advisory Committee and the Quest Club. He served as President of California Planting Cotton Seed Distributors and the Cawelo Water District for 31 years.
A favorite quote that has hung in his office for countless years, and no doubt provided much inspiration during those years, is the following, "Nothing in the World can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Eduction will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press on!" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." (Anonymous)