The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will recognize Margery R. Ruch, RDN, LDN, AAFC, as a 50-year Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member at their Annual Meeting in Moscow, Idaho, on April 11, 2024.

Congratulations to Margery! We look forward to seeing you in Moscow.

Margery Ruch is a Registered Dietitian from Fish Haven, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho and completed a dietetic internship at the University of Florida. She recently moved from Illinois after several years in the Midwest.

“Growing up in Idaho, gardening and food production & storage was always a family affair. We worked as a family and would make and freeze 50 Rhubarb pies in the spring. July would find us picking and selling 678 quarts of raspberries in a week. In addition, 50 raspberry pies were made to put in the freezer. It is good that they are only on for three weeks of picking. And when I was little, they had the worst thorns, but later, my parents planted the thorn-less variety. Fifty more apple pies in the fall. Canning and more pies from peaches and pears.

I got involved in 4-H at eight and mainly took cooking and sewing classes. At 16, my father got a job for my sister and me in Yellowstone National Park. I started as a dishwasher, busboy, and server. I loved it and stayed for nine years. It paid my way through college. My boss was a second mother, and when she was injured in a car accident, she trained me how to order and run the restaurant. I did this for three years and enjoyed the scheduling, food production, etc. I loved working with the tourists. Since I was a Yellowstone mainstay, other business people would call my boss and ask one of Mary’s girls to help with the museum, the afternoon shootout in the streets, the movie show house, and the bar. It was in Yellowstone that I decided I wanted to be a dietitian.”

 Margery has done individual nutrition counseling and group weight management classes. She has lectured and presented workshops on a variety of nutrition topics. Both paid and volunteer. She has been involved in radio, television, and conference presentations. Margery is active in district and state dietetic associations and has served in numerous appointed and elected positions.   Margery served as Grants and Awards Chair of the Illinois Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for several years and Chair of the By-Laws committee/and Public Policy for the Central Illinois Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

She is very involved in community service and was in her 35th year as a McLean County 4-H leader when she moved. She was named Leader of the Year for several years of service. Her husband says that she doesn’t know how to say no. Her resume shows several types of service. Margery tells people that she loves to ‘play it forward.’  Someone did it for me, so I will continue to play it forward…

Oh, and whatever happened to all those pies….The town of 3500  knew of the pies and that they were given away to someone who had a funeral, a bad day, or was ill. Even Margery’s friends would call and say; I need a pie…..that’s what they were there for…..Play it forward.

You will hear Margery say. “Some people sing, some people dance, the Lord blessed me with a big mouth, so I use it!.”

Written by Margery R, Ruch, RDN, LDN – March 2024.