Mr. Warfel has been farming for 49 years, 39 of which have been in the Tolono area on a centennial farm begun by his great grandparents in 1882. Lin and his wife Kay raised 5 children, and are grandparents to 7. He is an Air Force aero medic veteran. He attended Unity High School in Tolono, Illinois, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, majoring in Liberal Arts, and the University of Illinois, where he majored in Agriculture Economics. He also has enrolled in several agriculture and business courses at Parkland College.
Lin has long been active in our community, particularly on issues related to education and agriculture. He served for 10 years on the Unit 7 school board, two of those years as school board president. His activity with the Champaign County Farm Bureau includes serving on its Board of Directors and its Legislative Committee. He also co-authored the Farm Bureau’s “Change how Illinois education is funded” program. In 1989, Lin was selected “News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year.” Recent involvements for Farm Bureau include serving on the board of directors, and being the state legislative chairman, working on campaign finance reform, on the Champaign County, Macon County, Logan County, and Sangamon enactment of a 1% sales tax for k-12 capital needs. He has also been active in seeking alternative methods of designing legislative districts at the state and county levels.
Other community service includes membership in Champaign Rotary, including membership on its District World Community Service Committee. As chair of his club's WCS committee, Lin helped coordinate projects in Romania, Haiti, Malawi, Tajikistan and Turkministan, and currently on Japan’s rebuilding from the recent earthquake.. Lin also has been a member of the University of Illinois Ag Economic Advisory Committee, and continues to serve as a founding Board Member of Earth Partners, an organization dedicated to educating teachers and students about agriculture.
Lin was elected to the Parkland College Board of Trustees in 1991. Mr. Warfel served as the Chairman from 2005-2007. In 1997, 2000, and 2003, 2006, and 2008 he received the ICCTA Trustee Education award for completing extensive educational work on his own time. In 2006, Mr. Warfel was awarded the ICCTA Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award as the outstanding trustee in the state. From 2000-2001, Lin was president of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, and was a member of ICCB Board Funding Formula Task Force as co-chair. He also served on the ICCB Adult Ed Funding Task Force and the ICCB Financial Advisory Committee. Mr. Warfel was also selected to receive the 2008 Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. Mr. Warfel serves on the ICCTA Diversity Committee, Finance Committee, and Governmental Affairs Committee, and is also currently on the ICCB Leadership and Core Values Committee, having served this committee since 1998. He is a regular contributor to ICCTA’s suggested book readings on leadership and ethics.
Mr. Warfel has been the guest speaker at the Leadership and Core Values Conference held in Springfield, at Spoon River’s Faculty Conference, at Parkland’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and at the Parkland/Urbana Adult Education Graduation. He has facilitated several community college board retreats, as well as for the Urbana Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.
Lin was inducted into the Unity High School Hall of Fame, Tolono, Illinois, recognizing alumni who have made significant contributions to the community. He also was the guest speaker at the “Kickapoo District Area Student Council Convention” and spoke to the Champaign County Farm Bureau Prime Timers about Parkland College.
Lin has written over 600 poems, some of which have appeared in local newspapers, and have been shared on radio in Illinois and Iowa.