Did you take part in part of the savings available to you as a Farm Bureau member in 2012? Illinois Farm Bureau members saved over $4,161,318. These savings are just the tangible benefits received through the many discount programs. If you didn’t take advantage why not? The figure above includes hotel discounts, prescription drug discounts, Grainger, LASIK and other eye benefits, Beltone, Sherwin Williams, CASE IH, Hughesnet, Ford, and theme park tickets. Did you remember those discounts are all available to you and there are more yet!
The IAA Credit Union offers Farm Bureau members very competitive loan and savings rates. They are also very easy to do business with from afar. They offer mobile banking and remote deposit. Currently they are offering a Sportsman loan special for all your outdoor needs. Their website is www.iaacu.org
I spent some time this past week cleaning out the basement here at the office. I found some archives that while not significant, demonstrated the changes over the past twenty-some years. For instance, I stumbled across our annual PEARS reports (the reports I type everything we do in a year). The ones from 1989-1990 were over 80 pages long. A full page was typed for each activity. I cannot imagine having to type up one page for each. Currently we are allowed two pages typed for each category for a total of 18 pages max. What a difference that is.
I also found a booklet in which Young Farmers minutes used to be taken. The minutes were quite long and hand written. They also were from 1967-1980! There were even some photos included in there which could happen to show up from time to time somewhere.
I also found a column from the 1970’s. Back then it was only a few short paragraphs….hmmm, that would make it a little easier on the manager on week’s there is not a lot to say. In the one column I did see the Young Farmers did a Slop Bucket Derby. I had to read the article to figure out what that was! While I sometimes think I speak pure gibberish, in reading the columns from the 1980’s and earlier, I find that I am not nearly as blunt as maybe I thought I was. And I may even speak better grammar than I thought (you may not agree!). I see every column this manager typed back then ended with, “YOU ALL TAKE CARE NOW, YA HEAR!!!”. Perhaps I need to come up with an ending tag line. Perhaps not also!
Speaking of archives, I also had a member bring in some old Annual Meeting files from the late 70’s and early 80’s. They were interesting to go through. While times have changed and we have added technology, the grassroots have stayed the same.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by 4 p.m. Thursday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: Pumpkins $1-$4. Acorn squash 75 cents. Butternut squash $1.25. Can be purchased at 1 Mill Drive, Mt Carroll or the farmers market at Mt Carroll on Saturday. 815-244-8975
FS: 20 gallon aquarium with pump & plants $10 Framed picture of Comiskey Park before & after 20x24 $5 Cement bear holding salmon with water pump 28in high x 19in wide $50 Electric 14inch chainsaw, Black & Decker $20 815-493-9981
FS: Whirlpool refrigerator with icemaker. Very good condition. 815-541-6768
FS: Ladder rack off of ’85 Ford, $40. 14’ hog gate good condition, $35. 815-273-7078
FS: Lazy Boy navy and burgundy plaid sofa, recliners at each end, no pets, nonsmoking, $125, 815-541-4898
FREE Lumber. You tear down barn. 2x8s, 2x10s, 2x12s & 6x6s. Call 864-491-7191