Last week was the start of football season. This year it entails three days/nights of games and that is just high school and junior high. This does not even include watching the NFL. I am quite excited for the season to start and was more than disappointed when the heat took some of the wind out of my sail and postponed Tucker’s first game. I was really looking forward to seeing him play against his old teammates from Polo. We have traveled and played on sporting teams all over. Tuck has made some great friends over the years through this. It is always exciting (and a little nerve wracking) when he faces old teammates. I think the kids get more nervous than the parents. I am looking forward to some great games this year at the junior high and the high school level.
I have also gotten involved in two fantasy leagues. Both of the leagues have drafted teams and now it is time for the games to begin, literally! It was a challenge getting the players we wanted but luckily the others didn’t get the team they wanted either. Here’s to a lot of fun competition, lots of football games, and lazy Sundays watching NFL on the couch.
For someone who generally has plenty of hot air, I have to say that I dread this time of year. It is time to relive the 2012-2013 membership program year. And normally by this time of year, I would already be done with my annual PEARS reports, but this summer nearly did me in. What are PEARS? Well I know the letters stand for something but basically they are many, many type written reports showcasing what programs we have done this past year, how many attended the programs, and what our impact was. In addition there are twelve different categories for all of these activities to be split among.
Awards we receive at the IAA Annual Meeting are based on these reports. So the better I write and the more unique, better the attendance at our programs, the better we do. So time to get the creative writing skills dusted off and put the memory cap on. It is hard to believe that some of the activities we did last fall, it is already time to do again. Hence, ordering nuts!
I had my first experience as a juror this past week. Was the experience what I had in mind? Not really. It was quite different than what I had in mind. While I won’t disclose anything about it, I do have to say I am not sure I could handle doing it very often. As someone who is used to being in control of my schedule, not having control put me over the edge. Of course it was one of the hot days and with not having access to my phone, I couldn’t put out the word that I was selected as a juror and I would be unavailable all day.
We have done it. Each year Illinois Farm Bureau gives us a membership quota to attain. It is based on the number of members we had the previous year. Some years it is quite a challenge to accomplish even when it is only a 1% increase on total membership and a +1 increase on our voting members. This year we were however able to accomplish it! Thank you to all the hard work our COUNTRY agents put in and our board of directors.
Speaking of board of directors, we are looking for a voting member in Washington, Woodland, Freedom, Savanna or Mt. Carroll township to serve on our board of directors starting in December. If you are in one of those areas and are interested, please let me know.
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: 2 1983 El Caminos in restorable condition, as is. $2500 for both. 815-441-8619 or 815-275-5358
FS; 8x12 foot kids playhouse. Paneled, bunk beds, electric lights, porch, chimney and good roof. 815-858-5060
FS: 2008 Chrysler T & C Touring van. Runs great, all new brakes, good tires, always serviced locally. 117,500 miles. All the extras including: tilt/cruise/9” DVD w/headphones/pwr windows & door locks & 8 way pwr driver & pass seats/remote start/pwr sliding doors & lift gate/ 1st & 2nd row heated seats/2nd row stow and go & pwr 3rd row stow and go/leather seats/backup camera/pwr adjust pedals/towing pkg/cd/mpc/hdd/2nd row pwr windows/3 row pwr vent etc. $9,900. Call 815-275-6061
FS: Farm fresh eggs from free range hens. $2/dozen. 815-291-8330
FS: 2 niches for cemetery ashes available. Located at Oakland Cemetary & Mausoleum on Pearl City Road in Freeport. Value is $1495 each, asking $750 each obo. 815-493-6054
FS: Wesco 51x10 PTO auger $900. Hutch 51x10 auger with 15hp 3 phase electric motor. $4300, Shannon Area. 815-266-4840