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December, 2017

CCFB Volunteer Award Winners & Master Member Club Volunteers Recognized

The Cook County Farm Bureau® recognized Master Club Members and Volunteers at a small ceremony on Wednesday December 13th.  The Farm Bureau Master Member Club is intended for CCFB volunteers to encourage membership recruitment and to recognize those individuals that continually give their time and effort to help increase the strength of our organization. The goal was to create a Club that provides momentum for a continuous focus and longevity in membership recruitment.   Volunteers of the CCFB were also presented with awards.  They have voluntarily chosen to undertake a service or duty and have helped make a difference in our organization. Amy Hansmann, PR and Governmental Affaris Team Member, and Julie Michaels, Member Relations Team member, both received awards.   CCFB President, Janet McCabe (far left), presented gifts to the Master Member Club Volunteers Ruth Zeldenrust, Dan Biernacki, Karen Biernacki, Jim Bloomstrand and Gerry Kopping. CCFB President, J ...

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CCFB Volunteer Award Winners & Master Member Club Volunteers Recognized

The Cook County Farm Bureau® recognized Master Club Members and Volunteers at a small ceremony on Wednesday December 13th.  The Farm Bureau Master Member Club is intended for CCFB volunteers to encourage membership recruitment and to recognize those individuals that continually give their time and effort to help increase the strength of our organization. The goal was to create a Club that provides momentum for a continuous focus and longevity in membership recruitment.   Volunteers of the CCFB were also presented with awards.  They have voluntarily chosen to undertake a service or duty and have helped make a difference in our organization. Amy Hansmann, PR and Governmental Affaris Team Member, and Julie Michaels, Member Relations Team member, both received awards.   CCFB President, Janet McCabe (far left), presented gifts to the Master Member Club Volunteers Ruth Zeldenrust, Dan Biernacki, Karen Biernacki, Jim Bloomstrand and Gerry Kopping. CCFB President, J ...

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Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Farm Bureau will host a policy discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.  Members will be able to participate using their phones and will not need to travel.

 

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.

Young Leaders Toy Drive 2017

Kristen Yunker, Coordinator of the Toys for Teens collection efforts for the Cook County Farm Bureau® Young Leaders group, said today “we have all been blessed in our lives and we appreciate the opportunity to give back to those in need during this holiday season.” The Cook County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Group exceeded their goal of collecting 100 toys for teens when Young Leader members Jessica Biernacki and Kristen Yunker delivered 193 toys and $300 in donations to the Toy Box Connection charity this afternoon. The objective was to bring smiles to youth in need, ages 12 to 19, this upcoming Christmas.  Charity director, Michelle Maxia, expressed gratitude for the efforts and generosity of the Farm Bureau members and organization. The Cook County Farm Bureau has supported charity for 10 years and the Young Leaders Group took over the benefit program efforts two years ago. Young Leader Group Chair, Jessica Biernacki, said, “I was thrilled to be a part of this effort and th ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Get Off My Lawn (Please) I am no Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.  No shotgun. No tough, crusty old bigot guy attitude. Clint and I don’t have a lot in common, but there are a few similarities. I can be a bit crusty and I can spit. I don’t really know nor hang out with my neighbors. Oh, and our characters have similar views on private property rights. My wife and I live on a busy two-lane highway. Our house is set back from the road a bit and the frontage of the property features a grassy ditch and berm next to the highway. I left for work the other day around 7 AM, pulled out of my driveway onto the highway and glanced at the berm while I drove past it. I then did a gooseneck, double take.  Continuing towards the Farm Bureau office, I dialed my wife at work and asked her, “Did you see the new trees that have been planted on our property?” I was pretty sure she would have mentioned something that significant! I told her that I thought I saw a row of pine trees planted on to ...

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Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

This past October, voters experienced something truly incredible- the power of their collective voices.  After a rare tie-breaking vote by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle last year, Cook County joined a growing chorus of jurisdictions implementing taxes and fees to control individuals’ activities, consumption, hobbies, and perhaps most importantly, to raise funds.  However, this October, the county became the largest jurisdiction to overturn a penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax.   Speaking of Preckwinkle’s tie-breaking vote, she maintained that Cook County needed the $200 million to prevent cuts to the Health and Hospitals System and public safety.  Preckwinkle also built her Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget recommendation on the assumption that the tax would withstand the public’s outrage when all signs indicated that it wouldn’t.  Preckwinkle delivered her budget recommendation and the county board delivered the repeal. After the repeal, Preckwinkle ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Give the Gift of STEM What toys do you get a child this holiday? It’s hard not to get caught up in the non-stop advertisements for toys and gifts.  Television ads started the day after Halloween, newspaper pullouts blind us with toy ideas, December issues of magazines list the “Best Toys of the Year”, and then there’s the vast increase of catalogs found in our mailboxes every week.  Here are some top toy suggestions I’ve found.  The Fingerlings Glitter Monkey (interactive finger toy that responds to sound, motion, and touch), Hatchimals (a revised version of last year’s hot item), and Nintendo Switch (imagine not being able to bring your gaming console everywhere you go).  I reflected on what toys were used the most with my kids.  Magnifying glasses (who knew you could start leaves on fire or burn bugs), yo-yo’s, roller blades, beanie babies, hockey sticks, Legos, play dough (the barbershop was a favorite), books (the kind where you turn ...

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