We Are Looking For Silent Auction Donations

Franklin County Farm Bureau
Seeks “Silent Auction” Donations

The Franklin County Farm Bureau is seeking donations from businesses and individuals for items to auction at the Annual Meeting on November 30th. Money raised will help to fund the Ag In The Classroom Program and to help the Young Leaders to fund scholarships through the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation. All items will be tax deductible donations.
This is the fifth year that the Franklin County Farm Bureau has had this auction, last year we raised over $1,400 and hope to make this amount or more this year.
The Foundation welcomes any item for donation.
Please contact Melissa Lamczyk, Ag In The Classroom Coordinator or Gay Bowlin, Manager at (618) 435-3616 if you would like to make a donation. We may then make arrangements to pick up the item.
Thank you in advance for your help supporting the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation, the Ag In The Classroom Program and helping to provide scholarships for high school seniors.
If you are attending the Annual Meeting please stop by the Silent Auction tables and bid on items.
For more information on how you can help Franklin County students through the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation, please contact the office.

Membership Drive Tractor Winner

Breanna   The Franklin County Farm Bureau was the Business of the Month at US Bank in Benton during the month of August. We had brochures for people to pick up and asked everyone to register for a chance to win a 2015 Limited Edition Harvest for All Tractor. The winner was Breanne Brady from Benton, IL. Congratulations to Breanne!

Quality of Life Team

QualityFranklin County Participates in Illinois Farm Bureau® ACTION TEAM

The Illinois Farm Bureau ACTION TEAMs met recently in Bloomington to develop program-related recommendations. A total of 47 Farm Bureau members are currently appointed to IFB ACTION TEAMs, serving on his or her choice of Leadership Development, Membership Promotion, Consumer Outreach, or Quality of Life TEAMs.

Serving on the Quality of Life ACTION TEAM from Franklin County is Gay Bowlin, Manager of the Franklin County Farm Bureau.

Members of the Quality of Life ACTION TEAM are front row, left to right: Gay Bowlin, Manager of Franklin County Farm Bureau; Caleb May, Pawnee, Christian County; Vicki Hocking, Mt. Carmel, Wabash County; and Gladys King, Morton, Tazewell County. Middle row, left to right: Julie Kern-Morrison, New Berlin, Sangamon County; Tamara Halterman, Vice Chair, Dwight; Grundy County; and Christina Lionts, Loami, Sangamon County. Back row, left to right: Dale Wachtel, Shumway, Effingham County; Paul Rickey, Seaton, Warren-Henderson; Todd VerHeecke, Geneseo, Henry County; and Roger Christin, Chair, Rockford, Winnebago-Boone. Team member not pictured is Keith Richardson, Alexis, Mercer County.

The Quality of Life ACTION TEAM focuses on efforts related to rural health/healthcare, farm safety, rural crime, and farm success.   Most recently the team offered $500 rebates on rollover protection structures (ROPS) for tractors.

The Chair and Vice Chair of all four ACTION TEAMs comprise the ACTION COORDINATING COUNCIL (ACC). Leading the ACC is Heather Poppy, Chair – Lynn Center, Henry County and Deanna Keeney, Vice Chair – Casey, Clark County.

Farm Bureau members interested in applying for any of the four IFB ACTION TEAMs can contact the County Farm Bureau for more information. Applications are due November 24, 2015, for TEAM members that begin a two-year term in January 2016.  TEAMs meet in Bloomington twice a year.

Self-Defense Classes

“Stunning” Self Defense Class at the
Franklin County Farm Bureau Office

What everyone should know about stun guns, pepper spray and other improvised weapons
A stun gun, pepper spray and other improvised weapons in the hands of someone “not” trained is much like owning a handgun and not having firearms training or ammunition… extremely ill-advised. Hands-on training from certified instructors is an ABSOLUTE MUST! Without a doubt, a Stun Gun can be an extremely effective tool for self-defense and frequently used by Law Enforcement to defuse violent situations. But understand this is providing you have been properly trained by certified instructors. Even the largest and most violent criminals will be discouraged from the electronic voltage of a stun gun, deployment of pepper spray or other improvised weapons and every citizen, young or old, fragile or strong, can learn proven deployment techniques that will allow them to defend off an attack and get away safely.
This 1-hour course could quite possibly be the best 1-hour investment of your life. We begin by discussing when we are vulnerable and recognizing dangerous situations, the moment of extreme exigency and Illinois laws, then jump right into our main focus…the Stun Gun and improvised weapons. Upon completion of the course, you WILL receive an actual Stun Gun for your personal protection valued at $39.95 plus a carrying case another $10.00 value.
Curriculum includes:
• Situational Awareness…Conditions to Avoid
• Extreme Exigency and Illinois Laws
• Primary sites to target on the Human Body
• Prohibited areas
NOTE: You will receive your own FREE stun gun (civilian version) for personal defense upon completion of this training course, which is INCLUDED ($39.95 Value and Carrying Case $10.00 Value)*** in the course cost.
Course Date: October 1, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $50.00 ($40.00 for Farm Bureau Members)
Location: Franklin County Farm Bureau Building –
1210 Highway 14 W. Benton, IL
Our extremely affordable price makes this training basically FREE, considering the value of the Stun Gun you receive is INCLUDED in the price of this life changing course.

*** Illinois Law requires participants to preregister for the course a minimum of 24 hours in advance, persons taking delivery of the stun gun must be 18 years or older and a current FOID card holder to receive the free stun gun at the completion of the training.
Course conducted and delivered by Extreme Exigency

You can register for this course by sending an email to extremeexigency@gmail.com, fcfb028@frontier.com, or call the Franklin County Farm Bureau at (618) 435-3616 or Extreme Exigency at (314) 925-0869.

New Newspaper in Franklin County

The West Frankfort Gazette is a local publication encompassing West Frankfort, Thompsonville and other Franklin County news and events. A weekly subscription will be mailed to households for $45 a year. All local news including sports, local council and board meeting activity as well as Franklin County records will be published.
The West Frankfort Gazette will also collect reports from public safety departments. School and civic organization activity will be an important part of the newspaper.  Obits and classifieds as well local weekly columns will also be published.
Announcements including engagement, anniversary and reunions with the accompanying pictures will be accepted free of charge. The West Frankfort Gazette is a division of Reppert Publications, Inc., located at 210 East Main Street in West Frankfort.
For further information call (618) 937-1211 or email news@wfgazette.com

Welcome to the Franklin County Farm Bureau Website

Gay   We are in the process of revamping the Franklin county Farm Bureau website, in order to make it more user friendly and to keep our members and visitors up-to-date on the latest news and events going on around Franklin County.

   Everyone here is excited of the progress we’ve made in 2015 and feel we are on the right path to do big things as we move forward.  If there is anything we can do to be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (618) 435-3616 or by email at fcfb028@frontier.com.

Remember, we are farmers working together.  If we can help, let us know.

Gay Bowlin                                                                                                              Franklin County Farm Bureau Manager