GROWING YOUR ROOTS • Busy July Serving Members

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July has been a busy month of serving members and it’s not over yet! We’ve enjoyed visiting with members across the county at our member appreciation meals that we hosted in conjunction with Country Financial. Nearly 700 members were served at the five events hosted in Hillsboro, Raymond, Farmersville, Nokomis and Litchfield. We would like to express our appreciation to all of our volunteers and members who made the meals a success. Fun was had by all involved and it was great to be out and about in our local communities again!

Our next event on the calendar will take place in Fillmore on Friday, July 30. The inaugural, “Drive Out Hunger” Golf Scramble commences at 8 a.m. at Indian Springs Golf Course on the last Friday of July with proceeds benefitting Montgomery County Food Pantries.  The scramble, just like the meals, is a joint effort by Farm Bureau and Country Financial.  The deadline to register a team or become a hole sponsor was July 16, but we still have some openings if you are interested. Call the Farm Bureau office for more information.  Registration includes lunch and there are games and raffles planned for the day. 

I had a chance to visit with Indian Springs owner, Natalie Fuller, for my July radio interview.  While we discussed a few different topics, what I wanted to share most from our visit was Natalie’s gratitude to Montgomery County for supporting her family during the pandemic. 

“I have to say, COVID-19 for us was actually a blessing in disguise. We found out really quickly that we need community and local community because we couldn’t travel. People who came out here (the golf course) during COVID would come to my window and they were concerned for us. I can almost tear up thinking about it. People would ask, ‘Are you doing OK?’ ‘Is there anything we can do?’ We were just so grateful because people were worried about us and that just made everything we were doing so worthwhile.” 

Montgomery County sure is a great place to live and the support of our communities is unwavering. If you’d like to check out the course, you can stop by and visit or golf seven days a week. 

As we look ahead to the next couple of months, we will have some operational changes at the office. I will be on maternity leave beginning in late August and that means we will have a change in office hours and you won’t be reading my monthly columns until later this fall. Our Office Assistant, Lisa Heyen, will have part time office hours during my leave and we will have those posted in the building as well as on our office voicemail. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these changes! 

If we are able, we plan to host an in person annual meeting in November.  We have reserved the Knights of Columbus Hall in Raymond and hope that covid restrictions will remain at a minimum and allow us to gather as a group. 

I think that brings us up to speed on Farm Bureau happenings. As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at the office. Thanks for reading! 

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