News From Big Thunder Grange By Al and Darlene Henninger, Reporters Big Thunder Grange met Nov. 17th with Randy Bunger giving the Agriculture report. He stated that commodities are not too good at this time. Crops are getting harvested. He also reported on the Veterinary Feed Directive which begins Jan 1, 2017, on antibiotics in feed. Prices are going down in feed and on ag products so you can see a very slow decrease in the prices at the store.
Phyllis Schumaker, Community Service Chair, thanked everyone for saving the Box tops for the church school and the articles to be sent to the Veterans
. Sheri Konieczki reported on the Junior Grange activities. Gordon Butt, Legislative Chair, reported on the Presidential election; that Gov. Rauner is trying to get a budget passed and that we have two new County Board members.
Al Henninger reported on the Jewels and Jean Dinner put on by the Keen Age Center which was honoring the Granges in the county for their Community Service to the community. Al gave a short report on what each Grange does for the community
. Lyle Lee gave a short report on the Pomona Grange. John and Al Henninger auctioned off all the desserts that were donated. This brought in about $3700 for the Keen Age Center
. Dean Page, Membership Chair, reported we have two new members: Mr. and Mrs. Ron Mamos. Dave Geske gave a report on the Fair Board meeting and told of the entertainment that has been selected for next year’s fair. Dean Page reported that there is going to be new electric posts and more electric in the Camping Area
. Randy Bunger will deliver the Thanksgiving basket plus all the extra food to a needy lady. Big Thunder members will be ringing the Salvation Army Bell at Shop-Ko on Nov. 30.
We will also be doing Home Town Christmas again and giving the Tree and Gift Certificate to each member of the needy family we have chosen. Randy and Dave will be delivering the tree and gifts to the needy family for Christmas. The Ed Marks Scholarship was discussed: applicants must be a senior going to study agriculture, live in Boone County and have done 40 hours of Community Service
. Our Christmas potluck was held Dec. 15th.