End of a Difficult Journey – This Week From The Stephenson County Farm Bureau

bruce-johnsonSeats available for Door County Adventure VIII
Due to a few cancellations, we now have several seats available for our popular Door County trip planned this year for July 31-August 3. This is our eighth year taking a bus group to one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations, and this year’s outing looks to be one of the best yet. Our spectacular home for three nights, the scenic Landmark Resort at Egg Harbor, is undergoing major renovations for all of the suites with new paint, carpet, window treatments and furnishings and we’ll be one of the first groups to enjoy the updated accommodations. We’ll also enjoy a terrific harbor cruise on Green Bay as a new feature, along with favorite attractions including the ferry ride and tour of Washington Island, a evening at Northern Sky Theater in beautiful Peninsula State Park, and the great fellowship in our hospitality suite at the resort. There will be plenty of outstanding dining and shopping options, and participants will enjoy the company of a fun group. You can view the flyer and itinerary at www.stephensoncfb.org, and I encourage you to call us promptly at (815) 232-3186 as these seats usually disappear as quickly as they become available.

End of a difficult journey
Our education community and the broader area lost a great woman on March 18 as Kelli Huneke of Lena shed her earthly body and celebrated an end to her suffering at the age of 47 after a difficult 10-year battle with breast cancer. Kelli was a dedicated and loving mother to her children Chase, Jade, Reid and Sage who loved her and supported her bravely in this battle. A popular 5th-grade teacher at Lena-Winslow Elementary School where she regularly brought her class to our annual Ag Adventures program, Kelli was our SCFB Teacher of the Year in 2012 and was a finalist for the Illinois Agriculture-in-the-Classroom Teacher of the Year award that year as well. Kelli was there for her kids in everything they did, from 4-H and FFA to school functions, and she fought through her illness to stay as active as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn her premature passing, and we’re thankful that she’s now alive and well in a new eternal body.

Another rousing success
The Prep/Freeze/Cook program sponsored by the Conservation & Agricultural Partners (CAP) Foundation was another successful venture with nearly 80 orders filled. The 2-person option proved very popular this time around, and we plan to offer it again next time. We’ve scheduled our next event for Tuesday September 19 with pickup from 5-6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau, so be watching for more information in the coming months.

Off and running
Andrea and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary on March 18 by kicking off our running season with the 5th annual Lucky Leprechaun 7K in Wauwatosa Wisconsin. This was the fourth year that we have run this race (previously sharing the experience with son Dave, daughter-in-law Andrea and granddaughter Sofia when they were Milwaukee residents), and we love celebrating the finish with a delicious breakfast at the nearby Café Bavaria. I have a lot of work to do to get into better running shape as the summer unfolds, and we look forward to another annual favorite with the Door County Half Marathon and 5K in early May.

We continue to be amazed at how fast time flies by, as it seems impossible that we’ve been together for nearly four decades. We’ve shared many great times and made countless memories, but I can honestly say right now that each waking day is even more fulfilling than the day before. I look forward to growing old alongside my best friend, and we eagerly welcome the adventures that lie ahead.

Rotary fundraiser
I encourage everyone to come out to Culver’s in Freeport on April 4, when a portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Freeport Rotary Club of which I am a proud member and immediate past president. I’ll be working from 3-5 p.m. and it would be my pleasure to bring you your order, clear your table, or even refill your drink. Come enjoy some great food for a great cause at the Rotary fundraiser on April 4 at Culver’s!

Welcome to our Summer Program Assistant!
After interviewing a field of six candidates and evaluating the varied talents of the individuals, I’m pleased to announce that we will be employing Jalen Holman of Freeport as our 2017 Summer Program Assistant. Jalen is a Freeport HS graduate, a 2016 graduate of Highland College, and is currently a junior at UW-Platteville majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Business/Livestock Production. The daughter of Steve and Jamie Holman, Jalen will be joining our team in late May and will be on board into mid-to-late August. Be sure to welcome her when you get the opportunity!

Trip preview
We’re combining three programs into one night on April 11 as Tri-State Travel’s Jack Wideman will be here to showcase several upcoming excursions. The preview for the March 17-26, 2018 “San Antonio and More” trip will lead off at 7:00 p.m., followed by a glimpse of our August 15-19, 2018 “North Woods Adventure”. At 8:00 p.m. we will have another preview of the popular November 16-20, 2017 “Branson Christmas” outing. View the details on our website at www.stephensoncfb.org.

Bruce Johnson is the Manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau.

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