If you aren’t one to embrace the exciting world of social media, than you have probably missed out on all the great things, which Perth County has been up to. The club hosted its first awards banquet since we re-founded in 2013. It was a momentous occasion where we brought together members, their families and our alumni friends to celebrate. In true Junior Farmer fashion, we wanted to give back to a local charity – Bullying Canada – by holding a live pie auction to raise funds. Thanks to the roughly 100 people in the audience we raised $440. Shortly after we held our awards banquet, we were honoured to win Club of the Year for 2014. The award served as a reminder that with hard work and determination that anything is possible. The club was also very proud that one of our very own – Courtney Steven won a JFAO exchange to Switzerland this summer. Like most Junior Farmers, we like tradition. We like to participate in events that we have done in the past, including the Canadian Dairy XPO, Stratford Spring Home Show, the Big Bike Ride for Heart and Stroke, and our Road Side Clean Up to name a few. The Canadian Dairy XPO was made more fun thanks to one of our sponsors, Wallenstein Feed who hooked us up with very fashionable “moo shades.” The Stratford Spring Home Show is another food booth event that we have come to enjoy interacting with the non-agricultural audience it provides us. The Big Bike Ride won us best new fundraising idea in 2014 – so we weren’t going to miss it this year either. We had a blast biking in the sunshine, and were proud to raise over $300 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This quarter alone, our club has given $3,825.85 back to our local community. We also finally qualify for the “Adopt a Highway” roadside sign. We could not be more excited to be able to put up a permanent sign in our community. The community also got to see a different side of Junior Farmers – an activism side. The location where we have all of our meetings and store our archives was in jeopardy of being sold by the municipality. Our club rallied together and I am happy to report, that thanks to the efforts of many, a decision on the future of the hall has been deferred for one year. We are looking forward to hosting the members from across the province in Perth County (Listowel, ON) in October for Autumn Profile! Stay connected with us on Twitter at @PerthJF.
The fundraising is inspiring. But I am especially glad to see how you have made it clear that Junior Farmers also have direction and goals that they will stand up for, shown by your support of Rostock Hall. It will exciting to see how you utilize that energy and passion in the future.