Grant is a graduate of the University of
Illinois with a degree in Agriculture
Economics and is presently Treasurer of
Noland Farms, Inc. Noland Farms started in
1833 when the first Nolands’ started farming
north of Blue Mound. They now farm land,
both owned and rented, in five Central
Illinois Counties. They grow 70% corn and
30% beans. The corn is sold to ADM and Tate
& Lyle for use in their products. Grant says
they can process 900.000 bushels a day. The
beans are grown under a contract with a seed
company that tries to figure out what type
of beans will be popular and profitable next
Noland Farms first use of technology came in
the ‘thirties when Grant’s Great-grandfather
refused to work for them unless they
switched from horses to tractors.
They did, he did, and they have been on the cutting edge
technological advancements ever since. Grant says that the
greatest advancement today comes with Geological Positioning
Systems. The GPS takes the operator out of it and serves two
main purposes. One, management zones in a field or farm will
put the seeds and fertilizer where they are needed. Two, it
will help satisfy EPA requirements to manage their
nutrients. The goal is that all the nutrients are used by
Grant spoke of a project underway of pulling all their
information together and storing it in the “cloud”. You
can’t get much more advanced than that. Grant also spoke of
the impact of agriculture for our congressional district
with figures that boggle the mind.
As always you can turn in your volunteer hours
to me anytime. If you haven’t turned your July
hours, please do so.
There is a Special Olympics event at the Spare
Time L Saturday August 22. Golden K will be
there to pass orange juice and doughnuts to the
participants. G.K pays $314.00 for the food and
drink. If you would like to help just show up
out there. August 24 ins a volunteer opportunity
and the Good Samaritan in Inn. If you would like
to do that Roberta is right over there.
September 8 is a
fundraiser at Perkins. Seniorama is September
We are also starting to
make Trauma Dolls. We will start doing Trauma
Dolls for Fire Stations and ambulance's in and
around Decatur. They are also for children to
take to surgery. We are looking for any scrap
material pertaining to small children, boys and
girls that you might have on hand. Women who
would like to help cut out dolls, sewing them
and stuffing them. Let Donna or Cheryl know if
you would like to help support this project.
Today we had 90 members, 1 special guest, and 1
speaker for a total of 92.
I would like to show you something. Last week
Cheryl mentioned the trauma dolls to Dick
Vissering and he took one home. His wife, Rose,
made 18 trauma dolls and he brought them in
today. I also want to remind you of the Special
Olympics event at the Spare Time Lanes this
Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00pm August 22. Golden
K will be there to pass orange juice and
doughnuts to the participants. G.K pays $314.00
for the food and drink. We need some more help
Also we have a new fund raiser. It’s called
“Dine to Donate” and it takes place from 6:00am
to 12:00am September 8th at Perkins’ Restaurant.
Present the letter to get 20% of your pre-taxed
total purchase will be donated and Golden K will
receive the credit. And remember the next fund
raising night at the Texas Roadhouse, September
17th from 3:00pm to 10:00pm.
said that the name of this year’s Children’s
Play will be Umbrella Escapades. The dates are
October 10 and 11. He will have tickets, a
poster, and more information in two weeks.
said the next Interclub would be Tuesday, August
25. It is a noon lunch meeting with lunch
costing $7.00 (+or-). They meet at the
Taylorville hospital @100 W. Franklin street in
Taylorville. We should meet in the Farm & Fleet
parking lot at 10:45am.
also said we will handle the parking at Rock
Springs Prairie Celebration again this year. The
dates are September 19 and 20. Shifts are
available for 11 – 2 and 2 – 5 on Saturday and
12 – 2 and 1 – 4 on Sunday. Signup sheets are on
the back table.
said that Monday, August 24 is our day for the
Good Samaritan Inn. We still need some servers.
Also the Old King’s Orchard group is trying to
build a playground. They have a large grant in
the works, but they need to raise $8,500 to get
it. They have raised $6,000, but time is running
out. They need $2,500 before August 26. Do we
have two or three people out there with deep
pockets that can step up and help?
said the Library’s Labor Day book sale is coming
up. The hours are 11 - 5 on Sunday and 9 – 3 on
Monday. On Monday you can buy a large sack of
books or $5.00.
said to remember the Membership Breakfast is
next Wednesday. A few weeks ago I said that we
need a volunteer from each table to pick up a
guest; bring the guest to your table and
introduce him (or her) to the table. Then seat
him there and if the table is full, give him
your seat. This morning I want you to choose
that person from your table and put the name on
the index card you find there. Then give me the
card at the end of the meeting. Thank you.
said we would be resuming our Back Pack program
with First Presbyterian Church and Muffley
School. This year we will be filling 12 – 15
backpacks for needy children with 20 – 25 snacks
to help sustain them through the weekends. I put
a flyer and a reminder card for your
refrigerator that we collect for the backpacks
on the third Wednesday and this is the third
said the volunteer hours were down a little to
1200 this month. The rest were from our Kiwanian
of the Month Sue
volunteers at DMH, serves on the Volunteer Board
at DMH, volunteers at Heartland Healthcare
Services and volunteers for the volunteers who
are on vacation, etc.
said to mark October 8 on your calendar. There
will be a meeting at the Red Barn in Tuscola
starting at 6:00pm to meet II District’s new
president Penny Linneweh and hear of her plans
for the District. I would hope we could have a
good turnout from Decatur.
One day Ella’s mother went out to run a few errands, and her
dad was left in charge of her. She was 2 years old. Someone
had given Ella a little ‘tea set’ as a gift, and it was one
of her favorite toys. Ella’s dad was in the living room
engrossed in the evening news when she brought him a little
cup of ‘tea’, which was just water. After several cups of
tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, Ella’s mom came
home. Ella’s dad made her mom wait in the living room and
watch Ella bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the
cutest thing!’ Her mom waited, and sure enough, Ella came
down the hall with a cup of tea for her dad. She watched him
drink it up.
Then Ella’s mom said (as only a mother would know), “Did it
ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get
water is the toilet?”