Grant Noland


Technological Advancements in Agriculture


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 year.

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 the plant.

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 11.

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 out there.

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.



No report today. Bob Harmon is back with us today. Welcome back, Bob!


50-50 - WINNER

First place winner was Steve Rayhill and second went to Jim Rector. Congratulations, Folks. 




Tom McQuistion 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.

Sharon Cunningham 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.

Sharon 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.

Roberta Williams 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?

Jerry Hunt 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.

Joy Greive 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.

Susan 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 Wednesday.

Mike Heger said the volunteer hours were down a little to 1200 this month. The rest were from our Kiwanian of the Month Sue Betzer. 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.

Charles 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.



Kristen Hargrove, Bob Fallstrom’s Daughter, was a guest of John Dunn.


Donna Dash: born August 23rd, in Decatur, Illinois. She will be 66.

Susan Brinkoetter Bird: born August 25th, in Decatur, Illinois. She will be 58



Florence & Don Leckrone: Married March 29, in Hessville, Indiana. This will be 57 years.

Linda & Gary Goeken: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 11 years.

Barbra & Jim Higdon: Married April 4th, in Decatur, Illinois. This will be 46 years. Anniversaries

*Roberta & *Martin Williams: Married August 24th, in Decatur, Illinois.  This will be 40 years.

*Laurie & Jim Brown: Married August 24th, in Decatur, Illinois.  This will be 24 years.

Rita & Jim Raney: Married August 27th, in Lawrenceville, Illinois.  This will be 54 years.

Dee & Don Wenneker: Married August 27th, in Pittsville, Illinois.  This will be 48 years.

Anita & Jim Burtschi: Married August 28th, in Chicago, Illinois.  This will be 48 years.

Mary Lou & Larry Clark: Married August 28th, in Bramble, Indiana.  This will be 50 years.

*Linda & Rick Thomas: Married August 28th, in Quincy, Illinois.  This will be 44 years.

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by Virg Deemer

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?



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