96th Annual Meeting celebrated by members
March 22, 2018

    ​Members of the Wayne County Farm Bureau celebrated the 96th annual meeting on March 22.
    David White, President of the Wayne County Farm Bureau, welcomed members to the meeting. Tim Chambliss gave the Invocation before members ate dinner, catered by Matt Kinney’s Bare Bones BBQ.
    Following dinner, the business meeting was called to order. Secretary-Treasurer Mark Bunnage read the notice of meeting, declared a quorum was present, and that business could be conducted. Jim Rush led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members approved the minutes from last year’s annual meeting and the financial reports. Members also granted permission for the board to select the delegates to the 2018 IAA Annual Meeting this December.
    Doug Anderson, Manager, presented his annual membership report and updated members on important projects the organization undertook this past year.
    Other reports included an Ag in the Classroom update from Ryan Scott; a Young Leader Report from Matthew Byars; an update on COUNTRY Financial from Jim Hughes, and a report on Wabash Valley Service Company from Brent Ochs. Ochs presented Ryan Scott with a $500 donation to the Ag in the Classroom Program.
    Keagan Loss was the winner of the Young Leader Gun Raffle.  
    Members approved the acts and deeds of the Board of Directors for the previous year.
Members re-elected five directors for another two-year term. Those re-elected include Fred Blessing, Anthony Vaughan, Robert Pearce, Tim Chambliss, and Randy Ellis.
    Two amendments to the bylaws were presented to the members for their consideration. Amendment #1 which would’ve limited the Nominating Committee to only two current directors, failed on a vote of 18 yes - 52 no. Amendment #2 which would’ve added term limits to the Board of Directors also failed on a vote of 13 yes - 57 no. To be adopted, each amendment needed 37 members to vote in favor.
    Following the meeting, the Board of Directors held a special meeting to elect their officers for the coming year. All current officers were re-elected… David White as President, Fred Blessing as Vice-President, Mark Bunnage as Secretary-Treasurer, and Randy Ellis as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.
    For additional photos from the 96th Annual Meeting visit the Wayne County Farm Bureau Facebook page. 

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