The 74th Vanderburgh County SWCD Annual Meeting was held Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center banquet hall facility. The purpose of the meeting is to recap the year before, award those selected for outstanding conservation and to elect supervisors for the upcoming year.
This year we lost two of the five supervisors due to expirations of term. We will miss long time SWCD supervisor Dave Ellison as well as Heath Hamilton. We applaud them both for their service to the conservation effort in our area and wish them well in their future endeavors.
The meeting began at six pm and was emceed by Mark Cambron, NRCS District Conservationist. An audience of about 70 participated in the election of Ron Adler to fill in the spot left vacant by Dave Ellison. Also, Linda Freeman from the County Surveyors office, was appointed as replacement for Heath Hamilton’s position.
After the showing of hands for the election we had the invocation given by supervisor Scott Winiger and settled into a nice dinner of roast beef and chicken with sides of mashed potatoes, green beans and pasta salad. The cheesecake and cookies were a big hit for dessert as well.
The next order of business was the award ceremonies carried out by Mark Cambron and Mark Abell. The Community Conservation Award was given to Daylight Farm Supply, Inc. for their work with local farmers. They have been active in the cover crop business for years, and are considered one of the area’s best resources for advice on seed type and application. Marty Finney accepted the award for Daylight Farm Supply, Inc..
Next was the award for Conservation Educators going to the University of Southern Indiana for their work on the Big Read Project. This was a collaborative effort between USI, WNIN, EVSC, EVPL, SWCD and several retirement homes which brought together students and elderly to pass on firsthand knowledge of the dust bowl era. This project also garnered State attention with a District Showcase Award earlier this year. Accepting the award was Anne Statham of USI and Helen Azarian of EVPL.
The next award was the River Friendly Farmer which went to local producer Fred Bumb. He is the proud recipient of a permanent metal sign to be attached to one of his structures. After that was the presentation of the Conservation Farmer of the Year award which went to Henry and Glen Schlensker. The two brothers have been doing conservation here in the county for many decades, being one of the first to believe in no-till operations while serving as an example to others. This award was presented by Brandon Jackson of Farm Credit Mid-America.
Judge Les Shively took the microphone next to swear in the two new supervisors. The Oath of Office was administered to both Linda and Ron officially installing them as new SWCD Supervisors.
The guest speaker of the night, Dr. Robert Reid, former Provost and professor of history emeritus at USI, settled into his slide show presentation of “Down on the Farm in Indiana”. He showed pictures of the depression era and gave information and insights into each one bringing a texture and understanding of the difficulties of farm life during the 1930’s.
The giving away of the door prizes brought the meeting to an official end and everyone bundled back up and went home around 8 30 p.m.