Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Guernsey SWCD Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, the Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District celebrated its 76th Annual Meeting and Election at Deerassic Park Education Center. Two board members were elected to three year terms; Jo Lucas who was re-elected for her second term and newly elected board member Josh Stiers, who will begin his first term in January of 2019. Patrick Hodges and Sam Gatrell did an excellent job speaking about their experience at Camp Canopy which the district sponsored them to attend this year. Sam has been attending the past few years and this year he tested 5th overall at the camp out of nearly 100 participants which earned him a $1,000 scholarship to Zane State College.
 Mr. Louis Thornton was then honored as the 2018 Cooperator of the Year. Lou has diligently worked with the district and its partners this year as well as in years past. Lou has gone above and beyond making his beef operation work to its full potential. He has been gracious enough to hold workshops at his farm for the public to attend and show how certain conservation practices can improve an operation.
 We were delighted to have Tommy Butler from the USDA speak about Black Vultures and their increasing presence in Ohio and Guernsey County. 

The district would like to thank all who came out to celebrate the evening with them. Guernsey Soil & Water would like to extend a sincere thank you to Bill Bertram, who after 12 dedicated years of service to the district decided not to seek re-election. Mr. Bertram has assisted the district diligently during his time on the board and has helped guide the district through the years. We would like to wish him, his wife Shirley, and the rest of their family the very best. 

We would also like to give a special thank you to Orr’s Drive-In, Mosser Glass, The Engine House and M&M Feed who were generous enough to donate door prizes for our meeting. Its local businesses like yours that make our county so great!

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