President’s Message – June 2024

I hope by now that everyone has been able to catch a break in the weather and get the crops planted. It’s always a beautiful site to watch as the rows and rows of the corn or soybeans grow and mature for harvest. So, with the calendar flipping to June everyone should be getting prepared for the next tractor ride, plow day or show. They just keep on coming from here on, so keep the fuel tanks full and ready to go. Our first ride is June 7th to the Manteno Veterans Home. I hope everyone can make it. Details are available by calling Jim Morgan at 708-516-1884 and to Rsvp. Bring a friend and enjoy some coffee and donuts with us before it starts. Our next meeting is June 19th at 7:00 pm at the Bonfield Lions Club Hall. Keep your eyes on the Greensheet for upcoming events. Join our new club Facebook page as well to get the latest news.

Please remember to be careful out there and very cautious when traveling down our roads. That’s no matter what you are driving. I’m sure you’ve all seen a few close ones on the roads. It’s very obvious that drivers aren’t paying attention and have no respect for the other guy. Don’t assume they will stop or yield or give you the right of way you are entitled to by law. It’s a race track out there everyday. Get up earlier, drive a bit slower, and enjoy it when you get there. As always remember those who may be ill and those who may have lost a loved one. Feel free to call me with any news or suggestions. If you don’t leave a voicemail and your name I will not respond. Enjoy life one day at a time everyone. It’s too short and there is no time machine to go back on and do it over.

Sincerely, Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – April 2024

Here we are in April enjoying the rain that is said to bring May flowers. I think we all love flowers but it’s planting time. I sincerely hope we get a break here soon. Our April 17th meeting will be at the Bonfield Lions Club Hall at 7:00 pm. We will be catching up on things the club will be doing and are looking to hear your input on what ideas you as members have. We plan to be more aggressive with promoting the club at more events. Again, your input is welcomed.

I hope to see everyone there on the 17th. Please bring some friends. As always keep our Veterans in your prayers. Also please keep our members their families and friends in your prayers as some of them are dealing with health issues or may have lost a loved one.

Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – March 2024

We’ve made it to March again and another meteorological winter is behind us. I’m sure most of us have heard the old saying about March and the lamb and the lion. So, since March is coming in like a lamb what’s in store for April Fools Day? Let’s hope for the best. We have a lot of important events coming up this month including various toy shows. On the 20th and 21st, Kids Day at the Farm at the Kankakee Fairgrounds. Once again, we have donated to this and any of our members are welcome to attend and offer assistance. It begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. both days. Another event we support is the Herscher 4H Pancake Breakfast on April 7th from 8 a.m. – noon at the Herscher Legion Hall. Don’t forget our Director’s meeting on March 27th that will start at 6 p.m. at Craig’s. I look forward to seeing all of the Directors then. Our next membership meeting will be April 17th at 7 p.m. in Bonfield at the Lions Club Hall. Be sure to check the Greensheet for more important dates. Be safe everyone and say a prayer for those with health issues or may have lost a loved one.

Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – February 2024

I hope everyone had a safe January. I’m happy to see January behind us. We survived a winter month of temperature extremes with a taste of spring, fall and winter. We’ve got a way to go yet before spring but everyday gets a little longer and hopefully milder. Just remember from past experiences don’t bet on those groundhogs.

Just another reminder that our next membership meeting will be April 17, 2024. Our next Directors meeting will be March 27, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at Craig’s.

Do you know of any new events for 2024? Now is not too early to bring them to our attention. There are a lot of upcoming events already listed in the Greensheet. Get your dates to Craig ASAP so they don’t get left out.

Does anyone want to take a ride? Now is the time to bring your ideas to my attention so the planning can begin. 2024 is looking good for some club tractor rides since there will not be a Rantoul show this year. This will free up that weekend for us.

Recently Jim Morgan and I delivered the second half of the approved donations of pop and individually wrapped snack cakes to the Manteno Veterans Home. This will always be appreciated by them. I sincerely hope we will continue to make these donations. Let’s never forget our Veterans and keep them in your prayers. Whether active or not they have all dedicated their lives to make ours safer and now they need us to make theirs a bit better.

As always, I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Keep those in your prayers that have lost loved ones or are ill.

To all Directors, we have a lot to talk about at the March Directors meeting. Is there something you have on your mind that you want on the agenda? Please call me, text or email. I’ll look forward to seeing our members in April.

Respectfully,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – January 2024

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the holidays with family and friends.

The winter has been mild so far but everyone needs to keep the boots and gloves handy.

This days are flying by fast. Please remember there will not be a regular meeting until April. Our Greensheet will be sent out every month as usual and if you don’t receive it let us know. Send any information you would like to have added to us by mail or email. It’s free to all members as always.

I hope everyone stays healthy and warm.as cold weather and snow is coming. Remember our Veterans active or not and pray for those who are ill or have lost loved ones.

Sincerely
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – December 2023

By now most of us won’t want to see anymore turkey. It’s those side dishes that we never seem to lose a taste for. I hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving feast with the family. This is usually an opportunity to have the annual (if you can stay awake!) discussion about planning the family Christmas party. The search for the perfect tree will certainly also be an enjoyable trip the following weekend. Then it won’t be long the gifts will be piling up under the tree and the guessing will begin. As kids we just couldn’t resist to shake, rattle and squeeze those beautifully wrapped treasures. So, if you were not on the naughty list there should be something under there for you. Speaking of lists, I hope everyone signed up for this year’s Christmasparty? If not yet call or text Ann please. Also don’t forget the CIGC annual meeting is always the same night with the Christmas party on December 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bonfield Lions Club Hall. Just a reminder that there will not be membership meetings in January, February and March.

During this Holiday season please don’t forget the families that have lost loved ones or those who may be ill. I hope to see all of you at the next meeting. Be safe everyone and Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – November 2023

Here we are in a fall that’s giving everyone a longer harvest season than expected.

We will get through it we always do. The holidays are closing in fast and we all need to get together with the families. Our CIGC November potluck dinner is coming up on the 15th at 6:00 pm at the Bonfield Lions Club Hall. Members can bring desserts and the rest is supplied by the club. We will be having our Annual Meeting and Christmas Dinner in December at the Bonfield Lions Club Hall.

We will be discussing details at the November meeting and in the Greensheet. Please keep everyone dealing with health issues and anyone that’s lost loved ones in your Prayers. I hope everyone can attend our potluck and annual meeting Christmas party. Until then be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – November 2023

Hopefully everyone has been able to make safe progress with the harvest. Our fall weather has made it a real challenge. It is quite different from last year’s harvest season.

We’re use to challenges and we always overcome them.

It’s a given that the harvest must come first but I just want to remind everyone that our October 18th meeting is coming up quick. It starts at 7:00 pm at the Bonfield Lions Club hall and hopefully everyone can attend.

Looking ahead to November. Don’t forget about our potluck dinner on the 15th. Check the Greensheet for more information.

Please keep our members and their families in your prayers who have lost loved ones or are dealing with illness.

Keep the faith and be safe everyone.
Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – September 2023

There are so many events going on this year there’s barely time to get the home projects done. Since it’s impossible to be everywhere you must go to the close ones. They’ve all been great and for the most part weather has been perfect.

Now it’s time to get ready for harvest and if it rains take time check out as many videos or pics of events we’ve missed. We are lucky to have those who take time to catch all of the great shots that can be enjoyed forever. Everyone involved with the events deserve a huge thank you for the countless hours they spend to make them happen. Hopefully the weather continues to be great and the harvest goes smoothly for everyone. Please be safe at all times. Harvesting can create a long day and everyone needs to think about the next move they make. Those few seconds of caution could save you a life time of pain.

We need to remember our heroes and their families everyday in our thoughts and prayers. They’ve dedicated their lives to help make ours better. Keep our friends in mind that may be fighting an illness or grieving over the loss of loved ones.

Everyday is a good day and the next will hopefully be better.
I hope to see all of you at our next CIGC meeting on September 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Bonfield.

Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – August 2023

It’s August already and what a fast paced month July was. With so many events so close to home throughout the month it was easier to take them all in. As always, time flies when you’re having fun! Now it’s time to get ready for plow days. Isn’t it funny how busy one can get even though your retired. Don’t forget our August meeting on the 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bonfield Lions Club Hall.

I hope everyone brings a story to tell about the events they attended so there will be plenty to talk about. Some of us have had to battle the flu or something else that keeps us from enjoying the events. Keep them in your prayers as well as those that are dealing with illness that prevents them from getting out at all.

If someone has passed let us know. Please let us know so we can send a card.

I hope to see all of you on the 16th. Be safe and healthy everyone.

Sincerely,
Dave Wehrmann